Scene News: LATE ’70s SYDNEY PUNK/GARAGE-ROCK LEGENDS THE LIPSTICK KILLERS GET DEFINITIVE ANTHOLOGY RELEASE

‘STRANGE FLASH – STUDIO & LIVE ’78-81’ – TO BE RELEASED JUNE 25 ON 2LP, 2CD AND DIGITALLY – CONTAINS ALL THE GROUP’S PREVIOUSLY RELEASED RECORDINGS PLUS LOADS OF UNRELEASED TRACKS. INCLUDES DENIZ TEK– PRODUCED CLASSIC 45 “HINDU GODS OF LOVE”, PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD, ALBUM-LENGTH LOBBY LOYDE-PRODUCED DEMO SESSION AND MORE
“The Lipstick Killers were easily one of the greatest live bands I’ve witnessed in my 65 yrs. on this planet” – Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks/Off!!)

“The Lipstick Killers were the coolest and most original band on the independent Sydney scene of the late 70’s” – Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman)

HINDU GODS ARE CALLING YOU!!!Grown Up Wrong! Records is thrilled beyond belief to present the LONG-AWAITED anthology of material by the legendary Lipstick Killers, who blazed a trail in late ‘70s post-Radio Birdman Sydney before gigging with the likes of the Gun Club and the Flesh Eaters in Los Angeles where they crashed and burned in 1981. The Lipstick Killersreleased just one single in their life time – the perfect ’79 Deniz Tek-produced pairing of “Hindu Gods of Love” and ”Shakedown USA” on their own Lost in Space Records (and subsequently Greg Shaw’s Voxx Records out of LA) – but a posthumous live album and a couple of archival 7” releases followed. It was all incredible. All that material is included here, as is a plethora of additional stuff, all from the best-available sources (mostly the original masters).

Out now,Strange Flash– Studio & Live ’78-81will be initially available in both black vinyl and orange vinyl – 500 copies of each edition of the 2LP is being pressed. Double-CD and digital editions, with the extended title ofStrange Flash – Studio & Live ’78-81 + Psycho-Surgeons ’76-78and a significant number of extra tracks, will also be available.

The Lipstick Killers’ enigmatic and high-energy sound – heavily inspired by the Stooges and the ‘60s psychedelic punk sounds of bands like the Thirteenth Floor Elevators and the Chocolate Watchband – bridged the gap between Radio Birdman and subsequent Sydney groups like the Sunnyboys (whose first-ever show was opening for the Lipstick Killers), Lime Spiders, Hoodoo Gurus and Psychotic Turnbuckles. And of course they anticipated generation after generation of other bands with similar things in mind, right up to today’s ‘60s-inspired freaks like The Living Eyes and Thee Oh Sees. And they put it across with a wild-eyed intensity; so much so that Circle Jerks and original Black Flag frontman Keith Morris, having witnessed a couple of their LA shows, later described them as “easily one of the greatest live bands I’ve witnessed in my 65 yrs. on this planet “.

Esteemed American critic Byron Coley, then living in LA, was another fan. The collection includes a reproduction of a piece Coley wrote on the band for the legendary New York Rocker zine, in he which throws around terms like “high Six-Oh grunge consciousness” and “mind-churnin’ pieces of gunk” in the process of rhetorically asking what’s so great about the band. He answers himself by saying the Lipstick Killers play “some o’ the greatest stuff I ever heard, that’s what!”

Strange Flashwill be available in two formats. The double-LP includes the original 1979 single, the posthumous “Sockman/Pensioner Pie’ 45 plus additional studio masters from the same ’78 session, an unreleased album length 1980 demo session recorded by Australian guitar god Lobby Loyde, and the near-complete LA show that comprised the original live album “Mesmerizer” (taken from the original cassette that went in the mixing desk!), adding a number of additional tunes but losing a couple that one band member wasn’t really happy with. The set features liner notes by Ugly Things magazine and Grown Up Wrong! Records’ Dave Laing, some killer pix and flyers and repro’s of the stunning Lipstick Killersposters designed by highly collectable Sydney poster artist John Foy, alongside the previously mentioned Byron Coley piece.

The double-CD includes also this and more, including a near complete live show recorded in Adelaide in 1978, some of which was released on a handmade cassette by members of the band in the mid-‘80s (likely in very low double-digit or possibly even single-digit quantities) and a couple of the tracks of which appeared on a very limited run 45 also released by the band in later years. But a good chunk of it has never been heard, and it is wild. Additionally, the CD edition also includes the revered “Wild Weekend”/”Horizontal Action” 45 released in 1978 by the band that theLipstick Killersformed out of,the Psycho-Surgeons, as well as a couple of 1976 rehearsal recordings from the Psychos’ very early days, which were released on a seriously limited edition 45 on Blank Records a number of years ago. The double-CD includes all the liners notes, images and repro’s that are included with the double-LP and adds further notes by Steve Lorkin of ‘80s Sydney zine 48 Crash fame, more clippings, including a ripper feature by Darcy Condon from Sydney’s RAM magazine, and loads more images, including some Psycho-Surgeonsgoodies.

With original copies of their material in high demand internationally amongst fans of both ‘70s punk and ‘60s-styled garage rock,
Strange Flash– Studio & Live ’78-81 (or Strange Flash – Studio & Live ’78-81 + Psycho-Surgeons ’76-78) will allow fans to hear the full range of the Lipstick Killers’ enigmatic powers – a range that really hasn’t been witnessed since the band last took the stage. You’ll want to handle it with care; as Lipstick Killers frontman Peter Tillman might’ve said, it’ll sever your torso from your legs.

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Post-Lipstick Killers, guitarist Mark Taylor spent a bit of time in London where he co-wrote and recorded the song “Burning Skulls Rise” with Barracudas singer Jeremy Gluck. Using the band name the Psychology Vandals, the track was released on a compilation put together by fanzine What A Nice Way To Turn 17. The song was subsequently re-recorded by Gluck along with Rowland S. Howard playing Mark’s snaking lead line. It then became a favourite hand-me-down: Howard and Lydia Lunch redid it for their 1991 album Shotgun Wedding, and then Lunch did it herself on her 2013 live album Retrovirus. So there ya go.

Mark Taylorlater became a high profile figure in ’60s garage fan and collector circles – his collection of original singles of the era is supposedly second to none, and he has compiled and mastered releases for a number of labels including Crypt and Norton.

Click to listen to and share “Hindu Gods of Love”!!
2CD Tracklisting (* CD only tracks)

01. Hindu Gods of Love
02. Shakedown USA (Lost In Space/Voxx 45 – 1979 – produced by Deniz Tek)
03. Sockman
04. Pensioner Pie
05. Teen Police
06. * Hindu Gods of Love (demo)
07. Rot In Love
08. Accidents (Mixdown Studio Demos -1978)
09. * Shakedown USA
10. * Dying Boy’s Crawl
11. * Master’s Words
12. * Bully

13. * Teen Police
14. * Wild Weekend
15. * I’ve Got Levitation
16. * Mercy Killer
17. * Pharmaceutical Au-Go-Go
18. * Human Crash
19. * Crush On You
20. * Hindu Gods of Love
21. * Head Off
22. * Sock It To Me – Baby!
23. * Sockman
24. * Horizontal Action (Live In Adelaide – May 1979)

01. New Hard Fun
02. Mesmerizer
03. Driving The Special Dead
04. Bongo Flip
05. Twilight Of The Idols
06. Strange Flash
07. Hide & Seek
08. Date With A Thing
09. Liquor Fit (Trafalgar Demos 1980 – Produced by Lobby Loyde)
10. Dying Boy’s Crawl
11. Driving The Special Dead
12. Bongo Flip
13. Strange Flash
14. Twilight Of The Idols
15. I’ve Got Levitation
16. Date With A Thing
17. Sock It To Me – Baby!
18. Shakedown USA
19. Pharmaceutical Au-Go-Go
20. Out Of Our Tree
21. Liquor Fit (Live In Los Angeles – 1981)
22. * Psycho-Surgeons – Horizontal Action
23. * Psycho-Surgeons – Wild Weekend (Wallaby Beat 45 -1978)
24. * Psycho-Surgeons – Falling Apart
25. * Psycho-Surgeons – Crush On You (Rehearsal – 1976)

THE LIPSTICK KILLERS Strange Flash – Studio & Live ’78 – ’81 Double-LP and
Strange Flash – Studio & Live ’78 – ’81 + Psycho-Surgeons ’76-78 Double-CD and Digital releases are out now on Grown Up Wrong!

Australian distribution: Rocket
UK/Euro distribution: Forte
US distribution: Revolver

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“The Lipstick Killers were easily one of the greatest live bands I’ve witnessed in my 65 yrs. on this planet. Luckily I was in attendance for 2 of their gigs. The first time I caught them in a sleazy, sweaty Mexican dive bar downtown Los Angeles with Chris D’s Flesh Eaters. TLKs just destroyed the place! In my joy of seeing rawk brilliance of the highest order I knew that these guys were the perfect prescription for a fix of tinnitus. The next TLKs gig was the live recording of “Mesmerizer” at a Chinese restaurant over in West L.A. The proof of their importance is captured on the vinyl taken off of a cassette from the mixing board. Sadly their time in Southern California only saw them play a handful of shows… such a royal bummer.”
– Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks/Off!!)

“Hindu Gods Of Love”/”Shakedown USA” cleaned the slugs right outta my ears. One side reeked of Choc. Watch band-style heavy psych action, and the other had prime MC5 moves down pat… The band has the kinda dull-tilt, flat-out bottom that’s required o’ hard-ass STRONG R&R… Mark’s power chording and simple BIG leads’re outta the James Williamson school (with hints o’ high SIX-OH grunge consciousness)… The whole thing’s played loud and crunchin’ to a boomin beat…”
– Byron Coley, New York Rocker

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