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Posted on Nov 5, 2009, 3:24:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2009, 3:24:50 PM PST
got my third NDW cd today "claim" - am loving it..... now i just need 'another pond', 'circus' and 'tabaran'....then onto 'my friend the chocolate cake' and the david bridie solo stuff.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009, 3:44:13 PM PST
Buck Buckaw says:
<<The track is "What's Come Over You?" written by Lindsay Bjerre.>>

Darn , I was afraid of that. It's not on the discs I already have.

I think most tracks by Taman Shud are written by Lindsay Bjerre.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009, 5:09:49 PM PST
Timmybear says:
The Hummingbirds.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2009, 6:39:54 PM PST
Val H. says:
Buck - would you like me to "gift" you a copy (operative word).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2009, 7:03:48 PM PST
Buck Buckaw says:
I sincerely thank you for your very generous offer, but I feel just a little bit uncomfortable accepting it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2009, 8:02:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2009, 8:04:02 PM PST
Alexis says:
I watched the telemovie as well and guess what? Yep, I too went on a search to find out who was on the soundtrack with little success. No doubt it will surface at some point.

I wasn't a huge fan of Wendy's (and even less of Kate Ceberano's) but there were a small number of her songs I did like.
I did like Jenny Morris. Have I mentioned Girl Overboard? and howabout Debora Conway (who used to sing escapes me, darn it.....)

Wasn't Gary McDonald (aka Norman Gunston) brilliant. Also loved him in the "Mother & Son" tv series, but then, who doesn't?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2009, 10:13:12 PM PST
Val H. says:
Lex -

The only information I could find was at

I think "Laura Jones" may be "Laura Branigan" but her "Power Of Love" was a different song and I don't recall that in the movie.

<"can't be who you want me to be" by johnny casino and the secrets>
They're Sydneysiders and can be heard at

but did I hear THAT in the movie?

Garry McDonald gets better with age. I've seen him in a couple of plays with the M.T.C. and he's just brilliant.

I've always admired and enjoyed Deborah Conway. I've got her album "String Of Pearls" somewhere.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2009, 10:19:35 PM PST
Val H. says:
Buck - no worries. You can buy it for $30.00 (plus p & p) at but I think that's the CD only. JB Hi-Fi (online) will take orders for the CD at $26.99 or the CD/DVD at $36.99 (both plus p & p). I personally love the DVD and it's a nicely packaged set. The website is worth checking out for all the info provided there.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 12:23:52 AM PST
Steve K says:

Debra Conway was with the band called "Do Re Mi"...thay had a hit in Australia called "Man Overboard" you can kick yourself ..........tip of the tongue etc...:)

Cheers Stevo

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 3:20:35 AM PST
Brad Orgeron says:

here's my 2 cents,having been a huge Aussie music fan since the early 80's...
grouped roughly by,if you like one,you'll like the rest:

The Triffids/Dave McComb
The Blackeyed Susans/Rob Snarski
Jackson Code/Mark Snarski(solo lp forthcoming)
Chad's Tree - Snarski Bros 1st band(finally,a cd release forthcoming)
Go-Betweens/Robert Forster/Grant McLennen
The Apartments
Sea Stories
Marco C. Halstead

The Church/Steve Kilbey
The Crystal Set
Bhagavad Guitars
The Moffs/Tom Kazas
Ups & Downs
Underground Lovers

Died Pretty/Darling Downs
Porcelain Bus
Screaming Tribesmen/Mick Medew
The Saints(later)/Chris Bailey
Ed Kuepper/Laughing Clowns
Vanilla Chainsaws

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Crime & The City Solution/Simon Bonney
Rowland S. Howard/These Immortal Souls
Mick Harvey
Hugo Race/The Wreckery
Kim Salmon
Conway Savage
Louis Tillett/Wet Taxis
Tex Perkins/Tex,Don & Charlie
Beasts of Bourbon
Cruel Sea

The Saints (early)
The Birthday Party/Boys Next Door
Radio Birdman/Deniz Tek/Dodge Main/New Race/Visitors
New Christs
Lime Spiders
Lipstick Killers
Celebate Rifles/Damian Lovelock

other greats from this era:
The Stems/Someloves/Dom Mariani
Not Drowning Waving/My Friend The Chocolate Cake/David Bridie
Dave Graney
Stephen Cummings
Raoul Graf/Bell Jar/Infidels
Hoodoo Gurus (early)
Melanie Oxley & Chris Abrahams
Lighthouse Keepers
Decline Of The Reptiles
The Lizard Train
Eastern Dark
Sacred Cowboys
Exploding White Mice
Black Sorrows
Happy Hate Me Nots
Huxton Creepers
The Spikes

modern bands worth a listen...many harken back to the above greats:
Bluebottle Kiss/Jamie Hutchings
The Panics
Youth Group
Belles Will Ring
Dolly Rocker Movement
Art Of Fighting
Something For Kate
The Silents
Subaudible Hum
Black Cab
Gin Club
Karma County
Kill Devil Hills
Horse Stories
Lamp Of The Universe
Paradise Motel

Happy Hunting!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 3:23:52 AM PST
Alexis says:
There was a band called Girl Overboard as well. I only purchased their album "Paint a Picture" earlier this year. I think they were kicking around the late 80's-early 90's.

I don't know if I've mentioned the Blackchords on this thread but they are another Melbourne band that burst on the scene this year and I thought would make a bit of a splash. So far nothing more that a ripple. Shame.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 3:26:47 AM PST
Alexis says:
Way to go, Brad!

Posted on Nov 6, 2009, 3:27:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2009, 3:38:54 AM PST
Nice topic, here...American but grew up in high school I loved Boom Crash Opera, Not Drowning Waving (thanks for all the updates there--didn't know what happened to them)...Frente!...The Chills (oops, I think they were Kiwis, no? if so, forgive me, been a long time for me)...I realize now that I could find out what records are out there that I never knew about by trotting over to Wikipedia or something...thanks for the incentive. [goes digging in boxes for old cassettes] And although it seems as though it's cliche to say on this thread I have the love for M.O., too...for making all us foreigners become curious about history/politics down there before there was Wikipedia.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 3:38:29 AM PST
Alexis says:
Welcome Swimming Rabbit.

Just checked out the Rage line-up for tonight. Tomorrow's guest programmer is none other than Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool.

I thought it would be appropriate to mention that on this thread because 80% of tomorrow's line-up is early Australian stuff, many of them already mentioned here. I'm going to attempt to record the evening but reception lately is not that good. It would be good to have a record of all those old classics. Ross is a bit of a character so should be amusing as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 3:54:47 AM PST
Jerror says:
Killer list, Brad.
I should dig out my Crystal Set record... haven't listened to it in a long time.
Saw the Drones, Kill Devil Hills, and Spencer P Jones from the Beasts of Bourbon live early this year and they were all awesome.

Has nobody mentioned Snout? Why not?
New Pop Dialogue

Posted on Nov 6, 2009, 4:51:14 AM PST
Alexis says:
I just thought of a few more:
The Mavis's
The Ferrets
Cat Empire.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 5:30:07 AM PST
Val H. says:
I just had a look at tomorrow's playlist for Rage ( ). Looks like recording 1.00am - 5.30am would net you a lot of Australiana, although I'm not sure how much of a treat it will be re-living William Shakespeare, Sister Janet Mead, Mark Holden and three tracks from our 'Liv!

I would like to mention The Whitlams who don't seem to be well-known outside Australia.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 5:43:42 AM PST
Hip O Critic says:
Buck you are bigger than Glenn A Baker with your knowledge. I haven't heard any actual Madder Lake material. I have seen their CD's at JB's and have been curious. I do like Free and early Deep Purple so I will do some investigating - thanks for the info. I will also check out "Golden Miles" Australian Progressive Rock. The Bakery was another Lindsay Wells band that were big in Perth pre him moving east as co-founder of The Healing Force. Wells was also in the original Fatty Lumpkin - who were a great pub band that played flute in their music.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 5:52:35 AM PST
Hip O Critic says:
Alexis - Axiom is a great call. Brian Cadd is another underrated talent. Glenn Shorrock wasn't bad in the early days with Axiom before LRB either. I saw the Ferrets "Live at The Wintersun" in Geraldton they were really good!! Chain were an excellent blues band and quite original too.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 5:55:58 AM PST
Alexis says:
did you know that Mark Holden has become a lawyer? The Australian Idol judge - Mr Touchdown himself, a legal eagle.

Oh well, we also had a Gary Glitter look-a-like calling himself William Shakespeare. Much A-do About Nothing, if you ask me.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 5:57:06 AM PST
Alexis says:
Hip O
Do you remember Greg Quill?

Posted on Nov 6, 2009, 6:00:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2009, 6:03:26 AM PST
Alexis says:
Does anyone remember Railroad Gin? The lead singer had an amazing voice.

And another band from New Zealand, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers headed by Marion Arts. Anyone?

Posted on Nov 6, 2009, 6:01:56 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2009, 6:12:11 AM PST
Alexis says:
OK a new band: Philadelphia Grand Jury

Another new band that I've mentioned before but possibly on another thread Cloud Control - their song "Gold Canary" is mesmerising.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 6:04:35 AM PST
Hip O Critic says:
New Years Eve 1978 there was a free concert at the Sydney Opera House. There were many forgettable acts hence I have forgotten them. The memorable acts were brilliant guitarist Kevin Borich (ex NZ band The La De Das). The other memorable act was Mark Holden complete with the carnation. He sang his 2 song repertoire and asked for any requests. The whole crowd spontaneosly chanted "yeah get off"!! I thought it was funny but I am sure he didn't.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 6:09:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2009, 6:11:14 AM PST
Hip O Critic says:
I like the song "Adultery" by Deborah Conway (I think with Do Re Mi).
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