In 1979, Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Apocalypse Now opened in cinemas everywhere, Michael Jackson released Off the Wall, disco unearthed the Village People (YMCA), McDonald’s introduced the ‘Happy meal’, Mad Max made Mel Gibson a star, Apple sold 35,100 computers, and Mi-Sex dropped the multi-platinum and award-winning debut LP, Graffiti Crimes.
Featuring the hit singles ‘But You Don’t Care’ and ‘Computer Games’, Mi-Sex Graffiti Crimes rode the collision of punk rock, dance and disco to the top of the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Austria, and South Africa. The LP became the catalyst for an entirely new era in music and fashion – new wave.
ABC’s Double J embraced new wave and Mi-Sex became regular guests on Countdown, which saw the group shoot to #1 with ‘Computer Games’, before Mi-Sex rounding-out the decade with its landmark performance at the Sydney Opera House – revered by those of the era as the ‘Concert of the Decade’.
Early the following year, Mi-Sex Graffiti Crimes scooped the 1980 TV WEEK / COUNTDOWN MUSIC AWARDS with 4 gongs: Best New Single (Computer Games), Most Popular Single/Album (Computer Games/Graffiti Crimes), Best New Talent (Mi-Sex), and Best Production (Peter Dawkins/Graffiti Crimes).
Reformed and reimagined to honour the 40th Anniversary of the group’s debut LP Graffiti Crimes, Mi-Sex new wave features founding members Don Martin (bass) and Murray Burns (keys ‘n’ synth), with Steve Balbi (vocals), James Van Cooper (guitar), and Jordan McDonald (drums).
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