New compilation of Australian 70s/80s synth music scheduled

CLOSED CIRCUITS: AUSTRALIAN ALTERNATIVE ELECTRONIC MUSIC

Festival Records and Warner Music Australia have announced the release of Closed Circuits: Australian Alternative Music of the 70s & 80s – Volume 1 for 28th July. The collection will be available as a CD, digital download, and as a limited edition 2LP set with four extra tracks.

From the press release:

Compiled by noted Australian music writer and historian David Nichols, Closed Circuits looks at what happened in Australia when the machines started taking over in the wake of punk in the late 70s. Synthesisers and other new technology accompanied a new DIY mentality and very quickly made their presence felt right across the pop spectrum. The collection looks at some of the underground innovators – the likes of Whirlywirld, Essendon Airport, Voigt/465 and Scattered Order – and also some of those who wedded the new sounds with more commercial instincts and created new styles of pop music, like the Dugites, Models, the Reels and the Machinations.”

The set follows the release of Nichols’ new book – Dig: Australian Rock and Pop 1960-85 – and comes ahead of another compilation, the 3CD 12 Inch Dance: Australian 80s Pop which exclusively features extended mixes from the 80s of tracks by the likes of Hunters & Collectors, Icehouse, Models, Kids in the Kitchen, Kate Ceberano, Eurogliders, Big Pig, pel mel and more.

CD & digital tracklisting:

1 The Metronomes – A Circuit Like Me
2 The Reels – Shout and Deliver
3 Informatics – Great X-1
4 Jules – Rock Rock Daddy
5 Bring Philip – Fire Truck
6 Anne Cessna and Essendon Airport- Talking To Cleopatra
7 German Humour – A Young Man’s Old Girlfriend
8 Models – On (Original 7” Mix)
9 And An A – Affirmation
10 Voigt/465 – Imprint
11 Whirlywirld – Window To The World
12 Ya Ya Choral – Waiting Time
13 The Dugites – Waiting
14 Karen Marks – Cold Café
15 The Limp – Outer Space Moth
16 Asphixiation – L’Acrostique D’Amour
17 Machinations – Average Inadequacy (Original Version)
18 Scattered Order – A Few Little Shocks
19 Primitive Calculators – Pumping Ugly Muscle (1987 Sydney Disco Mix)
20 Distant Locust – I Feel Love

2LP Tracklisting:

Side A
1 The Metronomes – A Circuit Like Me
2 The Reels – Shout and Deliver
3 Whirlywirld – Window To The World
4 The Limp – Outer Space Moth
5 Karen Marks – Cold Café
6 And An A – Affirmation
Side B
1 Anne Cessna and Essendon Airport – Talking To Cleopatra
2 German Humour – A Young Man’s Old Girlfriend
3 Models – On (Original 7” Mix)
4 Voigt/465 – Imprint
5 Ya Ya Choral – Waiting Time
6 Distant Locust – I Feel Love
Side C
1 Jules – Rock Rock Daddy
2 Bring Philip – Fire Truck
3 Stinky Fire Engine – Fantastic/Ice Cream City
4 W.H.Y. – Sensible Shoes
5 Machinations – Average Inadequacy (Original Version)
6 Informatics – Great X-1
Side D
1 Asphixiation – L’Acrostique D’Amour
2 The Dugites – Waiting
3 Shower Scene From Psycho – Cara-Lyn
4 Scribble – Silly Girl
5 Scattered Order – A Few Little Shocks
6 Primitive Calculators – Pumping Ugly Muscle (1987 Sydney Disco Mix)

 

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