Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It's Australia Week Part II: Special Big Hair Not Included Edition

From 2018, please enjoy Australian progressive folk/rock ensemble Mustered Courage with special guest frontman Mark Gable and a simply glorious re-imagining of the anthemic '80s Ozzie hit "Run to Paradise."

I was only vaguely aware of RTP when the above clip was graciously sent to me, but antipodean friend of PowerPop Peter Scott informs me that The Choirboys, for whom Gable was the lead singer and whose song it was, were superstars Down Under for close to a decade. Watching this clip of said band and song, I can well believe it.

In any case, the new bluegrass version just kills me; it's available for streaming or download over at Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.

Amazon also has some of Mustered Courage's CDs, which I suspect are well worth checking out as well.


Jai Guru Dave said...

Love both versions! The (I presume) eighties version strikes me as the epitome of perfect power-pop. Just a fabulous record.

Anonymous said...

Both are really good shit!!!!

Captain Al

steve simels said...

Our friend Peter adds:

"The Choirboys' last stab at the charts in Australia was the single, "Empire", from 1989. It's my favourite Choirboys song, and what makes me a little sad is that, as far as I'm aware, it hasn't been heard outside Australia. Here's the video for "Empire": https://youtu.be/4xhhQfqvn_4 . You have to put up with a bit of VHS unpleasantness at the start (the crackles go away once the song starts), but I think it's well worth it."

Anonymous said...

That Bluegrass version is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

At one time, can't remember when, I heard an infectious tune...The Choir Boys.
I enjoyed both versions.
It all goes to show you that if a song is well written uit can cross a few genres.
Dan the music business. Why they never really crossed over in the US...?