Sunday, September 6, 2009

Dear Enemy - Ransom Note (1983) + Bonus Tracks

(Australian 1982-88)
Taking their name from a reference to the Ginger Meggs comic strip, Melbourne band Dear Enemy formed ranks in 1982. Their original lineup comprised vocalist Ron Martini, guitarists Chris Langford and Les Barker, keyboardist Martin Fisher (ex-Little Heroes), bassist Peter Leslie (ex-Little Heroes) and drummer Ian Morrison. Prior to taking the name Dear Enemy, they had played together as a covers band called Stonewall.The band picked up a strong following on the live circuit and in 1983 signed a recording contract with the American label EMI/Capitol - a rare feat for any Australian act. They recorded their debut album ‘Ransom Note’ in the U.S. under the guidance of producer Peter McIan who had produced Men At Work and Mondo Rock. The impressive album generated
three quality singles, the first of which "Computer One" (which was written in America by Langford and Fisher) proved to be Dear Enemy’s one and only major hit, peaking at #5 on the Australian charts in late 1983. The follow up single "The Good Life" stalled at #39 a few months later, whilst the slide continued with the third single "Kids On The Street" failing to chart. Ransom Note sold more than 25,000 units and reached #15 on the national album charts.

Dear Enemy released a new single a few months later with "New Hero", which featured on the soundtrack to the Australian motion picture Street Hero. The single however only reached #93 on the charts.

A couple of lineup changes, with Joey Amenta replacing Barker in April, 1985, and two more flop singles, "Stay" and "You're Right, You're Right", followed over the next four years before Dear Enemy’s system crashed and they called it a day at the end of 1988. Dear Enemy did record tracks for a second album during this period but due to contract and legal problems the album didn’t see the light of day, until a Greatest Hits CD was released in 2000 called "Ransom Note & Beyond" which showcases some of these unreleased tracks (Extract from Wikipedia).

Although I enjoy their cliche' single 'Computer One', I actually think their follow up single 'The Good Life' is a better track both musically and lyrically.
This rip was taken from CD at 320kps and contains full album Artwork.
Track Listing
01 - Computer One
02 - The Good Life
03 - Talkin' To You
04 - All Through The Night
05 - Kids On The Street
06 - On The Line
07 - Restless
08 - Bit Of Your Heart
09 - Day To Day
[Bonus Tracks]
10 - New Hero
11 - You're Right You're Right
12 - It Was You I Was Looking For
13 - Hold On
14 - Kids On The Street
15 - Wild Child

16 - Love Flows
17 - Looking For Your Love
18 - In The Heat Of The Night
Band Members
Ron Martini (Lead Vocals)
Les Barker (Guitar, Vocals)
Martin Fischer (Keyboards, Vocals)
Chris Langford (Guitar, Vocals)
Peter Leslie (Bass, Vocals)
Ian Morrison (Drums)
Dear Enemy Link (163Mb) New Link  08/11/2020


  1. Thanks for this remember this LP haven't heard it since it came out will be good to hear it again.
    Thanks :)

  2. Glad to assist Ozzie
    Pity they didn't record more - Ron Martin certainly had a distinctive voice didn't he

  3. good story. footnote;peter leslie left to work in US in 1998 for ten years performing with various bands and played in las vegas for four years before returning to aus. he was an original member of the baker bros in Darwin and still resides and perfoms there. His latest venture being a band called Surrender Dorothy 2013

  4. Thank you! I found 1984 to be extraordinary for music..cheers!

  5. Happy to help out GGNYC
    Perhaps you should have a listen to Rick Wakeman's LP '1984' - ah, I feel another post coming real soon - stay tuned

  6. Excellent stuff......I liked them back in the day.
    I can remember seeing them play live in St'Kilda..great fun... thanks for the new link

  7. Great stuff. Thank you for this. I love music in the 80's in Australia. Rob

  8. Is there anywhere I can get footage of Dear Enemy playing live ? I saw them in Toowoomba 1985? To this day the best band Ive ever seen. I still play their music daily

  9. Thank you so much for posting this. I was looking all over for it.