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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Post 422 - Mother Goose - All Our Eggs In One Album - The Singles Collection


The first time I ever heard of Mother Goose was of course with the 1st single "Baked Beans". Like a lot of others I thought, here’s another novelty song that the radio stations are going to flog and then we’ll never hear of these guys again. Here in the country area of NSW that was exactly what happened. They flogged the track and I never heard anything from them again. Most likely this wasn't the case in the capital cities because they did go on to release ten singles all up, five for Mushroom Records & five for Parole Records. It wasn't till I was reading about them that I realised that they also had many A & B sides that didn't make it on their three LP's. So off we went collecting all the singles and while putting this set together it was then I realised what serious songwriters and musicians these guys really were and wondered why so many of these weren’t big hits all around the country. One that really stands out to me was their single from 1982 "Lonely Girls". After ripping it and fixing it up I played it over and over. Steve Young who wrote many of their songs is a great song writer indeed. So if you were like me and thought "Baked Beans" was just another one hit wonder and these guys dressed a little weirder then Split Enz in their early days, forget that and have a listen to this set of singles because I'm sure you will come away with a very different opinion of the band Mother Goose. A big thank you also goes to Woodynet for the art work and for coming up with the name for this collection.

11 comments:

AussieRock said...

Hey Ozzies
What a fantastic compilation and it also contains my all time favourite Goose track "The Girl Across The Street", which I absolutely loved when I first heard them play it live at La Trobe Uni back in 1977/78?
Thanks also to Woody also for the fantastic artwork - such talent!
Clever compilation title folks :-)

BigGray said...

Thanks a lot Ozzie,
I didn't realise there were so many Mother Goose songs not on their albums.

Graham

Peter said...

Much obliged, Ozzie.

fitzall said...

Great tracks Ozzie. I'd completely erased Baked Beans from my memory - good to have it back.

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

Brilliant stuff - where would you ever hear this great music if not for this blog?! Thanks so much!

Micko said...

Thanks for this terrific collaborative effort by the Ozzies & Woodynet

Very much looking forward to hearing this :-)

Kevin Whitford said...

thank you so much for posting this: I ran a large melbourne suburban pub in the 70's when these guys launched in Melbourne. We had them every Thursday for a month as they began their career in Australia then intermittently from there as their fame grew. They were simply sensational and I would wonder in awe at the energy they had! Ive seen elite footballers who could not have maintained there output. I enjoyed many a cold jug of beer backastage withese guys after each show and their peorsnalities matched their music. Sensational! One song missing in your compilation I have been desparate to find is their versio of paint it black. Do you have it? Could you post it? God I hope so! Thanks for the memories and putting this up. Cheers - kevin

Micko said...

Why did I never grab this one??

Coz now the links are dead Ozzie :-( So when ya get a chance please ol' boy

Thanks

Micko

Ozzie Music Man said...

Hi to Kevin I will be posting the Mother Goose LP with Paint it black appears on soon as things are up and running again. Micko the link still working this end mate.

dewoz said...

Thanks for creating this great compilation - and with artwork too! Sensational!!!

newelectricmuse said...

Thank you - discovered this band via the live clips on Youtube - never heard of them before this (I'm from the UK) but how could I not be intrigued? Behind all the costumes and stage antics they're some really good musicians so looking forward to hearing these singles.