Happy Australia Day 2010!
Billy Thorpe - "Sunshine Friends (Australia Day)"
Angie Pepper - "Frozen World"
Chullora Junction - "3801"
Colin Cook - "Brylcreem & Blue Suede Shoes"
Digi.Tal - "Say So"
Pam & The Pashions - "Summertime (All Around The World)"
Peter Wells - "Between The Saddle & The Ground"
Allan Caswell - "The Australia's Cup"
Albie Wilde & The Dayglos - "Hey Ciao"
XL Capris - "World War 3"
XL Capris - "Igloos"
Vixen - "Cover Up Story"
D Generation - "Theme To D Generation"
Clayton Davis - "The Cricket Song"
Cobbers - "The Endangered Species"
Adrian Campbell - "Listen To The Radio"
Johnny Devlin - "Panel Van"
Maryanne 'Mouse' Davidson - "R2 D2 I Love You"
Finch - "One More Time"
Tim & Debbie - "Australia You're Standing In It"
Colin Cook had numerous hits in the 1960s. But this 1980s rocker got ignored. The flip side has an extended version of the track called "Be Bop & Blue Suede Shoes".
The Adrian Campbell song "Listen To The Radio" is a Peter Best number.
The D Generation and Tim & Debbie tracks are TV themes.
Vixen was a loud all girl Oz group recorded by Festival records, not to be confused with another group from America.
XL Capris had a goodly sized Sydney hit with "WW3" but none of their other 4 single charted.
Johnny Devlin's track "Panel Van" is on RCA and as we all know RCA have closed their vaults to many old Oz tracks. The flip side is called "I Can't Go - I Can't Stay" and was issued as the b-side on an ATA single called "Heartbreak Hotel". It is the exact same recording so does this mean ATA and RCA own an identical song?
In 1973 they were Stillwater, by 1974 they were Finch and they had a moderate career in Oz, then they changed their name to Contraband in 1978 when they went off to conquer America. They folded in 1979. Mark Evans who was bass player in this band was one of the original members of AC/DC 1975-77. Mark came from Melbourne. Newcastle's Dave Evans was also a founding member of AC/DC and is not a relation.
All songs courtesy of Jimmy Barnes, one of my regular contributors.
Happy Australia Day, one and all!