Manikins were a Perth band that started in the late 70's and included Dave Faulkner (later of Hoodoo Gurus). After doing very little between 1981-85 they were revived when singer songwriter Christine Brodey joined. What Are You On was their first release with the new line-up and reached No74 on the Australian charts.
My favourite track of theirs was Cruel World which was released in December 1987 and got to No.54 on the Australian charts but as high as No.16 on the 3XY Melbourne charts. Below are scans of the single we will see performed live and the album that it came from.
I am VERY excited about the studio performance of What Are You On from The Manikins! I have requested it a few times and I LOVE the track. I actually FINALLY got the album 2 weeks ago at Alley Tunes, YES... It's STILL there! I was SOOOOO mega happy when I found the album with the cover above with the singer in the red dress :-)
Always liked the Manikins song 'What are you on'. I was able to find it on a CD single with Cruel World. Looking forward to this episode.
If you can't wait until Saturday then you can see the clip on YouTube. RecordPausePlay has the Countdown performance uploaded.
Another Manikins clip is also on YouTube. Scent appears from an episode of Night Shift.
Can't find a clip for Cruel World though. I know they performed it live on The Factory episode 17. From memory she was wearing that same red dress as the album cover and the word Manikins was in large pink letters on the back wall of the studio.
FAB! I am happy with just the vinyl
My first introduction to the Manikins, was when I won the single 'Dracula's Slut' off a radio station. It was a horse racing station, but when there was no racing, they would play music and take song requests and often at night they had giveaways. I won a ****load of stuff of that radio station in the late 80's. Sad to say, it no longer exists.
Guru, I just checked the Manikins single releases on Wikipedia. Was 'Cruel World' & 'Dracula's Slut' a double A side single? or was 'Dracula's Slut' the B side?
Nice to see the official video for What Are You On on Saturday night after getting the Countdown studio performance 5 years ago.