Friday, February 11, 2011
Scars Of Love/Come & Get It
Cheetah were an Australian rock band active between 1977 and 1982. The main members and vocalists were sisters Chrissie Hammond and Lyndsay Hammond. They had been session vocalists for many Australian artists including Jo Jo Zep, Jon English, Marc Hunter, Flash and the Pan and as a vocal duo toured with Stevie Wright, Norman Gunston and Daryl Braithwaite. Lyndsay Hammond fronted a group called Skintight and toured with Renée Geyer before forming Cheetah with Chrissie Hammond.
The band is best known for their hit singles Walking In The Rain, Deeper Than Love and Spend The Night.
Cheetah toured across Australia, the UK and Europe including appearances at Roskilde in Holland, the Nuremberg and Wiesbaden Festivals in Germany and a show at the 1982 Reading Festival with Iron Maiden to an audience of 120,000 people.
Chrissie Hammond would become better known outside Australia for performing vocals for Rick Wakeman.
The group reformed in 2006 to perform in the Countdown Spectacular and a subsequent tour of Europe.
I don't think this was ever released in Australia as a single this is a UK release both songs are from the album "Rock 'n' Roll Women".
Here's a Youtube link for the girls on the Countdown tour.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Jump In My Car/Darktown Strutters Ball/Crazy/I'm Comin' Home/Wanted Man/Steppin' Out/Rock 'N' Roll/Sha La La La Lee/My Little Girl/Lazy Eyes/Heart Of Stone/I'm Free/Jamaica Rum/Shake It Up/Naturally/Naturally/Help Me Out
Though born in England, Edward "Ted" Mulry found fame in Australia, first as a songwriter and balladeer and then as frontman for '70s rockers the Ted Mulry Gang, who were regulars on the country's pub rock circuit for a decade. Ted Mulry arrived in Australia in 1969, where he worked in Sydney driving a bulldozer until his friends convinced him to send demos of his songs to the famous Albert Productions label, home of the Easybeats. At that point Mulry had only considered writing songs for others and had to be talked into recording one of the songs, "Julia," himself. It made the charts after being released as a single through EMI subsidiary Parlophone in 1970. Harry Vanda and George Young of the Easybeats wrote his next hit single, "Falling in Love Again," which was released a year later. Also in 1971 he briefly moved back to England, where he signed a contract with Blue Mountain Records. Unimpressed with his name and the bulldozer-driver image that had helped him in Australia, they convinced him to release his sole single with them, "Ain't It Nice," under the name Steve Ryder. Failing to dent the English charts, he returned to Sydney and his career as Ted Mulry soon after, releasing the albums Falling in Love Again and I Won't Look Back.
While on tour, Mulry became sick of choosing different bandmembers and adopted as his backing band a group called Velvet Underground, who claimed they hadn't heard of the other, somewhat more famous Velvet Underground when they chose the name (Malcolm Young, who would go on to fame playing rhythm guitar in AC/DC, had been a former member). Following an argument on-stage, the bass player quit and Mulry had to play the instrument for the rest of the show. Realizing he had a talent for it, he played bass guitar from then on. With Les Hall on lead guitar (and co-songwriting duties), Herman Kovacs on drums, and Gary Dixon on rhythm guitar, he formed the Ted Mulry Gang and released the album Here We Are in 1974. The band was much more of a hard rock affair than his previous gentle pop ballads would suggest, and fans were resistant to the change at first. In 1976 the album's second single, "Jump in My Car," unexpectedly rose to the top of the charts and remained there for over a month. A video was filmed showing the band playing a live show on a barge in front of the Sydney Opera House. That year they released two more albums in quick succession, Struttin' and Steppin' Out, both of which sold well.
The Mushroom Records label, who had not long before achieved success with the Skyhooks, snapped up the Ted Mulry Gang in 1977 and they changed their name to TMG to mark the occasion. They released The TMG Album that year and followed it with Disturbing the Peace a year later. By 1980's Locked In their love affair with the charts had faded, though they remained popular in concert and continued touring for much of the '80s. Their eventual breakup was followed by the inevitable reunion album, Re-Union, in 1989.