Tuesday, November 13, 2012

INXS retires, for real!

This straight from the password protected press release from INXS.COM -


Perth, Western Australia, November 11:


It ended fittingly where it began 35 years, in Perth, when INXS drummer Jon Farriss declared to a 15,000+ capacity house on the opening weekend of the brand new Perth Arena and the final night of the Matchbox Twenty / INXS Australian tour that from this point INXS would bring down the curtain as a live touring band. In a fitting homage to the band, Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas joined the band (INXS) and vocalist Ciaran Gribbin on stage and performed INXS’s signature closer, Don’t Change, in the band’s encore.

The remaining band members of INXS, Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers issued this statement.

“We understand that this must come as a blow to everybody, but all things must eventually come to an end. We have been performing as a band for 35 years, it’s time to step away from the touring arena”

“Our music will of course live on and we will always be a part of that.”

“We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the friends and family that have supported us throughout our extensive career. Our lives have been enriched by having you all as a part of the journey”

INXS forged their reputation as one of the world’s greatest live bands, relentlessly touring the US, Europe, South America, and the Far East constantly throughout the 80’s and early 90’s, fuelled by the success of records such as Listen Like Thieves, Kick, X, and Welcome To Wherever You Are.
That hard earned and hard won live reputation took INXS to the very pinnacle of the live world touring circuit with such memorable performances headlining iconic venues across the world ….. in the UK [Wembley Stadium 80,000], the US [Texas Stadium 60,000] and Rio De Janeiro [ Rock in Rio 120,000].

But with the high, came a bitter and cruel blow .. the loss of their charismatic and irreplaceable front man Michael Hutchence in November 1997

‘It’s been 35 years for INXS as a live touring band and unbelievably it’s been 15 years ago since we lost Michael’ said Jon Farriss.

We lived for each other in the trenches and we loved each other. It was the six of us against the world and then suddenly and inexplicably we were but five. We were lost right at the moment we were on top.’

The band struggled to deal with the enormity of it all and the easy solution was to just call it a day.
‘We never took a soft option, it was the adversity, the challenge and the struggle that forged us into the live working band we became. And this was as big as it could possibly get when it came to a challenge’ said Andrew Farriss, ‘and in the end we decided for a whole bunch of reasons to march forward. To us there was no other option . families always move forward’.

The bands manager Chris Murphy said, ‘They believed unconditionally in each other, and they also believed unconditionally in the music. People fade, sometimes way too early ….. that is life whether we like it or not.’

To live to 80 plus is a life well lived. To lose Michael so young was a tragedy for all of us. But with this band, their legacy, their music was just so damn good, it was always destined to live beyond all of us.

The last 3 years has seen a resurgence of INXS with their songs being hammered on radio and a rise in audience numbers with the live show. The song ‘Original Sin’, with Rob Thomas on vocals, reached number 1 on the Billboard dance charts.

As Jon Farriss says, ‘INXS’ touring days could never last forever. We wanted it to end on a high. And it has’

End statement…

(I got the scoop on this press release, beating INXS.COM and the newsites by many hours)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Doctor Poo (80s Who parody) on the Js

Remember Dr Poo? A radio show taking the mickey out of Doctor Who? This show was broadcast on the Js in the 80s. Not sure how long it went on, but they released an LP/CASS, which I owned.

Here are some photos!


A quick dig-around located a short Wiki article, indicating this ran for 400 episodes between 1979 and 1981 -

and an official website, with episode information -

An interesting article with a script from Doctor Poo -

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Touring AUS - Blondie/Stranglers/The Saints/Machinations

Site blurb -

Boasting one of the most compelling front women in music Deborah Harry, Blondie have enjoyed a stream of timeless top ten hits bursting with great hooks and brilliant iconic lyrics. Aussie fans can expect a stellar performance from this renowned group.

Blondie emerged from New York in the late '70s and quickly became music, style and pop culture icons selling over 40 million albums globally throughout their 37-year career. Scoring hits with reggae, rock/disco, hip-hop and pop songs alike, Blondie pioneered the early American new wave and punk scenes of the '70s. The disco-infused track Heart of Glass was Blondie's first US number one single which became a worldwide hit selling more than a million copies. Blondie repeatedly reached the top of the charts over the course of four decades with hits such as One Way Or Another, Rapture, The Tide Is High, Call Me, Picture This, Rip Her To Shreds, Hanging On The Telephone and Maria. The band landed a phenomenal five US and five UK number one singles cementing them as music royalty.

Deborah Harry is unquestionably one of the most important and influential women to have graced the stage and a living punk icon. Blondie has continued to be a powerhouse live act, attracting audiences around the world. 2006 saw Blondie inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the bands plaque situated right below The Beatles.

Also joining Blondie is the Aussie rock band touted by Sir Bob Geldof himself as one of the first and most influential groups of the punk rock genre - The Saints. Employing fast tempos, raucous vocals and 'buzz saw' guitar the band was founded by Brisbane school-mates Chris Bailey and Ed Kuepper. Their legendary hits include (I'm) Stranded and Know Your Product. The Saints enjoyed great success throughout the '70s and '80s and went on to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001. The Saints will not be performing in Sydney. Instead, the popular Australian '80s dance-pop outfit Machinations will perform at the Enmore Theatre. The bands hits include Pressure Sway, My Hearts On Fire and No Say In It.

Blondie's tour will hit Australia in November. They will play to fans in Hobart, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Townsville and Brisbane. Joining Blondie for these special shows will be special guests The Stranglers and The Saints.

For the Sydney show special guests The Machinations will play to crowds in place of The Saints.
Tour information:
Tasmania - Derwent Entertainment Centre - 1st December 2012
Melbourne - Sidney Myer Music Bowl - 3rd December 2012
Adelaide - Entertainment Centre - 4th December 2012
Sydney - Enmore Theatre - 6th December 2012
Townsville - Entertainment Centre - 10th December 2012
Brisbane - City Botanic Gardens - 13th December 2012
There will be presales for this announced shortly! Tickets onsale to public on 9th October 2012.

[UPDATED 3/10/2012]

Presale information! Click on the links to purchase tickets, from 10am 4/10/2012, password: ATOMIC


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Another 80s Day on the Green line-up for Nov/Dec 2012

                             Hoodoo Gurus!
                          The Angels!
                            Baby Animals!
                              James Reyne!
                            Boom Crash Opera!

shame it's not the real Angels though

presale commences 13th August, and I suspect public tickets on-sale the week following.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pseudo Echo - Smash Hits article from 1985

Models - No.1 article from 1985

I picked up this magazine the other day - this issue was 1 week after the single Out of Mind Out of Sight went #1 in Australian charts!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Icehouse touring again in Australia

The classic Icehouse album Primitive Man is being honoured with a tour later this year.

See for more information!

Tickets go onsale to general public on 16th July 2012. There are presales for many if not all of these gigs, commencing 9th July.

I'm finding the password to be 'primitivecolours'.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The HeeBeeGeeBees (a musical parody band)

I came across web remnants of a great parody band of the early 80s. I used to play the two records they had over and over and thought they needed saving, in terms of an information archive.

The HeeBeeGeeBees comprised of Philip Pope, Angus Deayton and Michael Fention Stevens, on vocals, and various people on instruments.

The HeeBeeGeeBees had two albums, and released 4 singles.

Album 1 -

439 Golden Greats - Never Mind The Original's Here's The Hee Bee Gee Bees
(out on Original records/RCA LP TWITS101, POW-6022, 1981)

Tracks -

Meaningless Songs (The Hee Bee Gee Bees)
(Dancing) Up The Wall (Jack Michaelson)
Dead Cicada (The Beagles)
Quite Ahead Of My Time (David Bowwow)
You're My Son (Kenny Rogered)
Boring song (Status Quid)
Ah! (The Hee Bee Gee Bees)
Too Depressed To Commit Suicide (The Pee Cees)
Simple Song (Paul McCarthrob and Wangs)
Granma (St Winnalot's Reform School Choir)
Music Machine (Babba)
Oh Me! (Larry Pilsson)
Bird Of Peace (Neil Dung, Bob Vylan, The Bland, Frank Sumatra, Dean Martian, Leonard Crowing, George Harrassing)

Album 2 -

The Hee Bee Gee Bees Present - 20 Big No. 2's
(out on LP (Australia only) JB197, 1985)

Tracks -

Pretty Boys On Video (Drone Drone)
Kiss And Make Up (Couture Club)
Purple Pants (Ponce)
When Two Songs Sound The Same (Frankie Goes To the Bank)
Wherever I Lay (Paul Yuk)
Scatological Song (Supertrash)
Down Tools (Men Relaxing)
Dancelot (Poxy Music) / Toyland
Rhapsody (Queer)
Gary Clitter Is Back (Gary Clitter)
RADIO SPOT # 1 (0:38")
Get 'Em Off, Irene (Sexist Midnight Runners)
RADIO SPOT # 2 (0:24")
I Don't Want Your Baby (Human Leak)
RADIO SPOT # 3 (0:21")
Me! (The Kids From Shame)
RADIO SPOT # 4 (0:18")
Bored In The USA (Bruce Springbok)
RADIO SPOT # 5 (0:08")
Song Without A Tune (Billy Idiot)
RADIO SPOT # 6 (0:37")
Curdled Milk And Boot Polish
(Paul McCarthrob And Stevie Blunder)
RADIO SPOT # 7 (0:57")
Are Trains Electric? (Gary Inhuman)
RADIO SPOT # 8 (0:25")
Out Of Proportion (Jack Michaelson)
RADIO SPOT # 9 (0:34")
A Don't Wanna Smoke Anymore Dope (Eddy Grunt)
RADIO SPOT # 10 (0:27")
Lies (Spamdown Belly)
RADIO SPOT # 11 (0:15")
We Can't Have Hits Of Our Own Anymore (Stars Over 45: Kenny Rogered, Dolly Hardon, Julio Insidias, Bob Vylan, Frank Sumatra, Paul McCarthrob, John Denture, Jack Michaelson and The HeeBeeGeeBees)
RADIO SPOT # 12 (0:13")

Credits for the first album -

Credits for the second album -

Produced by Phillip Pope and Angus Deayton.
Recorded and mixed at Silo Studios by Gwyn Mathias.
Lyrics: Angus Deaton and Richard Curtis
Music composed and arranged: Phillip Pope. Additional compositions by Steve Brown.
Vocals: HeeBeeGeeBees: Philip Pope, Michael Fenton Stevens and Angus Deayton.
Female voices: Stephanie DeSykes, Miranda Picton.
Radio voices (in order of appearance): Geoffrey Perkins, Jan Ravens, Richard Curtis, HeeBeeGeeBees
Radio spots written by: Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins, Jon Canter and Richard Curtis
Musicians: Dave Early (drums), Steve Shone (Bass), Sean Lyons + Les Davidson + Richard Brunton (Guitars), Damon Butcher (Synths), Richard Pope (Keyboards), Phil Todd (Sax and Flute), Steve Rance (Fairlight).
Project Co-ordinator: Martin Bergman.
Original sound recording (P) 1985 J & B Records Pty. Ltd. All rights reserved.

Some pictures below show the different cassette releases of the first album -

There was apparently a limited run (UK only) where the first album (cat # TWITS01) actually came with a bonus TWIT$ magazine. Photo below -

Up until 2011, the original albums have not been re-released. They are now legally available again, in a double-cd release and via iTunes - see bottom of page for ordering information.

Singles -

Meaningless Songs / Posing In the Moonlight
(out on Original Records/ R.C.A. single ABO2, 1980, and 7 Records MS-475 in Australia, 1980)


Too Depressed To Commit Suicide (The PeeCees)/ Up the Wall (Jack Michaelson) + Meaningless Songs (HeeBeeGeeBees)
(out on Original Records / R.C.A. single HGBG 1, 1981)

Boring Song (Status Quid)/ Dead Cicada (The Beagles)
(out on Original Records / R.C.A. single HGBG 2, 1981)

When Two Songs (sound the same) (Frankie Goes To The Bank) / Purple Pants (Ponce)
(out on 10 Records single TEN61, 1989)

I also came across this amazing and rare promo piece for the Ponce release, as below -

Tours -

The band toured Australia and certainly played on various talk shows around the world, particularly UK and Europe. A set-list from Tweed Heads, QLD in 1982 and a poster wall from Sydney. As a band, they were by a long shot the most popular in Australia.

(1981 Uni Rag Ball)

Press clippings - 

Audio -

Here's the ultra-rare BBC Radio 2 broadcast from December 1981 of the audio mockumentary 'The HeeBeeGeeBee Story'. I converted it from the original recordings and created the slide-show -

Videos -

Few and far between - links appreciated please!

Boring Song (live lyrics), appearing on The Don Lane Show, 1981 -

Meaningless Songs (live lyrics) -

Angus Deayton on 'That's Show Business' with a short from 'Too Depressed to Commit Suicide'

Michael Fenton Smith's HeeBeeGeeBees website -

An interesting 'origins' interview of Angus Deayton, on the formation of HeeBeeGeeBees, taken from various sources -


You can purchase the 2 LPs on a 2-CD set, from Possum Records in Australia, for a small sum of cash (currently AUS$12.95. Free postage within Australia. Worldwide postage seems to be AUS$4.

I received this cd. It's pretty good, likely the best you'll be able to get. No radio spots on the second album, but you can't have everything!

This double album is also available on iTunes!

Lyrics for the entire first album are in the 2nd 'MESS' graphic in the album section above. (Lyrics appreciated for the 2nd album if anyone has them. I do not remember any being included with my LP back in the day.

There is a lyrics site which has many if not all of the lyrics, although I've noticed a few errors -

Some interesting promotional photos were taken by Howard Grey, in 1980. These are all compiled at his site -

I discovered that the band re-formed in 2012 for a one-off performance of Meaningless Song (in very high voices) for the Douglas Adams: The Party, a virtual 60th birthday party at the Hammersmith Apollo, on March 11, 2012. It was apparently, and surprisingly to some, well received!

Credit goes to Michael Fenton Stevens for supplying (by way of his website) several graphics (namely the Tweed Heads schedule, Sydney poster, much of the discography information, and a couple of B&W photos of the band). In the main, photos of vinyl and picture sleeve were taken from public domain discography sites, spread across the world, and even eBay!

If anyone has content to add, please make a comment on the 80sdreamer blog. Thanks!