Friday, December 26, 2014

The Marigolds - First EP

West Australian power pop.  This is all I have from this band by way of singles but their stuff has been collected on CD. 

Download EP

Thursday, December 25, 2014

James Griffin & The Subterraneans - The Immigrant Tango

Whatever happened to .... Really loved their output way back when (the 80's) but no sight or sound since.   'The Immigrant Tango' is a minor classic, riddled with great songs.  Also included here is their single 'Blood Of The Poet'.  I think this is their entire output.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild

Totally gruesome cover that suggests the music will be similar to The Osmond's.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  This is a pop masterpiece that must not remain unheard.  Prepare to be amazed.

Download Album

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bill Fay - Self Titled & Time Of The Last Persecution

Bill Fay is one of those artists that you simply must hear.  Make your life complete!  Available for download here are his first two albums ('Self Titled' & 'Time Of The Last Persecution'). 

Download both albums

Monday, December 22, 2014

Jags - Collected

One of my favourite pop bands of all time.  Similar in sound to early Elvis Costello but 5000 times better.  Sadly neglected and will leave you amazed.  This is their entire output - ooops, also included here is the 'Best Of' CD.  You can't ask for more than that.

Download 'Back of my Hand 7''

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Moog Cookbook - Plays The Classic Rock Hits (Ye Olde Space Bande)

Wonderful.  Simply wonderful.  Could sneak in as a Mr Weird and Wacky blog entry but I prefer to see it here.  Totally worthy and whammo.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast - Collected

There's a lot to enjoy about this band.  The name for starters!  You have to admit, anyone with a band name like that must be unique and ultra cool.  Hey, what about the album covers?  Then I heard 'Vessels'.  Found it in the el cheapo bin (you won't get that now - this album commands rolls of cash - that's if you can find it).  Sensational.  Have tracked down all their stuff (I think) so it's all very neat and tidy in one download package.  Alternatively, you can pick n' choose what you want to download (start with 'Vessels').

Download Everything (or individual Albums)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bruce Foxton - Back In The Room

The forgotten (and over-looked) third of The Jam.  We all know what Paul Weller has been up to but what about that bass player guy.  Well, he's been doing heaps of stuff (including time in the Stiff Little Fingers) and this is one of his later releases.  Don't put it next to Paul's output - it deserves a place on it's own.  Me like!

Download Album

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Geeza - Street Life

Geeza had a rock n' roll sound - there's no other way to explain it.  Try and get your hands on this LP and you'll encounter a few obstacles!  Simply put - it's just not out there anymore.  So, this will have to do.

Download Album

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Little Heroes - Play By Numbers

Have always had a soft spot for this band, ever since their first self titled album.  Hey, that's the same opening line I used when blogging that album.  That sez a lot.  Aussie pop rarely sounds this good.  Second album, nearly as good as the first.

Download Album

Little Heroes - Watch The World

Third (and last) album.  The glow had gone by now but it still sounds great.

Download Album

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Kids - Self Titled

Belgian punk from 1977.  Awkward album to search for on the internet so we may as well blog it here.  Having said that, is it Wired & Wasted or Worthy & Whammo?  That's the million dollar question.

It could also be a ploy from me to get you to visit Mr Wired and Wasted if you're on this particular blog.  Very cunning!  I think it belongs here but that can be disputed.

Download Album

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ayers Rock - Beyond

When doing a file exchange with a follower of Mr W&W, this turned up on my doorstep.  Hmmm, sounds very darn good.  70's feel, very psych, it's got that Aussie feel to it - surely this is not the file that was meant to be sent to me.  I enquired further.  Yup, sorry about that, it's a band called Ayers Rock!  Well, I'd heard of them before (in 1976) but never bothered to listen.  Too much of a naff name.  It like calling your band Eifel Tower, or Statue of Liberty etc.  All that aside, this is a hidden gem.  They put out two more albums 'Big Red Rock' (1974) and 'Hot Spell' (1980) but this is the one to wrap your ears around.

Download Album

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Electrafixion - Burned

This comes from the world of Echo and The Bunnymen.  Made when Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant were doing their 'not in the Bunnymen' thing (what's that all about? Tossers) - they then made the best 'non-Bunnymen' album ever.  This is seriously very good, but totally ignored.  Songs like 'Zephyr' and 'Too Far Gone' - wowsers!  Oh yeh, ain't the cover great!

Download Album

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cybotron - Self Titled (Clear Light of Jupiter)

Groovy cover and ultra groovy electronic doodles inside.  It was the age of electronic music (spearheaded by Tangerine Dream, one of my all time faves).  Just can't help myself with this stuff.  Give me more.  First album subtitled 'Clear Light of Jupiter'.

Download Album

Cybotron - Colussus

Cybotron made things happen in the world of electronic music - and they're Australian!  Have not seen this (their second album) yet on ceedee, but their third 'Implosion' has been reished (well worth getting - it's on Aztec Records). 

Steve Maxwell Von Braund was in this band and later released a solo album ('Monster Planet').  It was massively cult and collectable (also reished on Aztec Records).  BTW - Aztec records has now morphed into Sandman Records.  Their releases are top quality. 

Download Album

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Golden Miles (Aust Prog Rock 1969-74) - Various

Aussie prog rock ruled supreme in the 60's and early 70's.  What was it like?  Well this compilation spread over 2CD's sez it all.  And I mean 'all'.  Nothing has been left out, it's like a historical document.  Doubt that it is still available, but you may prove me wrong there. 

Download 2CD

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cowboys International - The Original Sin

Fond memories of this release.  Very poppy and infectious.  Listened to it endlessly upon release but wondered why no one else was doing likewise.  Don't know if it ever had a ceedee release, so this will have to make do.  Two different covers, one very bland just with writing scrawled across the cover.  Hardly a selling point!

In 2004 they (as in Ken Lockie) released 'The Backwards Life Of Romeo'. VERY different to this.

Download Album

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sardine V - Sudan 7'' & I Hate You EP

The brainchild of Ian Rilen (from Aussie band 'X') and his wife (Stephanie).  They also convinced Phil Hall (Dropbears & Lime Spiders) to add bass (that was Ian's instrument of choice) and occasionally Johanna Pigott, John Lloyd & Barton Price.  Bit of a who's who really.  Not a patch on one of the greatest bands of all time, X - but then again, they were way different.  Hard to explain, but something about this project really grabbed my ear when it was released.  It still does.  These were their only two releases.

Download 'Sudan'
Download 'I Hate You'

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

XL Capris - Where Is Hank?

Where indeed.  Magnificent album - this band featured Johanna Pigott on bass and lungs, Tim Gooding guitar and main writer with Todd Hunter (ex Dragon) on production duties.  Totally infectious and should feature on any top album list.  Essential.

Download Album 

Monday, December 1, 2014

XL Capris - Weeds

Second (and last) album from this band.  Perhaps not as good as the first, but still rates highly.

Download Album

Monday, June 2, 2014

Crashland - Self Titled

Magic - pure magic.  Ash Wednesday (from the Metronomes) featured in this band.  They only released this self titled album then called it quits.  Wish they wouldn't have done that - so darn good.  There is an absolute killer version of 'My Favourite Things' (from The Sound of Music!) and Cherry Bomb (Runaways).  One of the great Aussie albums.

Released barely to a whimper and sunk like the titanic.  Don't know if you will be able to find a ceedee copy of this so all the best on that one.  You may have to settle for this download.

Download Album

Metronomes - Multiple Choice

First album appears.  Boy 'O Boy - what an album it is.  Aussie classic.  No argument. 

Download Album

Metronomes - Saturday Night Sunday Morning 7''

Another single (they only released two) - equally as good.

Download Single

Metronomes - A Circuit Like Me 7''

Totally infectious.  Electronic music merges with the punk ethos.  Perhaps it was always there.

Download Single

Metronomes - Regular Guys

Second album that does not match up to the first.  Hey, we've heard that before.  But - it's good.  I like it.  So will you. 

Download Album

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Manikins - Early Singles

The Manikins released some essential Aussie pop/punk/rock singles.  My absolute favourite is their first single - 'Premonition'.  Pure brilliance.  The others tick every possible box.  Why was this band ignored?

Download 'Premonition' 7''
Download ' I Never Thought I'd Find ... ' 7''
Download 'Love At Second Sight' 7


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Manikins - Live Locally (Cassette)

First full length release from this Perth band.  It appeared as a cassette and basically featured a whole heap of songs they cut in the studio that 'did not contain any faults'.  Uh - huh, that's right - it's Live and Local.  One of the great Aussie cassette releases.  Hard to beat, this precedes the 'Last Gasp' release.

Download Cassette

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Manikins - Self Titled (LP)

This was meant to be the grand opus.  Most members had left after they re-located to the east coast but those remaining teamed up with Christine Bodey.  Great voice.  Good album.  Very poppy with 'Cruel World' and 'What Are you On' but the album  in turn, died a cruel death.  Unfair.

Download Album

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Manikins - Permutations (Cassette)

This cassette only release was chock-a-block full with all the Manikins stuff during their mid-stage career (released by 'Last Gasp Cassettes').  Dave Falkner (aka Flick) was a member after his stint with The Victims and prior to Le Hoodoo Gurus.  In fact, one of his early Hoodoos songs is contained within ('Tojo').

Prior to this they released some singles and another cassette 'Live Locally'.  After this they disintegrated then reformed on the east coast with Christine Bodey as their lead singer.  They put out an LP then called it quits.  All these items will be blogged soon - stay tuned.

Download Cassette

Monday, April 7, 2014

Gary Myrick & The Figures - Self Titled (1980)

You can't help but have a soft spot for this gem.  Zero dud songs - just pure pop from beginning to end.  It really is a pop/rock classic.  This is his first release from Gary and he achieved minor success later with a song from the Valley Girl OST.  The last song 'Deep In The Heartland' oozes pure class and puts all rivals to shame.  Why this is not spoken about more is beyond me.  This release is the LP version but it has been re-released on ceedee with extra track.  Betcha you chase down all his other stuff!

Download Album

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The D-Coys - Singles Collected

The D-Coys were a band from Adelaide (South Australia).  They released 3 killer singles then sunk into obscurity.  Pre-Punk/Pop/Garage - call it what you like.  They simply played 'dirty rock 'n roll' with a tinge of pop.  Took some time to collect their 3 singles (each sell for silly $$ on eBay) so I hope you darn well appreciate this.

Download Singles