THE EASYBEATS
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Australian band recorded in UK 1966
#6 UK #16 USA #1 Sydney #3 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #2 Adelaide #2 Perth #2 NZ #39 Canada #13 Ireland #13 Denmark #13 Sweden #1 Netherlands #6 France #17 Spain #10 West Germany #16 Belgium

Original version


Easybeats L → R: Snowy Fleet (drums), Dick
Diamonde
(bass), Stevie Wright (lead vocals),
Harry Vanda (guitar), George Young (guitar,
keyboards)

Recorded at the IBC Studio, 35 Portland Place, London, produced by Shel Talmy. Single on United Artists (UK & USA) and Parlophone (Australia).

By the time Friday On My Mind was released in Australia, The Easybeats had already had half a dozen Top 10 hits in Australia, including four at #1. "Easyfever" may have engulfed the Aussie pop scene, but in London the pressure was on them to come up with something fresh for their new British producer, Shel Talmy. One of the results, Harry Vanda and George Young’s Friday On My Mind, was their fifth Australian #1, but this time it was an international hit as well. It was also destined to remain the only Easybeats song that is familiar to the average pop fan outside of Australia.


Other versions: There are 44 other versions listed on this page, but the best known are probably those by David Bowie, from Pin-ups, and by Gary Moore, whose version even charted in Australia. Other well-known artists listed on this page include Peter Frampton, Rickie Lee Jones and Richard Thompson. Australian singer Ben Lee released a tribute version in 2008.


After The Easybeats, Vanda and Young went on to continued success in Australia as producers and songwriters for artists that included AC/DC, Stevie Wright, John Paul Young, The Angels, Cheetah and Erl Dalby & Pyramid.

Vanda & Young produced the first five albums (1974-1978) of AC/DC, the band of George Young's brothers Angus and Malcolm. Easybeats lead singer Stevie Wright's #1 Australian hit Evie (1974) was a Vanda & Young composition and production. In 1978 they wrote and produced John Paul Young's Love Is In The Air (#3 Australia, #7 USA, #5 UK), a song further popularised through Strictly Ballroom (1992) and the 2000 Olympics closing ceremony.

Vanda & Young also recorded themselves, most successfully from 1977 as Flash And The Pan (Hey St Peter, Down Among The Dead Men, Waiting For A Train; see also under Walking In The Rain).

Further reading : 1. Magnus Holmgren's Easybeats discography and Vanda-Young discography. 2. Review of the Friday On My Mind album by Katsutoshi Tanahashi at EasyFever. 3. Easybeats pages at Milesago. 4. Interview with Shel Talmy at Richie Unterberger's site. 5. Shel Talmy discography at ShelTalmy.com.
6. Achievements of the Young family at No Nonsense AC/DC Webzine [archived page].

Other versions found by browsing Paul McHenry's Cover Me (shop), AMG, GEMM, Vinyl Tap, The Originals, eMusic, eBay.

Thanks to Erik Alm for extra chart positions.

Later versions:

THE DUKES
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Netherlands 1966
Later version
#1 Netherlands

Single on Decca, with original English lyrics, by Dutch band from Nijmegen (1962-1970). Co-charted in the Netherlands with the original by The Easybeats.

Further reading: The Dukes at Nederpop: sleeve shot, personnel and singles discography.
Thanks to Joop Jansen.

 

ERICK SAINT-LAURENT
Vendredi m'obsede
(George Young - Georges Aber)
France 1967
Later version

Track on EP on Barclay, recorded in London with arrangement and musical direction by Reg Guest. The title is a fair translation of Friday On My Mind: "Friday obsesses/haunts me". Also recorded in Canada by Les Hou-lops.

Reference: Sleeve shots at encyclopedisque.fr.

Version alert from Philippe: merci encore une fois.

 
GEORGE BRUMMELL
Vendredi m'obsede
(George Young - Georges Aber)
France 1967
Later version

On EP on Vogue label by Toulouse singer, real name Michel Simonet (b. 1945), better known as Mike Shannon, lead singer of popular French rock'n'roll band Les Chats Sauvages 1962-1964, replacing Dick Rivers.

References, further reading: 1. EP details at EncyclopeDisque.fr. 2. Mike Shannon at French Wikipedia.

Merci à Philippe de me signaler cette version.

LES HOU-LOPS
Vendredi m'obsede
(George Young - Georges Aber)
Canada 1967
Later version

French version first recorded in France by Erick Saint-Laurent.

Single on Apex by beat band from Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. For a while at the height of Beatlemania they dyed their moptops blonde and were known as Les Tetes Blanches.

Further reading (in French): 1. Discography and brief biography at RetroJeunesse60.com. 2. Les Hou-lops/Les Tetes Blanches at Centre d'histoire de Saint-Hyacinthe.


I RIBELLI
La follia
(Harry Vanda - George Young - Mogol [Giulio Rapetti] - V. Pallavicini)
Italy 1967
Later version

Italian-language version of Friday On My Mind (La follia - "madness") by guitar and sax rock group of the 1960s ("The Rebels").

Other writer credits for lyricist Giulio Rapetti [Mogol] include the Italian originals of I (Who Have Nothing) (Ben E. King, Normie Rowe), (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice (Amen Corner, Toby Jugg) and Help Yourself (Tom Jones).

Further reading: 1. Official site of I Ribelli 2. Brief Wikipedia entry.

THE TAGES
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Sweden 1967
Later version

Single on Platina, B-side of Secret Room, by Mersey-style band from Gothenburg, Sweden.

Further reading: Christian Henrikkson's Tages site documents the band thoroughly, including a comprehensive discography.


THE PETARDS
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Germany
Later version

c.1967

Popular West German psychedelic band formed in 1961 as The Magic Stompers in Steinatal, west-central Germany. By 1964 they had taken on beat music and become The Petards. They broke up in 1972 after releasing five albums and fourteen singles. They also recorded under the aliases of Zonk and Flitter Mouse.

Further reading (all in German): 1. The Petards (fansite). 2. The Petards official site. 3. The Petards entry at de.wikipedia.

THE SHADOWS
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 1967
Later version

Instrumental version on album Jigsaw, aka Shadows’ 67.

Further reading: Review by Dave Thompson at All music Guide: Friday On My Mind, the Easybeats chestnut so beloved of the garage band revival, is positively nasty and so accurately predicts David Bowie's later version that one has no doubt what he was doing during this halcyon year.


TRANSSYLVANIA PHOENIX
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Romania 1968
Later version

On EP Vremuri ("Old Times") by covers and original band combining Western rock with traditional folk sounds, formed in Timisoara in 1962.

Further reading: 1. Official site at Transsylvania-Phoenix.net. 2. Transsylvania Phoenix entry at Wikipedia

THE JOHNNY HAWKER ORCHESTRA
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Australia 1968
Later version

On Columbia album Out Front, presumably an instrumental version. Orchestra leader and arranger Johnny Hawker worked on many Australian recordings, including Grantley Dee's Wild One. See also Cinderella Rockefella, the 1968 hit by Johnny and his wife Anne, a cover version of the Esther & Abi Ofarim hit.
BOBBY PATRICK AND FLASH-BACK
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK
Later version

c.1970

On Music For Radio, Television and Films, an LP of library music (ready made theme and background music) in United Artists' Recorded Music Library series. Personnel included Roger Dean, ex-John Mayall's Bluesbreakers guitarist.

Vernon Joynson, in The Tapestry of Delights, confirms that this is the same trumpeter-vocalist Bobby Patrick of Bobby Patrick's Big Six, a band that also included Roger Dean. Alex Young, saxophonist brother of the Easybeats' George Young, was also in The Big Six, but he was not part of Flash-back.

Further reading: 1. Bobby Patrick's Big Six entry in Vernon Joynson, The Tapestry of Delights (shop) 2. Roger Dean discography and interview at Rock of Ages (Kollektionist.net).

MISSING LINK
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Germany 1972
Later version

Single on United Artists by progressive band from Munich. Only the B-side, Kids Hunting, was on Missing Link's 1972 album Evergreen, but Friday On my Mind appears as a bonus track on the CD reissue.

Not to be confused with Australian 60s band The Missing Links.

Further reading (in German): Review of Evergreen at German progrock site Babyblauen Seiten.

DAVID BOWIE
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 1973
Later version

On Pinups, David Bowie’s tribute to the songs of the 60s. (See also Everything's Alright.)

Further reading: Album review by Bruce Eder at All Music Guide.

 
JOHN KINCADE
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 1974
Later version

On album One Of Those Dreams. John Kincade was the name adopted by John Knowles after he was recruited to front a touring version of songwriter John Carter's studio band Kincade (Dreams Are Ten a Penny, 1973, a hit in parts of Europe and Australia).

Further reading: For the full complicated story, see Alex Gitlin's Kincade page and the Wikipedia entry.

EARTH QUAKE
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
USA 1975
Later version

Single on Beserkley (the label’s first) by power pop band formed 1966 who had previously released two albums for major label A&M 1971-72. Also on Earth Quake's album Rockin' The World and on compilation Beserkley Chartbusters Vol. 1.

Beserkley was an independent label formed in Berkeley, California by Matthew King Kaufman, manager of Earth Quake. Other label artists included Jonathan Richman (who played on this Earth Quake track) and the Modern Lovers, The Rubinoos, and Greg Kihn.

Further reading: 1. Beserkley album discography at BSN. 2. The Beserkley Story at BC Music 3. Beserkley at Wikipedia.


LENNY MAC DOWELL
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Germany 1975
Later version

Instrumental version on album Flute Power by flautist in the jazz-Latin-ambient area with electronic back-up, based in Stuttgart, Germany.

Further reading: Lenny Mac Dowell's MySpace page.

PETER DOYLE
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 1976
Later version

Single on RCA (UK) by Australian singer Peter Doyle, by this time working in the UK. This was his first single after leaving the New Seekers, produced by David Mackay and Tarney & Spencer.

For Peter Doyle's Australian career see, for example, Peter Doyle - Stupidity, Grandma's Tonic - Hi Hi Hazel and The Virgil Brothers - Temptation 'Bout To Get Me.

(An) amazing rendition of the Easybeats' hit… Why it never got sufficient airplay to allow it to become a hit will remain a mystery to all those who ever hear it. - Details and commentary on Friday On My Mind at The Peter Doyle Website.

THRESHOLD
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 1976
Later version

Single on Sol-doon (through Pye) by Portsmouth group. Friday On My Mind was arranged and produced by their manager Allan Heather of ATV Music. Threshold's 1976 line-up was John Wilson, Trevor Price, George Allen and Paul Russell.

Reference: Label shot, other details at 45cat.

Listen: At YouTube, audio of both sides of the single, Friday On My Mind and Tomorrow's Sorrow.

Thanks to John Wilson.

LONDON
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 1977
Later version

On EP Summer Of Love on MCA label by punk/new wave band managed and produced by Simon Napier-Bell.

Further reading: 1. Miles Tredinnick’s London page 2. London's page at MySpace  3. Simon Napier-Bell at All Music Guide 4. SimonNapierBell.com 


FANTASY
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Australia 1977
Later version

Melbourne pop band who had a hit in 1973 with the double entendre novelty The Marrow Song. Track from Tribute to Australian Rock And Roll, an album of remakes of Australian hits from the 60s and 70s. See also The Real Thing.

THE KURSAAL FLYERS
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 1977
Later version

On Five Live Kursaals, final album by eclectic pub rock band of the mid- to late-70s whose members went on to Eddie & The Hot Rods (Graeme Douglas) and The Records (Will Birch and John Wicks).

Further reading1. Stephen Thomas Erlewine’s band bio at all Music Guide. 2. Kursaal Flyers at Wikipedia 3. Kursaal Flyers' MySpace page.


THE GOLANT PISTONS
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 1979
Later version

7” single on Sawmills (“from Sonet Records”) by British punk or new wave band, produced by Tony Cox. Also on MFP punk compilation We Do ‘Em Our Way (1980).
CHILLY
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Germany 1979
Later version

From album Come To LA by German disco group formed 1978.
This was a #2 hit in South Africa.

Further readingChilly entry at Wikipedia. Thanks to Terry Stacey.

PETER FRAMPTON
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 1981
Later version

On A&M album Breaking All The Rules (1981), also on Shows The Way (1998)

British singer-guitarist from Kent Peter Frampton (b.1950) had been in The Herd and then in Humble Pie with Steve Marriott. He embarked on a solo career which led to brief superstardom in the 70s with his best-selling albums Frampton Comes Alive! (1976) and I’m In You (1977).

Further reading: Peter Frampton biography and album review by Joe Viglione at All Music Guide.


THE VANGUARDS
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Norway 1982
Later version

On 2003 album Vanguards Special - The Vanguards 1963-2003, live track recorded 1982 by Norwegian band active throughout the 60s.

Further reading: Vanguards discography at Instromania.

BARRY CHRISTIAN
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 1982
Later version

7" single on KRL label.
CHAMELEON
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
1982
Later version

Single on Platinum #E-838. Filed under punk at record dealers' websites.
THE CURVES
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
USA 1983
Later version

12” single on Allegiance by Southern Californian pop-rock band produced by Richie Wise, also on The Curves’ second album.

Further reading: MySpace page of Curves guitarist Tom Boxwell

THE GENTS
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 1986
Later version

Released in two versions on 7” and 12” singles. Mod band from Doncaster in South Yorkshire, active throughout the 1980s, released nine singles and two albums. Not to be confused with numerous other bands called The Gents.

Further reading: For everything Gents, see Simon’s Gents site at TheGents.org.uk which includes commentary on Friday On My Mind.


GARY MOORE
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 1987
Later version
#26 UK #18 Ireland #30 Sydney #9 Melbourne #3 Adelaide #30 NZ

On Wild Frontier, album by distinguished Irish blues-rock guitarist and composer. Among the bands Gary Moore has played with on tour and in the studio is Thin Lizzy, whose frontman Phil Lynott was in Moore's early band Skid Row for a time.

Further reading: Biography and album review at All Music Guide.

 
THE SPACE NEGROS
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
USA 1987
Later version

On album The Space Negros Do Generic Ethnic Muzak Versions Of All Your Favorite Punk/Psychedelic Songs From The Sixties. No further commentary needed?
RICKIE LEE JONES
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
USA 1989
Later version

Track on CD single of Satellites, also on 12" vinyl.
ELLIOT GOBLET
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Australia 1989
Later version

Parody

Single on Avenue. Deadpan version by deadpan comedian, a persona of Jack Levi.

Further reading: 1. ElliotGoblet.com.au 2. Brief Wikipedia entry.

KHEMI
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
France
Later version

c. 1989
Single produced by Serge Mazeres, mixed by Herve Volme & Gabri, arranged by Mario Santangeli.

TATARA
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Germany 1995
Later version

Instrumental version on album Dingdingding on Null Vier Null label. Tatara is a big, brassy, theatrical street band from Hamburg.

Further reading: 1. Tatara's website and MySpace page. 2. Alternative Bands 101 at RelevantMusic.org.

THE BUSTERS
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Germany 1996
Later version

On album Stompede by German post-ska band.

Further reading: Busters' official site.


MICHAEL BRUCE
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
USA 1997
Later version

On solo album In My Own Way on One Way label by Alice Cooper’s guitarist-keyboardist.

Further reading: Michael Bruce biography and review of the album by Donald A. Guarisco at All Music Guide.  


DAKOTA
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
USA 1997
Later version

On album Little Victories by New York classic rock band.


VANESSA AMOROSI & LEE KERNAGHAN
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Australia 2001
Later version

Theme song for Nine Network’s Friday Night Football, recorded by two well-known Australian artists, chart-topping pop singer-songwriter Vanessa Amorosi and major country music star Lee Kernaghan.

Further reading: 1. Official sites: VanessaAmorosi.com and LeKernaghan.com. 2. Wikipedia: Vanessa Amorosi and Lee Kernaghan. 3. All Music Guide; Amorosi and Kernaghan.

NOOGIE
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Australia 2001
Later version

CD single on Trauma by Sydney rock band, also on album Remote Controller. Also heard on the soundtrack of US film A Walk To Remember (2002).

Listen to Friday On my Mind at Noogie’s otherwise neglected MySpace page.


PAUL MICHIELS
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Belgium 2001
Later version

On album Forever Young by Belgian singer-songwriter (b. 1948), previously with Purple Bus, Octopus and Soulsister.

Further reading: 1. Brief biography at last.fm. 2. Official site at PaulMichiels.be

SUPERYOB
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 2004
Later version

On album Ghetto Blaster by London punk-rock-indie band led by Frankie Flame.

Further reading: Official site at Superyob.com.

COYOTE GIRLZ
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Germany 2005
Later version

CD single on Spectre.  This seems to some kind of spin-off from the 2000 film Coyote Ugly, though the soundtrack offers no clues.

Further reading: Coyote Girlz page at Spectre Media

AQUA VELVET
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
USA 2005
Later version

On instrumental album Hey Everybody, Let's Fall In Love by musicians Jim Hoke and Randy Leago.
RICHARD THOMPSON
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
UK 2006
Later version

On 1000 Years of Popular Music, CD-DVD concert recording of the songs of the millennium chosen and performed by British folk legend.

Further readingReview by Mark Deming at All Music Guide 

BEN LEE
Friday On My Mind
(Harry Vanda - George Young)
Australia 2008
Later version

Track by Sydney singer-songwriter-actor on the album Easy Fever: A tribute to the Easybeats and Stevie Wright (various artists, October 2008).

Harry Vanda commented on Ben Lee's version to The Weekend Australian's Iain Shedden:

I thought Ben did the smart thing. He even put a beat into the song. The original Friday On My Mind... you try and dance to that and you fall over your feet...

And on composing the song:

You don't think at the time that 'this is rather clever', but when you dissect it years later you realise it is rather clever. I liked to squeeze a chorus in A into an E minor verse. That worked, but I can assure you it wasn't as calculated as that.

Reference: Iain Shedden, "Sounds of Then", The Weekend Australian, 27-28 September 2008

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