Tuesday, October 13, 2009


UK comedian Billy Howard did a great job of impersonating half a dozen TV cops and had a hit in 1976 with a ditty called "King Of The Cops" which used the Roger Miller song "King Of The Road" as its backing song. I think that Roger Miller got most of the royalties for the A-side.

The B-side is "Bond Is A Four Letter Word" which nowadays sounds funnier than the A-side as most of the young folks of today would have no idea who the impersonated cops were on the A-side. The B-side is a Sean Connery spoof which still works well and will give you a few chuckles...

This record was sent by Neale Judd from WA who has asked for help cleaning up the old vinyl versions as the songs have not appeared on CD anywhere in the world.

They are in a zip file with a password: http://tommixmusic2.blogspot.com/



Alan Katzmann, friend and regular contributor to this blog and my Tom Mix Oz Music blog, asked me to put this song on here for download because, as he says, most people in Oz heard this version on the top 40 back in 1960 but it has not been on CD.

"Just A Closer Walk With Thee" by Jimmie Rodgers got to #1 for a few weeks in 1960 and was a big hit Oz-wide...sadly the modern day younger CD compilers keep on issuing the wrong version...in fact the only version available is completely different to the hit single version.

Many thanks Al for your continued support and suggestions...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


The only official megamix by The Fab 4 was called "Movie Medley" it was put out by Capital records in the USA and it charted well here in Oz. It was made with a matching film clip with parts taken from various movies in which The Fab 4 had appeared.

The songs in the megamix are:

Magical Mystery Tour
All You Need Is Love
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
I Should Have Known Better
A Hard Day's Night
Ticket To Ride
Get Back

When faced with tracking this down on CD I was not able to find it for ages so I made my own mono version which is similar to the official stereo version but has a few surprises - the tambourine which Ringo shakes in "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" has been dubbed over other parts and the end has the dialogue from the bootleg "Get Back" rooftop sessions.

I have found and purchased the stereo version on CD from a secret source in England (thank you George M.) but it is not on any of The Fab 4's official CDs as of yet.

The zip file has the password:

For download is the Tom Mix mono version of "
Movie Medley":



English rockers Marc Bolan and T Rex had numerous 1970s glam rock singles so when the 1980s came along and making mega-mixes of artist's greatest hits was in vogue then it wasn't long until Sanny-X of Disco Mix Club created a set of T Rex mixes called the "MegaRex" set.

There were four different versions that all came out in May 1985 they were:

MegaRex 1" 12" (5:30 mins)
MegaRex 2" 12" (8:23 mins)
MegaRex 3" 12" (5:32 mins)
"MegaRex 4" 7" (3 mins).

"MegaRex 1" contains songs: Tame My Tiger, Chrome Sitar, Solid Baby.

"MegaRex 2" contains songs: Truck On (Tyke), The Groover, Get It On (Bang A Gong), Telegram Sam, Shock Rock, Metal Guru, 20th Century Boy, Children Of The Revolution, Hot Love.

"MegaRex 3" contains songs: Truck On (Tyke), The Groover, Get It On (Bang A Gong), Telegram Sam, Shock Rock, Metal Guru, 20th Century Boy, Children Of The Revolution.

MegaRex 2 and 3 have been released on CD but the edited 3 min single mix has not to my knowledge surfaced anywhere in the world. Originally this version was released in Oz on black vinyl but overseas it was on a picture disk (click picture above).

Tracks included in the
"MegaRex 4" single edit are:

Metal Guru

20th Century Boy

Children Of The Revolution

Here for download is the single edit of
"MegaRex 4":


Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Cliff Richard had a major hit in Oz in 1986 with his remake of his old 1960s pop hit "Living Doll" done for the UK charity group called Comic Relief. It was the first record to be issued by the charity which is also responsible for Red Nose Day.

Cliff did the fund raising song with the team from The Young Ones TV show not realising his fan base in Oz would also latch onto this song and send it to #1 in the top 40.

Here for download is a Tom Mix exclusive version using the rare CD version of the single mixed with dialogue from the 12" vinyl mix.