THE BARGAIN BUY: Mi-Sex; Original Album Classics

 |   |  1 min read

Mi-Sex: Ghosts
THE BARGAIN BUY: Mi-Sex; Original Album Classics

Given just how much synth-pop is around these days, maybe it's timely to note this cheap reissue of three albums by a New Zealand band that bridged post-punk New Wave and synth-pop, and garnered attention for their songs Graffiti Crimes, But You Don't Care and Computer Games (off their Graffiti Crimes debut), and People and Space Race (on their second album Space Race).

As some of those song titles indicate they tried to capture the zeitgeist of the early Eighties and, as with so many bands from that era, embraced the idea of emotional isolation and a dyspeptic world view (synths sort of invited that position and provided the remote, emotionally cold sound required).

However Mi-Sex were as much a post-punk pop band as an outright synth-pop band (Not Such a Bad Boy, I Wanna Be With You and Inside You off that debut) and at times -- in retrospect as we can perhaps hear better now -- they were at times closer to Citizen Band than say the proto-electronica of Satellite Spies and Car Crash Set.

Singer Steve Gilpin -- who died in '92 -- often overstated the case (the run-out lyrics of Graffiti Crimes) and would throw in some spoken word interpolations which rarely worked. So no one would argue that these are lost classics.

They are however often more than decent examples of pop on the cusp of a few styles.

JB_HZ_CHEAP_longSo it is not only good to see them at the Bargain Buy price of $15 for three albums at JB Hi-Fi stores here, but to know they have been new life on iTunes and Spotify.

However it is rather nice to have them in the replica covers. 

Share It

Your Comments

Relic - Feb 17, 2014

Mi-Sex 2014, currently with several orig members, the most orig being drummer Paul Dunningham (joined 1981 replacing Richard Hodgkinson) are bringing their “New Crimes” tour to NZ in March after several years playing live in Aust.
Several of those songs might be a challenge to play these days!

Graham - Feb 17, 2014

Remember seeing them in both Auckland and Sydney back in the late seventies and thoroughly enjoying them in both cities. The first lp is reflective of my memories - loads of energy and very catchy, the other two less so. Good to have them easily accessible again!

post a comment

More from this section   The Bargain Buy articles index

THE BARGAIN BUY: Dolly Parton, The Box Set Series

THE BARGAIN BUY: Dolly Parton, The Box Set Series

Songwriters have long recognised Dolly Parton among the greats: she is accomplished at writing sassy songs (Dumb Blonde) heart-tuggers (Put It Off Until Tomorrow) and catchy country-pop (Something... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Earth, Wind and Fire, The Box Set Series

THE BARGAIN BUY: Earth, Wind and Fire, The Box Set Series

It's easy to forget -- because you don't hear much about them anymore -- how huge Earth Wind and Fire were: 20 Grammy nominations; terrific albums that crossed over between funk, rock, dance and... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Neil Young: Greatest Hits (Warners)

Neil Young: Greatest Hits (Warners)

After the indifferent Fork in the Road and the Archives Vol 1 collection you could hardly suggest that there hasn't been enough Neil Young released this year. But this re-presented, remastering of... > Read more

PIRANESI'S ENGRAVINGS: Exploring the dark discomforts of Roman ruins

PIRANESI'S ENGRAVINGS: Exploring the dark discomforts of Roman ruins

When the English author Thomas DeQuincey was describing nightmarish drug-induced visions in his early-19th-century autobiography Confessions of an English Opium Eater, he reflected on curious and... > Read more