1. The Walker Brothers – Nite Flights
The Walker Brothers were a huge Sixties sensation, arguably bigger than The Beatles in the UK for a while in their heyday. As with many boy bands in the Sixties, fame didn’t last forever and they split ways in 1967. Probably due to poverty more than anything they briefly reunited in 1976 with a comeback single which charted in the UK top 10. The three albums they released around the same time didn’t go anywhere commercially. Their final opus Night Flights is essential listening for fans of avant-garde. It’s impossible to find anywhere. I’ll email you a zip if you ask nicely. It’s probably my favorite cult album.
2. Birth Glow – Ultimate Relief
I was staying and playing at the Grace Emily in Adelaide, the rider was unlimited so I asked who held the record for drinking the most beer ever. Some local I can’t remember held the record, 45 scooners. I was attempting to break the record, at about 25 scooners a band got up on stage. This band was Birth Glow. I don’t remember the set that well, I crawled up the stairs after 30 scooners. It’s all a bit blurry, but I woke up cuddling the best CD I’ve ever taken home from a gig.
3. Big Brass Bed – The Miracle Of Lifelike
Big Brass Bed are the most underrated band of all time. When I got home from a stint in New York, the first person to contact me was Adrian Waters, asking me to play with him at club in West End. I supported him and after my gig I went outside and chain-smoked a pack of cigarettes and talked loudly to my friends. I didn’t watch him, I didn’t care, I was young and much more obnoxious and egotistical than I am now. He asked if we could trade albums after the show. We did. His is the best record I’ve ever traded mine for. You can’t find this album anywhere. I’ll send it to you if you promise to post $10 to his house in Ipswich. Absolute unacknowledged genius, you will loose all faith in the local industry after you hear this album.
4. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Lick My Decals Off Baby
Recorded for Frank Zappa’s label in Seventies this is the album you put on to clear a bad party, or start a great one. It’s probably the weirdest album in my collection. I inherited from my father when he came over and dumped his vinyl collection on me, claiming he didn’t have room for it anymore. I first heard it when I was 19. I was converting my dad’s LP’s to MP3 for him, when I heard this I laughed my head off. It’s hilarious. Then second time I heard it I danced around the house. No one I’ve ever played it for has liked it.
Good luck finding it.
5. Charles Du Cane – Tomahawk
If you’re from Tasmania this one won’t count. Charles is notorious in Hobart. I’m not sure whether Charles knows whether or not he is taking the piss. I know how he feels. This album was recorded on an Nineties Apple computer, you wouldn’t know listening to it. Its fantastic. It’s a combination of samples and guitars, and it’s true Australiana.
If you contact Charles on MySpace he will send you an album, and probably anything else you ask for.