Friday, September 23, 2011

42nd Street - The Demos



1980 - 42nd Street, Phil M, Neil C, Greg A, Darren A

Phil Melifont who played in 42nd Street has sent
me these demos from the band that Greg and
Darren Atkinson learnt their trade before going
onto the wonderful Ups and Downs.
I'll let Phil give us the history of this important
Brisbane band
Thanks Phil

1979 Greg A, Phil M, Darren A, 42nd Street

42nd Street was a Brisbane based power-pop band
1979 – 1981 The band derived the name from a track
on Piper’s (Billy Squier) 1976 album
The original lineup was Greg Atkinson (Bass/Voc),
Darren Atkinson (Drums/Voc), Ken Allen (guitar),
Phil Mellifont (guitar) with some occasional vocals
by Steve Black. Ken Allen left the band in October
1979 just prior to the recording of the
released December 1979 For several months the
band played as a three piece and February 1980
the demo’s ‘No Money’ & ‘She’s Not Real’
were recorded.
Neil Coombe (guitar) joined the band around April
1980 and soon after ‘Mistaken Identity’ was
recorded to be included on Radio 4iP’s
‘That’s Queensland’ album.
In August 1980, 42nd Street gained third place in the
Queensland final of the ‘Hoadley’s Battle of the Bands’,
and at that time a number of demo’s were recorded
including ‘The Boys are After Me’, ‘Too Late’ and
a cover of The Records song ‘Starry Eyes’
The band moved to Sydney in April 1981 and like
many others broke up a few months later- shortly
after recording the demo ‘Tomorrow’

Work it Out
Music/Lyrics by Atkinson/Atkinson
Recorded November 1979
Bass/Voc – Greg Atkinson
Drums/Voc- Darren Atkinson
Guitar – Phil Mellifont

No Money
Music/Lyrics by Atkinson/Atkinson
Recorded February 1980
Bass/Voc – Greg Atkinson
Drums/Voc- Darren Atkinson
Guitar – Phil Mellifont


She’s Not Real
Music/Lyrics by Atkinson/Atkinson
Recorded February 1980
Bass/Voc – Greg Atkinson
Drums/Voc- Darren Atkinson
Guitar – Phil Mellifont


Starry Eyes (cover - The Records)
Recorded August 1980
Bass/Voc – Greg Atkinson
Drums/Voc- Darren Atkinson
Guitar – Neil Coombe
Guitar – Phil Mellifont


Tomorrow
Music/Lyrics by Atkinson/Atkinson
Recorded June 1981
Bass/Voc – Greg Atkinson
Drums/Voc- Darren Atkinson
Guitar – Neil Coombe
Guitar – Phil Mellifont

Afraid of the Dark
Music/Lyrics by Atkinson/Atkinson
Recorded November 1979
Bass/Voc – Greg Atkinson
Drums/Voc- Darren Atkinson
Guitar – Phil Mellifont



The Boys are After Me
Music/Lyrics by Atkinson/Atkinson
Recorded August 1980
Bass/Voc – Greg Atkinson
Drums/Voc- Darren Atkinson
Guitar – Neil Coombe
Guitar – Phil Mellifont

Too Late
Music/Lyrics by Atkinson/Atkinson
Recorded August 1980
Bass/Voc – Greg Atkinson
Drums/Voc- Darren Atkinson
Guitar – Neil Coombe
Guitar – Phil Mellifont


1980 - Greg Atkinson, Neil Coombe, Phil Mellifont

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10 comments:

chuck said...

I like a nice suprise post :D
big thanx to Phil !!

Ups n Downs touring again i see.. at the Hi Fi i think...

Anonymous said...

AWSEOME stuff! I loved Ups & Downs here in the USA, and bought all their stuff from "In The Shadows" onwards...saw them in Sydney on holiday in 1988 as well.....just bought the recent cd compilation, and was hoping there was more unreleased U&D out there....i remember there was an homemade compilation out that was available on the Big Heavy Stuff site some years back....anyone have any of that? thanks for the great blogsite-Jim H, Boston, MA, USA

bikeboy said...

Hi Bob -many thanks for the 42nd Street demos. However when I downloaded it, 2 tracks: Work it Out & Afraid of the Dark were missing. Any chance of posting these?

Bob said...

Hi bike boy, just downloaded from the mega upload link and the files are complete, theres been 80 downloads at this point so I'd try again

bikeboy said...

Hi Bob - thanks for the quick reply. Tried again using both mega upload & mediafire but still only get 6 tracks & the info sheet. Still missing the tracks: Work it Out & Afraid of the Dark. Very strange!

Bob said...

I should have read your comment better sorry, the single isnt part of the download.It was already posted here.
http://stripedsunlight.blogspot.com/2009/11/42nd-st-work-it-out-bw-afraid-of-dark.html
Hope the link is still working

bikeboy said...

Many thanks for solving the problem - you're a legend!

Anonymous said...

Bob is the 4IP "That's Queensland" Album available? If not can I request it?

Bob said...

We shall have to ask Chuck as I dont own the record. Chuck only ripped the one track from 42nd street.

chuck said...

ahhhhhh NOT THE WAK !!