Thursday, 27 January 2011

Party Boys - Hold Your Head Up

Hold Your Head Up/She's A Mystery

The Party Boys was an Australian rock band with floating membership that existed from 1982 until 1992. Initially established by Mondo Rock bass player Paul Christie as a part-time venture for professional musicians with downtime from other projects, the group has boasted members from acts such as Status Quo, The Angels, Sherbet, Skyhooks, Rose Tattoo, The Choirboys, Australian Crawl, Divinyls, Models, Dragon and Swanee plus international stars including Joe Walsh, Eric Burdon, Alan Lancaster and Graham Bonnett.

This single is of the 1987 album "Party Boys"and the personel on this platter were John Swan vocals, Kevin Borich guitar, Paul Christie drums, Richard Harvey drums, John Brewster guitar and Alan Lancaster bass.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Do-Re-Mi - Adultery

Adultery/Deep Blue Sea

Adultery is a single by Australian rock/pop group Do-Ré-Mi which was released by Virgin Records in October 1987. The tracks were written by lead vocalist Deborah Conway, drummer Dorland Bray, bass guitarist Helen Carter and guitarist Stephen Philip. Do-Ré-Mi's debut single "Man Overboard" had been top 5 hit in 1985, but Adultery, which charted on the National singles charts, had less chart success. It was released as a single in different forms for UK, German and North American markets, the Australian 1987 CD version had five track and then we have this post the 7" Vinyl version in a lovely picture sleeve the A-side appears on the The Happiest Place in Town album but not the B-side.

Johnny O'keefe - She's My Baby

She's My Baby/She Wears My Ring

"Released in Australia December 1959, charted January 1960. Single on Liberty label in USA, Leedon in Australia.

#1 Sydney #1 Melbourne #2 Adelaide #3 Adelaide

Recorded in Los Angeles at Gold Star studios, produced by Snuff Garrett, "with the Ernie Freeman Chorus & Orchestra".

Johnny O'Keefe (1935-1978), known in Australia as "The Wild One", "The King of Rock'n'Roll" or just "J. O'K.", was a pioneer Australian rocker, a chart topping artist in Australia.
She's My Baby came to Johnny O'Keefe through co-writer Scott Turner, American guitarist, singer and songwriter, real name Graham Morrison Turnbull, also known as, Scott Turner, Scotty Turnbull or Graham Scotty Turnbull (he also wrote as Allison Dewar).
Turner/Turnbull was on tour with Tommy Sands in Australia when he sang the song to Johnny O'Keefe in March 1959. When Johnny O'Keefe travelled to the States later in the year he met up with Scott Turner again, and recorded She's My Baby for Liberty in Los Angeles, with Turner on guitar. Scott Turner passed away in February 2009." "Lyn Nuttall Pop Archives"

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Bee Gees - Rare Precious And Beautiful

Where Are You/Spicks And Specks/Playdown/Big Chance/Glass House/How Many Birds/Secondhand People/I Don't Know Why I Bother Myself/Monday Rain/Tint Of Blue/Jingle Jangle/Born A Man

Rare Precious & Beautiful is a reissue of their album "Spicks and Specks", from 1966. These early tracks feature fairly spartan vocal harmony pop with some mild psych influences. Don't be misled by their awful reputation these early tracks are somewhat decent pop/psych. To me this was their coming of age album giving a hint of what was to come once they set up shop in the UK has their first major aussie hit Spicks and Specks bought the single still love it also on there are their versions of the Mike Furber single "Where Are You/Seconhand People" another great single. If you're a fan of the Bee Gees 60's music you should like this.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Clique - Love Me Girl

Love Me Girl/Stop, Look and Listen

The Clique came from Perth W.A. and not long after forming they won the Western Australian section of the Hoadley's Battle of the sounds (I used to love going to those). So off they went to Melbourne to compete in the national final at Festival Hall the guys didn't win but they did end up with a record deal with the GO! label and a spot on the GO! Show.

This single was there only recording which they put down at the Bill Armstrong Sound Recording Studios in South Melbourne. Both tracks were written by the band Lenny Hayworth wrote "Love Me Girl" which was the A-side and Mike Carr penned "Stop, Look and Listen" the B-side. the band was given the oppotunity to move to melbourne but declined deciding to finish up the band (as 2 of the boys Joe and John were only 16 and the other 2 only 20) and continue their studies.

Band Members

Joe Orifici - vocals, keyboards
Lenny Hayworth - guitar
Mike Carr - guitar
John Tucak - bass
Ferdie Ferrante - drums

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Doug Parkinson - Advice

Advice /I Had A Dream

In March 1968 Doug Parkinson, Billy Green, Duncan McGuire and Rory Thomas all ex Questions reunited and recruited a new drummer, Doug Lavery (ex Running Jumping Standing Still, Andy James Asylum) and took a new name that acknowledged the rapidly growing stature of their lead singer Doug Parkinson In Focus.
The debut In Focus single "Advice" / "I Had A Dream" (May 1968) didn't chart, although it set the scene of things to come in confident fashion, but the original lineup fell apart in August 1968.