Tunes From Oz and Beyond – Part 7

A small update to the series with this distinct synth flavoured selection from Mike B.


D.D. Smash – Magic (What She Does) (Aussie 12″) 

From 1984 and New Zealand band D.D. Smash, fronted by Kiwi music legend Dave Dobbyn. Taking the classic New Romantic sound with heavy electronic drums and adding some of his own influences over the top, flute synth anyone??. The band split in 1984 after a riot at one of the gigs, where Dobbyn was arrested for incitement, must have been a great gig!!

This was produced by Charles Fisher (Savage Garden) with a long, extended over 8 mins long. “Tobacco Indian” reminds me of the Thompson Twins, all 80’s melodrama.

Mushroom ‎– X-13195SAM_0096

A Magic (What She Do)
B Tobacco Indian


I’m Talking – Trust Me (Aussie 12″)

I’m Talking were an Australian (Melbourne) dance-funk-pop band formed 1983 and folded in 1987. Co-produced with Ross Cockle (Real Life) this was their debut release. They featured vocalists Kate Ceberano (lead on this track) and Zan Abeyratne, the main track borrows a bit “Let The Music Play” but funks along nicely.

The B-side must be one of the first records to sample James Brown, electro/funk and obviously influenced by the Electro movement coming out of the US, adding a guitar over the top and some real bass guitar in there, an awesome instrumental.

Regular Records  ‎– RRT 615trust

A Trust Me (Extended Mix) 5:40
B Take It To The Bridge 3:40

Wa Wa Nee – I Could Make You Love Me (Aussie 12″)

Distant cousins of Kajagoogoo and Nephews of Prince?? From 1987 and sees the heavy guitars being used over a soft synth background, slightly Hi-NRG.

The B-side glides along a deep synth bassline and crystal synths, no geetar!!!


CBS ‎– BA 12212wawwaw

A I Could Make You Love Me (Metal Dance Mix)
B Meela Polarmay (Extended Mix)



2 responses

  1. Used to have Kate Cebrano-Young Boys Are My Weakness12″, would you happen to have that 12″

  2. Thank you the new link for Wa Wa Nee. Good song and new to me.

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