Their first Festival release in 1965 was a gritty single “Sad And Lonely” (still billed as The Four Strangers), which sold in respectable numbers in hometown Newcastle. At the end of 1965 they changed their name to The Sunsets. During 1966, as they became one of the top bands in Newcastle, they began making forays into Sydney. Under Bjerre's guidance The Sunsets, were steered into a more up-to-date beat style and snared a five-year deal with the Festival. Their recordings are highly prized by 1960s beat fans, and no less than five tracks: “Sad And Lonely”, “When I Found You”, “I Want Love”, “Windansea” and “Hot Generation” have been anthologised on various C.D. compilations. “When I Found You” was available on CD on the essential Festival 3-disc compilation So You Wanna Be A Rock'n'Roll Star?
During this period they also recorded the music for the soundtracks for Paul Witzig's surf-films A Life In The Sun. The single “Theme From A Life In The Sun” was a very big hit in many parts of Oz. While very successful, this link contributed to them being pigeonholed, quite inaccurately, as a "surf band". When The Sunsets shifted to Sydney's eastern suburbs in 1966 they hooked up with the Harrigan Agency, playing at their venues Surf City, The Star Club and Sunset Disco, and touring with other Harrigan Agency acts. The big turning point came at the end of 1966 when The Sunsets were invited to play a three-month residency at a Surfer's Paradise nightclub owned by TV celebrity Digby Wolfe. Their next phase was to have a new name: Tamam Shud!
Here for download is The Sunsets single, “Theme From A Life In The Sun”, courtesy of Alan K. from Sydney. Alan sent me the basic vinyl recording which I have scraped clean and improved sonically.http://rapidshare.com/files/195366258/The_Sunsets_-_Theme_From_A_Life_In_The_Sun.mp3