Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Supersonics - Perfidia
1960


This is Wellington instrument group The Supersonics second single. Originally called The Mana Quintet, they also released one single as The Tubes which featured singer Bas Tubert. They usually played cover versions of the hits of the day, mainly instruments. Perfidia is a well covered Mexican tune.



Jim McNaught
Drums
Richard Cooper
Double Bass
Phil Campbell
Guitar
Bob Southee
Guitar
Barry Walden
Guitar/Piano
Pat Southee
Piano


Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Walk Don't Run HMV 1960
Perfidia HMV 1960
The Huhu Bug* HMV 1960
The Frightened City HMV 1961
* Released as The Tubes

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Monday, 1 January 2018

Top Twenty For 2017

Every year round this time I post the top twenty singles. The first list is the top twenty downloaded singles taking into account how long the track has been posted as well as total downloads, as the older ones naturally have more downloads. The second list is the top twenty most downloaded tracks based solely on the number of downloads. The third is the Top twenty of  tracks posted in 2017. The last list is the top 10 visitors to the web site by country.

All Time Top Twenty

1.   Spines Its All Inane 1982
2.   Cheek Ta Cheek Colonial Reggae 1986
3.   Dark Harbour Crossfire 1989
4.   Rockinghorse Oh! Marimba Go! 1975
5.   Soul On Ice Summer Love 1987
6.   Steroilds Shadows 1981
7.   Flight X-7 Don't Get Too Close 1980
8.   Sheerlux Lonely Hearts 1979
9.   ? Fog Fatman With A Big Dork 1985
10.  Techtones That Girl 1980
11.  Greg Clark & Mike Chunn I 'm So Up 1980
12.  The Mirrors  The Park 1981
13.  Murray Grindley  Don't Look Back 1977
14.  I am Joe's Music The Way You Get Your Way 1982
15.  Ragnarok Fenris 1975
16.  The Challenge  Gone! Gone! Gone! 1969
17.  The Totals Total Man 1980
18.  Bon Marche So This Is Love 1979
19.  Smelly Feet Master Pieces 1981
20.  The Bongos Monotony 1982

Not one track from the 1960's or 1990's.
Top Twenty Downloads 
 
1.  Dark Harbour Crossfire 1989
2.  Soul On Ice Summer Love 1987
3.  Sheerlux Lonely Hearts 1979
4.  ? Fog Fatman With A Big Dork 1985
5.  Murray Grindley  Don't Look Back 1977
6.  Steroilds Shadows 1981
7.  Spines Its All Inane 1982
8.  Steroilds A Sign Of The Times 1981
9.  Cheek ta Cheek Colonial Reggae 1986
10.  The Bongos Monotony 1982
11.  Shoes This High Noise One 1981
12.  ? Fog Move Your Brain 1985
13.  Greg Clark & Mike Chunn I 'm So Up 1980
14.  The Knobz I Like It 1980
15.  Spaces Got Me At A Disadvantage 1981
16.  Feast Of Frogs Snob 1983
17.  Rockinghorse Oh! Marimba Go! 1975
18.  The Avengers I Wouldn't Do That 1969
19.  The Challenge  Gone! Gone! Gone! 1969
20.  Red Adair Rome 1988


Top Twenty For 2017

1.   Rockinghorse Oh! Marimba Go! 1975
2.   Flight X-7 Don't Get Too Close 1980
3.   Techtones That Girl 1980
4.   The Mirrors  The Park 1981
5.   The Totals Total Man 1980
6.   Ragnarok Fenris 1975
7.   Techtones Silencer 1980
9.   Tigers Red Dress 1980
8.  Ragnarok Fire In The Sky 1975
10.  World Gone Wild Shy Shy Jenny 1990
11.  Wayne Mason  Rain From A Blue Sky 1979
12.  Grey Parade  Am I The One 1985
13.  Grey Parade  Call To Trees 1985
14.  The Pelicans  Everybody Says 1984
15.  The Brew  Bengal Tiger 1967
16.  The Mirrors Josie Knowa 1981
17.  Flight X-7 Bye Bye Humanity 1980
18.  Hayden Wood  It's Alright 1970
19.  Beagle Boys  In To Win 1983
20.  Wayne Mason  Falling In Love 1979

Top 10 Countries

1.   New Zealand

2.   United States

3.   Russia

4.   Australia

5.   Germany

6.   United Kingdom

7.   France

8    Spain

9.   Ukraine

10. Brazil

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

3 From Kairo - I'm Gonna To Find Her
1987


I know nothing about this record. There is very little info about them available, they are not even listed in Discogs. I am not even sure if the name of the band is 3 From Kairo or 3 Days From Kairo. The only reference I have found for this record refers to the band as 3 From Kairo. Yet the label has Days inserted on it. If any one can shed any light on this record please leave a comment.  


Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Russia - Lissa
1979


This was the only release by Auckland Band Russia. Unfortunately another band I know very little about. Boucha the B-Side is a lost New Zealand Power Pop gem.




Noel Christian
Drums
Tom Boucher
Bass
Mark Wenski
Guitar
Chris Murray
Guitar
Graham Osbourne
Vocals

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Anderson & Wise - Anderson & Wise
1972


Anderson & Wise were Wellington songwriters Ted Taptiklis and Tony Kaye. Their songs were covered by The Rumour, Kamahl, Quincy Conserve and Nash Chase who had a hit with his version of Anderson & Wise. 



Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Anderson & Wise Ode 1972
Boy From Dundee Ode 1973

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Grey Parade - Call To The Trees
1985



Not to be confused with the British band Grey Parade from around the same time. This is the Auckland Pop band of the same name. They featured two members of The Exponents. The A-side is produced by Exponents bassist Dave Gent who also plays the guitar in the group along with drummer 'Harry' Harralambi. This was their only release.



Michael 'Harry' Harralambi
Drums
Paul Edmonds
Bass/Vocals
Dave Gent
Guitar

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Beagle Boys - In To Win
1983



Nothing to do with the Auckland Punks Proud Scum. This is Wellington band The Beagle Boys only release. I don't know any thing else about them.



Paddy Cook
Drums
Keith Jefferies
Bass
Paul O'Brien
Guitar/Vocals
Ricky Bevan
Guitar/Vocals
Colin Morris
Alto Sax

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Wayne Mason - Rain From A Blue Sky
1979


Wayne Mason's story is well known. Former member of legendary New Zealand bands The Fourmyula, Rockinghorse and The Warratahs. Writer of the song Nature voted the best New Zealand song by APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) in 2001. This single is not so well known. It is his only solo release. It has never been reissued on CD. Rain From A Blue Sky was a Silver Scroll finalist. 


Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Noel McKay - Party Songs For Adults Only Vol.3
1960



Noel McKay was one New Zealand's first Drag Queens. He made a career singing "blue songs" (songs with adult lyrics). Originally from Oamaru he became a female impersonator in the early 1950's. By the 1960's he was a fixture in Auckland's cabaret scene as well as Sydney's King's Cross. 




Vinyl Discography
EP
Party Songs For Adults Only Vol. 1 Viking 1959
Party Songs For Adults Only Vol. 2 Viking 1960
Party Songs For Adults Only Vol. 3 Viking 1960
Party Songs For Adults Only Vol. 4 Viking 1960
Party Songs For Adults Only Vol. 5 Viking 1961
Albums
A Date With Noel McKay Viking 1960
Noel McKay In Person Viking 1961
That's Me All Over Viking 1961
Noel McKay's Party Song Book Viking 1961
The Fabulous Noel McKay Viking 1962
Bold And Blue Festival 1967

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single