Freur – Doot Doot (12″)

Ah! It appears I do have this original 12″ with the mad, quirky and quite sinister  B-side “Hold Me Mother.”

I never get bored of listening to “Doot-Doot” and that climax, still can’t understand a word he’s singing about!



CBS ‎– A13 3141dootbackcov

A Doot-Doot (Extended Version) 6:00
B Hold Me Mother (Extended Version) 5:40

Freur – Riders In The Night (US Promo 12″)

From 1983 and a bit of Freur (Karl Hyde and Rick Smith before they became Underworld) being all New Wave and revealing their fascination for electronics. It still has some quite heavy guitar in it . Produced with John Hudson and remixed by François Kevorkian. As a bonus on this American Promo you get their breakthrough hit “Doot-Doot” in singular form. (Casio VL1 playing in the background!!)

Must get my crimpers out!!


Epic ‎– 49 04974


A Riders In The Night (Extended Version) 6:28
B1 Riders In The Night (Dub Mix) 6:28
B2 Doot-Doot 4:09

English Evenings – English Evenings (12″)


New Wave from 1983 and on the Safari Label (Toyah’s label at the time) The duo of Graham Lee and Lee Walsh’s (Sly Fox) debut release and using all the technology of the time and early production from Phil Harding.

The Club Mix is a more of a dub mix with the vocals cut up and dubbed about but it has some great synth hooks.

“What’s The Matter With Helen?” has a more laidback groove. The jury is still out on the vocals but there is a definite ABC influence.


Safari Records ‎– SAFE LS 57SAM_9228

A English Evenings (Club Mix) 6:54
AA1 English Evenings (Extended Vocal Version) 5:37
AA2 What’s The Matter With Helen? 3:51

MEO 45 – Lady Love & Marching Feet (Australian 7″)

Obscure Aussie new wave, anyone ???

Theme for the day is to be educational about bands that were overlooked back in the eighties.

Meo 45 were active between 1979 to 83. A new wave quartet of Paul Northam (guitar & vocals), Mark Kellett (Bass), Campbell Laird (drums) and Paul Birkhill (Vocals & keyboards) based in Melbourne with most of the members from Tasmanian.

The name derives from the catalog number of an obscure French pressing of a Beatles E.P.

This is their debut single and 3rd single, all quite keyboard led with a rock edge. “Lady Love” was off the album “Screen Memory” mixing up the styles. Jolly organ/synth combo The B-side is a very synthy instrumental called “Letters And Numbers” with ELO/Yes synth washes and reverbed guitar, reminds me of early Flock Of Seagulls.

Mushroom ‎– K-8102 meofrontcov

A Lady Love 3:09
B Letters And Numbers 3:33


Their second single was “Marching Feet” more synth meets pub rock with a bright synth lead and punk guitar, reminds me of Status Quo!!! It is backed by a couple of live tracks. The rapid “Somebody’s Time” back to New Wave and some fine synth playing and a fun, rocked up version of “24 Hours Of Tulsa.” Both were recorded live at the Armadale Hotel, Melbourne.

Mushroom ‎– K-8239SAM_7942

A Marching Feet 2:56
B1 Somebody’s Time 3:09
B2 Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa 2:57