Hot Generation: 1960's Punk From Down Under

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
"Punk From Down Under" seems like more of a marketing tag than a dead-on description of the 30 mid-'60s Australian rock cuts on this compilation, all taken from the vaults of the country's Festival label. If anything, that subtitle under-sells the CD, which is plenty energetic, but also a good deal more melodic and therefore memorable than the average '60s punk i.e., '60s garage compilation. Australian rock of the time had closer stylistic ties to British Invasion music than '60s American garage did, so what you get here is something that's somewhat rawer and more juvenile than much of British Invasion's mid-'60s mod and freakbeat sounds, yet more tuneful and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
"Punk From Down Under" seems like more of a marketing tag than a dead-on description of the 30 mid-'60s Australian rock cuts on this compilation, all taken from the vaults of the country's Festival label. If anything, that subtitle under-sells the CD, which is plenty energetic, but also a good deal more melodic and therefore memorable than the average '60s punk i.e., '60s garage compilation. Australian rock of the time had closer stylistic ties to British Invasion music than '60s American garage did, so what you get here is something that's somewhat rawer and more juvenile than much of British Invasion's mid-'60s mod and freakbeat sounds, yet more tuneful and professional than many U.S. '60s garage bands. No famous acts are here, though several have large-to-modest reputations among international '60s rock collectors, including the Sunsets, the Purple Hearts, the Black Diamonds, and Steve and the Board; others, such as Normie Rowe, Tony Worsley, Johnny Young, and Ray Brown, had some substantial commercial success in their homeland, though this comp focuses on their most raucous material. Some of the sides are just OK, but others are good or close to great, like the Sunsets' surf-cum-mod "The Hot Generation"; Ray Brown & the Whispers' mesmerizing, tough, Merseybeat-ish "Go to Him"; the Black Diamonds' "See the Way," a superb piece of reverberant '60s guitar pop; Robbie Peters' giddy "She Does Everything for Me," surely one of the finest Zombies covers ever done; and Johnny Young's "Good Evening Girl," written by three of the Easybeats but never recorded by that group, although it's easily up to the standards of their better songs. Even the occasional covers of the well-known American or British rockers have original twists to offer, like Worsley's molten rendition of the Birds' "How Can It Be" and Peter Doyle's version of the Spencer Davis Group's "High Time Baby."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2002
  • Label: Big Beat Uk
  • UPC: 029667421621
  • Catalog Number: 216
  • Sales rank: 125,097

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Hot Generation - Sunsets (2:13)
  2. 2 I'm Still Mad at You - Soul Agents (2:26)
  3. 3 How Can It Be? @@Worsley, Tony & the Fabulous Blue Jays (3:11)
  4. 4 Good Evening Girl - Johnny Young (2:15)
  5. 5 Every Minute of You @@Rhone, Marty & the Soul Agents (2:15)
  6. 6 I Call My Woman Hinges - Steve and the Board (1:58)
  7. 7 Keep Me Satisfied - Russ Kruger (2:39)
  8. 8 She Does Everything for Me - Robbie Peters (2:01)
  9. 9 No @@Toni McCann (1:56)
  10. 10 I'm Gonna Try - Purple Hearts (2:16)
  11. 11 Naughty Girl - The Showmen (2:31)
  12. 12 Watch Out @@Id (2:17)
  13. 13 All Over You @@Worsley, Tony & the Fabulous Blue Jays (1:34)
  14. 14 See the Way - Black Diamonds (2:30)
  15. 15 Go to Him @@Peter Ellison (2:15)
  16. 16 The Pogs Theme - E.O. Pogson (2:27)
  17. 17 I'm Feeling Sad @@Morloch (2:23)
  18. 18 I Want - Steve and the Board (2:39)
  19. 19 Peace of Mind @@Lost Souls (2:51)
  20. 20 Saturday Date @@Toni McCann (1:50)
  21. 21 I'll Make You Cry Too @@Fabulous Blue Jays (3:19)
  22. 22 Leave Myself to Me - Southern Gentlemen (2:45)
  23. 23 With Me - Normie Rowe & the Playboys (1:47)
  24. 24 (Ain't It) Strange @@Brown, Ray & the Whispers (2:43)
  25. 25 Beat It! - Tony Cole (3:02)
  26. 26 I Feel Good - Greg Anderson (2:53)
  27. 27 No More Moanin' - Tony Barber (2:02)
  28. 28 Not This Time - Black Diamonds (2:50)
  29. 29 High Time Baby @@Peter Doyle (2:49)
  30. 30 Why Why Why @@Dave Set Miller (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Johnston Saxophone
Steve Kipner Vocals
Ian Thomas Bass
Laurie Allen Organ
Lindsay Bjerre Guitar, Vocals
Ray Brown Vocals
John Cartwright Guitar
Johnny Green Guitar
Mike Hadley Vocals
Tony Hamilton Guitar, Harmonica
Lobby Loyde Guitar
Dave Miller Guitar, Vocals
Terry Paul Guitar
Terry Richards Guitar
Geoff Smith Drums
Peter Best Guitar
King James Fisher Trumpet
Ian Walsh Organ
Glenn Bland Vocals
Malcolm Clarke Guitar
Alan Gregory Drums
Bill Billings Guitar
John Robinson Guitar
Jeff St. John Vocals
Normie Rowe Vocals
Baden Hutchins Drums
Alex Hill & His Sepians Guitar
Geoff Bridgeford Drums
Technical Credits
Alec Palao Liner Notes, Concept
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