Monday, March 1, 2010

Mi-Sex



03-01-10 Mi-Sex – Singles


Kiwi rock band active from roughly ’78 – ’85. Saw ‘em live, got their autographs and I liked their 4 x proper albums. The first band named after an Ultravox song?


7" STRAIGHT LADDIE / HIGH CLASS DAME EMI UK HR 580

1978 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7" BUT YOU DON'T CARE / BURNING UP CBS NZ BA 222542

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7" COMPUTER GAMES / WOT DO YOU WANT? CBS AUS BA 222563

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12" COMPUTER GAMES (Disco Version) / GRAFFITI CRIMES CBS AUS BA 12023

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12" COMPUTER GAMES / GRAFFITI CRIMES EPIC US 48-50830

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" PEOPLE / PAGES AND MATCHES CBS NZ BA 222652

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7" PEOPLE / PAGES AND MATCHES CBS NL CBS 8960

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" SPACE RACE / LIVING IN SEPTEMBER CBS NZ BA 222672

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" FALLING IN AND OUT / ROUND AND ROUND CBS AUS BA 222809

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" MISSING PERSON / WATER CBS NZ BA 222874

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" CASTAWAY / YOUNG MANIACS CBS NZ BA 222930

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" CASTAWAY / DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER EPIC/SONY JPN 07.5P-276

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" DOWN THE LINE / CALLING CBS NZ BA 223001

1982 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7" DOWN THE LINE / CALLING CBS AUS BA 223001

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" 5 O'CLOCK (IN THE MORNING) / WHY DID YOU LEAVE CBS AUS BA 223195

1983 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

12" ONLY THINKING COLUMBIA US AS 1852

1983 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

7" ONLY THINKING / NAME GAME, THE CBS AUS BA 223106

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" BLUE DAY / DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER EPIC UK A 4302

1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12" NON-STOP SEX (Medley) CBS AUS BA 12167

1985 3 TRKS with pic sleeve


“Straight Laddie” is their debut, before they went to Australia. “Computer Games” was a world-wide hit, beating even Split Enz to the punch. I have eliminated unnecessary duplication in this list, as I have many “Computer Games” variants. They played the Whisky A-Go-Go in Hollywood, where I met ‘em. “Castaway” was a great single, but few up here seemed to notice. Singer Steve Gilpin passed away after the group became inactive – a car accident, I think. I always wondered what happened to the other guys in this band. I think the guitarist had been in a kiwi band called Think and drummer Richard H. had at least 1 x solo album. I remember their bassist, standing on the stage of The Whisky, really playing well and posing. I think they were somewhat older (& wiser, and better players) than some of the “punks” of the era that came through L.A. I wish their #2 – #4 albums were properly on CD, and not just “The Best Of”.

4 comments:

REVO said...

Lord-a-mighty! "Computer Games" is about the catchiest single I think I've ever heard. I still have the US "Computer Games" LP just to fire it up every few years.

Ron Kane said...

Mi-Sex were a very good, tight live band, and the first two albums are amazing. Really. 2nd 2 x albums were also very good. Their "Best Of" LP/CD is one of the better Australasian collections. R.I.P., Steve Gilpin.

chas_m said...

This is another of those bands I discovered independently of you fine gentlemen, though I think I only ever had albums 1-3.

Ron Kane said...

Chas:

1. Graffiti Crimes (aka Computer Games)
2. Space Race
3. Shanghaied
4. Where Do They Go (AUS & US versions)
5. "Best Of"

RK