Player  was a studio collaboration between Russell Dunlop and Bruce Brown. Dunlop was a respected drummer formerly with the band Ayers Rock. He had also worked with the likes of Renee Geyer. He combined forces with Bruce Brown to produce albums for The Reels and Mental As Anything, among others.Player  was probably the first group to make use of the new facilities then in place at Albert’s studios in 1979. For their Space Invaders album project, Brown and Dunlop recorded drum tracks on up to 20 tracks of the 24 track. They then spliced these into 2" tape loops. Some of these loops were quite large, being strung between bobbins on microphone stands half way down the corridor. They recorded up to four automation tracks on these loops and simply used the selector on the console to switch between verse, chorus, etc. These drum mixes were then recorded onto a second 24 track to form the final drum tracks. For the project one of the engineers designed a device which would trigger a sequencer from an audio drum track. This enabled Russell to control sequencers and drum machines with his percussion tracks.
For the American release the 7" single was remixed and lengthened to 4 minutes for the dance floor crowd. The group’s name was also repackaged as “Playback” as there was already a group with the name “Player”. The remixed version has a spot in the middle where the commanding words “Player One” were added for effect.
For the Australian single market they were just known as “Player ” and the 7" single was about 3 mins 15 seconds long.
Later when the song charted overseas the Maxi 12” Dance Mix was created and released under the “Player ” name. It is all too confusing but who cares, as the song was a hit on various continents! The vinyl flipside on the various releases was a non album cut called "A Menacing Red Glow In The Sky" which tells the story of an invasion from space similar to "War of the Worlds" but only in a dance mix! It is presented below in an extended Tom Mix format.
Presented first are 2 Maxi versions of the "A" side song "Space Invaders":
1) The Playback 12” Tom Mix (from CD with extra sampling etc):
2) The Player  12” Tom Mix (from the original 12" with extra overdubs):
The flip side "A Menacing Red Glow In The Sky" presented here in an extended dance mix 12" (made by Tom Mix):