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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Various Artists - Hot Generation: 1960's Punk From Down Under (60's aussie, raw juvenile tuneful garage beats)

According to popular stereotypes, Australians prefer their beer strong and their football played by their own rules: hard'n'fast. It's an attitude that frequently extends to their music. Rock'n'roll down under has long held a reputation for being hard, fast, loud and delivered with an untamed, youthful abandon analogous to the land itself. In Australia's mid-60s beat scene this wild spirit flourished, manifesting itself in the music of hundreds of young bands, some of which, fortunately, made it onto vinyl. 

Unfortunately, with a few notable exceptions (the Easybeats, the Missing Links, the Masters Apprentices), most of these amazing records remain largely unknown and unreleased outside of their homeland. Now some of the very best of these sought-after sounds can be heard on Big Beat International's ongoing Antipodean 1960s series, the latest instalment of which is Hot Generation, another collection of prime tracks from the archive of Festival Records.

While the artists here drew from a broad stylistic palette - beat, pop, R&B, soul, even surf - the music shares a raw energy and a sense of adventure indicative of the spirit we've come to call 'punk'. This new frontier punk spirit appears in a variety of moods, shapes and attitudes: The Sunsets' The Hot Generation is a relentlessly upbeat celebration of the nation's surfin' lifestyle, yet later the Lost Souls' dark, eerie lament Peace of Mind finds them marooned "a long way from home".

Steve & The Board's two contributions, I Want and I Call My Woman Hinges, typify the Aussie beat blueprint laid out by the Easybeats, combining crunchy guitar riffery, clever vocal harmonies and a unique sense of mischief. The Easys' touch is even more apparent on Johnny Young's Good Evening Girl, written by that group's prolific Vanda and Young. Elsewhere, the Soul Agents provide throbbing freakbeat on I'm Still Mad at You and back Marty Rhone on the vibrantly catchy Every Minute of You, while the Black Diamonds dish out soaring pop melodies on See the Way and Not This Time.

Other highlights include Robbie Peters' fiery version of the Zombies' She Does Everything For Me, the Purple Hearts' fuzz-inflected R&B wailer I'm Gonna Try, Russ Kruger & the Atlantics' powerful Keep Me Satisfied and Tony Worsley's savage take on the Birds' How Can It Be. The latter track was rather out of character for Worsley, who was a frequent visitor to the Aussie charts in his tamer moments, as was Normie Rowe, who shows his rougher side here on the lesser known With Me. Shout-outs should also go to Ray Brown & the Whispers, the Morloch, the Southern Gentlemen and the Pogs who all provide memorable moments. Whatever form it may take, the wild spirit of this 'Hot Generation' possesses every track.
by Mike Stax

Tracks - Artists
1. The Hot Generation - The Sunsets - 2:13
2. I'm Still Mad At You - The Soul Agents - 2:26
3. How Can It Be - Tony Worsley And The Fabulous Blue Jays - 3:11
4. Good Evening Girl - Johnny Young - 2:15
5. Every Minute Of You - Marty Rhone And The Soul Agents - 2:15
6. I Call My Woman Hinges - Steve And The Board - 1:58
7. Keep Me Satisfied - Russ Kruger - 2:39
8. She Does Everything For Me - Robbie Peters - 2:01
9. No - Toni McCann - 1:56
10. I'm Gonna Try - The Purple Hearts - 2:16
11. Naughty Girl - The Showmen - 2:31
12. Watch Out - The Id - 2:17
13. All Over You - Tony Worsley And The Fabulous Blue Jays - 1:34
14. See The Way - The Black Diamonds - 2:30
15. Go To Him - Ray Brown And The Whispers - 2:15
16. The Pogs Theme - The Pogs - 2:27
17. I'm Feeling Sad - The Morloch - 2:23
18. I Want - Steve And The Board - 2:39
19. Peace Of Mind - The Lost Souls - 2:51
20. Saturday Date - Toni Mccann - 1:50
21. I'll Make You Cry Too - The Fabulous Blue Jays - 3:19
22. Leave Myself To Me - The Southern Gentlemen - 2:45
23. With Me - Normie Rowe And The Playboys - 1:47
24. (Ain't It) Strange - Ray Brown And The Whispers - 2:43
25. Beat It! - Tony Cole - 3:02
26. I Feel Good - Greg Anderson - 2:53
27. No More Moanin' - Tony Barber - 2:02
28. Not This Time - The Black Diamonds - 2:50
29. High Time Baby - Peter Doyle - 2:49
30. Why Why Why - The Dave Miller Set - 2:41

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Pello said...

Fantastic bands in this comp. Very very good.

Anonymous said...

I bought this a few years ago - great compilation. I have a question - why do you vandalise all the covers with your tags? It ruins the cover art, and is akin to claiming some proprietary ownership over something that is not yours. This is vain and unnecessary, and quite offensive to the artists and record companies who ultimately own this stuff.

There are tags in the files, so you can fulfil your need to remind people where they got the music.

Between the ages of eight and ten I would write my name on the front covers of all my records. By eleven I had realised this looked horrible and and was ruining the sleeves.

Can I ask why you do this?

mscmichael said...

Thanks very much...

Marios said...

Hi Anonymous,
thank you for your suggestions,
(not that really matters) but only front and disc are signed,
all the others are untouchable,
it's too bad that you're feeling this way, I'm sorry,
but you can find the covers anywhere else, without "vandalized".

PS. life is too short,
enjoy the music and all the good things as long you have the chance.

Anonymous said...

I know I can find them elsewhere, and I usually do. That's why I'm not making any suggestions, but simply asking why you do it. My problem is not that I lack artwork - I wouldn't be bothered if it came with none - I just find this ownership issue problematic.

I've shared a lot of music over the years and it's never occurred to me to tag it, because I don't feel like it's mine to tag. For example, you put "copyright 2012" in all your albums regardless of when they were published. This is a specific claim to legal title as a copyright holder, which is laughable as all you are doing is ripping, scanning and uploading.

File sharing is morally problematic as it is, and tagging the files is vain and pointless, but to place a logo on the cover and make a copyright claim in the tags is to make a false claim of ownership. Why not add your name to the songwriting credits? What's the difference?

And it is vandalism. I can't imagine there's a single person who'd prefer to see those tags on the cover art other than you, and I'm sure you don't add your mark to the physical sleeves. It serves no function or aesthetic other than feeding the ego of the person doing it, much like those ugly tags that teenagers have a tendancy to spray paint on walls.

I just find it odd when people who are indifferent towards the rights of the artists and record companies are determined to stake their own claim on something that is not theirs.

sorogan said...

Thank You Marios !!!

Marios said...

Music is for sharing,
I don't own anything I don't win anything from all this, no adds no donation, NOTHING,
just spend much money and too much time,
only to have the joy to share the Music with friends.
Thank you all.
Love, Peace and Happiness.

kimon said...

Αυτο θα πει αχαριστια,τι μυστηριος που ειναι ο κοσμος.Εμεις σε ευχαριστουμε φιλτατε Μαριε παρα τον "βανδαλισμο" των εξωφυλλων

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot !

@Anonymous : Take it or leave it ...


echoes said...

Dear Marios
Since I am never printing graphics I didn't even know about this "problem". Which in my eyes is not a problem at all.
I am glad that you share your music with other music lovers and support you in your opinion.
Thx again and have a nice day!

cgm said...

Thanks for this great compilation!And finally Australian punk seems to be getting the recognition it dererves - with the Warner Australia releasing Down Under Nuggets.

Marios said...

......real hot gen.....