Off to see Ups And Downs (superb Brisbane band from late 80's-early 90's, same genre as Go-Betweens/the Church, couple of Double J/Triple J hits - Perfect Crime, The Living Kind, Solitary Man, Lit By The Fuse - way back when) in April. Never thought I'd see the day!!
Last saw them playing with The Hummingbirds in 1988 (!!)
Footage of them playing gigs a few years ago sounded great, which augers very well indeed...
My brother put me onto them not that long ago. I didn't realise Big Heavy Stuff guys had an earlier band, and was impressed by the stuff I listened to on YouTube.
Ups & Downs are somewhat lighter and more jangly than Big Heavy Stuff, but no less good. If you like Greg Atkinson's sublime voice and knack for a melody, then you'll definitely like U&D (their EP "Sleepless" is an Australian classic IMO). It's also worth checking out the Atkinson brothers' CD "Worker Bees" which was released after BHS finished. This project is what ultimately morphed into U&D again, since they ended up with various members either playing live with them or on the record.
Ups & Downs, now there is a band l haven't heard of almost 25 years, which coincidentally is almost how long l have been living o/s. l still have their CD packed away somewhere. They were one of the independent bands of the era, that just appealed with their melodic sound. Along with The Runners (Endlessly), Le Club Foote, Curious Yellow (from Sydney) and the fabulous Bhagavad Guitars.
On the Oils. The first time l saw them live was in the small side lounge at the George Hotel on Fitzroy St. St Kilda. That was straight after cricket, and l was still in my whites, complete with grass stains on the knees, (it was a long day in the field). Peter Garrett wore a pair of brown leather pants, no shirt. He was bathed in sweat after 20 minutes, and never stopped working the crowd. That was probably 1978.
The last time l saw them live was at the old Olympic Swimming Centre, after it had been converted. IIRC The Machinations were the support band, so it wasn't too shabby a line up. They played all their hits. A mate of mine, who has since passed on, had recorded them even earlier, but l don't know whatever happened to the cassette.