Wednesday, April 29, 2009
We wanted to post something special for our 100th post, so we chose an EP that we’ve been searching for what seems like 100 years. Thanks to Brett‘s post on Midoztouch we were finally able to track it down. On Stage (GEPO 70022) was recorded in 1965 with the Mk I Aztecs. It contains an interesting original version of “
Jenny Jenny”, which was re-worked and released on the Don’t You Dig This Kind Of Beat LP with the Mk II Aztecs. Other tracks included on the EP are “What’d I Say” and The Coasters cover “I’m A Hog For You Baby”. And finally, the infamous “ Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” track. We have only ever heard of this track, but have finally had the opportunity to hear it for ourselves. As die-hard Thorpie fans, we hope that you enjoy listening to this EP as much as we have enjoyed having the opportunity to share it with you all. Enjoy!
Posted by OZZIE MUSIC MAN at 8:35 PM
Formed in 1974 in
, W.A. Supernaut originally named Moby Dick had a short but successful career which yielded two straight top twenty singles and a best selling L.P. that sold over 50,000 copies. Supernaut were signed up by Polydor after a recommendation from "Molly" Meldrum who produced their debut album and burst on to the Australian charts with a number one hit in July, 1976 with "I Like It Both Ways". A follow up hit came in November, '76 with "Too Hot To Touch", which reached number 19, from their self-titled album. In 1978 Supernaut relocated to Perth and shortened their name and hair and changed their attitude. They opted for punk garage style and became The Nauts. They released an album produced by Robie Porter in 1978. The album was widely acclaimed by critics but sales weren't forthcoming and they disbanded in 1980. For you to download is the B side of their 1976 #14 nationally "I Like It Both Ways" "Lightning" (2079 082). And for an extended version of Supernaut’s “The Kids Are Out Tonight” visit: http://tommixmusic.blogspot.com/2009/04/download-no206-supernaut.html
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Written by Joe Dolce & Rosa Colosimo "Vaffanculo Polka" from the film Blowing Hot And Cold. Very much in the Aussie vernacular, Marc Gracie’s first film is a low budget comedy that starts off well enough with wacky Sicilian Nino (Joe Dolce, somewhere between Chico Marx and
Roberto Begnini) arriving in the life of Jack (Peter Adams) who runs a one-man petrol station in the boondocks of Central Victoria. The single recorded at Quicklik Studios, Elwood in 1988 was produced by Joe Dolce for Musicland records. Here for you to download is that single and it's instrumental B side of the same song "Vaffanculo Polka" (MUS SP2004)
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This is another B side from Ol' 55 recorded in 1978. The A side being "(Feels Like A) Summer's Night" which was the 2nd of five singles to come from the Cruisin' For A Bruisin' L.P. Here to download "He's Gotta Go" (K-7078) was written by all band members (Allen-Drummond-Jones-Manzie-Peterkin) with lead vocals by Meatballs. All the singles were released on Mushroom Records with the L.P. being released on Junction Records.
Posted by OZZIE MUSIC MAN at 8:28 PM
Daryl Paul Somers born Daryl Scroltch 6 August,1951 in
, sometimes referred to as Dazza or Dags, is an Australian television personality. Somers rose to national fame as the host of the long-running comedy-variety program Hey Hey It's Saturday. As a drummer, he joined a group playing music in the style of Herb Alpert which began under the name Pasquale and his Mexican Rhythm. Under another name, the group appeared on GTV-9’s New Faces, winning their way to the finals, only to be beaten by Geelong, Victoria John Williamson. On 9th of October 1971, Hey Hey It's Saturday started. Somers at first co-hosted with footballer Peter McKenna but eight weeks later, his co-host became the pink hand-puppet Ossie Ostrich. In 1985 Daryl recorded the single here for you to download "Don't Want To Share Your Love" b/w " You Look Just Like A Heartache To Me" (BA-3321) for Avenue Records both sides produced by Brain Cadd and I'm sure if you listen carefully you'll here Brain on backing vocals as well.
Posted by OZZIE MUSIC MAN at 8:24 PM
Here for you to download is the second installment of Rick's streaking phase. "Streakin' Across The U.S.A. / Music To Streak By" was the
version of post #87 "Streaking The Australian Way". Both songs were recorded in 1974 with different lyrics to suit the two countries. This version was recorded on Columbia/CBS, produced by Robie Porter. "Streakin' Across The U.S.A." b/w" Music To Streak By" (4-46032) was credited on the label as Rick Springfield & Springfield Mass and the B side credited to Springfield Mass, I've searched and searched in books, on the internet and anything else I could think of and for the life of me can't find out anything on the Springfield Mass name but not giving up yet. The only other time I've seen the name Springfield Mass is on the B side of his 1974 Australian single "Mission Magic" with the A side as Rick Springfield and the B side "Music To Streak By" as YES you guessed it Springfield Mass. Thanks to Peter for this track.
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Monday, April 27, 2009
N. Dunedin Z. in November 1975. Mother Goose were six rock musicians who wanted to play rock music. But they didn't want to be part of the regular 70's style around at the time. So to be different they decked themselves in hideous costumes, labelled themselves with the dumbest name they could think of and started playing in pubs. The group decided in October 1976 to head across to . They arrived in Australia and began working. They were spotted by Sydney Garry Spry, who was so impressed by their act that he took over their management and moved them down to . The group was signed by Mushroom Records and their first single "Baked Beans" was released midway through 1977. In August 1977, their first album Stuffed was released. They had a major breakthrough in March 1978 when manager Melbourne Garry Spry returned from a trip to the , with news that he had successfully negotiated overseas record deals. Their final Australian show before leaving for US L.A. was at the Dallas Brooks Hall in on May 28th. In the Melbourne US, the band settled in and had their own recording studio. They were to record an album for Scotti Brothers but the band was not happy with the contract and refused to be just another American pop group, so they moved to New York. There they quickly became a major rock club draw card. But contractual battles between management companies on each side of Hollywood and the bands refusal to become a disco group prevented them from securing a major recording contract on their terms. They returned to America in February 1979 with new American member Justin McCarthy. He replaced Pete Dickson on lead guitar. While they had been away, a single "I Think It's You" b/w "Ol' Blue" (K-7126) was released in June 1978. In October 1979, Mother Goose returned to Australia for a three week tour which was followed by an Australian tour to promote the release of their second album called Don't Believe In Fairytales. Their third and final album was in June 1982 and was called This Is The Life. In early 1983 Justin McCarthy returned to New Zealand . They continued touring New York Australia and until they called it a day in 1985. I have all the Mother Goose LP's and this single and it's B side has never appeared on any of them and I'm sure has never been on CD. So here is that 1978 single and it's 7 min. B side for your downloading pleasure, enjoy.
Posted by OZZIE MUSIC MAN at 11:15 PM
Frank Howson was born in 1952 in
. Legendary DJ Stan Rofe signed Howson to a recording deal and produced his first single: "Seventeen Ain't Young" / "Hide and seek" in 1969 who was seventeen during recording. It became a Top 40 hit in Melbourne . Melbourne Barry, Adams and Barkan who penned the tracks were all involved in The Archies and both songs were on their first album, The Archies. In 1977 Howson took a demo tape by The Ferrets to Molly Meldrum who signed them to Mushroom Records. They achieved a 1977 #2 hit single "Don't Fall In Love" from their début album Dreams of a Love which went Gold. It contains the Howson and Schofield song "Killing Ourselves". Howson recorded his own version in 1978 produced by Billy Miller of The Ferrets. Here for you to download is his version of "Killing Ourselves b/w Boogie Street" (K7228) on Mushroom Records.
Posted by OZZIE MUSIC MAN at 11:07 PM
Friday, April 24, 2009
The Black Diamonds hailed from Lithgow NSW, west of
. Their name denoted those origins with Lithgow being a prominent coal-mining town. In late 1966 they achieved a remarkable feat when they signed a recording deal with Festival, making them the first pop band from the NSW Central West to get a record deal. They were also one of the first regional bands anywhere in Sydney to be signed to a major label contract without becoming established in a capital city. By this time they had a strong following in the Central West and their own fan club, based here in Australia , started by local girls Bernadette Orange Kelly and Clelia Calvo. In 1968 the band changed its name to Tymepiece and they moved to . It was at this time that Pat Aulton approached them to record a version of The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" to promote the opening of Stafford Bullen's African Lion Safari at Warragamba, NSW. For the purposes of this single the group worked under the name The Love Machine. The song was a hit, but the band members then returned on to their own music, although Pat continued releasing material under the Love Machine name, using different musicians, until 1970. So the big question is, who actually were the band members on this track. Maybe Bernadette or Clelia could shed some light on the topic. The single here for you to download is out of 1969 produced by Pat Aulton is the cover of Del Shannon's "Keep Searchin'" b/w "May My Heart Be Cast Into Stone" (FK-2750).
Posted by OZZIE MUSIC MAN at 10:42 PM
By early 1967 The Aztecs had broken up. Billy kept busy during 1967, but only issued one single on Festival, a cover of Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby" which reached #36 in October. The single was a flop. In January 1968, he formed a new backing band with
Johnny Dick, Mick Liber (guitar ex-Python Lee ) and Dave McTaggert (bass) who was soon replaced by Paul Wheeler (ex-Affair). Billy began the process of breaking the shackles of his 60s Mk I pop persona, to re-emerge shortly thereafter with the template of his sensational 70s Mk II as the bearded, long-haired, blues wailing rocker we have come to love. Here is that single for Festival that was largely ignored out of 1967 "Dream Baby" b/w “You Don't Live Twice" (FK - 2015)
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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Saturday, April 11, 2009
Don Lane, born 13 November 1933 as Morton Donald Isaacson, is an American-born Australian entertainer, talk show host and singer. Lane forged an enduring partnership with Bert Newton, an Australian comedian and entertainment identity. Both Lane and Newton maintain that the first time they met was on-air, during the first episode of the Don Lane Show. Each describes that there was instant 'chemistry', and that they never made any deliberate attempt to build the relationship; it just happened. Newton took much pleasure in sending up Lane's singing, sometimes by playing his records at half-speed while miming Lane's performance. Lane sometimes responded in kind by sending up Newton's own record, the "Bert and Patti Album". The Don Lane Show ended on 13 November 1983. His final episode ran for two and a half hours and featured such stars as Sammy Davis, Jr., Phyllis Diller, and David Bowie. For you to download is Don's 1976 album for Festival "You're Everything" (L 25260) From what I can gather even though the single "You're Everything" b/w "The Small Exception Of Me" was released in 1970 on the Spin label the LP of the same name didn't come out till '76 on this Festival compilation. In 2003 Lane was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame.
Posted by OZZIE MUSIC MAN at 4:07 PM
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Here's another of Kevin Borich's B sides never to see CD as yet. "Scene From Star Crossed Lovers" (IS-194) was recorded on Image in 1976 at Armstrongs Studios Melbourne and produced by Roger Savage. It is an instrumental track and was the B side of "I'm Goin' Somewhere" which has made it to CD. It can be found on the Celebration album. Both tracks were penned by Kevin.
Posted by OZZIE MUSIC MAN at 11:50 PM
This is one of Rick's singles that was brought to my attention by a friend. He asked me if I had it…..and as you see I do. "Streaking The Australian Way" would have to be one of his lesser known singles and never was a big hit. To tell you the truth I never recall ever hearing it on radio. The first time I heard the song was on the 1974 Best Of Rick Springfield LP released by Summit. The song was backed with "You'd Better Think Twice" which came from the LP Mission Magic. During this same period, Rick was offered the opportunity to star in animated form in the short-lived American Saturday morning cartoon series. Each episode featured a new song written and performed by Rick. A soundtrack album was released in Australia, though not in the United States. The backing tracks featured some of the cream of the L.A. session scene including drummers Russ Kuknel and Jim Keltner and bassists Leland Sklar and Carol Kaye. Also included were top Aussie session players Ray Arnott, Barry Morgan and Barry "Big Goose" Sullivan. In America another single was released, "Streaking Across the USA" / "Music to streak by" (Columbia USA). It came out at the same time. I've never heard it, but I'm sure it would be the same song with of course the Aussie cities being replaced with American cities. I'm pretty sure neither of these two singles ever made it to CD, but for you to download out of 1974 on Wizard is "Streaking the Australian Way” (SRA295.047).
Posted by OZZIE MUSIC MAN at 11:48 PM