Australian new wave/rock band with gothic leanings. This is probably the only thing they ever released.
1 In Shadows
2 On the Edge
4 The Heart Becomes
Watch this band live and see that they were entertaining and the frontman Neil Tomlinson was energetic and fun to watch and the band was capable of composing their own songs that people would want to hear.
They only put out these two records that I know of and neither one conveys the band properly.
Did any of their fans actually want to hear them cover Tom Jones?
The Internationals - Hoots Mon 7" (1983)
A - Hoots Mon
B - Never Gonna Give You Up (not the Rick Astley song, I promise. I've never Rickrolled anybody in my life!)
The Internationals - It's Not Unusual 7" (1984)
A - It's Not Unusual
B - Headline News
I listened to this record a few times before it dawned on me. This was an established talented band that could have made a good record but, in true punk rock fashion, they used this opportunity to say "fuck you" to the music industry instead. Including their own manager, producer, and record label.
It's said that there were only 200 copies of this record made. There was a time in my life that I thought I would never own a copy myself because of how rare and expensive it is.
I finally found a copy and the cover is in shameful condition. I honestly believe that someone pissed on it at some point in the last forty years or so.The record is not very good but I think it's all for good reason. This band could have been bigger but they were held back by the people that were supposed to make them big. They got screwed over. And they make that clear on this record.
For being as rare as it is there are ten copies for sale on Discogs as I write this. And they are cheaper that what I paid for my copy. And I bet most of them have never been saturated in urine.
I included two of the bands 7"s in this download to show what they really did sound like. They had 3 singles but both tracks from one of the singles is on the album so I didn't include that one.
The Method - Chances (1980)
1 Snippets (live)
2 Circular Dreams (live)
3 Making Do (live)
4 Taking Liberties (live)
5 Over, Under, Sideways, Down (live)
6 The Biz
7 Little Lazers
8 Normally Abnormal
9 Poem - The Method Owed
11 Making Music Play
The Method - Kings on the Corner 7" (1977)
A - Kings on the Corner
B - Dynamo
The Method - Taking Liberties 7" (1980)
A - Taking Liberties
B - The Pink Panther
Not too far back in time I was listening to a compilation record called "From the City that Brought You...Absolutely Nothing" and I thought the stand-out song on that record was a song called "Pompeii" by a band called The Hi-Techs. I never heard of The Hi-Techs before then. I had no idea who they were. But, thanks to the awesome power of the internet and Discogs, I immediately found out that The Hi-Techs was a band that preceded my beloved Personal Effects and was made up of members of that band.
I had to find out what else they recorded and it amounts to this - two 7"s and the song from the comp.
I present to you here both 7"s, the song from the compilation, and the first EP by the new incarnation of the band called Personal Effects.
The Hi-Techs - Boogaloo Rendezvous 7" (1980)
A - Boogaloo Rendezvous
B - Subscriptions (are My Subscription)
The Hi-Techs - Screamin' You Head 7" (1981)
A - Screamin' You Head
B - A Woman's Revenge
The Hi-Techs - Pompeii (from the compilation)
Personal Effects - Personal Effects EP (1982)
1 So Hard
2 Magic (I've Been Waiting)
3 Low Riders
4 Love Never Thinks
5 Don't Wake Me
It is not a ska record. There is not one single second of ska anywhere on the record.
What it is, is more mod with hints of soul, jump-blues and a little bit of swing. It's very horn-heavy and inspired greatly by television crime dramas.
2 All My World
3 Something New (From Now On)
4 'Cause I'm Walking
6 Sweet Little Girl
7 Keep On Fighting
8 Soul Party (Keep On Moving!)
Zzipp has a 7" that I really love so I was looking for anything else they may have recorded and I found this series. I bought the first volume but the seller sent me the second volume by mistake. I decided to keep it and I bought the first one later.
There are a few good moments but nothing too captivating in either one.
1 Jamback Affair - Peachy
2 Jamback Affair -
3 Jamback Affair - The Party
4 Zzipp - You're Better Off with Me
5 Zzipp - Masochism
6 Zzipp - Groupie
7 Simplex Novum - Innerworlds
8 Simplex Novum - Scratches
9 Simplex Novum - Changing Times
10 Zenith - Division
11 Zenith - Thoughts
12 Zenith - Reminiscence
Meeting II (1986)
1 Between The Sheets - Quasimodo
2 Between The Sheets - Nobody's Born to Lose
3 Between The Sheets - Somewhere
4 Crystal Dark - Observer
5 Crystal Dark - Roman Insanity
6 Crystal Dark - Colorful Ambitions
7 Jane Kelly - Desires
8 Jane Kelly - Heartbreaker
9 Jane Kelly - Endless Dream
10 The Big Sleep - Blue Moon
11 The Big Sleep - Skies are Burning
12 The Big Sleep - Just Before the End
2 Tragic Accident
3 Time Machine
4 Top of the World
5 Light Year
6 Channel Misery
7 Sorry Wrong Number
9 Don't Call Us
10 Checking Out
11 What Would Your Mother Say?
The band was started in 1979 by Tommi Läntinen who has since been in many other bands like Boycott, Rin Tin Tin, the blues-rock band Tommi & Hombre, Tom Dozen, and Kokoelmilla, not to mention a whole lot of solo releases.
Less than 4 years later the band broke up after releasing two albums, four singles, and a cover of the Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'".
Both A and B sides of two of the singles are on the album Tonight so they weren't included in this download. Here's what is in this download:
Look at This (1980) - 9 track ska influenced debut.
Factory 7" (1980)
DOWNLOAD all four Fabrics releases along with the song "Gimme Some Lovin'"
The Rin Tin Tin album "Swazi-Beat" sounds like it very well could have been The Fabric's third album. I was able to find it on a blog called AOR Night Drive but the link is from 2012 and a bit iffy so I re-upped it to Mediafire.
As we are in day two-hundred-and-something of our two-week lock down to 'slow the spread' and 'flatten the curve', you have to appreciate that the guy on the cover of Tonight is respectfully wearing a mask.
Is it good? Is it bad? Who knows. But it is rare. That's what counts here.
A - Epatite Virale
B - Lettera