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Mi-Sex - 1980 Space Race

ALBUM: Space Race
SERIAL: SBP 237442
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1991, CBS Australia, 469357-2


LINEUP: Steve Gilpin - vocals * Kevin Stanton - guitars * Don Martin - bass * Murray Burns - keyboards * Richard Hodgkinson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Space Race * 02 Pages And Matches * 03 Slippn' Out * 04 Good Guys Always Win * 05 Burning Up * 06 I Don't Know * 07 People * 08 Ghosts * 09 Ice Cold Dead (Part 2) * 10 Living In September * 11 It Only Hurts When I'm Laughing

I recently begun a quest to delve into the back catalog of Kiwi/Aussie rock band Mi-Sex. Their 1979 debut 'Graffiti Crimes' was pretty good for it's time, and I reviewed that a few weeks back. I'm also mindful that Mi-Sex are undergoing a sort of classic rock revival down under, thanks to joint gigs with fellow friends from the same era: Dragon and The Angels. Due to the band's constant touring commitments all over Australia, NZ and even the U.S during the latter part of 1979 and into 1980, the band had to find time to get their second LP 'Space Race' out as early into 1980 as possible, as their Management were looking to capitalise on their increasing fortunes. Is this a case of second album too soon?

The Songs
Definitely not. Personally, I think its' an improvement. Certainly, the album is a product of its time, and has a degree of charm, but I always felt they should have trusted their instincts and gone down a harder route. The keyboard tinkering gives it some interest as far as AORsters go, so the opening title track 'Space Race' should appeal immediately. However, the two stand-out tracks are 'Burning Up' and the effortlessly good 'People', which ended up being one of Mi-Sex's best songs. 'Living In September' is another to throw off the hard rock shackles. Talking of keys, there is a degree of frostiness with the ivory delivery, something which Lee mentioned in his review of an Omega album a few months back. I think it adds to the album's charms. Songs like 'Ice Cold Dead' and 'I Don't Know' are two that stand out in that regard. Elsewhere, the radio friendly pop of 'Slippin' Out' and the epic rock 'It Only Hurts When I'm Laughing' hint at the bands potential. They really did have something..

In Summary
When I listen to this years later, I can't help feel that Mi-Sex weren't too far away from the stuff that was released as a new wave/hard rock crossover coming out of North America. There are a plethora of bands which we've written about from both Canada and the USA; Mi-Sex easily stands side by side with most of them during the 1979-1981 era. As far as the album is concerned, the original LP and subsequent CD reissue feature the same songs but in a different track order. The single 'People' went to #5 in the NZ singles charts and did pretty well in Australia too. The band would return late in the following year of 1981 with 'Shanghai'ed'.

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#1 | gdazegod on October 17 2015 01:47:42
Mi-Sex - 1980 People
#2 | dangerzone on February 18 2017 00:03:41
I've been listening to their 1983 album 'Where Do They Go?' a lot recently and there's some brilliant AOR on there. 'Castaway' in particular is a classic.
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