Sunday, 31 October 2010

Jeff St. John - Rock'n' Roll Man

Rock 'n' Roll Man/Dream Merchants

Jeff St John (born Jeffrey Newton in Sydney, 1946) fronted a number bands during the 60s and 70s, including The Id ,Copperwine and Yama. The Id and Copperwine achieved national success, both live and with Top Ten hit singles. (Big Time Operator - The Id), (Teach Me How To Fly - Copperwine).
Jeff was the first Oz artist to sign with US imprint Asylum (whose listing included The Eagles, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt) and he released a clutch of impressive singles for the label, capped by his welcome return to the national Top 10 during early 1977 with his scorching version of the Frankie Miller-Andy Fraser track "Fool In Love", and this post "Rock 'n' Roll Man" which didn't chart and taken from the album "So Far So Good" backed by the non album track Dream Merchants.

Read more about Jeff here

Friday, 29 October 2010

Normie Rowe - It Ain't Necessarily So, But It Is

Let Me Tell You/That's Why I Cry/Everything's Alright/I Just Don't Understand/Shakin' All Over/Lindy Lou/She Used To Be Mine/I Confess/I (Who Have Nothing)/It Ain't Neccessarily So/Gonna Leave This Town

The very first Normie Rowe album released in 1965 went gold at the time couldn't put a foot wrong.

This Album is now available in CD format from

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Jon English - Hot Town

Hot Town/ Show No Weakness

1979 was a good year for Jon English he won the TV Week Logie Award for 'Best New Talent in Australia' for his acting performance in Against the Wind, the program won two other Logie Awards.He also won the 'Most Popular Male Performer' award at the 1979 TV Week / Countdown Music Awards. He released his first compilation album English History in August, which peaked at #4 on the National albums charts and he had singles success with "Get Your Love Right", which peaked at #27 and "Hot Town", which peaked at #11.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The Saints - The Music Goes Round My Head

The Music Goes Round My Head/Tomorrow

Released by the Saints in 1988 The Music Goes Round My Head is an Easybeats cover. The single was taken from their Prodigal Son album and included on the Young Einstein soundtrack. The track made it to #39 on the Australian charts and it also made it to #19 on the US Modern Rock charts.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Craig McLachlan and Check 1,2 - Amanda 12 Inch

Amanda/Baby Loves Funky/Need Your Love

Craig McLachlan first appeared on television in a guest role on the soap Sons and Daughters in late 1986. He then became very well known in 1987 when he landed the role of Henry Ramsay, brother of Kylie Minogue's character Charlene, in Neighbours. Two years later, he defected to rival show Home and Away, playing schoolteacher Grant Mitchell.
McLachlan has also had success as a singer, capitalising on his popularity in Neighbours to score Australian and UK hit singles with pop tunes such as his remake of the Bo Diddley song "Mona" (AUS#3 / UK#2, 1990), "Amanda" (AUS#23 / UK#19, 1990), and "On My Own" (AUS#23, 1991).
In 1993 he starred as Danny Zuko in the popular West End revival of the musical Grease alongside Deborah Gibson. Also in that year he married Australian actress Rachel Friend whom he met on the set of Neighbours. They divorced in 1994. Their characters Bronwyn and Henry had also earlier married in Neighbours.
In 1995 McLachlan appeared in the popular British television series Bugs. He played the role of a free-lance agent and electronics expert, who along with his colleagues worked covertly to combat terrorist threats. McLachlan left the show at the end of the third series due to a disagreement with the show's producers and director.
In 1995 he appeared in Catherine the Great alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeanne Moreau and Omar Sharif.
In 2001, Craig had a breakthrough with the American movie Superfire, where he played a fireman who died at the end of the movie. In 2004, Craig got a recurring role as Kane Morgan in the popular show McLeod's Daughters, but left the show at the fourth season.
In 2005 he starred as Jeff Kennard in the Australian film Hating Alison Ashley, with fellow Neighbours star Delta Goodrem and McLeod's Daughters co-star Rachael Carpani. In 2006, he appeared in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival as a stand-up comedian.

Monday, 11 October 2010

INXS - Need You Tonight (12inch)

Need You Tonight-Mediate/I'm Coming(Home)

INXS are an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales. Mainstays are Garry Gary Beers on bass guitar, Andrew Farriss on keyboards, Jon Farriss on drums, Tim Farriss on lead guitar and Kirk Pengilly on guitar/sax. For twenty years, they were fronted by Michael Hutchence on lead vocals, whose "sultry good looks" and magnetic stage presence made him the focal point of the band. Initially known for their New Wave/ska/pop style, they later developed a harder pub rock style, including funk and dance elements.

INXS achieved international success with a series of hit recordings through the 1980s and 1990s, including the albums Listen Like Thieves, Kick, X and Welcome to Wherever You Are and the singles "Original Sin", "Need You Tonight", "Devil Inside" and "New Sensation".

INXS has won six Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards including three for 'Best Group' in 1987, 1989 and 1992, and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001. To date INXS have sold more than 30 million records.

Inxs performed live a week ago at the AFL grand final with J.D. Fotrune out front they looked pretty good together maybe a new album in the future hope it works out for them may have been a one of but I hope not.

The B-side "I'm Coming Home" is a non album track which also appears on the 7" single .

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Australian TV's Greatest Hits

I just couldn't be bothered typing out the 59 tracks on this post so I've added the back cover to the post so anyone needing to know what is on this album can have a look, any way here's an album with 59 themes of the best and worst of Australia TV, might bring back some memories it did for me and some I've never heard of must have aired in Melbourne or the ABC . An educated guess would put this as released in 1988 there was a UK release of the album in that year and as one of the tracks is the theme to Neighbours which started in 1985 the date would seem to right.

Hold it stop the presses "thesoundandthefury" has pointed out to me that the date is on the back cover need to get my magnifier out LOL.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Collett - Raze The Roof

Sydney-based singer Collette Roberts first came to the nation's attention when she signed to CBS and issued a cover of Anita Ward's 1979 disco hit `Ring My Bell'/`Save Yourself' as her debut single. `Ring My Bell' reached #3 on the national charts in May 1989. Collette followed this up with two further hits, `All I Wanna Do Is Dance'/`Push' (#12 in August) and `That's what I Like About You'/`Hothouse' (#35 in December).

DJ Stephen `Pee Wee' Ferris (ex-Flotsam Jetsam) produced Collette's debut album Raze the Roof. In 1990, Collette returned to the studio with producer Mark S. Berry for her second album, Attitude, which produced the singles `Who do You Think You Are?' (#71 in October), `Upside Down' and a cover of Natalie Cole's `This Will Be' (1991). `Who do You Think You Are?' featured New Jack Swing beat stylings (a mix of funk, soul and hip hop) and its lyrics were aimed at Collette's critics.

Early in her career, Collette performed in bright fluorescent lycra clothing, especially bike shorts, bras, and braces. In 1990 she appeared with a new image of short hair and black clothing in an attempt to cast aside the bike shorts image and for her music to be taken more seriously. Collette appeared briefly as 'Ysabel' on Home and Away in early 1991. After her second album, Attitude (1991) and its singles yielded little commercial success, she retired from the music industry and pursued a career as a stylist and make-up artist. She appeared on Channel 7's Where Are They Now? in 2006, revealing that she does some volunteer work at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.

From MySpace:
Model-turned-pop-singer Collette became an Australian icon when she unleashed the gold-selling Top 5 single Ring My Bell, an Anita Ward cover, in 1989.

The infectious track caught on quickly and Collette became just as well known for her bright, fluorescent lycra clothing as her music, starting a trend of bike shorts, bras, and braces nation-wide!

Though sometimes touted as a one-hit-wonder, Collette in actuality had a handful of successful follow-ups. Ring My Bell was followed by the dancefloor hit All I Wanna Do Is Dance which reached No 12 on the Australian singles chart and further cemented Collette into Australian pop-culture with it's cheeky video. This video depicts three distinct segments in which Collette dances in fluoro vinyl against a cartoon backdrop, dances in leopard print against a space-age backdrop and finally, in her trademark lycra, dancing in a fountain and teaching the moves to random bystanders at Harbourside in Sydney.

That's What I Like About You followed on, as did Collette's debut album Raze The Roof of which she co-wrote most of the tracks.

Fans flocked to join the Collette fan-club and receive regular newsletter updates from the beautiful singer and to learn what she was like outside of the spotlight.

In 1990, Collette ditched her colourful, disposable-pop image and returned with a new look (short hair, black leather) and the first single from her second album, Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? provided a more "grown-up" sound and was followed by the singles Upside Down and This Will Be (Everlasting Love) and the album Attitude - showing a more serious side to the young singer.

In 1991, Collette appeared briefly as a character on Australian soap Home and Away named Ysabel - police constable Nick's girlfriend.

After the release of her second album, Collette eventually retired from the music industry and, after a hiatus overseas, pursued a successful career as a stylist and make-up artist. Collette also made a return to the world of modelling and continues to model in successful campaigns.

These days, Collette can also be found showing her love of animals as a volunteer at Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo.

Collette has recently made appearances on Where Are They Now? and What A Year! specials in addition to performing for hundreds of screaming fans at ARQ's Retrosexual night in June 2005 and at Mardi Gras Party 2007 - proving that Collette's fans are just as passionate about her as ever and that her music still makes people want to dance!

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Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Kevin Johnson - Bonnie Please Don't Go

Bonnie Please Don't Go/Takin' The Long Road Home

Kevin Stephen Johnson (born 1943, Rockhampton, Queensland) is an Australian singer-songwriter, most active in the 1970s, and is best known for his 1973 song "Rock and Roll I Gave You the Best Years of My Life", which peaked at #4 on the Australian singles charts. In Australia, Johnson had a top 20 hit with "Bonnie Please Don't Go" (aka "She's Leavin'") #15 in 1971.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Glenn Shorrok - Dream Lover

Dream Lover/Spin Me Around

Glenn Barrie Shorrock (born 30 June 1944) is an English-born Australian singer-songwriter. He was a founding member of pop groups The Twilights, Axiom and Little River Band as well as being a solo performer.

The Twilights had eight consecutive national hit singles including "Needle in a Haystack" and "What's Wrong with the Way I Live". Axiom's top 10 hits were "Arkansas Grass", "Little Ray of Sunshine" and "My Baby's Gone". Little River Band had national and international chart success, including the Shorrock-penned "Emma", "Help Is on Its Way" and "Cool Change".

Shorrock was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 1991 and as a member of Little River Band in 2004. In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, named "Cool Change" as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time.

While still a member of Little River Band, Shorrock released a solo single, a cover of Bobby Darin's 1959 hit "Dream Lover" in April 1979 on EMI, which peaked at No. 8 on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart. In February 1982.