Song of the day: Mi-Sex – "Shanghaied!"

Here are melodramatic rockers Mi-Sex with the mean, moody, and magnificent “Shanghaied!”:

Mi-Sex – “Shanghaied!” (1981)

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“Shanghaied!” is the title track of their third album, released in 1981. It also appears on their 1988 best-of, ’79-’85 – mainly because it’s a good song.

Having pretty much forgotten all about Mi-Sex until recently, I found out all sorts of fascinating things about them when ferreting about the Internet for a bit of memory-jogging information. Up until now, my entire knowledge of Mi-Sex consisted of the following:

  1. They’re from New Zealand;
  2. I’ve seen them on Countdown a few times; and
  3. I have two of their albums.

I now know, courtesy of this incredibly informative page, that lead singer Steve Gilpin started out as a cabaret artist, and that the rest of the band started their career without him as a bunch of hippy prog rockers. Going nowhere in New Zealand with either of those pursuits, they joined forces and decided that an image (and sound) change was in order. They donned the leather and named themselves after an Ultravox song (“My Sex“), and adopted a tougher sound. (Come to think of it, Mi-Sex did sound a bit like Ultravox…)

So, from this:

to this:

Jeepers! What a difference a year can make when you’re desperate for success.

Anyway, they moved to Australia, quickly got themselves a large following, snared a record deal, released a few records, and became rather successful for about five years – the standard time in the Seventies for a band to be in the spotlight (nowadays it’s six months).

Incidentally, I’m currently listening to a song on ’79-’85, and a part of it sounds very reminiscent of a well-known Midnight Oil song. Methinks there’s an upcoming musical coincidence involving the aforementioned bands.

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