Back in the 1980s I made my own mash-ups. One consisted of taking the riff from the 12" of "Funky Town" by Pseudo Echo and mixing it over the top of the 12" of "Witch Queen" by The Chantoozies and if that is not enough it had the hand claps from "Eagle Rock" by Daddy Cool rolling over it all...
Here for Halloween 2009 is the digital mix of "Witch Queen Of Funky Town" by the Pseudo Choosies. It goes about 6:00 min and is in 320kb mp3 format. Enjoy!
Ex Hi-Fi member Alan Greedy (drummer) helped me piece together some information which we sumitted to the Newcastle Bands Database site. Click the following link:
Di Horder started singing at the age of 5. In her late teens she was on Bandstand. Di had 2 singles on the Spin record label in the late 1960s before moving into live performances on TV shows such as The Mike Walsh Show and The Don Lane Show where she did regular appearances. She is very accomplished and has a definite feel for jazz tracks. She is still performing up north around Byron Bay as of 2009.
A - "Here Comes The Morning" (Clark-Trent) arranged by Rocky (Rory) Thomas. Spin EK-1990, EL-32907 1967.
B - "Don’t Bother Me" (George Harrison). Spin EK-1990, 1967.
A - "The Golden Days" (Goffin-King). Spin EK-2362 1968.
B - "Here At The Stagedoor" (Goffin-King). Spin EK-2362 1968.
Di Horder appears on the Spin compilation album “So Good Together" LP EL-32907.
For download is an extended Tom Mix version of her 1967 hit "Don't Bother Me" a track written by George Harrison of The Beatles:
They decided on the name "Coconut Rough" - a disc shaped chocolate bar popular in Australia and New Zealand. The band's biggest hit was also their first, 1983's "Sierra Leone", got to #5 in the New Zealand pop charts and was in the top 100 in Oz in the club charts. The second single to do business was "As Good As It Gets".
The critics disliked the band's overall commercial sound. This coupled with the band's declining success on the charts resulted in the band receiving gradually lessening support from their record label Mushroom; by the time the band released their 1984 debut album, that support was minimal. This contributed heavily to the band's dissolution. The last person to become a member of the band, guitarist and former Swingers band mate Bones Hillman, eventually became the replacement bassist for the Aussie super group Midnight Oil upon Peter Gifford’s's departure.
Here for download is the original extended 12" mix which is slightly longer than the single but has much more depth to the bass and so forth...enjoy!
"I'd Die To Be With You Tonight" was a hit in 1985. It was recorded in Los Angeles and it had numerous big-named people and Oz artists behind it. Kim Carnes, of "Bette Davis Eyes" fame did the backing vocals, Mal Eastick, from the band Stars was one of the main guitarists...Kerry Gradney on bass, Chas Sanford and Waddy Wachtel on guitars, William 'Smitty' Smith on keyboards, Tony Braungai on drums and Arno Lucas on percussion.
Chas Sanford was producer and also the songwriter. Chas is still working in the USA and sometimes works with Oz star Keith Urban.
When the CD of Jimmy's hits came out in 1996 they released a remix of the original single but the vinyl 12" has not made it to CD. The vinyl 12" was remixed at The Power Station, New York.
Here for download is the original 12" of "I'd Die To Be With You Tonight":
Don Lane had a couple of terrific tracks which Frank Sinatra, or somebody of that ilk, would have loved...
"You're Everthing" was one and "We Were Lovers Then" is another. The former got to #8 in 1969 and the latter got to #18 in 1970.
Here for download is a brilliant CD copy of "We Were Lovers Then":
NO.276 - GRAND JUNCTION / GARY FORD / LIONEL ROSE / JEAN STAFFORD / COUNTRY LIGHT / NEV NICHOLLS / WALLIS & MATILDA / KERRY JAMES / DARRYL COTTON
It's a big mix of styles and artists....from 1970s country rock to 1980s pop.
"I Thank You" - Lionel Rose. Lionel Rose was a boxer who could also sing and had a couple of minor hits. This was his big one it was written by Johnny Young (of Young Talent Time). Johnny at this time had written "Smiley" for Ronnie Burns, "The Real Thing" for Russell Morris and other classic songs. The version for download is an extended Tom Mix version of Lionel’s old 1970 hit.
"Ease The Fever" - Jean Stafford. Jean is still working in the country music scene. This track was from 1982. It sounds like an upbeat Dolly Parton style of song.
"(You've Got To) Dance" - Gary B. Ford. This is a rare track on a rare RCA label. It was written by Gary Ford and produced by Tony Grose. Recorded at Trafalgar studios Sydney.
"Wonderful Summer" - Kerry James. Kerry James was a teenage artist who was produced by Glenn A. Baker. The label proudly claims that it featured backing by Bo's Jangles and The Corridors - nice one Glenn! The flipside "Don't Treat Me Like A Child" was recorded in full spectrum mono! Yeah mono!
Shona had several big hits in NZ before cracking the big time in Oz:
1973 - 1905 #14 NZ
1973 - Show Your Love #8 NZ
1973 - Masquerade #7 NZ
1975 - I Love My Feet #1 NZ
1985 - America #2 NZ
1987 - (Glad I'm') Not a Kennedy #10 AUS/NZ
1987 – Soviet Snow
1987 - Drive Baby, Drive #5 AUS/NZ
1992 - Walk Away (42nd Street) #9 NZ
1992 - Fear Of Falling #3 NZ
1992 - Thief To Silver #3 NZ
The 7" single of "(Glad I'm) Not A Kennedy" was recorded in NZ and released in 1987 in Oz. It has appeared on several CD compilations over the years and so too the album version, which is still available on CD from overseas, but the 12" dance remix by Martin Rushent (UK producer of the best dance mixes of the 1980s) has not yet made it to CD locally. Martin also remixed the single for release in the UK and to my knowledge it has not been on CD.
The 12" vinyl record has 5 songs:
"(Glad I'm) Not A Kennedy" (12" remix by Martin Rushent),
"Resurrection" (7" Martin Rushent remix),
"(Glad I'm) Not A Kennedy" (7" Version remixed by Peter Wilson),
"Sally Gap" (7"),
"(Glad I'm) Not A Kennedy" (7" Martin Rushent remix).
The Martin Rushent 12" went about 4:34 mins and although it sounds great it was missing an intro and a section for cross-fading...which is paramount for when you have to swap from one groove to the next when working as a live DJ... To remedy this I made my own version with both missing elements added. My version goes close on 6:00 mins.
Mark Walker from QLD has requested several times to get some more NZ artists on this blog. I shall endeavour to throw some more into the mix soon. Thanks for the suggestion Mark.
The song was a massive hit in Oz placing at #1 nationally and it was entered in the Yamaha Music Festival, officially known as World Popular Song Festival, in 1971. Ted went from bulldozer driver to pop singer on the back of this one glorious hit song.
I have had numerous music collectors over the years write and ask for copies of this track as it is widely known in Europe and South Africa. Ted's old film clip that played on European music TV shows was of the longer version of the song. This song has recently appeared on YouTube but the quality is not as good as found in this download.
The copy I have is from N. Judd from the Vanda & Young album found further over in the posting for their song "Superman".
Many thanks, Mr Judd for the long version of "Falling In Love Again":
Comedian, Keith Scott calls out the annoying phrase "Where Do You Get It" which was used by jingle and ad writer John Singleton for a campaign to advertise a shopping company called "Shoey's Food Barn" aka "Bi-Lo" (David's Holdings Co.). Johnny Devlin and John Singleton are credited with writing this song, oh the shame! Well, the B-side by Johnny Devlin is not too bad I suppose!
Keith Scott was kind enough to sign the label for Jimmy Barnes...
This record is from the collection owned by Carey, a friend of Jimmy Barnes, hence the message from Chelsea on the label is to Carey...
"Baby It's You" - Wayne Roberts - A-side.
Firstly, "Just Because" an instrumental by The Chessmen an old track from the EMI vaults. The Chessmen were the first backing band that Johnny Chester worked with and their song "Teeny" was their first hit with Johnny. They hailed from Melbourne. Some of their tracks have made it to CD but this one is still missing. Their first work was on the W&G label but this release was on HMV.
The second track "Nightmare" by The Raiders is from the old Festival subsidiary called Rex records. It is a short instrumental from 1961 and was given a kind of mild spooky set of chords and overdubs. The A-side was "Nature Boy" (which I can't present here because the vinyl record was damaged and I could only salvage the B-side). The Raiders were almost a house band for Rex records as they worked behind many acts including Bix Bryant and Candy Williams.
The third track is "That's The Way It Goes" by Sydney band The Crickets - this one has vocals. This band are Ozzies, and should not be confused with Buddy Holly's backing band also called The Crickets. It appears this is the only song released under the Ozzie group name "The Crickets".
The song was released in 1965 on the Leedon label it was written by Bruce Welsh & Hank Marvin - two men from the UK group, The Shadows. According to Bruce the reason this song sounds familiar is because it was a reworked version of "It's So Easy" by Buddy Holly - I wonder did the Sydney group The Crickets know there was this spooky connection to Buddy Holly?
Lastly, the Leedon label's second ever release "The Last Drag" by the American band The Voxpoppers. The Leedon label was started by American promoter Lee Gordon who often released overseas acts here on his own label. Lee and Johnny O'Keefe were partners in this record label and their relationship was tempestuous at best. The second release by Leedon LS-002 was for the American combo The Voxpoppers. The song is in pretty good condition and sounds better than I imagined - almost CD quality.
All songs are in a zip file (no password) courtesy of Jimmy Barnes who has kindly given them to me to convert and set up as downloads. Many thanks, Jim!
The second item is from Jon English who was obviously a Parramatta rugby league team supporter at some stage and recorded a single which is included in this download called "Parra Power To Win". Unfortunately the copy is from an old cassette tape and the quality is less than hi-fi but it will make a fine addition to anyone's collection if they are after everything Jon English has recorded. Jimmy Barnes supplied this song warts and all...Jim couldn't recall where it came from so I couldn't track it down to get a better copy...
Both tracks are in a zip file (no password) courtesy of Jimmy Barnes who also supplied the scans. Many thanks, Jimmy B.
This led him to his next venture with a well produced single called "I Don't Want To Know About It" which charted at #16 nationally and also got him recognised overseas with a moderate American promo release. Peter Dawkins was the producer who gave the single a full rich quality akin to an American "west coast" sound. Peter Martin was the guitarist supreme who contributed to the great sounding middle eight section. "I Don't Want To Know About It" won Record of the Year at the Australian Record Federation Awards for 1973. Ryan was also awarded Best New Talent.
He then went into a 5 year period where he made the charts with simple ballad and country rock songs:
"I Am Pegasus" #3
"Orchestra Ladies" #39
"Blue Chevrolet Ballerina" #22
"Sedel (Never Smiled At Me)"
Then Ross hit a dry spell with many singles that just didn't make headway in the top 40 charts (the charts in the late 1970s were punk rock oriented).
"Who Am I"
"Happy Birthday To Me"
"Chaplin And Harlow"
He is still working and releasing material, old and new. The folks at Aztec music have released some of his old albums on CD with bonus tracks so it is nice to know he is certainly not forgotten.
For download is his old single not yet on CD "Who Am I" which came from the album "Smiling For The Camera":
The vinyl 12" of "The Dead Heart" was backed with two song by indigenous bands "Blackfella/Whitefella" by the Warumpi Band and "This Land" by Coloured Stone - you can see a part of the back cover above - click to enlarge. All the tracks on this release were used in the Oz movie "Ularu - An Anangu Story".
For the release of the vinyl 12" of "The Dead Heart" Midnight Oil got a local indigenous artist from Port Stephens (well that's local to me) to make the elaborate cover. If you look on the top picture which is the front cover you can make out the name "Mini" which is the moniker for Mini Heath (who signed on the back for moi). Back in 1991 when I worked as a school teacher at Anna Bay I asked Mini to sign the cover for me. Mini came to my school every so often to teach the students art and craft techniques. I always loved his work and he was always quiet and thoughtful. All these years later Mini has now had some of his design work incorporated into Paris fashions at Au Printemps. Mini was also the first NSW Aboriginal "Artist of the Year".
For download is the extended remix of "The Dead Heart":
Other Loved Ones members seemed to have faded into obscurity, but lead singer Gerry Humphreys, soon unleashed his new group, Gerry & The Joy Band, with a series of rollicking singles, like "Ongo Bongo Man" and Buddy Holly’s "Rave On" (for which he was backed by an all-star studio super group including members of Daddy Cool). Check this line-up of other names who passed through the ranks of The Joy Band during its short 2 year tenure: Tony Cahill, Billy Green, Lobby Loyde, Ian Mawson, Graeme Morgan, Warren Morgan, Jerry Noone, Brian Peacock and Ian Woodcock.
The two rare Joy Band singles are gathered on the Raven CD edition of Magic Box which details the Loved One's musical output....this was only on the first pressings of the CD as the Joy Band songs have been dropped from the later editions.
In 1985 music producer Robbie Porter must have been strapped for cash because he put out an extended version of "Ongo Bongo Man" on a vinyl 12" on his own Wizard label. The long version came with other Gerry & The Joy Band singles and there were a couple of slightly different versions of this record made...
Gerry was born in England and came to Oz when only a youngster. Sadly, he passed away in 2005 leaving a great back catalogue of Oz hits. For some strange reason people often thought he was a relative of Barry Humphries (of Dame Edna fame)... What, couldn't they check the spelling of the surnames!
For download is the long original extended version of "Ongo Bongo Man" which I have then extended even further so now it goes nearly 5 mins.
This song would have to be one of the first attempts at making a proper Oz rap track but it certainly doesn't have the intenseness of its American counterparts and it is filled with ockerisms and lingo only a local would get..."mum likes Kamahl dad likes Slim"...and it makes me smile everytime I hear it...especially the continued use of the phrase "get down" which becomes obvious at the end...!
Most of the credits/details are on the label above (click to enlarge). According to many folk I have contacted this record is not in many catalogues of Oz product but as you can see above it certainly is genuine.
Instead of the long version as shown on the label above I have placed the single edit here for download it only goes 3 mins.
All the songs on the album, except two, have subsequently been issued on CD over the years. The non-issued ones are: "Falling In Love Again" (long 3:40 min version) by Ted Mulry and "Superman" the single version by Vanda & Young which was later covered successfully by Alison McCallum. (Both versions by Alison are on this blog, please locate using search facility top left of page).
Here for download is the rare original version of "Superman" by Vanda & Young. Many thanks Mr Judd for this track.
"True Blue" was a smash hit that has become one of those unofficial Oz anthems but strangely the 1986 edited single from the album "Mallee Boy" has not been on a major CD release...as always the longer album copy is thrown on by CD compilers making it hard to track down (click picture above to read details).
N. Judd from WA has sent me the single to clean up and present here as it is one of the few not in my own collection...Neil has also sent some others for inclusion on my sister blog that you can find in the "favourite links" section on the left of this page. Many thanks Mr Judd.
The main players Gary Young, Wayne Duncan, Ross Hannaford and Ross Wilson have drifted into other projects after the band was established and they were in projects together before it all started. Groups have included: Pink Finks, The Party Machine, Procession, Sons of the Vegetal Mother, Mighty Kong, The Rocking Emus, Mondo Rock, Hot Dog, The Ross Hannaford Trio, The Ol' Skydaddys....the list goes on...
Daddy Cool's philosophy and focus was to create good-time rock and roll which had an nostalgic nudge to the 1950s sound, so the reason I think they still curry favour is because people just can't get enough of the style they chose to honour.
Wayne and Gary are known for their country rock and boogie leanings, Ross Hannaford is a jazz man and Ross Wilson is an all-rounder. They have had solo projects over the years but when put back together the sound they create is awesome.
- "Eagle Rock" / "Bom Bom" - Sparmac (May 1971) #1
- "Come Back Again" / "Just As Long As We're Together" - Sparmac (September 1971) #3
- "Hi Honey Ho" / "Don't Ever Leave Me" (December 1971) #16
- "Teenage Blues" / "At the Rockhouse" - Sparmac (1972) #83
- "I'll Never Smile Again" / "Daddy Rocks Off" - Sparmac (July 1972) #16
- "Rock'n'Roll Lady" / "Cadallacin'" - Sparmac (September 1972) #13
- "One Night" / "Cadallacin'"(live) - Wizard (July 1973)
- "Boy, You're Paranoid" (live) / "One Night" (live) - Wizard (July 1973)
- "Flash in My Head" / "Little Darlin'" / "Boy You're Paranoid" - Wizard (August 1973)
- "Duke of Earl" / "Jambalaya" - Wizard (September 1973)
- "All I Wanna Do is Rock (part 1)" / "All I Wanna Do is Rock (part 2)" - Wizard (1974)
- "The Boogie Man" / "I Was a Teenage Creature" - Wizard (1974)
- "You Never Can Tell" / "All I Wanna Do is Rock" - Wizard (1974)
- "Eagle Rock" / "Cadillacin'" (live) - Wizard (January 1981) #17
- "Eagle Rock" / "Daddy Rocks Off" 12" - Wizard (June 1982)
- "Come Back Again" (short vers.) / "Come Back Again" (long vers.) - Wizard (September 1982)
- "Hi Honey Ho" (long vers.) / "Come Back Again" (long vers.) 12" - Wizard (November 1982)
- "Eagle Rock" / "Come Back Again" - Wizard (October 1986) #28
- “Eagle Rock Dance Mix”, “Daddy Cool Megamix”, “Eagle Rock 1992” - Mega CD (1992) #19
- "Ballad of Oz" (1994) #36
- "The Christmas Bug" (2005)
While they were in the studio they also created a mega medley of hits, combining 4 songs: "Daddy Who, Daddy Cool", "Come Back Again", Lollipop" and "Eagle Rock '92". This medley was not an attempt to make a non-stop megamix but they cut the four tracks into shorter pieces from the original songs then they placed them one after the other.
In 2009 I decided to make a non-stop megamix combination where the beat doesn't stop and start, like the official medley version. For this megamix I chose "Come Back Again", Eagle Rock 1992" and "Hi Honey Ho". It took a while to work out how to combine them but after many attempts I think I have something pretty good on offer!.
For download are two versions, the official "Daddy Cool Mega Mix" (4:50 mins) from CD and my "Daddy Cool Non-Stop Megamix" (5:50 mins) with components also taken from CD.
They are in a zip file with the password: http://tommixmusic.blogspot.com/
He started in the 1960s and after being in a Brisbane band called "Hands Down" where he played drums he went solo. He had two hits under his own name: "Jamie Come Home" in 1975 and "Fun Fun Fun" in 1978. He had a few more hits in the 1990s while singing in character as "Hector Pascals" and as "Agro".
The first hit for Dunn was "Jamie Come Home" a sort of autobiographical tale which tells the tale of his futile struggle to be successful in the music business. It got to #9 in Brisbane and reached the lower end of the top 40 in Sydney.
The album version of this song has a different beginning which is instrumental and pads its time out past 3.00 mins but the single mix is short (about 2:27 mins) so I beefed it up a little and extended the single mix by about 60 seconds.
Here for download is the extended single mix of "Jamie Come Home" courtesy of contributor Jimmy Barnes.
"Tap Tap" came out in 1977 on an Albert's single and has not yet made it to CD. It was in its day released on two vinyl albums, Australia's Greatest Movie Hits and the Picture Show Man Sountrack and as far as I know both albums have not been on CD.
The composer Peter Best best won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Original Music Score in 1977 for the movie soundtrack. Peter also wrote the music for another movie which starred John Meillon and Paul Hogan, "Crocodile Dundee".
"The Picture Show Man" is a witty comedy movie set in the 1920s and it chronicles the adventures of Maurice Pym (John Meillon), a flamboyant showman traveling the NSW outback unreeling silent films. Braving much hardship and heartbreak along the way, Pym soon clashes with rival showman Palmer - a loud-mouthed, super-cool, ever-smiling American (Rod Taylor)...and it is "G" rated.
On the Australian Film Sound Archives website there is an mp4 clip from the movie which has John Meillon singing and tapping in a music hall in northern NSW. The movie version is very different to the single.
They are in a zip file which doesn't have a password. Both at 320KB quality. Enjoy!
· "Handbags and Gladrags" # 50, 1973
· "Turn the Page" #20, 1975
· "Lovin' Arms" #55, 1975
· "Laid Back in Anger" 1976
· "Hollywood Seven" #13, 1976
· "Words Are Not Enough" #6, 1978
· "Six Ribbons" #5 AUS, #1 NOR, #4 SWE 1979
· "Get Your Love Right" #27, 1979
· "Hot Town" #11, 1980
· "Carmilla" #27, 1980
· "Jokers and Queens" duet with Marcia Hines #62, 1982
· "Every Beat of My Heart" (1984)
· "Lover Please" (1987)
· "All Together Now" (1993)
· “Mikado Megamix” / “Pirate Megamix” (1995 - promo CD)
English was acclaimed for his starring role in the 1978 Australian TV series “Against The Wind” - he won a Logie for “Best New Talent”. He also co-wrote and performed the score with Mario Millo (ex-Sebastian Hardie). The series had international release, and the songs "Six Ribbons" and "Against the Wind" were released as singles, both singles and the soundtrack peaked at #1 on the Norwegian charts; the first single, "Six Ribbons" and the album, peaked at #4 on the Swedish charts.
During 1983-1985, English won four Mo Awards with three consecutive “Entertainer of the Year” awards and a further “Best Male Vocal Performer” in 1985. English has performed in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas “The Pirates Of Penzance”, “The Mikado” and “HMS Pinafore” from 1984.
In 1995 the casts of two of Jon English's theatre productions recorded finale Megamixes for "The Mikado" and "The Pirates Of Penzance" - released on CD promos only.
The cast members on the Megamix recordings include: Jon English, Simon Gallaher, Toni Lamond (Helen Reddy’s older sister), Jason Smith, Tim Tyler, The Fabulous Singlettes, Helen Donaldson, Geraldine Turner, Drew Forthsythe and David Gould.
This download includes both Megamixes taken from the promo CD which has been long deleted.
The songs are in a zip file with the password: http://tommixmusic.blogspot.com/