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all Absolutely 80's gigs including lineups , venue websites,
facebook, twatter and mailing list links go to Popshop.
young Brian (Abs 80's, X-Men) has written a new tell all book
about his favourite subject.....Yep... Himself... He's set
up a crowd funding page with info here.
His publishers wanted to cut out all the juicy bits that we
all want to hear about. So he's decided to publish himself.
By giving the little bugger some money, you'll get the uncensored
version with fabulous juicy tidbits like how to look like
Margaret Pomeranz, The huge influence Depeche Mode and Heaven
17 cast over the X-Men's fashion and songwriting style, why
he thinks David Sterry is the best bloke on the planet and
how to cook noodles while boiling your underpants in a Berko
jug in a hotel. All fascinating stuff..
12th Home Tavern Wagga Wagga, 18th Tap House Bendigo, 19th
Mulwala Ski Club Oct 16th York on Pork (Lillydale).
15t Chelsea Heights, 16th Doncaster Shoppingtown, 22nd South
Sydney Juniors,23 Castle Hill RSL, June 27 Werribee Tiger
Lounge, July 24th Hallam Hotel, 25th Sandbelt, 26th Bridie
O'Rielly's, 31st Trak, August 7th Ettalong Beach, 8th Richmond
N.S.W, 16th Newman W.A.
80's gigs so far. Sat 24th January OZ Rock Busselton Western
Australia, Saturday 14th February Sunbury Football Social
Club, Friday 27th Feb Ballina RSL Nth NSW, Saturday 28th Feb
Redland Bay Hotel QLD, Sunday 8th March Macs Melton Vic. These
are shows with David, for other gigs and line ups visit the
Popshop link above. There are lots more shows coming up, so
check back, it's going to be a busy year...
couple more 80's gigs for the year. Saturday 13th December,
The Whaler Hotel in Warnambool and New Years Eve at The Croxton
Park Hotel. Thanks to everyone that came along to shows this
year. Lot's more coming up in 2015. Merry Xmas and Happy New
gigs for the year with Absolutely 80's. Saturday 6th Sept
National Museum of Australia with Pseudo Echo. Saturday 4th
October Yarraville Club. Friday 24th October Towradgi Beach
Hotel Wollongong. Saturday 25th October Canterbury Hurlston
RSL Sydney. Sunday 26th October Heathcote Hotel Sydney 4pm
Arvo show. 3rd November Cup Eve Burvale Hotel. 8th November
Gaza, Free Palestine. If you're as disgusted as I am with
the bombardment of Gaza here's a charity I've been donating
to for years, the Palestinian
Childrens Relief Fund. Please check it out and donate
if you can. It's not political. With no end in sight sadly
they'll still need funds long after we're all gone. Stupid
a quick note to make you aware of a new version of Send Me
An Angel by the great German Producer and long time friend
of Real Life Mr Peter Hoff. I'm told it's a Deep House production.
It's a bit slower with some very haunting keyboards. Here's
to everyone who's been coming to the shows. Too much fun...
Doc Neeson and Jim Keays
New Year. Here's some upcoming and rumoured gigs for the year
so far. January 2nd, Lake Eildon House Boat. January 25th
Canterbury Hurlston RSL. March 21st Doncaster Shoppingtown.
May 16th Chelsea Heights Hotel. May 23 Sydney Souths, May
24th Castle Hill RSL. Sunday 8th June Commercial Hotel South
Morang, Friday 13th June Hallam Hotel. 27th June Matthew Flinders
couple of upcoming gigs for you folks in Sydney. Friday 19th
Hill RSL. Saturday 20th July Canterbury
Hurlstone Park RSL. All shows with Scott Carne, Brian
Mannix, Dale Ryder and Paul Gray.
gig of the year for me with Scotty Carne, Bwian Mannix, Dale
Ryder and the Absolutely 80's Band at the Manhatten
Hotel in Ringwood this Sunday 2nd December. Show kicks
off at 7pm. See you there and Happy Xmas.
all. having a quiet year with gigs and touring. Concentrating
on some new stuff, but I'm being painfully slow with it....
Anyway, the other day I got a very polite email from a young
German band with a great name, "How to Loot Brazil",
asking permission to re-record Catch Me I'm Falling, as a
free download from Souncloud. I checked them out HERE
and I think they're very cool. Post Punk I believe is the
correct term. So have a listen (or download) HERE.
I wish them all the best in the music biz.
Absolutely 80's shows with Scott Carne, Dale Ryder, Mr Twinkle
Toes (Brian Mannix) and Moi. Friday 20th April at Doncaster
Shoppingtown, Saturday 21st April at the Gateway in Geelong,
Friday 25th May at Macs in Melton and Saturday 26th of May
at the Ferntree Gully Hotel. See ya there....
Saturday 3rd of March I'm playing a gig with Scott Carne,
Bwian Mannix and Ally Fowler at the Manhattan Hotel in Ringwood.
here. And if you'r a facebook fan (unlike me) there's
more Swiss American Federation stuff here.
on my balcony with a glass of wine watching the fireworks
with my cat Clive. There's only 2 hours left of 2011. As mentioned
in a previous post, I've done a vocal for a track by the Swiss
American Federation. Two great guys who live in LA. Well,
it comes out tomorrow with some other tracks. I like the one
with the French vocalist best. check it out here.
It's very Euro pop. They are great producers. Also George
has informed me that his third solo album is ready to go.
I'll keep you posted when I know more. As for Real Life ,
the new website is under construction with new music to go
with it and some touring. Happy New Year. Occupy.
the 11th of October I'll be singing a tune or two with Pseudo
Echo at the Trak in Toorak. This is a benefit night for Zoran
Romic of Chocolate Starfish who is being treated for cancer.
There is a fantastic line up including Models, Boom Crash
Opera and Screaming Jets. This will be a great night for a
great guy here's a tickets LINK.
November 18th and 19th I've got a couple of gigs with Absolutely
80's and you can check the dates HERE.
can always count on musicians to try and make a difference
wherever disaster or injustice occurs. Back in the 80's most
of us had record contracts that prohibited our record companies
releasing our albums in South Africa while the apartheid regime
held Nelson Mandela in prison and discriminated against the
black population. It was never the record companies standing
up, it was always the musicians. Now we need to focus on the
plight of the Palestinian people who've been neglected and
demonized for far too long. Most of us only ever hear one
side of the story. Here's a link to the first, but hopefully
not the last modern protest song. Freedom
for Palestine. Do some independent reading for yourselves.
what a lovely day in Melbourne out on the studio balcony with
a glass of wine and a fine cigar. Check out the new Charlie's
Angels promo. Is that me and Elvis? When the guys give
me the OK I'll put up a link to the new track I recoded with
he Swiss American Federation called Be A Star. If you're thinking
of going to either of the next 2 Absolutely 80's shows you
should book now as last Saturday was way sold out and people
were turned away. back to the wine and sunshine...
some shows with Scott Carne, Brian Mannix, Dale Ryder and
Sean Kelly at the end of May and early June.
Checkout the details here. Absolutely
this year (sooner rather than later) new music and new website.
a great time playing in Vegas the other week with a great
road trip there and back. I'm recording a song with a couple
of Swiss DJ's, a very cool house track and I'm doing a show
here in Melbourne on November 6th at the Burvale Hotel with
Scott Carne, Brian Mannix and Sean Kelly. It will be fun..
guy from the USA who goes by the name of Inversephase has
made an interesting cover of Angel. It's a chiptune meaning
it's made using sounds from old computers and video games.
There's a vibrant scene for people making this charming Lo-Tek
style music all over the net, so here's LINK.
has another fine solo album out under his Alien Skin monicker.
If you enjoyed his last effort, you'll love this. Here's a
the next few weeks most of our catalogue will be available
as downloads from most I-Tunes type distributors. Heartland,
our first album currently only available on CD from Australia
will be digitally available soon.
Flame our rather crappy second album will be downloadable
Unfortunately Lifetime, our third album on Curb records containing
the singles God Tonight and Kiss the Ground, I don't have
the rights to, but you may find it on E-Bay. It's a good one..
Happy our fourth album will now be available digitally.
Happier is all the songs of Happy re-mixed will beavailable
Imperfection our fifth album is available on CD via our website
and will be available digitally.
Imperfection Remixed (like Happier) will only be available
time is it? Well if you want to know check out the beautiful
"Send Me an Angel" watch from Swiss company AleXora,
who have released a collection of watches inspired by eighties
songs. We're very happy to be part of this fine collection.
year goes by. Best wishes to all our friends. Hope to see
you somewhere on tour in the new year. Working on lots of
new songs for some sort of release in 2010. Also making some
out of print albums available via I-tunes etc.
a lot to report, just posted a link to Cleopatra Records for
the covers album. It's on the buy Cd's page. They also have
a vinyl version, but with a few less tracks. No word on any
international touring for the rest of the year at this stage.
Happily staying home trying to remember how to write songs.
to Cleopatra Records' website, Real Life's 80's synth essentials
will be released on 19th of May.
track listing is:
Me an Angel, Sweet Dreams, Cars, Fade to Grey, Everything
Counts, Blue Monday, Primary, Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime,
Shout, Nowhere Girl, I Melt With You, Tainted Love, The Model.
post a link when one becomes available.
this year there was a request for a Real Life remix from German
Artist Sara Noxx.
Sara has a new album out and on the track Superior Love, she
duets with Mr Limahl from Kajagoogoo. I think the remix will
be a special bonus mix at some stage in the future.
much else happening at the moment, heading to Bali for a couple
of weeks to work on some new songs. There may be some touring
around October, but nothing confirmed yet.
New Year. Well, here's what's happening. All touring has been
postponed due to the global financial crisis. Mexico and Greece
may be rescheduled later in the year. The
cover album is done and in the hands of Cleopatra Records.
They are obtaining clearance from various publishers of the
13 songs covered. As soon as I know the release date I'll
let you know.
the meantime I've been re-mixing a track for a very cool German
artist, Sara Noxx. Her song Superior Love is a duet with the
great Limahl from Kajagoogoo and should be out early April.
Check out Sara's Myspace here.
now that I've got nothing to do for a while, I'm going to
get on with some new music at last. Hope all is well with
and New Years greetings to all. A big thanks to everyone who
came to shows in the USA, Philippines, Berlin and Lima. On
Valentines Day 2009 I get to visit Greece for the first time
for a show in Athens with my buddies When In Rome and The
Seagulls. The next stop is Tijuana Mexico on the 21st and
22nd of March. I have finally finished the covers album for
Cleopatra records. As soon as it's mastered it will be off
to the manufacturer and I'll post a track listing and release
date when all is confirmed. Please remember if you're posting
messages on the Real Life My-Space sites, that they are not
controlled by Real Life, therefore we can't respond, but thanks
anyway. It's been an unforgetable year with some great high's
and a very big low. Let's hope we can all do something to
make the world a better place in 2009....... Cheers.
huge thank you to everyone in Lima for one of the most amazing
nights of my life. Only those who were the will understand!!!
I highly recommend the Pisco Sour at Hotel Gran Bolivar Lima........
time flies. It's time to cross the big pond to the USA for
some supersize burgers and a show
or two. If you want to say hello, I always head to the merchandise
table for a while after my set. I've nearly finished that
cover album. Doing the final mixes. Just need a little more
time after the tour. Then finally now that I've almost mastered
Logic Pro, I can get on with some new stuff.
congratulations to George on his fine album. If you haven't
had a listen yet then follow the links bellow.
I'm back from another big adventure in the US, Germany and
the Philipines. Big thanks to When In Rome for backing me
again and Mr Jesse Cambosa our promoter in the Philipines.
Also thank you Wulf Bock for getting me on a TV show in Berlin
with Robin Gibb(true musical royalty). Hopefully Wulf is booking
some European dates for the future. Also thanks to all who
came to the shows. Great fun as usual. So, I'm back at work
on the covers album. I tried out one of the tracks (B-Movie's
Nowhere Girl) on the tour and it went down a storm. There
are already some dates listed for the US, Mexico and Peru
for August on the Pollstar link below. I need a few more shows
to make the trip worthwhile, so keep your fingers crossed
and hassle the shit out of my agent.
big HI! this is George writing to announce the release of
my new album 'DON'T OPEN TILL DOOMSDAY' under the name ALIEN
SKIN. I invite you to visit my website www.alienskinmusic.com,
have a listen and a look around. The album is a step away
from Real Life, but still continues my personal musical leanings.
It will be distributed by, and available online from, A Different
Drum; CDBaby, & locally, Chaos music. As ALIEN
SKIN , my newly-born MySpace page has no friends
so it's eager to meet some. Make it's day for me:) You'll
find it via my website.
has been busily working on and will be releasing his own album
of covers shortly, which we're all looking forward to, and
is embarking on a five week international tour in a couple
of days. So, if you get the chance to see him perform some
Real Life classics live, I urge you to do so!!
New Year to one and all...... Here's the news. I'll be back
in thev USA at the end of March playing with When in Rome
at the Anaheim, San diego and Hollywood House of Blues. Please
note at these shows I do 6 Eighties Real Life songs with When
In Rome backing me. I'm then heading to Berlin to record a
TV show before returning to the US for a show in Pheonix folowed
by one night in Mexico City (Can't wait for that one!). In
August I'll be playing The New
Wave Festival in Lima Peru.
Check this Pollstar
link for dates and times. I've got about 8 tracks (out of
12) recorded but as yet unmixed for the covers album requested
by Cleopatra records and my priority is to get that finished
ASAP. I'm sure there will be some local gigs with Pseudo Echo
and Dale Ryder coming up soon too. Take care....
I survived the US/Mexico tour as a special guest of When in
Rome. They are great guys and I'll be back in the US with
them next March for another run of dates at the House of Blues.
With much regret we had to cancel our show in Lima Peru as
the venue was destroyed in the recent earthquake. I really
loved my time off in Mexico City where I visited Frida Kahlo
and Leon Trotsky's houes, saw Diego's beautiful murals and
climbed Teotiuhuacan's amazing pyramids. And all that great
Records in Los Angeles have commissioned me to make an album
of cover songs of my own choice. I'm hoping it will be out
in time for the tour next March. Hmmm let'see how many of
my favourite shower songs I can murder... Take care.
Up and away..............
on holiday in Paris (yep at the Hilton) and heading to Rome
(not the band) next week. Life's tough ain't it....
below you see our moveable Jukebox/Music Shop. We've uploaded
Heartland, Flame. Lifetime, Happy/Happier, Imperfection, Re
mixes and Demo's. there are over 70 tracks. You can listen
to all of it (suggest with a bottle of Champagne in a hot
will also upload all our videos when we can find them..
you want you can copy this to your Myspace site or any webpage
by clicking the share button and pasting the code. Lots of
people put years of their lives ito the following songs. Hope
you find something you like...