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Friday Flashback #26

Hey, just thought I’d let you know I’m still alive. Busy, but still alive.

I’ve got a truly woeful flashback to greet you all with too. One from my childhood back in the mid-to-late 1990s that I really wish I hadn’t rediscovered. But I have, so now I get to subject you to the same pain. Enjoy…

From way back in 1997, this is T-Shirt (a “band” that came and went just as quickly) with their cover version of Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing“.

Interestingly enough, this cover (it was actually one of many cover versions of this song) included Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown in the song and film clip. The song peaked at #5 across the ditch in New Kiwiland and #6 here, staying in the ARIA charts for an unbelievable 32 weeks.

The 90s kids will note the old Video Hits graphics from around 1997 aired throughout the filmclip as well. The super-keen TV nerds (such as myself, I’m not going to lie) might also note this was recorded from Ten Victoria, the Channel Ten affiliate station based throughout regional Victoria. Funny that, given I’m sure I probably saw this filmclip back in the day on holidays in Ballarat or Gippsland myself.

I recall watching this and loving it, being a 9-year-old kid at the time. I may even have it cassette-tape recorded somewhere at home. It’s a song I haven’t heard in probably over 10 years, and while most of me wishes I still hadn’t, parts of me enjoyed the trip down pop music memory lane

Until we meet again…


Friday Flashback #25

Today I’ve brought out one from left-field. Please bear with me…

Now for those of you born post-1987, like me, the song is English novelty band The Firm‘s number one hit Star Trekkin’. For those of you born pre or post-1987 wondering why on Earth I’d promote listening to such an abstract (and that’s putting it politely) song, I don’t really have an answer.

If you want a boring story (rhetorical question), here it is. For some reason or another, I first recall hearing this song on some random video recording my mother had tape-recorded from MTV back when she was pregnant with me. Those were the days when MTV was a) in some way watchable, and b) still shown on free-to-air television (those were the days). The claymation filmclip featuring Captain Kirk inhaling from a bong amongst other humorous Star Trek overtones like it amused me as a pre-teen back then, and I guess I’ve kinda liked the song since, much for the same reasons (who says you have to grow up as you get older!)

So if you’re disgusted that I’d link to such a song, well I’m not very sorry. Remember that this song was top of the UK charts for two weeks back in 1987. Though for those of you who found it as funny and amusing as a more childish version of me did (yes, that did exist), good on you.

Friday Flashback #24

Hey, remember this blog thing I used to do? Yeah, so do I now! Probably about time I write something again, don’t you think?

I’ll start with a Friday Flashback again, largely because I can’t think of what else to write, and also because I’ve got a list of about 10 more songs waiting to be analysed (and I warn readers – many are likely to be rather terrible). Luckily today’s choice does not fall into that category. From their 1982 album The Blurred Crusade, this is The Church with When You Were Mine.

I stumbled upon this track by sheer coincidence just the other night, taken from an old episode of Countdown, while just sifting through some YouTube videos and saw a link to this. I’m quite a fan of the Church material I do know, though I must confess to being woefully unfamiliar with much other than their biggest songs. So I thought I’d check it out, and quite enjoyed it. A typical Church-type number (that is the band, not the institution, I can’t quite imagine this being played in a chapel of a Sunday morning) with its fantastic yet simple guitar-driven melody, and the excellent vocals of Steve Kilbey running the show, this track has been on a semi-constant repeat over the past few days.

The Blurred Crusade is the Church’s second album, released in March 1982 as the follow-up to their highly successful debut effort Of Skins and Heart. When You Were Mine was the second single released from this album, following the high-charting and equally impressive Almost With You which reached #21 on the Australian charts in the same year. The Blurred Crusade itself was also quite well-received, given that its predecessor had produced gems such as The Unguarded Moment, peaking at #10 on the Australian album charts.

Sadly, The Church’s future fortunes were somewhat mixed. This started by their US record label refusing to market The Blurred Crusade and subsequently dropping the band from their label, thus largely confining The Church’s success to Australia and New Zealand. Furthermore, the success of their next three albums, namely Seance, Remote Luxury and to a lesser extent Heyday, was limited. The band struggled through this time, and even went on hiatus for a period.

However, they came back with a bang with the release of their 1988 album Starfish. Sporting the band’s most successful single to date in Under the Milky Way, as well as the brilliant Reptile (whose guitar riff I to this day still am in awe of) and many other gems, Starfish was a hit both in Australia and also overseas, finally seeing that The Church obtained at least some of the worldwide recognition their work deserved.

Today, The Church are still kicking along, touring and releasing albums. Both the band and Kilbey solo have released a number of project since Starfish, none of which I am in any way familiar enough with to comment on. However, the volume of material of theirs I know makes me love them as a band, and the even greater volume of their material I do not know makes me want to explore their back-catalogue even further.

Oh, and it’s nice to be back 🙂

Friday Flashback #18

Today’s Friday Flashback doesn’t exactly canvas a band that have been forgotten. After going to the Soundwave festival in Melbourne last Friday, I was inspired to talk a bit about one of the most enduring bands in British Heavy Metal.

Yes, the band is the one and only Iron Maiden. The song I’ve linked to was probably my favourite from their set on Friday night, The Trooper. Their set was excellent, combining a whole bunch of their classics with a few songs from the new album. And considering they’ve been kicking since 1975, the energy of their performance was amazing. They were far from crusty washed-up old wannabes, they still put on a fantastic show for a bunch of old men.

There’s way too much to talk about when it comes to these guys. In a nutshell, they formed in 1975, have recorded 15 studio albums since, sold 85 million records worldwide, despite the fact that almost no radio station will ever play their stuff.

The Trooper would be one of my favourite Maiden songs, but the list of their good songs is just too long to write here. As a quick attempt, I’d suggest that if you don’t know any of the following, you should probably do yourself a favour and check them out. Songs like Hallowed Be Thy Name, Two Minutes To Midnight, Run To The Hills, The Number Of The Beast, Wasted Years, Fear Of The Dark, Dance Of The Dead, Caught Somewhere In Time, Be Quick Or Be Dead, Blood Brothers… the list goes on (sorry for not linking to videos for any of them either, there’s just too many).

So yeah, Iron Maiden are pretty good.

Friday Flashback #16

Friday Flashback time, a day early, or two weeks late, depending on which way you look at it. Today we go back to 2004, when I was a pimply teenager, Geelong was just starting its meteoric rise to glory in the AFL, and a time when an Australian Hip Hop release actually interested me.

From their album “Breakfast at Fatboys“, this is Butterfingers with “Yo Mama”. Please spare the torches and pitchforks for just a second, and let me explain why I’ve chosen this.

While it is well known to many that I have for the most part a complete disdain for any form of hip hop music at the best of times, and I very passionately regard the Australian version of the genre as sounding more pathetic and try-hard than most, the possession of a sense of humour makes it impossible for me not to absolutely love this song. As the title suggests, this may not be the most inoffensive of songs, but it is entirely hilarious. With the chorus line of “Yo Mama’s on the top of my things to do list”, and verse lyrics describing the different times and ways this guy will be doing “Yo Mama”, the first hearing of this song had me in fits of laughter. I won’t ruin any more of the song – do yourself a favour and listen to the lyrics for yourself. Fortunately, excluding the unnecessary weird hip hop bit at the end, this song is musically quite listenable too.

Butterfingers are as mentioned an Aussie hip hop band hailing from Ipswich in Queensland (which we will try not to hold against them). In 2003 they gained a bit of notoriety with the Triple J crowd following the release of their songs “Everytime” (which is almost as amusing as Yo Mama) and “I Love Work“. These two finished at #38 and #15 respectively in the Hottest 100 countdown of 2003. However, it was with the release of their first album “Breakfast at Fatboys” and the simultaneous release of the song Yo Mama that they really became noticed. The album was nominated for an ARIA award, and the song finished at #17 in the Hottest 100 of the following year, as well as receving some huge airtime on Triple J after its release.

After that, the band worked on producing some new material, and the result was the 2005 song “Figjam” (which if I have to explain the meaning of it to you, you probably need to get out a bit more). Their second album “The Deeper You Dig…” debut well on the charts, and produced the song “Get Up Outta The Dirt” which made the Hottest 100 of the following year. The band is now on hiatus pending lead singer Eddie Mark Jacobsen releasing his first solo album later this year.

I’d probably find it difficult to call myself a Butterfingers fan just due to my dislike for the kind of music they produce, but I have to admit that some of their stuff is gold. Yo Mama will always be one of those tracks that gives me a laugh when I hear it. Maybe it’s that inner immature teenager that still lives on in me.

Friday Flashback #15

Once again, I have failed to make the self-imposed Friday deadline for my Flashback blog post. I could provide a heap of excuses, but I think I might just shut up and get straight into the already delayed piece.

Today’s flashback sees us travel both up the Midland Highway to arguably one of the coldest places on Earth in Ballarat, and back in time 13 years (though one could argue by travelling to Ballarat you are already going back in time). May I re-present to you, The Mavis’s.

The song is “Cry”, from The Mavis’s 1998 album “Pink Pills“. A synth-driven and almost boppy at times song with a heavier chorus, Cry was the Ballarat band’s biggest hit throughout their 14 year career. The Mavis’s formed in 1987, yet it took until 1996 for them to release their first full-length album, titled “Venus Returning”. The album reached #33 on the Australian album charts, and spawned the track “Thunder“, which made it into the 1996 Triple J Hottest 100 at #92.

However, it was their next release that really turned heads. Pink Pills reached #12 on the album charts, and in addition to Cry (which reached #61 in the 1998 Triple J Hottest 100 and #13 in the ARIA singles charts), contained the tracks “Naughty Boy” (a much heavier track which reached #37 of the 1997 Triple J Hottest 100), “Lever” (which the group had the illustrious honour of performing on Hey Hey It’s Saturday) and “Puberty Song“.

Sadly, as seems often to be the case, that was the peak of the band’s success. They released their third (and ultimately final) album, titled “Rapture” in 2001, to an at best moderate response. While the song “Happiness” gained notoriety due to its inclusion in a number of television commercials (I think I vaguely remember it being in a Coke ad some time back), the rest of the album failed to gain any traction. The Mavis’s split later that year, and several of the members have since become involved in other bands of varying styles.

Personally, while The Mavis’s (is that even gramatically correct?) aren’t exactly a band I’d rush out to purchase the entire discography of, I don’t mind the song “Cry”. And while it does disturb me slightly how much the vocals of of frontwoman Becky Thomas remind me of the B-52s (a “band” that anyone who knows me understands my complete disdain for), if a song of theirs happened to come on the radio (which seldom happens now), I wouldn’t immediately go rushing to change the station.

Friday Flashback #14

It’s Friday again, and today I’m going to take you on a musical adventure back to 2001 to rediscover one of the few all-girl bands in rock music.

I’m sure, like me, you instantly recognised the song but had no clue about who released it. The answer to that question is “Lash” – a band out of Perth who made up for the lack of any real talent by being female rockers. The song is called “Take Me Away”, released on their first and only album “The Beautiful And The Damned”.

Lash formed as a group of 14-year-olds under the name “Exteria” back in 1996, and were recognised early, winning an award at the West Australian Music Industry Awards for their song “Aloha Mr Hand“. However, it took until the turn of the millennium when they signed with Mushroom Records before they hit the big time. Both Take Me Away and the second song from their album, called “Beauty Queen“, reached the Top 40 in the ARIA charts here in Australia.

Despite that apparent success, the recording company deemed that the album failed to sell as well as hoped (how could that be? They had so much talent), and as such it became their only full-length release. Lash disbanded in 2003 amid a lack of success and accusations of being commercially engineered by their producer. (How any producer would think he could exploit a group of attractive young women who played instruments in the world of commercial music is completely beyond me.)

Take Me Away was brought back to life by being used in the soundtrack to the 2003 remake of the film Freaky Friday, and from memory was used in a car commercial some time around then too. Otherwise, much like the band who performed it, Take Me Away has barely been heard of since.

NB – I’m led to believe there’s an uncensored version of the filmclip I posted, but finding it proved difficult. This may be worth investigating further…

Friday Flashback #13

It’s Friday, and I’m hot, bored but not yet tired, so I thought I’d get in another beer to cool off, and another Friday Flashback to keep the hordes of fans I have happy with my product.

Today’s flashback dates back to 2002, or 2004, depending on the version, and shows off one of South Africa’s biggest music exports (heading a massive list I know).

The song I’ve linked to is the 2004 remaster of the song “Fine Again” by South African band Seether. The original version of this song was released on Seether’s debut album “Disclaimer“, but it was this heavier rock version from their 2004 album “Disclaimer II” (original name isn’t it) that became more widely known. It’s a simple sounding rock song, but has a bit of power both in the music and the lyrics, and has been appreciated by this blogger since it came out.

Seether’s debut album was released to a lukewarm response, but it was their reworking of it and subsequent release with the “II” badge that saw them shoot to fame. Their success may in part (or in fact largely) have been derived from the fact that lead singer Shaun Morgan was at the time bonking being in a relationship with Evanescence front-woman Amy Lee, who was massively popular. Their relationship saw Lee collaborate with the band to rerecord another old Seether track, which like Fine Again was also released on the second of Seether’s albums.

Seether have since released two more studio albums, those being “Karma and Effect” in 2005 and “Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces” in 2007. Karma and Effect took a heavier direction than their previous sound, and while it produced gems such as “Remedy” (which I absolutely loved at the time), didn’t really reach the heights of their earlier success. Incidentally, it was around this time that Morgan had split rather nastily with Lee.

Finding Beauty was canned by reviewers upon its release, averaging a reviewer rating of less than 2 of 5 stars. However, the song “Fake It” became the band’s most successful commercial single, reaching #1 in the US Billboard Rock Charts, and breaking the ARIA top 50 here, not to mention receiving copious amounts of airplay on a handful of rock-skewed Australian radio stations.

Seether now are apparently working on a new release entitled “Holding On To Strings Better Left To Fray”, which is due for release later this year. While their sound looked to have deteriorated somewhat in their last album, who knows if this album will be a flop, or whether it will produce another Fake It (though some might argue those qualities are one and the same). However, I still love Fine Again, I think it’s a great rock track from what was a pretty good era in rock music.

Friday Flashback #12

For the first time in a while I’ll have done two Flashbacks in a row! Miracles do happen I guess. Anyway, on to the music, and this time we rediscover a band that are Australian, but also aren’t. I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

From their 2007 album “In The Midst Of This“, the song is “Crazy” (no, that’s its name), by Aussie indie rock band “Expatriate“. I say Aussie because the band met and are still based in Sydney, however they came up with the name Expatriate based upon the fact that many of the band members had in fact spent long periods living overseas.

After meeting and forming in 2005, Expatriate produced their first EP “Lovers Le Strange“, which contained a few decent songs and caught the attention of radio station Triple J. The initial success of the EP and their sold-out shows inspired them to continue on, and after flying to the US they recorded their first full length album “In The Midst Of This”. The album was released in April 2007, and peaked at #38 on the ARIA album charts in Australia, but it was the success of the song Crazy that propelled the band. Crazy reached #4 on the singles charts, despite never officially being released as a single (it was only forwarded to radio stations as a promo CD). The follow up song “The Spaces Between” also achieved some notoriety, though probably moreso for the fact that it was part of the EA Sports Rugby ’08 soundtrack than anything else.

Unlike most of my flashbacks, this one doesn’t have a depressing ending for the artist, only because 2007 wasn’t that long ago and they’re still kicking. According to their website, Expatriate are in the process of recording their second album, though they have been so since 2008, which doesn’t sound all that promising. I personally thought this song was released a lot earlier than it actually was – it hardly feels like a flashback when you’re talking about a song that’s only three years old, but it has all but completely disappeared from existence. The last time I heard it was on a radio station’s “Home Brew” segment where they drag up a bit more forgotten Aussie music.

I personally think Crazy is a great song, but I guess indie rock bands have a short life in mainstream music circles. Still, I have this song, and enjoy it every time it comes on. Hope you didn’t mind re-listening to it either.

Well, it’s only a little bit late (try over a week) and being published on a Saturday, but here’s the tenth edition of my Friday Flashback. I didn’t even think I’d make it this far.

Today’s song is yet another example of an Aussie band that hit it big with one song, before practically falling off the face of the Earth. May I present to you: Leonardo’s Bride

“Even When I’m Sleeping” was the one big hit for Leonardo’s Bride, fronted by the rather unique sounding vocalist Abby Dobson. Leonardo’s Bride arose from two people, Dobson and guitarist Dean Manning, meeting at an open mike night at a Sydney venue, and took off from there. After some touring and recruiting two additional members, they released their debut album “Angel Blood” in 1996. It was from this album that Even When I’m Sleeping was drawn. The song went on to reach #4 in the Australian charts in early 1997, and took out the title of the ARIA Single of the Year for 1997.

Sadly, as always seems to be the case with the artists I discuss here, that was the peak of their success. They released the album “Open Sesame” in 2000 with limited success, before breaking up in 2001. Dobson went on to do some solo work, perhaps most notably recording the song “Don’t Ask For More” (which I find to be an excellent song, unfortunately the only link I can provide is this one of a live version of the song), which featured in the Australian television drama “The Secret Life Of Us“. She released a solo album in 2007, and the other band members have also undertaken solo projects since the band’s demise.

I don’t really know why I chose this song as a flashback. I think it’s one I remember being a big hit as a kid, and was reminded of it recently. It’s not really my type of music as such, but after so long not having heard it, I’ve quite enjoyed digging it up and listening to it again.