Thursday, December 13, 2012
No Lies/Take Me Back/Welcome To The World/Love Somebody/Burnin' Feeling/Touch/Simple Man/Voice Of Reason/ In My Youth/Freedom/Miles And Miles/Hot Chilli Woman/R.I.P. (Millie)/Take You Higher/Let It Be (Live)
Considered to be one of Australia’s more successful rock bands of the late 1980s, their self-titled debut in 1987 had a series of successful singles, such as “No Lies,” “Take Me Back,” and “Welcome to the World.” The band’s second album, 1989′s Touch, proved to be less successful commercially. Noiseworks disbanded in 1992, shortly after the release of the group’s third album, Love vs Money (1991).
In 1981 Jon Stevens relocated to Sydney where he signed a deal with the Big Time label. He recorded his second, self-titled album in Los Angeles with American session players. It yielded two singles in 1982, a reworking of “Jezebel” and “Lover My Love”, but neither was successful.
Jon Stevens then formed The Change with guitarist Stuart Fraser (ex Feather and Smith). They played the occasional Sydney pub gig, and with the help of bass player Steve Balbi (on loan from the Kevin Borich Express), recorded an independent single “Forever Young”/”Out There” in 1984. By 1985, drummer Kevin Nicol (ex Dial X) had joined Stevens and Fraser, and they began to lay plans for a new band. They recruited Balbi as a permanent member, and added newcomer Justin Stanley on keyboards. He had been writing songs with Balbi. This new line-up, completed in 1986, was known as Noiseworks.
Noiseworks built up a strong following on the Australian pub-rock circuit, and in 1987 were signed by CBS. Their self-titled debut album was released in July 1987 and peaked at number 2 on the Australian Albums chart. From it came 5 singles.
The second album “Touch” was released in November 1988 and reached number 4 on the Album Charts. Four singles were released from this album.
By the end of 1989, the band had commenced work on its third album. They were now signed to Sony, and when the album was presented to them, they rejected it. The album was reworked and finally made an appearance in July 1991 as “Love Verses Money”. This album debuted at Number 1 on the Album Charts and the single “Hot Chilli Woman” became the band’s biggest hit, reaching number 7 on the Singles Chart. In all, 5 singles came from this album.
At the start of 1992, Jon Stevens, joined the Australian cast of the revived stage musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” in the role of Judas. Jon appeared alongside the rest of the cast on a CD and single from the show. The show ran for 84 nights and was performed across Australia to more than a million people, making Jon a household name.
This stint with the show basically put an end to Noiseworks. The band played its last gig at Selinas in Sydney during March 1992. That gig produced the band’s final single, a cover of the Beatles “Let It Be” (Live). This song appeared on the Greatest Hits CD released in October 1992.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Rock Me Baby/Dream Baby/Poison Ivy/Smoke And Stack/Blue Day/Good Morning Little School Girl/You Don't Live Twice/Broken Things/Board And Boogie/You Don't Love Me
I had a request to renew the links for this one and as it was quite an old post thought I'd bring it back to the top for those that may have missed it first time round.
Strange Greatest Hits this one 3 singles from the first incarnation of the Aztecs A and B sides, a single fom 1967 then one single his first with the new heavy rock and boogie version of the Aztecs. The six early tracks also appear on the Linda Lee album that they shared with Johnny Noble. The album cover shows Billy during the heavier phase of his career while the majority of the songs predate it so they must have been trying to cash in on the new image. The interesting thing about the cover is that it shows Billy playing Bass Guitar.
Apr. 1964 "Blue Day" / "You Don't Love Me" (Linda Lee LL-006)
Jun. 1964 "Poison Ivy" / "Broken Things" (Linda Lee LL-007)
Nov. 1964 "Smoke & Stack" / "Board Boogie" (Linda Lee HK-765)
Sep. 1967 "Dream Baby" / "You Don't Live Twice" (Festival FK-2015)
Mar. 1970 "Good Morning Little School Girl" / "Rock Me Baby" (Festival FK-3638)
Hurtiin' All Over/Bald Headed Woman/Baby Jane/Don't Gimme No Lip Child/ I'm No Good Without You/ 175/Can't Pretend/I'm Movin' On/Gloria/Like Columbus Did/Last Night/Here Today/Sand And Sea/La La Lies/In The Pines (Poor Girl)/Is It Over Baby/Sometimes/That Lonely Feeling
The Pleazers were an originally Australian-based rhythm and blues musical group that was popular in New Zealand in the mid-1960s.
The band began in Brisbane as the G-Men, before moving to Sydney, changing their name and going professional. In Sydney, they were noticed by Eldred Stebbing of Zodiac Records, who brought them to New Zealand in 1964, where they soon appeared on the Let's Go show. The initial release, "Last Night" / "Poor Girl", did poorly but the followup release, a cover of Them's "Gloria" broke into the national charts. The band eventually released seven singles, one EP and one album, called Definitely Pleazers. The band went through several personnel changes and, in March 1965, moved back to Australia, only to break up six months later.
Line-Up: (New Zealand) Billy London (Vocals) Bob Cooper (Vocals) Bruce Robinson (Lead Guitar) Peter Newing (Rhythm Guitar) Ronnie Peel (Bass) Dennis Gilmore (Drums)
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
You Keep Me Dancing/Charade/Emotion/Change Of Heart/Living Without Your Love/La La La - I Love You/But If She Moves You/When Love Is Gone/ I Don't Wanna Go/The Love Of A Woman
"Emotion" is a 1977 single and LP recorded by Australian pop singer Samantha Sang for the Private Stock label. Written by Bee Gees members Barry & Robin Gibb and produced by Barry (who also provide backing vocals), the song was Sang's only hit single, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. It was intended for use in the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, but ended up being featured in the film The Stud (1978) starring Joan Collins.
Samantha Sang was born as Cheryl Lau Sang on 5 August 1951 to Reg Sang and Joan (née Clarke) in Melbourne, Australia. Sang began her career, at the age of eight, by singing on Australian radio. She entered and won talent contests. In December 1966, Sang released her debut single, "The Real Thing" (not to be confused with fellow Australian Russell Morris' 1969 hit song, "The Real Thing") under the name Cheryl Gray. It was issued by EMI Records on their HMV label and was quickly followed by her second single, "In a Woman's Eyes". Her third single, "You Made Me What I Am", was released in May 1967 and reached number eight on the Go-Set Top 40. Teen magazine, Go-Set ran a poll in August for pop performers and Gray was voted third in the 'Top Girl Singer' category behind Lynne Randell and Bev Harrell. Sang released three more singles on HMV but none charted. She became a singer on Australian television, but she felt her career was limited if she remained in Australia.
In 1969, Sang travelled to the United Kingdom where Barry Gibb (Bee Gees) heard her singing and urged his manager, Robert Stigwood, to sign her. Under Stigwood's management she changed her name to Samantha Sang. Barry co-wrote "Love of a Woman" with his brother Maurice. Sang's version – with Barry supplying backing vocals, guitar and producing – was released in August. It was a minor hit in some European countries. Sang followed with "Nothing in the World Like Love" written by UK pop singer-songwriter Labi Siffre. Visa restrictions forced her out of the UK and she returned to Australia.
By 1975 Sang had changed management and signed with Polydor which released three singles and her debut album, Samantha Sang and Rocked the World. She starred in the Australian production of The Magic Show. In 1977, she recorded "When Love Is Gone", the theme song, for French drama film, Bilitis. She visited Barry Gibb in France whilst Bee Gees were recording songs for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. A new song, "Emotion", was written for her by Barry and Robin Gibb. The single was co-produced by Barry with Bee Gees' production team of Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson. Released in 1978, with backing vocals by Barry, it showcased a softer style and became a major hit worldwide. It reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 in March 1978, and earned a platinum record. It peaked at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart and at number two on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart.
Her following album Emotion, although not produced by Barry Gibb, included a version of "Charade", a little-known Bee Gees song from their 1974 album Mr. Natural. Emotion peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and achieved a gold record in March 1978. Determined to succeed on her own merits, Sang did not record another Gibb song to capitalise on her success, but chose a disco track, "You Keep Me Dancin" as her next single. It peaked at number 56 on the Hot 100, and was followed into the charts by her cover of Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour". She recorded a cover of Eric Carmen's Top 20 single "Change of Heart," which failed to chart. Her third album, From Dance to Love was released by United Artists in 1979.
Residing again in Melbourne, in 1999 Sang made a short return to live performing, with her father, Reg, as guest vocalist. In 2004, Sang's three albums were released for the first time on CD in a two-piece set as the compilation, The Ultimate Collection.
Surfers Parasite/Push/Something Beautiful/The Killer Within/Screaming Soda
The Shine were an Australian band from Melbourne formed in 1995 who lived and breathed bands like Kiss, Guns and Roses, AC/DC, and played straight up no frills rock and roll, complete with the hair, the make up and the attitude. The Shine have shared the stage with many great bands including The Darkness, Jet, L.A Guns, Tesla, Airbourne, The Datsuns, The Casanovas, Hell City Glamours, You Am I and many more. After 13 years together The Shine decided to disband. Band members were Julian James Vocals Guitar, Paul Gauaci III Guitar Vocals, Jeff Tuff-Guy Bass Vocals and Benny Meano Drums Vocals.