The Australian musical landscape in the 1980’s was very heavily shaped and influenced by the band Moving Pictures. Formed in 1978 by Alex Smith, Garry Frost, Charlie Cole, Paul Freeland, Ian Lees, and Andrew Thompson, together, they jumped out of the blocks with 1981’s #1 smash album Days Of Innocence and would go on to release three original albums from 1981 through to 1988.
Days Of Innocence produced by Charles Fisher; delivered the energetic Bustin’ Loose and the empassioned, – and often covered – chart topping smash hit; What About Me? This song would go on to be awarded ‘Best Single’ at the 1982 Countdown Music Awards and was the second highest selling single in Australia that year. ‘What About Me?’ also entered the Billboard Top 40 and remained in the US singles charts for a massive 26 weeks. The song also made it into the illustrious Billboard Hot 100 singles list for 1983 – a rare feat indeed for an Australian band.
In 1983, after some relentless touring, the band recorded and released their sophomore album Matinee – also produced by Charles Fisher and featuring the Back To The Streets’ single and evocative album cut Sisters Of Mercy. Non-stop touring finally took its toll, with founding member Garry Frost and the band parting ways (Garry would soon go onto to establish the also hugely successful band ‘1927’).
Moving Pictures continued to tour Australia successfully but eventually decided to call it a day and their final album The Last Picture Show – a live best of – was released in 1988 and based upon their final tour by the same name in 1987.
In 2011, in order to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the release of Days Of Innocence, the circa ‘84 Moving Pictures line up of Cole, Frost, Lees, Meyer, Smith and Thompson reformed and performed a sell-out national tour, including a very special night at Sydney’s iconic State Theatre. This tour created a spark and energy that galvanised the band and although its members are scattered across the globe, the band are really keen to tour once more.
So in mid-2015, the band approached their Australian based touring agent who in turn contacted Liberation Music about the possibility of Moving Pictures recording an acoustic album of their greatest hits and performing live across the country to promote it.
It is with great pleasure that Liberation and the Harbour Agency can confirm that one of Australia’s most cherished pub rock bands of the 80’s, Moving Pictures – featuring Alex Smith, Garry Frost, Andy Thompson, Ian Lees, Charlie Cole and Mark Meyer – have today announced that they are heading back into the studios to record an acoustic selection of their classic tracks to be known as Picture This for release on Friday October 9th. Co-founder and guitarist Garry Frost says “We have been busily reworking the songs with a few surprises including a very special cover, a stunning new tune and a song from a movie that we said we would “Never”, EVER play. We are all really looking forward to getting back out and playing.”
Moving Pictures will officially launch the Picture This album at a very special live showcase at The Basement in Sydney on Wednesday September 30th. Tickets for this show are on sale now.
Moving Pictures will also perform at select A Day On The Green shows in late 2015, Live @ The Foreshore, Newcastle and have also confirmed that they will join James Reyne to perform right across Australia for his Summer 2015/2016 tour.
MOVING PICTURES – PICTURE THIS
Out through Liberation FRIDAY OCTOBER 9TH
ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW
Wednesday 30th September 2015
@ The Basement, Sydney
ON SALE NOW!