The last post in a trilogy of Australian/New Zealand band’s produced by Julian Mendelsohn in the mid-80’s brings us the second single from the last album by Melbourne-based band Models.
In 1986, Models went to the UK to record their next album, Models’ Media, with Julian Mendelsohn and Mark Opitz, at Trevor Horn’s state-of-the-art SARM West Studios in London.
Two singles peaked into the Top 30, “Evolution” in September, and “Let’s Kiss” in November. Models’ Media was released in December and peaked at No. 30 but was less successful than Out of Mind, Out of Sight.
Models also featured on the Australian Made Tour of late 1986 to January 1987 with INXS, Mental as Anything, The Triffids, I’m Talking, The Saints, Divinyls and Jimmy Barnes on the ticket. “Hold On” was released in March 1987 and peaked in the Top 30, their final single was a cover of The Beatles’ “Oh! Darling” in September which peaked in the Top 50.
To round off a series of posts of rare extended Models singles from 1984-1985 I picked up the Australian pressing of the “Cold Fever” 12″ single from 1985 yesterday, this version contains the extended Nick Launay mix of “God Bless America” and a non-LP track “No Talking”
“God Bless America” had been released in 1984 as a single from the album “The Pleasure Of Your Company”, it had little chart success but was notable for the inclusion of the band “I’m Talking” (Kate Ceberano & Zan Abeyratne) in the video, Kate & Zan would return to provide backing vocals on the “Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight” album.
Models were an alternative rock group formed in Melbourne, Australia, in August 1978 and went into hiatus in 1988. They are often incorrectly referred to as The Models. They re-formed in 2000, 2006 and 2008 to perform reunion concerts. “Out of Mind, Out of Sight”, their only No. 1 hit, appeared on the Australian singles charts in July 1985. The related album, Out of Mind, Out of Sight, peaked at No. 3 on the Australian albums charts after its release in August. Out of Mind, Out of Sight appeared on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with the single, “Out of Mind, Out of Sight”, peaking at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. An earlier song from the same album, “Barbados”, had peaked at No. 2 on the Australian singles chart.
The fourth single from the album “Cold Fever” would be remixed by Julian Mendelsohn, in Australia the 12″ single would be backed with a Nick Launay 12″ version of “God Bless America” but in the US a 4 track 12″ was released with an extended version of “I Hear Motion” by Nick Launay, a live version of “Out Of Mind Out Of Sight” and a non-LP track “Preacher From The Black Lagoon”
This post came about from a comment on the US Remix for Out Of Mind Out Of Sight where a reader questioned whether the track was actually the more common Australian remix and not the longer US remix. The mystery was mainly due to some incorrect song lengths on Discogs and mis-printed record labels but as there indeed was some confusion, I decided to track down the original remix for comparison.
I decided to go for the German pressing as Australian and NZ 12″ singles in the 80’s were often packaged in flimsy paper sleeves which have not aged well over the past 25-30 years, I also picked up the Australian 2005 re-release of the “Out Of Mind Out Of Sight” album which included three bonus 12″ remixes on it (a bargain at $10 brand new) but the CD has absolutely no credits on it.
What I can now definitively tell you is that the original Nick Launay remix is the 6:18 version, it was released on 12″ single in Australia and Germany and in the US on 12″ promo. As far as I can tell it has never been released on CD.
The Thompson/Barbiero remix runs 5:54 and was released in the US on 12″ single only but for some strange reason, it was also used as the 12″ bonus remix on the 2005 album re-release, this is odd as this remix was never released in Australia.
It’s now looking like the longer Nick Launay remix is the rarer track to find so I’m happy the question was asked as I now have a nice new 12″ added to the collection.
This is an interesting one, by the early 80s any band hoping to break it in America needed a US remix, this resulted in a number of Australian artists securing the services of some of the best remixers in the world. Midnight Oil and Boxcar would work with Francois Kevorkian, Mondo Rock and Jo Jo Zep would be assisted in their attempts at world domination by Jellybean and Melbourne’s own Models would have their biggest single remixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero, who had by 1985 already remixed singles by David Bowie, a-ha, Tears For Fears and Aretha Franklin and would soon be remixing the Icehouse hits Electric Blue and No Promises.
The resulting US Remix would only ever be released on the Geffen US 12″ single and despite re-releases of their catalogue over the years, this has never been made available again.
As successful as Thompson/Barbiero would become as remixers for countless artists such as Whitney Houston, Madonna and the Rolling Stones, it was a request in 1987 to mix the first album by a then unknown LA glam metal band that will forever be their legacy, the band was Guns N’ Roses and the album “Appetite For Destruction” and would go on to sell more than 28 million copies and for the next few years Thompson/Barbiero became the mixers of choice for aspiring metal bands.
Out Of Mind Out Of Sight (Extended Dance Mix) 5:54