Take 2! So this should have been up yesterday but I accidentally highlighted everything and it disappeared and the new, improved WordPress didn’t save another back up like it us to. So the pearls of wisdom and insight (sarcasm intended) were lost in the ether!
So in Chronological order….
The Aliens – Confrontation / Boys In Black (7″)
Step forward into the light the young quartet of Geoffrey Stapleton, Greg Webster, Pierre Baroni and Rob Grosser (Some of them went on to be in GANGgajang whilst Stapleton went onto be in Absent Friends) . Relocating from Adelaide to properly form in Melbourne, this Power Pop band managed to make an impact with their debut single. The Glam Rock fused “Confrontation” Showing influences from The Who especially with the stuttered vocal delivery. The spikier, more alternative groove of “Boys In Black” is my preferred track. Their only album “Translator” was apparently a bit of a stonker.
Mushroom – K 7618
||The Boys In Black
Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock (Maxi 12″)
A re-issue from 1982 of a tracks from 1971 (maybe to promote a Best Of Compilation?) This is a classic, bluesy rocker that most Aussies will know and love. Heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones, the riffs come thick and fast, along with a laidback groove.
Comprising of Ross Wilson (Vocals, Guitar) (who went on to form Mondo Rock), Gary Young (Drums, Vocals), Ross Hannaford (Guitar, Vocals) and Wayne Duncan (Bass, Vocals)
Quality guitar playing as you can hear on “Daddy Rocks Off” and a little bit tongue in cheek with the Do Wop style of “Bom Bom”
Wizard Records – ZS 12582
||Daddy Rocks Off
Wendy & The Rocketts – Have You Been Telling Me Lies ? (UK 12″)
Proper 80’s production with this release from 1983. Electronic drums and synths no less. Hair Rock Balladry from Wendy Stapleton and her Rocketts. Backed up with some tracks from the album “Dazed For Days” The nice surprise was a funky, extended version of “Play The Game.” (Hardly Rock At All) All tracks were produced by British Studio bods, John Hudson and Paul Muggleton with a Judie Tzuke connection.
A&M Records Ltd. – AMX 163
||Have You Been Telling Me Lies?
||Play The Game (Special Extended Version)
Tim Finn – Staring At The Embers (LTD 12″)
The debut release from ex- Split Enz frontman (and Kiwi) Tim Finn. The third single off his 1983 album, “Escapade”. Seeing him collaborate with some quality session musicians (including great sax work from Wilbur Wilde and Joe Camilleri) and it appears embracing the synth technology. Slightly longer and backed by another couple of album tracks. For 80’s madness (i.e. everything but the kitchen sink in terms of instruments) try the funky, “Grand Adventure.”
Mushroom – X 13129
||Staring At The Embers (Extended Version)
||Fraction Too Much Friction
Stephen Cummings – We All Make Mistakes / Stuck On Love (12″)
Ex-lead singer with The Sports (’76-’81) we get a Singer-Songwriter doing a bit of a Paul Young with a solo excursion from 1983, with help from writing partner Ian Stephens. Blue-eyed soul it certainly is on “Stuck On Love.” with a vibe of The Style Council via Wham. The Extended Mix is more on the lead track “We All Make Mistakes” (but it’s hardly long at under 4 minutes!!) funky horns and guitars to shake your booty to. (I’m getting a Heaven 17 vibe here.)
Regular Records Pty. Ltd. – RRT 608
Phil Judd – The Swinger (Mini LP)
Guitarist and vocalist for New Zealand band The Swingers. Judd was a founding member of Split Enz along with Tim Finn. This was his first solo effort from 1983, using the new available technology here we have an Aussie The The (Matt Johnson!!) Always slightly quirky and skewed this is an enjoyable taster. There is some rocky bits with the New Wave edge “Concrete And Steel” written with Bassist Bones Hillman from The Swingers. Quite like the Blondie groove of “Laydown” and the country feel to album closer, “Dictionary Of Love.”
MCA Records – MCA-36007
||Rendezvous (With A Girl Like You)
||Concrete And Steel
||Dictionary Of Love