A 1987 release recorded for the movie ‘Dogs In Space’. This see’s him team up with producer and muscian Ollie Olsen. A riff by guitarist Dean Richards and a loud rocky remix by Nick Launay (INXS producer) Haunting but excellent.
The B-side is a Garage Rock thrash out, interesting! It’s a cover of a song originally done by The Ears.
Listen to the Voice of Buddha!
WEA – 0-258440
||Rooms For The Memory (Extended)
Martin Plaza – Concrete And Clay (12″)
Taking a break from Mental As Anything Plaza had a dabble at a solo career and a slightly dodgy cover 🙂 The Full on Mullet took on the original from Unit Four Plus Two back in 1965. All sampled brass and studio trickery on this 1986 release. I prefer the funkier B-side “I Could Be So Good”, more Robert Palmer sounding than Russ Abbott (which he does on the A-side)
“New Suit” sounds a bit more like The Mentals, catchy but those lyrics ???
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Epic – TA 7274
||Concrete And Clay (Extended Version)
||I Could Be So Good
Eurogliders – Groove (Aussie Vinyl LP)
Full late 80’s production doesn’t help this becoming to AOR for my old ears. Released in 1988 after a few years in the wilderness and three long-term members, John Bennetts, Ron Francois and Amanda Vincent leaving the Perth band Grace Knight’s distinctive, rich vocals return. She shares vocal duties with main man Bernie Lynch with former member Crispin Akerman contributing guitars.
The main track is okay with its mix of rock and synth led funk. “Underground” is follows a mid era OMD synth and closer goes all electro Prince with a big bass synth fighting a Hammond organ. Shame about the rest.
CBS – 460864 1
||It Must Be Love
||What’s The Point
||Lights Go Red
||Walk On Water
Kids In The Kitchen – Shine (Aussie 12″)
All new to me as is this track from 1985. From Melbourne, Kids In the Kitchen were just establishing themselves. (Over)Produced by Mark Berry and mixed and engineered by Mac McKensie gives it that Duran Duran/ Spandau Ballet sound.
All geared for the clubs, the “Bonus Beats” thumps along and just acts as the mixing tool it was supposed to be.
The “String” mix is far more refined, I do like the bass but I’m a sucker for a string arrangement, shame the vocals have been left out!
White Label Records – X 14190
||Shine-Shock (12″ Mix)
||Shine 2 (New 7″ Version)
||Sullivan’s String Mix
||DJ’s Bonus Beat (Instrumental)
John Farnham – Age Of Reason (German 12″)
Heartfelt social commentary from Melbourne’s Farnham. Produced by Ross Fraser who arranged “The Voice.” Synth bass, funky guitar and strings. The actual band was Bass – Wayne Nelson (Little River Band), Drums, Percussion – Angus Burchall, Guitar – Brett Garsed, Keyboards – David Hirschfelder (Little River Band) ( Backing Vocals – Lindsay Field and Venetta Fields)
It’s very precise and engineered but it does have a great song under it all.
B-side is a typical piano intro-ed Power Ballad. In fact it is a cover of an old Cold Chisel song ( a band he was in with Jimmy Barnes)
Very good voice mind!
RCA – PT 42168
||Age Of Reason (Extended Mix)
||Age Of Reason (Single Mix)
||When The War Is Over