Like a reverse sunset, we fade from orange to yellow.
Melbourne’s Skyhooks were hugely popular and successful in the mid to late 1970s, playing a glammed-up radio-friendly rock. This debut is beloved of an entire generation who lapped up the insightful and sometimes mischievous songs set in places we knew well. You can’t beat good tunes and literate lyrics. And though some may find the sound a little dated now, others will be instantaneously transported back in time.
Let’s face it, comedy records are problematic, even good ones with excellent songs. I mean, how likely would you be to attend an identical gig multiple times, even a good one with excellent songs? Without the atmosphere and live energy of a concert, it is not easy to get that ‘Whooh!’ experience in your lounge room, even a good one with excellent sound. Having said that, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement give it a damn good shake, with their downbeat routines and quirky lyrics. In sum: as live comedy musical duo albums on coloured vinyl go, this is a good one with excellent songs.
Sydney’s power-pop rockers burst out of the gate in 1984 with this excellent debut. With lots of surf-guitar overtones (and thumping tom tom percussion) there is energy, humour and good time music all over this LP. I adore that the first song in their first album, “(Let’s all) Turn On” is a roll call of music they love; probably the best possible CV of any band, ever. Here is a sample:
Better get off my cloud ’cause two’s a crowd
Better get off the phone, there’s nobody at home
I’m gonna work it on out, I’m gonna twist and shout
I’m gonna ride a white swan and get it on
Let’s all turn on
SKYHOOKS “Living In The Seventies” [1974 / 1984 re-issue on gold vinyl]
FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS “Live In London” [2019, triple LP, side 6 etched]
HOODOO GURUS “Stoneage Romeos” [1984 / 2018 re-issue on lemon vinyl]
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