1. The Twilights - Devendra
(Columbia SCXO 7870) album track, 1968
The first of three tracks from their "Once Upon A Twilight" LP presented on
this reissue. The Twilights, from Adelaide, were one of
Australia ’s most commercially successful
groups of the mid-60s but by the time of this LP, 1968, their star was waning
making this much rarer than their self-titled beat era LP. Singer Glen
Shorrock, later found even greater success with the Little River Band.
2. Muszak - Writing Letters to Nowhere
(Reflection HRS 3002)
A Melbournegroup, Ringwood to be precise, that has come to the attention of
collectors thanks to this super rare single
only track. They also contributed some music for a stageshow,
"Cult". An LP of the show was released, also on the Reflection
label, but the Muszak tracks are reputedly very bland soft rock similar to
the flipside of this killer.
3. Glass Web - Two Faced Woman
(Nationwide NSP-010) B-side, 1971
One of the better releases from
Adelaide’s Nationwide label. A curious blend of garage and psych.
4. Inside Looking Out - H.M.S. Buffalo
(Festival FK-3468) A-side, 1970
From Adelaide again, the second of their two
45s for the Festival group of labels. The flip of this one "Morning
Sun" appears on the Forest of Goldtops comp along with their other 45
"Long Live Sivananda".
5. Vyt and the World - Dapper Dan
(CBS BA-221456) B-side, 1967
Who was Vyt? He made a string of 45s for CBS including a great version of the Remains
"Why Do I Cry?" but this is the best of the sike-pop trax:
"Tiny Timothy" appears on the vinyl comp Ugly Things 4. Guitarist
Chris Eggleton became a composer of soundtrack music; his credits include the
early Nicole Kidman classic BMX Bandits.
6. Mike Furber - I’m on Fire
Usually refered to as a tragic figure due to his mysterious death in 1973. Furber is
familiar to ‘60’s punk collectors for his tremendous LP with the Bowery Boys.
This track and it’s flipside "Watch Me Burn" (on Goldtops comp) are
the last great recordings he made, both tracks composed by Vanda and Young.
Musically Furber fizzled out in the early 70s with a tepid pop single for
7. The Chocolate - I’m An Animal
Those ugly Creatures moved to Melbourne from Sydney
and at the suggestion of pop guru Ian Meldrum changed their name to the groovy
"The Chocolate" and recorded this version of the Sly Stone/Animals track as their
final futile shot at stardom.
8. The Twilights - Take Action
(Columbia LP SCXO 7870)
See track 1
9. Peter Wright - House of Bamboo
(Festival FK-1973) A-side, 1967
Wright released a number of earlier pop singles with his bands The Epics and The
Clan. As a solo artiste his career continued to go nowhere, although he did
manage to come up with this one great track. Dig the fuzz.
10. Glass Web - In a year of so
(Nationwide NSP-010) A-side, 1971
See track 3
Alongside The Masters Apprentices’ Wars Or Hands
Of Time and Ronnie Burns' Smiley this is one of the few Australian
pop releases that we know of that directly address issues of the Vietnam War
11. Jeff St.John and the Id -- Eastern Dream
A very popular live act, the Id were mostly ex-jazz players, except guitarist Peter
Anson who added the punk element (Not surprising, since he was the founder of
the Missing Links.) Their LP is mostly soul influenced, this great psych
track appearing only on a single and their first EP.
12. Vegetable Garden - Hypnotic Suggestion
From Perth, probably a studio group. Sorry,
don’t know much else about them except to say the flip is on the Goldtops
13. The Jet Set - Now I Love You
The Jet Set were a supper club type band playing the hits of the day. Their
medium-rare LP "Jet Set Go Go" is loaded with cover versions and
has only one good track, the punkish original "What Did the Man
Say". This single only track must be super rare as it doesn’t appear in
any discographies - yet! Fuzz, feedback and a super catchy tune, gas! The
flip is, like most of their stuff, forgettable.
14. The Limit - Happy Life
(RCA 101850). Notes courtesy of Mike Morris.
“The band was formed in Adelaide in 1967 with myself on lead
guitar and vocals, Mike Ronayne on bass and vocals, John Tamlin on rhythm
guitar, organ and vocals and Rod Dunn on drums and occasional vocals. We
performed regularly around the clubs and disco's in Adelaide
and did country trips as well. Myself and Mike Ronayne collaborated on a
few original songs which became
popular at our gigs. In 1969 we decided it was time to release a record after
doing several demo's for "live" TV performances. Shortly after the
record which comprised of The Tremelo’s "I'll see you there" on the
"A" side and an original track "Happy life" on the
"B" side was released, we won the South Australian heat of the
national battle of the bands and went to Melbourne to compete in the finals,
which was won by Doug Parkinson in Focus. Our record had good success in
Adelaide but did not receive any national
air play. Soon after this Mike Ronayne left the band and was replaced by
Brian Cheesman. We started on production of a second release and recorded the
"B" side, but the band eventually broke up in late 1970 before the
"A" side was recorded. After the Limit we all joined different
bands with varying success, Rod's band, Buffalo Drive did fairly well for a
while, I joined a good old rock and roll band, Licorice and the Allsorts who
later changed name to Speakeasy, and had some good fun for a couple of years.
I still have my gear and jam every now and then when I have time. John Tamlin
died about 20 years ago from a heart attack.”
15. The Plaster Scene - Love
One of the rarest of all Aussie 60’s pressings. Being a custom release on
Nationwide, it didn’t receive a regular catalogue number (each side of the
disc has it’s matrix number on the label). Only about 20 copies were made
with each member of the band and the manager receiving 4 or 5 copies for
family and friends. From Adelaide, home of Nationwide, the other
side is a bubblegum style number called "Shh-Do ‘n-doo".
16. Travis Wellington Hedge - Hey Bulldog
(RCA 101867) B-side, 1967
Another Adelaide group with a nice murky version
of this Beatles track. Graham Goble was later in Alison Gros (see track 24)
and various other bands too painful to mention just yet ...
If the dating is correct, it suggests that the song, a track
recorded during the Sgt Pepper’s sessions, was already circulating as a
demo or bootleg during 1967, since The Beatles' version was not officially
released until late 1968 on the Yellow Submarine soundtrack.
17. The Twilights - Blue Roundabout
(Columbia LP SCXO 7870)
See track 1
18. John Vincent and the In-Sect - Madge’s Charity Badges
Vincent was an Adelaide radio DJ who made a string of novelty tracks through the
late 60s/early 70s. This one is the first and "best" with great
backing from The In-Sect and an authentic recording of an Aussie dunnie.
Watch out for the redbacks. Continuing the theme, the flipside is an ode to a
vegetable vine once grown over the roof of nearly every outside toilet in the
land - "Choko Brandy".
19. Doug Ashdown - Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
Ashdown began his career in the mid-60s as a straight folkie and released a couple of
LPs in that style on CBS. By the early '70s he was a firmly in the
singer-songwriter genre, and released LPs with great regularity. He probably
thinks this single, from 1969 and his only release for Philips, is a great
blot on his copybook, but for me it’s his best by far -- a bizarre blend of
Velvet Underground, Canned Heat, fuzz and mayhem.
In several respects -- the deliberately lo-fi sound, the deadpan vocal, and the
basic concept of making a satirical studio deconstruction of a rock’n’roll classic –- this
single strikingly anticipates the work of Britain’s Flying Lizards a decade later.
20. Zoot - Three Jolly Little Dwarfs
The B-side of their rare first single and never reissued until now. A great version of
the Tomorrow track. At the time of this recording (1968) Zoot featured Steve
(guitar), Daryl Cotton
(vox), Beeb Birtles (bass) and Teddy Higgins
(drums). Rick Springfield didn’t join until the following year. From
Adelaide, yawn ...
21. (Australian) Playboys - Black Sheep R.I.P.
Normie Rowe’s backing group, The Playboys, found themselves in the UK
and recorded the 2-headed freakbeat monster Sad/ Black Sheep RIP which was
released in the UK as the Australian Playboys on the Immediate label. In
Australia it was the last of their six singles, all on Sunshine --
one of the many labels owned [sic] by Festival - both
sides are on Forest of Goldtops, but here we have the demo.
22. Dave Miller Set - Why? Why? Why?
Dave Miller came to Oz from New Zealand
and promptly formed the Dave Miller Set,
recording a string of 45s for Festival,
all released on the Spin label. This is the first of them, a cover of the Paul
Revere and the Raiders track that beats the original.
... as do all the DMS singles, we reckon!
23. Oakapple Day - Oceans of Fire
A Sydney group that boasted a very theatrical stage show. Their first single
Moon Shot (on RCA, some with pic sleeve) is on Forest of Goldtops;
this is their rarer 2nd and final release. Rory O’Donoghue later realised his
acting ambitions in theatre and film, most notably Aunty Jack, one of the
greatest TV shows ever, and if ya don’t agree I’ll rip yer bloody arms off.
24. Alison Gros - Naturally
(Gamba GA-1) A-side, 1970
Our final visit to Adelaide is to the group Alison Gros, not to be confused
with any actual female singers called Alison, this band were
all dinkum blokes, including singer Graham Goble. This was their first 45, a highly
melodic number reminding me of the Nazz for some reason. On the local
independent Gamba label, later releases were on Fable - they also recorded
some novelty numbers with "chipmunk" vocals under the name
Drummond. In 1972 they evolved into
Mississippi (adding Birtles ex-Zoot) who in turn became The Little River Band (with Shorrock ex-Twilights).
25. The Atlantics - Light Shades of Dark Part 2
(Ramrod RS-1017) B side, 1969
The final fling for the Atlantics and also for this comp. The bass player has recently
said he recognises the track but doesn’t remember recording it ... I wonder why?
A very well known (in Australia at least) popular entertainer and
host of a long running children’s talent show on TV. Here we hear of his
experiences in the world of LSD ... unfortunately he came back. As originally
broadcast on Perth commercial radio station 6PR, 1967.
Note: The interviewer is 6PR DJ Keith McGowan, who was also
co-owner of Clarion, the label to which the interviewee was signed at the time.