Monday, September 6, 2010
Here are a few Pel Mel singles from the collection. The original version of "No Word From China" was recorded at the Double Jay radio station and gathered so much interest that it was rush released on the band's own label "Primate Records". Six months later it was re-mastered and re-released through Gap records.
(info from liner notes of the must have cd - Tales from the Australian Underground)
Both versions are in download here.
Surprising for the times this little post-punk gem got a live (well mimed) spot on countdown.
Pel Mel was an Australian Post-Punk music band. They formed in Newcastle, Aust. in mid 1979 and moved to Sydney, Australia in late 1980. They toured and recorded until 1984.
Pel Mel's early lineup included Graeme Dunne (guitar & vocals), Judy McGee (sax), Jane McGee (guitar), Glenn Hill (bass), Dave Weston (drums) and Nigel Savage (sax). By early 1980 Nigel Savage had left, and by late 1980 Lindsay O'Meara (ex-Voigt/465) replaced Glenn Hill on bass. Judy McGee began playing keyboards in 1980 and began sharing vocals with Graeme Dunne. Jane McGee left in February 1981, and Craig Robertson replaced Lindsay O'Meara on bass in late 1981. (info from wiki)
The other single included is "Shoes Should Fit" from later in their career.
Pel Mel features in the radio hindsight doco i was raving about a few posts back. In the doco they talk about their close association with the good folk at M Squared. They also appear on the compilation "A Selection"
I found these two posters a few weeks back.. long forgotten in the thermal mass down in the dungeon..