Tuesday, 11 December 2018


Bellydance were formed as a dance, funk band, Bellydance Disco, in Sydney in 1987 by mainstays Ted Cavanagh on guitar, the actor, Tony Hughes on vocals, and Scott Saunders (ex-Deckchairs Overboard, Beatfish) on keyboards. Their line-up changed often and the ensemble sometimes reached 12 members. The group's debut single, "Spittin' Bullets", appeared in July 1987.

According to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, they "built up a strong following on the Sydney dance/pub circuit, and first came to national prominence with the release of the topical single ''Green Revolution'' in mid-1992." By that time Saunders had also formed an acid jazz group, Directions in Groove (initially styled as d.i.g.), with Alexander Hewetson on bass guitar, Terepai Richmond on drums, Rick Robertson on saxophone, and Tim Rollinson on guitar. They released an extended play, Fun Dopin', in May 1993 and also supported visiting English reggae singer, Maxi Priest, on his tour of Australia.

Bellydance issued their debut studio album, 'One Blood', in October 1993 via Regular Records/Festival Records. It had been recorded in the previous year with Stephen Ferris producing. McFarlane observed, "it contained a mix of hard funk, smooth soul-pop, dub reggae and jazz-funk." At the ARIA Music Awards of 1994 it was nominated for Best Pop Release. The group released another EP, 'The Joker', in 1994 and followed with their second album, 'Babylon Mixed Business', late in the next year, via Roadshow Music. Another EP, 'Ain't no Use', appeared in November 1995 and the group disbanded in 1996


Ted Cavanagh (guitar), Tony Hughes (vocals), Scott Saunders (keyboards), Frank Ward (bass),
Charlie MacLean (vocals), John Swanton (drums), Linda Jannsen (vocals), Grant Taylor (guitar),
Dave Wray (sax), Richard Barry (vocals), Terepai Richmond (drums), Theo Silvera (drums)



    Thursday, 6 December 2018


    The Third Union Band formed in the early 70s. Released one single on the ATA label. Appeared on GTK.


    Red McKelvie (vocals/guitar), Grahame Lister (vocals/guitar), Harry Brus (bass), 
    Dave Ovenden (drums)

    Friday, 30 November 2018


    The Mangrove Boogie Kings emerged from the swamps of Mangrove Creek north of Sydney in 1974. Formed by Warren Nunn and the late Chris Piper plus Rex Kelaher the band became stalwarts of the Sydney pub rock scene , attracting a broad spectrum followers from fans of blues ,country the emerging New Wave movement sharing stages with some of Australia's biggest bands including Radio Birdman, Cold Chisel and Mental As Anything. The band also supported Chuck Berry's Australian tour in 1978. A self titled EP was released in 1981 on the Mullet label.

    In the late 70s the core of the band went on to form the more commercially successful Model Husbands and other associated outfits, however the MBKs still performed sporadically over this time even though members were widely distributed across the country until the death of Chris Piper in 2005. Mike Willessee’s Street Stories TV series featured a mini-doco on the band after Slim Dusty wrote and recorded the song ''The Mangrove Boogie Kings'' on his 'The Stories We Told' album. A revitalised Mangrove Boogie Kings began performing regularly in Sydney from 2012 and released a new album 'Tent Show Medicine' of original material and favourites in 2015. 


    Warren Nunn (vocals/harmonica), Chris Piper (guitar), Rex Kelaher (drums), Rodd Coe (bass), 
    Denis Burke (drums)

    Friday, 23 November 2018


    Graeme Lyall is widely regarded as one of the greatest jazz saxophone players and arrangers Australia has produced. As well as performing, writing, arranging and teaching at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, he is also the Artistic Director of the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and musical director of the 50 strong WAYJO Composers Ensemble.

    Graeme commenced his professional career at the age of 17 at the Palais Ballroom and The Embers night club in Melbourne. At 19 he moved to Sydney and at 22 was appointed as a musician and arranger with the TCN 9 Orchestra. Graeme moved back to Melbourne in 1971 to take up an appointment as composer, arranger and record producer at Armstrong Studios. He was a member of the ABC Melbourne Showband for 3 years and in 1977 was appointed Director of Music at GTV-9 Melbourne. During the Melbourne years Graeme was the Winner of the Best Arrangement at Yamaha International Song Festival 4 times and winner of the Australian Writers and Art Directors Guild Award for the Best Music for a Television Commercial (Hallmark Greeting Cards).

    In the mid '80s Graeme left full time television to concentrate on teaching. He returned for special events including AFL and NRL Grand Finals, Carols by Candlelight and the Logie Awards and then full time in 1991 to be Musical Director of Hey Hey it's Saturday.

    Since 1992, Graeme has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Victorian College of the Arts and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. As well as performing, writing, arranging and teaching, Graeme has been the Artistic Director of the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra and musical director of the 50-strong WAYJO Composers Ensemble and since 2008 has been a resident at the Tenison Woods College based at Mt. Gambier, South Australia where he teaches Jazz Performance at the Generations in Jazz Academy. He became a Member of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2003: "For service to music as Artistic Director of the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, and as a musical director, composer and performer."



    Wednesday, 14 November 2018


    Bart Willoughby (born 12 September 1960) is an Indigenous Australian musician, noted for his pioneering fusion of reggae with Indigenous Australian musical influences, and for his contribution to growth of Indigenous music in Australia. A Pitjantjatjara man of the Mirning dreaming, his totem is the whale. He is Kuthatha through his father and Mirning through his mother. He grew up at Koonibba Aboriginal Mission near Ceduna on the South Australian edge of the Nullarbor Plain on the Great Australian Bight. At 14 years of age, after spending some time in a boys' facility, Willoughby found his way to the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music at the University of Adelaide, where he was introduced to music including drumming, singing and guitar playing.

    Willoughby's musical career commenced in 1978, and in this period he developed as a distinctive Indigenous Australian musician notable for his pioneering fusion of reggae music with Indigenous Australian influences. He formed his first band, also Australia's first Indigenous rock band, No Fixed Address, in 1978, though he also played with Jimmy Chi's newly formed band Kuckles throughout 1978 and 1979.

    In 1979, No Fixed Address played its first large concert at the National Aboriginal Day event held in Taperoo, South Australia, and over the years has played at numerous concerts for Aboriginal causes, including Rock Against Racism, The Artists Newsletter Association, the Campaign Against Racial Exploitation and the National Aboriginal Country Music Festival.

    In 1982 Willoughby and his band toured Australia in support of Peter Tosh, and a documentary of this tour was screened by SBS TV entitled Peter Tosh in Concert, featuring Willoughby and No Fixed Address. During 1982 Willoughby also played drums with Shane Howard and Goanna. After the success of the Peter Tosh tour Willoughby and his band became the first Aboriginal band to travel overseas, becoming cultural ambassadors for their people while touring Great Britain in 1984, playing at nine cities including London, Bristol, Leeds, Plymouth and Manchester. They played at "The Elephant Fayre" rock festival and appeared at a concert for striking miners. A documentary of this tour No Fixed Address in London was produced and screened on SBS TV.

    Returning to Australia, Willoughby joined his cousin Bunna Lawrie, and his band Coloured Stone, founded in 1977. He played drums for them between 1985 and 1986, including on their Scottish tour where they appeared with k.d. lang at the 1986 Edinburgh Festival. Coloured Stone then returned to Australia, where Coloured Stone were awarded Best Indigenous Album at the 1986 Australian Music Awards for their debut album Human Love.

    Willoughby reformed No Fixed Address in 1987, and in 1988 the band toured Europe, including Eastern Bloc countries where Willoughby made his wry comment about "being hungry in Hungary" while appearing at the 1987 East Berlin Music Festival.

    Late in 1988 Willoughby was asked to join the newly formed Yothu Yindi as drummer on their Diesel & Dust tour, visiting 73 cities throughout the USA on a tour that Willoughby found very strenuous. In 1989 Willoughby left Yothu Yindi to form a new band Mixed Relations, now known as Bart Willoughby Band, although he has reformed No Fixed Address on occasion. From its inception, Mixed Relations toured extensively throughout the Aboriginal communities, Australian cities, Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Hawaii, and were was chosen as the closing act for the 1989 inaugural Invasion (aka Survival) Day Concerts at La Perouse, Sydney and then every Invasion Day concert until its final date at La Perouse in 1994.

    Following work in Alice Springs, Northern Territory and Surfers Paradise, Queensland on the film Until the end of the World, Willoughby was invited to tour Australia with Shane Howard and The Big Heart Band before returning to his work with Mixed Relations opening the inaugural 1991 Stompen' Ground Concert in Broome, Western Australia and representing Australia at the 1990 and 1992 South Pacific Music Festival and the 1990 and 1992 Asian Music Festival. All of these festivals have been documented by ABC Television and SBS TV and screened by these stations in the year that the festivals were held and have had repeat screenings over the years.

    In 1993, International Year of Indigenous People, Willoughby and Mixed Relations were invited to attend the Los Angeles Indigenous Arts Festival, the London Indigenous Festival, England and the Wanchai Music Festival. He left Mixed Relations in 1995.

    Bart Willoughby went on to pursue his solo career releasing two albums 'Pathways' in 1997 and a double album 'Frequencies' in 2000. In 2007 Bart formed the Bart Willoughby Band with producer and drummer Airi Ingram, with long time collaborator Selwyn Burns on Lead Guitar and occasional guest legend Ross Hannaford on second lead. The Line up has grown to a ten piece with a 3-piece horn section percussion and the sublime harmonies of Decline Briscoe and Emma Donavan.

    2010 The Bart Willoughby Band Appeared on National Television performing Barts iconic tune ''Message for Young and Old'' at the pre match entertainment for Dreamtime at The G, the song recorded at Sing Sing studios was later released on the Bands first E.P 'Rock Against Racism'. 2013 they released first full length album 'Proud'. In 2012/2013 he received a grant through the city of Melbourne to record an album 'We Still Live On', on The Melbourne Town Hall Pipe Organ accompanied by Indigenous Songstress Decline Briscoe. Adding to Barts many firsts in his illustrious musical career he is the first Indigenous artist to play this instrument. 



    Thursday, 8 November 2018


    Andrew Richardson (later to be known as Howlin’ Wind) is an Australian flute player. He is known for creating musical works which combine sophisticated classical traditions with earthy folk roots as well as showing an implicit understanding of Australia’s indigenous song lines. His first album 'Expanse' was released in 1984. Since then he has released dozens of albums.

    His flute compositions have been used in many films and TV series, including Peter Garret’s Shoalhaven Bay”, Fred Hollows’ Life and Times, Channel 9 TV series Ray Martin Gallipoli Special, many Brian Naylor’s Travel Shows, Getaway, The Great Outdoors and many of Burkes Backyard Films. Howlin’ recorded six albums for Sony Music which became major sellers on the Sony Masterworks Label. He is also the author of a highly respected recorder tuition book “Recorder Technique”.

    Howlin’s music combines sophisticated classical traditions with earthy folk roots and an implicit understanding of Australia’s indigenous song lines. His recordings feature a stellar cast of Australia’s leading contemporary musicians. Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil), Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), Manny Seddon (Southern Lightening), Chong Lim (John Farnham Band), Shane Howard (Goanna), Peter Jones (Crowded House), TJ Vox, Bob Sedergreen, Paddy Free (Pitch Black), Mark Houlihan, Dave Linden, Steve Wilkie, Phil Langdon, Rick Evans, Bryan O’Neil, Johnny Brew (The Trip), Dave Merry (The Trip), Robin Bernet, Gavil O’Loughlin, Jane Martin, Alex Pertouit, Raju Shamer (Szfortsando), Chris Corr, Alfie Massound, Andrew McGregor, Tim Blake and Jex Saarabecht- to name a few.

    He has been trained by some of the greatest flute players of all time, James Galway, William Bennett, Lenore Smith, Sue Milan, and Australia’s wonderful international concert pianist Ruth Nye. He lived in London for ten years where he made his living busking in the London Underground Tube System (Green Park). He was named the Greater London Council’s- number one busker 1980. He recorded his early compositions with John Williams’ Sky Band. He was also commissioned to write, perform and record his music for three BBC T.V films. During 1980-81, he gave monthly flute recitals at the National Theatre-London, and toured the USA with William Bennett. Howlin’ also attended in the International Summer School in Canterbury and spent three years as a Dresser for the Royal Shakespeare Company-London.

    During 1998, Howlin’ toured the USA, England and France. He records at his analogue and valve studio MAGNETIC HEAVEN. During November 2003 Howlin’ followed a childhood dream and recorded his flute at the Taj Mahal, India.

    Tuesday, 30 October 2018


    The Palisades were formed in Perth in the mid 80s by Ian Freeman and Jeff Baker after the breakup of their band the Peppermint Drops. They recruited Velo Zupanovich who played bass with Dom Mariani in the Gostarts and Guido Berini who played guitar with Velo in a band called The Rayguns. Drummer Richard Nash joined soon after. Signing to Easter Records the band released a five track mini album 'A Month Too Soon' in 1987.

    Drummer Richard Nash left the band and was replaced by Chad then Dave Hale, then Guido left and the band decided to play as a four piece. Then Baker and Hale quit to pursue other interests. Velo and Freeman decided to continue on as the band had quite a following and were getting heaps of shows. Gil Bradley from The Homecoming replaced Baker on guitar (who went on to start the Rainyard) and Duncan McMillan came in from the Stolen Picassos to play drums.

    The band recorded a few songs with this line up of which “Memories of Old Flowers” and “Deaths Echoes” made it onto the Palisades CD on Egg records (Egg Records released a compilation in 2004). They decided to move to Sydney. Velo quit and Mandy Haines came in from the Homecoming/Rosemary Beads to play bass. They played about 15 shows there and went down well but we never really got a foot hold. The band returned to Perth and disbanded.


    Ian Freeman (vocals), Jeff Baker (guitar), Velo Zupanovich (bass), Guido Berini (guitar),
    Richard Nash (drums), Chad (drums), Dave Hale (drums), Gil Bradley (guitar),
    Duncan McMillan (drums), Mandy Haines (bass)

    Wednesday, 24 October 2018


    The Mexican Spitfires were an inner-city suburban band which developed a collection of songs about Sydney. They dealt with aspects of local daily life,: "Ivy Street" about a dilapidated street familiar to Sydney University students who walk to or from Redfern Station; "Sydney Town" on the moral tightrope found between the city and Kings Cross down Park Street; "Town Hall Steps" about a meeting out front of Sydney Town Hall; "Until" on spending time in Katoomba in the nearby Blue Mountains; and "Rookwood" talks about Rookwood Cemetery. Similar lyrical territory was farmed by contemporaries, Paul Kelly & the Coloured Girls and John Kennedy's Love Gone Wrong.

    With three songwriters in Tim O'Reilly, Michael Quinlan and Stephen McCowage, the band's set lists contained mostly original material. Harking back to their earlier experiences in Prince Vlad & the Gargoyle Impalers, the band displayed a 1960s pop sensibility with strong harmonies from Quinlan and O'Reilly and also covered tracks by the Beatles' "If I Needed Someone" and the Monkees' "Mary Mary".

    In July 1986 the Mexican Spitfires played their first gig to an audience at the Lismore Hotel, Sydney. They were signed to Red Eye Records. The group were finalists at a talent quest, Battle of the Bands, run by University of New South Wales in October; alongside Bodycore, Things for the Weekend, Merrie Melodies, and the Jive Turkeys. George Braddock of Tharunka saw their performance in October 1987, he observed "they play original songs with a basis on harmony. Like Paul Kelly an acoustic lays the basis for their arrangement with tasteful electric lead following In and out of powerful pop songs. Sounding somewhere between Lloyd Cole and the Smiths, with a hefty dose of Australian pub sounds, they are an interesting and worthwhile Sydney band."

    The band's debut six-track 12-inch extended play, 'Lupe Velez', was released in 1988. The EP was produced by Jon Schofield (of the Coloured Girls), engineered by Phil Punch, and featured a keyboard appearance by Russell Parkhouse (ex-The Riptides). The EP appeared on the independent charts, moving into the top 5 in Sydney and received significant airplay on 2JJ (now 2JJJ). Lupe Velez received favourable reviews in English music magazine, NME, and in the Australian music press. "Town Hall Steps" was described by The Sydney Morning Herald's Michael Kozoil as "an upbeat ditty... about a summer rendezvous" at Sydney Town Hall.

    According to London-based rock music critic, Andrew Mueller, as quoted in Who's Who of Australian Rock the Mexican Spitfires provided "Impressive songs in the Kelly/Kennedy vein with a slightly English sounding pop touch." The EP was favourably received in Germany and Italy, where "You Can't Run" gained substantial airplay on Radio Marte, Radio Luna and Radio Delfino in Catania. The music video for "Sydney Town" made its debut on SBS's world music show, Rock Around the World, before being shown on ABC's, rage. The band also performed "Ivy Street" on the Network TEN programme, Ridgey Didge.

    After their debut, the Mexican Spitfires returned to the Electric Avenue Studio of Phil Punch to record their second six-track 12-inch EP, 'Elephant', during 1989 and 1990. That EP has not been released in any format, despite interest from indie pop labels such as Catania's No Tyme Records.

    Two tracks, "Sydney Town" and "You Can't Run (Forever)", were included on a compilation album by Red Eye Records' various artists, 'Asides and Besides: The First Five Years' (1990). Penelope Layland of The Canberra Times described the album, "a fun collection, snappily packaged in bright red. The liner notes explain where each track originated, and indicate if they went any where on the independent charts." "Sydney Town" appears on a Sony Music double CD compilation, 'Somewhere in Sydney: 30 Songs from the Harbour City', which was released in 2000 to coincide with the Sydney Olympic Games.

    During the mid to late 1980s, the Mexican Spitfires played many local pubs: the Hopetoun, the Sandringham Hotel in Newtown (aka the "Sando"), Paddington Green, and Harold Park. In 1988 they toured Melbourne with other Red Eye acts the Crystal Set, Curious (Yellow) and the Bhagavad Guitars. The band also played with other bands such as: the Triffids, Roaring Jack, Penguins on Safari (later the Whitlams), the Wet Taxis, the Last Metro, the Upbeat, Billy Baxter and the Hollowmen and John Kennedy of John Kennedy's Love Gone Wrong.

    Following McCowage's departure in 1989, DJ Pantless joined the band on lead guitar. That line-up supported the Proclaimers on the Sydney and Canberra leg of their 1989 tour supplemented by Dominic Killalea of the Upbeat filling in on drums. Whilst the Mexican Spitfires have not played live as a band since early 1989, their music has been played on radio stations like 88.1 FM WMBR Cambridge, Massachusetts, and fans of their music can be found in Australia, Japan, Germany, Italy and the United States. 


    Tim O'Reilly (vocals/bass), Michael Quinlan (vocals/guitar), Stephen McCowage (guitar),
    Price Conlan (drums), DJ Pantless (guitar)



    Thursday, 18 October 2018


    Tiring of the fast pace of city life, Bill Chambers and his wife, Diane, moved to the remote Nullabor Plains area of Australia, where they raised two children, Nash and Kasey, who they fed by hunting foxes and rabbits. Returning to "civilization" more than a decade later, Bill and Diane Chambers began performing as a duo in the pubs and clubs near Sydney. 

    Kasey joined the group in 1987, at the age of ten, while Nash, two years older, joined shortly afterwards. The success of the Dead Ringer Band was swift. The recipients of a prestigious Golden Guitar Award (Australia's equivalent of the Country Music Association Awards) as Best Group of 1995, they received a Mo Award as Best Country Group a year later. Their second album, 'Home Fires', which included the chart-topping country song "Australian Son," received an ARIA Award as Best Australian Country Release in late 1996. 

    While they honed their sound by singing country songs by American songwriters (including Hank Williams, the Carter Family, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and Johnny Cash) and Australian songwriters (including Slim Dusty, Tex Morton, and Reg Lindsay), the Dead Ringer Band incorporated an increasing number of original tunes by Bill Chambers, who received a Song of the Year award for his song "Things Aren't the Same on the Land," recorded by Australian country singer Slim Dusty in 1992. The band released four albums from 1993 to 1998.


    Kasey Chambers (vocals guitar), Bill Chambers (vocals guitar mandolin), Dianne Chambers (bass),
    Nash Chambers (vocals guitar harmonica)



    Friday, 12 October 2018


    Tenor Ron Lees' career started at 20 when he appeared on New Faces in 1960 with the English performer David Whitfield at the famous Tivoli Theatre in Melbourne. About a year later he went into the studios of Channel 7 Melbourne where he met the producer of the television show Sunnyside Up, Mr Alf Spargo, who hired him immediatly and he became the feature tenor for ten years. During this time he was invited to do three command performances, one with American soprano and actress Kathryn Grayson who chose him to tour around Australia as her duettist. She remarked back stage "Hey! You sing better than Mario Lanza!" It was about then he was given his own television show called Free and Easy which was highly successful. He recorded his first album 'Ron Lees Sings Television Favourites' on the W&G label in 1962. He has recorded many albums since.

    For a further fve years he performed in Sydney clubs, concerts and on television. He toured in South Australia with the June Bronhill show which went for 3 months. Ron was then contacted by David McIlwraith a well known entrepreneur who ran the famous Lido nightclub. He sang there for four years and during that time he worked with international stars such as , Jose Ferrer, Johnny Ray, Howard Keel, Francis Faye, Eartha Kitt and many others. In 1974 he won a Scholarship into the Opera, but as fate would have it, a Brisbane television show, Studio 9, offered him a contract and he became the featured singer on that show for another three years.

    1977 saw him in his first leading role in the opera The Gypsy Baron, after that season concluded, Ron sang the lead role in Tosca for the A.B.C. on a concert tour of Australia, called "The Longest Land Based Tour in the World". It was at this time he was recognised as one of the great singers of our day, getting rave reviews from newspapers and critics alike. Four operas and four leads later, he was invited to sing at the famous Genting Highlands Casino, the second largest in the world, where to this day, his life size portrait hangs above Andy Williams and Tom Jones. After being voted as the best and most popular singer ever to visit South East Asia, the success of this initial two-week engagement was extended to three months! Ron then returned to Melbourne for Madam Butterfly, once again as the leading man, for a very successful season with Victorian Opera Company.

    Up until 1994 Ron toured Australia singing on television, clubs and concert halls. Ron's next engagement was at the famous Mietta's restaurant for a 14 day season, in the Australian version of The Mario Lanza Show, whilst Jose Carreras of the Three Tenors" fame, did the version in the U.S.A. The show was so successful it toured all over Australia. He has received rave reviews for his ability to recall the Great Tenor back to life. During all this he appeared on Bert Newton's 'Good Morning Australia' on Channel 10 for 6 years and was voted the show's most popular artist. All though Ron Lees is Australian and has sung leads in 7 major operas there are many worldwide aficionados who regard him as one of the greatest "Italian Tenors" of our century. He has an extensive repertoire of arias & popular standard music which he still performs to this day.Ron Lees has also been a singing teacher for over 40 years teaching the time proven "Bel-Canto" method,



    Sunday, 7 October 2018


    Bourbon Street made their live debut on February 20, 1987, at the Top Pub in Byron Bay, NSW, now called the Beach Hotel. The four-piece rock group was formed from two dissolved Northern Rivers bands, The Blest and Rockola. The members were: Colin Germano (aka: Col Meredith) on guitar and lead vocals, Horace Bevan on guitar, Simon Dundon (aka: Simon de Avalon) on bass, and Lenny Reilly on drums.

    Bourbon Street’s popularity blossomed early in their local area, and the band quickly became a regular fixture on the Northern Rivers live circuit. Their reputation soon generated interest in Sydney and by the end of their first year, the band’s geographical horizons had expanded. Sydney proved to be a rewarding stomping ground for Bourbon Street. As the crowds swelled, so did the demand for original material. In late '87, the band released a 45rpm single on vinyl entitled "Eyes the Size of Stars". The Germano-penned single slowly crept the local charts in early '88 and peaked at # 9 on the Lismore-based 2LM radio station.

    Their debut LP followed in late 1988. 'Stronger Than Dirt', featured six original songs and five covers. The first song on side-one was a cover of Neil Young's "Powder Finger", which became the band's traditional opener for live shows. A Brisbane-based group largely influenced by Bourbon Street, chose the song’s title as their band's namesake. 'Stronger Than Dirt' although independently released, eventually became a cult classic. It was re-pressed four times and still remains a collector's item.

    In August of '90, they recorded a live show in Nimbin, parts of which were released late that year as 'Live By Night', the band's first all-original album. This was followed up with extensive tours of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In July of ’91, the band toured parts of the US, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County and Las Vegas. It was in Hollywood that Bourbon Street were courted by Capital Records. After capturing the hearts of Capital's A & R department during several live shows in the area, the group was on the verge of signing a lucrative contract with the recording giant when negotiations broke down with the band's management. The group returned to Australia later that year with broken dreams and a large debt.

    Early '92 saw the band touring hard as usual, paying off monies owed from the US tour. They headlined an outdoor festival in Nimbin called The Rage of Aquarius. The festival featured guitar legend Kevin Borich, who joined Bourbon Street on stage that night. He later joined the band on various tours throughout the coming months. On a road trip to Sydney, the band was asked to play with the Eagle's Joe Walsh and Doobie Brothers’ Skunk Baxter for a live performance at the Dee Why Venue for the "Long Live the Leadbreak" competition. The national morning show Good Morning Australia filmed the event. After a brief rehearsal with the two guitar legends, the six-piece played to a packed house and were featured on national television the next morning.

    Later that year, Bourbon Street relocated in Sydney's Bondi Beach, playing their usual haunts while breaking in material for what would become their third album. 'Time Flies' was released in late '92 and spawned a hit single in the title track. A video accompanied the release and the band found new life on the road again. Footage for another video, the intended second single, "When You're Broke", recorded with Kevin Borich, was filmed but never released.

    When the excitement for 'Time Flies' died down in mid-’93 and record sales levelled off, the band decided to call it quits. Their last gig was the already-booked Chincogan Supercharge on September 11th of that year. The band headlined a bill that included Things of Stone and Wood, Phil Emmanuel and a host of touring acts. A crowd of more than 3000 attended Bourbon Street's last official appearance, which extended well into the wee hours. It was the police who finally ended the marathon performance by escorting the band offstage as the dawn was breaking.

    It would be three years before Bourbon Street were lured back to performing live, as a series of reunion tours ensued around ’96. These continued uneventfully until 2004 when the band began work on a fourth album. With the assistance and encouragement of Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug, Bourbon Street recorded what was to be their finest piece of work. 'Banned for Life', The band continues to play live shows to this day and prefer to do select gigs a few times a year at their favourite venues.


    Colin Germano (vocals/guitar), Horace Bevan (guitar), Simon Dundon (bass), Lenny Reilly (drums)



    Wednesday, 3 October 2018


    Wickety Wak was a comedic show band which started in 1975 at The Kuraby Hotel doing parodies of other artists, notably Louis Armstrong, Kermit The Frog, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton. In 1982 Wickety Wak had a top 10 hit in Brisbane with their single "Moonlight Marvel". During the 1980s Wickety Wak made 14 television specials for BTQ channel 7. They were ambassadors for Expo88 in Brisbane, disbanded in 1990 and re-formed in 2006. for the Gympie Music Muster. Some of the members continued to perform thereafter. . Greg Doolan, the band's lead guitar player, died on 16 February 2017 from cancer at the age of 63. Pahnie Jantzen passed away on the 28th of March 2013 after a brief battle with cancer.


    Greg Doolan (vocals guitar), Rob Rosenlund (vocals keyboards), Tony Jeffrey (vocals), 
    Peter Mackay (drums), Pahnie Jantzen (bass vocals)


    Moonlight Marvel

    7 MAR '83

    Friday, 28 September 2018


    In a lovely example of life imitating art, on the 26th of May 1971, Australia was under the spell of an exciting event that gripped the nation. At about noon that morning, the Australian Federal Police received a phone call from a mysterious man calling himself “Mr Brown”. There was, he said, a bomb on board Qantas flight 755 from Sydney to Hong Kong. Once the airplane would dip under 6,500 meters, it would trigger the altitude sensor and the jet would explode. If the authorities wanted to save the 128 people on board, they had to pay half a million dollars in cash, in unmarked and used $20 notes, within hours. Soon, the nation held its breath. The “Great Plane Robbery” was in full swing, and it looked like Mr Brown was winning. A few months later the cops had caught their man.

    Peter Hiscock was a minor novelty song, singer and songwriter, who seized the moment and whipped up a rush release set of lyrics to the tune of ''Click Go The Shears''. The song charted in Sydney, reaching #16 on the 2SM chart and #30 nationally. The nonexclusive world rights for the song were purchased for $400 from Festival. Hiscock never appeared on another single.


    A Certain Mr. Brown

    21 JUN '71



    Monday, 24 September 2018


    Peter Keen and Rob Manego went to the same High School in the outer western suburbs of Sydney. With a couple of schoolmates, they set about forming a band. A number of members came and went before a chance meeting on a train between Rob and a slightly younger drummer, Steve Wold, led to the almost complete formation of Latis. An add in the local paper for a lead guitarist was answered by Peter (Freddie) Marples. The audition went well and Latis had their fourth member.

    Latis were a heavy rock band playing covers of Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, Staus Quo etc. They played a number of gigs around the suburbs (mainly out west) when Booking Agency Nucleus was approached by the band and a deal was struck between band and agency. The agency wasn’t overly impressed with the name “Latis” and a search began in earnest for a new name. Over a few bottles of wine, Freddie came up with Peculiar Clerk.

    Peculiar Clerk had five years together (1979 - 84) playing gigs mainly around the suburbs but also played regular gigs around Newcastle, Wollongong and as far west as Lithgow. There were many support gigs with some of Australia’s best known bands of the time and we shared the stage with many great characters. In 1982, two originals were recorded at Central Recorders by the then-active lineup of Keen, Rob Manego (bass), Peter Marples (guitar), and Steve Askins (drums). The resulting single, ''Another Guy'' on Phoenix Records was Peculiar Clerk's only release.


    Peter Keen (vocals, guitar), Rob Manego (bass, vocals), Steve Wold (drums), Peter Marples (guitar)
    Martin Odgers (drums), Steve Askins (drums), Brian Gully (guitar), Ian Blakey (guitar) 
    Steve Lees (guitar), John Holly (keyboards)



    Saturday, 15 September 2018


    Turnaround were a power pop band formed in the early 80s that released some singles in their short time together. Formed from the ashes of Beathoven/The Innocents when drummer Brent Jeffrey met up with friend Tony Voglino who both shared a passion for all things jangly and pop. The band also appeared on Countdown. In 2015, Zero Hour Records  uncovered a batch of rare unreleased demos, a live track and put their single releases together onto a compilation titled 'Let's Do It'. 


    Tony Voglino (vocals guitar), Brent Jeffrey (drums), Ron Noshie (bass), Peter Kay (guitar)

    Thursday, 6 September 2018


    Young Once were a Melbourne based band, between 1966-68. They recorded two singles on the Go!! label in 1967: ''Magic Bus'' written by guitarist Dave Stuttard and a Shadows cover ''I Only Want To Be With You''


     Keith McKay (keyboards), Colin Ross (drums), Dave Stuttard (vocals guitar), 
    Chris Stuttard (bass vocals), Roy Stuttard (guitar vocals)

    Sunday, 26 August 2018


    Shock Poets emerged in 1994, as a side project for  band members of v. Spy v. Spy . Craig Bloxom and Mark Cuffe, respectively bass player and drummer, decided to play a new project in which Cuffe would take on lead vocals and guitars. To close the group, they invited drummer Paul Wheeler, a former member of the band Icehouse . In its beginning, the band went to the United States to play in some venues in New York . During this time they met with producer Jim Nickel, who would produce their album. During the year 1995, Shock Poets released the single "Eyes That Bait" and in November of that same year, their first and only album, 'Bait' was released on Brazilian label, Spotlight Records. 

    With the release, the band returned to Australia for a tour. In 1996, the band released the EP 'Love & Live A Lie'. In 1997 Mark Cuffe left v. Spy v. Spy to devote himself totally to Shock Poets, while  Bloxom would return to  v. Spy v. Spy. In 1999, still a remnant of the popularity of Australian surf music in Brazil, the Shock Poets ended up releasing the song "Never Should Have Bothered You" as a theme for the TV series Malhação , Rede Globo, in 1999. There was no official end-of-band statement, but Mark Cuffe would reunite with his colleagues in 2006 to play the old songs under the name "The Spys" by 2008.


    Mark Cuffe (vocals guitar), Craig Bloxom (bass), Paul Wheeler (drums)

    Thursday, 9 August 2018


    Pam Bradley was originally from Perth where she spent two years as a regular on the TV series Teen Beat. Eventually she decided to move to Melbourne in order to further her career and met up with Adrian Ussher who had been singing for a number of years with The Moontones and The Thin Men. Adrian wrote ''The Old Apple Tree'' and decided to team up with Pam. The single made the charts in September 1963. Follow up releases included ''Back Together'' and an EP 'Pam and Ade' which sold moderately. The duo dissolved a short time later and Adrian continued as an advertising executive.


    The Old Apple Tree

    14 SEP '63


    Noel McGrath's Australian Encyclopedia of Rock


    Wednesday, 1 August 2018


    Ex members of Adelaide band Parachute (Bob Kretschmer, Graeme Perry and Rick Grossman) joined forces with Eric Gradman (ex Bleeding Hearts) and Mick Holmes to form Man and Machine in 1978. Their first single was ''Crime Of Passion'' released on the Missing Link label in 1979 followed by ''The Bath'' in the same year. They gigged at The Crystal Ballroom in St.Kilda, best known for its association of Melbourne's post-punk movement. After just two years they called it a day in 1980. Grossman went on to play with The Divinyls and The Hoodoo Gurus. In 2011 Aztecs Records released Eric Gradman Man and Machine's entire recorded output which also consisted of nine previously unreleased tracks originally recorded as demos for the Deluxe label and a previously unreleased track from the post-EGMAM band.


    Eric Gradman (vocals vioin), Bob Kretschmer (guitar), Mick Holmes (guitar), Graeme Perry (drums)
    Rick Grossman (bass)

    Thursday, 26 July 2018


    5:15 was a mod revival power trio from Melbourne that had some limited success in the early 80s. Their name was taken from the song "5:15" (on the album 'Quadrophenia') by The Who. They released a couple of singles "Don't Think Twice (If You Can't Think At All)" and ''Fuck Art, Let's Dance'' through label Au Go Go ‎in 1982. A pastiche of power pop, new wave, and mod-related rock, their work has since become a collectors item with a cult following.


    Ces Meninicelli (bass), Ron Williams (drums), Gary Lake (vocals, guitar)

    Friday, 20 July 2018


    Idiom Flesh were a post punk band formed in 1981 out of Sydney. The band released its first single ''It/Holiday'' in 1982 and their self titled album in 1983. Also had a track on the first 2JJ "Live at the Wireless". They supported bands like The Birthday Party, Laughing Clowns and The Fall. Performed at venues like Trade Union Club, Hopetoun Hotel and Art Unit. They disbanded in 1984.


    Tom Change (vocals, guitar, percussion), Paul Wrox-Hutt (bass, vocals, piano, melodeon), David David [David Vee] (percussion, synthesizer, melodeon), Meredith (keyboards)

    Sunday, 15 July 2018


    Bruce Cale was born in Leura, NSW, in 1939 and raised in Katoomba in Australia's Blue Mountains. He began his musical education at nine, studying violin and at 18 he had graduated to the double bass and was working professionally in Sydney. During the early 60s, Cale was a member of the Bryce Rohde Quartet - one of the seminal groups in the history of Australian jazz.  In 1965, Cale moved to England where he continued his jazz career playing and recording with leading 'modernists'. While in England, he was awarded a Down Beat Jazz Study Grant which took him to America in 1966. He spent eleven fruitful years living in America, working and recording with artists such as Phil Woods, John Handy, Zoot Simms, Ernie Watts, Toshiko Arkiyoshi, John Klemmer, Mike Nock and many others.

    In 1974, he renewed his interest in classical music after receiving a commission to write a major work, dedicated to saxophonist John Coltrane. Amongst other works commissioned while in America, Iron Cross and Kookaburra were premiered by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 1974. Returning to Australia in 1977, Cale formed the Bruce Cale Quartet and the Bruce Cale Orchestra, a small jazz orchestra which performed mainly at the Basement in Sydney. Cale's compositional output ranges from symphonic works through to chamber and jazz pieces. Cullenbenbong (1989), for bass recorder and temple bells, was commissioned by composer/performer Ian Shanahan who premiered the work in both Australia and Japan. The piece was awarded the Adolf Spivakovsky Scholarship for the Composition of Music. In 1992 Cale was awarded the Fellowship of Australian Composers Prize for Breeze in the chimes of time, and the Jean Bogan Prize for his solo piano work Coalesce.

    Cale's music is highly individual in its approach, incorporating the use of Afro/American, Brazilian and contemporary European rhythms, extended/expansion of instrumental resources and in some works, improvisation. He credits much of his composing success to his study with American George Russell, whose Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organisation "Helped me create with a freedom that one cannot imagine until exposed to such an inspiring set of musical thoughts." A number of recordings of Cale's music, made in England and America in the 1960s and 70s, have been re-released on CD in recent years. A CD of his orchestral works released by Tall Poppies, was described by George Russell as "...lyrical and elegant. His use of the harmonic palette is uniquely his own, and draws on his early training as a jazz musician. He is unafraid of beauty; his work is thrilling in its complexity and scope." After a number of years living in Wynyard on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Cale has returned to his hometown in the Blue Mountains.



    Saturday, 7 July 2018


    The Flood's founders Kevin Bennett and James Gillard had performed as an acoustic duo and issued two albums on ABC Records,'Two of Everything in the Carpark'and 'Two'. Soon after they formed the Flood in Sydney with Bennett on lead vocals and electric guitar; Gillard on bass guitar and vocals, Mark Collins on guitar, banjo and vocals with Doug Bligh on drums and percussion. This line-up recorded 'The Ballad Of KB' in 1998, which was included in Iain Sheddon's Top Twenty Australian Country/Roots Albums.

    The debut album, 'The Ballad of K.B' appeared in 1999. Tim Badrick of Lost Treasures felt that it was "jammed packed full of The Flood's unique amalgam of country, rock, blues and even a dash of boogie piano, be that unintentional or not." The tracks were mostly written by Bennett with some co-written by Bennett, Gillard, Bligh and Collins. The lead track was released as the title track on an EP, 'Don't Look Back at Me' (1999).

    During 2002 the Flood had also supported a tour by United States alternative country music artist, Kevin Welch, with a performance at Sydney's Basement recorded for a joint-release live album, 'Live Down Here on Earth' (22 September 2003), and a DVD, Plenty of Time (2004). According to Amazon.com's editor the CD is an "Aussie exclusive album from one of Nashville's most acclaimed songwriter's & Australia's greatest country/roots outfit." Dave Dawson of Nu Country caught a gig by Welch and the Flood on a subsequent tour at the Corner Hotel in Richmond, in November 2003, "The Flood proved a perfect pairing with Welch on an energetic show that belied the late nights and gruelling road miles of their east coast foray. It was a credit that both acts remained energised... The Welch-Flood double bill was good in theory but an imbalance in practice with Welch having less stage time than The Flood."

    In 2003 the Flood issued their self-titled second album, which includes the track, "Paul Kelly's Blues" – written by Bennett. The track was nominated for APRA Song of the Year at the Country Music Awards of Australia in 2004. During that year they issued another EP, 'Australian for Broken Heart', and promoted it with an east coast tour from October to December. According to Christie Eliezer of In Music & Media they provide "strong narratives, backwater blues and meandering ballads." The EP's title track was nominated for APRA-AMCOS Independent Country Music Single of the Year.

    The group's next album, 'The Late Late Show' (16 January 2006), was nominated for the Best Blues and Roots Album category at the ARIA Music Awards of 2006. Later albums included 'Everybody's Favourite' (2008) and 'Skin' (by Kevin Bennett and the Flood, 2015). Bennett teamed with fellow country musicians, Lyn Bowtell and Felicity Urquhart, in a trio, which issued Bennett Bowtell Urquhart on 16 January 2016. It reached the ARIA Albums Chart top 100. The trio also picked up two Gold Guitars for Alternative Album of the year and Group or Duo of the year at the 2016 Awards.


    Kevin Bennett (vocals guitar), James Gillard (bass), Mark Collins (guitar, banjo),
    Doug Bligh (drums), Steve Fearnley (drums), Wayne 'Killer' Kellett (bass),
    Tim Wedde (keyboards, accordion, vibraphone).



    Tuesday, 3 July 2018


    Originally starting out as a three-piece, the lineup of Johnny Nolan (drums), Ashley Thomson (guitar), and Kenny Archbold (bass/vocals) debuted the Panadolls sound of aggressive, 1977 punk into their hometown of Sydney. With their added nostalgic trip of the Ramones, the Stooges, and the New York Dolls, the Panadolls expanded their membership with the addition of guitarists Phillip Rooyen and Leif Alan Creed while Matthew Bannerman took over on bass. Along with Thomson on drums and Archbold moving to lead vocals, the quintet released their first EP, 'Beyond the Valley of the Panadolls', on All on Head Miles Records in 1998. Their first full-length, From the 'Glitter to the Gutter', followed on All on Head Miles in 1999.


    Johnny Nolan (drums), Ashley Thomson (guitar, drums), Kenny Archbold (bass, lead vocals), Phillip Rooyen (guitar), Leif Alan Creed (guitar), Matthew Bannerman (bass)



    Thursday, 28 June 2018


    80s Sydney garage band whose only release was a 7" single: Voodoo Slaves b/w I Wanna Be Your Minuteman in 1982. Guitarist John Needham set up Citadel Records to release Voodoo Slaves "because no one would put it out". The band disbanded after that release but Citadel went on to release records by Radio Birdman, The New Christs, Died Pretty, The Screaming Tribesmen to name but a few.


    Dug Lonsdale (vocals) John Needham (guitar) Geoff Rhoe (guitar) Clyde Bramley (bass)
    Sean Maguire (drums)