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Cafe Istanbul
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Creator : Mad Turks From Istanbul (Musical group)
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : The Greasy Record Company
Date of creation : 1987
Additional Creator : Greasy Record Company
Format : Sound recording
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :
Described by Greasy Pop boss Doug Thomas as 'Eddie Cochran on dangerous chemicals' .

First coming to the broader public's attention by winning a place on the Brewing mini album, organised by SA-FM in 1985 to highlight local talent with Not here (that's where I wanna be), the band had formed in 1984.

In 1987, the Mad Turks first album release Caf © Istanbul, was the catalyst for a long term deal between Doug Thomas's Greasy Pop Records, which then became the Greasy Pop Record Company, and Festival Records to release three albums from the Mad Turks and three more from GPR's Exploding White Mice, enabling 'easier' national distribution.
The original line up was Chuck Skatt (Charles Jenkins), Hank M Turk (Matthias Eckhardt) Martyn La Merde (Martyn Christopher) and Dom Benedictine III (Domenic Larizza). Hank M Turk left the band in 1989 with Dom Benedictine moving to guitar and Steve Caon joining on drums.

In 1989 the band decided to relocate to Melbourne to try their luck and shortened their name to The Turks. Unfortunately the band only lasted a year and by 1992 the band had evolved into The Icecream Hands who continue to record and perform. Jenkins has also released a number of solo albums.

Lolene/Seeing was believing single 1986 (Greasy Pop)
Holding My Breath/All Those Words/Prostitute My Brain single 1987 (Greasy Pop)
Looking forward to destroy/Given my number 1988 (Greasy Pop)
Tempers Fire/American Heartthrob single 1989 (Greasy Pop)
The Last Time/Elusive Dream single 1989 (Greasy Pop)
Walking Disaster/Holding My Breath single 1990 (Greasy Pop)
Cafe Istanbul album 1987 (Greasy Pop)
Toast album 1990 (Greasy Pop)
Yet you wonder why on Oasis in a desert of noise (Greasy Pop)
Not here (that's where I wanna be) on Brewing (SAFM Radio)
Seeing was believing on Raw cuts volume 4 (Satellite Records)

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Related names :

Greasy Record Company

Coverage year : 1987
Period : 1980-2000
Further reading :

McFarlane, Ian. The encyclopedia of Australian rock and pop, St Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 1999

Sly, David. The Mad turks from Istanbul, The Advertiser, 10 December 1987, page A3

Sly, David. The Mad Turks from Istanbul no real alternative, The Advertiser, 16 October 1986, page 31

Sly, David. Turks push to promote their profile, The Advertiser, 31 March 1988, page A03

Cold hands, warm heart, The Age, August 20 2004

Mad time for the Turks, The Advertiser, 4 October 1990, page A14

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