The Pleazers were an Australian-formed rhythm and blues musical group which were popular in New Zealand. They began in Brisbane as the G-Men in 1964. They released a sole studio album, Definitely Pleazers, in 1966, before disbanding in the following year. The Pleazers began in Brisbane in 1964 as the G-Men with the line-up of Jim Cerezo on lead guitar, Dennis Gilmore on drums, Vince Lipton on bass guitar, Billy London on vocals and Peter Newing on rhythm guitar.
The other singles were "Like Columbus Did"/"Sometimes", "Is It Over Baby"/"Hurtin' All Over", "Guilty"/"Can't Pretend", "Here Today"/"La La Lies" and "Three Cool Cats"/"Security". Eldred Stebbing took over the Shiralee in 1966 and renamed it the Galaxie. The Pleazers went back to Australia in June 1966, but returned in March 1967, without Peter Newing, only to split up 6 months later. They were one of the premier groups on the New Zealand scene, but their behaviour was far from acceptable in a staid New Zealand society. In 1988 Raven released an album that was named and looked the same as the 1966 EP, but contained tracks made up of singles, the EP and album tracks. In 2000, Ascension released a CD, same picture as LP above, which contained all the singles, the EP and all the album tracks except "Rag Doll" and "Sand and Sea".
The other singles were 'Like Columbus Did', 'Sometimes', 'Is It Over Baby', 'Hurtin' All Over', 'Guilty', 'Can't Pretend', 'Here Today', 'La La Lies' and 'Three Cool Cats', 'Security'. Peel spent a brief period with The La De Da's before moving to the UK and a stint with Thunderclap Newman.
Before ‘Like Columbus Did’ was released Eldred arranged to have a 16mm promotional film made of the song at Reynolds Film Studio. But before we could start shooting Eldred demanded that we get our hair cut, which was a major logistical problem as we didn't want to go to a men's barber and imagine if people saw us go into a ladies hairdresser, we would be laughed out of town. Some of the tracks recorded early on were clearly out of place, like the lightweight ‘Rag Doll’. Ten months was far too long to spend on an album in the 1960s, when the musical landscape was changing almost monthly.
A Midnight Rave With The Pleazers.
Like Columbus Did Hale, London, Sometimes G. Thomasson 1965. Is It Over, Baby, Hurtin' All Over 1966. Guilty (song), Can't Pretend (The Pleazers song) 1966. Midnight Rave With The Pleazers EP : Baby Jane (song) Dello, Cane, Thou Shalt Not Steal, John D. Loudermilk, I'm Movin' On (Hank Snow song), Bald Headed Woman Talmy, Don't Give Me No Lip Child Thomas, Richards 1966. Here Today (The Beach Boys song) Wilson, Asher, La La Lies Townshend 1967. Three Cool Cats, Security 1967.
LyricsJust Like Columbus Did. The Pleazers.
Just Like Columbus Did. Zodiac Heritage Series, Vol. 5: Takin' It Easy at the Galaxie 2014. In the mid-'60s, the Pleazers were one of the only New Zealand groups competently playing tough, British Invasion/R&B-styled rock & roll; they were probably only second to the La-De-Da's in their homeland in this regard. They managed to record about half a dozen singles, an LP, and an EP, gaining a few hits in New Zealand and playing some stints in Australia during their brief life.
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|A||Like Columbus Did
Written-By – London*, Hales*
Written-By – G. Thomasson*
- Vocals – Shane Hales
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