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Lesser Known 80s Australian New Wave Bands

New Wave/Punk music, culture, genres, memories. '80s revivalism and other relevant topics.

Re: Lesser Known 80s Australian New Wave Bands

Postby new_waver234 » Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:14 am

Uvox wrote:Real life:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=43773


Send me an angel!

I dig Real Life, I definitely should take the time to listen to their material as I grew up listening to their more popular songs. I remember watching a performance on HHIS that they did a while back, and I really liked the song. I don't remember the name though.

Anyways- another thing to share:

'Can We Get Together'' -East African Tragedy Appeal concert. Performers include Pseudo Echo, Kids in the Kitchen, Real Life, Beargarden, I'm Talking, John Justin & Midge Ure.


Yes. Midge of Ultravox joined what was possibly the cream of Melbourne's young new wave talent to sing this song. Bit cheesy I admit, but I do appreciate the musicality of the song to some extent. Had to share considering that some of the acts we mentioned performed this song.
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Re: Lesser Known 80s Australian New Wave Bands

Postby Uvox » Wed Dec 01, 2021 11:56 pm

here's a lot about the subject:
http://innercitysound.com.au/

There's also a compilation with the same name (same source?):
Disc 1
Duration - 1:18:42

01. Tch-Tch-Tch - Pop Art (3:27)
02. Sacred Cowboys - Hell Sucks (3:37)
03. Wet Taxis - C'mon (3:01)
04. Seems Twice - Look At It (0:34)
05. Saints - Wild About You (2:35)
06. Leftovers - I Only Panic When There's Nothing to Do (1:48)
07. Last Words - Animal World (2:40)
08. Razar - Task Force (2:20)
09. Thought Criminals - More Suicides Please (2:30)
10. XL Capris - My City of Sydney (2:38)
11. Manikins - I Never Thought I'd Find (3:04)
12. Boys Next Door - Sex Crimes (3:03)
13. Seems Twice - Column One (0:15)
14. Young Charlatans - Shivers (3:53)
15. Young Modern - She's Got the Money (2:58)
16. Triffids - Family Name (3:35)
17. Sekret Sekret - Girl with a White Stick (3:31)
18. Surfside 6 - Cool in the Tube (3:04)
19. Voigt/465 - State (2:11)
20. Tactics - Long Story (4:03)
21. Whirlywirld - Red River (4:16)
22. Primitive Calculators - Do That Dance (2:43)
23. Systematics - Mmmm (1:55)
24. Super-K - Recurring Nightmare (4:49)
25. New Christs - No Way on Earth (4:14)
26. Cough Cough - Study for Falling Apart (1:44)
27. Black Assassins - Death Take Me Now (2:11)
28. Lonely Hearts - Last Kiss (2:05)

Disc 2
Duration - 1:14:07

01. Equal Local - 12 Ways To Go (3:52)
02. Laughing Clowns - Ghost Beat (3:20)
03. The Poles - Over & Beyond & Through (4:52)
04. The Scientists - This Is My Happy Hour (3:33)
05. The Birthday Party - Release The Bats (2:32)
06. The GoBetweens - Darlinghurst Nights (5:48)
07. The Sunday Painters - Something To Do (3:56)
08. Essendon Airport - Talking To Cleopatra (3:43)
09. Severed Heads - Dead Eyes Opened (3:22)
10. Machinations - Average Inadequacy (4:20)
11. Sardine - Stuck On You (4:15)
12. X (Sydney) - TV Glue (4:26)
13. Hunters & Collectors - The Slab (3:58)
14. End - My Confession (2:56)
15. Plug Uglies - All Done In (2:42)
16. The Apartments - All You Wanted (3:51)
17. The Saints - Ghost Ships (3:42)
18. The Lighthouse Keepers - Springtime (4:10)
19. Killer Sheep - Wild Down Home (3:29)
20. David Chesworth - Making Waves (1:19)
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Re: Lesser Known 80s Australian New Wave Bands

Postby Uvox » Thu Dec 02, 2021 12:12 am

In 2007-2014, Sony BMG released "Australian Pop Of The 80's" series of 5 volumes X 2 CD each with lots of names, those interested you may want to check them out.

This one is recommended too:
https://www.discogs.com/master/1209648- ... s-Volume-1
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Re: Lesser Known 80s Australian New Wave Bands

Postby new_waver234 » Thu Dec 02, 2021 7:59 am

Uvox wrote:here's a lot about the subject:
http://innercitysound.com.au/

There's also a compilation with the same name (same source?):
Disc 1
Duration - 1:18:42

01. Tch-Tch-Tch - Pop Art (3:27)
02. Sacred Cowboys - Hell Sucks (3:37)
03. Wet Taxis - C'mon (3:01)
04. Seems Twice - Look At It (0:34)
05. Saints - Wild About You (2:35)
06. Leftovers - I Only Panic When There's Nothing to Do (1:48)
07. Last Words - Animal World (2:40)
08. Razar - Task Force (2:20)
09. Thought Criminals - More Suicides Please (2:30)
10. XL Capris - My City of Sydney (2:38)
11. Manikins - I Never Thought I'd Find (3:04)
12. Boys Next Door - Sex Crimes (3:03)
13. Seems Twice - Column One (0:15)
14. Young Charlatans - Shivers (3:53)
15. Young Modern - She's Got the Money (2:58)
16. Triffids - Family Name (3:35)
17. Sekret Sekret - Girl with a White Stick (3:31)
18. Surfside 6 - Cool in the Tube (3:04)
19. Voigt/465 - State (2:11)
20. Tactics - Long Story (4:03)
21. Whirlywirld - Red River (4:16)
22. Primitive Calculators - Do That Dance (2:43)
23. Systematics - Mmmm (1:55)
24. Super-K - Recurring Nightmare (4:49)
25. New Christs - No Way on Earth (4:14)
26. Cough Cough - Study for Falling Apart (1:44)
27. Black Assassins - Death Take Me Now (2:11)
28. Lonely Hearts - Last Kiss (2:05)

Disc 2
Duration - 1:14:07

01. Equal Local - 12 Ways To Go (3:52)
02. Laughing Clowns - Ghost Beat (3:20)
03. The Poles - Over & Beyond & Through (4:52)
04. The Scientists - This Is My Happy Hour (3:33)
05. The Birthday Party - Release The Bats (2:32)
06. The GoBetweens - Darlinghurst Nights (5:48)
07. The Sunday Painters - Something To Do (3:56)
08. Essendon Airport - Talking To Cleopatra (3:43)
09. Severed Heads - Dead Eyes Opened (3:22)
10. Machinations - Average Inadequacy (4:20)
11. Sardine - Stuck On You (4:15)
12. X (Sydney) - TV Glue (4:26)
13. Hunters & Collectors - The Slab (3:58)
14. End - My Confession (2:56)
15. Plug Uglies - All Done In (2:42)
16. The Apartments - All You Wanted (3:51)
17. The Saints - Ghost Ships (3:42)
18. The Lighthouse Keepers - Springtime (4:10)
19. Killer Sheep - Wild Down Home (3:29)
20. David Chesworth - Making Waves (1:19)



The crystal ballroom days! Very early new wave/ post punk stuff from around 1977-1982 ish. A good amount of people in those bands ended up being part of the more commercial pop scene in the mid 80s (ie. Essendon Airport members joined I'm Talking). I think many people ignore the stuff around 1983-1987 due to the fact that "commercial" is a dirty word for some (although some bands that were considered to be trying to make it in that scene didn't really want to be associated with top 40 stuff).

There's quite a lot of bands from the mid-80s period that don't get much attention, the main ones that I see always popping up are INXS, Icehouse, and Pseudo Echo- due to their success overseas more or less. I'd be all for a official compilation of those bands. There are some out there, but they aren't as representative. Mind you- all the states, mainly Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth had all their respective scenes. It would be cool to have a box set of tracks from artists from all the states.
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