Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sound Of Sydney Vol 3 - VA

The last in the wonderful Sound of Sydney series Volume 3.
Starting with a bang with Paul Kelly's classic
"From St Kilda to Kings Cross" and The fabulous Skolars,
this is a great album in a great series that captures the
fun and excitement of the Sydney music scene in the
mid 80's. I don't know what happened to the bonus
single mentioned on the front cover!

01. paul kelly - from st kilda to kings cross
02. skolars - no room for happyness
03. double o's - we can overcome
04. happy hate me nots - what did they say
05. x - all over now
06. the amazing woolloomooloosers -
you stole my love
07. shikira - through the fire
08. rockmelons - time out
09. fiction romance - if you believe in love
10. single gun theory - raise my soul
11. surprise surprise - cried all my tears
12. soggy porridge - call my name

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blowhard - Hey Taxi

Blowhard - Hey Taxi 7 inch single download here

I cant believe it took over 500 posts to get around to mentioning Blowhard on this blog....
Essentially Blowhard began around 1989 as Rollo's band Bad Ronald was winding down. Bad Ronald had released a couple of singles over a three year run.. which I dont have but you can catch a song on the compilation cd - Burning the Story Bridge found on stripey here , or check out this youtube clip.

I got this from the youtube channel flvnow that has some nice old brisbane bands on it but sadly hasnt been updated for years.

Rollo hooked up with Fred from past brisbane bands - Public Execution, New Improved Testament and the Brothers of Feedback - to form Blowhard that still rocks out to this very day..  although it's seen a few lineup changes including Fred moving on to form one of the best rock n roll thingamajigs Brisbane has ever witnessed - the 6fthick.
Rollo tried his hand at promoting gigs,providing PA and running a record label (Splurt) to a swag of brisbands over the years locking himself into the hall of fame of independent music here.

Public Execution (81-83)is listed in "who's who of oz rock" as snot punk band.. LoL. They released one 7inch and a couple of cassettes but the only song I have is from the compilation "At the Fuhrer's Request" found here on a previous stripey post.
I dont have any New Improved Testament stuff - (83-84) but a self titled cassette is listed in the who's who and they appear on the legendary "Who owns the choc bar" tape that is shown on the Prehistoric sounds site here under the compilation listings. If anybody is holding and wants to give it up... over this way would be appreciated :D..  I ask every couple of hundred posts just in case.. I'm looking at you fishead or cal! It looks like an ACT tape potentially , from the cover.
I dont have any BOFF sounds either, sadly. I did get to see them once in the old Atcherly hotel dungeon. They appear on a splurt 4 track 7 inch called "The Boogie Monsters"- Blow004, with a song "Pile Driver". This may have been one of the giveaways from the many Blowhard boat cruises of the time. I did buy a ticket once but couldnt make it on the night. Doh!  I'd post the ticket art here but Bob has a no porn policy on this blog..

King of the sideband theory ( you can support yourself and make more dollar$ if you have another band), Rollo and Fred began the infamous Fred Band. I cant describe the Fred Band, they are beyond words. You will have to watch these clips from an old Briz31 community tv programme called A and V circa 98 ( I think).
I was gunna post a fantastic Fred Band cd called C.R.A.P. but Ive just noticed they are to release a best of soon over on the Turkey Neck Records site. dang! These guys need to be heard to be believed. A couple of songs appear on compilations I'll post soon.

When Fred left Blowhard he helped form the legendary 6fthick with the Corbet brothers. They have released several Cd's but all are still available so no downloads, but you can watch a recent documentary "6ft Hick-Notes from the underground" on abc iview if you missed last weeks Tv screening.
It expires in 6 days but probably is all over the youtube by now. Many clips on youtube for the hick. Seek them out and be pleasured in ways not thought legal.
You can download a few live sets from a few years ago on Brendan's blog here.
This last clip from Briz31 A and V shows a brief live segment from the Chelsea club in the Valley.

Fred has another side band that has just released a new cd, and they seem to be getting rave reviews. The Jim Rockfords - moving at the speed of sound is available at Turkey Neck records and you can download a song -Tail Lights- from the site here
Blowhard song V8 Rock n roll can also be downloaded from that site as Turkey Neck has recently released a compilation called Blowhard - 5 minute ride through hell. Described on the site as -
5 Minute Ride Through Hell CD
Brisabane's Blowhard formed in a practice room in July 1989,  from the ashes of Bad Ronald and New Improved Testament and played their first show the following early september '89.  Blowhard shift from their early rawkus punkrocknroll to skapunk to jazzy hardcore in the late 90' to early 00's.All laden with antipodean humour and whit. This compilation "5 Minute Ride through Hell" encompasses all parts of their recorded career from 1990 to 2001 including the early single recordings through debut album "Blowin Off"  to fan favourite "Hornbag"  and later era "Toxic Swing". Many live favourites are here including V8 RocknRoll, Hey Taxi, Fat Juicy Cop, Big One and Teenage Girlfriend with the marvellous Fred Negro.
"5 minute Ride through hell" also features an extensive 16 page booklet full of liner notes, pictures magazine articles and flyers.

So why the hell am I plugging this site so much?  cos it deserves it- check out the turkey neck blog for some great old brisbane zine articles on The End and some great ramblings from Rod Mcleod about some early punk outfits he was in that have recently been reissued.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Tigerland - Andrew Pendlebury

Andrew Pendlebury is in my opinion Australia's greatest guitarist,
he has had a long and illustrious career some 35 years.
Starting of in the Sports in 1977, one of the best Australian bands
of the era, for some ten years and releasing his first solo album
in 1987. Between the Horizon and the Dockyard was a landmark
album and Tigerland his 2nd solo lp is also wonderful.
In all 5 solo albums, the only one I don't have is "Calling You" -
Regular Records (D 11187) (1992) and I should love to hear from
anyone who has that record.
If you do a bit of poking round here on the SSS blog you will
find all sorts of Andrew Pendlebury goodies,
He joined the Slaughtermen in 1984 with Mark Ferrie and many
other collaborative projects with other people esp with Stephen
Cummings the one time frontman for the sports.
In 1993 he collaborated with Doug De Vries on an album ‘Karate
and again in 1995 to record Trouble and Desire for ABC Music.
These days he plays with Mark Ferrie and Israeli cellist Adi Sappir,
in the fabulous Mercurials
Check him out here there is some 15 Andrew related posts here

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Vicious Kites

 1985 was a good time for the Vicious Kites. This release saw them get good airplay on 4ZzZ and get some good support slots like the previous mentioned Gurus show. They got good crowds for their own shows too and were generally thought as on par with band Ups and Downs but with less paisley and a bit more funk.
 Very eclectic tastes says the myspace page.  link here -

I have a very strong recollection of bass player Luke throwing up blood and guts after the Gurus gig as he sculled a bottle of ouzo to help settle his nerves at a packed house refectory gig.. hmmmm  aniseed vomit.. can still smell it.. as for whatever reason I got roped into designated driver that night and had the pleasure of being in a car on that long drive from St. Lucia to New Farm with another Chuck!  A small price to pay for getting side stage to attempt some pic taking..

Ahhh,, the folley of youth..  prolly shoulda taken him to hospital with alcohol poisoning, but nah.. home to bed said the grrl.
 The band did what every band in Brisbane did at the time..  build up a big following.. get a single out.. and get the hell out of dodge asap..  Sydney was the greener grass apparently...
Another single followed (dont have it) and a 12inch mini LP (might post another day if i dont cop flack for this one). Myspace tells me the band members changed significantly over the years and I heard they played last years "Spressor Fest" at nundah., the first I had heard of em for a very long time.

This single still holds up well 25 years on. It was released on "Offbeat" records which was a brisbane mailorder business that was run by Lindsay who did the New Zealand show on ZzZ.. if I remember correctly.

 Download single here

For those interested I dug up and old cat. from Offbeat circa 1987 you can download here.

Gurus 1984 live

This live concert is from 1984 and one of the best periods of the Gurus career IMHO. The band was fresh and just starting to get noticed in a mainstream way here and pick up alot of interest on the american college circuit. Originally this was recorded for triple J and maybe Rock arena but was broadcast a few years back on Dig Tv. You can watch streams of this gig and lots of other goodies at the Dig Tv site here -

A few months after this gig they played a ZZZ gig at the Qld Uni (I dont think they were still called joynt efforts at that stage) and was one of the best concerts Ol Chuckie has ever been too... a few weeks later I got my first speeding ticket with stereo pumping "Stoneage Romeos" extra loud just like it oughta be- racing across the Storey Bridge late for work. The copper was amazed I never even noticed him till he overtook me - "too busy singing to notice sorry Offcer".. It was a fair cop..

Download concert here.

Gurus - I want U back

 The Uni gig was just before the Mars Needs Guitars album release as it was the first time I got to here some new stuff.. which dates it a month or 2 before may 1985.. no audio for that gig sadly, but a couple of crappy pics-

Local band Vicious Kites supported the Gurus at the Uni gig and feature next post..

Monday, February 7, 2011

Friends Of Folk Festival

Just found out about this from Mishas blog,
sounds fantastic!



The 3rd Annual


More than a concert. It’s a concept.

~ Featuring rare performances by




~ And special performances by






BERNIE CARSON …and more!! ~


including FACEPAINTING, CIRCULAR RHYTHM indigenous music workshop,


$1 from every ticket will be donated to the

Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation

Plus a SILENT AUCTION for an artist-signed poster

All other ticket profits donated to the Premier’s


Tanglewood TW45NS-B Folk Guitar
donated by

Music 440’ Musical Instruments

Proceeds will be included in our DISASTER RELIEF APPEAL donation.


Family-friendly | All-ages* | Doors: 11am-8pm

*All minors MUST be accompanied by an adult



PRESALE TICKETS (plus booking fees): $44 Adults / $38 Students / $10 Kids / $92 Family

AT THE DOOR: $55 Adults / $48 Students / $10 Kids / $110 Family