So Mike has sent more stuff over and another Aussie friend has given me some stuff to share. This series is definitely expanding so gone is the chronological order…sorry fellow anoraks!
John Paul Young – Soldier Of Fortune (Aussie 12″)
Returning back to 1983 and tracks from Glaswegian but adopted Aussie, John Paul Young. A well established Aussie singer from the 70’s sees him getting into the modern technology, produced by John Capek this was the lead single from his album of the same name. Yes, it has a didgeridoo, aboriginal samples and plenty of synths in a Toto’s-Africa-via-Van-Halen’s-Jump -stylee. Good rock voice and interesting sounds. The Tony Buettel produced “Sirens” is even more interesting with some very weird studio effects before it kicks in with a funky synth bassline; rare stuff.
A1 – Soldier Of Fortune – 3:58
A2 – The Sirens – 4:00
B – Soldier Of Fortune (Extended) – 4:58
Pat Wilson – Bop Girl (US Mini Album)
From 1984 and with a slight country/surf rock feel to it is singer Pat Wilson and this promo marketed for America and tapping into the Cyndia Lauper vibe of quirky pop rock. Listening through it’s more B-52’s with plenty of guitars. Her husband, Aussie music legend Ross Wilson, is on backing vocals and most of the instruments. Produced by and with a list of fellow Aussie producers/musicians including;veteran drummer Ricky Fataar, guitarists included James Black (Mondo Rock) and Mark Moffatt. “Tacky” is a nice bit of throwaway synth pop with some cheesy keyboards…Spot Nicole Kidman in the video!
Warner Bros. Records – 1-25072
|B1||Bop Girl Goes Surfin’||3:55|
Renee Gayer – Say I Love You (Dutch 12″)
Even further back to 1981 and this New Wave popper from the BIG voice of Renee Gayer. A top 5 hit in the Aussie charts and her remixed by John Luongo (plenty of Cowbell). A bit of Calypso groove and rather catchy it was written by Eddy Grant. The B-side is in your best Aussie Pub-rock tradition, “Good Lovin’, for Suzi Quattro fans.
Portrait – PRTA 12.2056
|A||Say I Love You||6:53|
I’m Talking – Lead The Way (Aussie 12″)
More female led stuff with this from 1985. I’m Talking were a dance/funk collective and comprised of Kate Ceberano ,(Vocals) Stephen Charlesworth, (Keyboards) Ian Cox, (Saxophone) Robert Goodge, (Guitar) Barbara Hogarth, (Bass Guitar) Cameron Newman (Drums) and Zan Abeyratne (Vocals)
B-side shimmers along in an early electro funk style. This is the Best cover of “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” I’ve heard, slow and soulful and you even get electronic toms.
|A||Lead The Way (Extended Mix)|
|B1||Disko (Fall In Love Forever)|
|B2||Love Don’t Live Here Anymore|