Friday, February 05, 2010

Twister –Getting Nowhere Fast



Twister –Getting Nowhere Fast/ (What A Way To Spend) Saturday –RCA 102925 (1977 Aus)

Getting Nowhere Fast
starts off like Daddy Cool’s Eagle Rock as played by a teenage AC/DC, the track then alternates between sounding like Andy Ellison’s Jet and more typical melodic Aussie Hard Rock à la Angels. It certainly features many twists and turns, and is a hugely enjoyable ride. The B side is another good track, if anything, reminding me even more of Jet with a few Alice Cooper licks thrown into the equation. Can we please have some Aussie input here to supply the necessary info? I see there’s at least one more RCA single Holy Smoke...
Here is a photo of Twister in action at the Hurstsville Civic. Photo taken by Jenny Barclay. Those were the days...


Hear a full version of Getting Nowhere Fast




Hear a full version of (What A Way To Spend) Saturday



12 comments:

fatalmic said...

Twister were formed in Brisbane and made it to Sydney before releasing two singles in '77. Holy Smoke/Midnight came out in January while Getting Nowhere Fast was released in November and just like the title unfairly did nothing for them and led to their demise soon after. However, Twister's brilliant bass playing/songwriting vocalist Geoff Turner joined The Radiators in '78 in which he's still active to this day! In fact, due to a tour of Australia that they were on last year with The Sweet which was supposed to come to Melbourne before they left/were kicked off, I'd been on a huge Rads nostalgia trip and had been searching for the two Twister singles which seem to be anathema amongst Melbourne collectors. Anyway, I was rapt to hear the two Twister tracks which aren't entirely removed from the new wave pop rock of the first four albums they put out in the early to mid 80s. Great work Robin! Keep your eyes peeled for that first single.

Larry said...

Eagle Rock?! Andy Ellison?!! Say no more!!!

Anonymous said...

What a great record! It's kind of a cross between Perth band Supernaut and Melbourne's own Taste (our very own Queen type glam band, not Rory Gallagher's lot))

I dunno about the record being "anathema" to Melbourne collectors, I doubt whether too many collectors have ever seen it.

Seems unlikely that a Brisbane glam band would have much distribution down here in the days of Bjelke Peterson... I mean, it came out at the same time as The Saints, and it was tricky enough to get their records down here

I doubt whether many copies were ever found in Melbourne...despite it being on RCA records

I got a battered copy of it at Rockin Horse record shop in Brisbane in the 80's...with a job lot singles by Finch, Avalanche, Stars and King Harvest, none of which had covers and were all worse for wear and all were highly unfashionable at the time,,,I've never ever seen a copy of it down here in Melbourne, and I had no idea there was a second single at all

I am thrilled that you posted it, and you have a great blog...I love that glam rock stuff!!..youre talking 'bout my generation!!!

Big Ern xxx

George said...

I just found an article with a pic in an old mag of Twister. Yes it's very Supernaut like.

Purepop said...

George. If ever you could scan it and email it to me, I will uploaded here...

Teina said...

I would love to see the photo as well George
I used to share a house in Redfurn
with the boys from Twister
This has brought back some awesome memories
Thanks all

Mike Davis said...

Twister were bigger in Sydney than Brisbane, we lived in Redfern and played at Chequers and the Lifesaver a lot. Holy Smoke/Midnite was the first single, I've actually got a copy somewhere and a dub off the master tape on reel to reel. I'm Mike Angel (nee Mike Davis) who played rhythm guitar for that underacheiving quartet.

Purepop said...

Oh and again, if anyone can find me a copy of Holy Smoke you will be well recompensed!

Purepop said...

Hi Mike
Good to hear from you
could you contact me via the email on my profile page?
All the best
Robin

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I have a copy of Holy Smoke but it stays with me. I have copied Holy Smoke/Midnight onto a Cd though. Also have pics of Twister - how do I put a pic up on here.
I was married to Marty Barclay, lead guitarist of Twister. He was still playing music & teaching guitar right up until he died from a massive heart attack (2 years ago today). So happy to have found this site - it has made a LOT of people happy this week. Cheers

The Flying Nunn said...

I have a copy of Holy Smoke/Midnight. I also have a copy of Getting Nowhere Fast. By the way the Band formed in Sydney not Brisbane. Three of the guys came from the Gold Coast.

don't care said...

who'd have thought that Miles Davis knew this 45 and the chick doesn't know what suburb she lived in