Thursday, August 21, 2014

#131 - #134, four more on the floor


firstly apologies for the low profile but I have been plagued by a major technical issue - ie turntable not working (....hell on wheels ), so having gotten that back up and going, there's quite a backlog, both here and on From Another Side and ther'esmassive updates coming there as soon as I can get the show back on the road.

we have 4 mixes though ready today and I'll be quick with all the blurbs so you can get into it

here on the fourth of our extravaganza today we have a heap of Driscolls, some Gobs, the 2nd Dropbears single, Farmer's Boys ( for some reason on the Waap label, famous for The Higsons ), latter day Sekret Sekret, Monochrome Set and more MEO 245 with another from Rites Of Passage.

#134 - via Box

Sideroom Singles Podcast #134
1. Lay Him Down - Dropbears ( Green Records Aust 1983 )
2. Girl I Want You Back - The Driscolls ( Restless Records 1988 )
3. This Is A Different Song - The Driscolls ( Teatime Records 1990 )
4. Fathers Name Is Dad - The Driscolls ( Woosh 1988 )
5. Part Company - The Go-Betweens ( Sire Records 1984 )
6. I Think I Need Help - The Farmer's Boys ( Waap Records 1983 )
7. Girl With A White Stick - Sekret Sekret ( Waterfront Records Aust 1984 )
8. The Monochrome Set - The Monochrome Set ( Rough Trade 1979 )
9. The Deepest - The Waltones ( Medium Cool Records 1988 )
10. Summer Girl - MEO 245 ( Mushroom Records Aust 1982 )
( duration 29.51, vbr lame mp3 )


Starting off this one with some Melbourne luminaries usually known for their work with Equal Local / Essendon Airport / I'm Talking / Hot Half Hour - as you can no doubt here in the familiarity of the sound of Bryce Perrin's double bass.

Then we have some more post punk era singles - UK this time - The Invisible Girls of course a M.Hannett production  and Weekend featuring Alison Statton - late of the Young Marble Giants - and more on both them and Weekend soon.

Then a Steve(n) Kilbey b-side - to This Asphalt Eden ( the a-side we heard recently via Red Eye reissue on #114 ) from the original release 7". ( plus a subsequent Red Eye a-side "Fireman" ).

Also a couple of singles from The Expression's s/t debut album, some more Stephen Cummings from Senso, some Enz and our friend Matt Johnson, the 2nd of his Some Bizzare singles.

#133 - via Box

Sideroom Singles Podcast #133
1. Bap's Groove - Bryce Perrin, Chas Lisner and Ian Cox ( Real Gone Records Aust 1982 )
2. Searching For Heaven - Pauline Murray and The Invisible Girls ( Illusive 1981 )
3. Drumbeat For Baby - Weekend ( Rough Trade 1982 )
4. Spell - Steven Kilbey ( EMI Aust 1985 )
5. Fireman - Steve Kilbey ( Red Eye Records Aust 1987 )
6. My Mistake - Split Enz ( Mushroom Records Aust 1977 )
7. Perfect - The The ( UK ) ( Some Bizzare 1983 )
8. Present Communication - The Expression ( Mushroom Records Aust 1983 )
9. Decisions - The Expression ( Mushroom Records Aust 1983 )
10. Stuck On Love - Stephen Cummings ( Regular Records Aust 1983 )
( duration 36.41, vbr lame mp3 )


More I'm Talking here, this time Zan gets the nod to go up front on Holy Word, also some Allniters, and more Scribble ( another single from Pop Art ).

The Reels song Comedy was from their Pitt St Farmers Ep but also was a b-side, where we played it from today, on the flip of the German release of the Happiness single ( we played the Aussie version of Happiness really recently on #130, the b-side there is La Mer, a track from the Beautiful album ).

We also got another song that wasn't a single in Australia, "I Don't Mind" from The Numbers, a track on their first album, but only an a-side in the UK.

And speaking of the UK that's where the Icehouse 7" of Can't Help Myself is from ( of course released in Australia as their debut single when they still travelled under the moniker of Flowers ). This version of Can't Help Myself is also different to the Oz, the single today in fact being an edited version of the "US Club's that for a complex trail ?

#132 - via Box

Sideroom Singles Podcast #132
1. Holy Word - I'm Talking ( Regular Records Aust 1986 )
2. Montego Bay - Allniters ( Powderworks Aust 1983 )
3. Comedy - The Reels ( RCA 1983 )
4. I Don't Know - The Numbers ( RCA UK 1982 )
5. Don't Give Your Heart Away - Scribble ( Regular Records Aust 1986 )
6. The Beat Goes On - Globos ( White Label Records Aust 1983 )
7. Is There A Reason - The Mood ( RCA 1981 )
8. Can't Help Myself ( Club Mix One edit ) - Icehouse ( Chrysalis 1981 )
9. Hey Little Girl - Icehouse ( Regular Records Aust 1982 )
10. My Heart's On Fire - Machinations ( White Label Records Aust 1985 )
( duration 33.51, vbr lame mp3 )


Kicking off here with one side of a Double-A from Tim Finn ( the other side is "Through The Years" ), then the first Rockmelons single, then anothery from the 'Rockies' ( sic ), some Stephen Cummings, one of several singles from his Senso LP, Hungry Town ( yeah yeah Zan's sis et al ), some Oils, Hunnas, Eurogliders, Models and I'm Talking.

Prepare your ears for a swag of 12" versions of these tracks on an upcoming From Another Side, soon as I can clear the backlog there now I am technicallly able to make stuff again

Please enjoy :)

#131 - via Box

Sideroom Singles Podcast #131
1. Staring At The Embers  - Tim Finn ( Mushroom Records Aust 1983 )
2. Time Out ( For Serious Fun ) - Rockmelons ( Phantom Records Aust 1985 )
3. Rhymes - Rockmelons ( Truetone Records Aust 1987 )
4. Gymnasium - Stephen Cummings ( Regular Records Aust 1984 )
5. Hungry Town - Big Pig ( White Label Records Aust 1986 )
6. Power & The Passion - Midnight Oil ( CBS Aust 1983 )
7. Is There Anybody In There ? - Hunters & Collectors ( White Label Records Aust 1986 )
8. Heaven Must Be There - Eurogliders ( CBS Aust 1984 )
9. I Hear Motion - Models ( Mushroom Records 1983 )
10. Do You Wanna Be - I'm Talking ( Regular Records Aust 1986  ) 
( duration 36.36 vbr lame mp3 )

Sunday, June 1, 2014


The second post for today - and how to follow my Socceroos rant ?

Maybe to explain that I could have played 2 Cudgels tracks, both from flexis - "Red Nosed Man" is from a flexi with just them called "Belly Button Sundae" and they also have another track on the split flexi with They Go Boom !!  ( on the German Blam-A-Bit label ) but the song "I Think I'm Falling" from They Go Boom is so good it got the nod instead ( obviously the other tracks will be available in the future on From Another Side ).

And "Get out Of My Dream" is actually the b-side of Tranquil from The Clouds, though it seems to have had it's fair share of time in the limelight since then in lieu of the a-side.

We also have the original Green Records version of "Go Go"by Super K where that song was the a-side, before the importance of the b-side "Recurring Nightmare" was re-imagined as being a more valid a-side for it's Citadel reissue.

Then some Rote Kapelle which sound wise owes more to the Thanes connections within the band rather than from Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes.

The Nick Smith track is produced by Joe Camilleri ( under the name Joey Vincent ) and indeed the label Survival was a Jo Jo curated label.

"Happiness" is from The Pitt Street Farmers ep from The Reels, though oddly this Aussie release has a b-side from the "Beautiful" album on it ( "La Mer" ). I do have a German release of the single,  featuring a different b-side which is actually in the pile coming up really really soon.

For now, enjoy !

#130 - via Box

Sideroom Singles Podcast #130
1. I Think I'm Falling - They Go Boom !! ( Blam-A-Bit 1989 )
2. Tranquil - The Clouds ( Subway Organisation 1987 )
3. Are You Happy Now ? - The Charlottes ( Molesworth Records 1988 )
4. Go Go - Super K ( Green Records Aust 1982 )
5. Red Nosed Man - The Cudgels ( Lovely Records 1990 ? )
6. Fergus ! The Sheep ! - Rote Kapelle ( Big Smell Dinosaur 1985 )
7. Who'd Have Thought - Hurrah! ( Kitchenware Records 1984 )
8. Groovin' ( On A Sunday Afternoon ) - Nick Smith ( Spirit Records Aust 1984 )
9. No One - The Cannanes ( K 1987 )
10. Happiness - The Reels ( RCA Aust 1983 )
( duration 29.36, vbr lame mp3 )

#129 - the Socceroos will Socceroo ya....

Don't laugh

seriously, don't laugh

it will be hard enough for us as it is ( in the insane group we drew )....although - we might just surprise everyone...we won't win the World Cup but we won't disgrace ourselves is all I will say !

( also we have to get up at 2am in the morning here to watch our games - or stay up )

To whit to explain the song contained herein....where to begin ?

Firstly although it's changed now for eons in Australia we referred to football as "soccer" - hence our national side is called The Socceroos  - ( and at this point I need to say I love our Socceroos and you can help support them by making them your second team at the World Cup, or even your first if you like ). The single "Soccer, Soccer ( The Real Football ) was made around the time of the 1982 World Cup and came out after the ( relative ) success of "Up There Cazaly" ( a VFL - now AFL - plug , ie the "Aussie Rules" comp ) and another less well known song called "The Greatest Game of All" extolling the virtues of Rugby League. Both of these codes are known down under as "footy".

Therefore a rousing call to arms from the round ball code was devised ( somewhat paradoxically highlighting the naked truth it is the only one totally played with the "foot" ). Along came the so-called "Heroes Of Waterloo" with the brilliant idea to include homage to the national team - and voila...somewhere, sometime the large stadium size electric light bulb went off in someone's head with all the zapping lightning strike of a black and white Frankenstein movie and we have the magical lyrics

"...If you aint seen it, let me clue ya
the Socceroos will Socceroo ya..."

The b-side called "Team Song" is even better, a variation of the a-side but naming players and the coach ( possibly the only time Rudi Gutendorf was lauded in song ) ( you can hear this version in the future on From Another Side ).

But that's only one song on today's mix..

We have the first vinyl outing from Friends - a record by the way which is an "unlucky" record for me. This is actually an emergency replacement copy, ie I found the cover of my original with no record in it ( and can't for the life of me find it ), so got a new copy...but it seems to have a wee jump on it.....uggh.

I reckon everything and everyone else is pretty self explantory, 'cept maybe that the Confetti track is from their Sea Anemon ep and a brief word on the two MEO 245's - "Jewels" is a single from their first album "Screen Memory" and "Sin City" comes from the 'Rites Of Passage" EP.

enjoy :)

#129 - via Box

Sideroom Singles Podcast #129
1. It's Getting Louder - Friends ( Summerhouse  Records 1986 )
2. River Island - Confetti ( Sunday Records 1992 )
3. Capricorn Dancer - Richard Clapton ( Infinity Aust 1976 )
4. I Just Get Caught Out - The Go-Betweens ( Truetone Records Aust 1987 )
5. Like An Angel - The Mighty Lemon Drops ( Dreamworld 1985 )
6. Crestfallen - The Chairs ( Pink Halo Records 1990 )
7. Soccer, Soccer ( The Real Football ) - The Heroes Of Waterloo ( 7 Records Aust 1982 )
8. Skywave - Other People's Children ( Library Records Aust 1999 )
9. Jewels ( For Your Love ) - MEO 245 ( Mushroom Records Aust 1981 )
10. Sin City - MEO 245 ( Mushroom Records Aust 1982  )
( duration 32.05, vbr lame mp3 )

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

#124, #125, #126, #127 & #128 - Oz Punk & Post Punk era


#128 is the fifth and final in this mega post for today along the theme of the Oz Punk/Post punk era.

We start herein with more Pel Mel, this time Shoes Should Fit, another single from the Out Of Reason album, more Hugo Klang with the earlier Grand Life For Fools and Idiots single and two from related bands Voigt 465 ( one side of their only 7" ) and Wild West from the Beat The Drought Ep.

Then we're down to Melbourne for the Fabulous Marquises' 7" ( featuring Mr Pierre of "oh I just won some money on a TV quiz show" fame ) and Whirlywirld with Sextronics, which was a bonus single that came with their 12" ( Untitled ) Ep.

Then we've let "him come back" ala PM Walsh in the Out Of Nowhere guise, with one side of their 7" on Prince Melon, a couple of M Squared releases, in the visage of The Same's only single and The Systematics from their My Life In The Field Of Cows Ep. And finally ( here at least ) Informatics from their 4 track Dezinformatsiya Ep.

As you could well imagine the accompanying "From Another Side" mix(es) that goes with today's razzle dazzle will be quite involved as well, featuring more from all the artists featured here and much much more from the same era. This is something I'm working on and will make a grand announcement as to when this is up and ready.

For now though please enjoy -

#128 - via Box

Sideroom Singles Podcast #128
1. Shoes Should Fit - Pel Mel ( Gap  Records Aust 1983 )
2. Grand Life For Fools And Idiots - Hugo Klang ( Prince Melon Records Aust 1982 )
3. State - Voigt 465 ( Unanimous Weld Enunciations Aust 1978 )
4. Calling The House - Wild West ( no label Aust 1981 )
5. Honeymoons - The Fabulous Marquises ( Missing Link Aust 1980 )
6. Sextronics - Whirlywirld ( Missing Link Aust 1980 )
7. No Resistance - Out Of Nowhere ( Prince Melon Records Aust 1982 )
8. Why - The Same ( M Squared Aust 1982 )
9. Bovine - The Systematics ( M Squared Aust 1982 )
10. Proximity Switch - Informatics ( Au Go Go Aust 1982 )
( duration 31.09, vbr lame mp3 )


Keeping it going we start with the first Whirlywirld 7", Mr Clarinet from Sir Nick and co, and Songs from what is actually the a-side of The Swell Guys single, the other sides getting more of a subsequent airing on various modern day comps and the like ( probably because they are more akin to the later day No V Bleet sound, who is who these guys became when they moved down south to Sydney ). This single is on the Brisbane label Flat which also put out the Tomorrow's Tears single for The Riptides.

We then scoot over to Perth for a track from a split Ep from Ground Zero / No Actresses.

Then we end up back in Newcastle via Sydney for The Limp's Outer Space Moth, a record that was intrinsically part of an art exhibition ( rumours are that this single was mastered pitched down a bit slow and I guess you can hear this meandering and dragging in the vocals ). Before that it's the second release of No Word From China, this time on Gap Records ( the one with the red cover ) as opposed to the Primate version ( the black and white cover ) - which incidentally I played way way way way back on #14. There seems to also be some sort of speed / pitch difference / issue between the two releases in the mastering dept ( most notably on the b-side ). More Pel Mel on #128.

Then finishing up with 4 from M Squared - Scattered Order from the Screaming Tree Ep, Belle Du Soir from their 4 track Ep, Prod from the Contents One Ep and SPK under the guise of Solipsik.

more to come on 128, but for now

#127 - via Box

Sideroom Singles Podcast #127
1. Window To The World - Whirlywirld ( Missing Link Aust 1979 )
2. Mr Clarinet - The Birthday Party ( Missing Link Aust 1980 )
3. Songs - The Swell Guys ( Flat Records Aust 1980 )
4. Oceans - Ground Zero ( no label Aust 1980 )
5. No Word From China - Pel Mel ( Gap  Records Aust 1980 )
6. Outer Space Moth - The Limp ( no label Aust 1980 )
7. Mass Murder - Scattered Order ( M Squared Aust 1981 )
8. Quantum Leap - Belle Du Soir ( M Squared Aust 1981 )
9. Walkers Walk - Prod ( M Squared Aust 1981 )
10. See-Saw - Solipsik ( M Squared Aust 1981 )
( duration 26.21, vbr lame mp3 )


Third up today we kick off with a Models / related double, firstly pre Models with the Teenage Radio Stars single, and listening to the single today I feel the need to say thank god there was a change of direction come time for the first Models incarnation...speaking of which, "Early Morning Brain" is one side of a double ( giveaway ) they shared with Boys Next Door ( on Crystal Ballroom like the earlier Pop Art single on #124 ).

Then some shocking electro theory from EST ( aka Martin Farrington ) on M Squared, Puritans and the infamous Love By Numbers ultrapop effort from Ash Wednesday ( featuring vocals from Karen Marx / Marks of Cold Cafe fame ).

Then a second appearance for the Nuvo Bloc Atmoic Fiction single ( previously on #36 ), this time one of the ( live ) songs on the b-side. I actually got sent 2 copies of this single when I wrote directly to the band when I was a spotty teenager, ie I sent them money for one copy and they were so amazed someone wrote to them directly they sent me a 2nd copy !

Then we have one side of a split from Plays With Marionettes ( other side is from People With Chairs Up Their Noses ), 2 from the Laughing Clowns both in the latter day "Hot" era; Crystal Clear a double A with "Just Because I Like" and "Holy Joe "from the Hot re-issue of this track ( originally on their debut Missing Link 12" Ep ) which was the b-side to the reissue of Sometimes ( the original Prince Melon version featured on #63 ).

And ending with a kinda sorta related ( in an ex-Saints way ) track from Cub Callaway and The Cult, from a 4 track ep

more to come but this one is ready to go...

#126 - via Box

Sideroom Singles Podcast #126
1. I Wanna Be Your Baby - Teenage Radio Stars ( Suicide Aust 1978 )
2. Early Morning Brain - Models ( Crystal Ballroom Records Aust 1979 )
3. Just Not True - EST ( M Squared Aust 1980 )
4. Start To Finish - Puritans ( Puritan Records Aust 1981 )
5. Love By Numbers - Ash Wednesday (  Aust 1980 )
6. Kidney X-Ray - Nuvo Bloc ( no label Aust 1980 )
7. Witchen Kopf - Plays With Marionettes ( Missing Link Aust 1982 )
8. Holy Joe - Laughing Clowns ( Hot Records Aust 1984 )
9. Crystal Clear - Laughing Clowns ( Hot Records Aust 1984 )
10. Special Boy - Cub Callaway And The Cult ( Mosiac Aust 1983)
( duration 34.36, vbr lame mp3 )


2nd in our massive 5 at the one time deal today, starting with one of the many guises for ( the late ) Peter Lillie, then the original Shivers, and a bunch of singles on a more punk edge - a bunch on Doublethink including Rejex from Sydney,  The Vacant Lot ( ex Canberra ) and a track from their 'Living Underground" 4 tracker, Seems Twice from their legendary Non Plussed ep full of songs 1 minute ( or thereabouts ) long and The Barons ( featured Jones / Tee later of M Squared ) with their ironically titled "Greatest Hits Ep".

We also have some Kiwis with the Gordons single.

The Nervous System track is one of 3 tracks on their 'Post Ep"& the Hugo Klang track is their 2nd single ( you can hear their first further up the page on #128 ).

Finally the Ronnie & The Rhythm Boys track is from the "Little Bands" ep of Melbourne bands also including The Morpions. The Take & Too Fat To Fit Through The Door

by no means are we finsihed for today, but check this one out -

#125 - via Box

Sideroom Singles Podcast #125
1. Adventures in Pain; In Paradise  - Peter Lillie  ( Missing Link Aust 1981 )
2. Shivers - Boys Next Door ( Mushroom Records Aust 1979 )
3. Niagara Baby - Rejex ( Doublethink Aust 1979 )
4. Wish It Is - Seems Twice ( Doublethink Aust 1980 )
5. Inch By Inch - The Barons ( Doublethink Aust 1979 )
6. Adults and Children - Gordons ( Gordons 1980 )
7. She's Really Dead - The Vacant Lot ( Doublethink Aust 1981 )
8. Rendition - Nervous System ( no label Aust 1981 )
9. Wheel Of Fat - Hugo Klang ( Au Go Go Aust 1982 )
10. Hey Joe - Ronnie & The Rhythm Boys ( no label Aust 1980 ) 
( duration 28.08, vbr lame mp3 )

124 - Innocent Records Label

Today we have a mega mega posting of 5 mixes, all from around the 78-84-ish era, all Australian ( except one Kiwi track ) and all Punk / Post-Punk or from that era.

Hopefully needless to say these days there will be additional material from these posts over on another ( current working ) blog called From Another Side  An equally as mega post #7 over there being is concocted / made as we speak and will feature all manner of related post punk / punk material.

These records have all lodged themselves in a pile together from a few years ago when I was doing stuff for a another ( since "lapsed" ) blog of mine called Impaneema Mon Amour, and you can find some more stuff of this ilk over there ( it seems unlikely I will ever up date that blog ) ( by the way the blog title is a mis-spelling of a Pel Mel b-side ).

One thing I was promising over on Impaneema Mon Amour was an "Innocent Records" special, so here is that pile of records ( plus the additional material upcoming on From Another Side ).

Most tracks on this mix are basically from artists on the label, except the last which is a later project of David Chesworth called Whadya Want? - and one Tsk Tsk Tsk reissue on a subsequent label of theirs called Present.

( And yes I know I'm not supposed to call the band Tsk Tsk Tsk or even Tch Tch Tch but the Blogger software won't allow me to use the required three arrows ).

Here now we have a David Chesworth Ep called Industry & Leisure, the first Essendon Airport ep "Sonic Investigations of The Trivial" and a track from the Dave & Phil Duo "Present Themselves" Ep ( that being Chesworth & Philip Brophy ) - we hear a track from the Phil, and btw, an oddity of this record - or maybe it was deliberate - is that the labels are on the wrong sides of the vinyl.

We also have a swag of Tsk Tsk Tsk tracks, from various Eps - "Caprice", "Venetian Rendezvous" and "Nice Noise" - and from a split record with ( Eric Gradman's ) Man & Machine on Crystal Ballroom Records.

We also have the one and only single by The Chocolate Grinders who were basically another mish mash of various connected cronies - ie Chesworth & Brophy again with Robert Goodge ( of Essendon Airport / I'm Talking / Filthy Lucre fame ) and Ja(y)ne Stevenson ( another Asphixiation /Tsk Tsk Tsk bod ).

The Synthetic Dream single is a bit of anomaly as it's from a different bunch of people other than the normal crew.

And finally the latter project from David Chesworth, collaborating with Phillip Jackson ( eg Equal Local ) and Warwick Bone, and a single from the Skippy Knows album.

Like I said plenty more to come here and on From Another keep on plugging..

#124 - via Box

Sideroom Singles Podcast #124
1. Schoolbooks Decide - David Chesworth ( Innocent Aust 1982 )
2. How Low Can You Go...(?) - Essendon Airport ( Innocent Aust 1979 )
3. Chocolate - The Dave & Phil Duo ( Innocent Aust 1979 )
4. Pop Art - Tsk Tsk Tsk ( Crystal Ballroom Records Aust 1979 )
5. Sportelio - Tsk Tsk Tsk ( no label Aust 1979 )
6. People With Leukaemia - The Chocolate Grinders ( Innocent Aust 1981 )
7. Rock Song - Tsk Tsk Tsk ( no label Aust 1979 )
8. Work - Synthetic Dream ( Innocent Records Aust 1981 )
9. Moon River - Tsk Tsk Tsk ( Present Records Aust  )
10. Skippy Knows - Whadya Want? ( Correct Aust 1985 )
( duration 35.06, vbr lame mp3 )