Monday, December 22, 2008

Catch Easy Fever

There's a good chance that you've never heard of the Easybeats, but you should have. The band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1964 and almost immediately rose to the top of the Australian music scene (although ironically, none of them were from Australia). They were the face of the British rock invasion for those listeners down under and while their flame burned bright, it didn't burn for long, with the group drifting apart to pursue their own projects in 1969. While they were around though, they had hit after hit, and actually were one of the first Australian rock bands to have an international hit with Friday On My Mind.

If you're not familiar with them, Albert Music has put together a two CD collection that will rock your socks off. The first disc includes a who's who of contemporary Australian musicians paying tribute to the band, including Dappled Cities, Skybombers, The Veronicas, Ben Lee, and many others. The second disc collects nineteen of the Easybeats' essential songs, many of which are covered on the first disc.

As a notable side note, George Young, one of the group's members, was the older brother to Malcolm and Angus Young. If those names don't ring a bell, do I need to start singing You Shook Me All Night Long? Yea, you know who I'm talking about now - AC/DC. In fact, he produced the band's first six albums.

Visit the release's labal Albert Music and become the Easybeats' friend on MySpace.


AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long (live)
: AC/DC Live


Jane said...

I was familiar with Friday On My Mind, but I guess I had the impression it was just one of those one-hit-wonder tracks. Thanks for filling in the blanks. I like what Ben Lee did with it.

Can't quite wrap my mind around the connection between the Easybeats and AC/DC (!). But it's kinda cool to have learned that.

Sean said...

Glad to connect the dots for you Jane.