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Moving Pictures – What About Me (Netherlands 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 5th, 2013


A. Front

Ok so no mixes here but this is one of my favorite songs from a very overlooked Aussie band. Enjoy!

“What About Me” is a song written by Garry Frost and Frances Swan, first recorded by Australian rock band Moving Pictures from their album Days of Innocence. It was the band’s first number-one single in Australia spending six consecutive weeks on the top; there, it was the second-highest selling single of 1982.

The success of the song led them to America where it became a hit, reaching #29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song stayed in the U.S. charts for such a long time that it managed to make Billboard’s top 100 Pop Singles of 1983, at #88, a rare feat for a single with such a low peak position. The song made an unusual comeback in 1989, peaking at #46.

Frost wrote the song when he was working with autistic children in his day job. He had gone out to get lunch at his local shop in the Sydney suburb of Asquith and saw a small boy not being noticed waiting at the counter. He was sufficiently moved by the vision to write the song. The song was rarely played live by the band; when it was, it was played in a modern country style. It would never have been recorded but their debut album’s producer Charles Fisher heard Frost and Smith tinkling with the tune on the studio piano during a break in recording. Fisher suggested that Moving Pictures record the song.

It was initially released as a single in January 1982. It debuted on the charts during February and five weeks later reached #1, where it remained for six weeks, going on to become the second biggest selling single in Australia for 1982 (behind Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger”) and went on to win the “Best Single” award at the 1982 Countdown Music Awards. “What About Me?” was released in the United States later in September 1982, reaching #29 and spending 26 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Because of its longevity on the Hot 100, the song was able to end up on the year-end chart at #88 in the U.S. It was re-released in the U.S. market in 1989 by Geffen Records, climbing to #46 at its second attempt.

What About Me 3:37

Joni And The Romeo 3:28

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1982 What About Me U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #29
1983 What About Me U.S. Billboard Year End Hot 100 #88
1989 What About Me (Re-issue) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #46


Label: Epic ‎– EPCA 12-3078
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Maxi-Single, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: Netherlands
Released: 1982
Genre: Rock
Style: Soft Rock, Pop Rock
Credits: Producer – Charles Fisher


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18 Responses to “Moving Pictures – What About Me (Netherlands 12″)”

  1. lordofvhs Says:

    great band-thank you-have a nice nov’s 1st week


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Lordofvhs you too 🙂


  2. Piripacchio Says:

    Beautiful song!! It was a big hit here in Italy back in 1983 sung in italian by Anna Oxa.. and people still remember this melody very well. Moving Pictures’ version was never released over here 🙂

    I give you the link of the italian version 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    bella versione! Thanks for sharing the info Piripacchio 🙂


    Piripacchio Reply:

    another successful foreign language version is the 1984 german one sung by Anne Haigis.. a smash hit in her own country 🙂



  3. Erwin Says:

    Thanks Paul – never enough Australian content 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Erwin love my Aussie’s 🙂


  4. charly Says:

    This is a masterpiece. Thank you


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Charly 🙂


  5. ric Says:

    No problem if there’s no mixes here because it’s a firm firm favourite of mine. What About Me ranks at #20 in my year-end list for 1982.
    This song is lyrically and melodically so powerful that it never fails to overwhelm me with every listen.
    Can I also recommend that you check out Garry Frost’s next band 1927? That’s When I Think Of You and especially If I Could are pure gems!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for the information Ric I will seek out 1927 sounds like something I would enjoy 🙂


  6. Jason Says:

    G’day Paul. Yes they certainly were an underrated band.If you get a chance to listen to the album. It’s great. Tracks like Bustin’ Loose, Angel and the Madman and Sweet Cherie are really good. Or if you would like a copy let me know.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jason I love the band and have just ordered a copy of the album. Thanks for the offer mate 🙂


    Jason Reply:

    Cool. Let me know what you think. And keep up the brilliant work that you do. It is very much appreciated. I was a DJ in the 80’s and 90’s and it is wonderful being able to find clean digital copies to replace my worn out vinyl.


  7. Dean Says:

    Thank you, Paul. MTV (in the US) played this song a LOT back in the day, which was the only place I ever heard it.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I think MTV is were I first heard the song too Dean 🙂 Those were the days.


  8. Jeff Says:

    I always love it when you share your personal favorites with us Paul. Because of you, we get to discover music that we might have forgotten about over the years. Great tune!!



  9. Nuwave Says:

    This was one of my favourites in 1982 and I remember it so well because it was on the first compilation I ever purchased in Australia – “1982 with a bullet”. I agree with what Ric says, 1927 were a great band and their debut LP titled …ish was superb. Coincidentally they are playing here in Perth next week supporting Belinda Carlisle 🙂
    Thanks again DjPaulT 🙂


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