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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Post 501 - Jenny Morris - Body And Soul EP

Jenny Morris was born in New Zealand where she entered the music business and where she began performing in the all-girl group The Wide Mouthed Frogs. This was followed in 1980 by the band The Crocodiles, with whom she scored a Top 20 hit in New Zealand with ‘Tears’. In February 1981 The Crocodiles moved to Sydney, only to disband in July. Morris began her solo career by singing the title track for the film Puberty Blues, which was a local box-office success in 1981. In 1983, Morris formed QED with Rex Goh (ex-Air Supply). The duo’s debut single, ‘Everywhere I Go’, peaked at #19 on the Australian charts in early 1984. Morris’s next single proved to be her solo breakthrough: ‘You’re Going To Get Hurt’ hit #24 in August 1986, finally establishing her as a serious singer/songwriter. In July 1987, Morris released her first solo album, Body and Soul, produced by Mark Moffatt and Ricky Fataar. It sold over 70,000 copies in Australia (platinum status), and spawned a number of singles, the biggest of which, ‘You I Know’ (written by Neil Finn), reached #13. She won ARIA’s for Most Popular Female Performer in 1987 and 1988. Here to download is the 12” extended single released  of “Body And Soul” (0.258457) it also features a non LP track of the Beatles “I’ve Just Seen A Face” produced by Mark Moffat for WEA Records in 1987. The other two tracks were produced by Andrew Farriss and Jenny Morris.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Post 500 - Tim Finn - You Saved The World -Les' Fanfare - Coup D'etat

Brian Timothy "Tim" Finn, OBE was born on 25th June 1952. His musical career includes forming 1970s and 1980s New Zealand rock group Split Enz, a number of solo albums, temporary membership in his brother Neil's band Crowded House and his joint efforts with Neil Finn as the Finn Brothers. Born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand. He went to Sacred Heart College, Auckland, a Catholic boarding school. In 1971 he started a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Auckland. There he jammed in music practice room 129 (later the name of a Split Enz song) with friends and future Split Enz band members Mike Chunn, Robert Gillies, Philip Judd and Noel Crombie. Music soon became more important to him than his studies; in mid-1972 he quit university. A few months later, Phil and Tim formed group Split Ends (renamed Split Enz, shortly before their first move to Melbourne in 1975). Finn's focus also turned to soundtrack music, and he landed a few acting roles on-screen. Finn has composed for a number of Australian films and TV productions, including 1981 teen tale Puberty Blues and comedy Les Patterson Saves the World, which yielded Australian hit “You Saved the World” b/w “Les’ Fanfare” & Coup D’etat” (7-258352) For WEA Records in 1987 here for you to download. The single was produced by Ricky Fataar  Finn had a small part in Australian film The Coca-Cola Kid alongside then-girlfriend Greta Scacchi, and a larger one in her Italian-shot romance La Donna della Luna (The Moon Woman).

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Post 499 - John Vincent - Owyagoin' LP

 Back in 1967, Adelaide disc-jockey John Vincent would spend Saturday afternoons at the Arkabar Hotel, listening to music of local rock band 'The In-Sect.  Sometimes after a few liquid courage ales, John would talk his way on stage to perform the only song he knew. It was a song he composed called "Owyagoin'?" The lyrics were:
· "Owyagoin'? - Alright
· Crack a coldie - you beaut
· Seeyalater - hooroo"

It was eventually decided that a song of such lyrical complexity should be recorded for prosperity. It also transpired that the In-Sect had one song to go, to finish a recording contract. So why not? Thus commenced the John Vincent musical phenomenon. Here to download is the 1973 LP for RCA Records "Owyagoin' (OMC-178)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Post 498 - Doug Parkinson – Heartbeat To Heartbeat LP

In March 1983 Doug Parkinson released his second solo album “Heartbeat to Heartbeat” (SBP 237862) for CBS Records. The LP was produced by Tommy Emmanuel and Alan Marsfield. It featured some of Australia’s finest musicians such as Billy Green, Broderick Smith, Johnny Dick, Tommy Emmanuel, Vanetta Fields just to name a few. The album featured five singles for CBS. Later in 1983 he took the starring role of Judas in the revived stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The production toured Australia for twelve months to great acclaim, before final performances in Hong Kong and Singapore. Thanks to Tony H for the help with this one.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Post 497 - Francis Butler's SIXTY NINERS - Flash - Back Seat Drivin'

In April 1973 Brian Bethell, Peter Knox and Dave Ovendon sacked Francis Butler from the band and, added Tony Burkys on guitar, they renamed themselves as Peter Knox's New Improved 69'ers. Butler responded by forming Francis Butler's Original 69'ers, where he was joined by Ray Ferguson on guitar, vocals, flute and kazoo; Peter Jarman on drums and Terry Stacey on bass guitar. In November John 'Ernie' McInerney replaced Jarman on drums. The two bands had somewhat diversified styles. Both retained an image for crazy and often crude humour; however Butler's version was closer to their original jug-band style with country and rock influences. In 1974 the band issued its last single, "Flash" / "Back Seat Drivin'" (ESP-008) on the independent Earth label. The single was Engineered by Ross Kirkland and both sides penned by Butler. For this single the group were Butler, Ferguson, McInerney and Wharton. After its release they worked regularly around Sydney and rural New South Wales. Later in 1974, McInerney left to join Richard Clapton's backing band, he was replaced by Rob Harris who stayed for a few months to be replaced by Rob Cody. In August 1975 Ferguson, Wharton and Cody all left to form Flash Harry's Iceberg. The latter day line-up of The 69'ers was Butler, Ian Cameron on guitar, Tom Callaghan on drums and Lindsay Osborne on bass guitar. The group finally broke up in February 1976. In 1978 Francis Butler released a solo religious album, “There Is no Escape”, on independent label, Rhema, before travelling to the United States and becoming a religious minister.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Post 496 - Swordfish - Swordfish EP

Sydney band Swordfish released this EP in 1991 on Volition Records. Swordfish  drew their inspiration from such sources as Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young and The Beatles.  This EP featured two singles “Wrap” and “Paralytic”. Between 90-94 they recorded three EP’S a mini LP and two albums. Unfortunately they lost their drummer Rob Hodgson in a fatal crash on the way to a gig, he was only 26. I once read, “Rob Hodgson was one of the greatest ever drummers from Sydney, an extremely interesting and smart and lovely guy”. Here to download is their first EP “Swordfish” (VOLTCD42). Members include: James Dixon (vocals and guitar); Pete Marley (bass and vocals); Pete (guitar, synths and organs); and Rob (drums). Members were sometimes credited on releases with only their first names. 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Post 495 - Homer - Ol' Blue Jeans - New York City

Homer - (Terry Britten & Brian Peacock ), Terry Britten’s contribution to the legendary Twilights has been well documented … as was his production / song writing for many Aussie acts. Terry partnered Brian Peacock (ex-Procession ; Joy Band ; Playboys ; Librettos & Western Flyer) in Homer which released this single “Ol’ Blue Jeans’ b/w “New York City (FB-100) in 1971 for Fable Records, recorded in London and produced by David Mackay. Not a lot of other info is available on Homer as I gather they separated leaving Britten to blossom as a songwriter racking up an impressive catalogue of hits for major artists. Britten presently has a home in Richmond, London, and a home recording studio called State of the Ark. 

Friday, 21 March 2014

Post 494 - Railroad Gin - Christmas Bowl Souvenir - Rock Masses For Brotherhood and Vision EP

Apart from a couple of jingles and a demo recording of Ruby Tuesday , this custom recorded EP was apparently the first commercially available recording by Railroad Gin, the legendary  Brisbane band fronted by singer/songwriter Carol Lloyd. Rock masses were happening around Australia during the early 70's (e.g. performed by Perth band Bakery), and Railroad Gin', besides their harder-edged rock material, wrote material to suit such events. One of the highlights of their career was a Rock Mass they performed with the Queensland Youth Orchestra at St. John’s Cathedral in Brisbane in 1973.The rarely-encountered EP features Railroad Gin performing some of this Rock Mass material (without orchestra) and would be a welcome addition to any serious collector. This 1973 independent EP was a give-away on the day of the Mass and is one of Railroad Gin's most highly sought after recordings. Here to download is that EP “Christmas Bowl Souvenir - Rock Masses For Brotherhood and Vision” (AW-33130). Their second single and major hit “A Matter of Time” was released in 1974 on the Polydor label. 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Post 493 - Issi Dye – I Wonder – Still Rockin’

This single was Issi Dye’s first single in over 30 years. Recorded in Studio “P” at Surfers Paradise in 1993. Lifted from the album  “Outback Nights” it was produced by Criston Barker for Montor Records. 

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Post 492 - Graham Roberts - Havin A Barbie - Rock And Roll D.J

4IP radio DJ Graham "Robbo" Roberts recorded this novelty song dedicated to one of Australia's most favourite weekend pastimes the “Barbie”. Both sides of this single was penned by the late John Vincent and produced by Waynie "Poo" Roberts, Geoff Mullins, and Russ Britton for Philips Records in 1975. On the B side Graham is joined by Paul J. Turner And The 4IP Gang. It seems the single only charted in Brisbane.  Chart entry date was 31 Oct 1975 it peaked at 26 for 7 weeks. It didn’t chart in any other capital city. Here to download is that single “Havin A Barbie” b/w “Rock And Roll DJ” (6037 066 2). 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Post 491 - Passage – Old Son Behold – I Know

Another one of those Aussie bands that the books and the Net knows little about. Released in 1974 on Warm & Genuine Records and penned by Falls – Miller other than that there’s no producer or city where it was recorded. One of my books says Sydney? So even it’s not real sure. But whoever these guys were it’s a pretty good song and sound, it was the only release which makes it rare in anyone’s book. Here to download is that single “Old Son Behold” b/w “I Know” (2079 901). Like I have said many times with bands like this maybe someone out there knows something about this single and will enlighten us. 

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Post 490 - Hits From Pippin EP – Various

This 1974 EP on Atlantic Records features four songs from the stage show “Pippin” from Colleen Hewett, Marcie Jones, Dove and Stuart & McKay. John Farnham and Colleen Hewitt were the stars of this 1973 production of the Stephen Schwartz musical. “Hits From Pippin EP” (EPA 243) is a pretty rare one to find these days so I’m told. Thanks to Peter for this one.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Post 489 - Super Star Dale and the All Stars – Tip Toe through the Tulips LP

Dale Stephenson has been calling the John Laws program for over 25 years and has become a celebrity through his live accapella renditions of a variety of classic songs over this period of time. Dale’s wish has always been to record his own CD and become a "lebrity", and with the help of 2UE's Peter Kukura who produced the album and Rock and Roll legend Col Joye who freely gave up his time, the CD came to fruition. The Dale and Col duet of "Tip Toe through the Tulips" has gained instant "legendary" status. Dales’ wish to also perform with a band has been fulfilled. What an achievement - an intellectually handicapped man having a CD released by a major record company (Sony Music).  The album was titled “Super Star Dale and the All Stars – Tip Toe through the Tulips” (5176932000) released on Sony in 2004. Dale is just delightful to talk with and a real inspiration to millions of John Laws listeners Australia wide. 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Post 488 - Andy Foxx - The Singles


After Autumn broke up during an ill-fated trip to the UK in early 1972, splitting within just six weeks of their arrival, Steve McMurray, Glenn Beatson and Allan Magsuball formed Mecca, which moved to Canada and after that group split they joined Canadian band Wireless. Tony Romeril worked in Italy for some time, recording under the pseudonym Andy Foxx. The two singles here were recorded by Tony “Afrikaan Blue” b/w “Thank The Lord For The Night” (CTN-7002) and “Venus” b/w “Let’s Work It Out” (CTN-7011). I couldn’t find out much about these recordings, so what better way but to ask the man himself, this is what Tony told me……
“The tracks were released on Catoca Records, an Italian Record Company owned by the guys who wrote and produced  "Middle of the Road's" records. The big hit was "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep". They sold 18 million records in Europe and Britain in 18 months. "Afrikaan Blue" was recorded in 1972/73. And "Venus” 12-18 months later. When I arrived in England and left Autumn I sold my PA system and recorded demos at Morgan Studio which is where Paul Simon recorded at the time. I was playing the demos to a guy at Robert Stigwoods Company and a guy walked past and stopped and asked who was that singing. Of course I owned up, he said I have a record company in Italy for just that type of voice, can you come to Rome with me tomorrow morning and meet these guys. A whole 3 seconds later I said yes. I ended up staying 12 days and recorded both sides of the single over that time. (They were perfectionists). I was also treated like royalty. I ate in 23 different restaurants in 12 days. It was amazing. (Even worth changing my name to Andy Foxx).”

Tony also told me that he had never heard the finished version of “Venus”. Thanks Tony I really appreciate your help and time with this.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Post 487 - Abigail – Biting My Nails – Stay Awhile

Abigail Rogan (born 23 July 1946, in London) Known simply as Abigail, she became best known to Australians as a sex symbol, starting with the television soap opera Number 96 in the early 1970s. Despite common belief, she did not appear nude in the series. In fact it was fellow actor Vivienne Garrett who played Rose Godulfus from the same series who was the first to appear topless on Australian Television. In 1973, after leaving Number 96, she published her autobiography, Call Me Abigail which sold 150,000 copies in its first two weeks of sale. Also in 1973, Abigail made an attempt at a popular music career and scored a hit with a cover of Serge Gainsbourg's "Je t'aime... moi non plus", which reached the top 10 in Australia. Although this debut was a success, follow-up singles, including a comedic release with ventriloquist Chris Kirby, were not. She released 4 singles 3 from her 1973 LP “Abigail” for Festival Records produced by Martin Erdman. The fourth single here for you to download from 1976 on Laser Records, a cover of Genevieve Waite’s single penned by her and husband John Phillips (Mama's and the Papa's). “Biting My Nails” b/w “Stay Awhile” (LS-102846) the B side is also a cover of the Bells 1971 hit and produced by Charles Fisher. Tim Curry also recorded a cover of “Biting My Nails” in 2010. Abigail’s last television appearance was in 2002, when she briefly became a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig. She claimed to have lost 17 kilograms in seven weeks. She was interviewed on Sydney, Australia radio station 2GB on her 60th birthday in 2006. At that time she was living on the Gold Coast, Queensland. 

Post 486 - Doug Parkinson – Willing & Able – Endlessly

In 1985 Doug Parkinson had acting roles in the tele-movies The Body Business, Butterfly Island and Watch the Shadows Dance. He starred in the Kinsellas production Soul man in 1986 which toured nationally and in 1987 co-wrote the score for the surfing film “Wind Warriors” as well as co-writing the theme song “Willing and Able” b/w “Endlessly” (POS 3018) for the 9 network series of the same name. It was released in May 1987 on Possum Records. From what I can see this was the only recording for this label. 

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Post 485 Mother Goose - Don't Believe In Fairy tales LP

Not much to say about Mother Goose in this post that I haven’t already said in previous posts.  When returning to Australia in 1979, after almost twelve months in the United States they undertook their 'Catch Me If You Can Tour', and recorded the album, “Don't Believe In Fairy tales” (L 37147) for Mushroom. The LP was produced by Ralph Moss and their version of “Paint It Black” is one of the best I've heard in a long time. Folk lore has it that Mick Jagger has said that this is the second best version of ‘Paint It Black’ he has ever heard, so could Mick and I be wrong?  Also a “BIG” thank you to Woodynet with  help in fixing up the art work for this one. 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Post 484 Men at work – Down Under (extended mix) – Sail To You (extended mix)

"Down Under" (also known as "Land Down Under") is a Platinum-certified single recorded by Men at Work. In 1980, it was originally released as the B side to their first local single titled "Keypunch Operator". It was released before the band signed with Columbia Records. Both early songs were written by the group’s co-founders, Colin Hay & Ron Strykert. The early version of "Down Under" has a slightly different tempo and arrangement than the later Columbia release. The most well-known version was then released on Columbia in October 1981 as the second single from their debut album Business as Usual (1981). The song went to number one in Australia in December 1981, and then topped the New Zealand charts in February 1982. It was released in North America in mid-1982 and the song topped the Canadian charts in October. In the United States the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on 6 November 1982 at No. 79 and reached No. 1 in January 1983.  It eventually sold over two million copies in the US alone. In the UK, the song topped the charts in January and February 1983, and is the only Men at Work song to make the UK top 20.  The song also went No. 1 in Ireland, Denmark and Switzerland, and was a top 10 hit in many other territories. There have been many cover versions of the song such as Yossi and Avi Piamenta’s recorded traditional Jewish wedding lyrics to the tune of the song in the 1980’s.  In 1983, Hong Kong pop singer Alan Tam made a cover of the song. The Cantonese version is called "一於少理" ("Just Don't Care" in English). In 1985, Lithuanian rock band Antis made a cover of the song, which became one of their most well-known hits. It was called "Zombiai" A Finnish cover version titled "Tervetuloa Länteen, Andrej" (Welcome to west, Andrej) of the song was released by Vilperin Perikunta in 1992. Sections of the flute part of the recording of the song were found to be based on the children's song "Kookaburra", written in 1932 by Marion Sinclair. Sinclair died in 1988. On 4 February 2010, Justice Jacobson ruled that Larrikin's copyright had been infringed because "Down Under" reproduced "a substantial part of Kookaburra". Since the verdict, Colin Hay has continued to insist that any plagiarism was wholly unintentional. He says that when the song was originally written in 1978, it did not have the musical passage in question, and that it was not until two years later, during a jam rehearsal session, that flautist Greg Ham improvised the riff, perhaps subconsciously recalling "Kookaburra".  Sadly Greg Ham was found dead in Melbourne on 19 April 2012. In the months before his death, Ham had been despondent over the verdict, and convinced that "the only thing people will remember me for" would be the plagiarism conviction. Here to download is the extended version of “Down Under” (extended mix) b/w “Sail To You” (extended mix) (BA-12229). Both songs were a promo-release in 1986 as a 12” single that came with the “Men At Work ’81-‘85” LP. Many thanks to Henry DeRooy who had this gem tucked away in his laundry cupboard and gave it to me to fix up for this Australia Day 2014. 

Post 483 - Men At Work – Keypunch Operator – Down Under

This was a Self-released single issued in 1980 before they got a recording contract, according to some sources only 300 copies were pressed. The label uses "AA1" and "AA2" rather than the more traditional "A" and "B" usually used on 7" singles. The early version of "Down Under" has a slightly different tempo and arrangement than the later Columbia release. 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Post 482 - Shirley – Nothing But The Best – Your Love

Had a request for this 1979 single by Graeme Strachan better known as Shirley lead singer of Skyhooks. Here to download is the last of five solo singles he recorded for Mushroom Records. "Nothing but the Best" b/w “Your Love” (K 765) it didn’t chart in the top 50. The A side was penned by Shirley and Aztec Warren Morgan and produced by Morgan & Graham Owens the B side was produced by Little River Band’s Rick Formosa and Ross Cockle. 

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Post 481 - Trevor - Crying In The Rain - Party Girl

Trevor Spry, only ever recorded under his first name "Trevor". He was a teenager when he first took an interest in music and by 1970 he achieved his first top 40 hit with "Crying In The Rain" which made it to #27 nationally on the charts. After great sales of his first hit he released "Love Is All Around" in 1971 and it only charted in Melbourne where it made it to #32 and sank without a trace in the rest of Australia.  Here to download is that single “Crying In The Rain” b/w “Party Girl” (TS 106) for Tempo Records in 1970. Trevor worked as a rock journalist and appeared on Melbourne's "Uptight" and "Happening '70" TV shows.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Post 480 - The Cutters - More Than Fire - Television Mercy

Brisbane band formed in 1987 not to be confused with Melbourne band The Cutters 1983/85. Another one of those Aissie band with not much info on the net or in books, this was their only single from 1988 produced by The Cutters & Jeremy Smallhorn for Mighty Boy Records. Members were Andrew Bartlett – Keyboards, Tim Carmen – drums, John Lloyd - vocals, Ross McKinnon – bass, Phillip Monsour – Guitar. Phil Monsour  went on to other bands such as Carousel, consisting of Chrysalids guitarist Graham Jackson and Cutters bass player Ross Mckinnon. Keyboard player Andrew Barlettn  became a senator and went on to lead the Democrats. Here to download is the single “More Than Fire” b/w “Television Mercy” (MB-20067). The only other recording I know of is from 1990 which was a mini LP called “A Long Way” will have to keep an eye out for that one. 

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Post 479 - Owen Yateman's Mob - Ice Cream - Red Eye

Owen Yateman, a Torquay (Victoria) legend who for decades, it seemed, had his jazz band at the Torquay dance every Saturday night through summer. Yateman played a dominating trombone. In May 1970 Yateman released this single for Fable Records here for you to download “Ice Cream” b/w “Red Rye” (FB-006). Other musicians on this recording are John Hughes trumpet, Owen Yateman trombone, Mike Longhurst  clarinet, Russ Sheridan panio, Don Standing banjo, Geoff Thompson , Paul Ludowyk bass  and Ian Coots on drums. In 1974 Owen formed “Yateman's Big Fat Brarse”, other than that there’s not much info out there but like I have said before maybe someone out there from the band or recording session may enlighten us. 

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Post 478 - Ol' 55 - Rockin' Christmas - White Christmas

Thought seeing it’s Christmas Eve I better get at least one Christmas track up on the Blog. This live version of “Rockin’ Christmas”  with a doo wop version of “White Christmas” on Carols by Candlelight 2002. It features all the original members of Ol '55. Frankie J. Holden lead vocals. Wilbur Wilde on saxophone. Jimmy Manzie on bass guitar. Patrick "Meatballs" Drummond on lead guitar. "Rockpile" Jones on guitar and vocals and Geoff "Drainpipe" Plummer on drums and vocals. Have a great Christmas everyone and we will be back better than ever in 2014. Ozzie.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Post 477 - Con The Fruiterer – A Cuppla Days – The Con Dance

Mark Mitchell was born in Melbourne. He studied English and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and then completed a Diploma of Education at State College of Victoria Rusden Campus. He taught secondary school English for five years before becoming an advertising copy-writer and then a professional actor. Mark starred in the pioneering sketch comedy show The Eleventh Hour, a predecessor to his hit sketch show The Comedy Company. He has made many guest appearances on Australian television series such as SeaChange, Neighbours, Something in the Air, Blue Heelers, Prisoner and Dogwoman. Mitchell's best known character is Con Dickaletus aka 'Con the Fruiterer' whom he created after being served by two Greek Australian stall holders at Glenferrie Markets in 1984. The character became known nationally from regular appearances in The Comedy Company, Con's catchphrases "cuppla days" and "bewdiful" entered the Australian vernacular. In August 1989, then Prime Minister Bob Hawke appeared in a The Comedy Company sketch with Mitchell on the premise of presenting Con with Australian citizenship. In reply to Con's question as to when Hawke was going to fix up the country, Hawke took great delight in responding "cuppla days" In 1988 Con released the single “A Cuppla Days” b/w “The Con Dance” (653148 7) for CBS. The two tracks were written and produced by Colin Hay & Greg Ham from Men At Work. 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Post 476 - Tony Monopoly – The Girl I’ll Never Know – Love And The World Loves With You

Born Antonio Rosario Monopoli in Adelaide, Australia, he was a regular on the national radio show Kangaroos on Parade at the age of nine. At the age of sixteen he became a Carmelite monk and remained in the order for five years. He was appearing at Caesar's Palace in Luton when he auditioned for Opportunity Knocks, a British television talent show, which he won on six consecutive occasions in the 1970s. By the early 1980s, Monopoly was frequently obliged to display his talents aboard cruise liners. "I lived on one yacht for a year," he said. "I went to 56 countries. I had champagne for breakfast. But I hated it" When fulfilling his increasingly rare engagements on dry land, he divided his time between Australia and the UK. He was headhunted for a musical while appearing in Cinderella at Hanley, near Stoke-on-Trent. Monopoly starred - in drag - in Moby Dick, the inaugural production at the newly refurbished Old Fire Station Theatre in Oxford. The show's success prompted Cameron Mackintosh to mount a 1992 West End production, that opened to scathing reviews and promptly closed, after which Monopoly portrayed Old Deuteronomy in a UK tour of Cats. Here to download is a single by Tony “The Girl I’ll Never Know” b/w “Love And The World Loves With You” (EA-9666) recorded for H.M.V. Records and produced by Howard Gable. I searched the net but can’t seem to find what year this was released. Monopoly died in Brighton, England on 21 March 1995.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Post 475 - Sparklers – Don’t Go Changing – Overworking

The Sparklers were a Sydney band formed in 1985 by ex-members of the Sunnyboys, Bill Bilson and Peter Oxley together with Chris Abrahams from the Jazzy Benders. They were managed by journalist Ed St.John. The band released 5 singles and one LP between ’85 and ’89. This single “Don’t Go Changing” b/w  “Overworking” (MB20197) was their last single in 1989 recorded for Mighty Boy Records produced by Les Karski and both sides of the record was penned by lead vocalist Melanie Oxley who is the sister of Sunnyboys front man & chief songwriter Jeremy Oxley

Monday, 11 November 2013

Post 474 - Tintookies – The Tintookie March – Imagine-Reprise

Peter Scriven played a huge role in establishing puppetry as a serious art form in Australia. His Tintookies and Little Fella Bindi toured all over Australasia. The Tintookies, from an Aboriginal word meaning 'little people who come from the sand hills', was an elaborate marionette musical first staged by creator Peter Scriven at the Elizabethan Theatre in Sydney in 1956. After the success of this production, Tintookie   became the generic name for any of the puppets used by the Marionette Theatre of Australia, formed by Scriven under the auspices of the Elizabethan Theatre Trust in 1965.  After a spell in Singapore and Malaysia, Scriven returned to Sydney in 1973 as puppetry consultant to the Australian Council for the Arts. In late 1974 Scriven put together a new version of The Tintookies. Utilising around 100 near life-size marionettes, this was the biggest puppet production ever undertaken in Australia. It premiered at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne on 8 January 1975 and toured Asia in early 1976. In 1974 the Tiookies released a double A sided single here for you to download for Festival Records “The Tintookie March” b/w “Imagine-Reprise” (MX-46139). Many of the Tintookie marionettes now live in the archives of the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Post 473 - The Two Man Band - Single Collection

"Up There Cazaly" is an Australian sporting catchphrase inspired by former St Kilda and South Melbourne great Roy Cazaly ("Up there Cazaly" was "a phrase that would be shouted by team mate Fred "Skeeter" Fleiter when he wanted Cazaly to go for a mark"). The expression later became the basis of a song recorded and composed by The Two Man Band (Mike Brady & Peter Sullivan). The song was recorded in 1979, intended as a promotion for Channel Seven's Australian Rules Football (VFL) coverage. The single, released on the Fable Records label, sold over 250,000 copies and became the largest-selling Australian single ever released up to that time. Peter Sullivan has written arrangements and produced albums for many of Australia’s leading artists including Pseudo Echo, Little River Band, Daryl Somers, Ricky May, Normie Rowe, The Seekers, Colleen Hewitt, Dennis Walter. Mike Brady was one-third of the 1960s pop act MPD Ltd. (which stood for Mike, Pete and Danny) which had hits with "Little Boy Sad" and "Lonely Boy". The band toured Australia and the U.K. He has written songs for popular Australian artists such as John Farnham and Tina Arena. He also wrote the song "Courage in their Eyes" for the Seven Network's Olympics coverage.  Here are the five singles released between 1979/85 “Up There Cazaly” b/w “The Winner’s March” (Fable-FB-329), “One Day In September” b/w “Look Up In The Sky” (7-MS-449), “There’s A Little Bit Of Cazaly In Us All” b/w “Twenty Five Years In The Outer” (Full Moon-FMS 2105), “We’re Gonna Grab That Cup” b/w “Hobart” (Fable-FB-1057) and “You Are Australian” b/w “ You Are Australian (Instrumental)” (Full Moon – FMS 1001)

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Post 472 - The Revival – Viva Bobby Joe – Rudi’s In Love

Craig Scott was a former Dunedin bank clerk, who also had a strong interest in rock and roll. He started singing and playing bass guitar for Dunedin band, “The Klap”, and then joined Dunedin's top band, “Fantasy” in 1968. This group had relocated to Christchurch by the end of 1968. Shortly after arriving in Christchurch, Craig met up with four guys who had a band called “Blues Revival”. Craig joined them as vocalist and in February 1969, at the suggestion of Ray Columbus, they shortened their name to “Revival” and changed their image and repertoire. This had an immediate success for the group and in May 1969 they won the Christchurch section of the National Battle Of The Bands competition. This caught the attention of HMV's Peter Dawkins and he brought them to Wellington to record a single. The result was a cover of a current song by the Equals, and it outsold the original very well. The single was "Viva Bobby Joe" b/w "Rudi's In Love" (HR 377). The flip side was also a cover of a song by the British group Locomotive. The single made it to number 14 on the National charts in 1969. Although it was a success the band enjoyed, this pop style wasn't really what most of the members felt comfortable with, so when Craig was offered a solo career in April 1970, nobody else in the group minded and they broke up.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Post 471 - Doug Parkinson – Sailin’ (Sydney-Hobart) – Sailin’ (Sydney-Hobart)(Instrumental)

Douglas "Doug" Parkinson is an Australian singer who first came to fame with his band, Doug Parkinson In Focus, in 1969. He has had numerous hits on the Australian Top 40 charts. This single here for you is from 1984 “Sailin’ (Sydney-Hobart)” b/w “Sailin’ (Sydney-Hobart) (Instrumental)”
(OZ-1414) recorded on OZ Records. Produced by Peter J Martin who also co-wrote the song. The B side is credited to The Kites which I would assume was Doug’s backing band for this single. Engineered by Richard Lush and recorded at Paradise Studios, Sydney.


Monday, 23 September 2013

post 470 - Peter McKenna – Things To Remember – Lady Oh Lady

Peter McKenna was born on the 27th August 1946 in Brunswick West, Victoria, he is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Collingwood and Carlton in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1960s and 1970s. He also represented Devonport in the North West Football Union (NWFU), and Northcote, Port Melbourne and Geelong West in the Victorian Football Association (VFA). Regarded as one of the best full-forwards to ever play the game, McKenna holds the record for the longest sequence of matches in which he scored at least one goal: 120 matches. At his peak, Peter McKenna could lay claim to being the most popular footballer in the VFL – and, indeed, given the burgeoning impact of the mass media, almost certainly the most popular footballer ever in Australia up to that point. Not only was he a highly successful full forward playing for the nation's most popular sporting club, he possessed a Beatle-esque 'look' which, by the standards of the time, was an adman's dream. During this time, he recorded his first pop single “Things to Remember” b/w “Lady Oh Lady” (FB-031), written by Melbourne singer/songwriter Colin Buckley for Fable Records in 1970.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Post 469 - Little River Band - L.R.B. Rocks On For ANZ

This one sided 7” promotional single (played at 33 rpm) produced by the ANZ Bank around 1976. It is presented as though it is a radio program (stations 3XY / 2SM / 4IP get a mention). Little River Band perform two songs with lyrics about the services supplied by the ANZ. A tacky cross promotion LRB were roped in to doing to plug their "After Hours" album and up and coming Aussie talent while pushing the virtues of the ANZ bank. Probably the brainchild of some advertising execs as a way to encourage youth to open accounts with that bank. LRB's Glenn Shorrock and Beeb Birtles both sing  tracks about the ANZ Bank on this single. I also asked Beeb Birtles about this recording and this is what he told me....
Hi Garry,
All I can tell you is that when LRB first formed in 1975 we were all broke. We had just returned from England and went on the dole. To make some quick money we wrote and recorded some advertisements. The first one I wrote was for the Witchery chain and then we wrote some for the ANZ bank. I'm not sure why they pressed up singles of it.
Beeb.


Thursday, 19 September 2013

Post 468 - Luigi Risotto – Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport - If I Should Plant A Tiny Seed Of Love

Mike Willesee had a character appear on his programme; a comedian who did an ethnic routine as "Luigi Risotto".  Colin McEwan, who migrated from Scotland as a child, was a long-time breakfast announcer on 3AK radio in Melbourne, where he created the character of taxi driver Luigi Risotto, and also made regular appearances on the TV variety program In Melbourne Tonight. In 1975 Luigi recorded a single for Fable Records a version of Rolf Harris’s “Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport” b/w  “If I Should Plant A Tiny Seed Of Love” (FB- 240). But McEwan was most popular for the stage and TV productions of the irreverent Naked Vicar Show in the 1970s and Kingswood Country in the 1980s, in which he played Datsun dealer Bob Bulpitt, the annoying brother of Kingswood-mad Ted Bulpitt.   He suffered a stroke in the late 1990s, which robbed him of the ability to mould his rich, deep voice, effectively ending his career. On the 21 August 2005, McEwan, 64, lost his battle with liver cancer. Colin is survived by wife Rae and his son David. 

Post 467-Punkz - Anyway You Want It - I Can’t Control Myself

 Punkz came to the attention of Glenn A. Baker who also managed Ol'55. Mushroom Records issued  "Anyway You Want It" b/w “I Can’t Control Myself” (K-6631), in 1976 and "Take Me For What I'm Worth" 1977. Neither song made an impact on the charts. Soon after, the band changed its name to Cheek and covered The Mighty Avengers' "So Much In Love" which can be found at post # 84. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Post 466 - North 2 Alaskans – Love Machine / Take A Letter Maria /Gonks Go Beat / That Freaky Gonk Thang

North 2 Alaskans featured Spencer P Jones  (later of The Johnnies and Beasts of Bourbon),  16 string fretless sitar, vocals, Frank Savage on vocals, double cutaway medieval dulcimer, Johnny Toppe bass, vocals, Steve Watson  single string lute, vocals, Jimi Williams guitar, keyboard,  vocals . They  were billed as the World’s first Psychedelic Cabaret Combo. Both these singles were released in 1982 “Love Machine” (MISS 36) ON Missing Link Records  was recorded by The Roosters and The Pastoral Symphony, both Aussie groups. The B side was a cover of R. B. Greaves 1969 single. The second single “Gonks Go Beat” (LRS-746) released on Green Records features a great version of Tommy James’s Crimson & Clover with a touch of Issi Dy’s Incense mixed in. I once heard  that they were a last minute booking after the hard rock band "No Fear" cancelled at the last minute at the Dee Why Hotel. Needless to say the audience were absolutely dumbstruck when they saw North 2 Alaskans. It was one of those amazing never to forget nights.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Post 465 - Ol'55 - Open Top Cars & Girls In Tight T-Shirts LP

There’s not much I haven’t already said about Ol’55 in resent posts, this LP released on J&B Records in 1986 holds a collection of 50 and 60’s classics done the Ol’55 way. The band at this time held Rock Pile Jones, Patrick Drummond, Terry Bellew, Geoff Plummer, Donny A. Dee and Mick Simmons. The LP was produced by Rich Griner and engineered by Joe Arthur. They also do a 1986 version of “This Little Girl” and “On The Prowl.” Drummer Geoff Plummer died on 2 February 2006.  Here to download is “Open Top Cars & Girls In Tight T-Shirts” (JB266).  

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Post 464 - Rory O'Donoghue - Fatty Finn EP

Fatty Finn, is a popular long-run Australian comic strip, was created in the early 1920s by Syd Nicholls. The strip was initially called Fat and His Friends and was first published in the Sunday News on 16 September 1923. Fat appeared as a Billy Bunterish almost bald, nasty schoolboy, complete with straw boater. Fat was usually the butt of his friend's jokes, with those early strips exhibiting much of the cruelty practiced by children and reflecting a school system which believed in corporal punishment. On August 1924 the title of the strip was changed to Fatty Finn, heralding a change in the strip's direction and the role of the main character, who evolved from an English boy lookalike into a knockabout schoolboy innocently living out his days in a never-never urban world. Over the next few years, Fatty gradually lost weight, gained a boy scout style uniform, a dog ('Pal'), a goat ('Hector') and permanent supporting characters including Headlights Hogan, Lolly Legs, Bruiser and Mr. Claffey the policeman. Fatty adopted a more heroic role and the comic moved closer to the standard 'kid' strip with a distinct Australian flavor.
In 1980 the strip was adapted into a feature film, Fatty Finn, directed by Maurice Murphy. The film grossed $1,064,000 at the box office in Australia and was nominated for seven Australian Film Institute Awards in 1981, including Best Original Music Score, which it won. The movie starred Bert Newton, Lorraine Bayly, Gerard Kennedy, Noni Hazlehurst and Ben Oxenbould who later played the character "Ben" in the sitcom, Hey Dad..!
Rory O’Donoghue & Grahame Bond penned the songs for the Soundtrack and the EP was released in 1980 on Polydor Records - apparently without the consent of O’Donoghue and Bond. O’Donoghue’s parents, Terence and Sybil O’Donoghue, who were with D’Oyly Carte Opera in London, both sing on the soundtrack.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Post 463 - The Prefects – Wait Until Midnight / Little Boys

The Prefects, discovered by music Guru Ian Meldrum, is one of the most successful to emerge from Perth. Dressed in school boy uniforms was leader Doug Allmark on bass and lead vocals, along with Brad Mack on key boards, Bob Johnson drums, Angela Jones vocals, Tony Serraro bass and guitarist Rod Stone. They recorded two singles, the one here for you to download “Wait Until Midnight” b/w “Little Boys” (K-8487) in 1981 on Infinity Records and “I Wanna Make Love” in 1882. Allmark penned both sides of this single as well as produced the record with Peter Grondman and Ross Cockie.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Post 462 - Set - Draggin' The Line / Sparkling Eyes


“Set” is one of those Aussie bands that there is no information out there anywhere it seems. Recorded in 1976 for Fable Records and produced by Warwick Thomas & Engineered by Kevin Kerr “Set” gave us a great cover of Tommy James’s 1971 hit “Draggin’ The Line” b/w “Sparkling Eyes” (FB-265). This is the only record “Set” ever recorded according to all my books but there is no entry of where the Band was based or any known members. Like I have said many other times with bands like this maybe someone out there in internet land knows something about these guys and will enlighten us more.