Mi-Sex were formed in New Zealand as a long-haired hippie pub band known as The Fragments Of Time.
They moved to Australia in 1978 to try out the fledgeling Sydney punk circuit, had their hair cut and played a mixture of keyboard-based originals and covers of material by artists like David Bowie and Ultravox (from whence they took their name).
In April 1979, Mi-Sex signed a recording contract with CBS Records and one month later they recorded their debut album Graffiti Crimes at EMI’s 301 Studios in Sydney.
A first single, But You Don’t Care, was released from the album to coincide with a national tour as support for Talking Heads. It reached the Australian Top 20. In October 1979, the band’s second single, Computer Games, was released and after only seven weeks it was a national Number One hit.
In January 1980, Mi-Sex re-entered the studio to record tracks for their second album, Space Race. The first single from the album, People, went Top 10 within six weeks of release. Shortly after, the (by now) hugely popular band embarked on a five-week tour of America.
While they were away they received TV Week/Countdown Rock Awards for Best New Talent, Best Australian Single (for Computer Games) and Most Popular Record, album or single (also for Computer Games).
On the east coast, they played five shows in New York then embarked on a 16 day headlining tour through Canada. Returning to Australia they launched Space Race to a mixed reaction.