Okay, I had a request a while back by regular reader Josh about some more from this Aussie band. Mike has kindly obliged and I had this in my “Ready To Go Up” folder but forgot to post! A cracking New Wave album from 1985 re-released on CD with some 12″ mixes. Well, New Year is upon us so here it is! Happy New Year!!
White Label Records – MUSH32201.2
||Change In Mood
||Place To Go
||Something That You Said
||Not The Way
||Bitter Desire (12″ Version)
||Something That You Said (Club Mix)
||Shine (Shock 12″ Mix)
From 1985 and a slightly rockier sounding Real Life. Taken from the soundtrack of the Jim Carrey vampire spoof film, “Once Bitten.” They sound a like bit Ultravox on here (Dancing With Tears In My Eyes era) with the Dance mix being much more electronic with some nice effects. Both were produced by Peter Henderson (Supertramp , Rush)
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Curb Records – L33-17058
||Face To Face (Dance Mix)
||Face To Face (Rock Edit)
So your daily dose of INXS care of Mike’s extensive collection of most things Oz. From 1986 This shows more edge and has a killer synth bass and a great tenor sax solo. Capitalism and consumerism are the subjects given a great remix by Nick Launay. The 12″ came with a couple of live tracks as well as an unreleased short track , “Sweet As Sin,” very punk rock and roll written by bassist Garry Gary Beers.
Mercury – INXS 512
||What You Need (Remix)
||Sweet As Sin
||What You Need (Live)
||The One Thing (Live)
From 1984 and the last of the Aussie trio for today with this track from Real Life,classic new wave with added vocoder. Produced by British guitar legend Steve Hillage and given an extended version with some cheesy 80’s effects! I did remember this when it first came out thinking it sounded a bit like Flock Of Seagulls. B-side ticks all the boxes, electronic drums, synth lead, histrionic vocals and uplifting chorus but NO saxophone!!!
MCA Records – MCAT 885
A-Catch Me I’m Falling (Extended Version)-5:43
From 1988 and the return of mullet of Iva Davies and his Icehouse, kindly provided by Mike (I have this on CD somewhere!) Sounding like a mix between ABC (Be Near Me) and Roxy Music (Same Old Scene) this see’s the band embrace their AOR sound the mixes being provided by Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero. A suitably cheesy video accompanied it, now where is my hairspray!
This promo contains 5 mixes the Dub, like of a lot of Icehouse dub’s contain vocals , is the most interesting.
Chrysalis – VAS-1014
||Electric Blue (Extended Mix)
||Electric Blue (Dub Mix)
||Electric Blue (Instrumental)
||Electric Blue (ST Edit)
So another trio of Aussie tracks now with this track from INXS back in 1986. Starting with the strum and building up, this was massive in Australia but did barely dent the charts in the UK. It recently appeared in the GTA game, Vice City.
So in the package we get the bizarre, slide guitar, acoustic track of “Six Knots” A powerful live version of “The One Thing” seeing the band in full steam from a gig in Melbourne. The Calypso based “The Spy Of Love” from 1983 with some nice synths from their 3rd album, “Shaboo Shoobah” (with a just a hint of The Police)
Mercury – INXS 712
||Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain)
||The One Thing (Live)
||Spy Of Love
An artist that’s new to me from Mike’s collection. Belgian synthpop by former bassist of punk band Chainsaw, Micky Mike (Marcel Thiel who died in 2009) and his second album, very rare and worth a fortune according to Discogs.
Primitive synths and tinny percussion abound, reminding me of early Human League with elements of Suicide. A definite must for analogue synth lovers and Minimal wave fans alike!
Highlights for me are the infectious “Nowhere” and the bass guitar led “Opium” with the commercial “I’m Hurt” doing a good synth rock impression!
Dirty Dance – 12002
||Lies In Your Eyes
||The Right To Die