New Wave Indie Pop
02.The Good Life
03.Talkin' To You
04.All Through The Night
05.Kids On The Street
06.On The Line
08.Bit Of Your Heart
09.Day To Day
Dear Enemy were an Australian New Wave, indie pop band formed in Melbourne in 1982 which had a Top 5 single, "Computer One", on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart from December 1983. They released a studio album, Ransom Note in 1984 on EMI and Capitol Records, which peaked at No. 15 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart, and they subsequently disbanded in 1988.
Dear Enemy were named from a Ginger Meggs comic strip–the hero receives letters from his rival which are always addressed to 'Dear Enemy'. The Melbourne band formed in 1982, with an original lineup of vocalist Ron Martini, guitarists Chris Langford and Les Barker (ex-Benders), keyboardist Martin Fisher (ex-Little Heroes), bassist Peter Leslie (ex-Little Heroes) and drummer Ian Morrison. Prior to taking the name Dear Enemy, they had played together as a covers band called Stonewall.
The band picked up a strong following on the live circuit and in 1983 signed a recording contract with the American label EMI/Capitol - one of the first Australian bands signed direct to an overseas label. They recorded their debut album Ransom Note in the United States under the guidance of producer Peter McIan (Men at Work, Mondo Rock) - in fact the band were signed with the condition that Peter McIan oversee the recording sessions. The impressive album generated three quality singles, the first of which "Computer One" (which was written in America by Langford and Fisher) proved to be Dear Enemy’s one and only major hit, peaking at No. 5 on the Australian charts in late 1983. The follow up single "The Good Life" stalled at No. 39 a few months later, whilst the slide continued with the third single "Kids On The Street" failing to chart. Ransom Note sold more than 25,000 units and reached No. 15 on the national album charts.
Dear Enemy released a new single a few months later with "New Hero", which featured on the soundtrack to the Australian motion picture Street Hero. The single however only reached No. 93 on the charts. A couple of lineup changes, with Joey Amenta replacing Barker in April, 1985, and two more flop singles, "Stay" and "You're Right, You're Right", followed over the next four years before Dear Enemy’s system crashed and they called it a day at the end of 1988. Dear Enemy did record tracks for a second album during this period but due to contract and legal problems the album didn’t see the light of day. Ron Martini also released a CD entitled Big Night Out in 1996 with backing band The Missiles Of Love. Ian Morrison went onto perform with Goanna.
In 2000 EMI released a CD Best of Dear Enemy (Ransom Note and Beyond) which was a compilation of all the band's releases, this was followed in 2004 by a Best of, which was basically Ransom Note and the inclusion of the single "New Hero".
Ron Martini - vocals (1982–1988)
Chris Langford - guitar (1982–1988)
Les Barker - guitar (1982–1985)
Martin Fisher - keyboards (1982–1988)
Peter Leslie - bass (1982–1988)
Ian Morrison - drums (1982–1988)
Joey Amenta - guitar (1985)
Jerry Leigh - drums
Ransom Note - EMI/Capitol (February, 1984)
The Best of Dear Enemy (Ransom Note and Beyond) - EMI (2000)
The Best of Dear Enemy - EMI (2004)
"Computer One"/"Day to Day" - Capitol (1983)
"The Good Life"/On the Line" - Capitol (1984)
"Kids on the Street"/"Talking to You" - EMI/Capitol (1984)
"New Hero"/"Billy's Theme" - Festival (1984)
"Stay"/"Looking for Love" - EMI (1986)
"You're Right, You're Right"/"Love Flows" - EMI (December, 1988)