Saturday, 15 February 2014

The Zimmermen - Rivers Of Corn

Don't Go To Sydney / Push And Shove / I'm Happy / No One Else / I Like To Fight With My Wife / Seventeen / Happy Heart / Shake Down / Get Off The Phone / Ordinary Man / I Shall Return

A pun on Bob Dylan's real name, Robert Zimmermen, John Dowler's Australian country-rock outfit Zimmermen are best remembered for their standout hit "Don't Go to Sydney." After working with several bands during the late '70s and early '80s, John Dowler formed Zimmermen in June 1983. They found immediate success on the Melbourne pub-circuit where they supported such acts as the Hoodoo Gurus and the Sunnyboys.

By the end of 1984, band members Steve Connolly and Michael Barclay had left to join the Paul Kelly Band (which became the Coloured Girls the following year). Guitarist Peter Tulloch and drummer Graeme Perry replaced them for the group's debut single, "Don't Go to Sydney," released in January 1985. It became one of the most successful Australian independent singles of 1986 and, after Neil Osborn joined the band as permanent drummer, the band released their debut album, Rivers of Corn, which contained the single "Ordinary Man." (All Music Guide)

Here is that debut album, which was released on Au-Go-Go Records in 1986. Those Lobby Loyde fans amongst us may be interested to know that he recorded two tracks on the album.

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