Formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1975 and finding themselves rejected by their home country, Mother Goose emigrated to Australia in 1976. Their first single ‘Baked Beans’ was a novelty hit which caused the band many problems in relating to a wider rock audience. Like the Village People, each member dressed in a character’s costume, and their stage choreography meant that the audience were entertained musically and visually. The line-up comprised Kevin Collings (guitar), Denis Gibbins (bass), Craig Johnston (vocal), Marcel Rodeka (drums), Steve Young (keyboards) and Pete Dickson (guitar, replaced by American Justin McCarthy in 1979). The band was never able to shake off the novelty image even though its recorded output was of a high standard, and the mime and satire in its stage show had a serious edge. Although Mother Goose released three albums they never achieved significant radio success, despite being one of Australia’s most popular live acts, with a fiercely loyal following. The band spent 1978-79 in the USA, but record company troubles prevented them making any inroads into that market. On return to Australia the band based itself in Perth. When the third album enjoyed some success in Canada the band moved there, working under the name Landing Party, before returning to Australia to break up in 1984.
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