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Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Post 171 - The Mixtures - Home Away From Home

As a result of the 1970 radio ban, during which many Australian radio stations refused to play Australian and British music released by major labels, the Mixtures recorded a cover of Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" and received much more airplay than had initially been expected for a group on a small record label. The single went to #1 in Australia for six weeks. They followed up with "The Pushbike Song", which went to #1 in Australia for two weeks, hit #2 in the UK Singles Chart, and went to #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. The next single, "Henry Ford", peaked at #43. Here for you to download is the B side of "Henry Ford" "Home Away From Home" (FB-062) produced by David MacKay for Fable Record and written by Mick Flinn and Fred Weiland. The next single "Captain Zero" went to #5 in 1971, their last big hit. The group released material together for several more years before breaking up in 1976.

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