Saturday, October 31, 2009

Chullora Junction - 3801 / Zig Zag Railway. 1987

One for you train spotters. A folkie pop group calling themselves "Chullora Junction" performing tributes to the mighty 3801 and the Zig Zag railway on this one of 7" released on AMO Records. Chullora Junction was Ron Russell and Ray King (the two blokes on the train with beards), with some help from Tracey russell and Andrew Hierons


Friday, October 23, 2009

My Three Sons - Wages of Sin 1988

Australia made several significant contributions to the world of that most tacky of 80s iconic sounds synthpop with names like Icehouse, Real Life, Pseudo Echo, Spk, Kids in the kitchen and many many others. Sadly by the time My Three Sons (Five of them) brought out this record it SP was deader than the Dynamo Man. This album sank without a trace
It's not bad as the genre goes, can be heard the influence of affore mentioned pseudo E as well as oh perhaps The Expression, China Crises, Heaven 17 the like

1 walk away
2 wages of sin
3 dancathon of life
4 milky way
5 swing right
6 don't talk of love
7 the international language of love
8 misplaced
9 warsaw
10 Too soft for this country


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Toronto Infants School - Education Week 1960

to comemorate the Education week in 1960, a custom made single from a bunch of little kids who are now approaching retirement age. This I believe is Toronto on the Central Coast of NSW and not the great city from Canada :)
Some cute singing of traditional kids songs., and a brief glimpse into the past


Friday, October 16, 2009

The Crackajacks - Can't Do Without You 7"

single From the album Rockabilly Ricochet! released in 1981 on Missing Link label for Melbourne's Crackajacks, part of the popular aussie Rockabilly scen from the early 80s

A Can't Do Without You
B Go Cat Go

The album has been re-issued on cd on the Missing link label


Tony Pantano - s/t

Tony Pantano, immigrated to Australia with his family at age 8 and carved a career for himself in the cabaret circuit which has lasted decades both here and in Italy with his stylish crooning.

This lp from 1975 features him in fine voice big hairy chested medallion man style ala Tony christie. Some well known 60s 70s tunes. My fav is the Dawn medley :)

1 this job gets me down
2 Dawn medley (knock three times, candida, tie a yellow ribbon. sweet gypsy rose)
3 la malaguena
4 eyes of a child
5 speak softly love (theme from the godfather)
6 ghost riders in the sky / rawhide
7 angeletti negri
8 let's be gald
9 only you
10 i'll never fall in love again
11 little egypt
12 love is a many splendoured thing


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Jason Martin - Take Us To The Top

Jason was a professional rugby league active throough the 1990s with North Sydney Bears, where hes was Daly M rookie of the year in 1990, and later Newcastle and The North Queensland Cowboys during their inaugural year.

The Bears where perrennial "wooden spooners" or near abouts to for decades and had not won a first grade premiership since the 20s until enjoying a resurgence in the late 80s to mid 90s thanks to the boasting talent like Billy Moore, David Farleigh, Mario Fenech, Greg Florimo, Gary Larsen and goal kicking wiz Jason Taylor. Jason Martin was part of this formidible club when they went within a wisker of making the grand final in 1991. Jason in a Capperesque moment released this one off single for Molly's annoying Melodian label. To be fair unlike Capper, this tune and the b-side "quench the fire" resemble music.


Friday, October 9, 2009

Ward 13 - Flash as a Rat

One of the less annoying from the far too many mediocre new wavish power pop bands from aus in the early 80s. Sydney's Ward 13. Their only full album was this 1981 lp which included the single "See Venice and Die" (performed here on Countdown)

1. Star system Five
2. See Venice and Die
3. Try to Please Me
4. News For You
5. Electric Fetective
6. Intermission
7. Time We Live
8. Cold Hearted Lover
9. Something's Missing
10. Idle Chatter
11. Nervous Lover's Breakdown
12. I Gotta Getta


Monday, October 5, 2009

Zoo - Keep it up 7"

Single from the album Cowboys and Engines for kiwi band Zoo previously know as pop mechanix. A catchy bouncy slightly ska touched indie pop sound like about a thousand band in 1982 :) The b-side is very danceable fun

A Keep it Up
B Shah Yafir


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Lucky Grills - Buck's Night Party

Leo "Lucky" Grills was an Aussie actor and comedian who found fame on Television in the 70s cop show Bluey, clips of which where borrowed by the 90s tonight show hosted by the D-Generation people "The Late Show" and redubbed with their voices adding many off colour toilet humour jokes and renaming it "Bargearse"
here's a sample

This tape features one of his recordings of standup made by the sound of it in the early 80s before a "prerecorded" audience. The jokes are cringingly off colour sexist racist and older than him in a delivery like a cross between kevin bloody wilson's dad and Bernard Manning