Saturday, April 2, 2011
Bound For Glory/Wild Boys/Heaven/Stone Cold/Fire And Water/Born Survivor/Motorbike Song/Love From Ashes/Born To Be Wild/Bad Days
Gary Stephen "Angry" Anderson AM is an Australian rock singer, television presenter/reporter and actor. He is best known as the vocalist with the hard rock band Rose Tattoo since 1976 but he is also recognised for his acting roles and his charity work. On Australia Day, 1993, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his role as a youth advocate.
'Biography- Born Gary Stephen Anderson on 5 August 1947 in Melbourne to an Australian father and Mauritian mother, he first came to notice as the vocalist with Buster Brown, a band he fronted between 1973 and 1975. The original line-up also featured drummer Phil Rudd, who left the group in 1974 to join AC/DC, and Paul Grant as guitarist who still plays locally in Melbourne. Buster Brown released an album, Something to Say in 1975, before disbanding the same year.
Rose Tattoo had been formed by Peter Wells of the heavy metal band Buffalo. Anderson replaced the group's original singer Tony Lake and when drummer Michael Vandersluys departed soon afterwards, he was replaced by Dallas Royall, who was Rudd's replacement in Buster Brown.
Anderson joined as a guest vocalist with The Incredible Penguins in 1985, for a cover of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", a charity project for research on Fairy penguins, which peaked at #10 on the Australian Kent Music Report in December.
Anderson led Rose Tattoo through six studio albums until disbanding the group in 1987, by which time he was the only member remaining from the initial line-up. During 1986, as the group was winding down following the recording of the album Beats From a Single Drum, Anderson joined The Party Boys for an Australian tour, but never recorded with them. The previous year he appeared as the character Ironbar Bassey in the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. By this time Anderson had established himself as an advocate on social issues and made regular appearances on the Channel Nine program A Current Affair as a human interest reporter.
In 1987, he had his biggest hit, when the ballad "Suddenly" from the Beats from a Single Drum album was used as the wedding theme for the Neighbours episode in which the popular characters Scott Robinson and Charlene Mitchell married. In 2009, in homage to this moment, the song was featured in the final episode of BBC3's comedy Gavin and Stacey, during the wedding of characters Nessa and Dave. The track reached #1 in Australia and #3 in Britain. Beats from a Single Drum had been planned as Anderson's debut solo release, but had been billed as a Rose Tattoo album due to contractual obligations; however, after the success of "Suddenly", it was re-released in 1988 as an Angry Anderson album.
With the dissolution of Rose Tattoo, Anderson pressed on with a solo career, releasing the album Blood From Stone in 1990 that produced the hit single "Bound for Glory". He performed this song during the legendary pre-match entertainment at the 1991 AFL Grand Final between Hawthorn and West Coast, appearing on top of a Batmobile. In 1992, he appeared in the highly successful Australian arena-style revival of Jesus Christ Superstar as Herod.
In the early years of the 2000s, he participated in and organised a string of charity events. In 2002, Anderson played with former members of The Angels at the Bali Relief concert in Perth, Western Australia, held in aid of victims of the Bali bombing. Angry is heavily involved in the work of the Dunn Lewis Youth Development Foundation, which is a lasting legacy of two of the 88 Australian lives lost in the bombings.
In 2003, Anderson appeared in a cameo role as the character Kris Quaid in the independent Australian feature film Finding Joy. At the end of the film, he sings his hit "Suddenly".
Today, Anderson is a single father of four, and lives in Sydney. Having lost five former band mates to cancer (Dallas Royall, Peter Wells, Ian Rilen, Lobby Lloyde and Mick Cocks), Anderson became an advocate for men's health. He currently appears in a TV campaign promoting awareness of prostate cancer.
Somebody To Love/That's Evil/Summertimes Blues/You Got What It Takes/Hands Off/Away From You/High School Confidential/One Of These Days/I'm In Love Again/Summertime/Dimples/Rockin' Pneumonia
Seeing as I've posted a few Ray Brown EP's on the other blog I decided I would post Ray Brown and the Whispers Album "Headin' For The Top". It was their second album and was released in 1965 there were no singles released of this album which was unusual at the time as most albums released in the early sixties usually consisted of the artist or band's hits plus some fillers.
Ray Brown & the Whispers were in the vanguard of the first wave of Australian beat pop, from 1964-67, and during their brief career they were one of the most successful and celebrated bands in the country. Aided by his boyish good looks and considerable charm, singer Ray Brown ranked alongside Stevie Wright, Billy Thorpe and Normie Rowe as one of the most popular stars of the period, and The Whispers are now widely recognised as being one of its most accomplished bands. Although they enjoyed unprecedented success at the time, the group was short-lived, and their contribution to Australian music, both during and after the beat boom, is still sadly under-appreciated.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Damien Leith - Shine Like the Sun/Carl Risely - We've Only Just Begun/Axel Whitehead - I Don't Do Surprises/Ricki Lee - Take Me to a Place/Bobby Flynn - Out of the Blue/Bobby Flynn - Payload
Another Sun-Herald sampler not as many tracks and not quite the star studded cast of the last one and obviously an Idol promotion I love the irony of the Axel Whitehead song.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
CD1: Powderfinger-These Days (Two Hands Version)/The Grates-Sukkafish/Shihad-Pacifier/Grinspoon-Chemical Heart/The John Butler Trio-Zebra/The Angels-Take A Long Line/The Choirboys-Boys Will Be Boys/Spiderbait-Four On The Floor
CD2: Bernard Fanning-Wish You Well/Sarah Blasko-Don't U Eva (Album Version)/Dallas Crane-Dirty Hearts/Youth Group-Catching & Killing/Eskimo Joe-Liar/The Whitlams-Blow Up The Pokies/Thirsty Merc-In The Summertime/Cold Chisel-Flame Trees
Here's a nice little free sample given away by the Sun-Herald newspaper 16 tracks of great Aussie music.
Better Off Alone/Angel In The Sand/Souvenir/Sold My Soul For Rock n' Roll
"Better Off Alone" is a song by Grinspoon which was released as the second single from their fourth studio album Thrills, Kills & Sunday Pills # 4 on the charts the single made it to #30 with a stay of 11 weeks. Tracks 2,3, and 4 are non album tracks.
In Australia, the song was ranked #26 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.
Please Don't Go/What The World Needs Now Is Love/Could It Be Love/The Look Of Love/I'll Catch The Sun/Everyday Of My Life/You And I/My Cherie Amour/Let It Be/Make It Easy On Yourself/The Shadow Of Your Smile/Sing A Rainbow
Barry Hugh Crocker OAM (born 4 November 1935, in Geelong, Victoria, Australia) is a popular Australian singer, with a crooning vocal style.
After doing National Service with the RAAF in 1955, Crocker toured the club circuit in Melbourne, formed a partnership with David Clarke then performed in the England and the United States. He returned to Australia to star in The Barry Crocker Show (1966–67) on Network Ten. He made his acting debut on a 1969 episode of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo.
In May 1973 he released the album "Music Makes My Day", featuring an updated version of Robin Luke's "Susie Darlin" on the Festival label. The recording featured Olivia Newton-John and Pat Carroll on backup vocals and enjoyed chart success, reaching Number 25 in Sydney, Number 7 in Melbourne, Number 3 in Brisbane and Adelaide.
He sang the original recording of the theme song for the Australian soap opera Neighbours.
Crocker also has had a semi-successful career as an actor, most notably starring alongside Barry Humphries in the title role of The Adventures of Barry McKenzie and its sequel, Barry McKenzie Holds His Own. The character of Barry McKenzie gave rise to Crocker recording ribald songs such as "My One Eyed Trouser Snake". Appointed Melbourne's King of Moomba in 1976.
He had a lead role in short-lived prison drama Punishment (1981). In 1994 he appeared as himself in the film Muriel's Wedding. He featured in the role of The Lecturer in the 2008 Australian premiere of the stage musical Reefer Madness.
Crocker also features prominently in the 2010 Australian feature film Ricky! the movie.
He has also guest starred on two episodes of the Australian satrical black comedy series Review with Myles Barlow.
In 2005, Crocker was featured on the Nine Network program This Is Your Life.
During the 1990s, the rhyming slang expression, "Barry Crocker" emerged in Australian English, to mean a "shocker", as in "very poor".