Monday, 20 July 2015

Mondo Rock - 1986 - Primitive Love Rites 12 inch (Extended Mix)

Primitive Love Rites (Extended Mix)/Rule Of Threes (Extended Mix)

Mondo Rock are a rock band from Melbourne, Australia, most prominent in the early 1980s. The band was formed in late 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Ross Wilson.

Both Primitive Love Rites and Rule Of Threes were released as singles of the 1986 Boom Baby Boom album but were only mildly successful. Here to download are the 12" remixes of those songs.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Mondo Rock - 1984 - Good Advice 12 inch

Good Advice (Extended Version)/Good Advice/Dark Secrets

The charismatic Ross Wilson and the prolific songwriter Eric McCusker made Mondo Rock one of the top Aussie bands of the eighties who can forget such great songs as Chemistry, State Of The Heart, Summer Of 81, A Touch Of Paradise and Come Said The Boy. As far as I can tell this 12 inch released in 1984 appeared on no other locally released album but the songs did appear on some overseas releases the Dark Secrets track was included on the Essential Daddy Cool Double CD 2006 release.

Wendy & The Rocketts - 1982 - Live (Mini Album)

Talkin To You/Burns Like Fire/Open Up Your Heart/It's Always Maybe/Danny/When I'm Gone

 Wendy Anne-Marie Stapleton (born 8 July 1954) is an Australian pop/rock singer-songwriter, and musical theatre and television actress. Stapleton has performed as a backing singer, session musician and a solo artist; she fronted various Melbourne-based groups including Wendy Stapleton Band (1976–1978) and Wendy & the Rocketts  (1980–1985) which had a top 30 hit single with "Play the Game" in June 1983

Stapleton signed a solo deal with Festival Records and issued her debut single, "Heart of Stone", a cover of The Rolling Stones 1964 song, in September 1979.Her version did not chart on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart.[6] In August 1980 Stapleton formed pub rock band, Wendy & the Rocketts , with Mark Chew on guitar and keyboards (ex-Traction, Southern Transit), Victor Crump on guitar (Bandicoot, Fastbuck), Steve Donald on drums (Fastbuck) and Wayne Sullivan on bass guitar (Fastbuck). The band signed with Mushroom Records and released "Reputation" in June 1981, which peaked at No. 40. "Tonite" followed in September but did not chart. Sullivan was replaced by Joe Imbroll on bass guitar.

A new line-up appeared in March 1982 with Donald, and new members: Joey Amenta on lead guitar and backing vocals (Taste, Redhouse, Russell Morris Band, Darryl Cotton Band), Noel Beare on bass guitar (Misfits, Routinos) and Adrian Dessent on rhythm guitar and backing vocals (Scandal, Vixen, Marc Hunter Band). The third single, "You're Place or Mine?" released in March, reached the top 40. A live recording, Live, appeared as a six-track EP in September. The band travelled to UK in early 1983 to record their debut studio album, Dazed for Days it was issued in July and appeared into the top 30 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. Lead single, "Play the Game", was released in April and peaked in the top 30, "Have You Been Telling Me Lies" followed in August with "Security" in November. However, by September, the band had left for UK and Europe to tour as support for Bryan Adams and ZZ Top.

In November 1984, another version of Wendy & the Rocketts toured: John Dallimore replaced Amenta on lead guitar (Redhouse, Dallimore, Jon English & the Foster Brothers), Brian Hamilton replaced Beare on bass guitar, and Paul McNaughton (aka Paul Norton) joined on guitar.[5] No more recordings appeared—the group disbanded in March 1985—and Stapleton returned to session work. Stapleton joined as guest vocalist with The Incredible Penguins in 1985, for a cover of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", a charity project for research on little penguins, which peaked at No. 10 on the singles chart in December. Incredible Penguins also included Donald from an early Wendy & the Rocketts line-up.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Darryl Cotton - 1980 - Best Seat In The House

Darlin'/No More Lonely Nights/Watcha' Gonna Do/Dance/Same Old Girl/Don't Let It Get To You/I Can't Let Go/Don't Let It Get To You/Somebody Must Have Known/Here Comes Another Heartache/Hollywood

Darryl Grant Cotton (4 September 1949 – 27 July 2012) was an Australian pop, rock singer-songwriter, television presenter and actor. He was a founding member of Australian rock group Zoot in 1965, with Beeb Birtles, and were later joined by Rick Brewer and Rick Springfield. As a solo artist Cotton released the albums, Best Seat in the House (1980), It's Rock 'n' Good Fun (1984) and Let the Children Sing (1994). In April 1980 his biggest solo hit, "Same Old Girl", which was co-written by Cotton, peaked at No. 6 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart. He acted in the TV soap opera, The Young Doctors (1979), and on stage as Joseph in the theatre production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (1983). He presented TV shows, Summer Rock (1979 and 1980) and The Early Bird Show (1985 to 1989). In 1996 he formed Burns Cotton & Morris with fellow 1960s pop singers, Ronnie Burns and Russell Morris. In 2000 Burns retired from the trio and, with Jim Keays, they became Cotton Keays & Morris. In May 2012, Cotton was diagnosed with liver cancer and died on 27 July 2012, aged 62.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Aliens - 1980 - Translator

Too Late Now/Follow That Girl/L.O.V.E. Love/Till The Beast Is Dead/Girls/She's So Dangerous/He's An Angel/The Boys In Black/Go Away/The Machine Wants To Know/ Confrontation/Bomb Squad

In 1975 Greg Webster (guitar), Dave Lewis (guitar), Danny Johnson (vocals), Geoff Stapleton (drums), Grant Lang (keyboards) and Grant Lewis (bass) were playing in an Adelaide band called Gold. A local band they played around Adelaide, as well as a number of country performances. In 1976 Gold were winners

In 1977 Riff Raff consisted of Stapleton and Johnson together with Greg Webster (guitar, vocals),and Rob Grosser (drums). In February 1978 Stapleton and Johnson moved to Melbourne and in April that year formed The Aliens. In June 1979 they signed with Mushroom Records. The Aliens recorded their first single, "Confrontation", with producer Charles Fisher between Saturday, 11 August, and Monday, 13 August 1979, at Trafalgar Studios, Sydney, Australia, during a national tour with the band The Sports. "Confrontation" reached #15 in Sydney, #35 in Brisbane and #36 on the national singles charts.

Their debut album, Translator, was recorded at The Music Farm, in northern New South Wales, between 24 November and 9 December 1979, with producer, David Tickle. The band performed on television shows like Countdown, Nightmoves, Sounds Unlimited, and Hey Hey Its Saturday. In January 1980 the band toured nationally with (U.K.) Squeeze and in March 1980 toured with The Police. The band released its second single, "Follow that Girl", on 25 February 1980. "Follow that Girl" reached #4 in Canberra and #48 on the national singles charts.
of the 5KA 'Battle of the Bands'. Gold soon turned into Riff Raff, which had a much punkier name and this change in image was reflected in their material.

On 20 May 1980 following a performance at the Canberra Theatre, Webster quit and returned to Melbourne. In that brief sixteen month period they played 356 shows around Australia. The band continued as a three piece, working in a whole new repertoire and sound, which included more keyboards from Geoffrey Stapleton.

In September 1980 Randy Bulpin from Mondo Rock briefly joined on lead guitar until the end of October when the band relocated to Sydney. Pierre Baroni joined the band on the day they left Melbourne for Sydney. Baroni was recruited for his voice and song writing ability, as well as his guitar arrangements. On 27 November 1980, Grosser left the band and was replaced by Alex Bash on drums in December 1980. On 6 March 1981, Danny Johnson left the band, leaving Stapleton as the only original member. Greg Trennery joined the band on bass on 31 March 1981. The new line up of Stapleton, Trennery, Baroni, and Bash recorded a new single, "I Don't Care", on 23 May at EMI Studios 301. The A-side featured Stapleton on lead vocal and the B-side, "Over my Head", had Baroni on lead vocals. It was eventually released on their own label, Planet X Records, through EMI in December 1981. On 29 May, Bash left the band and was replaced by Malcolm Fogg on 3 June 1981. They toured Melbourne during October and November 1981. Bash rejoined the band, replacing Fogg for the band's last performance on the television show, Countdown, on 11 December 1981, performing "I Don't Care".

Stapleton went on to play with GANGgajang. Baroni worked in the art department of Mushroom Records.

Alex Bash — drums (1980-1981)
Pierre Baroni — guitar, synthesiser (1980–1981)
Randy Bulpin — guitar (1980)
Rob Grosser — drums (1979–1980)
Malcolm Fogg — drums (1978)
Danny Johnson — vocals, bass (1978–1981)
Graham Lewis — keyboards (1978–1979)
Kevin Patricks — drums (1978-1979)
Geoffrey Stapleton — vocals, guitar (1978–1981)
Greg Trennery — bass (1981)
Greg Webster — vocals, guitar (1978–1980)

                       L-R : Greg Webster, Rob Grosser , Danny Johnson, Geoffrey Stapleton.


Translator — Mushroom (1980)

"Confrontation"/"Boys in Black" — Mushroom (December 1979) AUS #36
"Follow That Girl"/"The Hyding of Dr Jekyll" — Mushroom (February 1980) AUS #48
"I Don't Care"/"Over My Head" — Planet X (December 1981)

Thursday, 2 July 2015

The Saints - A Little Madness To Be Free [FLAC]

Ghost Ships  / Someone To Tell Me / Down The Drain / It's Only Time / Imagination / Wrapped Up And Blue / Walk Away / Photograph / The Hour / Angel

The Saints were a punk/rock band formed in Brisbane in 1974, with Chris Bailey and Ed Kuepper the main creative forces behind the band. When Kuepper left in 1979 to form The Laughing Clowns, Bailey remained and The Saints name continued on but with regularly changing line-ups.

A Little Madness To Be Free was released in 1984 and features 10 original Bailey songs, including the popular "Ghost Ships".

Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons - 1979 - Screaming Targets

Hit And Run/Dont Wanna Come Down/Katschara/Only The Lonely Hearted/You Made A Fool Out Of Me/Close To The Bone/Shape I'm In/Trials And Tribulations/Thin Line/Open Hearted
Bonus Live At The Sentimental Bloke
Security/So Young/Not A Woman Not A Child/Mona/The Cthulhu

Released in 1979 it had 2 hits "Hit And Run" made #12 and "Shape I'm In" #22. When I bought this I was lucky enough to get a copy with the bonus disc "Live At The Sentimental Bloke" didn't realise at the time that all the albums didn't have the extra vinyl.