Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Noiseworks - Selftitled (1987) + Bonus B-Sides

(Australian 1985–1992, 2007–2011)
Noiseworks are an Australian rock band that formed in Sydney in 1985. They built up a strong following on the Australian pub-rock circuit, and in 1987 were signed by CBS. Their self-titled debut album was released in July 1987 and peaked at number 2 on the Australian Albums chart.
Considered to be one of Australia's more successful rock bands of the late 1980s, their self-titled debut had a series of successful singles, such as "No Lies," "Take Me Back," and "Welcome to the World." The album went on to sell more than 200,000 copies in Australia.
The band's second album, 1988's Touch, proved to be another big hit, reaching number 4 on the Album Charts. The hit singles included "Touch," "Voice Of Reason" and "In My Youth".
By the end of 1989, the band had commenced work on its third album. They were now signed to Sony, and when the album was presented to them, they rejected it. The album was reworked and finally made an appearance in July 1991 as "Love Verses Money". This album debuted at Number 1 on the Album Charts and the single "Hot Chilli Woman" became the band's biggest hit, reaching number 7 on the Singles Chart. In all, 5 singles came from this album.
At the start of 1992, Jon Stevens, joined the Australian cast of the revived stage musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" in the role of Judas. Jon appeared alongside the rest of the cast on a CD and single from the show. The show ran for 84 nights and was performed across Australia to more than a million people, making Jon a household name.
This stint with the show basically put an end to Noiseworks. The band played its last gig at Selinas in Sydney during March 1992. That gig produced the band's final single, a cover of the Beatles "Let It Be" (Live). This song appeared on the Greatest Hits CD released in October 1992.
Noiseworks disbanded in early 1992, shortly after the release of their third album.
Stevens has forged a somewhat unsuccessful solo career since Noiseworks with the albums "Are U Satisfied" , "Circle" , "Ain't No Life For The Faint Hearted" and "The Works." Jon had a brief stint as lead singer of INXS, but left after becoming frustrated with the band's lack of progress in generating new material. Steve Balbi and Justin Stanley formed The Electric Hippies in 1994 and had moderate success with the song "Greedy People".
Jon Stevens and Noiseworks reformed in September 2007 for a national tour with the Choirboys and Steve Balbi's project Move Trees. In December 2007, Jon announced that Noiseworks planned to return to the studio in 2008 to record their first album together in sixteen years [extract from sergent .com]
After a short break, Jon hit the road again in 2008 to join Ian Moss (Cold Chisel), Jack Jones (Southern Sons) and Tania Doko (Bachelor Girl) on the Let's Get Together national tour. After performing a number of shows in the UK, including an Australia Day event in London, Jon joined Noiseworks once again for a national tour. They released their first official live album, 'Live N Loud', recorded at The Palms (Melbourne, Australia) in October the year before.
2009 began steadily, with Jon hitting the road yet again to perform his more intimate shows and the commencement of work on new material at Rockinghorse Studios (Byron Bay). He and friend Stuart Fraser appeared as surprise guests on an episode of Domestic Blitz., singing an acoustic version of "Touch" for a deserving family. But a heart condition that he had been alerted to in December 2008 (when he had two stents inserted into his arteries) gave him a scare that no-one wishes to receive. Reflecting on his own ordeal, he leapt at the opportunity to become an ambassador for the Hugs For Hearts campaign and several other initiatives relating to his experience, and from there he eased himself back into touring.
Jon Stevens continues to go from strength to strength and fans eagerly await his first studio album in five years. He will bring a new touring line-up comprised of Adam Ventoura, Johnny Salerno and Danny Spencer. Another Noiseworks tour is also on the horizon, as well as more concert dates with John Waters.
Through his passion and tenacity, Jon has established himself as one of Australia‟s finest performers, and one only needs to listen to a record or see him in his element his live shows to realize what has made Jon a spirited and gifted musical talent.
This post contains a rip taken from CD (no longer available) at 320kps and includes full album artwork. I have also included three bonus B-Side tracks taken from the 3 singles released from this album, two tracks having been recorded live at Selinas Nightclub in Sydney in 1987.
This album was a huge hit when it first came out and established Noiseworks as another powerhouse band to come out of the land of Oz.
Track Listing
01 - Burning Feeling

02 - Love Somebody

03 - Take Me Back

04 - No Lies

05 - River of Tears

06 - Welcome To The World

07 - Edge of Darkness

08 - Little Bit More

09 - Only Loving You

10 - It's Time
[Bonus Tracks]

11 - Don't Wait (B-Side Single)

12 - Love Somebody (B-Side Single Live)

13 - No Lies (B-Side Single Live)

Band Members:
Jon Stevens (Vocals)

Stuart Fraser (Guitar)

Steve Balbi (Bass)

Justin Stanley (Keyboards)

Kevin Nicol (Drums)

Noiseworks Link (115Mb) New link 02/11/2014


  1. I always loved the look of the classic mid-70s onwards CBS record label, as pictured there. That first Noiseworks LP is a great one too. Thanks for including the B-Sides with it too, two of which I don't already own!

  2. Cheers for that sound&fury. Interestingly enough, it's not surprising to note that no less than 5 tracks off their debut album were included on their Greatest Hits album released in 1992!
    An excellent LP indeed - enjoy

  3. Hi AussieRock,

    Lots of great stuff on here. Noiseworks still being one of my top 10 albums of all time.
    I'm only missing one Noiseworks song. Walk with me, the b-side to Voice of Reason from Touch. I have the single, but no way to play or convert it. Any chance you have it. I'm happy to send any you're missing.

  4. Hi KS
    Sorry, but I don't have this single. Have had a look around on some fav forums and Aussie rock blogs for this, but no luck I'm afraid.
    If I come across it in future, I will let ya know
    All the best

  5. I apologize for requesting a re-up for the link because I just tried it again and it now works. Thanks so much for Noiseworks!

    1. No probs dolem and just an FYI -I plan to post their second album very soon. So stay tuned. Cheers AR