Song of the day: Vertical Hold – "Tears Of Emotion"

February 9, 2010

Here’s Adelaide band Vertical Hold with their 1982 single “Tears Of Emotion”:


As a bonus, here’s the B-side:

Vertical Hold – “In Your Life” (1982)

(I nicked the graphic from Tom Mix Oz Music blog. I hope Tom doesn’t mind.)

Song of the day: Vertical Hold – "My Imagination"

October 21, 2009

Here’s Vertical Hold with “My Imagination” (1981):


Vertical Hold came from my home town, Adelaide, and “My Imagination” was a number-one hit there in 1981. Yay!

As you can hear (and see in the video), the band had the unusual instrumental combination of vocals, guitar, bass, drums – and cello. OK, how many power pop bands (or any band for that matter) can you name that features a cello as equal instrument to the guitar, bass, and drums? No, neither can I. If you say Electric Light Orchestra, I’d humbly submit that that’d be slightly incorrect, because ELO used strings as backing (and extremely nice they were, too).

“My Imagination” is a jaunty little ditty, and I hadn’t heard it in ages until a friend sent it to me (thanks, Col!). I sure am glad to make its re-acquaintance after all those years.