Friday, October 29, 2010

W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Shower Scene from Psycho - Exploding Hits MLP (1986)

Before things get too serious here at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song at the end of each month, that could be categorized as being either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny.
The music scene in Australia in the late 70's and early 80's was to 'make a large generalization' divided into 'city sounds'. Perth 'Power Pop - The Stems', Brisbane - ' Folk/Pop - Go-Betweens', Sydney 'Rock - too many to mention' and Melbourne 'Art Sound'.
Shower Scene from Psycho fills this niche like a hand in a glove. If you have never heard of these guys, it's hard to describe their music! Some facts they played in the early 80's around Melbourne and hung around with The Boy's Next Door...... discovered playing in a gay bar i
n St Kilda.
Known for their deconstruction of pop hits such as The Seekers "Georgy Girl" , The Masters Apprentices "Turn Up Your Radio" and Hendrix's "Purple Haze". Shower Scene combined elements of satire, electronic experimentation and rock guitar. The band actually alienated as many listeners as it attracted them.
This Mini LP shows them doing abstract covers of some well known songs. Really, you just have to listen to it...... I guarantee you have never heard anything like this. This WOCK posting certainly fits the Weird and Crazy categories this month!
Band members:

Vocals, Keyboards - Simon Grounds;

Guitar and Feeedback - Jack Bloom.
Bass Casio and Drum machine - Tim Costigan.
Hmm.... you say, but isn't that a
female voice I can hear in all of these songs? That was a very common impression that people had when they first heard their stuff. That’s something that worked really well, that almost inhuman thing they used to be able to get with the singing. It was hard to pin down where it’s coming from. They used to do some quite radical vocal effects as well. Their first B-side, ‘Why Me?’, was pushing the voice to that chipmunk level and singing in a kind of imaginary language. If you thought Split Enz had a crazy stage act, then you need to see these guy's in action.
For more info on this crazy band, see this website
This Rip was taken from the 12" MLP at 192kps and also includes a mp4 video clip of Shower Scene from Psycho doing their take on "Georgy Girl".
Shower Scene from Psycho (58Mb) REPOST


  1. Actually we played our first paying gig at the Tote. The boys next door hated us and our prime inspiration was warner brothers cartoons! Thanks for the nice rap anyway. Tim

  2. Hi Tim
    What a nice surprise to have a band member comment and thanks for your clarification on some facts. Thanks for dropping by :-)

  3. A HUGE thanks for posting this. I've been searching for this for years. It disappeared from my collection and I've never found a replacement. Melbourne in the 80's was a great place to get your musical education! Cheers, Rob

  4. Glad I could assist Rob - hope it brings back fond memories