Saturday, October 27, 2012
A Little Easier/Wrong Turn/Coming Back/Ain't You Glad You Came/Try A Little Tenderness/Slipping Away/Find A Home/Long Time Gone/Let It Slide/ Fanny Mae
Max Merritt (born Maxwell James Merritt in Christchurch, New Zealand on 30 April 1941) is a New Zealand-born singer-songwriter and guitarist who is renowned as an interpreter of soul music and R&B. As leader of Max Merritt & The Meteorrs his best known hits are "Slippin' Away", which reached #2 on the 1976 Australian singles charts, and "Hey, Western Union Man" which reached #13. Merritt rose to prominence in New Zealand from 1958 and relocated to Sydney Australia in December 1964. Merritt was acknowledged as one of the best local performers of the 1960s and 1970s and his influence did much to popularise soul music / R&B and rock in New Zealand and Australia.
Merritt is a venerable pioneer of rock in Australasia who produced crowd pleasing shows for over 50 years. He has engendered respect and affection over generations of performers which was evident at the 2007 Concert for Max to provide financial support after it was announced he had Goodpasture's syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) recognised Merritt's iconic status on 1 July 2008 when he was inducted into their Hall of Fame
After years of trying to breakthrough in the UK the Meteors returned to Australia for a triumphant tour in May-June 1976, promoting the release of their second Arista LP Out Of The Blue. Just prior to the tour they released a great new version of the brilliant "Let It Slide", with "Whisper In My Ear" on the b-side. This time round it was a hit, although a third single, "Mr. Horizontal" was also lifted off the album but did not chart. Nevertheless, their return visit was a resounding success, and the the three-week theatre tour played to over 30,000 people. The first concerts of the tour at Melbourne's Dallas Brooks Hall were taped and later issued as their final Arista LP Back Home Live.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Don't Leave Me Alone/You Suck/Born To Delivery/Dance In Chicago/Hey Girl/Outta My Mind/No Wonder/Gigantor/Tell Me What You Want/Ursula Finally Has Tits/My Sweet Ramona/Teenage Engage/Only One/City Beach
The Debut album from Mach Pelican released August 1999.
Ever since Lester Bangs coined the phrase 'punk' in 1970 whilst reviewing MC5's Kick Out The Jams album, it has been criminally overused. However, 'punk' is a term which truly epitomises the Mach Pelican sound, with full scale guitar attack coupled with punchy vocals and catchy, non stop energy packed tunes.
Blue Sky/My Sweet Ramona/Dance In Chicago/Sharara
Motcher Here's some singles for you I'll do the albums for you as well and of course anyone else who would like them.
"Blue Sky" (May 1998)
Born To Delivery/Beat On The Brat/Rockaway Beach/Rock 'N' Roll High School
"Born to Delivery" (September 1999
Dance In Chicago/Gigantor/Sha Ra Ra/ Do You Wanna Dance
"Dance in Chicago"/"Gigantor" (May 1999)
Guttermouth - Memories/ Australia/Six Foot Party Sub
Mach Pelican - Shit Off Your Face/Annoyed/Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again
Chicken & Champagne 6 track split with Guttermouth (2000)
Probably the only time an overseas band will get a spot here but seeing as they're on the CD here's some info on them.
Guttermouth is an American punk rock band formed in 1988 in Huntington Beach, California and currently recording for Hopeless Records. They have released nine full-length studio albums and two live albums and have toured extensively, including performances on the Vans Warped Tour. They are infamous for their outrageous lyrics and behavior which are deliberately explicit, offensive and intended to shock, though usually in a humorous and sarcastic manner. This behavior has sometimes resulted in high-profile problems for the band, such as being banned from performing in Canada for eighteen months and leaving the 2004 Warped Tour amidst controversy over their political views and attitudes towards other performers.
You're Cheating Heart/Song Of Granny/For Me There Is No Place/Saddle Boy/The First Fall Of Snow/Gumtrees By The Roadway/The Pub With No Beer/Homesick And Lonesome/The Swagman's Story/ I Don't Care If Tomorrow Never Comes/When I First Saw The Lovelight In Your Eyes/May You Never Be Alone
In their young days, Bill, Ross and Max Kettle were simply typical Australian country boys. They were born and raised in the small town of Lilydale, Tasmania. Their singing career began at church socials and school functions, and it was their local minister who "christened" them. One night in his introduction he said ".... You have all heard whistling kettles, but now here are the Singing Kettles," ... and the name stuck! The Singing Kettles became one of the most well loved country and western singing groups that Australia has known.
In their first few years after leaving school, the Kettles worked as timber cutters on Tasmania's north east coast. Every day, their guitars would go with them, and during their lunch break the sounds of country harmonies would soar through the Tasmanian bushland!
Their first recording was released in 1961. Bill and Ross were working as a duo at that time, because Max was only about 11 years old. That first record was "Judy" and it was not only the commercial first recording by the Singing Kettles, but it was also the first release for the brand new Hadley record label, which was then based in Launceston, Tasmania. A string of singles, extended play and album releases followed.
In 1969, the Singing Kettles, then a trio, made their next big step. They planted their feet permanently on mainland soil in that year, basing themselves initially in Tamworth, and then moving to Sydney to enter the hurley burley of the club scene.
On January 22nd, 1971, tragedy struck the trio with the sudden death after a show in Sydney of young Max Kettle. He suffered a massive attack of asthma, an affliction which had plagued him since birth. He had celebrated his 21st birthday only a fortnight before. To a lesser act, this would have meant the end of the road, but knowing their brother's wishes, Bill and Ross continued, and made the drastic changes necessary to turn their act into the professional duo that toured Australia for the next 17 years.
Among their honours, was their induction into the "Hands of Fame" in Tamworth in 1978. The end of the Singing Kettles came in 1988. The act broke up, Ross becoming a solo singer, and Bill and fiance, Kathy Thomson, working as a duo. Bill and Kathy rang the wedding bells in Launceston on Tuesday 10th October, 1989. Except for some of the very early duo recordings, made before Max was old enough to join his brothers on recording sessions, all Hadley Records issues of the Singing Kettles are of the original famous Singing Kettles Trio, and feature that very special and unique sound that was theirs alone.
Heritage Of Hope/Know The Truth/Jessica/Freedom/Midnight Train/The Drifter/Stevie - Lee/Before His Time/Asia/Love Of A Family/Song Of Justice/Victim Of The Past/One Of Two Ways/Means So Much
I bought this CD today some music gets played straight away other CD's months down the track this one I decided to play straight away. I put it on and started to read the liner notes and shock horror a christian album, well I had it on may as well listen.
The thing that struck me about the album was the production and musicianship both are first class, some of the lyrics were a bit weak, one of the things I've found with good christian music is they get the message across with out the jesus loves you, welcome to the lord lyrics. So there is a little bit of that happening here. Just to prove a point Doug comes up with a couple of songs that fit the "no jesus" mould with 2 songs near the end of the CD "Victim Of The Past" and "One Of Two Ways" both great songs. While listening to the music I couldn't help thinking if Paul Norton had made a christian album it would have sounded like this.
Just a little observation here, Doug has made the conversion to Christianity and I know we're all human but check out book 2. When I bought the CD there was a sticker on the left side for Truth and Life music I had to get rid of it and see what was underneath maybe some info about the album. Once the sticker was off there was nearly a whole line rubbed out with a marking pen so I couldn't quite see what was there but low and behold once I'd scanned the booklet I could see plainly that Doug 's beautiful and wonderful inspiration must have left and Doug wasn't taking it to well marking pen then sticker there that's her gone.
I mentioned great musicianship early on some of the musicians who played on the album are George McArdle one time bass player for Little River Band and born again christian, Randall Waller guitarist with 80's rock band Avion and also a member of Shania Twain's backing band, Jim Conway on blues harp of Captain Matchbox fame and Malcolm McCallum on Vocals a singer songwriter from New Zealand I posted one of his albums some time ago on Midoztouch.
When all is said and done I did enjoy listening to the album and there are a couple of great tracks on the album.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
She's A Mod/Next Week/Spit The Rock Out [Live]
Mach Pelican were a punk rock band formed in Perth, Australia in 1996. In 1998, they relocated to Melbourne, Australia. They announced their farewell tour in July 2007, and played their final show in Tokyo, Japan on 17 September 2007.
The band was formed by three Japanese students who were studying English in Perth in 1996. After touring extensively, Mach Pelican moved to Melbourne in 1998.In eleven years, Mach Pelican played 800 shows, touring with bands such as The Buzzcocks, Radio Birdman, Rancid, The Hard Ons, Butthole Surfers, Guitar Wolf, Supersnazz, The Donnas, You Am I, The Spazzys and The Porkers.
2006 was a huge year for the three crazy rockers with their 10 year anniversary, release of their third studio album Radio Action on newly formed label Bop Records, touring Japan, as well as their non stop coast-to-coast shows across Australia.Mach Pelican opened the 2006 Falls Festival in Lorne to a crowd of over 15,000 attendees. The band also played at half time in the 2007 Community Cup in St Kilda to a crowd of over 20,000 spectators.
The band's split in 2007 was a result of personal differences and immigration problems. On 17 May 2009 they re-formed for a one-off performance at the Tote Hotel as a support for The Gimmes. On 10 April 2011 the band reformed and played at a benefit concert for victims of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami at the Esplanade Hotel in Saint Kilda.
Band lineup Keisuke Nakamura (K-Rock) - Guitar/Vocals, Atsushi Omori (Atsu Longrun) - Bass/Vocals and Toshi Maeda (Toshi-8Beat) - Drums/Vocals
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Juvenile/Middle Man/What You Want/Mr Big Words/Strike Three/House Of Cards/ Little Creatures/H.R.H
Jens Cross formed in Melbourne in 1997 and played powerful but melodic and diverse original rock to audiences in and around their native Melbourne. The band consists of Roddy Bass on drums, Steve Smith keyboards, Bernie R guitar and Dave Marshal vocals. Jens Cross are an independent band and financed the recording and distribution of this CD released in 2001 out of their own pockets. I'd like to thank Cliff once again for sending me this CD and letting me and all the visitors here have a chance to listen to this virtually unknown band.