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Squeeze get homesick down under

Australia. February 1980 They come into view just after midday, two Letz Commodores, heading out of Brisbane, travelling south on Pacific Highway, heading for Surfer's...

The Beatles in Hamburg

On 27 December 1960 The Beatles appeared at the Litherland Town Hall Ballroom in Liverpool in a performance widely regarded as being a turning point in...

Paul Is Dead – The McCartney Myth

On 12 October 1969, out of the blue, a Detroit radio station began announcing that Paul McCartney was dead. The shock claim was picked up...

Punk Rock: Its Day Will Come

Wayne Robins, Newsday, 25 January 1976 IF YOU thought Jefferson Airplane was a weird name, let some of these drop off your tongue. Talking Heads. Tuff...

The Rolling Stones In Exile

The two pre-eminent British bands of the gaudy 1960s marked the grey dawn of the 1970s in very different ways. The Beatles marked it by...

The Singles Boom

There were always more differences between albums and singles than just the price and size. Singles, by tradition carried the vital new ideas of...

Sherbet Remembered

The intermission lights were dimming and scattered chatter was turning into a cacophony of high-pitched squeals and titters. OL'55 and TMG had carried off...

The Sherbet Seventies

1 9 6 8 The original Sherbet lineup emerged from the ashes of two Sydney bands, The Downtown Roll Band and Clapham Junction. Englishman Clive...

Say a Prayer for The Pretenders

We are dancing, Chrissie Hynde and I, to a Sex Pistols single, the exact title of which has been blurred by time and a good deal...

Almost Better Than The Real Thing

From 1968 to 1979, studio-based musicians in the employ of Pickwick Records in Britain, mimicked everyone from The Sex Pistols to Roxy Music. Eight albums were issued...

Golden Boy Jan Berry, 62, Overcame a Strange Twist Of Fate

If Brian Wilson was the king of the California dream regime, Jan & Dean were the crown princes - and the jesters. Composer/producer/lead singer Jan Berry and partner...

Ian Stewart – The “Secret” Rolling Stone

Born in 1938 in the Scottish town of Pittenweem, in Fife, Ian Stewart was working as a shipping clerk at a London chemical company...

Sherbet: Around Australia in 350,000 Girls

Denise is 12 years old. She is stamping her feet outside the 2GZ radio station in Orange, mostly to keep some circulation happening, for...

The Beatles US Tour 1964

"We want The Beatles, we want The Beatles" was the cry that drowned out the noise of the jet airliners at the John F...

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Tracy Chapman

In April 1988, 24-year-old Tracy Chapman - a former Boston street busker with a degree in anthropology - released her folky debut album on...

Twisted Sister

Formed in New Jersey in 1973 (and originally called Silverstar) Twisted Sister signed to an unknown German label in the 70s, and following a...

Mystrys, The

Masked mavericks The Mystrys burst onto the Australian pop scene in 1966 with a spaced-out single, Witch Girl, and some downright intergalactic hype, before vanishing almost...

Rockers (1978)

At its best, Rockers, a picaresque reggae romp, is an enjoyable wallow in Kingston (Jamaica) slum culture. The star, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, has an engaging, deadpan...

Can’t Stop The Music (1980)

Can't Stop the Music was made by Allan Carr, who was also responsible for the mega-musical Grease (1978), as a vehicle for the promotion of the Village...

Mazzy Starr

From 1984 to 1987, songwriter-guitarist David Roback, already known for his work in Rain Parade, and Kendra Smith, the former bass player for the...

Village People

Part clever concept, part exaggerated camp act, the Village People were worldwide sensations during disco's heyday and seemed to keep reviving like the phoenix. French disco...

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)

Rock 'n' Roll High School is a musical comedy - a genre that all but died out in the 1960s. However, a soundtrack featuring The...