Like any teenager, I listened to a lot of Top 40 radio back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. There were favourite songs that were big chart hits, but I would also like songs that were played when they were released, but not later, due to no chart success. Here is a classic example.
The Eighty Eights were a power pop band formed in Newcastle, NSW in 1979. The band consisted of Larry Van Kriedt (vocals, guitar), Maurice D’Abruzzo (vocals, guitar), Kent Jackson (bass) and John Bartram (drums). Van Kriedt’s claim to fame was that he was the original bass player for AC/DC in late 1973 and early 1974.
They signed with the small Result label in 1980, and released their debut single “She Fell in Love With James Bond” in early 1981, followed by the EP “Live Pop”. The singles “Don’t Call Us”, “Time Machine”, and the LP “Top of the World” followed on the Polygram label in 1981. And that was it for the Eighty-Eights. No more recordings, and the band dissolved in late 1981.
Here is their debut single – classic power pop with catchy hooks and a very James Bond sounding guitar solo, befitting the subject matter of the song. “She Fell In Love With James Bond” reached the bottom end of the Australian Top 100 chart in early 1981.
John Bartram is still active in the Newcastle music scene, while Larry Van Kriedt has been active in various projects in Australia and overseas up to the current day.
The following books were used in the preparation of this blog entry:
David Kent, “Australian Chart Book: 1970-1992”, Australian Chart Book, St Ives, NSW, 1993
Chris Spencer, “Who’s Who of Australian Rock”, Five Mile Press, Noble Park, Vic, 1996