Here’s another criminally underrated duo about which I could find precious little information. Even though they recorded singles and albums from 1976 through 1992, it’s as though they hardly even existed. With longevity like that, they certainly did not live up to their pun-like name. Fortunately for us, DJs in-the-know like David Marsden and Ed-FM have done their best to keep Flash & The Pan music alive.
Flash and the Pan was an Australian New Wave musical group (essentially an ongoing studio project) initiated during the late 1970sBy Harry Vanda and George Young, both former members of the Easybeats. George Young is also an older brother to Angus Young and Malcolm Young of the musical team AC/DC. Both Vanda and Young produced several AC/DC albums.
“Hey St. Peter” was the duo’s first hit in 1979. They made a strong sophomore effort in Australia and Europe with “Down Among The Dead,”just prior to releasing their first album, Flash in the Pan. They essentially remained unknown in the US, despite airplay resulting from a deal with Epic Records. Our loss, to be sure.
Quirky, half-spoken, half-sung lyrics, some of which sound like they are processed through a megaphone, and well-orchestrated music form the signature sound of this band. Check them out, then add them to your 80’s music collection. You know you want to.
Buy Flash & The Pan music here.
“Hey St. Peter” via YouTube user nzoz1977:
“Lights in the Night” via YouTube user WASPqueen:
“Media Man” via YouTube user postingoldtapes:
“Ayla” via YouTube user MrMagsn:
Flash and the Pan (1979)
Lights in the Night (1980)
Early Morning Wake-up Call (1984)
Nights in France (1987)
Burning Up the Night (1992)