Today we have an eclectic collection of 12 Brisbane singles released
between 1978 and 1983.
Not your usual greatest hits, but some of my favorites.
01. purty vacant - kingswoods
02. the commissarar's song - the kingswoods
03. task force - razar
04. stamp out disco - razar
05. summer vaction - presidents eleven
06. don't follow me - presidents eleven
07. i need two heads - go-betweens
08. stop before you say it - go-betweens
09. brisbane blacks - dennis colon and the magpies
10. don't give in - dennis colon and the magpies
11. the sharks - freud
12. the sharks - lobotomy
"The Kingswoods", who later went by the name "The Kingwood trio",
start off with their punkabilly cover of the pistols song that
changed my musical life forever when I heard it back in grade 9.
Great fun and the b side, which is all part of the single
experience, is an odd song like so many b sides are.
For the next single we have a classic, "Razars" "Task Force", with b side
"Stamp out disco". Released in 1978 this song was a response to
the task force set up by the Brisbane police to stamp out
the growing do it yourself punk movement in Brisbane.
Quite a lot of discussion about this in the excellent
Brisbane Bands Doco that came out in the late 80's.
Great late 70's style punk.
"Summer Vacation" with b side Don't follow me is one of the
greatest singles to come out of Brisbane. The song was
voted number 1 in the 4zzz hot hundred that year and
is just a fantastic song, pity this band never recorded
"I need two heads" with b side "Stop before you say it",
is "The Go-betweens", in between their 1st and 2nd album.
Recorded in Scotland in 1980,the only single here not
recorded in Brisbane and with Steven Daly
not Lindy on drums. A classic song
"Dennis Conlon and the Magpies", better known as
"Mop and the Dropouts"give us the single "Brisbane Blacks"
with "Don't give in" on the flip.
A classic Brisbane single that I was given by Mop himself
many years ago when I was taking his nephew
to work with me.
To finish off we have "The Sharks" with "Freud" and b side,
"Lobotomy"The only one here not from my collection
I was sent this recently by the wonderful Bazzil from
A fantastic single from a band I know so little about.
From the late 70's era this band are more power pop
than punk and much more polished than many of
the other bands around at the time.
Many thanks to Bazzil.
Please leave in the comments any additional info, experiences,
or just comments and if you have any Brisbane band singles
not here I'd love to see some links.