The Numbers – Sunset Strip E.P. 7″



This is a re-post from June the 20th 2006. Added more scans.


Instead of ripping my own copy I downloaded The Numbers tunes from or what I thought was The Numbers tunes just to hear that there was something missing. Where had the rawnees gone?


I guess the tracks over there where from the remastered The Riptides(who they later changed their name to and re-released this 7inch) cause it didn’t sound as great as this 7inch. So here you get them as they sounded in the first place. Much better in my opinion.


Someone was telling me there’s some sort of sport event going on. Grown up men kicking a ball around. Well I have two balls to kick around.


The Numbers were part of the burgeoning Brisbane punk/new wave scene which also gave rise to The Leftovers, The Apartments, The Go-Betweens, The Survivors, Razar, The Humans and The X-Men. In September 1978, The Numbers issued the rare `Sunset Strip’ EP (500 copies) on The Go-Betweens’ Able label.


Country: Australia
Year: 1978
Label: The Able Label
Format: 7″
Sunset Strip.mp3
Magic Castle.mp3
Rules Of Love.mp3

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19,170 Responses to The Numbers – Sunset Strip E.P. 7″

  1. randy says:

    fucking awesome!!!!!!!! thanks alot Peter and keep up the good work. pleas hack my PC now HA HA HA HA

  2. “Sunset Strip” is one of the greatest tunes ever! I have mp3s of both Riptides and Numbers versions but always thought it was some sort of fuck-up in naming the files. Thanks for enlighting a guy to lazy to find out by himself.

  3. “Tomorrow’s Tears” is an awesome Riptides-track by the way. But I’m sure you already knew that :)

  4. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Hey Johan! NOW I remember…the Busy Signals by Clive!! Forgotten to tell you that I don’t have the Clive record at home at the moment. BUT I have the Riptieds 7inch laying around and you’re right about “Tomorrow’s Tears” so it’s going to be posted. Listening to the Panic demo by Black Flag at the moment. THAT one has to be posted.

  5. Cletusdog says:

    this sounds so much better than the cleaned up version. speaking of cleaning up, the Fun Things ep was posted somewhere, but the rip sounded like shit. does anybody have mp3s of the Fun Things?

    also looking for the Mutants (from San Francisco)


    • gregor says:

      …yes, i have the fun things e.p. from ´78 on mp3.
      absolute killer!

      if someone tells me how to do i could post it.

      • The Flakes // Drummer says:

        Sorry but you can not post it here. We’re two persons posting from our record collection. I have the Fun Things and sooner or later it will be posted.

  6. trashcan baby says:

    man, this is a killer tune! This site is super tite!

  7. wedge says:

    yeah, all the Croatian & Italian guys where i work are all fired up about some world tournament that, i think, is in Germany…i dunno…ill just keep up the punk rock…

  8. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    I really don’t want to tell you but it’s funny that I’ve worked for the two biggest sport brands and I know none that is so uninterested in sport that I am. When are they going to air punk rock 24/7?

  9. harDCore says:

    You have no idea how long I’ve been looking for this record and these tracks! Not a collector, just someone who desperately wanted to hear the Numbers version of “Sunset Strip” again. Now if I can just find that girl who stole this off me back in ’84…. (Thanks!!)

  10. Tony says:

    Wow, I’m suprised at what a great EP of raw pop this is! I was leary to even listen to these tracks since I had bad memories from the Riptides’ polished, boring version of “Sunset Strip” on Back To Front #5. The guitars on this Numbers EP are great! I’m still humming “Magic Castle” here at my desk at work. I wish more poppy records sounded like this EP. Thanks for posting.

  11. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    harDCore, you should get hold of that girl! Are you sure it wasn’t Rob Noxious in disguise or a girl that he duped?

    Tony, yes this one sounds quiet diffrent from The Riptides soft remaster. Don’t know what they where thinking.

  12. pawel says:

    great record

  13. Roger says:

    Great! Always wanted to hear these tracks. Thanks

  14. Rump says:

    There were two versions of the release, it seems the hi-hat microphone was on the original, and the 2nd version was remixed thereby removing the hi-hat microphone.

    “The main difference with the remix was we turned off Dennis’ hi-hat microphone, because at that stage he didn’t realise you were supposed to clamp the hat down when you did a drum roll, so you have the cymbals spilling out over everything!” – Mark Callaghan – Quote takem from ‘PIG CITY’ by Andrew Stafford.

  15. zach says:

    i actually like the less-raw-Riptides version of Sunset Strip more (and i almost never like the less-raw version better of anything). the smooth version suits the music better for me and it goes better with Tommorrows Tears, since that’s really polished as well. this and their other 7″ are records i downloaded a long time ago, played a trillion times since, but never said thanks. so thanks for ripping these classics.

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