|MILESAGO: Australasian Music & Popular Culture 1964-1975||Record Labels|
Category: Australian independent label
Location: Melbourne, NSW
Go!! Records is without doubt one of the most siginificant, interesting and collectible Australian labels of the 1960s, and as Brett Leslie pointed out in his Freedom Train article on the label, it was also one of only a handful that could claim to be truly "independent". It was a quintessential '60s label, as evidenced by its archetypal 'Mod' name and logo, and it featured music by some of the best of the new generation of Australian pop performers of the mid-1960s.
The label was established in 1964 by DYT Productions, who were also the producers of the top-rating 0-10 network pop show The Go!! Show, which premiered in mid-1964. The show was an immediate ratings winner and its initial run was extended to a full year after only seven weeks on air. It quickly became the most popular (and arguably the best) pop show of the period, and during its three-year run it featured many of the
DYT was headed by veteran musician Horrie Dargie (a renowned harmonica player), Arthur Young and Johnny Tillbrook. In 1964, they formed the Go!! label to promote the 'house' artists who appeared on the show, and new discoveries. Its records were maunfactured and distributed by Astor Records.
In its brief three-year existence, Go!! released 54 singles, seven EPs and six LPs, although three of these were compilations of Go!! artists and one was a "Best Of" by MPD Ltd. Go!! was not limited to selecting bands only from Sydney or Melbourne, and their catalogue included bands such as Tony & The Shantels (from Shepparton in Victoria), The Chosen Few (originally from Nuriootpa in South Australia, and The Clique (from Perth).
Go!! also played a role in the inaugural Hoadley's National Battle of the Sounds in 1966. All nine grand finalists were to be offered a contract with Go!! Records, (although as it transpired two bands were already signed to EMI) but this arrangement only occurred in 1966.
In August 1967 Channel 0 Melbourne abruptly cancelled both The Go!! Show and its rival Kommotion and the loss of its major promotional outlet quickly led to teh demise of the Go!! label.
|G-5001||1 Aug. 1964||Bobby & Laurie||"I Belong With You"
"Trouble In Mind"
|G-5002||1965||The Henchmen||"Rockin' Robin"
"Baby What's Wrong"
|G-5003||June 1965||Bobby & Laurie||"Someone"
"You Are Gone"
|G-5004||1965||Terry Dean||"It's You"
|G-5005||1965||The Rondells||"Talkin' Bout You"
"Baby Don't Hide"
|G-5006||1965||The Henchmen||"Can't You Hear Me Callin'"
|G-5007||1965||Billy Adams||"Slow Down
|G-5008||1965||Bobby Cookson||"Funny Man"
"That Lucky Old Sun"
|G-5009||1965||The Cherokees||"I've Been Trying"
"Only If You Care"
|G-5010||1965||M.P.D. Limited||"Little Boy Sad"
"Wendy, Don't Go"
|G-5011||Sep. 1965||Bobby & Laurie||"Judy Green" (Alan Brite)
"Mojo Queen" (Ike Turner)
|G-5012||1965||The Rondells||"She'll Never
"I'll Be Gone"
|G-5013||1965||Betty McQuade||"Midnight Bus"
|G-5014||1965||M.P.D. Limited||"Lonely Boy"
"The Wild Side Of Life"
|G-5015||1965||Yvonne Barrett||"Little People"
"You're The One"
|G-5016||1965||The Cherokees||"That's If
You Want Me To"
"Stop This Misery"
|G-5017||1965||Billy Adams||"I Think I'm
Gonna Kill Myself"
|G-5018||Dec. 1965||Bobby & Laurie||"Crazy County
"It Ain't Fair"
|G-5019||1965||Tony & The Shantells||"On My Mind"
|G-5020||1966||MPD Ltd||"Walkin' In
"If You Were Mine"
|G-5021||1966||Peter Briggs and The Vikings||"Here I Go"
|G-5022||1966||The Cherokees||"The Angels
"Shame On You Baby"
|G-5023||1966||Terry Dean||"The Answer
|G-5024||1966||Betty Mc Quade||"Blue Train"
|G-5025||1966||Billy Adams||"Lookin' For
"All Time Loser"
Cares For Me"
|G-5027||1966||M.P.D. Limited||"No Regrets"
"I Won't Be Back"
|G-5028||1966||The Cherokees||"A Woman With
"I'll Give You Love"
|G-5029||1966||Joy Lemmon||"From The
Shadows To The Sun"
"Every Day I Have To Cry"
|G-5030||1966||Peter Briggs & The Vikings||"Bring It On
"Some Other Guy"
|G-5031||1966||M.P.D. Limited||"Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder"
"I Am What I Am"
|G-5032||1966||Yvonne Barrett||"Send Her Away"
"Won't Someone Say"
You're Gonna Fall In Love With Me"
"I'll Make You"
||"The thought of you" (M. Botsman)
"Little lover" (Nash-Clarke)
|G-5035||1966||Billy Adams||"Dancing In
"Come Dance With Me"
|G-5036||1966||18th Century Quartet||"Rachael" (Poulsen)
Girl In Town"
"Find Someone Else"
|G-5038||1966||The Rhythm Rockets||"Near Me"
"On Whom Her Favour Falls"
|G-5039||1966||Joy Lemmon||"Whenever A
"Be My Baby"
|G-5040||1966||Yvonne Barrett||"Don't Bother
"I'm Takin' Him Back"
|G-5041||1966||The Deakins||"Take Me For
A Little While"
"Look And Learn"
|G-5042||1966||Billy Adams||"Change Your
"I'll Fall For You"
|G-5043||1966|| 18th Century
|"Am I A Lover
|G-5044||1966||The Chosen Few||"Is This A
"Let Me Down Easy
|G-5045||1967||The Cherokees||"Oh Monah" (Weems)
"Ain't Gonna Cry No More" (Mann)
|G-5046||1967||The Other Ends||"Without You"
"Come On, Baby"
|G-5047||1967||The Clique||"Love Me, Girl"
"Stop, Look And Listen"
|G-5048||1967||Young Once||"I Only Want
To Be With You"
"For No One"
|G-5049||1967||MPD Ltd||"Paper Doll"
"You Might As Well Forget Him"
|G-5050||1967||The Rhythm Rockets||"Just Wait
"Summer Has Gone"
|G-5051||1967||The Cherokees||"Minnie The
"I've Gone Wild"
|G-5052||1967||The Strangers||"Western Union"
|G-5053||1967||Young Once||"Magic Guitar"
"Before I Go"
|G-5054||1967||Bobby James Syndicate||"Hey Hey Hey"
|GEP-1001||1965||Bobby & Laurie||I Belong With You|
|GEP-1002||1965?||The Henchmen||Rockin' Robin|
|GEP-1003||1965?||The Rondells||The Rondells|
|GEP-1004||1966?||M.P.D. Ltd||Little Boy Sad|
|GEP-1005||1966||The Cherokees||The Cherokees|
|GEP-1006||1965||Betty McQuade||Betty McQuade Sings|
|GEP-1007||1967?||M.P.D. Ltd||M.P.D. Ltd|
|GOLP-3001||1965||Bobby & Laurie||Bobby & Laurie|
|GLP-3003||1965||various||Go!! Hitmakers Vol. 2|
|GLP-3004||1965||The Cherokees||Oh Monah|
|GLP-3005||1966||various||Go!! Hitmakers Vol. 3|
|GLP-3006||1966||MPD Ltd||The Best of MPD Ltd|
References / Links
2000 Weeks: The First Thirty Years of Australian Rock (Moonlight Publications, 1992)
Terence J. Stacey
The Battle of The Sounds 1964 - 1972 (Moonlight Publications)