Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Redhouse - 1976 - One More Squeeze (Remastered 2017) FLAC

 I Got Love/ I Like Dancing/ I Love Your Lady/Little Paul/ I'm Just/Hit The Deck/Who's Foolin' Who/One More Squeeze

Bonus Tracks.

 Thank You/Snapshot/Hot Feet/O Lucky Man/Movin' On

Redhouse were a short lived Australian rock music band formed in 1975. The group released one studio album which peaked at number 89 on the Australian charts in 1977.

Originally formed as the Red House Roll Band, this Geelong (Victoria) quartet was that city's premier rock attraction during the mid-1970s. The Red House Roll Band provided a very theatrical stage show (along the lines of Alice Cooper) with band members dressing up in skeleton suits or Superman outfits.

  In 1973 the band signed a record deal with Atlantic, which resulted in the single "O Lucky Man" (B-Side was Movin' On). Taken from the British feature film of the same name, the band's version of Alan Price's song became a regional hit. But the band went into hibernation and re-emerged in late 1975 as Redhouse, with a completely revised line-up comprising Jack Green, John Dallimore, Jacques De Jongh and Gary Crothall.

 Redhouse built up a strong following on the Melbourne pub circuit as a hard-working heavy rock band. In July 1976, De Jongh left the band to join Hush. Graham Matters (on vocals) and Garry Quince (on guitar and keyboards) took his place. In September, Redhouse entered the studio to record a debut album, 'One More Squeeze'.

"One More Squeeze" was their only album  recorded under the original title "Red House Roll Band". A legendary Australian musician John Dallimore participated in the recording of this record. For the period of recording he was only 17 years old. The singles "I Like Dancing" and "Who's Foolin 'Who" reached the 17th place on the Melbourne charts. The band broke up in 1978....~

Monday, 29 March 2021

Procession - 1969 - Procession FLAC

 You - Me/Gently Does It/Essentially Susan/Signature Tune/Adelaide, Adelaide/Take Time (A Swingin' Waltz)/Every American Citizen/Sweet Simplicity/ Automobile/September In July/Mind Magician/ Anthem



 Procession were formed in October 1967 by members of two earlier Australasian pop groups, Normie Rowe's long-time backing band, the Playboys, and New Zealand group, the Librettos. The Librettos had formed in Wellington as a beat-pop group in 1960 and by 1965 they relocated to Sydney, where they included Craig Collinge (born 24 August 1948, Sydney) on drums and Brian Peacock (born 27 June 1946, Levin, New Zealand) on bass guitar and vocals. The Librettos broke up in June of the following year, with Peacock joining the Playboys and Collinge forming a heavy rock-trio, the Knack.

The Playboys had formed in July 1963 as an instrumental group in Melbourne and in November 1966 they relocated to London where they were the backing band for Rowe. In March 1967 Trevor Griffin (born 22 December 1944, Birmingham, England) joined on organ from the Question Marks. A month later Mick Rogers joined on guitar. While still with Rowe, the Playboys signed to Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label and recorded a one-off single, “Black Sheep R.I.P” (August 1967). By then Rowe and the Playboys had returned to Australia and in October the group split from Rowe and Collinge had joined on drums.

They were renamed as Procession with the line-up of Collinge on drums, Griffin on organ, Peacock on bass guitar and vocals, and Rogers on lead guitar and vocals. They made their live debut at Sebastians nightclub, Melbourne on 17 December. They signed with Festival Records, to issue their debut single, "Anthem", in December 1967; which has Peacock and Rogers providing an a cappella rendition. A second single, "Listen", appeared in March 1968 but did not chart, despite being the first Australian disc to be recorded on newly installed eight-track equipment.



The group appeared regularly on Melbourne-based TV pop show, Uptight, on ATV 0, which was produced by the band's talent manager, David Joseph. The group's debut album, Procession 'Live' at Sebastians (15 May 1968), a live recording at the venue on 3 April, failed to chart. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane observed, "it revealed the band's predilection for modern jazz."[The group played a farewell Australian show at the Royale Ballroom on 18 June 1968 supported by the Twilights and the Virgil Brothers.

Procession relocated to London where they became a regular attraction at the Marquee during early to mid-1969. They signed to Philips/Mercury and released a second eponymous album, which was produced by Mike Hugg (of Manfred Mann), which attracted positive reviews but poor sales. McFarlane felt the album was, "a sophisticated collection of jazz-tinged psychedelic pop material." In the United States it appeared on Mercury's subsidiary label, Smash. The two singles from the album, "Every American Citizen" (October 1968) and a re-recorded version of "Anthem" re-titled as "One Day Every Week" (December), also flopped.

     Alternate US and UK  cover for LP

In March 1969 Collinge left to join Manfred Mann Chapter Three and former Cat Stevens sideman, Chris Hunt (born 15 November 1945 in Hillingdon, England) joined on drums. In the following month Peacock asked his friend from Melbourne, singer-songwriter, Ross Wilson, formerly of the Pink Finks and the Party Machine. Wilson took over from Rogers as lead singer and also provided harmonica, although the move was resented by both Rogers and Hunt.

In late May or early June the group recorded new tracks at Olympic Studios, including Rogers' "Surrey" and Wilson's "Papa's in the Vice Squad" and "I Wanna Be Loved", but they were never released. They reportedly also featured another of Wilson's new compositions, "Make Your Stash", in their set-list, but never recorded it. According to Wilson, his song – which was based on a melody from Gustav Holst's The Planets – in turn became the basis for the abortive 1973 Manfred Mann's Earth Band album, Masque (which was abandoned when the group was unable to secure the rights to use Holst's music from the trustees of his estate).


Although the band was now nearing its end, Wilson's brief stint with Procession provided an unexpected side-benefit – it was during this period that he read a British newspaper article about the history of "juke joints" in the American south, and the accompanying photo, which showed dancers performing "The Eagle Rock and the Pigeon Wing" provided an inspiration for Wilson's breakthrough hit with his next band. Procession's final engagement was a month-long student cruise from London to New York. By this time David Joseph had lost interest in the band and was concentrating on the New Seekers. Procession officially disbanded in September 1969.

Bobby And Laurie - 1967 - Exposaic FLAC

 Every Second Day/ First Street Blues/High Noon/ Long Black Veil/Just Dreaming/Since You're Gone/John Lee Strange/Each And Every Time (Four In All)/Philosophy On A Phone Call/ I Have Been Told/My Sweet Bay-B/I Do Not Lie


 Dynamic vocal duo Bobby & Laurie was one of the leading acts in the first wave of Australian 'beat pop' 1964-67. They cut a series of fine recordings which rank alongside those of Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Ray Brown & The Whispers, The Easybeats, Normie Rowe and MPD Ltd as milestones of Australian pop in the mid-60s.

Although perhaps not as well remembered today as some of their contemporaries, they were one of the most popular and successful acts of their day, and deserve a lot more recognition for their contributions. Bobby, Laurie and the members of their regular backing band, The Rondells were all important figures in the development of the Melbourne rock scene, and their History is also a great illustration of the intricate (and sometimes confusing) interconnections between the many groups of the '60s and '70s.


Laurie Allen was a veteran of the earliest days of rock'n'roll in Melbourne. His first amateur group in the late Fifties was The Three Jays, followed by The Lories ca. 1958. He was a member of The Roulettes in 1958-59, then from 1959-61 he was lead guitarist for Malcolm Arthur & The Knights, one of Melbourne's pioneering rock & roll bands. Original Knights members Graham Trottman and Phil Blackmore later joined Normie Rowe's backing group The Playboys.

After leaving the Knights he joined The Blue Jays as singer/organist in 1962. Laurie stayed with them until the end of 1963, when they became part of Ivan Dayman's Sunshine organisation; shortly after that, in 1964, they became the "Fabulous Blue Jays", the backing band for singer Tony Worsley. Laurie then rejoined The Roulettes, a long-running Melbourne revue band whose roster included brothers Ron Blackmore, brother Phil Blackmore , Graham Trottman and Bob Arrowsmith.

 By the time Laurie joined the Roulettes, Ron Blackmore had moved off the stage and into management. He assembled a stable of solo singers and groups that worked the booming dance circuit around Melbourne. It was at this time that Laurie first met and worked with singer Bobby Bright. Bobby had made his start as a solo artist in Adelaide, working for Dayman, and then moved to Melbourne. He also released two solo Singles on the W&G label in 1963. When Bobby and Laurie left The Roulettes in 1963, Ron Blackmore became their manager. Each initially struck out on his own, performing separate solo spots in one show (complete with coffin!) backed by Melbourne instrumental band The Hearsemen, which included a young Mike Brady (MPD Ltd) in its first lineup. Early in 1964 (11 March) Laurie made his first solo TV appearance, on Graham Kennedy's IMT.



Later in the year, both singers appeared on The Go!! Show, a new TV pop show screening on Melbourne's recently-established third commercial station, Channel 0, and it was at this point that they decided to merge their solo acts into one, and "Bobby & Laurie" was born.

Bobby & Laurie was one of the first Melbourne acts to adopt the new 'longhaired' image pioneered by The Beatles and the Stones, and they rapidly became a popular drawcard. Like several other important artists of the time, they became regulars The Go!! Show, and this led to a contract with the allied Go!! record label.

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

The Kompany - 1967 - Little Joe The Boxer @320

 Little Joe The Boxer/The Family Way


 An Australian band. Formed in Perth, Western Australia in 1965.The group disbanded in 1967.This band was the group that backed Johnny Young.

Members include

JOHN EDDY - Guitar
MIKE WADE - Keyboard, Guitar 

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Marcia Hines - 1981 - Take It From The Boys FLAC

 Your love still brings Me to My knees/Love Me like the last time/Take It from the boys/Many rivers to cross/What a bitch is love/ I was free/Just this one time/The dance goes on/It don't take much/Taking It all in stride


 Take It from the Boys is the fifth studio album by American-Australian singer Marcia Hines and first on new record label Midnight Records. Take It from the Boys peaked at No. 16 in Australia and produced the top ten single, "Your Love Still Brings Me to My Knees" which peaked at No. 10 in Australia and 6 and 7 in The Netherlands and Belgium.


Sunday, 31 January 2021

Marcia Hines - 1979 - Ooh Child FLAC

 Ooh child/Something's Missing (In My life)/You're So Good/Moments/ I Wanna Make It With You Tonight/Dance You Fool, Dance/April Sun In Cuba; Save The Last Dance For Me/Where Did We go Wrong/ Let The Music Play


 Ooh Child is the fourth studio album by American-Australian singer Marcia Hines. Ooh Child peaked at No. 15 in Australia and produced the top ten single, "Something's Missing (In My Life)", which peaked at No. 9. It was released digitally in 2020.

Marcia Elaine Hines, AM (born 20 July 1953), is an American-Australian vocalist, actress and TV personality. Hines made her debut, at the age of 16, in the Australian production of the stage musical Hair and followed with the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. She achieved her greatest commercial successes as a recording artist during the late 1970s with several hit singles, including cover versions of "Fire and Rain", "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself", "You" and "Something's Missing (In My Life)"; and her Top Ten albums Marcia Shines, Shining and Ladies and Gentlemen. Hines was voted "Queen of Pop" by TV Week's readers for three consecutive years from 1976.

Hines stopped recording in the early 1980s until she returned with Right Here and Now in 1994, the same year she became an Australian citizen. She was the subject of the 2001 biography Diva: the life of Marcia Hines which coincided with the release of the compilation album Diva. Since 2003 she has been a judge on Australian Idol, and her elevated profile led to a renewed interest in her as a performer. Her 2006 album, Discotheque, peaked at number 6 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) albums chart. Hines was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame on 18 July 2007.

Hines is the mother of singer Deni Hines, with whom she performed on the duet single "Stomp!" (2006).

Thursday, 14 January 2021

The Takeaways - 2010 - Sweet and Sour Soundtrack FLAC

 Sweet & Sour/Hip Romeo/Moon And Stars/Chicken Feed Pt. 1/Singing In The Shower/It's A Game/Glam To Wham/Heart Plays Tricks/On The Street Where U Live/Too Hot To Move/Little Boxes/No Worries/Party On Wheels/Sweet/Sweet & Sour Theme Tune/No Focus/Crocodile Shoes/
Image Of An Angel/Down The Road/Good Advice/Psychosis/Popstars And Politicians/Digging A Hole/The Rain/Can’t Stand Still/Two Of The Boys/I’m A Genius/Bill Posters/Can’t Imagine (Sweet & Sour)


 Sweet and Sour was an Australian television series that screened on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 1984. It was created by Tim Gooding and Johanna Pigott and was produced internally for the ABC by Jan Chapman. The main storyline of the series followed the efforts of a fictional band, The Takeaways, to break into the Sydney music scene. "The Takeaways have so far eluded commercial success. However, negotiations are presently underway for the band to sell their story to a prominent TV station, and really clean up."

In mid-1983 Sydney a band called The Takeaways is formed. Initially it consists of Carol Howard, Martin Kabel and George Poulopoulos. Carol Howard (Tracy Mann) is an attractive vocalist and novice guitarist from Melbourne; she had pursued an acting career with little success but is now focussed on her music. Carol wrote her first song on the train to Sydney.

Martin Kabel (David Reyne) is an established, albeit unsuccessful, guitarist who wants to branch out from his current band: he would like to sing his own songs. Martin gets his chance with The Takeaways.

George Poulopoulos (Arky Michael) is more interested in playing soccer for the Combined Hellenic Travel Agents but reluctantly joins to play bass. He learns how to play at the band's first practice session; slowly he overcomes his shyness to become a confident performer.

Darrell Winters (Ric Herbert) sees a quick dollar to be made as their manager; Darrell talks the talk and tries to walk the walk. He sets out to organise their first gig: a backyard barbecue! Fortunately better gigs followed in various Sydney pubs. Their first jam sessions are in an old boot factory.

Meanwhile, Christine Yates (Sandra Lillingston) breaks into their house and rather than turn her in to the police they offer her a spot in their band. Christine's father, legendary 1960s saxophonist Shrug Yates (Martin Vaughan), taught her to 'feel' music while playing sax. Christine sings lead vocal on some songs.

Initially they play their gigs using a drum machine until Johnny Black (Robin Copp), an established drummer, joins. 

Numerous Australian and New Zealand musicians and songwriters were involved in this TV series.

The title song of the series,"Sweet and Sour", was written by Sharon O'Neill, who also recorded the song in 1987 as "In Control" on her album Danced in the Fire. Deborah Conway (Do-Ré-Mi) was actor Tracy Mann's 'singing voice' and sang the hit "Sweet & Sour" (# 10 Australian national singles chart). The song's lyrics relate to self-empowerment in the face of life's vagaries: "Life can be sweet and sour, But I am in control. It can chill me to the bone, Give me wings to fly on my own."

Music was directed by Martin Armiger (The Sports, Stephen Cummings Band) who also provided backing vocals, lead guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and lyrics. Associate Music Director Graham Bidstrup (The Angels, GANGgajang) also provided backing vocals, keyboards, percussion and lyrics. In 1980, Bidstrup had produced a single, "Russia Rocks", for an Australian group The Takeaways. Assistant to Music Director Stephen O'Rourke also provided backing vocals.

The list of recording musicians/songwriters includes Tommy Emmanuel, Chris Bailey (The Angels, GANGgajang), Eric McCusker (Mondo Rock), Red Symons (Skyhooks), "Freddie" Strauks (Skyhooks), Todd Hunter (Dragon, XL Capris), Rick Grossman (Divinyls, Hoodoo Gurus),Mark Edwards (The Runners), Tony Buchanan (Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs mk2) and Reg Mombassa (Mental As Anything).

Cathy McQuade (Deckchairs Overboard) was Sandra Lillingston's 'singing voice' and John Clifforth (Deckchairs Overboard) was David Reyne's 'singing voice' (both Reyne and Herbert sang backing vocals on some tracks).

The soundtrack album went platinum, selling over 70,000 copies.

Australian band GANGgajang were formed as a direct result of four of their members involvement as musicians/songwriters for this show: Chris Bailey, Graham Bidstrup, Mark Callaghan and Kay Bee.

Cameo appearances from other Australian musicians include, The Johnnys playing Slip Slap Fishin' and Rebel Yell live in Episode 3 and Richard Clapton playing acoustic in the street in Episode 6. Kirk Pengilly from INXS appeared in Episode 7 and Chrissie Amphlett from the Divinyls popped up in Episode 8.

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Bobby and Laurie - Jump Back WAVE RE-UP

 I Belong With You/Judy Green/Someone/I'm Not A Bad Guy/Trouble In Mind/You Got It Off Me/Give All Your Lovin' To Me/Mojo Queen (Live)/Hold Me/Crazy Country Hop/Sweet And Tender Romance/You'll Come 'round/Jump Back/No Next Time/Every Second Day/Hitchhiker

 Bobby and Laurie were an Australian vocal duo formed in Melbourne in 1965.

During the sixties Bobby Bright and Laurie Allen were the first to break through as a duo act and one of the most famouse to come out of Australia. Laurie was part of 'Malcolm Arthur and The Knight's' playing lead guitar in 1959 and also a member and lead singer of 'The Blue Jays'. Bobby Bright was a solo singer from Adelaide with 'The Roulette's'. Both Bobby and Laurie started as a duo 1964 during Beatle mania.

They were one of the first to appear regularly on the new 'GO! Show' which was Melbourne's first rock show from 'Channel 0'. Also they received a recording contract with the GO! record label. They are probably known for their early hit 'I Belong To You' produced
by Roger Savage. The song was written by Laurie. They had many hit's but the Roger Miller composition 'Hitch Hiker' would stand out more than any.

Both decided to call it a day in 1967.

Bobby Bright went into radio and Laurie started a new group 'The Laurie Allen Revue' with a very young new singer 'Collen Hewitt'.

They both reunited for a short time but in 1971 they again went their own way.

Sadly Laurie passed away on the 13th of June, 2002.

Sherbet - 1974 - Slipstream FLAC RE-POST

 Slipstream/Endless Place/Wild Love/Another Hustler/What Is It All About/Freedom/Silvery Moon/Handy Mandy/When The Sunshine Turns To Grey/Earthquake In My Head/So Glad You're Mine

Sherbet was formed in 1969 by Clive Shakespeare with members of three Sydney bands. He had been in a band called Downtown Roll Band. With fellow members Doug Rae on bass & Danny Taylor on drums, he recruited Sam See on keys from Clapham Junction and Dennis Laughlin from Sebastian Hardie Blues Band on lead vocals. Like a lot of bands their lineup was fluid in the early days but by 1972 the first classic lineup of Daryl Braithwaite on vocals, Clive Shakespeare on guitar, Garth Porter on keys, Alan Sandow on drums and Tony Mitchell on bass.

 They toured relentlessly and were known as one of the hardest working and most professional acts of the time. All the while Daryl Braithwaite was having solo success as well. He was named “King Of Pop” from three years running from 1975 – 1977 and Sherbet were voted Best Australian Group five years in a row from 1973 to 1978.


In 1976 Clive Shakespeare left due largely to the heavy pressure and relentless touring. He was replaced by Harvey James, who had been successful in both Mississippi and Ariel, just as the band were hitting peak popularity. Like too many bands of their era they tried to break into the U.S. market but never quite pulled it off. They changed their name to “Highway” to try and get away from their previous bubblegum pop image but despite having some great local success the band decided to fold in late 1979.

The break was brief, however, and they were back in 1980 as “Sherbs” with the same lineup. A couple more years of touring saw them again call it quits in 1984 although they have performed at various one off events like the Harvey James Tribute Concert.

Slipstream is an album by Sherbet released in 1974. According to the Kent Music Report, it spent 35 weeks in the Australian Charts reaching a highest position of No. 3.

After a heavy touring schedule during the summer of '73 / '74, Sherbet packed a couple of guitars, and the electric piano, bathers, fishing lines, assorted goodies and recording equipment and headed off down the south coast of New South Wales to unwind in Clive's sea side house. Most of the songs on this album were written or conceived during this period.

Daryl Braithwaite: lead vocals
Tony Mitchell: bass guitar & vocals
Clive Shakespeare: guitars & vocals
Garth Porter: keyboards & vocals
Alan Sandow: drums

Produced by Sherbet and Richard Batchens
Recorded at Festival's Studio 24, Sydney, Australia June - August 1974

All tracks remastered by William Bowden, Festival Studios

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Sherbet - 1975 - Life Is For Living FLAC RE-POST

 Arrival/Survival/Life/I Wanna' Live/Only One You/Matter Of Time/Just Being You/Bluesong/I've Been In It Too Long/Where Do We Go/Survival - Reprise

 Life... Is For Living is the fourth album released by Sherbet released in 1975. Life is for living was a very interesting album because various members did lead vocal, Tony Mitchell takes lead vocals on "Bluesong" while Garth Porter takes over on "Matter Of Time" there were also a couple of instrumental tracks. Life... Is for Living reached #6 on the Australian charts.

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Doug Parkinson - 1986 - Reflections WAVE RE-POST

 01 Reach Out, I'll Be There 
02 The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore 
03 A Whiter Shade of Pale 
04 Without You 
05 Reflections 
06 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 
07 I Heard It Through the Grapevine 
08 (Love Is Like A) Heatwave 
09 You Keep Me Hangin' On 
10 Dear Prudence 
11 When a Man Loves a Woman 
12 I'll Be Around 
13 Endlessly 
14 It's a Man's Man's World 
15 You've Really Got a Hold On Me 
16 You Are So Beautiful  

 This album was released on the Hammard label in 1986 (Rememember them ) On it, the true living Oz legend that is Doug pays homage to the wonderful soul stars of the 60's & 70's & their classic songs that he so loves. Along the way he also revives a Procol Harum beauty as well as revisiting songs from his own formidable back catalogue including Dear Prudence, Without You, I'll Be Around & The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore (though I do miss another of our very best singer's, Brod Smith's backing vocals on this one)

Doug's gravelly baritone is in awesome form & though there's only one new song on here, an excellent original called Endlessly, he effortlessly stamps each & every one of these familiar, stomping classics as his own. Reviewed by Micko

Friday, 6 November 2020

Steve Prestwich - 2000 - Since You've Been Gone FLAC

 Hurt Me So/Get Onboard/Someone Caught My Eye/ Since You've Been Gone/Early One Mornin'/Harbour Lights/Love Ya Baby/Best of a Bad Situation/Trouble Free/Bended Knees/So Tired/White Dove


 Prestwich was born in Liverpool, England in 1954. He was a member of a folk-rock band called Sandy in 1970. His family relocated to Adelaide, South Australia in 1971 when he was 17. He was a member of Elizabeth band, Ice, with bassist Michael Smith, later of Scandal, and guitarist John Pryer from 1971 to 1973.

In 1973, he was the founding drummer for heavy metal group, Orange, with the line-up of Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Don Walker and Leszek Kaczmarek. Orange evolved into Cold Chisel in 1974 and a year later, Kaczmarek was replaced by Phil Small. Prestwich remained a member until early 1983 and during his time in Cold Chisel, he wrote "When the War Is Over" and "Forever Now". Both songs appeared on the 1982 album Circus Animals. He co-wrote with Walker the song Flame Trees from the 1984 album Twentieth Century. He briefly rejoined Cold Chisel for their Last Stand Tour from October to December 1983.


From 1984 to 1986 Prestwich was the drummer in the Little River Band. He toured the United States and released two albums with LRB. Little River Band recorded a version of "When the War is Over" with John Farnham on vocals. Prestwich rejoined Cold Chisel in later reformations.

Prestwich released his first solo album, Since You've Been Gone in August 2000, which he also produced. His second album, Every Highway was released in October 2009.

Prestwich was the father of a daughter, Melody, and a son, Vaughan. Prestwich died at the Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney after not regaining consciousness following brain surgery to remove a tumour diagnosed less than two weeks before. Cold Chisel singer Jimmy Barnes later planted a flame tree in Prestwich's memory at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Little Pattie - 1995 - Moments Like This FLAC

  Let’s Face the Music and Dance/You Don’t Know Me/No More Blues/Who Cares/Love Letters/I’m Walkin’/When a Woman Loves a Man/Among My Souvenirs/Reachin’ for the Moon/When I Lost You/ You’re My Thrill/Moments Like This/Lover, Come Back to Me/ I Remember Clifford


 Little Pattie, née Patricia Thompson, has been a mainstay on the Australian entertainment scene since she was a teenager. She had her first pop hit at just 15 and, at the age of 17, was the youngest performer to sing for Australian troops during the Vietnam War. Generally categorized as a rocker, she has crossed the line to record a set of classic standards at two separate studio sittings. Her style and relatively deep voice immediately remind one of Susannah McCorkle, especially on medium-tempo tunes such as "No More Blues." She also has a similar way of phrasing, singing slightly behind the beat. Also evident right from the outset is that this lady is a veteran of the entertainment business with the utmost confidence in what she does. This is no amateur night contestant. She can swing ("I'm Walkin'"), she can be sentimental ("Among My Souvenirs"), and she can be ironically romantic ("When a Woman Loves a Man"). She is also comfortable flirting with other music styles, such as a slight touch of sultry country on the Eddie Arnold classic, "You Don't Know Me." Her supporting cast serves her well. The two pianists, Terry Wilkinson and Barney McAll, are pretty much interchangeable. Erroll Buddle kicks in with a sax solo now and then, such as on "Reachin' for the Moon." Once in a while, drummer Lawrie Thompson forgets this is not a rock session, but that's an inoffensive slip that doesn't matter all that much. This is an album of solid vocalizing by a consummate professional and is recommended.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Mary-Jo Starr - 1990 - Too Many Movies FLAC

 Hidden Things/Kissing In A Taxi/One True Love/ Passionate Kisses/Don't Say I'm No Good/Just A Phrase He's Going Through/Too Many Movies/Take Off Your Shirt/Too Much Lovin'/What To Do/The Boy That Radiates That Charm/Hungry Waltz


 Kaarin Louise Fairfax (born 30 September 1959) is an Australian actress, director and singer who played the role of 'Dolour Darcy' in two TV miniseries The Harp in the South (1986) and its sequel Poor Man's Orange (1987) based on books of the same names by Ruth Park. She has also acted in other Australian television series throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, and recorded music under the name of Mary-Jo Starr. Fairfax had the role of 'Deb Mathieson' on Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV series, Bed of Roses (2008, 2010).                                                                                     

                          As Dolour Darcy in The Harp in the South

Fairfax played the mother in the Rachel Perkins 2001 short film One Night the Moon, a story of racial prejudice in the outback. Fairfax is the former partner of Australian musician Paul Kelly—they met in 1988— their two children are Madeleine (born 1991) and Memphis (born 1993). Memphis appeared with her parents in One Night the Moon, the couple separated not long after the film's release. She appeared in the Australian sitcom Col'n Carpenter, a spin-off from The Comedy Company, after Vicki Blanche left the series.


By 2008, Fairfax had established The Little Theatre Company in Frankston, Victoria, in honour of her father George Fairfax. Fairfax directed Frankston Lights in January 2009, it was a musical which included songs co-written by Madeleine and Memphis and Robert McHugh. Kaarin has been working extensively since that time, joining forces with Sally Baillieu and directing The Wetlands Project, One Last Chance- performed in the Wetlands at Tootgarook. She runs with Sally The Lineup at Frankston Arts Centre Cube37. A musical mentorship program for young emerging artists. In January 2012 she directed Good People for Red Stitch Actors Theatre. Her children Madeleine and Memphis have recorded their first EP with additional band member Sam Humphrey. The band's name is Wishful, the EP is called Fifty Days and it was produced by their father Paul Kelly. Kaarin and Sally have an Arts program on 3RPP Radio Port Phillip on the Mornington Peninsula, called Arts About. In 2015, she co-starred in the film StalkHer.



Fairfax was a vocalist for Wild Blue Yonder, a Sydney-based band from 1985 which had a varied line-up but had no known recordings. In the late 1970s she was part of a comedy vocal trio The Droolettes which also included Gina Riley and Gina Mendoza with Geoff O'Connell on piano. During 1989–1991 she supplied backing vocals on tracks by Paul Kelly & the Messengers. In 1990, under the name, Mary-Jo Starr, she released three singles and an album, Too Many Movies. She was nominated for the 1991 ARIA Award for Best New Talent and appeared on the Breaking Ground - New Directions in Country Music compilation which was also nominated for Best Country Album. She joined Truckasaurus in 1993, a Melbourne-based Grungey/country band which released Truckasaurus in October.


Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Various Artists - 2005 - Homebake 2005

 Decoder Ring - Out Of Range/Cut Copy - Going Nowhere/Wolfmother - Woman /Katalyst - Uprock This /Paul Mac Featuring Lenka - Panic Room/The Grates - Message/Architecture In Helsinki - Wishbone/Amiel - Be Your Girl/The Morning After Girls - Run For Our Lives /The Mess Hall - Disco 1 /Dappled Cities Fly - Peach/ The Scare - If I'm Choking, Make A Scene/British India - The Time / The Golden Age - We'll Be Here

Decoder Ring is an experimental electronic-rock crossover group from Australia.
Decoder Ring was formed in 2001, in Sydney, Australia. The original line-up consisted of Tom Schutzinger (Keyboards, drums), Geoff Towner (bass, El Mopa), Pete Kelly (guitar, Sea Life Park), Kenny Davis Jr (keyboards, piano, The Jackson Code, The Blackeyed Susans) & Matt Fitzgerald (keyboards, guitar). This line-up recorded the EP Spooky Action at a Distance (2002) and the album Decoder Ring (2002). Geoff Towner departed in 2003 and was replaced by Ben Ely (Regurgitator).

The track "Night Shift" from Spooky Action at a Distance, featuring vocals by Jodi Phillis (Clouds), was featured in the soundtrack to the Alex Proyas film Garage Days (2002).

The band wrote the soundtrack for the 2004 Australian film Somersault, for which they won an AFI Award for 'Best Original Music Score', an Australian Screen Sound Guild Award for 'Soundtrack of the Year', a Lexus IF (Inside Film) Award for 'Best Music', 'Best Original Song Composed for a Feature Film, Telemovie, TV Series or Mini-Series' at the APRA/Australian Screen Music Awards, a Jackson Hole Film Festival Award for 'Best Score' and was nominated for an ARIA Award in the category of 'Best Soundtrack/Cast/Show Recording'.

Kenny Davis Jr & Ben Ely departed after the recording of Somersault in 2004, the band subsequently reconfiguring with new members Lenka (vocals, keyboards), Xavier Fijac (keyboards, samples) & Matthew Steffen (bass, [la Huva]).

The band wrote the soundtrack for the 2005 short feature Jewboy by writer/director Tony Krawitz, which was presented in 2006 at the Sundance Film Festival. All the band's performances are accompanied by film projections put on by Simon Killalea who, while not playing an instrument, is considered a member of the band. Both of the films were shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

2005 saw the release of the band's third full-length album Fractions, as well as performances at Homebake, the Big Day Out concerts, Splendour in the Grass, Cockatoo Island Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival. In March 2006 Decoder Ring performed at the St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Sydney. A US tour saw them play shows in Los Angeles and New York City, as well as at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas. Upon their return home they played at The Great Escape Festival and Splendour in the Grass, as well as completing a national tour of Australia.


 Cut Copy (sometimes stylised as Cut/Copy) are an Australian synth-pop band formed in 2001 by Dan Whitford (vocals, keyboards and guitar). Originally a home-recording project, the band now includes Tim Hoey (guitars), Ben Browning (bass guitar), and Mitchell Scott (drums). The band achieved breakthrough success in 2008 with their second album, In Ghost Colours, which included well-known singles "Lights & Music" and "Hearts on Fire".

Cut Copy was established in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia as the solo project of Dan Whitford, a DJ and graphic designer. Whitford was educated at Scotch College and studied graphic design at Monash University. During his studies he became interested in dance music and began DJing while hosting a radio show. Around this time he bought a sampler and keyboards to experiment with. Musically he was "inspired by indie low-fi stuff as much as dance". Upon graduating Whitford co-founded the design agency Alter, who continue to produce all of the graphical material for the band.

According to Whitford, the band's name was a random choice: "I was in the edit menu [of my computer] and I moved down in the document to the few words that didn't make sense together, and at that particular day and time the words 'cut' and 'copy' really stood out to me. At the time it felt like a fairly abstract choice but now it feels very tied in with what we do". The name is often displayed as one word with a forward slash in between: Cut/Copy.

Whitford began producing music at his home-studio and submitted a demo-tape to Modular Recordings, who subsequently signed him sometime in the first half of 2001. He enlisted the help of veteran guitarist Harry Howard to record the debut single "1981", which was released on vinyl only. With Howard filling in on guitar, Whitford asked his childhood friend Bennett Foddy to join on bass with the view to release an EP. The band was assisted by Robbie Chater of The Avalanches who produced the seven largely instrumental tracks that were leaning heavily on samples. I Thought of Numbers was released in September 2001 and spurred a number of remixes on vinyl. The following year saw Whitford remould the band with a view to take to the stage. Their live debut was at the 2003 Livid festival where they performed in front of 5,000 people.

In 2003, Howard was replaced by Tim Hoey, a student at the Victoria College of Art after he and Whitford began exchanging demo tapes. Drummer Mitchell Scott joined shortly after, explaining that "we were just in the same circle of friends, and Tim was sort of roped in because he could play guitar and Dan's sampler had actually broken down, which kind of brought on the need to find a new way of thinking about a live show". Prior to Hoey and Scott joining, a Cut Copy performance was essentially Whitford together with Joel McKenzie doing a DJ set that included sampling their own material. Throughout their career, the band has continued to do DJ sets and remixes for others.


  Wolfmother is an Australian hard rock band from Sydney, New South Wales. Formed in 2004, the group is centred around vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, who is the only constant member of the lineup. The band has been through many personnel changes since their formation, with the current incarnation including drummer Hamish Rosser and bassist Brad Heald, both of whom are former members of The Vines. The original – and most commercially successful – lineup included bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett. Ross and Heskett left Wolfmother after four years in 2008.

Stockdale, Ross and Heskett formed Wolfmother in 2004 after several years of informal jamming. Signing with independent label Modular Recordings, the band released their self-titled debut album in Australia in 2005, which reached number 3 on the domestic albums chart. It was released internationally by Interscope and Island Records the following year, and to date has sold in excess of 1.5 million copies worldwide. After Ross and Heskett departed, Stockdale rebuilt the band with the addition of bassist and keyboardist Ian Peres, rhythm guitarist Aidan Nemeth and drummer Dave Atkins, who released Cosmic Egg in 2009.

In recent years, the lineup of Wolfmother has continued to change frequently, with their commercial popularity fluctuating. The band's planned third album Keep Moving was released as Stockdale's solo debut in 2013, with a new lineup including drummer Vin Steele issuing New Crown independently the following year. In 2016, the group released Victorious as their first album on a major label since Cosmic Egg, and subsequently toured with Alex Carapetis on drums. Wolfmother's personnel have continued to change, with Stockdale subsequently releasing and touring in promotion of his second solo album Slipstream in 2018.


Katalyst is the true innovator. Respect to one of Australia’s finest purveyors of world class Hip-Hop.

Katalyst has been getting busy, enlisting some top Australian and UK producers to remix tracks from his critically acclaimed, award winning album, "Manipulating Agent". The result is the remix album "Agent Manipulated". Due for released in the first week of March, it contains tunes from 13 different producers, and two previously unreleased Katalyst tracks.
All the tracks are far removed from the originals from which they drew influence. The producers were in no way restricted to using material from the existing tracks, and came up with 15 new and exciting tunes. Rather than a remix album, it is more like a new album inspired by Katalyst's first release "Manipulating Agent". The only thing that didn't change was the quality of material.

"Uprock This" is the first single off the album, and is essentially a new tune by Katalyst. This funky yet soulful tune bears little or no resemblance to the original, yet still has that distinctive Katalyst sound. It is accompanied by a great film clip, that utilizes footage from a legendary Australian Kung Fu flick, "The Man From Hong Kong".
This radio single has gone onto high rotation on JJJ as of the 4th March.


Paul Francis McDermott (born 17 September 1965), who performs as Paul Mac, is an Australian electropop musician, singer-songwriter, producer and music re-mixer. He was classically trained at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Mac has formed various bands including Smash Mac Mac (1986–88), The Lab (1989–1998), Itch-E and Scratch-E (1991–present), Boo Boo Mace & Nutcase (1996–98), and The Dissociatives (2003–2005). Mac has released two solo albums, 3000 Feet High (6 August 2001) and Panic Room (17 October 2005) – both appeared in the top 40 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
Lenka provided the vocals for 2 tracks on Paul Mac's 2005 album Panic Room. As Lenka Kripac, she was a member of the Australian electronic-rock crossover band Decoder Ring for two of their albums. 


 The Grates are a three-piece indie rock band formed in Brisbane in 2002 they are Patience Hodgson (vocals), John Patterson (guitar) and Richard Daniell III (drums).. They were brought to national attention when a demo of their single, "Trampoline" in 2004, which received airplay on radio station Triple J. Their first two albums, Gravity Won't Get You High (2006) and Teeth Lost, Hearts Won (2008), both reached the ARIA Albums Chart top 10. Since May 2012 Hodgson and Patterson are also proprietors of Southside Tea Room, a cafe and bar, in Morningside; the couple also married in November that year. 


Architecture in Helsinki is an Australian indie pop band which consisted of Cameron Bird, Gus Franklin, Jamie Mildren, Sam Perry, and Kellie Sutherland. The band released five studio albums before going on hiatus: Fingers Crossed (2003), In Case We Die (2005), Places Like This (2007), Moment Bends (2011), and Now + 4eva (2014). As of 2018, they are recording new music with plans to release a new album. Architecture in Helsinki developed from a short-lived high school music experiment in Albury, New South Wales, by childhood friends Cameron Bird (lead singer), Jamie Mildren and Sam Perry. By 1999, the trio had moved to the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, where they used the name Architecture in Helsinki for Bird's first collection of self-penned songs. Bird got the new band's name after cutting up a newspaper and re-arranging words. They played a small number of gigs before going into hiatus. In 2000, while studying photography at art school, Bird met James Cecil, the two developed a musical connection and within months Cecil joined the band on drums. Around that time Bird took up guitar, he also met Kellie Sutherland at a party and invited her to play clarinet for the band. 


 Amiel Muki Daemion (born 13 August 1979 in New York City, United States), also known as just Amiel, is an American-Australian pop singer, songwriter and actress. She moved to Australia with her family at the age of two and starred in films in the 1990s, including The Silver Brumby, which also starred Russell Crowe and Caroline Goodall. Her music career shot to fame in 1999 when she teamed up with producer Josh G. Abrahams (as Puretone) for the song "Addicted to Bass" which became a top twenty hit in Australia, this led to Daemion releasing studio albums such as Audio Out in 2003 and These Ties in 2005.



The Morning After Girls are an Australian neo-psychedelia[citation needed] band. The group was originally formed in Melbourne, Victoria around 2003 by founding members Sacha Lucashenko (vocals and guitar) and Martin B. Sleeman (vocals and guitar), who relocated the group to New York City in 2008. Its American lineup includes Alexander White (keyboards, percussion, backing vocals), EJ Hagen (bass guitar), and John Brodeur (drums). They have since returned to Australia and are now based in Melbourne to complete their third album in 2017.



The Mess Hall are a two-piece drums and guitar combo based in Sydney, Australia specialising in "raw, edgy bluesy rock." The band consists of Jed Kurzel (vocals/guitar) and Cec Condon (drums/vocals). The band often find themselves being compared to The White Stripes but Kurzel expresses otherwise. "When we started to do our thing there was no White Stripes around. A lot of people I'm influenced by are a lot of old poor guys from the Mississippi who just play really honest and a dirty sort of blues. That's where The Mess Hall come from. We really never set out to be a two piece. It was just something that worked out that way". However The White Stripes had released two albums before The Mess Hall formed.

Dappled Cities (formerly "Dappled Cities Fly") are an indie rock band from Sydney, Australia. The band first came together as teenagers in the northern suburbs of Sydney in 1997. Dave Rennick and original drummer Hugh Boyce were joined by Alex Moore on bass and Tim Derricourt on guitar. Keyboards were added occasionally by Mark Bradshaw, and after 2006 more regularly by Ned Cooke.

The band started out playing at all-ages shows and charity benefits before they reached legal age to play in the licensed venues in the Sydney CBD. The performed at the Hopetoun (now defunct), the Excelsior and The Bat and Ball. The band members moved to the inner suburbs of Sydney and after various name changes settled on Dappled Cities Fly.

The band made several tours of Australia and also toured New Zealand in 2004. In 2006 Dappled Cities Fly performed in London, England and at shows in the United States, including South by Southwest, where they played again in 2009 and 2010. From 2006–2009, the band did a number of tours of America and Canada, including performances at the Crocodile Club in Seattle, Mercury Lounge in New York and the Troubadour in Los Angeles. 


The Scare was an Australian punk rock band formed in 2004 by Kiss Reid, Ben Lewis, Samuel Pearton and Liam O'Brien in Brisbane, Queensland. They released their debut EP, Masochist Mimes, in November 2004. Brock Alexander Fitzgerald joined in 2005 and the band released a second EP, Vacuum Irony in October. Wade Keighran joined later in the year and in 2006 the band relocated to Birmingham. They returned to Australia to record their first album before returning to the UK to tour. Their debut album, Chivalry, was released in 2007. This was followed up by the Daniel Johns produced Oozevoodoo in September 2009. The band has toured in Australia, UK and USA and have had national rotation on Triple J. The band broke up in 2010, playing their last gig on 9 August in Fortitude Valley QLD.


  British India are an Australian indie rock band from Melbourne. The band comprises lead vocalist and guitarist Declan Melia, guitarist Jack Tosi, bassist Will Drummond and drummer Matt O'Gorman. They have released six studio albums. The members of British India met at high school in 2004 whilst attending St. Bede's College, in Melbourne, Victoria. Reportedly social misfits throughout high school, the band would converge during school lunchtimes and study periods to rehearse and compose in the school music room. The band later relocated to drummer Matt O'Gorman's parents shed.

The Golden Age were formed in Sydney in 2004. The band members knew each other while they lived in Canberra and played in different bands. They moved up to Sydney at various times and got the band together. The band's first gig was with Youth Group. They also did shows with Wolf Mother, Alex Lloyd, Youth Group, Starky and the Mess Hall. Their sound was influenced by Sonic Youth, The Pixies, The Dandy Warhols, Blondie and T-Rex. In 2005 they released their only album 'Mexico City Bees'. Members Dallas Houldsworth (vocals, guitar), Kat Harley (guitar, vocal), Mick Laws (drums, 2006-), Geoff (bass, 2007-), Anthony Layton (drums, 2004-06), Jen Mitchell (bass, 2004-07)

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Eskimo Joe - 2001 - Girl FLAC

 Head Hurts/Wake Up/Planet Earth/Who Sold Her Out/Love List/Liar/ Election/Take a Rest/Slow Down/Sydney Song/Just Like Me/Driver



 Girl is the debut album by Australian rock band Eskimo Joe, released on 20 August 2001. The album reached number 29 on the Australian (ARIA) Album Charts and went gold. The album was nominated for four ARIA Awards.

The album features the two heavily played Triple J songs "Wake Up" and "Who Sold Her Out", with the latter reaching number 94 on the ARIA Singles Charts. "Sydney Song" featured on an advertisement for Kit Kat, in which a man carried a novelty sized Kit Kat around, to promote the Kit Kat Chunky. This also assisted in sales of the band's album, Girl.


Sunday, 30 August 2020

Mixtures - 1996 - The Pushbike Song FLAC

The Pushbike Song/Call Me Do/Travelling Song/ I Wanna Go Home/Love Is Life/Oh Mr Jones/In The Summertime/Never Be Untrue/This Songs For You/Hobo's Hideaway/Daddy Brings Home The Bacon/Here Comes Love Again/Henry Ford/Hit Me On The Head/Fancy Meeting You Here/It Ain't Easy/Where Are You/Gotta Be A Free Man/Home Away From Home/Captain Zero

 The Mixtures were aptly named. Their decade-long career included some very notable successes, including major Australian and international hits, but the group really never developed a consistent musical style or image and, like so many of their contemporaries, the group was subject to repeated line-up changes in its later years.

Beginning as one of scores of 'beat' acts slogging it out on the Melbourne scene in the mid-60s, they gradually gained national prominence over the next few years. In 1970, now with a completely different line-up, The Mixtures scored two successive #1 Australian singlessingles, one of which also reached #2 in the UK, giving them the unique distinction of being the first Australian group to score an international hit with a song entirely written, recorded and produced in Australia.

By the time they split in 1976 The Mixtures' personnel list had changed several more times -- as had their musical style -- and their short-lived fame had passed. In the process, however, several very prominent performers passed through the ranks, drawn from acts as disparate as Cam-Pact, Axiom and Max Merritt & The Meteors, thus providing another interesting example of the intricate "family tree" connections between so many Australasian groups of this era. 

 According to historian Noel McGrath, the band had its origins in a chance meeting between Melbourne vocalist Terry Dean and Tasmanian-born bassist Rod De Clerk, who met while Terry was holidaying in Tasmania in 1965. Rod sought Terry out when he visited Melbourne a short time later and Terry took him to a dance where he was performing. It was here that Rod was introduced to guitarist Laurie Arthur, who had been a founder member of leading Melbourne band The Strangers. At the time, Laurie was 'subbing' in a group that included John Creech on drums and as the three chatted between sets they soon discovered that they shared similar tastes in music. They jammed together after the show and decided on the spot to form a group.

Rod moved to the mainland and after just one week's practice they decided to go full-time. The trio built up a solid following on the booming Melbourne dance circuit and became one of the fixtures of the scene there during in that transitional period. They quickly snagged a contract with EMI, for whom they recorded their first three singles. Their first, "Koko Joe" / "I've Been Wrong" (Sep. 1965) was another piece of good fortune -- the group was in the studio recording backing tracks (possibly for another artist -- Laurie Arthur was a seasoned session player) and in the downtime they cut two tracks of their own. EMI's executives heard them and were sufficiently impressed with the results to approve their release as the band's debut single on the HMV imprint. It sold well in Melbourne, but it made little impression elsewhere. It should be noted that commercial radio stations in Australia's capital cities each had their own charts at that time, the local scenes were quite insular, and it was comparatively rare for Sydney-based acts to chart in Melbourne, and vice-versa. 

The Mixtures' third HMV single "Music Music Music" / "Maria" was released in March 1967, at which point the group expanded to a five-piece with the addition of Dennis Garcia (organ) and Fred Weiland (guitar, also ex-Strangers). Soon after, it reverted to a four-piece -- which about the only thing that remained consistent for the rest of the band's career -- when Laurie Arthur quit performing to take over managing the group. In late 1967 Mick Flinn (ex Wild Colonials) replaced Rod De Clerk on bass. Dennis Garcia left at the end of the year, moving on to Andy James Asylum, and he was replaced by Idris Jones, who became the lead singer.

 The band worked consistently through 1968, becoming very popular on the Melbourne scene, but they released only one recordings during this period, a cover of The Four Tops' "Same Old Song" / "Never Trust In Tomorrow" on EMI's  Parlophone label.

Idris Jones was forced to leave the group because of illness in June 1969 and he was replaced for about nine months by noted singer-songwriter-guitarist Buddy England, a well-known Melbourne solo performer, a founding member of the permanent cast of Channel 0's famous '60s pop TV series The Go!! Show, and a latter-day member of The Seekers. 

 After signing to the CBS label, The Mixtures released two more singles, "Here Comes Love Again" / "Fancy Meeting You Here" (Oct. 1969), which charted in Melbourne, and "Ten Thousand Children" / "Call Me Do" (Mar. 1970). By the time the latter single appeared, Buddy England had left and Idris Jones had rejoined, along with Gary (Dick) Howard (ex-MPD Ltd) who replaced John Creech, the last original member.

In mid-1970 The Mixtures signed to a new Melbourne-based Fable imprint. Its owner, industry veteran Ron Tudor, had made his name as a producer and A&R manager for the W&G and  Astor labels, and had discovered both Diana Trask and The Seekers and signed them to their first record contracts with W&G in the early Sixties.

The Mixtures joined the Fable roster at a significant time. A few months before their first Fable single came out, the infamous 1970 Radio Ban came into force. The Ban had come about because the Australian commercial radio peak body, the Federation of Australian Commercial Broadcasters (FACB), was locked in a rancorous "pay for play" dispute with major record companies. The FACB had balked at the labels' demand that commercial radio should pay a new 1 percent broadcast fee for their records, and when negotiations broke down the labels imposed a boycott which blocked commercial radio stations from playing any major Australian or British recordings. The ban lasted exactly six months, from 16 May to 16 October 1970. In retaliation for the Ban, radio stations refused to compile the all-important Top 40 charts.

Fable was one of several smaller local labels that had refused to participate in the boycott (a decision which would cost Ron Tudor dearly) but for a brief interval these small labels were given the rare opportunity to gain commercial airplay for their artists,free from competition by overseas acts, as radio stations scrambled for alternative programming to fill the yawning gap created by the Ban.

The Mixtures were one of several Australian bands who successfully exploited this window of opportunity. Several acts including The Mixtures cut their own versions of proven British hits that were not being played in Australia because of the Radio Ban. Sydney band Autumn was another, scoring a major Sydney hit with their version of Christie's "Yellow River". 

 During this time, Ron Tudor was being sent regular packages of new UK releases from London by his friend, former EMI house producer David McKay, and he optioned songs he thought would be suitable for his Fable acts. He had already scored a huge hit with the Liv Maessen version of Mary Hopkin's "Knock, Knock, Whos's There?", and when he offered The Mixtures "In The Summertime", a song that had recently been a UK hit for Mungo Jerry. the band jumped at the chance to record it -- although Idris Jones declined to sing on it, feeling it was too 'poppy', so bassist Mick Flinn performed the lead vocal.

Unhindered by any competition from the original, The Mixtures' version (backed by (b/w "Where You Are") shot to #1 in August that year, at the height of the Radio Ban, and it stayed in the charts for 23 weeks. Happily they were able to capitalise on this good fortune with the follow-up, a similarly breezy, honky-tonk-style original, "The Pushbike Song", co-written by Idris Jones and his brother Evan. It was an even bigger success, providing them with back-to-back #1 singles, and charting for an impressive 25 weeks. Significantly, Fable was also able to arrange a distribution deal with Polydor in the UK, where "The Pushbike Song" leaped into the UK Top 5, making it the first record entirely written, performed and produced in Australia to become an international hit. "The Pushbike Song" reached #2 in England the start of 1971 and stayed in the UK Top 50 for 21 weeks. It was also released by Sire Records in the USA, where it reached a creditable #44 on the Billboard Top 100. 

 Buoyed by the success of the singles, The Mixtures made the inevitable trip to England in January 1971. During this period they cut the tracks for their debut LP In The Summertime, which was begun at Armstrong's Studios in Melbourne and finished at Morgan Studios in London. By the time they arrived in the UK there had been more line-up changes -- Idris Jones left again, replaced by Greg Cook (ex Cam-Pact), and Mick Holden briefly replaced departing drummer Gary Howard.

 The Mixtures received good media exposure in the UK, including a cover story in New Musical Express, but the personnel changes continued. Cook and Holden both quit in March or April 1971, wanting to return home. The erstwhile Idris Jones, who happened to be in the UK at the time plugging his songs, was drafted back in to replace Cook, and Holden was replaced by noted drummer Don Lebler from the recently defunct 'supergroup' Axiom, who had split only weeks before the release of their second LP, which had been recorded with renowned American producer Shel Talmy.

 The Mixtures' next single "Henry Ford" / "Home Away From Home" (Jul. 1971) was only moderately successful in Australia (#29) and soon after its release Idris Jones left for good. His replacement was renowned singer-guitarist Peter Williams, who had been a key member of the legendary Max Merritt & The Meteors in the early Sixties and who had enjoyed even bigger Aussie success fronting chart-topping pop-soul group The Groove in the late Sixties. 

 This "new" Mixtures, now far removed from its beat-group origins, returned to Australia at the end of the year. They released two new singles, "Never Be Untrue" / "She's Gone Away" (Oct. 1971) and the cult favourite "Captain Zero" / "I Wanna Go Home" (Nov. 1971). "Captain Zero", co-written by Williams and Flinn, furnished the Mixtures with their third and last big Australian hit, reaching #5 in December and charting for 19 weeks. They headed home for a concert tour in November 1971, returning to the UK at the start of 1972, and although they made no further impression on the British charts, they reportedly made a good living on the club circuit there. During 1972, Fable issued an EP, The Mixtures and a compilation LP The Best Of The Mixtures (May). 

In May 1972 Chris Spooner replaced Mick Flinn, who eventually settled permanently in the UK. The Mixtures meanwhile signed a deal with the United Artists label, releasing two singles "I Dazzle Diane Easily" / "Found Out Where It's At" (Nov. 1973) and "Slow Train" / "My Home On The Murrumbidgee" (May 1974). The group, now comprising Williams, Weiland, Lebler and Spooner, subsequently returned to Australia and cut a new self-titled LP on the Harlequin label (distributed by Festival Records) and a new single, "Down Under Girls" / "My Neck Of The Woods" (Oct. 1974). Their next single, released in April 1975, was "Skateboard Jive" / "Come Together For The Games", but it was to be their last and the group folded sometime in 1976.
 Their second single was "Come On Out" / "Lose Your Money" (Dec. 1965). Late in 1966 Rod De Clerk left the group briefly, replaced by Alan "Edgell" James, but he rejoined in January 1967, just in time for their first national tour in early 1967. They gained valuable interstate exposure when they supported The Yardbirds, Roy Orbison and The Walker Brothers on the Kenn Brodziak-promoted "Big Show" tour, although Go-Set reported that there was a mishap after one the Melbourne shows when several guitars were stolen, including Laurie Arthur's Fender and a custom-made Gibson Les Paul that Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones had loaned to Yardbirds guitarist Jimmy Page for the tour. Page had recently given up his lucrative career as one of England's top session guitarists to join The Yardbirds as their bassist, but was unexpectedly promoted to lead guitar in late 1966 after his predecessor Jeff Beck abruptly quit during a tour of the USA.