When the self-titled debut album from Jack Frost was released, in 1991, the pitch to college radio kids was simple and obvious. The group teamed Steve Kilbey from the Church — still delivering sturdy left of the dial hits at the time — and Grant McLennan of the Go-Betweens —recently disbanded, but only after delivering a stunner of a closing bow. In the parlance of the moment, it was a supergroup, just like the Traveling Wilburys or, you know, Hindu Love Gods.
I’m sure the pedigree help initiate my initial spin or two of Jack Frost, but the thing that kept me coming back to the record — over and over again — was the presence of a song that spoke to the cynical romanticism of my oh-so-wounded young soul. Robustly strummed and sung with melancholy yearning, “Thought That I Was Over You” was exactly the song I wanted to play on the air at about 1:45 in the morning, in the last set of music before shutting the station off for the night. Those closing sets were my diary, and this track was a common entry.
Listen or download –> Jack Frost, “Thought That I Was Over You”
(Disclaimer: I think — but I’m not sure — the two albums under the Jack Frost name are out of print, at least as physical objects that can be procured from your favorite local, independently-owned record store in a manner that compensate both the original artist and the proprietor of said shop. There are plenty of records from the Church and the Go-Betweens that are readily available, and every respectable collection needs material from both of those bands. Go spend money at the record store, is what I’m typing here, and don’t let one free song stop you from doing that. While I can go on at tedious length about the inherent value of fair use, I do know the rules. I will gladly and promptly remove this file from my little corner of the digital world if asked to do so by any individual or entity with due authority to make such a request.)