Back to the 80s

Back to the 80s: P is for The Promise.

This week for my Back to the 80s Challenge I’m focusing on a band that remains a bit obscure. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t even remember them and once again my husband had to help me out. I guess this is all part of the fun of undertaking research – that it is not always easy and it can be a voyage of discovery.

The Promise was formed in Brisbane, Australia in 1983. The band’s first single ‘Heart to Sell’, released the following year was well received, reaching the Top 30 in their home town. The follow-up single ‘Walking with a Weight’ in 1985 reached number 67 nationally. Two more singles followed and the band built a considerable live following. They supported Australian bands such as INXS, The Angels and The Divinyls and released their first album in 1987. Believed to be on their way to becoming another Australian success story overseas, things fell apart for them on the eve of their American signing, never realising their full potential.

With that keyboard and bass guitar, ‘Heart to Sell’ has a real 80s sound. 😉

Other bands formed or who had hits in the 1980s starting with the letter P include:- Pseudo Echo, The Proclaimers, The Police, Pet Shop Boys, Party Boys, Psychedelic Furs.

What kinds of difficulties have you had when undertaking research? Do you enjoy the prospect of learning new things while researching? What other bands of the 1980s that begin with the letter P can you think of?

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Back to the 80s

Back to the 80s: M is for Midnight Oil.

This week I’ll be continuing with my A-Z Challenge of 1980s music and this week is brought to you by the letter M. The letter M gets a big ‘Yay!’ from me, because I’ll be talking about my favourite band – Midnight Oil.

I became a fan back in the early 1980s when I was in High School (*cough*) and bought practically every album. Even though they were my favourite, I never did get to see them live, so I was stoked to hear the announcement earlier this year of them reforming and doing tours. I was anxious to get hold of a ticket to see them at their Sydney concert and I was fortunate to become a ticket holder. So, hubby and I will be going to Sydney in November to see them live and as it’s the time of my birthday, it will be the best birthday present ever! 🙂

Formed in 1975, Midnight Oil were a pub band; mainly playing in Narrabeen in Sydney’s northern beaches. Despite receiving next to no commercial radio support, their first album, released in 1978, made it in the Australian Top 50. By the time of the release of their third album, the pub rock scene was at its height and Midnight Oil were playing to packed houses. Released in 1982, Midnight Oil’s next album 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 became a huge success in Australia and stayed in the charts in excess of 200 weeks. By this time Midnight Oil were well known for their support of environmental and social justice issues.

In 1986, they toured the Australian outback with the Warumpi band, which became known as the ‘Blackfella/Whitefella’ tour. The release of their album Diesel and Dust in 1987 gave them international recognition. Midnight Oil would tour the United States, and in 1990 played outside the Exxon office in New York in order to draw attention to the environmental disaster caused by the oil tanker Exxon Valdez. In 2000, the band performed at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games with the word ‘Sorry’ emblazoned across their clothing, in reference to the Stolen Generation.

The band officially disbanded in 2002 when lead singer, Peter Garrett, announced his departure to pursue a career in politics. Since then, Midnight Oil has remained a cultural icon. ‘Power and the Passion’ and ‘Beds are Burning’ were listed in the Top 30 Best Australian songs of all time; the band has won 11 ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards and has been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Other bands formed or who had hits in the 1980s starting with the letter M include:- Men at Work, (The) Models, Machinations, Mental as Anything, Mondo Rock, Madness, Moving Pictures.

Do you have a favourite band that you have never seen? What other bands of the 1980s that begin with the letter M can you think of?

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Back to the 80s: K is for Kids in the Kitchen.

kids-in-the-kitchenIf I was having a tough time coming up with band names for last month, it’s nothing compared to this months challenge for the letter K. I could only come up with one – yes, one! – that really stood out. And they are once again, another Aussie band.

Kids in the Kitchen were formed in Melbourne in 1983 and their debut single ‘Change in Mood’ reached No.10 in Australia later that same year. The following year, they were nominated for ‘Most Promising New Talent’, as well as ‘Best Debut Single’ at the Countdown Music and Video Awards. In 1985, they released their debut album Shine, where the single ‘Current Stand’ became a hit overseas and reached No.12 in Australia. Their second album, Terrain was released in 1987, which failed to chart. Unfortunately the group could not emulate their earlier success and broke up in 1988.

Other bands formed or who had hits in the 1980s starting with the letter K include:- Kajagoogoo, Kraftwerk, Kool and the Gang.

What other bands of the 1980s that begin with the letter K can you think of?

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Back to the 80s: I is for INXS.

INXSThis month for my Back to the 80s challenge, I’m featuring another Aussie band. INXS came to my attention back in the summer of 1980/1, after the release of their single ‘Just Keep Walking’. Listening to this song would forever remind me of Christmas holidays down the south coast and hot summer days upon the beach. The song became their first Australian Top 40 single.

INXS were formed in Sydney in 1977, and were originally named The Farris Brothers. They began to regularly support local pub bands such as Midnight Oil and in 1980, released their first, self-titled album. By 1984, they had released three more albums, which began to see them receive international airplay and success, including Canada and the U.S. ‘Original Sin’ from their album The Swing, became their first No.1 single.

In 1985, they performed for the Oz for Africa concert, as part of Live Aid and later that year released their album Listen Like Thieves. Their album Kick was released in 1987, which made them popular worldwide, reaching No.1 in Australia, No.3 in the U.S and No.9 in the U.K. After the success of this album, they went on to release four more. By now they had reached international success, but sadly, on 22 November, 1997, lead singer Michael Hutchence was found dead in his hotel room in Sydney. A state funeral was given and televised. Months later, the State Coroner ruled his death to be that of suicide. Despite this verdict, there is continued speculation over his death.

INXS would continue to perform over the coming years with various lead singers and in 2012, announced they would no longer be touring. Throughout their career, INXS won seven ARIA music awards and in 2001, was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

I was fortunate to see them live in Sydney during their Kick concert at the height of their career. Down near the front of the stage, I couldn’t help but notice that Michael Hutchence definitely had a kind of presence about him (sounds corny, I know, but it’s true). His untimely death was a great loss to the Australian music industry and the world. May he rest in peace.

Other bands formed or who had hits in the 1980s starting with the letter I include:- Icehouse, Ian Durry and the Blockheads, I’m Talking.

Is there a song or particular type of music that reminds you of summer? What other bands of the 1980s that begin with the letter I can you think of?

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Back to the 80s: H is for Hunters & Collectors.

Hunters & CollectorsFor the challenge this month I’ll be featuring another Aussie band. Hunters & Collectors are one of my favourites and I recall back in the early 80s, one of my friends saying ‘You like them?’, as if there was something seriously wrong with me (eh, I guess even back then I was being an individual). Years later, she eventually learned to change her mind, though. 😉

Back in the early 90s, my husband and I saw them live at the State Theatre in Sydney. It was a good concert, and we both found it amusing to watch the teeny-boppers at the front of the stage, particularly when the band began playing some of their earlier stuff. There was a highlight that we have not forgotten. Standing next to us was Australian television personality Andrew Denton, who my husband began talking to. When the band began playing their iconic song ‘The Slab’, or ‘Betty’s Worry’, the teeny-boppers looked bemused and sat down, however my husband and Andrew Denton got right into it and yelled the lyrics into each others faces. Priceless!

Hunters & Collectors were formed in Melbourne in 1981. They released two albums in the early 1980s, neither one reaching the Top 50 in Australia and the band briefly disbanded. They soon reformed and released another album, Human Frailty in 1986, which became their first Top 10 album. The song ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’, would eventually become one of their most popular songs. They went on to release another half a dozen albums, were nominated in six categories at the ARIA Music Awards in 1990, and supported Midnight Oil’s tour of the U.S. during the same year. Internal tensions grew within the band a few years later and they would eventually disband in 1998, undertaking their final Australian tours in the same year. In 2005, Hunters & Collectors were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Other bands formed or who had hits in the 1980s starting with the letter H include:- Huey Lewis and the News, (The) Human League, Hoodoo Gurus, Haircut 100.

What other bands of the 1980s that begin with the letter H can you think of? What bands do you like that make you a ‘little different’ to your friends? Do you have some memorable moments at concerts you’ve been to?

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Back to the 80s: G is for Goanna.

GoannaJanuary is quickly coming to its end already this year and this month for the start of 2016, we’re kicking off with the letter G, featuring another Aussie band.

Goanna were formed in Melbourne in 1977 and with their increasing popularity, signed with WEA Australia in 1982. They released their first single ‘Solid Rock’ during the same year after some reluctance due to its political subject. It went on to reach No.2 in Australia and remained in the Top 50 for 26 weeks. Months later, they released their debut album Spirit of Place, which also reached No.2 in the album charts. A year later, the band won three awards including Best Debut Album, Best Debut Single and Best New Talent. In 1985, they released their second album, but during this time there were band changes and issues with their record label. Eventually the band disbanded, with their final tour in 1986.

Unfortunately, the political subject in ‘Solid Rock’ is controversial to this day, but one that is still worth thinking about. Given that we celebrate Australia Day on the 26th of January, I feel it is an appropriate choice this month.

Other bands formed or who had hits in the 1980s starting with the letter G include:- (The) Go-Go’s, Guns N’ Roses, Genesis, GANG Gajang, Go West, (The) Go-Betweens.

What other bands of the 1980s that begin with the letter G can you think of? What are your plans for Australia Day? How do you celebrate your national day?

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Back to the 80s: D is for Divinyls.

DivinylsGoing back to the 80s and rediscovering the music of that decade, it was certainly a time when Aussie music came into its own. There was an abundance of Australian talent, which became recognised both nationally and internationally (and as an Aussie, it’s only natural that with this challenge I’ll be highlighting some of that talent). 😉 This month, we’re diving into the letter D with another Aussie band, which unfortunately came to a sad end.

Formed in Sydney in 1980, Divinyls played in pubs and clubs and it was during this time that they signed with record label WEA. They provided the soundtrack for the movie Monkey Grip in 1982, which included the songs ‘Boys in Town’ and ‘Only Lonely’. As well as the Monkey Grip EP, Divinyls released another three albums during the 1980s. They released another album in 1991, which included the single ‘I Touch Myself’, and despite its controversy, became a success in the US and UK and reached No.1 in Australia.

By the end of 1996, there was a falling out between some band members, yet the band did not officially break up. In 2006, they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, and reformed shortly afterwards. In 2007, lead singer Chrissy Amphlett revealed she had multiple sclerosis and the band disbanded in 2009. In 2010 Chrissy was diagnosed with breast cancer and died in 2013. May she rest in peace.

Other bands formed or who had hits in the 1980s starting with the letter D include:- Duran Duran, Dire Straits, Depeche Mode, Dragon, Do-Re-Mi, Def Leppard, Devo, Dead or Alive, Dear Enemy.

What other bands of the 1980s that begin with the letter D can you think of? Do you worry if a band’s music becomes controversial?

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