Friday, May 26, 2023

REPOST: Bandicoot - Selftitled (1976)

(Australian Band: 1976-78)
.Mick Fettes, was the front man and vocalist for Madder Lake, which was one of the most original and distinctive of the "new wave" Australian groups that emerged around 1970. They were also an important and popular part of the Melbourne music scene in the early 70's. It's unfortunate that they're only known for their two excellent albums - Stillpoint (1973), Butterfly Farm (1974) and one "Best Of.." compilation (1978). Both studio albums have recently been released on CD by Sandman Records (aka Aztec Records).
Things came to a head however, at the end of 1975. While on a trip to Sydney, Mick Fettes, who was very much the voice and face of Madder Lake, decided he had had enough, and one night before a gig at the Bondi Lifesaver he quit the group.

Mick took a well-earned sabbatical and then teamed up with an his old mate, musician and comedian Shane Bourne. Mick and Shane knew each other from the Reefer Cabaret, where Madder Lake had played many times, and where Shane performed comedy spots between acts. After several months' writing the pair formed a new group, Bandicoot, which also included drummer Gary Young (Daddy Cool). They recorded an album and single in 1976 for the Rainbird label, and toured extensively.

Bandicoot (featuring Mick Fettes far right)

This rip was taken from a vinyl pressing in FLAC format and includes full Album Artwork for CD and vinyl, along with label scans (thanks to Antichubais at Ausrock for the rip and artwork)

Note: Sadly, Mick Fettes passed away on the 18th of November, 2016 aged 65. RIP mate
Track Listing:
01. Living Off The Radio
02. Rock n Roll Dreams
03. Winter Boy
04. Star Of The Screen
05. Oo-wee
06. Just Goes To Show
07. Hoe Down
08. Country Girl
09. Who Am I To Say
10.Backstage Goddess
11.Midday Dawn
12.Living Together Alone
13.Woman Of Stone

Band Members:
Mick Fettes (Vocals)
Ross Davies (Guitar)
Mick Elliot (Guitar)
Chris Stafford (Bass)
Gary Young (drums)

New Improved FLAC Rip

Bandicoot Link (231Mb) 


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  3. Thanks Aussie . I played both Madder Lake albums last night and I am going to see them next Sunday very timely. A good solid band pity they did not record more

  4. Wow ! never heard this before ! sounds great