Tuesday, 24 September 2013

1927 - 1988 - Ish

To Love Me/That's When I Think Of You/If I Could/You'll Never Know/Compulsory Hero/All The People/Nothing In The Universe/Propaganda Machine/Give The Kid A Break/The Mess

1927 are an Australian pop, rock band formed in 1987 with James Barton on drums, Bill Frost on bass guitar, his brother Garry Frost on guitar and keyboards, and Eric Weideman on vocals, guitar and keyboards. They were popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s with their major hit songs "That's When I Think of You", "If I Could", "Compulsory Hero" and "Tell Me a Story". Their multi-platinum number-one album, ...ish (1988) was followed by The Other Side (1990) which peaked at number three. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1989 they won two categories: Breakthrough Artist – Album for ...ish and Breakthrough Artist – Single for "That's When I Think of You". At the 1990 ceremony they won Best Video for "Compulsory Hero", which was directed by Geoff Barter. Late in 1986 Garry Frost (ex-Moving Pictures) saw Weideman on a "Red Faces" talent segment of variety TV show Hey Hey It's Saturday, Frost offered Weideman a spot in a new band, 1927. In 1992 the group released a third studio album, 1927, which reached the top 40; but they disbanded the following year. Weideman reformed 1927 in 2009 with a new line-up.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Electric Pandas - 1984 - Let's Gamble (Wave)

Electric Pandas - 1984 - Let's Gamble 12" Single
Let's Gamble/Crush/Point Blank/Let's Gamble (Extended Mix)

Electric Pandas were an Australian pop-rock band, fronted by vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Lin Buckfield, which formed in Sydney in 1983. Fellow founders were Warren Slater on bass guitar, Mark Stinson on drums and Tim Walter on guitar.[1] Their first release was the single "Big Girls" in 1984 on Regular Records, which peaked into the Top 10 on the Sydney charts. It was followed up by an EP, Let's Gamble. Electric Panda's only album Point Blank was released in September 1985, which peaked at No. 22 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. After Electric Pandas disbanded in 1987, Buckfield worked in television, eventually on Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Four Corners from 2000.

Normie Rowe - 1973 - Hello

Hello/Down On The Corner/Glory Road/For Once In My Life/Over You Now/Personality/Where's The Playground/Rings/
Home To Stay/Border Song/Come Here My Song/Willie And Laura May James

Norman John "Normie" Rowe AM (born 1 February 1947) was a major male solo performer of Australian pop music in the 1960s. Known for his bright and edgy tenor voice and dynamic stage presence, many of Rowe's most successful recordings were produced by Nat Kipner and later by Pat Aulton, house producers for the Sunshine Records label. Backed by his band, The Playboys, Rowe released a string of Australian pop hits on the Sunshine Records label that kept him at the top of the Australian charts and made him the most popular solo performer of the mid-1960s. Rowe's double-sided hit "Que Sera Sera" / "Shakin' All Over" was one of the most successful Australian singles of the 1960s.
Between 1965 and 1967 Rowe was Australia's most popular male star but his career was cut short when he was drafted for compulsory military service in late 1967. His subsequent tour of duty in Vietnam effectively ended his pop career and he was never able to recapture the success he enjoyed at his peak.

Doug Ashdown - 1977 - Empty Without You

Are You Lonesome Tonight/Till I Get It Right/Where The Blue Of The Night Meets The Gold Of The Day/Come On Out Tears/Raining In My Heart/Leave Love Enough Alone Part 2/If I Could Live My Life Again/Empty Without You/For Old Love's Sake/Why Don't We Live Together/I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry/Pocketful Of Keys/How Great Thou Art

 Douglas "Doug" Wesley Ashdown (born 1942, Adelaide) is an Australian folk, country singer-songwriter who had a minor hit with "Winter in America" aka "Leave Love Enough Alone", which reached No. 13 on the Dutch Singles Chart in 1978. In 1988 the song was covered by Dutch singer RenĂ© Froger, and in 1994 by Australian group The Robertson Brothers. Ashdown reached No. 53 on the Australian Go-Set Singles Chart with "The Saddest Song of All" released in August 1970. In 1977, his album, Trees won the TV Week, an Australian television entertainment magazine, won the King of Pop Award for 'Best Album Cover'.

Douglas Wesley Ashdown was born 1942 in Adelaide, South Australia, at the age of 17 he travelled to England to play in a rock band. In 1961 he was back in Adelaide and played guitar alongside Bobby Bright as vocalist in The Bowmen.[1] By 1965, as a solo singer-songwriter, he released his first album, This Is Doug Ashdown. His 1960s popular singles were "Something Strange" in 1968, and in 1969, "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On" (cover of the Jerry Lee Lewis' hit).
In 1970, he signed with the independent label, Sweet Peach, and issued "The Saddest Song of All" in August which peaked at No. 53 on the Australian Go-Set Singles Chart. The song was written by Ashdown and Jim Stewart, who became his long-term producer and co-writer. The associated album, The Age of Mouse, was the first double LP album of original material released by an Australian. Ashdown and Stewart relocated to the United States, living in Nashville. While in Nashville, the pair co-wrote "Just Thank Me", for David Rogers, who released it in 1973—it peaked at No. 17 on the US Country Music Singles Chart. They also co-wrote "Leave Love Enough Alone" which Ashdown released in 1974 upon relocation to Sydney. He had a minor hit with it when it was renamed as "Winter in America" and released in 1976, it peaked at No. 14 in Melbourne and No. 30 in Sydney.
In 1977, his album, Trees won the TV Week, an Australian television entertainment magazine, King of Pop Award for 'Best Album Cover'. Ashdown also worked with science fiction writer/songwriter Terry Dowling on recordings of Dowling's song-cycle "Amberjack", about a stranded time traveller. Ashdown contributed lead vocals and guitar to six of the tracks of Dowling's song-cycle which were broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1977.
He continued to release singles and albums and had minor chart success into the 1980s. As from April 2010, his most recent album was The Folk Centre Concert in 2007.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The Numbers - 1982 - 39.51

Big Beat/Secrets/Day to Day/Somedays/Again/ Dreams from Yesterday/ Blacktown/Dancer/ Turn Back/ Telephone/Jericho

In the early 1980s, Australia was home to a host of excellent pop and new wave bands such as The Reels, The Dugites, Eurogliders, and Flaming Hands, and Sydney’s The Numbers were no doubt one of the finest. The band went through many lineup changes in their existence from 1978 to 1984, but the one constant was brother and sister duo Chris and Annalisse Morrow. Throughout the group’s existence, Chris shined as a talented songwriter and guitarist, while Annalisse was a strong bassist and gave the material a distinct personality with her hard-edged, commanding vocals.

The group’s first release was a 3-track EP, Govt. Boy, in 1979, which took a louder, faster and overall more punk approach than what was to come. At this point, Chris was the focal point of the band, singing lead on two of the three tracks on the EP. By the time the band signed to the Deluxe label that same year, they had begun moving in a more accessible power pop direction, a shift evident on their first single for the label, 1980’s “The Modern Song.” Along with the cleaner sound came a decision to put Annalisse at the forefront. In a 2008 Mess+Noise interview, Annalisse explained of the decision, “You’re young and you’re taking advice from other people. And by that stage we were with a major label and we had a manager and we were with an agency and those people have a very large influence on how you think, because you’re taking advice from people you believe have the experience. And also personally I always thought I was a much better singer than I was a bass player.” This change in direction proved successful for the band, with the single cracking the Australian Top 50 and the band scoring an appearance on the TV show Countdown. Their next single, “Five Letter Word,” was another national radio hit and brought them further into the spotlight.

Once the band released their debut, self-titled LP in late 1980, they seemed poise to break out internationally. “The feeling I got then was the record company’s expectation was we were going to go absolutely ballistic,” explained Chris in the same Mess+Noise interview. “We were going to go from suburban Thornleigh to Madison Square Garden, we were going to be amazingly huge.” While the debut record included highlights in the form of the previous singles and select album tracks such as the melodic “I Don’t Know” (which found Chris back on lead vocals) and the punky “Hello,” third single “Mr. President” failed to chart and the album - while regionally successful - didn’t break the band as expected.
After a series of lineup changes, the band issued a new single, “Jericho,” and returned to the studio to record their sophomore release, 1982’s 39-51. Armed with more memorable songs and more confident vocals from Annalisse, things looked promising for The Numbers. The album's singles “Big Beat” and “Dreams From Yesterday” as well as standout album tracks such as “Day to Day,” “Blacktown” and “Dancer” sounded a bit like a rougher-around-the edges version of The Go-Go’s and deserved widespread chart success. Unfortunately, by this point interest in the band had waned and the record went largely unnoticed.

After two albums and years of hard work on the road and in the studio with little commercial success to show for it, The Numbers soon called it quits. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that Chris and Annalisse released more music together, this time as Maybe Dolls. While this incarnation of the band gave the duo their biggest success to date in the form of the catchy pop singles “Nervous Kid” and “Cool Jesus,” the band once again faced record label difficulties, grew disillusioned, and a recorded second album was never released.

The Numbers and the Maybe Dolls never achieved international commercial success, but they created a canon of strong power pop songs worth discovering. In 2007, Australian label Aztec Music brought the band to attention once again by releasing a compilation of Numbers material, including highlights from both EPs, rare B-sides and the complete Government Boy EP. The disc is titled Numerology 1979-1982 and is available via the label’s site. In addition, the Blue Pie label recently released the band’s output digitally, and it can be downloaded on Amazon MP3 and iTunes (but beware, many of the tracks are mislabeled in these releases).

The Numbers band members:
Annalisse Morrow - Bass, Vocals
Chris Morrow - Guitar, Vocals
Simon Vidale - Drums
Graham Bidstrup - Drums
John Bliss - Drums
Craig Bloxom - Bass
Russell Handley - Keyboard, Guitar
Marty Newcombe - Drums
Collin Newham - Keyboard, Bass
Marcus Phelan - Guitar
Garry Roberts - Bass

The Numbers discography:
- Govt. Boy (EP, 1979): Government Boy, Private Eyes, Guerilla
- The Modern Song (single, 1980): The Modern Song, Take Me Away
- Five Letter Word (single, 1980): Five Letter Word, Alone
- The Numbers (self-titled LP, 1980): Five Letter Word, I Don’t Know, Mr. President, Hello, When I Get Older, The Modern Song, Partys, Talk to Me, OK, Teenage Wonderland, Wind
- Mr. President (single, 1981): Mr. President, Private Eyes, Guerilla
- Jericho (single, 1981): Jericho (original version), Turn Back (original version)
- 39-51 (LP, 1982): Big Beat, Secrets, Day to Day, Somedays, Again, Dreams from   Yesterday,   Blacktown, Dancer, Turn Back, Telephone, Jericho
- Big Beat (single, 1982): Big Beat, Telephone
- Dreams From Yesterday (single, 1982): Dreams From Yesterday, Again
- Numerology: 1979-1982 (compilation CD, 2007): The Modern Song, Five Letter Word, Mr. President, Jericho, Big Beat, Turn Back, Dreams From Yesterday, Alone, Partys, Dancer, Secrets, Day to Day, Again, Take Me Away, Blacktown, When I Get Older, Hello, Govt. Boy, Private Eyes, Guerilla

Sunnyboys - 1982 - Individuals

This Is Real/Individuals/It's A Sunny Day/Leaf On A Tree/You Need A Friend/No Love Around/I'm Not Satisfied/Days Are Gone/You Don't Need Me/Colour Of Love

Australian rock band The Sunnyboys, formed in 1980, were known for their powerful yet melodic songs, many written by frontman Jeremy Oxley. Jeremy and his brother and fellow band member Peter originally hailed from Kingscliff where they were students at Tweed River High and members of garage band Wooden Horse. After moving to Sydney and forming The Sunnyboys, the band moved from playing small inner-city venues to cracking the mainstream music charts very quickly. Their first two albums, Sunnyboys and Individuals both charted into the Top 30 of the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. The Sunnyboys produced melodic power pop classics and were rewarded with an immediate positive response. However as is the case with many bands, talent and enthusiasm was not enough to keep them together. Jeremy Oxley was battling mental illness and after much internal dissent, and despite critical praise and a number of hits, The Sunnyboys broke up in 1984.
They have reunited sporadically since their original break-up, playing one-off shows in 1998 and 2012.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Billy Thorpe - 1980 - Time Traveller

Poison Ivy/Mashed Potato/Sick And Tired/Over The Rainbow/Funny Face/Love Letters/Dawn Song/Most People I Know/I Am The Sea/Be-Bop-A-Lula/Time To Live/Oop Poo Pa Doo/Captain Straightman/Boogie Woogie/ Cigarettes & Whisky/Out In The Street Again/ It's Almost Summer/Movin' On A Sound/

William Richard "Billy" Thorpe, AM (29 March 1946 – 28 February 2007) was a renowned English-born Australian pop / rock singer-songwriter and musician. As lead singer of his band Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, he had success in the 1960s with "Blue Day", "Poison Ivy", "Over the Rainbow", "Sick and Tired", and "Mashed Potato"; and in the 1970s with "Most People I Know Think That I'm Crazy". Featuring in concerts at Sunbury Pop Festivals and Myer Music Bowl in the early 1970s, the Aztecs also developed the pub rock scene and were one of the loudest groups in Australia.
Thorpe also performed as a solo artist; he relocated to the United States from 1976 to 1996 where he released the space opera Children of the Sun, which peaked in the top 40 of the Billboard Pop Album chart in 1979. He worked with ex-Aztec Tony Barber to form a soft toy company in 1987 and co-wrote stories for The Puggle Tales and Tales from the Lost Forests. Thorpe also worked as a producer and composed music scores for TV series including War of the Worlds, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Columbo, Eight Is Enough and Hard Time on Planet Earth.
Thorpe returned to Australia in 1996 and continued as a performer and producer, additionally he authored two autobiographies, Sex and Thugs and Rock 'n' Roll (1996) and Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy) (1998). According to Australian rock music historian Ian McFarlane, "Thorpie evolved from child star, beat pop sensation and cuddly pop crooner to finally emerge as the country's wildest and heaviest blues rocker [...] Thorpie was the unassailable monarch of Australian rock music". Thorpe was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 1991. He died of a myocardial infarction in February 2007 and was posthumously appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June for his contribution to music as a musician, songwriter and producer.

Richard Clapton - 1978 - Past Hits And Previews

Stepping Across The Line/Girls On The Avenue/Goodbye Tiger/Capricorn Dancer/I Wanna Be A Survivor/When The Heats Off/Deep Water/Blue Bay Blues/Need A Visionary/Suit Yourself

Richard Clapton (born 18 May ca. 1949) is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist from Sydney, New South Wales. His solo top 20 hits on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart are "Girls on the Avenue" (1975) and "I Am an Island" (1982). His top 20 albums on the related Albums Chart are Goodbye Tiger (1977), Hearts on the Nightline (1979), The Great Escape (1982), and The Very Best of Richard Clapton (1982). As a producer he worked on the second INXS album, Underneath the Colours (1981). In 1983, he briefly joined The Party Boys for a tour of eastern Australia and the live album, Greatest Hits (Of Other People) (1983) before resuming his solo career.
Australian rock music historian, Ian McFarlane described Clapton as "one of the most important Australian songwriters of the 1970s". On 12 October 1999, Clapton was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame. As from May 2010, he is writing an autobiography, expected for released in 2014.

Groop - 1968 - Great Hits From The Groop

Mad Over You/Downtown Women/Woman You're Breaking Me/The Gun And Flowerpot Trick/I'm Satisfied/Little Man/Here She Comes/
Empty Words/The Best In Africa/Ham And Eggs

The Groop were an Australian folk, R&B and rock band formed in 1964 in Melbourne, Australia and had their greatest chart success with their second line-up of Max Ross on bass, Richard Wright on drums and vocals, Don Mudie on lead guitar, Brian Cadd on keyboards and vocals, and Ronnie Charles on vocals. The Wesley Trio formed early in 1964 with Ross, Wright and Peter McKeddie on vocals, they were renamed The Groop at the end of the year.
The Groop's best known hit single "Woman You're Breaking Me" was released in 1967, the band won a trip to United Kingdom but had little success there. Other singles included "Ol' Hound Dog", "Best in Africa", "I'm Satisfied", "Sorry", "Seems More Important to Me" and "Such a Lovely Way".
When The Groop disbanded in 1969, Cadd and Mudie formed Axiom with Glenn Shorrock (later in Little River Band). Cadd was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 2007, for his work with The Groop, Axiom and as a solo artist.

James Freud - 1980 - Breaking Silence

Modern Girl/The Television's Hungry/The Saviours/Enemy Lines/Butane Babies/Star To Star/19 Again/Mean Modulator/Blue Moon

At the age of 16, Freud formed his first band, Sabre, with high school friend and guitarist Sean Kelly and drummer Ian McFarlane. Their first performance was at Freud's younger sister's slumber party after hearing the Sex Pistols in 1977, Freud formed The Spred with Kelly and three others. When the opportunity came to record a single ("I Wanna Be Your Baby"),later covered by Uncanny X-men , two members were fired and the band changed its name to The Teenage Radio Stars. They performed the single on Countdown. By 1980, Freud was recording as a solo performer with a backing band, with whom he recorded a minor hit single ("Modern Girl") and an album "Breaking Silence" along with a large cast of session musicians. In 1981, they renamed themselves James Freud and Berlin and recorded the singles "Enemy Lines" and "Automatic Crazy" before splitting up in 1982, Freud joined the Models as bassist after the departure of Mark Ferrie, (who now plays bass in the Rockwiz band on SBS) reuniting with old collaborator Sean Kelly. Freud shared lead vocalist duties on some songs, beginning with one of his compositions, "Facing The North Pole In August" off the "The pleasure of your company" album, recorded in 1983. In 1985, 2 Freud-penned hits, "Barbados" and "Out of Mind, Out of Sight",took the Models to numbers #2 and #1 on the Australian top-ten charts respectively.
He remained in the band until they split up in 1988.
After years of battling alchoholism James Freud took his own life on Thursday November 4th.