The Musick Express — “Jackie’s Thing”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 16, 2023


733) Musick Express — “Jackie’s Thing

The Musick Express’ wonderful one and only A-side reached the top 100 in Australia in ’70 and sounds soooooo Bowie-esque! It’s a Jackie thing, you wouldn’t understand!

Kimbo tells us that:

Forming in Adelaide in the late 60s, The Musick Express became very popular with their South Australian audiences. A group lucky enough to be around when the Adelaide scene was still at its peak. . . . [they] played at most of the top venues during the late sixties including The Scene. They appeared on many TV shows, gigged extensively in Melbourne and toured throughout Australia.  They headed to Sydney as house band for the controversial stage production of Oh Calcutta!  The band rehearsed the show for a month, however, Mr Justice Little in the Supreme Court described the show as “filth” and granted an injunction. What would have been the first production of the show outside the United States was closed before it opened and 80 cast and crew were dismissed.  This proved to be the end of the group. They released one single on the Columbia label ”Jackie’s Thing” in 1970 written by their guitarist Trevor McNamara.

Their only single “Jackie’s Thing/How Does Paternity Suit You” reached the Top 100 in 1970 but they quit soon afterwards. . . . [McNamara] then recorded enough material for a solo album, ‘Yeah Captain’ which was finally released in 1971 on the little Nationwide label and was highly touted by those who have heard it.;

As to Trevor, Kimbo says that:

[His] career started in the 1960s Adelaide group Five Sided Circle. During that time he also wrote “H.M.S. Buffalo”, picked up by psychedelic band Inside Looking Out for their last single. He left after two years and formed Musick Express.

And the liner notes to the CD reissue of Yeah Captain relate that:

[Trevor] . . . . played in a band called 5 Sided Circle which was considered unique and ahead of its time in the ‘mod era’ of music. He left after two years and formed a 4-piece band called Musik Express. . . . He left Musik Express to stage a rock opera called ‘Piano’ which he wrote. After ‘Piano’, Trevor was urged to record, and the album ‘Yeah Captain’ was made – Trevor was then 19. His work had been featured on many recordings, film scores, opera and a wide range of commercials in Australia. . . . ‘Yeah Captain’ was made in 1969, and was the first album of its type produced in Australia. All songs were written and performed by Trevor McNamara. . . . [and he] sang and played all instruments . . . . The albums was a milestone in Australia, but Trevor never liked it.

Here is Trevor McNamara’s solo version:

Here is Inside Looking Out’s “H.M.S Buffalo”:

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