Tunes From Oz and Beyond – Part 3 (1983/4)

Monte Video And The Cassettes – Monte Video (US Mini Album)

Back to the Aussie/New Zealand stuff with a leftover from 1983. Murray Grindley is a bit of a New Zealand musical legend having started his career in the late 70’s and who was in a psychedelic blues band called The Underdogs back in the 60’s. A UK comparison would be Jona Lewie who embraced synths a few years earlier.

Bordering on a novelty record there are some good synth tracks here….however the vocal delivery, you’ll either tolerate it or loathe it. He had international success with “Shoop-Shoop, Diddy-Wop, Cumma-Cumma, Wang-Dang” and all the tracks were co-written with Mark Ackermann; both had built a career from TV adverts/jingles. Expect the bizarre!!

Geffen Records ‎– GHSP 4015monte

A1 Shoop-Shoop, Diddy-Wop, Cumma-Cumma, Wang-Dang 2:41
A2 Who’s Calling? 2:51
A3 All Night Long 3:00
A4 Shoop-Shoop, Diddy-Wop, Cumma-Cumma, Wang-Dang (Club Mix) 5:46
B1 Sheba (She Sha She Shoo) 3:27
B2 Hypnosis 3:38
B3 You Can’t Stop Me Now 3:05

Mental As Anything – Big Wheel (Aussie 12″)

A band I was familiar via the one track, “Live It Up”. Good to see that they have a massive back catalogue and were well established Down Under. From 1984 and blending the synths with the guitars. This was the fourth single from the album “Fundamental” The full-on 12″ mix is by Tim Kramer, very funky and my new weekend track (on rotation!). Love the weird alternative Xmas tune, “Apocalypso – Wiping The Smile Off Santas Face” an anti-nuclear war song produced with Mike Opitz! Great vid underneath


CBS ‎– BA12181SAM_8004

A Big Wheel (Extended Mix) 7:10
B1 Big Wheel (Single Version) 4:12
B2 Apocalypso – Wiping The Smile Off Santas Face 4:18

Mi – Sex – Blue Day (Aussie 12″)

More from New Zealanders, Mi – Sex and I was just starting to get into them ,but they soon changed musical direction??The title track is a New Wave chugger that builds up nicely and one of their last releases, a superb song that has travelled well. Lushly produced by Bob Clearmountain there are plenty of classic, New Romantic influences on here. This was off their final album, “Where Do They Go?” and comes with a couple of bonus tracks, an alternative version of previous single “Castaway” – showcasing their new rockier direction. An extended version of the weirdly titled “Delinquent Daddy” is also here, showcasing more rock guitars. Mmmmm… not sure!

CBS ‎– BA 12069SAM_5409

A Blue Day
B1 Castaway (U.S. Version)
B2 Delinquent Daddy (Extended Version)

Eurogliders – Maybe Only I Dream / Heaven (Must Be Here) (Aussie 12″)

Funky New Wave now from the Perth band, Eurogliders. Fronted by Grace Knight who provides some powerful vocals across this groovy bass-heavy track. They comprised of Bernie Lynch, Crispin Akerman, John Bennetts and Amanda Vincent.  Produced by Robert Racic, (Severed Heads) John Bee and Stephen Allkins (legendary Oz DJ) it is certainly synth heavy. A follow up to their big hit Heaven (Must Be There), which appears here the B-side of this very rare 12″. The US Version keeps the synths and was remixed by John Mathias.The fourth and final single from their 1983 album “This Island” and classic Oz 80’s.

CBS ‎– BA 12099maybe

A Maybe Only I Dream (Extended Mix)
B Heaven (Must Be There) (Extended US Mix)

Models – Big On Love (Aussie 12″)

Last one from this series and how can I not put more Models up! Harder synth sounds and attitude with production by Reggie Lucas and a couple of long remixes by Julian Mendelsohn (some of his early work) bringing out that killer bassline. The more experimental U.S. mix slightly edges (even though it seems to take some chords from Cabaret Voltaires “The Crackdown”)  Favourite so far (now on rotation with Mental As Everything 🙂 )

NEW LINK 2017 (again!)

Mushroom ‎– MX-63039SAM_8450

A1 Big On Love (12″ US Mix)
A2 Big On Love (7″ Mix)
B1 Big On Love (12″ Australian Mix)
B2 Preacher From The Black Lagoon

12 responses

  1. Hi there! Any chance that the Eurogliders’ single got lost in the shuffle?

    1. Cheers, I do need an extra pair of eyes. Thanks 😉

      1. No, sir! It is ME who should thank you!

  2. Just the sight of the words “Monte Video And The Cassettes” and that bloody song instantly shoop-shooped back into my head and it won’t leave – aaaargh 🙂

  3. Any chance of a re-up on the Models classic? Thanks in advance if you get around to it. That disappeared quick from zippy.

    1. It did indeed, re-upped!

  4. Could you out up new links for The Models and Mental As Anything?

    1. Oh and these 2 as well! 🙂

      1. Thanks 🙂

  5. Am I showing my age that over 30 years after I first heard it, I still know most of the words to Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang?

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