The sports play dylan (And Donovan)
Media Condition: VG+
Sleeve Condition: VG, shows signs of regular wear.
Genre: Pop, Rock, New Wave
Notes: 1981 Australian release. 10" mini-album. In great condition, plays so clean–close to NM-.
If you like: fellow Aussie rockers, Men At Work or Models, you’ll appreciate this first-rate new wave distortion of Dylan (and Donovan) classics.
About: Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1976, The Sports featured Steve Cummings (lead vocals) Martin Armiger (guitar), Andrew Pendlebury (guitar), Jim Niven (keyboards/vocals), Robert Glover (bass) and Paul Hutchins (drums). Influenced by rock, rockabilly, country and new wave, the band recorded several exquisite pop songs in the new wave style which charted well, particularly in Melbourne. National success followed but as the original members left, the band had less impact. After supporting Graham Parker on his tour of Australia during 1978, The Sports were invited to tour with him in Europe and England. Records were released but did not make a big impact in either Europe or the States. They undertook several large tours around Australia, released several more singles and their fourth album, but were no longer progressing. Personnel upheavals during the early 80s saw Hutchins replaced in turn by Ian McLennan then Freddie Strauks (ex-Skyhooks). The Sports eventually broke-up at the end of 1981.*via The Sports
Why it’s worth your time: This peerless set of five covers was The Sports’ swansong–but if you knew nothing about them, you’d have never guessed it. In all of its glory–magnetic vocals, shimmering guitar hooks, driving basslines, clean drumming, and a general new wave sensibility–The Sports Play Dylan (And Donovan) could very well have been released in the band’s heyday. It is one of the strongest and finest samples of Aussie new wave material I’ve ever had the pleasure of coming across–and an essential recommendation I’d make to every new wave collector.
A favorite track: You’re A Big Girl Now