New Zealand new-wave icons Mi-Sex formed in and are arguably best known for their hit single 'Computer Games'. However the group, who moved to Sydney in , put out a bunch of chart-topping tracks during their early eighties heyday. Mi-Sex took an extended break in , and were writing and demoing fresh material, but tragically lost founding singer Steve Gilpin in following an automobile accident. The end of the month sees the group heading home to play three shows around the country with the Eddie Rayner Project. Ahead of their visit we asked keyboardist Murray Burns to share five essential songs from Mi-Sex and the stories behind them
Here's Five: Essential Mi-Sex Songs - Music News at Undertheradar
There have been plenty of songs written about video games over the years. You have your favourites, I have mine. One that lingers in my memory, though, comes from a time before I was even born: 's Computer Games , by the Australasian band Mi-Sex. What's so memorable about this song isn't the fact that it's catchy even though it is! Songs about video games are fairly common from the mids onwards because, well, that's when video games stopped being something of a fad and entrenched themselves in popular culture. But in ?
The song peaked at number 1 in Australia and 5 in New Zealand. The music video was filmed on location at what was at the time Control Data Corporation 's North Sydney centre and included gameplay from the arcade games Speed Freak , Basketball and Star Fire. The single was also released in Europe and North America, as well as South Africa where the band's name was altered to MS to satisfy censorship. The song was also re-recorded as the final track for the band's album Where Do They Go? Musicologist, Ian McFarlane , opined that it was an "electro-pop anthem
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