Saturday, June 12, 2010
Let It Be Me/Cara-Lyn/Step Back/ Baby (You've Got What It Takes)
An Easybeats tour to Perth in early 1966 resulted in them presenting Johnny with the rights to Step Back which was co-written by Stevie Wright and George Young. The single was released in May 1966, with Cara-Lyn on the B-side. The single was a number-one hit in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne in July and was the second biggest-selling Australian single of the 1960s, behind Normie Rowe's Que Sera Sera/Shakin' All Over. In October, his EP Let It Be Me went to number-one in Sydney and number-four in Melbourne here is that EP the final track Baby (You've Got What It Takes) as far as I know does not appear on any album.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Fondness Makes The Heart Grow Absent/No Aphrodisiac/Keep The Light On/Year Of The Rat/Melbourne/Made Me Hard/Thank You/Gough/Beauty In Me
The Whitlams are a rock band based in Sydney, Australia. The original band consisted of Tim Freedman, Stevie Plunder and Andy Lewis.The Whitlams formed in 1992 in Newtown, and began their career performing acoustically on Saturday afternoons at the Sandringham Hotel in King Street, Newtown.Although the band line-up has changed numerous times the current line-up has remained unchanged since 2001, and consists of Tim Freedman on piano and vocals, Jak Housden on guitar, Warwick Hornby on bass guitar and Terepai Richmond on drums. In 2008 The Whitlams released this free CD in The Sunday Telegraph (1 June) and The Australian (26 July) of their live performance with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Buses And Trains/Must Be Love (Like It Or Not)/Buses And Trains (Roadside Mix)
Bachelor Girl formed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1992 consisting of singer Tania Doko and writer/instrumentalist James Roche. Their debut single, "Buses and Trains", was an international hit, but subsequent releases only impacted Australian charts.The band formed in 1992 when songwriter and record producer Roche met vocalist Doko. Roche was creating a demonstration tape of a song he wrote for an Australian girl group, Girlfriend, and when his original singer cancelled, he recruited Doko. The two then signed a deal with Gotham Records in 1997 after being rejected by Sony. The band split in 2003 after the release of their second album, which was not a success. A third album had been recorded, but was not released.
Do It With Madonna/Gone/Overdose/Inside Out
The Androids are a rock band fronted by guitarist Tim Henwood (originally from The Superjesus). They released a single in 2002, "Do It With Madonna". It peaked at #4 in the Australia ARIA Singles Chart, and #15 in the UK Singles Chart. A second single, "Here She Comes" peaked at #15 in Australia, and there was also a third single, "Brand New Life" but it wasn't as successful. Their self-titled album debuted and peaked at #36 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The CD EP has 3 non album tracks
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Snow Bird/Are You Going My Way
Melbourne singer Liv Maessen started her career in 1969 when she appeared on the popular TV talent quest New Faces where she took out second place in the series final, for which she won a recording contract with Ron Tudor's independent production company June Productions. Her first single was "The Love Moth". Released on the Polydor label in Dec. 1969, it scraped into the bottom end of the national Top 40 in April 1970, peaking at #39. Liv's second single, issued in April 1970, was a cover version of Mary Hopkin's Eurovision entry and UK hit "Knock, Knock, Who's There?". Liv's version quickly shot to the top of the Aussie charts. It became her most successful recording and one of the biggest Australian singles of the year -- it peaked at #2 nationally in June, stayed on the chart for an extraordinary 23 weeks and earned Liv the unique distinction of being the first Australian female singer ever to be awarded a Gold Record, for sales of over 50,000 copies. For her third single Liv recorded a fine rendition of Anne Murray's US hit "Snowbird" (Aug. 1970). It made the national Top 20, but this proved to be her last chart hit.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
"Burn" is a song written by Tina Arena, Pam Reswick and Steve Werfel for Arena's third album In Deep (1997). The song was extremely successful in Australia reaching #2 on the ARIA Singles Chart and it was certified gold. Arena also recorded the song in Spanish, and the Italian version "Ti Voglio Qui" and was released as a single in several countries in Europe and Australia.