The Missing Links discography

Driving You Insane

hac76
released December 2009

1. Wild About You
2. Hobo Man
3. Bald-Headed Woman
4. Not To Bother Me
5. Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
6. Some Kinda Fun
7. You're Driving Me Insane
8. Nervous Breakdown
9. Speak No Evil
10. On The Road Again
11. All I Want
12. H'tuom Tuhs
13. Something Else
14. I'll Go Crazy
15. Don't Give Me No Fiction
16. One More Time
17. Wooly Bully

Plus these tracks available as iTunes downloads only:
18. We 2 Should Live
19. Untrue
20. All I Want (fast version)
21. Shakin' All Over
22. Kansas City
23. Come My Way
24. Go Back
The Showmen:
25. So Far Away
26. Don't Deceive
27. Naughty Girl
The Running Jumping Standing Still:
28. Diddy Wah Diddy (from "Go!!" TV Show)

iTunes

AU$ 24.00


A Half A Cow Classic Reissue.

Originally released in 1999 on cd in a HAC-designed all cardboard gatefold sleeve with inserts and a 40-page booklet.

NEWS FLASH!
10th anniversary edition of the long-out-of-print reissue of the 1965 album by 'Australia’s wildest garage-punk band'. This reissue contains all 17 songs by the second line-up featuring Andy Anderson (these days a well-known actor) and Doug 'Masters Apprentices' Ford. The release has been re-packaged in an Eco-Box jewel case with the 40 page booklet intact. Includes 'Wild About You' (as covered by the Saints) and 'You’re Driving Me Insane' (on the Rhino Nuggets II box set).

The most sought-after and anticipated Australian re-release from the '60s - first time on cd! Featuring everything they recorded, including their classic LP, EP and previously unreleased material - 28 songs in all. As a bonus, we've added tracks by legendary related bands, The Showmen and The Running Jumping Standing Still. Included is an extensive 40 page booklet with photos galore and the full history of the band. This "definitive article" is based on interviews with 8 original band members, also Richard Neville and Ed Kuepper. This is by far and away the most thorough re-issue ever put out by a label in Australia (and then The Eastern Dark cd came along...with a 44 page booklet!) and one which will be the benchmark for all those that will follow.

REVIEWS:
The 'Links came out on the drag end of the surf craze. Inspired by an imported Stones record they then started to brew their own brand of thuggish beat in the conservative hot-house of Sydney. The rip curl sneer vocal tells us they really didn't give a four-X about convention. I look at Peter Anson's shaggy mop and see that they should be wearing Captain Caveman uniforms, clubs and all. A Neanderthal experience from the land time forgot. the Missing Links indeed. They were billed as Australia's Pretty Things but I'd say they were closer in sound and spirit to the first incarnation of the Electric Prunes. There's a take on Bob Dylan's 'On The Road Again' and one of the best versions of 'Wooly Bully' I've heard away from the Sam the Sham original. Fuzz is omnipotent and simultaneously softens and hardens the bare bones of the tune. Y'know, the way the fuzz does. The sleevenotes are particularly extensive to the point of having half the gatefold digi-pack to themselves and adding the weight of a small feral rodent to the record company's postage bill every time they send one out. If it was a jewel case they'd have to stay there permanently. It's jammed full of anecdotes. Richard Neville puts in a word on behalf of the boys' (bad) reputation and remembers an Oz benefit they once played. They "made Oz legends look so straight", but then he would say that, they were fellow countrymen. Highly recommended Antipodean aggro. - Steve Hanson, Ptolemaic Terrascope, UK 2001

The Missing Links Driving You Insane (Half a Cow) If this is the quality of Half a Cow's retrospective series, bring 'em on! In a word: Classy. I'd been eyeing an obviously pirated CD version of the Missing Links' first album for many months, hanging around as it was at Sydney's only record fair. And just like the old faces at aforesaid fair, the CD was just...hanging around...everytime I've been there. Luckily, the fact that this was in the pipeline (and a 40 buck price tag) made me invest cash elsewhere.

For the uninformed, the Missing Links were only around in Australia from 1964-66. They toured outside their home state only once. Their recorded legacy was an album (The Missing Links), a smattering of singles pressed in runs so small that no-one could have bought them if they'd heard them, and a posthumous EP (The Missing Links Unchained.) The music is rawboned, crude garage R and B at its best, though, and up until now almost impossible to find or sporadically documented on Australian 60s punk compilations. Driving You Insane is the Real Deal; 28 tracks, five of them unreleased, and even a few from offshoots like the wonderful Running Jumping Standing Still and The Showmen. Most I-94 patrons will know Wild About You (it was covered by The Saints) and Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut and You're Driving Me Insane have been compiled, but other examples of the Links' driving, low-fi rave-upmanship are thin on the ground. And you receive a 40-page history book into the bargain. - The Barman, 1-94 Nov '99

The Missing Links, Driving You Insane (Half A Cow, Australia). In addition to assembling all two dozen cuts known to exist by both the first and second lineup of the Missing Links, this exemplary reissue adds three songs by the Showmen (whose rhythm section joined the second lineup) and a live 1966 TV version of "Diddy Wah Diddy" by Running Jumping Standing Still (founded by a couple of ex-Missing Links). It's quite a package, consisting in the main of everything from their sole LP The Missing Links; the non-LP B-side "Somethin' Else"; all four songs from their 1966 EP The Links Unchained; "We 2 Should Live"/"Untrue," the only single (and only official release) of the first Missing Links lineup; and five tracks recorded by the first lineup that were unreleased at the time. Not everything here is boss, but the best of it establishes the Missing Links as the best Australian '60s garage/punk band, and one of the better ones from anywhere on the globe. Note that although, confusingly, not one of the Missing Links in the first lineup was in the second one that recorded, the recordings by the first lineup are engagingly raw R&B/British Invasion pop-style numbers, even if they lack the manic frenzy and feedback experimentation of the second lineup's best moments, such as "Speak No Evil," "Don't Give Me No Friction," and "You're Drivin' Me Insane." Another significant plus is the detailed 40-page booklet, which gives as comprehensive a lowdown on this mysterious cult band as is likely to ever appear. - www.richieunterberger.com 2001

WOW. Received CDs & 45s on Friday. They are unbelievable. What a beautiful testament to such a great underrated group. Those outtakes from '65 are great. That's really my sound. The photos and packaging are fantastic. I can't believe that the shot on the other side of the Unchained EP really existed in color, but my favorites are of the live shots of the band from '65. I would love to know what their set list was like -- it must have been pretty cool. Thanks again for mailing them out so quickly. Best regards, Bruce Kelso 9 Sep 2001

and what they've been saying about Driving You Insane:
"What a fantastic package, one of the best I've seen!" - Skinny, Action Records, New Zealand

DISCOGRAPHY
SINGLES
3/1965 We 2 Should Live / Untrue [Parlophone A 8145]

8/1965 You're Driving Me Insane / Something Else [Philips BF 213]

9/1965 Wild About You / Nervous Breakdown [Philips BF 224]

10/65 H'tuom Tuhs Part 1 / H'tuom Tuhs Part 2 [Philips BF 231]

1999 Come My Way/Wild About You 7" [Half A Cow moo11]

EPs
4/66 Links Unchained [Philips PE 31] (re-released as Raven RVEP 14, 1984)
I'll Go Crazy / Don't Give Me No Friction / One More Time / Woolly Bully

NOTE: a copy of this EP was sold on the internet auction site eBay for AU$1,564.77 in 2004.

1979 The Wild Cherries [Raven RV 04] 7" EP (limited edition of 1000)
All I Want / We 2 Should Live / Don't Give Me No Friction / Wild About You / Some Kinda Fun / Speak No Evil

LPs
12/65 The Missing Links [Philips PDS 199] / [Raven RVLP19] / [Corduroy cord50]

NOTE: In August 2004 a copy of this LP sold on the internet auction site eBay for AU$2,072.98.




Wild About You

moo11
released January 1999

A: Wild About You
B: Come My Way



DELETED.
Released in anticipation of the Driving You Insane - The Complete Missing Links cd (hac76) is this double-sided single with a track each from the two lineups of the Links. Come My Way was previously unreleased until the cd came out.



Missing Links LP/EP vinyl

LP 5422
released January 2013

LP

1. Wild About You
2. Hobo Man
3. Bald-Headed Woman
4. Not To Bother Me
5. Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
6. Some Kinda Fun
7. You're Driving Me Insane
8. Nervous Breakdown
9. Speak No Evil
10. On The Road Again
11. All I Want
12. H'tuom Tuhs

EP
13. Something Else
14. I'll Go Crazy
15. Don't Give Me No Fiction
16. One More Time
17. Wooly Bully

iTunes

AU$ 28.00


What Sundazed say:

DELUXE reissue of 1965 Aussie garage RARITY with bonus 7" EP

180 gram vinyl LP with bonus 7" EP

POSTAGE AUSTRALIA WIDE $6.50

Though they have different approaches, a common thread runs through Australian bands like the Saints, Hoodoo Gurus, Midnight Oil and AC/DC: an aggressive, take-no-prisoners posture designed to grab audiences by the throat. This direct crowd-band interaction is essential on the rough-and-tumble Oz pub circuit, where if the group doesn’t deliver the goods, they’re likely to go down in a hail of lager cans.  Whatever it is that puts the raw in Antipodean rawk, it’s been there from the beginning. For proof, check the wild, outrageous sounds of the Missing Links.  Formed in Sydney in 1964, a series of personnel changes eventually replaced all original members, leaving vocalist Andy Anderson, guitarist Doug Ford, drummer Baden Hutchens, bassist Ian Thomas and Chris Gray on keyboards. It was this lineup that recorded the band’s 1965 debut album, The Missing Links.  An instant garage punk classic, The Missing Links took the UK R&B combo model and drenched it in attitude and feedback, making contemporaries like the Troggs and the Who appear tame by comparison. The sonic guitar meltdown at the end of “You’re Driving Me Insane” presages Jimmy Page’s Zeppelin liftoff by a full three years while “Wild About You” defies description, except to say it still sounds shocking nearly 50 years on.



This slice of vigorous vinyl became one of the most prized acquisitions for garage punk fans the world over, with each successive wave of Down Under musical malcontents spreading its legend. The globe trotting team at Sundazed has now restored the album in all its magnificent MONO glory! What more could you want? Well, how about the IMPOSSIBLY rare ep, The Links Unchained, featuring four more cuts of mid-Sixties madness!?! For a limited time, Sundazed is offering both of these audacious aural artifacts in one convenient package!



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