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Hot Generation! 1960's Punk From Down Under
Label: Big Beat (UK)
Catalogue No: (CDWIKD216)
Format: CD (jewel case)
Released: 2002
Price: $ 25.00
 
Various Artists - Hot Generation! 1960's Punk From Down Under
Also in this Big Beat 60's compilation series:   Board Boogie Of Hopes & Dreams & Tombstones Peculiar Hole In The Sky
Here's another jam-packed compilation devoted to the unique brand of vintage 1960s Australian garage punk. It includes many classics of the era, and also a good quantity of little-known gems and tracks previously not reissued anywhere. Contains 30 tracks.
Tracklisting: (73:18 m:s)
  1. The Sunsets - The Hot Generation (2:14 m:s)
  2. The Soul Agents - I'm Still Mad At You (2:26 m:s)
  3. Tony Worsley & The Blue Jays - How Can It Be (3:11 m:s)
  4. Johnny Young - Good Evening Girl (2:16 m:s)
  5. Marty Rhone And The Soul Agents - Every Minute Of You (2:16 m:s)
  6. Steve & The Board - I Call My Woman Hinges (Cause She's Something To Adore) (1:59 m:s)
  7. Russ Kruger - Keep Me Satisfied (2:40 m:s)
  8. Robbie Peters - She Does Everything For Me (2:01 m:s)
  9. Toni McCann - No (1:57 m:s)
  10. Purple Hearts - I'm Gonna Try (2:17 m:s)
  11. The Showmen - Naughty Girl (2:32 m:s)
  12. The Id - Watch Out (2:18 m:s)
  13. Tony Worsley & The Fabulous Blue Jays - All Over You (1:34 m:s)
  14. The Black Diamonds - See The Way (2:30 m:s)
  15. Ray Brown And The Whispers - Go To Him (2:16 m:s)
  16. Pogs - The Pogs Theme ( 2:27 m:s)
  17. Morloch - I'm Feeling Sad (2:24 m:s)
  18. Steve & The Board - I Want (2:40 m:s)
  19. The Lost Souls - Peace Of Mind (2:51 m:s)
  20. Toni McCann - Saturday Date (1:51 m:s)
  21. The Fabulous Blue Jays - I'll Make You Cry Too (3:19 m:s)
  22. Southern Gentlemen - Leave Myself To Me (2:45 m:s)
  23. Normie Rowe & The Playboys - With Me (1:48 m:s)
  24. Ray Brown And The Whispers - (Ain't It) Strange (2:44 m:s)
  25. Tony Cole - Beat It! (3:03 m:s)
  26. Greg Anderson - I Feel Good ( 2:53 m:s)
  27. Tony Barber - No More Moanin' ( 2:03 m:s)
  28. The Black Diamonds - Not This Time (2:50 m:s)
  29. Peter Doyle - High Time Baby (2:49 m:s)
  30. Dave Miller Set - Why Why Why (2:41 m:s)
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: (Editor of the long-lived and world-renowned Ugly Things magazine)