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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Skyhooks LIve! Be In It ...70's live set from legendary rockers

Skyhooks formed in Melbourne in March 1973 by mainstays Greg Macainsh on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Imants "Freddie" Strauks on drums. They were soon joined by Bob "Bongo" Starkie on guitar and backing vocals, and Red Symons on guitar, vocals and keyboards; Graeme "Shirley" Strachan became lead vocalist in March 1974. Described as a glam rock band, because of flamboyant costumes and make-up, Skyhooks addressed teenage issues including buying drugs "Carlton (Lygon Street Limbo)", suburban sex "Balwyn Calling", the gay scene "Toorak Cowboy" and loss of girlfriends "Somewhere in Sydney" by name-checking Australian locales. According to music historian, Ian McFarlane "[Skyhooks] made an enormous impact on Australian social life".

Skyhooks had #1 albums on the Australian Kent Music Report with their 1974 debut, Living in the 70's (for 16 weeks), and its 1975 follow-up, Ego Is Not a Dirty Word (11 weeks). Their #1 singles were "Horror Movie" (January 1975) and "Jukebox in Siberia" (November 1990).

Live! Be in It was their first live album and was released by Mushroom Records on cassette and vinyl in 1978 in Australia and on CD in 1991. The live recordings are taken from various concerts around Melbourne from December 1975 to July 1978.

Track listing
"Mercedes Ladies" – 3:41
"Balwyn Calling" – 4:52
"Smartarse Songwriters" – 5:20
"Sitting in a Bar In Adelaide" – 4:59
"All My Friends Are Getting Married" – 4:43
"The Bruce Suite" – 10:08
"Kaboodleschnitzer Kommercials" – 2:15
"Wild in the Streets" – 6:26
"Do the Hook" – 2:36
"Why Dont'cha All Get Fucked" – 3:56
"Brown Sugar" – 6:22
"Bondage on the Boulevard" – 3:51
"Party to End All Parties" – 3:27
"Sex Is Not a Dirty Word" – 4:38
"Women in Uniform" – 5:00
"The Bruce Suite" is made up of "Big Bad Bruce", "Straight in a Gay Gay World" and "I'm Normal"

Greg Macainsh – bass, vocals, production
Freddy Kaboodleschnitzer – drums, vocals
Bob Spencer – guitar, vocals (tracks 1–5, 7–15)
Bongo Starr – guitar, vocals (track 6)
Red Symons – guitar, vocals (track 6)
Merry Took – percussion (track 6)
Danny Robinson – vocals (track 6)

Shirley Strachan – vocals

Read more about Skyhooks on Wikipedia HERE