I've had a lot of requests for this album and which appears to be
rather hard to come across. Ripped from my vinyl copy complete
with the wonderful early 80's artwork, this is a gem.
The wikipedia bio below gives you the low down on James Freud's
music career up until the breakup of the Models in 1988,
after which he released another solo album
"Step into the heat" which is already posted here.
This year he released " See You In Hell "(not called Lazarus
as I reported earlier), his first solo studio album since
'Step Into The Heat' which I hadn't even heard about until
researching for this.For more info check out his website here.
This is a fun album, very much in the early 80's New Wave genre,
the album art, which I had forgotten about made me laugh out
loud when I pulled the inner sleeve out this week
(hadn't seen sunlight for 20 years I'd reckon), I just had to include
it in this post. The hit single from the album"Modern Girl"
for which I have found the video clip, is a fantastic song.
as is "Enemy Lines,"Mean Modulator" and "19 Again"
So expect lots of 80's synthesizers, Saxophone, lead guitar
breaks and pop tunes with James's wonderful vocals.
If you like the Models you can find a rip of the cassette
version of "Out of sight, out of mind" on Meggsy's
wonderful blog "The 80's Tapes"where all things
1980's are found Here
high school friend and guitarist Sean Kelly and drummer
Ian McFarlane. Their first performance was at Freud's
younger sister's slumber party after hearing the Sex Pistols
in 1977, Freud formed The Spred with Kelly and three others.
When the opportunity came to record a single
("I Wanna Be Your Baby"),later covered by Uncanny X-men ,
two members were fired and the band changed its name to
The Teenage Radio Stars. They performed the single on
Countdown. By 1980, Freud was recording as a solo performer
with a backing band, with whom he recorded a minor hit
single ("Modern Girl") and an album "Breaking Silence"
along with a large cast of session musicians.
In 1981, they renamed themselves James Freud and Berlin
and recorded the singles "Enemy Lines" and "Automatic Crazy"
before splitting up in 1982,
Freud joined the Models as bassist after the departure of
Mark Ferrie, (who now plays bass in the Rockwiz band on SBS)
reuniting with old collaborator Sean Kelly. Freud shared lead
vocalist duties on some songs, beginning with one of his
compositions, "Facing The North Pole In August" off the
"The pleasure of your company" album, recorded in 1983.
In 1985, 2 Freud-penned hits, "Barbados" and
"Out of Mind, Out of Sight",took the Models to numbers
#2 and #1 on the Australian top-ten charts respectively.
He remained in the band until they split up in 1988.
James Freud & the Radio Stars
"Breaking Silence" lp (1980)
1. Modern Girl
2. The Television's Hungry
3. The Saviours
4. Enemy Lines
5. Butane Babies
6. Star To Star
7. 19 Again
8. No More Telephone
9. Mean Modulator
10. Blue Moon