Mondo Rock is a rock band from Melbourne, Australia, most prominent in the early 1980s. The band was formed in late 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Ross Wilson.
Mondo Rock went through several incarnations but the best known line-up included bassist Paul Christie (ex-Kevin Borich Express, later in The Party Boys), guitarist and songwriter Eric McCusker, (ex-The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band), drummer John Hackett (ex-Stars) and James Black on keyboards and guitar.
In late 1983, the new Mondo Rock lineup recorded their fourth album The Modern Bop. When they started recording it, McCusker thought they would have a bunch of “gently grooving” songs, only to find the first tracks they recorded “turned out to be quite tough and I think we’ll end up with a rock ‘n’ roll disc”.The album was duly released and scored its biggest Australian hit in March 1984 with McCusker’s “Come Said the Boy”, a provocative tale about the loss of virginity, which was banned by many radio stations including Sydney’s then top-rated 2SM. Despite this, it went on to become their most successful single, peaking at No. 2.
The album featured two more hits, “Baby Wants To Rock” (#18) and the title track “The Modern Bop”, which charted in some states but just missed out on making the national Top 40.
“The Modern Bop” was remixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez for both the album and single releases.
The Modern Bop (New York Remix) 6:57
The Modern Bop (Instrumental) 5:57
Winds – Light To Variable 4:14