Saturday, September 25, 2010
The term "cabaret" is not well known or defined in Australia yet it is fast becoming a respected and accepted style of entertainment. Distinct from "variety" or simply a collection of "show tunes" the concept of cabaret is being lovingly nurtured by intimate, classy venues around the country and is being popularised by visiting cabaret superstars, Barbara Cook and Michael Feinstein. The premier cabaret cenue in Australia is the Tilbury Hotel in Woolloomolloo now established for a little over ten years. Close to its 10th Anniversary one of the Australia`s most loved, respected and well known entertainers tailored an original "cabaret" show based on her now 25 years in the entertainment business and showcased it at the Tilbury for an initial week engagement followed by a sell out two week season early in 1996. That entertainer is Julie Anthony.
The critical reaction was, to sum up in one word, "surprise". No one expected Ms Anthony to display so much talent in such a simplistic and intimate location. No one expected the clever, self-effacing content of the show to surprise and entertain as much as it did. The music reviewer from Sydney Gay newspaper the Sydney Star Observer began its report by stating that to see Julie Anthony performing in her show at the Tilbury was "a miracle", "a knockout, performing radically different cabaret". The Bulletin`s Arts Editor, Diana Simmonds, began her "Icons" two page spread having seen Julie`s cabaret show with the comment "saying Julie Anthony is ordinaty is like saying Uluru is just a rock or that the Opera House is only a building" and going on to say "she is both our best-loved and least critically accepted superstar". So what was it that stopped the critics in their tracks, that brought about a new perception of this king of Australian entertainment? It was the magic of Julie`s intimate cabaret show performed at Australia`s premier cabaret venue, The Tilbury, and now the good news. That incredible performance was captured live and released via PolyGram.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Shine On/Needle/Got It/Starting Out
Shine On was the 3rd single lifted from their debut album All For One it made it to #36 on the charts. Needle,Got It and Starting Out were all recoded live at the Palais,Newcastle May 1991.
Down Again (Radio Edit)/Down Again (Album Version)/Blisterment
The Superjesus were an ARIA award winning rock band from Adelaide, Australia. Their notable Australian hits include "Shut My Eyes", "Down Again" and "Gravity". This release their highest placed single #23 was lifted from there debut album "Sumo" (which went platinum with over 70,000 copies sold) the single contains the non-album track "Blisterment".
Everything Is Good For You/History Never Repeats (Live )/Chocolate Cake (Live)/Into Temptation (Live)
Neil Finn on vocals, guitars and piano, and Paul Hester (ex-The Cheks, Deckchairs Overboard) on drums were former members of rock band Split Enz, which formed in New Zealand and relocated to Australia. Neil is the younger brother of Split Enz founding member Tim Finn—Tim joined Crowded House in 1990 on vocals, guitars and keyboards. Nick Seymour (ex-Plays with Marionettes, Bang, The Horla) on bass guitar and backing vocals is the younger brother of singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Seymour, leader of the now defunct Australian rock group Hunters & Collectors.
Scandal'us (or Scandal'Us) were the winners of the Australian Popstars 2 in 2001 (successors of Bardot, the winners of the first Australian Popstars in 2000). They won an ARIA Award for the No. 1 debut single "Me Myself & I". Their second and final single, "Make Me Crazy", only reached No. 30. Their debut album, Startin' Somethin', debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the ARIAnet Albums Chart. The group disbanded in 2002 claiming each member wanted to pursue their own careers as well as having difficulties of finding a new record label after leaving Festival Mushroom Records.
Locomotion/Glad To Be Alive
"Locomotion", Kylie's first single release, spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian singles chart, and was the highest selling single in the country for the 1980s. This version of "Locomotion" is often aired on VH-1 Europe, so in the 1990s and 2000s it became more popular than the UK/Europe SAW version, released there.