Saturday, July 3, 2010
Rock And Roll Is King/I Had You First
Rock And Roll Is King is taken from the 1981 album Assault and Battery the band at this time were Angry Anderson - Lead vocals, Peter Wells - Slide guitar & vocals, Mick Cocks - Lead & rhythm guitar, Geordie Leach - Bass and Dallas "Digger" Royall - Drums, it made #60 on the charts and the B-Side is a non album tune.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Crazy Dreams/Tough At The Top/Temporary Heartache/Tin Soldier/If I Were A Carpenter/Mathew/Motordown Tonight/Ol' Rosie/Sail Away/Lady, What's Your Name/Days Gone By/Beware The Animal
John Swan is the older brother of Jimmy Barnes and in the early Eighties was as popular as Jimmy himself with hits like Temporary Heartache #18 If I Were A Carpenter #5 Lady, What's Your Name #13 . In the seventies John was in bands such as James Wright Band as drummer before moving over to Jim Keay's Southern Cross then a stint in Fraternity and finally Feather before going solo. John was also the singer in the Party Boys in one of their many different incarnations and appears on their 1987 Party Boys album and the popular He's Gonna Step On You Again single.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Slave Girl/Beyond The Fringe/Out Of Control/Save My Soul/Weird Libido/9 Miles High
The legendary Lime Spiders first exploded into the unsuspecting ears of the music public in the post-punk era of the early 80’s. Described by US Rolling Stone as “the Sex Pistols on acid”, the Spiders’ sound was inspired by everything from 60’s punk/pop/psychedelia, to the more innovative and eclectic 70’s rock and late 70’s punk.
The hybrid created combined the most extreme elements of all these influences to create a monster – a sonic assault of unparalleled intensity. Fueled by the brutal rhythm section of Richard Lawson (drums) and Tony ‘Chief’ Bambach (bass) and slabs of gut-wrenching guitar, courtesy of Gerard Corben, Mick Blood found a platform from which to unnerve people with his razor-edged vocals.
The Lime Spiders dominated the Australian independent charts with their early releases on the Citadel label. During this period, the band achieved the number one Australian independent single no less than three consecutive years (1984 to 1986) for the songs Slave Girl, Out of Control, and Weirdo Libido. Slave Girl became a shock rock classic and has been covered by many artists including the Goo Goo Dolls in 1996 on their hit album Dizzy Up the Girl. It remains one of the biggest selling independent Australian singles of all time. Several of these early recordings have recently been re-released on compilations by Shock Records (Do the Pop), Raven Records (Born Out of Time) & a US release (Children Of Nuggets). NZ rockers D4 also covered the Spiders song Out Of Control on their debut album of last year. The Lime Spiders legacy continues.
Beyond their period as an independent act, the Lime Spiders signed to Virgin Records and released three ground-breaking studio albums to international acclaim over the next five years: The Cave Comes Alive (released February 1987), Volatile (released May 1988), and Beethoven’s Fist (released March 1990).
Their debut album The Cave Comes Alive reached the top of the US College charts, and remained there long enough to generate enormous interest in the Lime Spiders. This led to a profile tour spanning two months of shows in most major US cities, and several in Canada, the last thirteen shows supporting PIL. Highlights included a visit backstage by two famous fans of the band at the Cat Club in New York, none other than Iggy Pop and Joey Ramone. European shows included the Roskilde Festival in ‘88 and London’s legendary Marquee Club in ’90. The ongoing respect for the Lime Spiders in the US over the years was further evidenced by the Black Crowes requesting the band as the main support act on their only tour of Australia in 1992, performing as special guests to Tool at the Offshore Festival in ’97 & the iconic MC5 in Sydney in ’04.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Tear Me Apart (Manning Mix)/Tear Me Apart (Extended)
The Angels are a hard rock band that formed in Adelaide, Australia in 1970. The band later relocated from Adelaide to Sydney and enjoyed huge local success until well into the 1990s. For the purposes of international release, their records were released under the names Angel City and later The Angels From Angel City. The Angels were featured on a postage stamp for Australia Post as part of their Australian Rock Posters. Tear Me Apart released in 1992 and lifted from their 1991 album Red Back Fever made it to #33 on the charts.