Saturday, January 30, 2010

TOUGH LUXURY - Streetwise (1986)

Some rare AOR, Tough Luxury formed in Sydney in 1984, playing a boogie/blues based heavy rock with a style sounding similar to early Def Leppard . Members came and went with high regularity. The Line-up for their one and only album was

Stuart Cave (vocals)
Peter Rich (guitar)
Dave Edwards (guitar)
Mark Essenhugh (drums)
Kevin McDonald (bass)

Side A tracks: 1."Don't Look Back", 2."Without Warning", 3."Moving Too Fast", 4."Changes".
Side B tracks: 1."School's Out", 2."Roll The Dice", 3."High & Mighty", 4."Streetwise".


PINK FLAMINGOS - We Never Close 1982

In 1980 the Pink Flamingos formed out of the ashes of the demise of Kiwi Bands Dragon and Hello Sailor.
The bands debut Album in 1981 took out every major award at the NZ music awards and became a big summer hit later that year. The Flamingos tour over that summer was a box office triumph.
September, 1981, The Pink Flamingos relocated to Sydney and recorded " We Never Close" with Dragon Producer, Peter Dawkins.
November, 1981, The Pink Flamingos scoop 5 awards at RIANZ Music Awards – Best Album, Best Male Vocalist, Engineer of the Year ( Graham Mhyre ), Producer of the Year ( Bruce Lynch ) and Group of the Year
The Pink Flamingos will perform all of their original hits when they tour with The B52’s and The Proclaimers this Summer in NZ

01 Just Like In The Movies
02 Voodoo
03 Is That The Way?
04 Hungry Night
05 Hard Was Anne
06 We Never Close
07 Divine
08 Girl
09 Believe In The Ruins
10 Prosperpine
11 What Your Eyes Don't See


Thursday, January 28, 2010

SNAKE - Let The Music Begin 1986

Rare Aussie Metal featuring vocalist Larry Attard, a founding member of the original Snake who has reformed Snake in 2006 with a new line up, and has re-recorded six of these original songs from 'Let The Music Begin'.on a new CD called "Strike"

Snake - Let The Music Begin, Possum Records, 1986

Track Listing:

01 Let The Music Begin
02 Time
03 Strike
04 Every Dog Has Its Day
05 On The Right Track
06 In For The Kill
07 3rd Time Lucky
08 Out Of The Night
09 Don't Mess With Me
10 Sweet Revenge

Band Members:
Larry Attard - Bass, Vocals
Gordon Hedges - Drums
Gary Nelson - Rhythm Guitar
Kim Wheeler - Lead Guitar

Recorded At:
Ramrod Studios, Sydney, 1985
Big thanks to Stuart
Let The Music Begin

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Lightning Rock were going from 1981 thru to 1986 and were one of the founding bands of the early aussie metal scene along with Boss ,Heaven ' Bengal Tigers and Shy Thunder.
Like most bands at this time they started out playing metal covers off the time like Judas Priest,Scorpions and Ufo
before progressing to originals like Power Rockin ,Satan's Way, Alucard and The Quest. Recorded live at the Mona Vale Hotel on Sydney's northern beaches.

The band lineup was
Mal Starr - Vocals
Brett King - Guitar
Kevin Pyne - Guitar
Gary Christensen - Bass
Paul Christensen - Drums

Thanks to Haggis
Lightning CD1 & CD2

GRAHAM KENNEDY'S - Blankety Blanks 1977

Born on 15 February 1934, the only child of Cyril and Mary Kennedy, Graham Cyril Kennedy was raised in the working class Melbourne suburb of Balaclava.
Kennedy left school aged 15 to work for Radio Australia but soon made live television his domain during a 12-year stint as the host of In Melbourne Tonight. Kennedy's sharp wit and spontaneous nature won him 14 Logies - including the "Star of the Year" award at the first ceremony in 1959 - and made him the most popular person on Australian television.In 1998 he was inducted into the Logies hall of fame.
But his irreverence also resulted in a number of controversial moments.
In 1975 he was banned from live TV for his infamous crow call of a four-letter word (Farrrk). Kennedy returned to the small screen two years later with the game show Blankety Blanks broadcasingt 5 times a week Graham Kennedy quickly proved his TV legend status with a nightly 30 minute of fun and lunacy, turning Blankety Blanks into Australia's favourite show.

He died in the New South Wales Southern Highlands in the early hours of 25 May, 2005 , aged 71 after being cared for in the last years of his life by friends Tony Sattler and Noelene Browne

Million Dollars.
Slick Dick.
All The Horsemen Knew Her.
Stuffed Turkey.
Rusty Bottom.
The Hitch-Hiker.
Everybody Crap.
A Mouse In Her Pussy.
Rosalyn's Curry.
Cyril, Horse And Carts.

Rhythm Method.
Who Is Bernard King?
Barry's Lunch.
Did It Need Picking?
Cocky, Crutch And Stump.
Too Soft.
Midnight In The Toilet.
Cyril At The Doctor's.
Dick The Butler.
Dick Without A Hole. Dick Without A Hole.


BLACKJACK - Five Pieces Of Eight (1985)

John Giles (guitar, vocals)
Rikk Giles (vocals)
Paul "Jackie" Gleason (bass)
Thunderfoot Van Taneran (drums)
Daryl Williams (bass)

Not the Micheal Bolton/Bruce Kulick version :-p...
But a hard driving heavy rock/metal band from Melbourne. The original line up formed around the Giles boys in the early 80's and produced a five-track EP in 1985 called "Five Pieces Of Eight" on the "Metal for Melbourne" label. With a few demo tracks recorded before the band gradually faded into obscurity. Big thanks to Glenn who used to run Metal For Melbourne, here is some Metal For Everyone.

01 Highwaymans Inn
02 Hot Rocket
03 prelude
04 Man At Arms
05 the Wizard

Pieces Of Eight

PAUL GAFFEY - Mephistopheles (1975)

An symphonic album from '75 that are a concept album . Dark, haunting and tasteful, filled with mellotrons, acoustic / electric guitars, painful and majestic musical songs.

*Paul Gaffey/vocal
*Stan Wilson/organ, piano
*Peter Harris/mellotron
*Doug Gallagher/drums, conga
*John Young/bass
*Mark Punch/acoustic guitar, electric guitar
*Jim Kelly/acoustic guitar
*Simon Heath/moog
*Tony Buchanan/sax
*Don Wright/sax

*The Singers Of David/choir

So Sad
Dreamer of Dreams
Dear People

see the comments for words from Paul Gaffey and Simon Heath

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