Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fresh Air - A Breath Of ...

Has anyone ever heard of this band (they're not to be confused with Fresh Aire)?  No, I thought not.  But wow, what a great album.  This is one of those moments that makes you wonder and besides, how did these guys remain totally undiscovered.  They cover Buffalo Springfield "For What It's Worth" - that's a good start.  Then there's the song "I've Lost My Faith" - absolute killer psych/pop track.  Don't pass this up.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Bobby & Laurie - Jump Back

Another LP from this 60's Aussie duo - this time a compilation from Raven Records.  While I prefer listening to Hitch Hiker, this is the album that others refer to with great affection.  There's no doubt about it - this is a good comp.

The cover is a bit odd, Bobby & Laurie are covered in talcum powder.  I'm sure there must be a reason for that but I don't get it.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mark Andrews & The Gents - Big Boy

Stumbled across this courtesy of a friend.  The cover suggests a rockabilly style but this is pop/rock.  Hidden away in the el-cheapo bins, this album is a worth contender.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Loaded Dice - No Sweat

Perth tends to produce power pop bands with few rivals.  I remember buying this around 1979 and just being blown away. One of those LP's you just buy because the cover (or the back) looks cool.  It turned out to be a killer LP - but no one has ever heard of this band.  Then and now.  Just download and listen to a lost treasure.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jenny and Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now

Not all that hard to get but WOW - what a great pop album.  Betcha you haven't even heard of it.  That's the whole idea of this particular entry, you really need this.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ivy & The Teachers - Self Titled (1980)

From Belgium this band ventured forth.  OK - great cover.  No disputing that.  The pop tunes contained within have a tinge of reggae and ska.  Hey, they're from Belgium - that's what happens.  One odd thing about this album is that track 3 is listed as 'Suburban Love' - but it's not actually on the LP.  No idea as to how that occurred but would like to actually get the song.  I'm a completist at heart.

For those that have come here via Mr Weird and Wacky, have a good look around.  This music is actually my favorite kind.  The weird stuff is just a side issue.  Oh yeh, while you're at it, why not check out Mr Wired and Wasted (Punk, especially Aussie).

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Raincoat - Digalongamacs

The world of Andy Arthur's is intriguing and A Raincoat was a band that highlighted his many talents.  This release is totally W&W - that could be Worthy & Whammo or Weird & Wacky.  Either way, the album is an absolute hoot.  Sing-a-long to this, and you'll lose your mind.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

James Griffin & The Subterraneans - A Cure For Snakebite

More from James & Co.  This is my preferred album with riffs galore.  Irresistible but resisted by all.  No idea - why is that?  It's a darn Aussie songwriter classic.

Also included here is the track "The Angel Run" (from the single of the same name) plus the single "Blood Of The Poet".  If you thought singles were irrelevant, think again.

BTW - don't forget to also download "The Immigrant Tango".


Friday, March 13, 2015

John Dowler - Low Society

John Dowler has a lot of history.  He started out in Spare Change which then morphed into Young Modern.  Classic Aussie pop - there's no other description for these bands (one album from each).  After this he formed The Zimmermen and hit gold with the single 'Don't Go To Sydney'.   Two albums followed then all over red rover.  This is a mish-mash of solo stuff plus some tracks from previous bands.  Absolutely essential.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lizard - Bad Companions

One of the most sought-after Aussie albums of all time - apparently.  Sells for big, silly $$$ if ever a copy becomes available.  So what's the fuss?  Well, in 1973 this Prog Rock (with a bit of Jazz fusion) LP emerged to zero response.  Bummer.  That gives it added appeal to many.  It certainly has it's moments and should be re-issued.  The fact that it is still ignored after all this time is kinda odd.

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