Saturday, October 31, 2009

Olympic Smiles - Something's Pushing Me 12"





According to urban legend the only way you can get a hold of Olympic Smiles' media is through buying the long discontinued Debut LP Magazine Issue number 05. Debut was an eighties pop music fan mag that includes a flexi disk of upcoming promising artists. Some of those artists were lucky enough to get a record deal while some remained unknown which made the free flexi their first and last exposure. I've been scouring their single Something's Pushing Me all over the internet hoping to get a copy of it from some private collector but to no avail. I was to the point of giving up until one day the mystery finally unveiled, there was indeed a release aside from Debut and its from Slipped Discs pressed in UK. Luckily I got my copy of it! The B-side Brand New Melody is equally impressive.

I've also been looking in the internet for images of the band or any of their releases but nothing comes up so its safe to say they don't exist at all. I've scanned the front and back of both the sleeve and the record for fans of the band to ponder. When all is said and done I now bring you Olympic Smiles!

[GET SAMPLE AUDIO HERE]

28 comments:

  1. wow many thanks, noisebox! great story, great detective work! something's pushing me is their signature song, but brand new melody reveals they can be consistenly good.

    have you heard of a band called question 16 (?)? they had a song entitled "one thousand reasons" that's another obscurity i'd like to hear again.

    while i'm at it, do you have anything by weather theatre? i only know this band by name, though i might have heard their songs before.

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  2. impressive law....galing mo. talagang hindi basta basta to. kailangan painom ka!! ha ha ha..
    nagla-labasan ang mga unsorted and nearly impossible to find arrival!!

    ps np, weather theatre you can find on discogs they have a 1991 release cd/lp(gothic/darkwave) sort of stuff. if we are talking about the same band?!

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  3. thank you for posting this rare band...actually meron akong debut magazine vol.5 at kasama itong band na ito...thanks for sharing this one...

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  5. thanks for the heads-up, cino. same band, yun ata yung hinahanap ko, in particular yung "great god's gift" . medyo intrigued lang ako, it's not life and death for me. just checked, meron sa ebay ph yung dusk cd, 1500 pesos, hindi ko ma-afford.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this.. hanap ko din ito pero wala akong makita kahit info man lang. Saludo ako!

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  7. havent heard of em portrait, thanks for the compliment!

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  8. thanks cino! inuman to the max sa pacquiao!yeee

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  9. you're welcome tk, dibale pag may double timbrehan kita.

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  10. Thanks nbox!! Puede bang mag request ng link straight sa mp3.. ayoko ng magdownload ng winrar sa computer ko bagal na eh. Thanks! nga pala pano mo appear get sample audio here instead of the url.. sensiya na rookie ako pagdating diyan. hehehe

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  11. Yo NOISEBOX, ang lalim talaga ng collection mo. :) Hindi ko pa narinig ang Brand New Melody pero I trust you when you say it's impressive. MARAMING SALAMAT!
    BTW, ang mga laban ni PACMAN pinapalabas ng Live dito sa ilang moviehouses sa 'Pinas and they charge about Php 500. Good luck to Manny!!!

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  12. tk99, mas mabagal pag ang download mo nde compressed file. winrar would benefit you in a long run. it hardly takes space at libre pa d gaya ng winzip.

    eto code sa link:
    open parenthesis a href="url" close parenthesis get sample audio here open parenthesis /a close parenthesis

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  13. mcdoc, masaya yan, daming magchecheer pag sa sinehan

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  14. urban legend ha?? eh ang alam ko mga dating members ng twa toots yan feat. dj yoko ono, yaba!!

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  15. yung vocalista lang ang dating taga twa-toots, yung gitarista dating taga floy joy hahaha

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  16. boses ni max pang twa toots ang dating hehehe yaba!!

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  17. pano si dj "t" kung sino makahula sa inyo my premyo!!! aber...

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  18. galing mo!! hahaha lol u can claim ur prize at tirintas.com

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  19. Ya Right Bazooka...Ngeee...Ahhh...What about the BBQ at Cino's Place next week for Pacman fight...CU Guys there Bazooks/Cino and Noisebox, bring your world Premieres...AHHHHH!

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  20. Hi, thanks for sharing. For those that didn't know, the vocalist here, Paul Roberts, later went on to front the Stranglers between 1991 and 2006, appearing on 5 studio albums and the hits "Heaven Or Hell", "Big Thing Coming" and "Long Black Veil". He now has his own project Soulsec, who you can find at www.soulsec.com.
    All the best,
    Adam.

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  21. I like this song.! be possible to upload the other side of lp.
    brilliant blog.
    thanks for sharing such Great Music.

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  22. Thank you very much!? great story ... Have you heard of a band called question. They had a song called "thousand reasons" That is again the darkness that I like to hear.

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  23. wow - thought I was the only one who remembered this band. and yeah, I've still got my worse-for-wear Debut LP Magazine #5. thanks for posting!

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  24. Whilst surfing the internet I by chance saw that there is something of an interest from loyal fans (& collectors) as to what happened to Olypmpic Smiles who just seemed to disappear after a promising start with very little accessible recordings in the public sphere. I am Terence Pearce who may have appeared as 'Terence Wilde' in Olympic Smiles as I sometimes used that stage name. I was the lyricist, co-writer & bass player in the Smiles. I am the tall guy standing on the right of the single's cover (Something's Pushing Me). What happened was that we changed some personnel & evolved into a band called High Frontier. We had a deal w/ Metronome (part of Polygram) of Germany after having released "Something's Pushing Me"under which we made a single "You Were Made in Heaven" which appeared I remember on a sampler w/ Elton John & others. There was supposed to be an EP from them to but I don't know if it was ever released. Then, when we had a pretty good agent & gigs set in Los Angeles & we looked set to take off the singer Paul Roberts left to become the singer for the Stranglers & the remainder of the band, instead of getting a new singer, got cold feet & one by one followed suit. So I auditioned a singer, Darryl Read of the Hearts of Darkness &, even though we didn't have a band went anyway. In LA we picked up musicians from around town and started to record "The Book of the Dead" album under the name The Hearts of Darkness. The album was eventually released as by "Darryl Reade & The Hearts of Darkness" because Darryl did a major prima donna & refused to continue unless his name came first, even though it was Justin & I that made the whole thing happen. I guess we shouldn't have gone along with it but we did. Ray Manzarek of The Doors took an interest in us & dropped into the studio sometimes. He played keyboard for us at one of the very few gigs we played there (at the Variety Arts Center). Darryl eventually deserted myself & Justin Marquis (our young manager) once the money was gone; he said I should come to Germany with him but I wasn't just going to dump Justin after he had done so much to raise the money for the album etc.. Justin & I instead formed The Veil under which name we recorded two albums which had very limited release & I guess are almost unknown, "Love Into Babylon" & "Hypnotized". I played lead/rhythm guitar (& bass on the records) & Justin on vocals & acoustic guitar. The Finnish producer Taavi Mote co-produced "Love Into Babylon" with us. These are probably the best things that I've ever done but the music of the Smiles was great, especially as we had two albums recorded which were never released. I don't know where those tapes are now but either Paul Roberts or Stuart Cluny (singer & guitarist of the Smiles respectively) may know. I would love it if the Smiles loyal fans, who never got to hear that stuff, but followed & remembered us all these years, could get to hear it. I'd like to hear it myself. Anyway, as I say, I didn't realize the mystery the people who liked us were posed by our disintegration and I just thought I owed them some kind of explanation. It was so great to have those loyal people at our gigs I remember, it helped me to play even though, unless the on-stage foldback was perfect, I was not the most happy performer. I just remembered actually that we did a BBC session also that I never heard and may be still existing and I think there was some recording of the Stonehenge live festival somewhere in the 80s too. Bye for now. If anyone has any queries then notify me by replying to the post or write to tweedlbach2@mail.com & I'll do my best to clear them up. Rock on!

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