Australia and New Zealand Music

Topic from Brian Ware…

When I was married (previously), I ran a company called ‘ANZ Imports’.  There was a place for me to advertise, “One Step Ahead” – so we took out an advertisement in that ‘magazine’ and went to town!

I duly went to New Zealand 7 x times – but only once to Australia (we’re talking 1980 – 1987); both of those places are wonderful countries and I am pleased to say I went to both of them.  I ended up with a LARGE collection of New Zealand music (I even had business cards printed up, “Specialist in New Zealand Artists”) – NEWS FLASH!  Nearly everything that got released in Australia got released in NZ.

The man I worked for during that time, Tony Harrington, was my facilitator for all of this (he was who actually owned ‘ANZ Imports’).  The world was a very different place that long ago; The NZ dollar was about half of a US dollar, so I could offer, well…everything coming out of both Australia and New Zealand!

During  1980 – 1987, not everything from Australia and New Zealand got a US release.  But a lot of great stuff was being released there!  (However, I have 3 x shelves of NZ music, yet only really 1 x shelf of Australian music!).  The big Australian groups were Icehouse (also known as The Flowers), INXS, Midnight Oil…the biggest NZ group was Split Enz.

And, yes, some groups got US issues – Mental As Anything, and (eventually) Split Enz.

My personal favorite group was The Swingers (Phil Judd from Split Enz!).  They never came and played here (that I know of) – they only had one LP, but it was very, very good!

I remember Split Enz LP’s (remember, seasons reversed) “resting in a customs-house bed”, so we could not sell ‘em – and that was for an LP + 12”!  (Not a very good one, as I recall – remember being disappointed with “Conflicting Emotions”?)  The NZ issue had both an LP & 12” single.

During my many visits to NZ, I got to meet Blam Blam Blam (who were uncooperative), Dick Driver (Who never had much anything for me to sell), and Mike Chunn (of Split Enz, who got me dubs of the Split Enz clips, at a time when that was impossible otherwise!).  I remember watching Tommy Adderley perform in Takapuna!  I also remember going to the farewell show of Split Enz in 1984…that didn’t last!

But in 1987, the LP pressing stopped in NZ; at the time, that seemed to be a death sentence!  Australia quickly took up pressing CD’s for both Australia and New Zealand.

Progressive Rock Part 1

Happy birthday to singer Eric Burdon (1941); comedian Mort Sahl (1927) and keyboardist Carla Bley (1938).

In Japan, the normally straight “Record Collector’s Magazine” has done a “70’s best progressive rock” story, showing LP covers.  Over the next few days, I will try to address some of these.  I wish I had a scanner, so you could see the collage for the cover of this magazine!  It’s the May 2016 issue.

Top of the list: Part 1

THE MOODY BLUES “Days Of Future Passed” (Deram Japan UICY 25554)

An LP that has been issued a lot!  But, justifiably so!  The beginning of ‘progressive rock” – perhaps?  Certainly a nice cover for 1967.  I remember when this was originally issued on CD, the sound was no good; thankfully, they got their act together for the SA-CD (2CD) issue!

KING CRIMSON “In The Court Of The Crimson King” (Wowow Japan IECP 30001)

In 1969, where were you?  Most of us were still under the spell of The Beatles (or The Rolling Stones), when this one rolled down the pike.  Thankfully, it never ever went away and I got to discover it in 1970 or so.  The cover describes the music, and that certainly hasn’t changed over the years.  Nice 5.1 version on the DVD-A version!

EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER “Emerson, Lake & Palmer” (JVC Japan VICP 78001)

Another good debut album!  The DVD-A isn’t quite the full album in 5.1, but they do at least try!  Started walking with this one in 1970, with a nice Island UK copy – that I own to this day!

VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR “Pawn Hearts” (Charisma Japan UICY-25581)

Their 4th LP, but really quite good.  This version of the album has “Theme One” included.  Quite a good record, in fact – it drove the Italians nuts!  But I guess they went there and played it a LOT.

JETHRO TULL “Thick As A Brick” (Warner Japan WPCR-16473)

I like pretty much all of their early albums, and I don’t feel that any of them have been improved by remixing.  This one sounded pretty good, anyway!  The DVD-A mix is clear and STRONG!

Part 2 tomorrow!

Barry Humphries

Happy birthday to RuPaul (1960) and Jeff Buckley (1966). I don’t think I have records by either!

I have been collecting Australian satirist Barry Humphries for more than a few years now. As of this writing, he’s still alive. It’s a little unclear about which LP came first in his discography…so, sorry if the beginning of the story is not in proper sequence. Same story for 1972, when his popular feature film was released (“The Adventures of Barry McKenzie”).


Oliver! (UK Original Cast Production) recorded June 30, 1960 with Mr. Humphries playing the part of Mr. Sowerberry, the Undertaker. Released July 1960.


Sandy Agonistes – wherein 4 characters are introduced; recorded in London. Score Records, Australia – presumably about 1960 or so.


A Nice Night’s Entertainment – Dame Edna’s LP debut – approx. 1962, Australian Parlophone LP mono.


Maggie May (UK Original Cast Production) recorded September 22nd, 1964 – Mr. Humphries plays the part of “A Balladeer”. LP liner notes mention “Pre-Beatles”!


Barry Humphries (aka Barry Humphries’ Back) – sources say 1970 for this Parlophone Australia mono LP, but the LP cover indicates one title, at least, is from 1962.


Savoury Dip – Parlophone Australia mono LP – says 1971, though there is no indication on the LP cover. Material covers 1958 – 1971.


Barry Humphries At Carnegie Hall (Philips Australia stereo LP) 1972; one side Dame Edna, one side Sandy Stone.


The Barry Humphries Record of Innocent Austral Verse (Philips Australia stereo LP) 1972; writing credits to ‘Edna May Everage’ and others.


The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (Original Soundtrack UK LP) 1973; music by Peter Best, most lyrics by Barry Humphries.


Bazza McKenzie’s Party Songs (Festival Australia stereo LP) 1972; Mr. Humphries only takes 5 x writing credits on this LP. The man who sings this LP is Barry (Bazza) Crocker.


Housewife Superstar (Charisma Records UK) 1976 – Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna Everage, recorded July 8th, 1976 in the UK. Liner notes by Sir John Betjeman.


The Sound of Edna (Charisma Records UK) 1978 – the Australian edition had a different cover, but LP is the same. More Edna!


The Last Night Of The Poms (EMI Australia 2LP set) 1981; recorded September 14th and 15th, 1981 in England. More Edna!


12 Inches Of Les – The Album (Towerbell Records UK) 1985; Sir Les Patterson finally gets his own LP! Australian edition on Liberation Records.


Les Patterson Saves The World (Original Soundtrack LP) 1987; WEA Australia, with some very good Tim Finn songs!


The Dame Edna Party Experience (Epic Records UK) 1988 – an album of medleys, sung in the persona of Dame Edna Everage.

New Zealand / Australia

Yesterday 2/8, Happy Birthday to Jim Capaldi of Traffic (1944).

Today, Happy Birthday to Carole King (1941) and Mia Farrow (1945).

Australia / New Zealand

My love affair with New Zealand is well-documented elsewwhere. I went there 7 times in the 80’s, and met all of the main people I ever wanted to meet. Chris Knox was always a gracious host, I remember a new year’s day event I went to at his house, once upon a time. He told me he saw me walking on K Road, out of the window of the bus, and thought, “That’s unusual”, as I was wearing red pants.


I had been asking about Split Enz all over NZ! Finally, a store in Christchurch sent me a discography on them, and I discovered they were once called Split Ends! I managed to find all of the NZ 45’s on them, eventually. There are people I have collected Split Enz with, all over the world. Saw what was supposed to be their final live shows ever, in Auckland in 1984. I witnessed the Aeotea Square riot in Auckland.


I knew Murray Cammick (Rip It Up publisher) in Auckland (still do) and Gary Steel (IT / Tom publisher) in Wellington (still do). Through these fine men, I could get in touch with anybody who interested me in New Zealand music. Gary had friends at TVNZ up in The Hutt Valley, and Murray Cammick knew absolutely everyone. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Fane Flaws. “I Am Joe’s Music” is still probably one of the best records you’ve never heard.


A moment of silence for Silvio’s Records on Cuba Street in Wellington. Stan & Steve hipped me to so much stuff over the years! I doubt there’s a version of Silvio’s still in operation down there.


I only ever went to Australia once, actually. Probably could go back there, with varying degrees of success. In 1987, I finally walked on Australian soil. Sorry Sydney people, I’m a Melbourne kind of guy. And there are literally dozens of Australian artists that I love and collect. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Barry Humphries! Dame Edna to British people, Sir Les Patterson, to others. That’s right, comedy LP’s! And I do believe I have a full set on Mr. Humphries.


So do you collect any of the zillions of “M” artists in Australia? Models, Mental As Anything, Mondo Rock, Men At Work, Midnight Oil, Machinations? Do you have any idea how good “Uptown” by Machinations is? That record drives me nuts in 2015!


The ABC TV show “Rage” is easily the best regular TV show on Earth. Watch any of the “Rage Goes Retro” (January) episodes and see if you don’t agree.

Mondo Rock

Mondo Rock

Venerable Australian band, lead by Ross Wilson. No, never got a chance to see them play live. Doubt they exist in 2014. I got on board with “Boom Baby Boom” and never looked back. Always thought they had a chance to make it big here, but that never seemed to have happened.

7″                 STATE OF THE HEART / (same) promo                    ATLANTIC US      4000

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo


LP                CHEMISTRY                                                                     WEA NZ                Z 20014

1981 10 TRKS


7″                 COOL WORLD / BACK ON THE OUTSIDE                AVENUE AUS      K-8190

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


LP                NUOVO MONDO                                                             WEA NZ                600124

1982 10 TRKS


7″                 NO TIME / IL MONDO CAFE (PS)                                 WEA AUS             100.21

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


7″                 QUEEN AND ME / DOMINATION ROCK (PS)            WEA AUS             100.225

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


12″               COME SAID THE BOY / GOTTA GET OUT                  WEA AUS             0-259754

1983 3 TRKS with pic sleeve


7″                 MODERN BOP / COST OF LIVING (PS)                      WEA AUS             7-259485

1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″               MODERN BOP                                                                 WEA AUS             0-259439

1984 3 TRKS with pic sleeve


12″               GOOD ADVICE / DARK SECRETS                              POLYDOR AUS   881581.1

1984 3 TRKS with pic sleeve


LP                UP TO THE MOMENT                                                     POLYDOR AUS   825597.1

1985 12 TRK Collection


Now it gets interesting…


CD                BOOM BABY BOOM                                                        POLYDOR AUS   829829.2

1986 10 TRKS


7″                 PRIMITIVE LOVE RITES / UNDER LIGHTS (PS)       POLYDOR AUS   885371.7

1986 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″               PRIMITIVE LOVE RITES                                                 POLYDOR AUS   885384.1

1986 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″               PRIMITIVE LOVE RITES                                                 POLYDOR UK     POSPX 874

1986 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″               PRIMITIVE LOVE RITES promo                                    COLUMBIA US    CAS 2661

1987 2 TRKS promo

12″               PRIMITIVE LOVE RITES (Edit) / (LP vers.) promo     COLUMBIA US    XSS 174052/3

1987 2 TRKS promo, acetate


7″                 RULE OF THREES / ROMAN HOLIDAY (PS)             POLYDOR AUS   885206.7

1986 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


LP                BOOM BABY BOOM                                                        COLUMBIA US    BFC 40470

1987 10 TRKS insert


CD5              ALIENS                                                                              POLYDOR AUS   887230.2

1987 4 TRK CD Single CD5


CD                WHY FIGHT IT                                                                  RCA AUS              VPCD 0831

1990 10 TRKS


CD5              WHY FIGHT IT                                                                  RCA AUS              CCD 019

1990 2 TRK CD Single CD5


7″                 WHY FIGHT IT / YOU GOT IT COMING (PS)               RCA AUS              105.165

1990 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


CDx2           ESSENTIAL                                                                      EPIC AUS             513986.2

2003 29 TRK Collection

The Whitlams


An excellent Australian band; especially the first 3 albums with Stevie Plunder, who unfortunately died; not forgetting Louis Burdett!  I don’t have any vinyl on this band at all!

Indie years:

CD                INTRODUCING                                          PHANTOM AUS   PHMCD-27

1993 10 TRKS 1st album


CDx2           UNDENIABLY (Deluxe edition)                BLACK YAK AU    BYOA 20

1994 17 TRKS; 2nd vers., 2nd album


CD5              I MAKE HAMBURGERS                             BLACK YAK AU    BYOE 3

1995 6 TRK CD EP CD5



1996 4 TRK CD Single CD5


CD                ETERNAL NIGHTCAP                               BLACK YAK AU    BYOA 7

1997 14 TRKS 3rd album


CD5              MELBOURNE                                  BLACK YAK AU    BYOAE 10

1998 5 TRK CD EP CD5


CD5              WOMEN IN UNIFORM                               BLACK YAK AU    FOW-01

1999 3 TRK CD Single CD5, promo




CD                LOVE THIS CITY                                         EAST WEST AU   3984297.2

1999 14 TRKS original issue


CD5              BLOW UP THE POKIES                            EAST WEST AU   383195.2

2000 5 TRK CD EP CD5


CD5              MADE ME HARD                                         EAST WEST AU   8387982.2

2001 4 TRK CD Single CD5


CDx2           TORCH THE MOON (2CD)                      EAST WEST AU   92745936

2002 18 TRKS original issue


CD5              BEST WORK                                               EAST WEST AU   92748925

2002 3 TRK CD Single CD5


CD5              ROYAL IN THE AFTERNOON                  EAST WEST AU   92749376

2002 5 TRK CD EP CD5

To my knowledge, The Whitlams never came to the US to play on stage.  I presume some incarnation of this band still exists in 2013.



On 9/26/70 Black Sabbath 45 “Paranoid” charts at No. 4 in England.  On 9/27/80, the LP “Scary Monsters” by David Bowie was No. 1 in England.   Dick Heckstall-Smith (Colosseum) born, 1934.

Australasia:    Divinyls

R.I.P. Chrissy Amphlett!  Great live band!  I remember seeing them on MTV when “Science Friction” was a new single; they looked like they were from Mars.  Finally got to see them play live around the time of “Tempermental” – amazing!  A blessing and a curse, that hit record, “I Touch Myself”; you could see Divinyls all over US TV, but…

7″                 BOYS IN TOWN / ONLY YOU                                            WEA AUS                 100.178

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, debut 45?


LP                DESPERATE (AUS)                                                            CHRYSALIS AUS   RML 53029

1983 10 TRKS AUS version

CD                DESPERATE (US)                                                              CHRYSALIS US     VK 41404

1983 10 TRKS U.S. version

LP                DESPERATE (US)                                                              CHRYSALIS US     FV 41404

1983 10 TRKS U.S. version


CD                DIVINYLS (1990)                                                                 VIRGIN US              91397.2

1990 11 TRKS

LP                DIVINYLS (1990)                                                                 VIRGIN UK              VUSLP 30

1990 11 TRKS


CD                DIVINYLS LIVE                                                                     EMI AUS                   731001.2

1998 9 TRKS Live, Australia


CD5              HARD ON ME                                                                       BMG AUST              74321-34714.2

1996 3 TRK CD Single CD5


12″               HEY LITTLE BOY promo-only                                           CHRYSALIS US     VAS 1171

1988 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only (12″ Mix)


CD5              HUMAN ON THE INSIDE                                                   BMG AUST              74321-40129.2

1996 3 TRK CD Single CD5


CD5              I TOUCH MYSELF                                                               VIRGIN UK              VUSCD 36

1991 3 TRK CD Single CD5


12″               LIVE promo-only                                                                  CHRYSALIS US     VAS 2283

1986 3 TRKS no pic sleeve; Live, promo


12″               MAKE OUT ALRIGHT                                                          VIRGIN UK              VUST 49

1991 3 TRKS with pic sleeve, poster

7″                 MAKE OUT ALRIGHT / NEED A LOVER (PS)                 VIRGIN UK              VUS 49

1991 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


CD                MONKEY GRIP (O.S.T.)                                                      WEA AUS                 CDMONKEY 1

1982 7 TRKS EP

LP                MONKEY GRIP (O.S.T.)                                                      WEA AUS                 MONKEY 1

1982 7 TRKS EP


12″               PLEASURE AND PAIN                                                       CHRYSALIS US     VAS 2226

1985 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

7″                 PLEASURE AND PAIN / HEART TELEGRAPH (PS)     CHRYSALIS US     VS4-42916

1985 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


12″               SCIENCE FICTION                                                             CHRYSALIS US     AS 1689

1982 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

7″                 SCIENCE FICTION / TAKE A CHANCE (PS)                  CHRYSALIS UK     CHS 2673

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


CD                TEMPERMENTAL                                                                CHRYSALIS US     VK 41627

1988 11 TRKS (1 x bonus track)

LP                TEMPERMENTAL                                                                CHRYSALIS US     BFV 41627

1988 10 TRKS


CD                UNDERWORLD                                                                  BMG AUST              74321-35534.2

1996 14 TRKS


CD                WHAT A LIFE                                                                        CHRYSALIS US     VK 41511

1985 10 TRKS U.S. version

LP                WHAT A LIFE                                                                        CHRYSALIS US     BFV 41511

1985 10 TRKS U.S. version

Midnight Oil

Midnight Oil

On 9/24/66 the New Vaudeville Band 45 “Winchester Cathedral” charts at No. 4 in England.  Linda Eastman McCartney born, 1942.

Australasia:    Midnight Oil

A very good live band!  No idea if they’re still active in Australia.  I hope so!  Always thought they should allow audiophile editions of “10,9,8…” and “Red Sails” – those records sound amazing!


CD                10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1                                                                   CBS AUS                     CDCBS 25314  1982 10 TRKS

LP                10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1                                                                   CBS AUS                     SBP 237868      1982 10 TRKS insert, original AUS issue


CD                20,000 WATT R.S.L. (Collection)                                                    COLUMBIA US            CK 68848

1997 18 TRK Collection


12″               ARMISTICE DAY                                                                                 CBS AUS                     BA 12032

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


12″               BEDS ARE BURNING (EP)                                                              COLUMBIA US            44-07852

1988 5 TRK EP; no pic sleeve, promo


12″               BIRD NOISES                                                                                     POWDERWORKS      MSPD 462

1980 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD5              BIRD NOISES                                                                                     COLUMBIA US            CK 46136

1980 4 TRK CD Single CD5


CD                BLUE SKY MINING                                                                            CBS AUS                     465653.2

1990 10 TRKS


CD                BLUE SKY MINING (Interview disc) promo-only                          CBS AUS                     SAMP 258CD     1990 13 TRKS Interview Disc, promo


CD                BREATHE                                                                                            WORK US                    OK 67882

1996 13 TRKS


CD                CAPRICORNIA                                                                                   LIQUID/BMG US         20062.2

2001 12 TRKS CD Extra


LP                COLLEGE ROCK CONCERT 12/04/83                                         LONDON WAVE US   1012

1983 12 TRKS Live, radio show


12″               DEAD HEART                                                                                     CBS AUS                     BA 12208

1986 3 TRKS + 2 other bands


LP                DIESEL AND DUST                                                                           COLUMBIA US            FC 40967

1987 10 TRKS

CD                DIESEL AND DUST (Legacy edition – CD + DVD)                       COLUMBIA US            18274.2

1987 11 TRKS CD + DVD (’08 issue)

MD               DIESEL AND DUST (MD)                                                                 COLUMBIA US            CM 40967

1988 10 TRKS


CD                EARTH AND SUN AND MOON                                                        COLUMBIA US            CK 53793

1993 11 TRKS

MD               EARTH AND SUN AND MOON (MD)                                              COLUMBIA US            CM 53793

1993 11 TRKS


CD                HEAD INJURIES                                                                                CBS AUS                     450903.2

1979 9 TRKS

LP                HEAD INJURIES                                                                                POWDERWORKS      MLF 322

1979 9 TRKS


CD                MIDNIGHT OIL (1978)                                                                       COLUMBIA US            CK 46133

1978 7 TRKS

LP                MIDNIGHT OIL (1978)                                                                       POWDERWORKS      MLF 233

1978 7 TRKS aka “The Blue Meannie”


DVD             MIDNIGHT OIL COLLECTION, THE (DVD)                                   CMV US                        CVD 54301        2002 (1998) 19 clips, 19 live videos


CD                PLACE WITHOUT A POSTCARD                                                    CBS AUS                     460897.2

1981 11 TRKS

LP                PLACE WITHOUT A POSTCARD                                                    CBS NZ                        SBP 237704      1981 11 TRKS insert


12″               POWER AND THE PASSION                                                           CBS UK                        TA 3176

1982 3 TRKS with pic sleeve, non-LP tracks

7″                 POWER AND THE PASSION / GLITCH BABY GLITCH (PS)     EPIC/SONY JPN         07.5P-238

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


CD                RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET                                                          CBS AUS                     CDCBS 26355  1984 12 TRKS

LP                RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET                                                          CBS NL                        26355

1985 12 TRKS


CD                REDNECK WONDERLAND                                                            COLUMBIA US            CK 69682

1998 12 TRKS


CD                SCREAM IN BLUE – LIVE                                                                 COLUMBIA US            CK 52731

1992 12 TRKS Live


12″               SPECIES DECEASES                                                                      CBS AUS                     EX 12023

1985 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD5              SPECIES DECEASES                                                                      COLUMBIA US            CK 46135

1985 4 TRK CD Single CD5


7″                 U.S. FORCES / OUTSIDE WORLD (Instrumental) (PS)             CBS AUS                     BA 223006         1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

Nick Cave – From Her To Eternity (5.1)

1-12-12          Nick Cave – From Her To Eternity (5.1)

Esoteric music guru Morton Feldman born 1926, Singer Ruth Brown born 1928; I own music by both.

Disc o’ the day:  Nick Cave / Bad Seeds – From Her To Eternity (5.1)

It’s really quite nice that many Nick Cave albums were remixed to 5.1 for their 2-disc editions of a few years back.  I am a much bigger fan of The Boys Next Door / Birthday Party years for old Nick.

Many years ago, I wrote to The Birthday Party – and Nick answered me, giving me the requested lyrics (for “Happy Birthday”).  When they came to L.A. in ’83, I took ‘em all around, asked a million questions and made some good friends (right around the time of “Prayers On Fire”).

“Hee Haw” by The Boys Next Door really sounded good to me.  I played it a lot, as I learned to drink beer, as a young man.  “Prayers On Fire” and “Release The Bats” really drove us all nuts!  Excellent misbehaving.

I remember Cameron being ‘fully refreshed’ and calling directory assistance in Melbourne, Australia – trying to get Nick’s phone number – but all they gave us was his mother’s phone number.  I don’t remember calling her.

The Birthday Party didn’t last too long – you try keeping one of those together!  All the controversy over “Nazi” imagery; the tale of tricking ‘Big Daddy’ Ed Roth to design “Junkyard” – while Roth was a born-again Christian…

I did not fully make it to Nick’s solo career, at the time.  Nice 5.1 mixes will certainly help this scenario.  Last time I ran into Nick at LAX, he remembered me.