Missing Link Records
Missing Link Records was an Australian-based independent record label established in 1977. The Missing Link label was created by Keith Glass and David Pepperell who were the owners of a Melbourne record store of the same name; the name was taken from The Missing Links. The label's initial releases were two retrospective 7-inch singles, "The Ultimate Garage Band" by The Union and "Living in the 60's" by Cam-Pact, both of which band from the 1960s that the owners had performed with. Following a few more releases Pepperell departed and the label took on a new contemporary release program to reflect the punk-new wave movement of the late 1970s. According to rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, " was a cornerstone organisation on Melbourne's independent scene of the late 1970s"; the label became influential through the release of both Australian and overseas material, scoring a top 20 hit single with the local release of The Flying Lizards kitchen electronic version of "Money", when it was passed over by Festival Records.
In 1978 the label signed The Boys Next Door, a punk band featuring Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Phill Calvert and Tracy Pew for whom Glass was the manager. In 1980, the band renamed themselves as The Birthday Party, they became the flagship of the label, recording three albums and being licensed all around the world, with the single "Release the Bats" reaching #1 on the UK Alternative charts. Other notable local artists released by Missing Link Records include Bleeding Hearts, The Go-Betweens, The Laughing Clowns and Dynamic Hepnotics; the label continued to release 1960s retrospectives, local Australian contemporary punk and new wave, licensed material from overseas. International licensed releases included those by The Residents and Dead Kennedys. In 2002 Glass reactivated the Missing Link label and one of its first releases was a nineteen-track Cam-Pact compilation, Psychedelic Pop'n' Soul 1967-69, featuring all the group's studio recordings, plus many unreleased tracks. In 2006, the shop started releasing records again under the Missing Link name.
The releases include local Australian acts such as Agents of Aborrence, Los Diablos, Terror Firma, The Focus, True Radical Miracle and licensed releases for the Australian market by Minus the Bear and Bouncing Souls. In October 2011 Missing Link Records ceased trading at its 405 Bourke Street Melbourne address, citing adverse trading conditions over the past few years brought about by the continued decline in hardcopy music sales, the present theft of music and multitude of digital options. List of record labels General Specific Official website
Ian Alexander "Molly" Meldrum AM is an Australian music critic, record producer and musical entrepreneur. He was the talent co-ordinator, on-air interviewer, music news presenter on the former popular music program Countdown and is recognised for his trademark Stetson hat, which he has worn in public since the 1980s. On 15 December 2011, Meldrum had a life-threatening fall from a ladder in the backyard of his Melbourne home, he was placed under intensive care in a critical condition at the Alfred Hospital and had surgery for his head and spinal injuries. By April 2012 he had recovered enough to resume work duties. Meldrum has featured on the Australian music scene since the mid-1960s, first with his writing for Go-Set, a weekly teen newspaper his tenure with Countdown and subsequent media contributions; as a record producer he worked on top ten hits for Russell Morris, Ronnie Burns, Colleen Hewett and The Ferrets. Meldrum hosted Oz for Africa in the Australian leg of Live Aid. In January of the following year he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, with the citation for "service to the fostering of international relief and to youth".
Meldrum has earned a reputation as a champion of Australian popular music both in Australia and internationally. Music journalists, Toby Creswell and Samantha Chenoweth describe him as "The single most important person in the Australian pop industry for forty years" in their 2006 book, 1001 Australians You Should Know. In 2014, Meldrum was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, together with his TV show, Countdown, he became the first non-artist to receive the accolade. Earlier that year he published his autobiography, The Never, Um... Ending Story: Life and Everything in Between. Ian Alexander Meldrum was born in Orbost, Victoria, on 29 January 1943, his father was Robert Meldrum, a farmer from Caniambo and a World War 2 army sergeant – who served with the A. I. F. in Port Moresby – and his mother was Isobel Elizabeth from Orbost. The couple married on 17 August 1940, two months after Robert's enlistment. Meldrum's younger brothers are Robert. Meldrum moved around during childhood and grew up with one of his grandmothers in Quambatook where he attended the local primary school alongside future country music artist, John Williamson.
He stayed with a number of aunts and was raised in the traditions of the Church of England. He developed a musical interest in Verdi. Meldrum's father ran a hardware store in Kyabram, his mother had periodic hospitalisations for mental illness including some years at Larundel Mental Asylum, Bundoora in the mid-1960s. In the early 1960s Meldrum arrived in Melbourne where he attended Taylors College. Intending to become a disc jockey he studied at a radio school, he would go to University of Melbourne – without formally enrolling – carrying law books, to eat lunch with the law students: "I hung around, I wouldn't say I got into a course."Soon after, he had moved in with the family of his close friend, Ronnie Burns, who became a pop star: first as a member of The Flies and as a solo artist. Meldrum had followed Burns to the latter's home and asked, "Is there any chance I could come and live with you and your family?" What had started as a two-week stay with the Burns family became nine years. During The Beatles' tour of Australia in June 1964, Meldrum was captured by TV cameras climbing atop the bonnet of their car shortly after arrival at Melbourne airport.
He and Burns were ejected from The Beatles' Melbourne concert for being "too enthusiastic". While on a surfing holiday at a Victorian coastal resort in Lorne in 1964, Meldrum befriended Lynne Randell, who became a pop star in the mid-1960s and worked as Meldrum's personal assistant in the 1980s. In 1964 Meldrum began his music career as a roadie for his friends' band, The Groop, which had early performances in Anglesea. Go-Set was a weekly pop music newspaper started in February 1966 by Phillip Frazer, Tony Schauble, their Monash University mates. Meldrum started writing for the paper in July that year after befriending Frazer. Frazer said "As I recall it, Ian was sweeping the floor... I said to,'Who's this guy? Where'd he come from?' and Tony said,'I dunno, he just came in and wanted to do something.'" Meldrum's first story was on Burns, "Ronnie Meets the Barrett Brothers". His first printed interview was with a singer-songwriter from Perth. Soon Meldrum was writing regular feature stories, he continued until the paper folded in August 1974.
By social networking and building a list of industry contacts, Meldrum was able to cover many facets of the local scene. Meldrum's writing style was "freeform ramblings, always in the first person, nearly always concerning aspects of the music scene with which he had been involved." It was during this period that Meldrum was given his nickname, Molly, by his friend and fellow Go-Set writer Stan Rofe
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Its name refers to an urban agglomeration of 9,992.5 km2, comprising a metropolitan area with 31 municipalities, is the common name for its city centre. The city occupies much of the coastline of Port Phillip bay and spreads into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley, it has a population of 4.9 million, its inhabitants are referred to as "Melburnians". The city was founded on 30 August 1835, in the then-British colony of New South Wales, by free settlers from the colony of Van Diemen’s Land, it was incorporated as a Crown settlement in 1837 and named in honour of the British Prime Minister, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne. In 1851, four years after Queen Victoria declared it a city, Melbourne became the capital of the new colony of Victoria. In the wake of the 1850s Victorian gold rush, the city entered a lengthy boom period that, by the late 1880s, had transformed it into one of the world's largest and wealthiest metropolises.
After the federation of Australia in 1901, it served as interim seat of government of the new nation until Canberra became the permanent capital in 1927. Today, it is a leading financial centre in the Asia-Pacific region and ranks 15th in the Global Financial Centres Index; the city is home to many of the best-known cultural institutions in the nation, such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the National Gallery of Victoria and the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building. It is the birthplace of Australian impressionism, Australian rules football, the Australian film and television industries and Australian contemporary dance. More it has been recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature and a global centre for street art, live music and theatre, it is the host city of annual international events such as the Australian Grand Prix, the Australian Open and the Melbourne Cup, has hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Due to it rating in entertainment and sport, as well as education, health care and development, the EIU ranks it the second most liveable city in the world.
The main airport serving the city is Melbourne Airport, the second busiest in Australia, Australia's busiest seaport the Port of Melbourne. Its main metropolitan rail terminus is Flinders Street station and its main regional rail and road coach terminus is Southern Cross station, it has the most extensive freeway network in Australia and the largest urban tram network in the world. Indigenous Australians have lived in the Melbourne area for an estimated 31,000 to 40,000 years; when European settlers arrived in the 19th-century, under 2,000 hunter-gatherers from three regional tribes—the Wurundjeri and Wathaurong—inhabited the area. It was an important meeting place for the clans of the Kulin nation alliance and a vital source of food and water; the first British settlement in Victoria part of the penal colony of New South Wales, was established by Colonel David Collins in October 1803, at Sullivan Bay, near present-day Sorrento. The following year, due to a perceived lack of resources, these settlers relocated to Van Diemen's Land and founded the city of Hobart.
It would be 30 years. In May and June 1835, John Batman, a leading member of the Port Phillip Association in Van Diemen's Land, explored the Melbourne area, claimed to have negotiated a purchase of 600,000 acres with eight Wurundjeri elders. Batman selected a site on the northern bank of the Yarra River, declaring that "this will be the place for a village" before returning to Van Diemen's Land. In August 1835, another group of Vandemonian settlers arrived in the area and established a settlement at the site of the current Melbourne Immigration Museum. Batman and his group arrived the following month and the two groups agreed to share the settlement known by the native name of Dootigala. Batman's Treaty with the Aborigines was annulled by Richard Bourke, the Governor of New South Wales, with compensation paid to members of the association. In 1836, Bourke declared the city the administrative capital of the Port Phillip District of New South Wales, commissioned the first plan for its urban layout, the Hoddle Grid, in 1837.
Known as Batmania, the settlement was named Melbourne in 1837 after the British Prime Minister, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, whose seat was Melbourne Hall in the market town of Melbourne, Derbyshire. That year, the settlement's general post office opened with that name. Between 1836 and 1842, Victorian Aboriginal groups were dispossessed of their land by European settlers. By January 1844, there were said to be 675 Aborigines resident in squalid camps in Melbourne; the British Colonial Office appointed five Aboriginal Protectors for the Aborigines of Victoria, in 1839, however their work was nullified by a land policy that favoured squatters who took possession of Aboriginal lands. By 1845, fewer than 240 wealthy Europeans held all the pastoral licences issued in Victoria and became a powerful political and economic force in Victoria for generations to come. Letters patent of Queen Victoria, issued on 25 June 1847, declared Melbourne a city. On 1 July 1851, the Port Phillip District separated from New South Wales to become the Colony of Victoria, with Melbourne as its capital.
The discovery of gold in Victoria in mid-1851 sparked a
Augie March are an Australian indie/pop rock band. Formed in 1996 in Shepparton, the band consists of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Glenn Richards, lead guitarist Adam Donovan, bassist Edmondo Ammendola, drummer David Williams, keyboardist Kiernan Box. Box replaced Rob Dawson, the band's initial piano player, who died in 2001. Augie March's rise to fame was slow, their first album, Sunset Studies, was released in 2000. Despite poor sales, it received an ARIA Award nomination. Critics in both Australia and the United States lauded its 2002 successor, Strange Bird, but it sold and charted poorly in both countries. Augie March's third album, You Bloody Choir, received a much better reception in terms of sales. Having achieved mainstream success, the band toured Australia and the United States through 2006 and 2007. In 2008 they released Watch Me Disappear, it became their most commercially successful album, but received the least favourable critical reception. Augie March's distinctive musical style is directed by vocalist Richards.
His lyrics draw critical acclaim for their poetic style. The band's music is described as intricate and dense, acting as a backdrop for Richards' complex and poetic vocals. Glenn Richards, Adam Donovan and David Williams attended school in Shepparton, Victoria. Richards began writing songs while studying English at university in 1996, he invited Donovan and Williams, studying music at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, to join him. The band took their name from the 1954 novel The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow, citing its poetic, complex prose as a reflection of Richards' vocals. Augie March's first performance was in Brunswick at a friend's nudist exhibition. After playing several other gigs, the band were signed by record label Rag Records, at the time considered to be prestigious. Augie March's first EP, Thanks for the Memes, was produced by Victor Van Vugt and released in early 1998. Despite positive reviews it received little airplay. Williams remarked that he was surprised the band had been able to find a producer considering the obscure music on the EP, which at the time the band had considered "hip and cool, intellectual".
Augie March followed up with their second EP, Waltz, in October 1999. Produced by Richard Pleasance, the EP included "Asleep in Perfection", which became the most requested song on ABC's rage program; the song was nominated for "Breakthrough Artist - Single", Pleasance for "Producer of the Year", at the 2000 ARIA Music Awards. The band began touring around Australia, getting as far as Perth, their popularity increased through word of mouth. BMG offered Augie March a recording contract. Augie March went into the studio in March 2000 to begin work on their first full-length album. Rob Dawson, a long-time friend of Richards, joined the band on piano; the band worked in nine studios with six different engineers over the course of six months. In July 2000, prior to the album's completion, they released their first single, "Hole in Your Roof". In October 2000, Augie March released Sunset Studies. Album launches in Sydney and Melbourne were attempted, but were unsuccessful as both cities were crowded with musicians at the time.
Thus, they played a small tour along Australia's east coast. The album did not chart well. Sunset Studies' critical reception, was positive; the album's production earned it the 2001 ARIA Award for Engineer of the Year, as well as nominations for "Producer of the Year", "Breakthrough Artist - Album" and "Best Cover Art". Of the album's six engineers, Paul McKercher, Chris Thompson, Richard Pleasance, Chris Dickie were credited with the ARIA Award for best engineer. McKercher and Pleasance, as well as the band, were named producers. Of the singles released from the album, "There Is No Such Place" was the most popular, charting at number 47 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2001. Preparations for a follow-up to Sunset Studies were thrown into disarray on 2 January 2001 when Dawson died in a car crash; the event had a significant impact on the band and on Richards as he wrote their next album. However, the resulting work was not mournful. To replace Dawson, Melbournian Kiernan Box joined the band as a keyboardist.
The band produced Strange Bird independently. In response to complaints concerning Richards' Sunset Studies wordplay, Augie March included a lyrics booklet with Strange Bird. Strange Bird was
David John "Dave" Graney is an Australian rock musician, singer-songwriter and author from Melbourne. Since 1978, Graney has been accompanied by Clare Moore; the pair have fronted numerous bands including The Moodists, Dave Graney and The White Buffaloes, Dave Graney and Coral Snakes, The Dave Graney Show, Dave Graney and Clare Moore featuring the Lurid Yellow Mist or Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist and dave graney and the mistLY. He was awarded'Best Male Vocalist' at the ARIA Music Awards of 1996 for his work on The Soft'n' Sexy Sound, while "Feelin' Kinda Sporty" won'Best Video' in 1997 and he has received seven other ARIA Award nominations, he has co-presented a radio show since 2009 on Melbourne's Triple R 102.7 community radio station called Banana Lounge Broadcasting aka "BLB". David John Graney grew up in South Australia. In 1978, he relocated to Adelaide, and, as lead vocalist, he teamed with drummer, Clare Moore, to form Sputniks with Liz Dealey on bass guitar, Phillip Costello on guitar and Steve Miller on guitar.
Sputniks released one single, "Second Glance" on an independent label before moving to Melbourne in 1979 where they disbanded. Graney and Moore formed post-punk group The Moodists with Steve Carman on bass guitar in 1980, they released a single "where the trees walk downnhill/I should have been here" on the Au Go Go label. Carman was soon replaced by Chris Walsh on bass guitar; this line-up released a single "Gone Dead"/"Chads Car", an ep "Engine Shudder" on the Au Go Go label. In April 1983, Mick Turner joined on guitar and they relocated to the United Kingdom in October, they released their studio album, Thirsty's Calling in 1984 on the Red Flame label with Victor Van Vugt producing. Red Flame released an album in 1985 called "Double Life". A single "justice and money too" was released on the Creation label. Chris Walsh left in the same year, 1985. David McClymont – ex Orange Juice- joined on bass and the band recorded two 12' eps "take the red carpet out of town" and "someones got to give" on the TIM label in the UK.
By mid-1986, Graney and Moore disbanded The Moodists, they formed Dave Graney'n' the Coral Snakes in late 1987 and played in London pubs and clubs. Other members were, Gordy Blair on bass guitar, Malcolm Ross on guitar and Louis Vause on piano and keyboards. In 1988, with Barry Adamson producing, they recorded enough material for an extended play, At His Stone Beach released in September on the Fire label; the cover had Edwardian-lettering by UK illustrator Dave Western. By 1989, Graney and Moore were ordered out of the country by UK immigration authorities; the four tracks, "World Full of Daughters", "Listen to her Lovers Sing", "A Deal made for Somebody Else" and "The Greatest Show in Town", were included on CD version of the Dave Graney with the White Buffaloes' album, My Life on the Plains. Back in Melbourne, the couple formed Dave Graney with The White Buffaloes with Rod Hayward on guitar, Conway Savage on keyboards and Walsh on bass guitar. Graney had adopted a cowboy image, wearing snake skin and brown suede, sporting a curled moustache and waxed goatee.
The band released My Life on the Plains in 1989 with Phil Vinall producing. Vinall, a friend of Graney and Moore worked with The Auteurs and Magic Dirt; the album included tracks written by other artists, such as Gene Clarke, Fred Neil, Gram Parsons and the traditional "Streets of Laredo". In their live shows they included songs by Lou Reed, Buffy Sainte Marie and Tim Rose; the title was from an autobiographical tome by George Armstrong Custer in 1876, the year he died at Little Big Horn. The cover featured images of a young Jesse James and ornate Edwardian lettering by London artist Dave Western, based on a Frederic Remington cowboy painting, it reflected Graney's current persona and obsession with wild western myth and late 1960s psychedelic bands with similar tastes, The Charlatans and Quicksilver Messenger Service from San Francisco. No singles were released from the album, although a video was shot by Tony Mahony for "Robert Ford on the Stage". Savage left to join Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and they were joined on pedal steel guitar by Graham Lee.
This line-up recorded, Codine, a live in the studio four-track extended play, issued late in the year. It was added to the CD version of the I was the Hunter... and I was The Prey album. "Codine" was written by Sainte-Marie and had been performed by The Charlatans in swaggering space cowboy style while the Dave Graney with the White Buffaloes cover version was "romantic, country-flavoured R&B". The EP sleeve was another Dave Western illustration. During June 1990, Graney and Moore travelled to London and recorded I Was the Hunter... and I Was the Prey with Blair on bass guitar, Ross on guitar, Vause on piano. The album was produced by Vinall at a Croydon home studio run by former Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher; the cover by Western shows Graney with full ` Hickock' curled velvet pomp. It was not issued until May 1992, due to problems with the label, under the name Dave Graney with the Coral Snakes. In mid-1991, the band had moved back to Melbourne with a line-up of Blair, Graney and Hayward.
In July 1992, they released a live album, Lure of the Tropics on the Torn & Frayed label on Shock Records. It was recorded at St Kilda's P
James Randall Freud was an Australian rock musician-songwriter. He was a member of Models during the 1980s and wrote their two most popular singles, "Barbados" and "Out of Mind, Out of Sight", his autobiographies I am the Voice Left from Drinking and I am the Voice Left from Rehab detail his career in music entertainment and addictions. On 27 October 2010, Models were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by former member Wendy Matthews, Freud's absence from the ceremony was explained as being due to "another bicycle accident". Freud committed suicide on 4 November and is survived by his wife and two sons and Harrison. Freud was born as Colin Joseph McGlinchey on 29 June 1959 to Joe and Hannah McGlinchey and grew up in Melbourne, his interest in music began. "From the time I was five, I realised, what I wanted to do. My uncle gave me all Frankie Avalon records and I just loved them; that was it, all I wanted to do". His father left the family, he attended St Thomas Moore Catholic Boys College. Despite Freud's passion and musical talent, his mother, was against the idea.
He changed his name to James Randall Freud. At the age of 17, Freud did not contact her for over two years. "We didn't communicate in any way until I could validate myself as a musician". Freud formed his first band, Sabre, at the age of 16, with high school friend and guitarist Sean Kelly and drummer Ian McFarlane, their first performance was at his younger sister's slumber party. After hearing the Sex Pistols' song "God Save the Queen" in 1977, Freud formed The Spred with Kelly, three other members. Formed late in 1977, Teenage Radio Stars was a glam-punk band with Freud on lead vocals and guitar and Kelly on guitar and vocals; when the opportunity came to record a single, "I Wanna Be Your Baby" covered by Uncanny X-Men, two members were fired. Mick Prague and Mark Harvey performed "I Wan na Be Your Baby" on Countdown. By early 1979, with ex-members of Colt, he formed James Freud & the Radio Stars with Murray Doherty on bass guitar, Roger Mason on keyboards, Glenn McGrath on drums and Bryan Thomas on guitar, Tony Harvey playing guitar and Mick Prague on bass.
This line up plus various guest artists recorded the album Breaking Silence between July and November 1979, with Tony Lugton and Peter Cook contributing before the completion and release in 1980. The former Colt members, Murray Doherty, Glenn McGrath and Bryan Thomas went on to form local Melbourne band Mod Cons and added vocalist/guitarist Derek Beautyman in 1980. Tony Lugton replaced Harvey on guitar and provided keyboards. Further changes by year's end resulted in Freud and Mason joined by Peter Cook on guitar and backing vocals and Tommy Hosie on drums, they signed with Mushroom Records and their debut single, "Modern Girl," from Breaking Silence was released in May 1980, which peaked at No. 12 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart. They supported Gary Numan on his Australian tour. James Freud & the Radio Stars' debut album Breaking Silence was released in June, it was produced by Tony Cohen. Breaking Silence impressed Numan such that he offered to produce an album for Freud in the UK.
Because there was a British band known as the Radio Stars, a name change occurred for Freud's backing band, who became known as James Freud & Berlin. In October, they released "Enemy Lines" from Breaking Silence. "Automatic Crazy", produced by Numan, followed in March 1981. However, neither Freud nor Numan were happy with the London-recorded album and it was not released. One month Freud disbanded the group. In 1982, Freud joined Models as bass guitarist after the departure of Mark Ferrie, reuniting with old collaborator Kelly. Freud shared lead vocalist duties on some songs, beginning with one of his compositions, "Facing The North Pole in August" from The Pleasure of Your Company, recorded in 1983. In 1985, Two Freud-penned hits, "Barbados" and "Out of Mind, Out of Sight", took Models to No. 2 and No. 1 on the Australian singles chart, respectively. He remained in the band until they split in 1988. In 1989, Freud went solo again, releasing Step into the Heat, the most expensive album released by Mushroom Records up to that point.
However, it was not successful. In his 2002 autobiography Freud blamed the low quality of the songs. After performing on pop music show, Countdown Revolution he criticised the show's format to music commentator, Ian Meldrum. Meldrum dismissed Freud. Look around you. See the new hosts of the show, they are the future of Australian music. You're on your way out now". Freud teamed with vocalist and guitarist Martin Plaza of Mental as Anything as the dance group Beatfish, releasing an eponymous record in 1992. In 1995, Freud canned his next proposed solo album, BigMouth, but some material was used on the Hawaiian surf-themed Postcard to Hawaii album released in 1996 by his next band, Moondog. Freud was Phil Ceberano on guitar and backing vocals. In 1999, he performed "One Tony Lockett", an ode to the footballer Tony Lockett, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, released Today's Legends of AFL Football as James Freud & the Reserves. In 1996, Freud went on to compose and write the lyrics for the main title theme to the Australian children's television series Swinging for ABC TV.
Freud published his first autobiography in 2002, I Am the Voice Left from Drinking where he detailed his alcoholism and described how he nearly died on 24 March 2001 from alcohol poisoning and massive