LIPSTICK KILLERS - "STRANGE FLASH - STUDIO & LIVE '78-81" //Grown up Wrong! Records// (Released 25th June)


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£27.99 – 2xLP, Very Limited Edition Orange Vinyl

£25.99 – 2xLP, Standard Edition

The Lipstick Killers’ enigmatic and high-energy sound – heavily inspired by the Stooges and the ‘60s psychedelic punk sounds of bands like the Thirteenth Floor Elevators and the Chocolate Watchband – bridged the gap between Radio Birdman and subsequent Sydney groups like the Sunnyboys (whose first-ever show was opening for the Lipstick Killers), Lime Spiders, Hoodoo Gurus and the Psychotic Turnbuckles. And of course they anticipated generation after generation of other bands with similar things in mind, right up to today’s ‘60s-inspired freaks like The Straight Arrows, The Living Eyes and Thee Oh Sees.

Double LP includes the original 1979 single, the posthumous “Sockman/Pensioner Pie’ 45 plus additional unreleased studio masters from the same ’78 session, an unreleased album length 1980 demo session recorded by Aus guitar god Lobby Loyde, and the near-complete LA show that comprised the original live album “Mesmeriser” (taken from the original cassette). Features liner notes by Ugly Things’ Dave Laing, some killer pix and flyers and repro’s of the stunning Lipstick Killers posters designed by highly collectable Sydney poster artist John Foy, and a short feature on the band from New York Rocker by esteemed writer Byron Coley.


  1. Hindu gods of love (3:23)
  2. shakedown usa (3:19) (lost in space/voxx 45 – 1979 – produced by Deniz Tek)
  3. sockman (2:02)
  4. pensioner pie (2:35)
  5. teen police (1:51)
  6. rot in love (4:15)
  7. accidents (4:51) (mixdown studio demos -1978)
  8. new hard fun (2:38)
  9. mesmerizer (3:10)
  10. driving the special dead (3:25)
  11. bongo flip (2:31)
  12. twilight of the idols (3:24)
  13. strange flash (4:10)
  14. hide & seek (2:31) (Trafalgar demos 1980 – produced by Lobby Loyde)
  15. date with a thing
  16. liquor fit (Trafalgar demos 1980 – produced by Lobby Loyde)
  17. dying boy’s crawl (5:21)
  18. driving the special dead (3:42)
  19. bongo flip (2:51)
  20. strange flash (4:05)
  21. sock it to me – baby! (2:18) (live in Los Angeles – 1981)
  22. twilight of the idols (3:14)
  23. I’ve got levitation (2:54)
  24. date with a thing (2:33)
  25. shakedown usa (3:35)
  26. pharmaceutical au-go-go (2:44)
  27. out of our tree (2:59)
  28. liquor fit (3:24) (live in Los Angeles – 1981)

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2xLP Coloured Vinyl, 2xLP Standard Edition