Retro Cassette Friday

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For this week’s edition of Retro Cassette Friday we closed our eyes and grabbed three more tapes of the shelf. We blindly picked a Pet Shops Boys protege, one of the country’s most respected journalists and some really painful local spoken work poetry.

Cicero – Future Boy

Spaghetti Records, 1992

Back in 1992 Pet Shop Boys set up their own record company, Spaghetti Records and one of the first albums released on it was from this Scottish singer/songwriter David Cicero who performed under his surname. Half of the tracks on the album are produced by The Pet Shop Boys and Chris and Neil perform on them as well, making this sound rather a lot like a Pet Shop Boys album with a different singer. The lead single ‘Love is Everywhere’ is slighly cringe worthy as it features bagpipes. Some of the other tracks are quite nice though.

Electric Pandas – Point Blank

Festival, 1985

The mid 80’s were a highpoint for home grown music and Australian bands seemed to be everywhere. Fronted by Lin Buckfield this is their one and only album and it features their two big hit’s ‘Big Girls’ and ‘Let’s Gamble’. The songs on here are cool and the bass guitar and pub rock drums are a classic sound but sadly the overuse of synthesisers really dates the overall sound. Lin Buckfield went on to become one of Australia’s most award winning journalists, spending a long period at ‘Four Corners’,  she has five Walkley’s including the Gold Walkley. Today Buckfield can be found at the ABC producing programs like ‘Q&A’ and ‘Media Watch’.

The Magic Trousers – Into Making Life the Performance

Homemade – 1997

Sometimes you buy cassettes to support local musicians, what can we tell you about The Magic Trousers, not much. From this home recorded BASF cassette and its photocopied cover we can gleam some information the band featured Pierre Van Osselaear , Deanne Leber, Allan Boyd, Ahsley J Higgs, Steve Macri, Nathan Leber, Steve Bride and future member of The Tigers Chris Cobilis. Largely it’s psychedelic rock with spoken work poetry over the top. Our overall verdict was it was quite distracting to have on in an office environment.

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