This Is Not the Way Home

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This Is Not the Way Home
This Is Not the Way Home by The Cruel Sea.jpg
Studio album by
Released28 October 1991[1]
StudioMegaphon Studios
GenreIndie rock
LabelRed Eye, Polydor
ProducerThe Cruel Sea, Tony Cohen
The Cruel Sea chronology
Down Below
This Is Not the Way Home
The Honeymoon Is Over
Singles from This is Not the Way Home
  1. "I Feel"
    Released: September 1991
  2. "4"
    Released: April 1992
  3. "This is Not the Way Home"
    Released: August 1992

This is Not the Way Home is the second studio album by Australian indie rock band The Cruel Sea. The album was released in October 1991 and peaked at number 62 on the Australian albums chart.[2] With the release of This is Not the Way Home, The Cruel Sea embarked on a European tour supporting Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.[3]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1993, the album earned the band a nomination for the ARIA Award for Best Group. Tony Cohen was nominate for Producer of the Year.[4]


This is Not the Way Home garnered critical acclaim. The music ranged from funky Louisiana swamp blues to sweet soul, with Perkins' laconic vocals recalling the spirit of Captain Beefheart, Tony Joe White and John Lee Hooker in the process.[3]

The Canberra Times said the album was, "like a road movie soundtrack. It has the timelessness of David Lynch's Wild At Heart. It could be the '50s or the'90s. To the shimmering guitar melodies of "This Is Not the Way Home", Perkins adds a visceral element - lines about shedding blood and skin, throwing up, and grunting, groaning, his guts as well as his emotions laid bare."[5]

Track listing[]

1."It's Alright ('Cause She Loves Me)"
  • Perkins
  • Rumour
  • Rumour
4."Sure 'Nuff"
5."Don't Sell It"
  • Perkins
  • Rumour
6."Cry for Me"
7."Fangin' Hoons"
  • Rumour
8."This Is Not the Way Home"
  • Perkins
  • Rumour
  • Rumour
10."I Feel"
  • Perkins
  • Rumour
11."You Are Gone"
  • Perkins
  • Rumour
12."High Plains Drifter"
  • Rumour


Charts (1992) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[2] 62


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] Platinum 70,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history[]

Country Date Format Label Catalogue
Australia 28 October 1991 CD, Cassette, LP Red Eye Records 511161-2, REDCD 25


  1. ^ The ARIA Report. 92. ARIA. 27 October 1991. p. 20.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 70.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b "The Cruel Sea". The Harbour Agency. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Winners by Year 1993". ARIA. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  5. ^ Nic Haygarth. "The Timeless Band". Canberra Times.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
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