More Stuff From Oz – Guest Posting.

My friend Indulis Bernsteins (Indy to his mates!) found out about about my blog and in particular my “Oz and Beyond” posts. (thanks to the Mike connection!) He offered up some stuff of his own –  sharing is caring and all that- which I want to share out today.

A bit of a tech head and being half Australian and half Lativian I was surprised there wasn’t any synth stuff here !!! However he did get me into the Hoodoo Gurus through his carefully chosen selection. Not from Vinyl but he’s a friend!


James Freud And The Radio Starts – Modern Girl

From 1980 and a chugging slice of New Wave, all shiny synths but with a punk attitude. Produced by James Freud and Barrie Earl. Engineered by Tony Cohen.James went on to be in the Models and before that even collaborated with Gary Numan. On 4 November 2010, Freud was found dead at his home in Hawthorn, Melbourne. A week before the Models had been inducted into ARIA Hall of Fame where he was absent, seems the demon drink had taken him.

The Saints – (I’m) Stranded

Mentioning punk this is another classic from the Oz underground. From 1976 (shhhh!) but the band had been around since 1974. Buzzing guitars and a Ramones like delivery. Many claim that this was the first punk single to be released.

Hoodoo Gurus

So there a 5 tracks by this famous Sydney garage rock band. I’m getting a flavour of The Skids on my favourite “Tojo” (1983)

From Indy

“You have to know some history for “Tojo” to make sense (plus ignore the name in this all-too-PC era).
Darwin city in the Northern Territory was hit twice by Japanese bombing during WWII, but was never invaded.
Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin on Christmas day, 1974, pretty much demolishing the whole city (hence “Tojo never made it to Darwin”)

The keyboards surface on “My Girl” (1983) their third single, a typical 60’s love song in style. Their next single was “I Want You Back” (1984) is more uptempo, catchy chorus and plenty of jangly guitars. It even got a UK release. Also we get another Dave Faulkner penned track “Like Wow – Wipeout” (1985) featuring a more rocky sound and breakout into guitar solo heaven at the end. Finally we get a later single, “The Generation Gap” (1988) a rocking cover of Jeannie C. Riley’s 1970 country song. “Wa-Wa-Waah-Wa!”

So thanks Indy for getting my ears around some Aussie delights. 🙂 Cheers Mate!



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