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Mi-Sex

Steve Gilpin (vocals) Kevin Stanton (guitar) Don Martin (bass) Murray Burns (keyboards) Richard Hodgkinson (drums) replaced by Paul Dunningham (1981) later: Colin Bayley (guitar)

Mi-Sex took their name from the Ultravox song Mi-Sex which fit the punk/new age image and sound that the band were trying to present. Lead singer Steve Gilpin had already had a brief television/cabaret career having been New Faces winner for 1974. Some loss of credibility there but it didn't matter. The songs were catchy and infectious.

After quickly building a following in New Zealand, the band moved to Australia in 1978 and made a splash over there as well securing a record deal with CBS. The break-out hit "Computer Games" went to #1 in Australia and charted in 20 other countries. In 1979 they received three awards from Australia's TV Week/Countdown music awards: Most Popular Album or Single, Best New Talent and Best Australian Single.

Following a hiatus in the mid to late '80s Mi-Sex started working on a comeback album when tragically Steve Gilpin sustained head injuries in a car crash from which he never recovered. He died on Jan 6 1992.

Discography

Singles:

1978 Straight Laddie/High Class Dame - EMI HR 580
1979 But You Don't Care/Burning Up - CBS BA 222542 #25 Aus#33 NZ
- from the album Graffiti Crimes
1979 Computer Games/Wot Do You Want? - CBS BA 222563 #1 Aus #5 NZ
- from the album Graffiti Crimes
1980 People/Pages And Matches - CBS BA 222652 #3
- from the album Space Race
1980 Space Race/Living In September - CBS BA 222672 #19
- from the album Space Race
1980 It Only Hurts When I'm Laughing/I Don't Know - CBS BA 222716
- from the album Space Race
1981 Falling In And Out/Round And Round - CBS BA 222809 #48
- from the album Shanghaied
1981 Missing Person/Water - CBS BA 222874
1982 Castaway/Young Maniacs - CBS BA 222930
1982 Down The Line/Calling - CBS 223001
1982 Lost Time/Antipodes Army - CBS 223061
1982 (12") Only Thinking/Where Do They Go - Epic AS 1852
- from the album Where Do They Go?
1983 Blue Day/Don't Look Back In Anger - CBS BA 223149 #24 Aus#36 NZ
- from the album Where Do They Go?
1984 Five O'Clock (in the morning)
- from the album Where Do They Go?
1985 Non Stop Sex/Son Of Non Stop Sex - Shanghaied
- from the album '75-'85

Albums:

1979 Graffiti Crimes - CBS SBP 237329 #6
Graffiti Crimes 21-20 Not Such A Bad Boy Inside You Camera Kazi I Wanna Be With You
1980 Space Race - CBS SBP 237442 #1
Ghost Ice Cold Dead Good Guys Always Win
1980 Computer Games (US) - Epic JE 36349
1981 Shanghaied - CBS SBP 237701
Shanghaied
1983 Where Do They Go? - CBS SBP 237954
1985 '75-'85 (Compilation) - CBS SBP 8117

More Video Links

Stills - Live: 1980
It Only Hurts When I'm Laughing - Live: 1980
Burning Up - Live: 1980
Computer Games - Live 1979 Countdown
Shanghaied - Live: on Countdown 1981
Falling In And Out With You - Live: on Countdown 1981
Steve Gilpin Benefit Concert - February 1992
Computer Games/Blue Day - Good Morning Show
Rockin' The Planet - Shane Hales Interviews Paul Dunningham
Computer Games - Live: 2011
Computer Games - Live: 2011 The Basement, Sydney
Computer Games - Live: 2012 Sydney Entertainment Centre
Computer Games - Live: 2012 Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Castaway - Live: 2012 Annadale Hotel
But You Don't Care - Live: 2013 The Brass Monkey Cronulla
It Only Hurts When I'm Laughing - Live: 2012 The Brass Monkey Cronulla
Computer Games - Live: With Bruce Butler, Byron Brewery
Castaway - Live: 2013 Bridge Hotel, Sydney 16th November
Blue Day - Live: 2013 The Basement, Sydney
Graffiti Crimes - Live: 2013 The Basement, Sydney
Computer Games - Live: 2013 The Basement, Sydney
Down The Line - Live: 2013 The Basement, Sydney
I Wanna Be With You - Live: 2013 The Basement, Sydney
But You Don't Care - Live: 2013 The Basement, Sydney
Not Such A Bad Boy - Live: 2013 The Basement, Sydney
Space Race - Live: 2013 The Basement, Sydney
Falling In And Out - Live: 2013 The Basement, Sydney
People - Live: 3013 Rock For DOC Concert, Sydney
But You Don't Care - Live: 3013 Rock For DOC Concert, Sydney
It Only Hurts When I'm Laughing - Live: 3013 Bridge Hotel
Space Race - Live: 3013 Bridge Hotel, Sydney
Space Race - Live: 2013 Lizottes, Newcastle
Graffiti Crimes - Live: 2011 Rooty Hill RSL
But You Don't Care - Live: 2011 Rooty Hill RSL
People - Live: 2011 Rooty Hill RSL
Down The Line - Live: 2011 Rooty Hill RSL
Castaway - Live: 2011 Rooty Hill RSL
Blue Day - Live: 2011 Rooty Hill RSL
Space Race - Live: 2011 Rooty Hill RSL
Falling In And Out - Live: 2011 Rooty Hill RSL
Blue Day - Live: 2014 Eatons Hill Hotel
Computer Games - Live: 2014 Esplanade Hotel Melbourne

Audio Links

GG Ep. 54: Mi-Sex Interview - Steve Balbi and Don Martin

General Links

misex.com.au
Wikipedia Facebook Twitter
Audio Culture - Gary Steel
Mi-Sex - Bruce Sergent's Mi-Sex page
Hotshot Digital - Tribute to Steve Gilpin