Flash and the Pan

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Flash and the Pan
Origin Australia
Genres New wave, synthpop
Years active 1977–1992
Labels Various
Past members Harry Vanda
George Young

Flash and the Pan was an Australian new wave musical group (essentially an ongoing studio project) initiated during the late 1970s by Harry Vanda and George Young, both former members of The Easybeats.

The duo's first success was their 1976 debut single "Hey St. Peter" which reached number 5 in the Australian singles chart. The next single "And the Band Played On (Down Among The Dead Men)" went one better and reached number 4 in Australia in 1977.

Their eponymous debut album followed in 1978 with the single "Walking in the Rain", originally the B side to "Hey St. Peter". The song was later covered by Grace Jones and released as the last single from her "Nightclubbing" album. Her version's best success was reaching 34 in New Zealand.

"Waiting for a Train" the lead single from their third album "Headlines" was their next success, reaching number 7 in the UK singles chart in 1983.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Hey, St. Peter" (b/w "Walking in the Rain") (1976 Australia, 1978 worldwide) - Aus No. 5, US No. 76, Netherlands No. 8
  • "And the Band Played On (Down Among The Dead Men)" (1978) - Aus No. 4, UK No. 54[1]
  • "The African Shuffle" (1978) - Aus No. 85
  • "California" (1979)
  • "Walking in the Rain" (1979)
  • "Media Man" (1980)
  • "Welcome to the Universe" (1980)
  • "Love is a Gun" (1982)
  • "Where Were You" (1982)
  • "Waiting for a Train" (1983) - UK No. 7,[1] Aus No. 98, Netherlands No. 21
  • "Waiting for a Train (French Take)" (1983) - Aus No. 66
  • "Down Among The Dead Men" (1983)
  • "Midnight Man" (1985) - Aus No. 66, Netherlands No. 23
  • "Early Morning Wake Up Call" (1985)
  • "Ayla" (1987) - Netherlands No. 15
  • "Money Don't Lie" (1988)
  • "Yesterday's Gone (EP)" (1988)
  • "Waiting for a Train '89" (1989)
  • "Something About You" (1990)
  • "Living On Dreams" (1992)
  • "Burning Up The Night" (1992)
  • "Walking in the Rain '96" (1996)
  • "Waiting for a Train '96" (1996)

Albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • Pan-orama (1983) - UK No. 69[1]
  • Flash Hits (1988)
  • Collection (1990)
  • The Flash and the Pan Hits Collection (1996)
  • Ayla The Best of Flash and the Pan (2005) Repertoire Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 204. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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