Music in Brisbane owes an immeasurable debt to the radio station
4ZZZ, its hard to imagine how things would of developed without
their input. ZZZ was the first Fm community station in Australia
transmitting in stereo, first broadcasting in 1975.
There was nothing like it, Brisbane's airways were filled with
dreadful easy listening formula AM stations, who ignored anything
happening locally. At the same time a host of bands sprung up in
the suburbs of Brisbane, you know like the Saints and the
Gobetweens and they found the kind of support that you couldn't
find in many other capital cities at the time.
I discovered punk around 1978 through a friend who's sister had
came back from overseas with a copy of the Pistols "Pretty Vacant"
and after that this radio station that was playing music the like of
I had never heard. 4ZZZ changed my life at this point,
10 years or so later I became heavily involved in the local
Latin American community here, after listening to the
Latin American Show on Sunday's, which lead to announcing on
that show for quite a while with some great Guatemalan friends.
Even these days with across the nation JJJ, ZZZ is the only
station for me. Anyways about the record, released in September
1986, this music is mostly mid 80's brissy bands recorded in a
few different places. The Mop and the Dropouts track,
Brisbane Blacks was recorded in 82 (I have the single that a
cousin of Mops gave me), its one of my favorite Brisbane songs.
The Wonderous Fair track is another standout, this band I believe
were the great Tangled Shoelaces (more to come from them later)
There all great songs and the wonderful "Joh must go" is worth the
price of the download alone, not to mention the Fiesta Tropical track.
I saw those guys play many times at the (Maleny/Woodford)
Folk Festival, which is another institution round here that I must post
about. I have a few Australian compilation albums that I'll post in
the future, but I wanted to start with 4ZZZ and Brisbane.
Enough rambling from me.
Ripped from my vinyl copy.
01 - the edge - point of change
02 - crib sex - it'll be a sad day
03 - trash of all nations - well dressed
04 - 1313 mockingbird lane
05 - wonderous fair - a piece on peace
06 - trusted few - thats what we are
07 - revolutionary chorus - joh must go
08 - thanks for all the fish - who needs esperanto
09 - one big union - bullet through the wallet
10 - dog fish cat bird - hesitation strikes
11 - fiesta tropical - !!!oh
12 - post no bills - state you're in
13 - mop and the dropouts - brisbane blacks
14 - i am vertical - two hands
And visit 4ZZZ here
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I just found this and had to spread the word.
This is the album he went to London to record just after
the 4 ages of Robert Forster concerts last year.
Rob one of the originators of the striped sunlight sound is back
and I can hardly wait to hear it.
| Robert Forster has announced details of his first solo album since|
the 2006 death of fellow Go-Between Grant McLennan.
The Evangelist, to be released on 29 April, features bassist
Adele Pickvance and drummer Glenn Thompson,
who completed the line-up of the 'reformed' Go-Betweens
in recent years.
Three songs on the new album were co-written
by the late Grant McLennan.
The Evangelist Tracklist:
'If It Rains'
'Did She Overtake You?'
'Let Your Light In, Babe'
'A Place To Hide Away'
'Don't Touch Anything'
'It Ain't Easy'
'From Ghost Town'
Read about it here
Also I just found out about an upcoming event
here in Brisbane at the Institute of modern art.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
One of the things I want to do on this blog is post stuff I haven't seen
anywhere else. I can't believe I haven't seen this little beauty before.
This is a classic Australian record, truly from the suburbs and very
late 1970's. Yet like nothing else out at the time
and you could say ever since.
A mix of live and studio tracks, this was Dave's first recording
and some say his best.
With stand out tracks like the single "Suburban Boy"
the biting sarcasm of "Convict Streak" the brilliant cover of
"Eve Of Destruction" and the truly classic "Mugs Game"
you can forgive some of the odder songs,
But what a wild ride.
How about the lyrics on this.
Check out the chorus of "Convict Streak",
"Maybe its because of our convict streak,
That we want to fight everyone that we meet.
Anzac day is our day of the year,
We march our march and we drink our beer"
or this verse
"I'm Australian we all are,
We watch the telly and we drive our car.
But don't you ever say were weak,
Or you'll learn all about our convict streak"
But the highlight is the 13 minute "Mugs Game"
you have to hear this to believe it.
Part spoken word manifesto to the disaffected
young men of Australian. Following Daves impressions
of 3 popular and successful men and their appeal
that he and others like him don't have.
Heres a bit about a fellow called Zongo.
"A typical Australian beach, I'm struggling out of the surf, panting heavily for I'm overweight.
Two young nubile women on the beach
"Oooh, isn't he spunky!"
"Which one? That one in the lurex?"
"No, not HIM!"
"That one over there with the earing in his ear and the bleached blonde hair."
"That's Zongo, let's go over and talk to him."
"How are you?"
"What have you been doing with your self lately Zongo?"
"I've just been having an insane time."
"Hey look there's Rory! Rory couldn't get a wave if he tried!" *stupid laugh*
"I've been having an insane time, last night I went out to the drive ins to see Kung Fu Fighting and we drank two bottles of Tequilla and got really smashed. Insane!"
"Oh isn't he spunky!"
Gee why couldn't I have been like that?
Whenever I had tequilla I could only have about three glasses and then I couldn't remember whether to bite the lemon before you had the salt or vice versa.
Never a success."
I found this Dave's web site, yep He's still kicking.
MUG'S GAME REISSUED AS A DOUBLE CD
Yes, finally we can announce THE NEW MUG'S GAME CD is here. The double CD includes the original 1978 MUG'S GAME album plus a second bonus CD of 14 early recordings by Dave Warner. Most of these are demos which Dave recorded in London in 1976. Tony Durant, who came out to join the Suburbs in Australia, plays on many of these tracks. They also include the Bicton Records release of Summer 78/Australian Heat which Dave recorded in Perth with the original Suburbs line-up prior to Tony's arrival.How cool is that I may have to update from vinyl.
This wonderful band from Sydney was round from 79 into the early 80's,
on the equally wonderful Phantom Records label were a real favorite of mine.
I remember hearing the haunting "Its just that I miss you" often on 4zzz
and having to ring them to find the name of the band and song,
such were the back announcing skills at the time.
I think this is a better listen than their self title Lp that was released later
that the songs "The Edge" and "Break down and cry" came from.
One of the truly overlooked bands of the period.
These are ripped from my vinyl records and include cover scans.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Died Pretty & Ed Kuepper
Classic albums live!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
No Fixed Address - From my eyes
For my first post I've picked the brilliant EP from one of the first murrie bands to record.
No fixed address came from Adelaide in 1978, formed by Bart Willoughby. The only recordings
of this aussie reggae group are this Ep and 1 side of the "Wrong side of the road "
movie soundtrack which they did together with Us Mob, an Aboriginal 70s style heavy rock/blues band.
These guys were pioneers for contemporary Indigenous Australian music and even played
support for Peter Tosh's 1982 Australian tour.
After the success of the Peter Tosh tour Willoughby and his band became the first Aboriginal band to travel overseas becoming cultural ambassadors for their people while touring Great Britain playing at nine cities including London, Bristol, Leeds Plymouth and Manchester.
Bart Willoughby has gone on to other musical endeavours playing with many other important
aussie bands including the Gonna band, Coloured Stone and Yothu Yindi.
His Brilliant Reggae band Mixed Relations however showcases his incredible talent.
I saw Bart play a solo gig at the woodford folk festival on the 31/12/99 as on of many gigs i saw that night, his was the highlight!
So give this a try if your never heard of it and you won't be sorry its a rip of my vinyl copy, I
did see it made it to cd but I didnt buy it and have kicked myself ever since.
01 - We Have Survived
02 - From My Eyes
03 - Stupid System
04 - I Can't Stand And look
05 - Sunrise
06 - Pigs
Please leave comments so I know what you all think,
if theres interest I can post the "Wrong side of the road "
soundtrack and Mixed relations stuff.