Friday, January 11, 2008

Ups and Downs - Sleepless

This one for tricky, probably better than 'Watchful Eye' check out their cover of 'Solitary Man' one of my all time favourites

Also added the single ’Forming Colours’ …. Played support act to these guys more times than I can remember, great songs, great band, pity about the personalities and egos.

The band issued it's debut single Living Inside My Head on the Basketcase label in December 1984. Ups and Downs then issued a second single called Perfect Crime on Basketcase before venturing down to Sydney. The Waterfront label re-issued Perfect Crime in September 1985, by which time Ups and Downs had built-up a strong cult following on the Sydney inner-city music scene.

The bands second single on Waterfront, In The Shadows in April 1986, was a gorgeous slice of harmony-drenched guitar pop and one of the best independent singles for the year.

Ups and Downs signed a new deal with the True Tone label (through PolyGram) which resulted in the release of the mini-album SleeplessThe Living Kind. To coincide with the singles release, Ups and Downs supported US visitors The Flamin' Groovies on their Australian tour. in August 1986 and the single


Anonymous said...


I have been trying to find this album for a long time. I heard this cover of Solitary man in the 80s on a radio program in Detroit Called Gorilla Radio. All I knew was the name of the band and the song, and every search I
've ever done has come up blank until now. THANK THANK THANK YOU.

Anonymous said...

Do you have anymore Ups and Downs? What's on the b-side of Colours Forming? Would also love if you could post live shows. amazing blog, thanks so much! please email me at jeff (at) astorminheaven (dot) com