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Mi-Sex – Computer Games (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 24th, 2013


A. Sticker

B. Side A

Mi-Sex (also spelt MiSex) was a New Zealand New Wave rock band active from 1978 to 1984. Led by Steve Gilpin as vocalist, they were best known for their singles “Computer Games” in 1979 and “People” in 1980.

In August 1978 the band headed to Sydney, where they quickly became a major live drawcard. They were soon signed to the Australian division of CBS Records by the label’s then A&R manager/House producer Peter Dawkins, himself an expatriate New Zealander who is best known for his productions with another former New Zealand group based in Australia, Dragon.

The band released their debut album “Graffiti Crimes” in July 1979 which coincided with their national tour as the support act for Talking Heads. The LP included their biggest hit, the synthesizer-driven “Computer Games”, a Burns/Stanton composition released in Australia on October 1, 1979 and in 1981 throughout Europe. The single went to #1 in Australia, made the top 5 in New Zealand, and also charted in 20 countries including Canada #2 and Argentina #9. In the US the song peaked at #61 on the Billboard Dance Chart.

“Computer Games” won the award for Best Australian Single at the 1979 TV Week/Countdown Music Awards.

The music video was filmed on location at what was at the time Control Data Corporation’s North Sydney centre.

The “Special Version” of “Computer Games” is a slightly longer mix than what appears on the album clocking in at 4:41 instead of the 3:53 LP version.

Computer Games (Special Version) 4:41

Graffiti Crimes 3:50

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (Stickered)


Year Single Chart Position
1980 Computer Games U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #61


Label: Epic ‎– 48-50830
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1980
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – Peter Dawkins
Written-By – K. Stanton*, M. Burns* (tracks: A), S. Gilpin* (tracks: A)

Special Versions from the Epic Lp: “COMPUTER GAMES” JE 36349
Comes in stickered generic sleeve.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

C. Side B

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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18 Responses to “Mi-Sex – Computer Games (US 12″)”

  1. Drake Says:

    I had never heard before, but the tittle make me remeber yellow magic orchestra and Kraftwerk! Lol
    Thanks for post!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Drake. This is another one of my favorite new wave singles. I think you will like it 🙂


  2. JonEthin Says:

    I remember this. The video is very funny. Old computers and data systems of yester-years…Wow!!! thanks PaulT!!!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome JonEthin. Love the video!


  3. Steinlager Lout Says:

    Thanks for this,you got it as a free 45 courtesy of Radio Hauraki when you bought the album.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Steinlager Lout!


  4. MicMij Says:

    Wow – you never fail to surprise, Paul!!! I’m an Aussie and would never have guessed there was a 12″ mix of this. A bit weird that this didn’t top the charts in NZ, though.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome MicMij 🙂 It is strange that it only peaked at #5 considering NZ is their home country.


    David Reply:

    There are two 12″ of it – there was also the dub version on the B-side of “Lost Time”. There was a rip here but zshare isn’t working.


  5. kris nz Says:

    O thanks so much for this DJPaul.
    I saw this band live back in the day haha and this has always been a great single

    I am actually shocked it was known outside of NZ and Australia hahaha



    DjPaulT Reply:

    cheers and you are very welcome Kris Nz. I imagine that was a great live show 🙂


    kris nz Reply:

    It was 1981 when I saw this band…@ sweetwaters music festival…

    They were awesome live……. the crowd went off when they played this song


  6. ric Says:

    Oh Wow! How nice to follow Men At Work with Mi-Sex!
    You know, Paul. I bought a CD in the 90s. It is a compilation of the greatest hits of Men At Work and Mi-Sex. So each band gets half the tracklist on that CD.
    Your double post reminds me of that CD, which I haven’t played in ages!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I guess it’s time to dig that one out again Ric. I have really been getting into both bands lately. I think my passion is really in this kind of music. Love it!


  7. mjb Says:

    computergames16.rar contains both FLAC and MP3 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Don’t know how I managed to do that lol. But at any rate it’s fixed now. Thank you for letting me know Mjb 🙂


  8. The Doctor Says:

    Wow… this one gave me a very strange feeling of deja vu; I would swear I’ve never even heard of “Computer Games” or Mi-Sex before, but the synthesizer riff seems weirdly familiar somehow… (I definitely wasn’t hanging out in dance clubs in 1980, since I would’ve been about 12 years old at the time, and I wasn’t living anywhere near the Canadian border, so I couldn’t have stumbled over it while accidentally tuned into a Canadian radio station…)

    Ah, well, they do say the memory is the second thing to go. (I forget what the first thing is.)


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Lol I agree with you Doctor my mind went long ago 🙂


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