The Moodists were an Australian post-punk band that formed in
1980, when Dave Graney, Clare Moore and Steve Miller of punk
group The Sputniks moved from Adelaide to Melbourne.
They added bass player Chris Walsh and later added guitarist
Mick Turner. After recording two singles and a six track EP for
Bruce Milne and Greta Moon's Au Go Go label in Melbourne they
relocated to London.
This was at the behest of the Red Flame label who had released a
compilation of their Australian releases.
They then recorded the albums Thirstys Calling (1984)
and Double Life (1985).
The band supported Public Image Limited on their 1984 tour of
Australia, which was when I saw them play.
They returned to Australia in 1985 for six months
(Turner quit and reconvened his earlier group Fungus Brains;
he would later form The Dirty Three) and then travelled again
to the UK. During this time they toured extensively through
Northern Europe and also made a short tour of the USA.
In 1985 they recorded an EP for Creation Records. In 1986
they released two EPs on the TIM label.
All their recorded works from the time they first decamped to the
northern hemisphere were produced by the band and
Victor Van Vugt (who went on to work with Nick Cave,
Beth Orton and PJ Harvey as well as many others)
Their final gig was in London
The singles are
Enough legs to live on/Cant lose her
Runaway /Chevrolet rise
Thanks Chuck for these little beauties
The Moodists -2005-Runaway