Machinations ‎– Cars & Planes (1989)

At last, the much requested Australian 12″ single of “Cars & Planes” from 1989.

“Cars & Planes” was the fourth and last single from the Machination’s final album “Uptown” released in October 1988. Original versions of the CD for this album featured the Mark Berry Club Mix as a bonus track.

By the time that “Cars & Planes” was released, the group had become a popular band on the Australian touring circuit. Their activities were curtailed in April 1989 when a hit-and-run car accident left lead vocalist Fred Loneragan with a broken neck, multiple cuts, bruises and concussion. He spent several months recuperating in hospital. Initially fellow band members intended to continue whilst Loneragan recovered,however the group disbanded as various members left to join other local groups.

Machinations reformed in 2012 and performed two shows at The Bridge Hotel in Rozelle on 24 and 25 February. On 6 December they gigged at the Enmore Theatre along with Blondie, and The Stranglers. Machinations planned further shows.

“Cars & Planes” was produced by Andy Wallace (Nirvana/Jeff Buckley) and co-produced/remixed by Mark Berry.

Cars & Planes (Club Mix)                                6:33

Cars & Planes (Dub Version)                           5:22

Beats & Planes (Bonus Beats)                        3:07

Cars & Planes (Live)                                       4:17

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Machinations ‎– You Got Me Going Again (1985)

Following the release of the Machinations debut album, and an Australian tour support slot with Joe Jackson, the band added Warren McLean on drums; prior to that the band used a drum machine (a Roland CR-78). The band entered Rhinoceros Studios with English producer Julian Mendelshon, emerging with the smoothest and most fully realised album of its career, Big Music, in July 1985. The album produced four hit singles. The third single, “You Got Me Going Again” was released in August 1985, making #39 and featured Naomi Star on backing vocals. The album peaked at #20 on the national album charts, spending several weeks at that position. It was also released in the United States on the A&M label.

You Got Me Going Again (Extended Mix)                                     8:16

You Got Me Going Again (Sing-A-Long With Naomi)                     3:34

You Got Me Going Again (Without)                                             3:34

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Machinations ‎– Jumping The Gap (1983)

Out of all the musical revolutions, the Australian invasion of the early ‘80s is often the most overlooked despite the fact that Men at Work, Midnight Oil, and INXS became international superstars. Furthermore, other regional artists such as the Church, Icehouse, and Pseudo Echo also scored hits of their own. Perhaps they were overshadowed by England’s own new wave chart-toppers at the time even though Australia was easily able to match their output. Lost in the deluge of post-punk acts from Australia was Machinations, a group heavily inspired by the synthesizer-based new romantic sounds emanating from the U.K. Machinations was formed in Sydney, Australia in 1980 by Fred Loneragan (vocals), Tim Doyle (guitar), Nick Swan (bass), and Tony Starr (keyboards). The band released their first single, “Average Inadequacy”, in 1981.

“Jumping The Gap” was the follow-up to the hit single “Pressure Sway”, the 12″ added a US club mix of their first single “Average Inadequacy” and like “Pressure Sway” remix duties were again handled by Steve Thompson at Media Sound Studios in New York.

Jumping The Gap (Extended Mix)                        5:00

Jumping The Gap (Dub Mix)                                4:10

Average Inadequacy (Club Mix)                           5:20

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Machinations ‎– Pressure Sway (1983)

Esteem was the debut full length album for Australian synthpop band Machinations. The album was released in April 1983 on White Label Records,a subsidiary of Mushroom Records. Esteem peaked at #54 on the Australian album charts. It was also released in the United States by A&M Records. Musically, the album contained synthpop with dark overtones, except for the single “Pressure Sway”, a bright funk/pop song that was a dance-floor favourite.

The second single off the album, “Pressure Sway”, was released in June, 1983 and reached #21 on the Australian singles charts during July 1983. It was released as both a 7″ and 12″ version. “Pressure Sway” also made an impact in the United States reaching #40 on Billboard’s Club Play Singles chart.

“Pressure Sway” received some additional mixing polish courtesy of Steve Thompson.

Pressure Sway (Extended Club Version)                 4:55

Pressure Sway (Instrumental Version)                    6:15

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Machinations ‎– No Say In It (1984)

Machinations was a popular Sydney-based outfit working the mid-1980s independent Australian music scene. Notable national hits included “Pressure Sway”, “My Heart’s On Fire” and “No Say In It”. They also achieved indie prominence with the two versions of their first single, “Average Inadequacy”. Machinations failed to achieve as much commercial success, either at home or abroad, as many of their peers. Nevertheless, the band had a cult following in dance clubs, by far their strongest supporters.

Following the album’s release, and an Australian tour support slot with Joe Jackson, Machinations added Warren McLean on drums;prior to that the band used a drum machine (a Roland CR-78). The band entered Rhinoceros Studios with English producer Julian Mendelsohn, emerging with the smoothest and most fully realised album of its career, Big Music, in July 1985.

The album produced four hit singles. The first of these, “No Say in It”/”Man Overboard” pre-empted the album by nine months (it was released in September 1984) and ended up being the band’s highest charting single, peaking at #14 in October 1984.  Naomi Star sang backing vocals on most of the album, although Inez Lawson was featured on “No Say in It”.

The album peaked at #20 on the national album charts, spending several weeks at that position. It was also released in the United States on the A&M label.

No Say In It (Machinations Cut Mix)                  8:26

No Say In It (Mendelsohn’s Played Mix)            7:11

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Machinations ‎– Do It To Me (1988)

Machinations’ third album, Uptown was released in October 1988 and produced four singles spread out over eighteen months.  The first single, “Do to You”/”Looking Out for You”, was released in August 1987 and almost matched the highpoint of “No Say In It”, reaching #15 in October 1987.   The second single, “Intimacy”/”Hit by a Missile” (May 1988), reached #44, the third,  “Do It to Me”/”Normal” (October 1988), peaked at #69 and the fourth, “Cars and Planes”/”Beats and Planes” (February 1989) failed to chart. The album was well received upon its release and reached #46 on the national album charts.

Despite not appearing on any the band’s discographies on the internet, the single “Do It To Me” was released on 12″ single in Australia with John Luongo supplying the remixes.

Do It To Me (Extended Version)          7:32

Do It To Me (Dubfuation)                     5:29

Do It To Me (Bacapella)                      4:44

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Machinations ‎– My Heart’s On Fire (1985)

Machinations was a popular Sydney-based outfit working the mid-1980s independent Australian music scene.Notable national hits included “Pressure Sway”, “My Heart’s On Fire” and “No Say In It”. They also achieved indie prominence with the two versions of their first single, “Average Inadequacy”. Machinations failed to achieve as much commercial success, either at home or abroad, as many of their peers. Nevertheless, the band had a cult following in dance clubs, by far their strongest supporters.

In 1985 the band entered Rhinoceros Studios, Sydney with English producer Julian Mendelsohn, emerging with the smoothest and most fully realised album of its career, Big Music. The album produced four hit singles. The first of these, “No Say in It”/”Man Overboard” pre-empted the album by nine months (it was released in September 1984) and ended up being the band’s highest charting single, peaking at #14 in October 1984. The second single, “My Heart’s on Fire”/”Spark” followed in May 1985, it reached #27 in June 1985.

In 1985 Machinations performed the three national hit songs for the Oz for Africa concert (part of the global Live Aid program). It was broadcast in Australia (on both Seven Network and Nine Network) and on MTV in the US.

My Heart’s On Fire                                     10:40

My Heart’s On Fire (Instrumental)               6:54

Spark                                                          5:04

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