PSEUDO ECHO in the 80s
By Mark Nobes and Hannah Johnson
"Listening" (Debut Single)
In 1983, Pseudo Echo released their debut single, and it featured on their first album Autumnal Park. The song became a hit on Australia's ARIA chart, reaching No.4. The UK release included "From The Shore" as the B-side, with the Australian release featuring "In Their Time" instead. The single did not chart in the UK.
"A Beat For You" (1984 Single)
Featuring a blend of synths and hard rock riffs, the band's second single gave them their second hit in Australia, where they had a number of chart-topping hits. "A Beat For You" reached #12 on the Kent Music Report (ARIA) chart and No.6 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart. The single included "Autumnal Park" as the B-side, which was the title track from the album.
Autumnal Park (1984 Debut Album)
"Dancing Until Midnight" (1984 Single)
"Stranger In Me" (1984 Single)
Love an Adventure (1985 Album)
"Don't Go" (1985 Single)
"Love An Adventure" (1986 Single)
"Living In A Dream" (1986 Single)
"Try" (1986 Single)
"Funky Town" (1987 Single)
In 1987 (I have the 7" vinyl record in my hand, so I definitely know this was a 1987 single), the band released their cover of "Funky Town", giving the song a rockier edge, with an impressive guitar solo in the middle. This version has great energy, but the lead synth sound is just too brass-like for my liking, and although synth brass was one of the defining sounds of the 80s, here it doesn't sound particularly impressive.
Pseudo Echo's cover entered the UK singles chart at No.71 in 12th July 1987, climbing to a peak position of No.8 for one week on 23rd August, while Rick Astley was at No.1 with "Never Gonna Give You Up". "Funky Town" spent seven weeks at number one in Australia (released in 1986), while Lipps Inc's electro version was No.1 for only two weeks in Australia.
For both Lipps Inc. and Pseudo Echo, these were both one hit wonders in the UK.
The single featured on the band's second album Love An Adventure in the U.S., but not on the initial Australian release. However, it was included on later pressings.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for the "Funky Town" lyrics.
Race (1988 Album)
"Fooled Again" (1988 Single)
"Over Tomorrow" (1989 Single)
"Eye Of The Storm" (1989 Single)
1984 Autumnal Park (EMI)
1985 Love An Adventure (EMI)
1988 Race (EMI)
2000 Teleporter (Colossal)
2014 Ultraviolet (Pseudo Echo)
2020 Acoustica (Pseudo Echo)
2020 After Party (Pseudo Echo)
Record labels are shown in brackets. None of the albums charted in the UK.
Funky Town Lyrics