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Wednesday, 28 April 2021

THE DOMINOES

 

The Dominoes were a vocal group from Melbourne who recorded ''John Henry(He's Got A Mighty Note)/Two Brothers'' on the W&G label in 1961. The Dominoes performed regularly on Graham Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight as well as appearing on various shows on Channel 7 such as The Bert Newton Show and other variety shows on the ABC. The Dominoes were renowned for their incredible jazz harmonies under the guidance of legendary jazz pianist Ron Rosenburg.

Members

Neil Upfield (vocals/drums), Des Jolley (vocals), Kevin Kidney (vocals/bass) 
Kevin Jolley (vocals/guitar)






Thursday, 22 April 2021

JOHN REED CLUB

 

The John Reed Club was an indie rock band formed in Sydney in 1996 by James Roden (vocals, bass), Cameron Emerson-Elliot (guitar, vocals), Peter Lusty (guitar) and Richard Weinman (drums). Prior to the band’s formation, Roden played in a number of local bands in Canberra including The Smart and The Morticians, the latter of which also included Lusty. Moving to Sydney, the duo eventually linked up with Emerson-Elliot and Weinman to form The John Reed Club.

Playing shows around Australia, the band attracted music industry attention with their brash live shows. The seven inch ''Destroyer'' single saw a release in late 1997. It was the first title released by Ivy League Records, in which Lusty is a partner. A deal with major label EMI Music Australia followed and The John Reed Club released the EP 'Death Metal' in 1998. It was also around this time that the band performed the track ''Stamp Duty'' on ABC TV music programme Recovery. Their performance was later included on the show's 20th anniversary CD/DVD box set.

In their short life, The John Reed Club also contributed a version of ''Seen Your Video'' to the compilation 'I'm in Love... With That Song', a tribute album to American band The Replacements.
Weinman left The John Reed Club in late-1998, being replaced by Shane Melder of fellow Sydney-based, Canberra transplants Sidewinder. In 1998, the band played the annual Homebake festival.

After releasing 'Death Metal', the band toured Australia. Demos were recorded for an album but acrimony within the group lead to The John Reed Club splitting in December 1998. Following the band’s break up, Roden formed The City Lights, releasing three studio albums between 2004 and 2012, before announcing their split in 2014. Emerson-Elliot joined Sydney indie rock band Youth Group in 2004, reuniting him with former schoolmate Toby Martin. Youth Group had a national #1 hit with ''Forever Young'' in 2006. Lusty stepped away from playing music to focus on being one of three partners in the Ivy League Records label and the Winterman & Goldstein band management agency.

Members

James Roden (vocals, bass), Cameron Emerson-Elliot (guitar, vocals), Peter Lusty (guitar), 
Richard Weinman (drums),  Shane Melder (drums)







References

The John Reed Club (band) - EverybodyWiki Bios & Wiki


Thursday, 8 April 2021

THE POGS

 

The Pogs were formed in Sydney in the mid 60s by future Aunty Jack/Cool Bananas member Rory O’Donaghue. Other members were drummer Paul Brownlow, bassist Roco Bellantonio and rhythm guitarist Nino Bellantonio. The band played on the lucrative Sydney Northshore party circuit and became the house band at the University of Sydney’s Architectural revues. Signed to the Leedon label The Pogs recorded four singles over the next 12 months but all failed to attract much attention. The singles were all written and produced by Pete Best who later contributed to such films as The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972), Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974), End Play (1976), The Picture Show Man (1977), We of the Never Never (1982), Goodbye Paradise (1983), Bliss (1985), Crocodile Dundee (1986) plus a few more. 

In 1967, The Pogs recruited organist Graeme Thompson and lost bassist Nino (who went on to further his architectural career). Thompson was then drafted into the Australian Army and was replaced by Bruce Hadden. Drummer Paul Brownlow also left to concentrate on his electrical business and he was replaced by Greg "Max" MacManus. The Pogs changed their name to Oak Apple Day and released two singles ''No Face, No Name, No Number'' on the Phillips label and and ''Moon Shot'' on the RCA label in 1969; however, the change of name didn’t result in a change in the group’s fortunes. In 1972 they disbanded and O'Donaghue would join the cast of  ABC television sketch comedy series The Aunty Jack Show. O'Donaghue died in 2017.

Members

Rory O’Donaghue (vocals/guitar), Paul Brownlow (drums), Roco Bellantonio (bass),
Nino Bellantonio (guitar), Graeme Thompson (keyboards/bass), Bruce Hadden (bass), Greg McManus (drums)








Tuesday, 6 April 2021

GLENROWAN

 

Glenrowan was a short-lived band formed in the mid 70s out of Melbourne. Most of the members had come out of the folk/rock band Myriad led by husband and wife Carrl and Janie Myriad. Signed to the Wizard label they recorded one single, ''On The Run/Riding On A Breeze'' in 1974. There was talk of putting an album together but they broke up not long after. McDermott would go on to join John Paul Young's All Stars, McNally would move to Stylus and Murphy would play on Renee Geyer's second album 'Its a Man's Man's World' (1974).

Members

Dallas McDermott (vocals/bass), Steve Murphy (guitar), Phil Smith (vocals/drums),
Sam McNally (keyboards), Perry Johnston (drums)








Monday, 29 March 2021

ANTENNA

 

In 1998, following Hoodoo Gurus' split, Dave Faulkner formed a new band Antenna, collaborating with long-time friend Kim Salmon (The Cheap Nasties, The Manikins, The Scientists, Beasts of Bourbon); Justin Frew and Stuart McCarthy (both of Southend) were the band's other members. Antenna recorded an album (between April and August 1998), and then made their live debut at the Telstra Concert of the Century/Mushroom 25th anniversary in November 1998. The concert coincided with the release of the band's debut single "Come on Spring" and album Installation. Guest performers on the album included Matt Thomas (The Mavis's) on "All Rise", and Chrissie Amphlett (Divinyls), on "Divine". "Come on Spring" reached #81 on the national charts. Antenna appeared on the 1999 Big Day Out tour but disbanded soon after.

Members

Kim Salmon (vocals, guitar), Dave Faulkner (vocals, guitar), Stuart McCarthy (keyboards), 
Justin Frew (bass)



SINGLES

Come on Spring


20 SEP '98

#81






References

Dave Faulkner (musician) - Wikipedia


Thursday, 4 March 2021

FENDERMEN


Rock band the Fendermen was formed in Melbourne in 1961 with drummer Frank Burns (Ronnie Burns older brother), bassist Ray Houston and guitarists Frank Brent and John Cosgrove. Houston, Brent and Cosgrove had all been members of The Bluejays that recorded on the Crest label. The Fendermen gigged at lots of Melbourne venues, packing out dance floors at places like Legget’s and Palais de Dance. 

The Fendermen also had a residency on popular television show, In Melbourne Tonight, where the pressure was on. Frank Burns recalls ''IMT was filmed at Channel Nine in Bendigo Street in Richmond, and was hosted by Graham Kennedy. If that wasn't enough, I spotted Billy Hyde sitting in the wings on our first night. Needless to say, it added a bit of pressure, as we were on air. I just put my head down and played. I knew Billy very well.'' 1968 saw the Fendermen move to a long running residency at the Dorset Gardens working with and supporting a long list of international acts.

In 1970 they backed Merv Benton on his final recordings for W&G after recovering from his throat problems. The album had a country flavour and was released as 'Great Country Songs (Movin' On)'. This is a now something of a rarity, but several tracks were included on the Canetoad CD compilation 'Great Shakin' Fever'. Sometime in the 70s Houston and Burns departed to be replaced by Gavin Grace and Gordon Pendleton. The band cut one EP in 1974, 'Dorset Gardens Present The Fendermen' on the Cumquat label and then disbanded. The original band reunited for a one off gig in 2011 to celebrate 50 years since they were formed.

Members

John Cosgrove (vocals/guitar), Ray Houston (bass), Frank Brent (vocals/guitar), Frank Burns (drums), Gavin Grace (bass), Gordon Pendleton (drums)








Monday, 22 February 2021

STRAY DAGS

 


The Stray Dags a feminist post-punk band with reggae and ska influences was formed in Sydney in the late 70s. The bands first gig was at the Toucan Cafe in Glebe with a few songs including ''Jenny the Jillaroo'' and ''Elsie Blues'', about Elsie women's refuge. During these early years, the Dags played regular Thursday nights at the Sussex Hotel and monthly rent dances to support the Women's Warehouse at the Haymarket. They also toured Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Melbourne. The Dags performed at Frock Rock in 1982, a Sydney Festival women's music event at the Sydney Town Hall and Petersham Town Hall with women's bands from Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

In 1983 they released an album 'Lemons Alive!', which featured a range of lesbian-feminist songs, including ''Het Jungle'', ''Avon Calling'' and ''Rude Girls''. The album went to number one in the independent album charts. Both the single ''Self Attack'' and the album were well supported by 2JJ and community radio. They disbanded in 1984 but have done the odd reunion gig since. Chris Burke died in 2016.

Members

Tina Harris (vocals/guitar), Chris Burke (drums), Celeste Howden (bass), 
Mystery Carnage (vocals/percussion) Ludo McFerran (sax)








Sunday, 31 January 2021

THE LEE-DALLS

 

The Lee-Dalls were a short-lived Melbourne rock n roll band formed in 1960. The band played regularly at the Coburg Town Hall and during this time they managed to secure a record deal with the W&G label. In 1961 they recorded a single ''Storm'' backed by Kushan''. Both instrumental tracks were composed by lead guitarist Lee Dalli who came to Australia from Malta when he was four and received his first guitar when he was 16. The band's vocalist Colin Buckley recorded his first single ''Love Bug Blues'' with The Lee-Dalls backing him. The band didn't last much longer after 1962. Buckley would go on to have a moderately successful career recording on the RCA label.

Members

Colin Buckley (vocals), Lee Dalli (guitar), Les Fellows (guitar), Barry Phillips (drums),
Mike Rodhouse (bass), Bob Nicholson (piano)








Friday, 22 January 2021

H-BLOCK 101


Punk band H-Block 101 was formed in the mid 90s by Karl Mautner out of Melbourne. Mautner decided the only way to find proper bandmates was to put up ads in local indie record stores Missing Link and Au-go-go Records looking for people to start a “Clash/Damned/Anti-Nowhere League sounding band” . Karl found himself with only a couple of applicants. In amongst them was drummer Dave Culliford (“a guy who knew just about everything there was about ‘77 punk”), and guitarist Brent Millhouse. While the initial line-up wouldn’t even last out a few weeks the basis of H-Block 101 was in place.

Despite a few more line-up changes and the occasional blow-up, eventually H-Block’s settled with Karl Mautner on vocals/guitar, Dave Culliford on drums, Rick Munro on guitar and Jason Mahony on bass. The band undertook their first live gig a mere month after forming at an inner-city pub, with only three original tracks and covers of The Clash, The Dammed and The Only Ones thrown in for good measure. A few months later the four-piece recorded their debut album 'New Inventions' at Thunderfield Studios, releasing 500 copies in late 1995.

A year later saw independent album number two, 'No Room For Apathy' with the lineup of Mautner, Munro, Millhouse returning on bass and Joe Piripitzi on drums (ex The Living End). The band toured New Zealand with Smut as well as headlining their own gigs here at home. In 1999 they released the 'Synergy' EP, and by this time the major labels had realised something was up and came knocking. H-Block 101 signed with Universal Music and, soon after, released the anthemic “Koka-Kolonisation” single (with new drummer Matt Bodiam)– which immediately became a favourite with Triple J listeners. Heading across the nation as support to Grinspoon and doing shows alongside Groove Terminator, H-Block 101 made their major label debut with the hard-hitting 'Burning With The Times' with legendary producer Steve James (The Clash, Sex Pisols) at the helm. Disbanding in 2005 H-Block 101 recorded six EP's, three albums and appeared on numerous compilations.

Members

Brent Millhouse (guitar/bass), Karl Mautner (vocals/guitar), Matt Bodiam (drums), Rick Munro (guitar)
Dave Culliford (drums), Jason Mahony (bass), Joe Piripitzi (drums)








References

H-BLOCK 101 » IMC - International Music Concepts (imcmusic.net)




Tuesday, 12 January 2021

BILLY BURTON

 

Billy Burton was born in London in 1932. His father spent many years with the famous Joe Loss Band touring overseas countries under the ENSA banner (Entertainment Of National Servicemen Abroad) entertaining mainly the troops on the continent. Whilst his father was touring his mother set to work at the Barrage Balloon Factory at Manchester leaving Billy with his sister in Staffordshire. On hearing of the bombing in Manchester at the height of WW2 Billy was naturally concerned about his mother's welfare and decided to move there with the help of friends and family. After two years living in Manchester Billy joined the RAF when he became of age. 

His return to London saw him as lead trumpeter with the Ambrose Orchestra. This led to greater experience in many other well known bands including those of Frank Weir, Oscar Rabin, Eric Delaney, Cyril Stapleton and Joe Loss. Burton played lead trumpet on the soundtrack to the movie The Key (1958) starring William Holden and Sophia Loren. During August 1958 after five years of non-stop touring he emigrated to Australia and joined the Bob Gibson Orchestra. In 1962 fellow countryman Eric Jupp hit the shores of Australia and began a radio and television program featuring Billy Burton. His other TV appearances included: Sing Sing Sing, Studio A, Bobby Limb's Sound Of Music and he was the featured soloist with Eric Cook and his orchestra on the ABC. Burton formed his own band called The Billy Burton Seven who appeared regularly on ABC's Jazz Club and Six O'Clock Rock. 

Burton was signed to the Festival label and his first album 'The Billy Burton Brass' (1966) earned him the coveted DIGMO Award for Best Australian Instrumental. A single was lifted off the album '' Lara's Theme From Doctor Zhivago" followed by an EP. His follow up release was 'Polished Brass'. In total Burton recorded nine albums.

In 1965 he signed a contract with Denis Wong as resident band leader at Chequers night club supporting international acts like Kay Stevens, Leslie Uggams, Bobby Rydell, Dusty Springfield, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Neil Sedaka to name a few. He also featured on the theme tune, ''My City of Sydney'', for The Tommy Leonetti Show in which he was the bandleader for the show. At the time of writing Billy is still playing trumpet at 87. 








Saturday, 26 December 2020

THE JETSONNES

 


John Archer, Doug Falconer and Mark Seymour met as residential students of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne in the late 1970s. Seymour is the older brother of Nick Seymour, later the bass guitarist for Crowded House. In 1978 with Robert Miles (sound engineer) Archer, Falconer and Seymour formed a casual band, The Schnorts (named for a Belgian tennis racket). They played cover versions of 1960s songs, including "To Sir, with Love". Their lead singer, Margot O'Neill, was a journalist on radio 3RRR program, Talking Headlines. A more ambitious band, The Jetsonnes, followed in September 1979, with the addition of Ray Tosti-Gueira on guitar and backing vocals.

According to music journalist, Clinton Walker, The Jetsonnes had a "clever post-punk pop sound was lighter, bouncier (rather than funkier) and more infectious than other like-minded bands". Their only released track was "Newspaper" which was one side of a gig give away split single in June 1980 with "Miniskirts in Moscow" by fellow pop group, International Exiles, as the other. The band gigged around Melbourne most notably at the South Yarra Arms on the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street and Hearts in Carlton. By September that year The Jetsonnes had disbanded but Archer, Falconer, Miles, Seymour and Tosti-Gueira decided to continue with new members, Geoff Crosby on keyboards and Greg Perano (ex-True Wheels) on percussion to form a new band Hunters and Collectors.

Members

Margot O'Neill (vocals), Mark Seymour (guitar), Ray Tosti-Gueira (guitar), John Archer (bass),
Doug Falconer (drums)








References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunters_%26_Collectors


Sunday, 20 December 2020

KARMA

 

Karma were formed in Kalgoorlie in the early 70s with the original lineup of Marie Klaassen on vocals, Brian Davidson on vocals and guitar, Peter Nelson vocals and guitar Tom Birch on bass and Wendell Parnell on drums. On occasions the band would travel into Perth and play at the Waldorf and Gobbles nightclubs. After a few lineup changes that would include Mark Verschuer (ex Bakery) the band ventured east and played in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

Whilst in Melbourne they cut their first single on the Sunshine label, ''Iron Fisted Woman/Jane'' in 1973. The record was produced by former Playboys drummer Graham Trottman. A second single was recorded in Brisbane, ''Over And Over/Jane''. The lineup for these recordings were original members Davidson, Nelson and Parnell plus Steve Ramm on bass and John Watson on keyboards. Both singles didn't make a dent in the charts. After months and months of touring the east coast the band decided to return west. With more lineup changes happening they soldiered on for a while longer finally calling it quits in 1978.

Members

Marie Klaassen (vocals), Brian Davidson (vocals/guitar), Peter Nelson (vocals/guitar),
Tom Birch (bass), Wendell Parnell (drums), Alan Guppy (bass), Mark Verschuer (vocals), 
Peter Kinch (guitar), Alan Wilkes (keyboards), Geoff Young (bass), Cheryl Hoogwerf (vocals), 
Rupert Hyde (keyboards), Rick Van Dam (bass)






References

Way Out West compiled by George Matzkov

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

THE DALTONS

 

The Daltons were an all family affair comprising brothers Michael, David and Eddie plus Michael's wife Christine (nee Martin). All members had played together since the 60s when they were in Sydney band The Mint. The Mint had recorded a number of singles on the Ramrod label but without chart success. In the early 70s they decided to call themselves The Daltons. Picked up by the newly formed Wizard label they recorded two singles, ''He/Sleepy Hollow'' (1973) and ''C'mon Little Dixie/Tennessee'' (1975). In between they recorded a self titled album produced by Robie Porter which was a mixture of covers and self written tunes. Their last single release was ''Babe'' recorded on the Astor label in 1976. The song was inspired by the MGM film Babe about Babe Didrickson, who won two gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Olympics and returned to become a world champion golfer and her battles to be accepted as a woman in a man's sports world. They disbanded not long after with Michael and David forming The Dalton Brothers whose single ''Arabian Nights'' made the lower end of the charts in 1980. David Dalton has since died.

Members

Michael Dalton (vocals/guitar), Christine Dalton (organ), David Dalton (vocals/bass),
Eddie Dalton (drums)








Thursday, 26 November 2020

EXPRESSION

 

In 1968 twin brothers Don (vocals) and Ron Sellars (drums) along with Jeffrey Scott (keyboards) moved from Adelaide to Melbourne with intentions of forming a band. Recruiting guitarist Peter Gregory and bassist John Seears both from the Christopher Nickleby Action, the five piece became Expression. The band quickly gained gigs at all the top discos eg Thumpin' Tum, Catcher, Opus playing covers of The Doors, Small Faces, Traffic etc. In late 1969 Jeffrey Scott left the band and returned to Adelaide.

Now a four piece the band became more heavy rock orientated covering bands like Mountain, Led Zeppelin, Free etc. The band also travelled interstate to Sydney after gaining a residency at the famous Whisky A Go Go performing on the same bill as Doug Parkinson In Focus and Leo De Castro. In 1970 saw the departure of John Seears who was replaced by Mick Bohl. Their manager at the time, a young Michael Gudinski negotiated for them to be the first band to record on the new Rebel label where they recorded ''Quicksand''. The song was penned by Jim Keays and Doug Ford from The Masters Apprentices. The band promoted the track on the TV music show Happening 70. This rare single has now become a real collectors item with some singles selling for hundreds of dollars. ''Quicksand'' was added to the track list of compilation album 'Upside Down Vol One' released in 2017. The band broke up in 1971 with Peter Gregory joining Ash. Mick Bohl and Don Sellars have since died.

Members

Don Sellars (vocals), Ron Sellars (drums), Jeffrey Scott (keyboards), Peter Gregory (guitar),
John Seears (bass), Mick Bohl (bass)







References

Peter Gregory


Friday, 13 November 2020

THE RAZZ

 

The Razz was formed in the early 80s with Tony Romeril, Rick Graham and Con Westerberg who had all been with 70s band Autumn. The lineup was completed with keyboard players Tony Buggy and Ray Freeman. The band's musical direction was american jazz standards and swing. The Razz recorded two singles ''It Don't Mean A Thing'' (1981) and ''Orchestra Waltz'' (1982) both composed by the band and an album 'The Razz' (1981) on RCA's subsidiary label Luxury. They also released another two independent albums. The band became one of Australia’s busiest corporate / function bands and over the years accrued an unbelievable client list. They disbanded in the early 90s.

Members

Tony Romeril (vocals/guitar), Tony Buggy (keyboards), Ray Freeman (keyboards), Rick Graham (bass), Con Westerberg (drums)








Thursday, 5 November 2020

QUASAR

 

Experimental rock, avant-prog band Quasar was formed in Brisbane in the mid 70s with brothers Trevor Tiplady on drums and Barry Tiplady on bass, Len Henderson on guitar, Colin Timms on trumpet and Garry Smith on keyboards. This lineup played two gigs at Sydney's renowned jazz club The Basement in 1976 and also supported Frank Zappa at his Brisbane concert. The band decided to move to Melbourne for an extended period leaving behind Timms who was still studying at the Queensland Conservatory of Music. Whilst in Melbourne they ventured west to Adelaide playing at various campuses plus the Tivoli Hotel and the Creole Room.

Moving back to Brisbane they reunited with Colin Timms who produced and arranged their first album 'Nebular Trajectory' in 1979 along with Howard Davidson. Garry Smith at this time had left the band but contributed one track on the album, ''Force Funk''. Business student Terry Humphries remembers ''I heard this amazing band called Quasar who were 5 piece at the time, including trumpet and keyboards. I was impressed not only with their experimental jazz rock style but the “rock band” Quasar that did covers of greats like Stevie Wonder to make a living. I must say still the best version of Superstition I have ever heard. I invited the guys to play for us at NRCAE (Southern Cross University) a couple of times and had used them too at Bruce Windows studio in Brisbane to do a demo tape for a young singer/songwriter. After that the boys told me of their desire to put out an album of their music. I applied for an Australia Council Grant to fund an album and was successful in getting the grant thus seeing the album 'Nebular Trajectory' being produced. ACR was my record label and I was very proud to be associated with such a talented and brave group of musicians''

The debut album by Quasar, now a three-piece, was limited to a very small pressing of only 500 copies. The album was very experimental with leanings to King Crimson, Stanley Clarke, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Their second 'Man Coda' was released in 1981 with only a limited number of copies pressed. Again produced Colin Timms and Howard Davidson it was recorded direct to digital tape at the Conservatorium studios in Brisbane. After they disbanded, Barry Tiplady went to on to play with Tim Gaze in The Aussie Rebels and country band Ruckus, Len Henderson founded Binary Music in 1990 winning five Redland retail awards located in Cleveland QLD. Garry Smith became a respected music and advertising industry identity in Brisbane as a composer, producer, arranger and writer. Colin Timms became a composer and producer. 

Members

Len Henderson (guitar), Barry Tiplady (bass), Trevor Tiplady (drums), Garry Smith (keyboards),
Colin Timms (trumpet)











Wednesday, 21 October 2020

THE JUKES /SILENT MOVIES

 

The Jukes formed in 1979 with Ray Vanderby on keyboards (ex Blackfeather, Band of Light), Mick Radatti on bass, drummer Bill Britton and New Zealand guitarist Colin Bailey. The band signed with record label Result Records and released an EP titled 'The Top of the Class' (1980) with another band The Motivaters adding two tracks. ''(Thought I'd) Let You Know'' and ''We All Know By Now''. 

Following the EP which was aired on Double J, the band released another EP called 'The Jukes' which featured the song ''Man and Machine'' recorded at Albert Studios (Albert Productions) engineered by Colin Freeman. A single and music video was then released in 1981 called ''Don't Put Me Away''. The band changed their name to Silent Movies that released two singles, ''Any Other Day'' (1981) and ''Can't So No'' (1982) and and recorded an album 'Moving In Circles' at The Music Farm near Byron Bay and also Paradise Studio Sydney. Vanderby left the band shortly after completion due to health problems as he was battling addiction. Mick Radatti died in 2013. 

Members

Ray Vanderby (keyboards), Mick Radatti (bass/vocals), Bill Britton (drums), 
Colin Bailey (vocals/guitar)








Friday, 9 October 2020

MANTECA

 

German-born Uwe Stengel studied European classical and jazz traditions before coming to Australia on tour in the 1960s. He was profoundly influenced by meeting Dizzy Gillespie as a teenager, and took the band name from a Gillespie composition. He formed Manteca a jazz-fusion band in 1973 on the east coast. The band toured nationally.

In the late 70s Stengel moved to Western Australia to form a second version of the band. Manteca became one of Perth's hottest tickets with its (up to) 11 musicians. The band sold out the Old Melbourne and Windsor hotels, took full-page ads in the daily press and featured on national TV. In 1980, Manteca won the Radio 6iX WA Masters of Music Award and the following year featured in a 10-part ABC television series: Manteca In Concert.  

Their self titled debut album by was recorded in 1979 by the Perth Radio Station 720 6WF. The group fused a mix of jazz, funk and rock together to form their sound. Half the album's style is funky rock featuring Alan Lyford’s vocals, which is "kind of sound like mid 70′s average white band, Tower of Power etc." Their second album 'Fusion' was released in 1981 on ABC Records. Its a mixed bag with some instrumental fusion style tracks and some with vocal cuts. ''The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter'' is the best track with a mellow, laid back, Brazilian flavored groove. 

Calling it quits in 1983, the band went through many lineup changes in its ten year existence and some of its members came from Perth's well known rock bands - Paul Pooley (Matt Taylor Band), Ric Whittle (Fatty Lumpkin), Brendon Darby (SSARB) and Mick Glendinning (Fatty Lumpkin). In 2010 Stengel officially re-formed the band with a new 'All-Star' line-up, which was launched at the Perth Jazz Society Headquarters but that's another story.

Members

Uwe Stengel (sax/flute), Alan Lyford (vocals), Lennie Parker (guitar), Alan Pithers (piano),
Bruce Johnson (keyboards), Paul Pooley (bass), Ric Whittle (drums), Gary Ridge (percussion),
Paul Millard (sax), Brendon Darby (trumpet), Nigel Crocker (trombone), Sue Bluck (vocals),
Joanne Vine (vocals), Dee Baude (vocals), Mick Glendenning (bass), Clive Lendich (guitar), 
Glen Walsh (drums), Tony Borthwick (sax), Robbie Corveia (drums), Rolly Santos (vocals/trumpet),
Peter Lothian (trombone), Greg Shultz (keyboards), Cliff Lynton (guitar), Ross Gunther (sax/flute),
Andy Ross (trombone), Jenny Wrenn (vocals), Kerry Byron (vocals)









Thursday, 17 September 2020

NO DANCE

 

In late 1983, Louis Tillett (Wet Taxis) worked with Damien Lovelock (The Celibate Rifles) and Brett Myers (Died Pretty) in a side project, No Dance. The trio issued a three-track EP, on the Hot Record label in March 1984 titled 'Carnival Of Souls' which featured lead vocals by each member: Tillett's "Swimming in the Mirror", Lovelock's "You Say", and Myers' "Just Skin". Ian McFarlane described No Dance's style, "they eschewed the electric rock framework of the musicians' respective bands for a more acoustic and melodic approach". Lovelock died of cancer in 2019.

Members

Louis Tillett (piano/vocals), Damien Lovelock (guitar/vocals),  Brett Myers (guitar/vocals)








Tuesday, 8 September 2020

THE SETS


Formed originally in Sydney as a three-piece by Keith Claringbold (guitar and vocals), Phil Robinson (bass and vocals) and Stuart Hooper (drums) in the early 80s, The Sets were the first for a time the only mod band in town, but the band really came into their own when they were joined by brothers Gary and Don Hosie. “The Sets were not 60s revivalists,” explained Gary. “We simply took the fashion and music of the mod era as a starting point; we weren’t trying to recreate anything”. “I thought the clothes were great because you could wear them to a gig and then go and have a drink at the Hilton – you looked sharp enough to go anywhere”.

Famed for their sharp suits and impeccable stylings in all things mod, The Sets were totally immersed in the movement. They organised mod events, scooter runs and interstate touring excursions, established and ran mod clubs and music venues, and generally galvanised and nurtured the entire Australian mod scene.The Sets released one single, ''Love Ain’t What It Used To Be/Life On An Li''. The band played at the famed Crystal Ballroom in Melbourne amongst other venues

When they disbanded, Keith Claringbold moved on to another Sydney mod band, The Introverts, and several members went on to other, more successful, bands: Gary Hosie with The Mustard Club, Donald Hosie with R&B band Stupidity, and Phil Robinson as bass player with The Cockroaches. The Sets reformed in 2010 and released an album 'Another Generation' in 2011.Tragically, Don Hosie was killed in a motor vehicle accident at Easter 2000 while driving to Sydney from Mudgee. He was only 42.

Members

Gary Hosie (vocals), Don Hosie (vocals), Andy Vaughan (guitar), Phil Robinson (bass),
Stuart Hooper (drums), Mark Fitzgerald (drums), Rob Turner (guitar), Keith Pickering (bass), 
Keith Claringbold (guitar), Chris Vaughan (guitar), John Voulgourakis (drums),
Hans Boss (drums), Phil Manzil (drums)









Sunday, 23 August 2020

THE MOTIVATERS


The Motivaters was formed out of the ashes of The Ferrets in 1980 when three of its members: drummer Rick Brewer, guitarist Dave Springfield and bass guitarist Ric Petropolis departed to form The Motivaters. Adding Bill Miller's brother; Kenny Miller on vocals and guitar they began recording soon after.  The band released one album an EP and a couple of singles on the Result label in their short time together. They also appeared on Countdown singing ''After The Fall''. 

Members

Kenny Miller (vocals/guitar), Dave Springfield (guitar), Ric Petropolis (bass), Rick Brewer (drums)









Sunday, 9 August 2020

PHYL LOBL /PHYL VINNICOMBE

 

Phyl Vinnicombe was a primary school teacher, a country girl from Ballarat, first exposed to the local folk scene through house-sitting for Peter and Ruth Mann and then meeting folk singer Glen Tomasetti, the mother of two of her young students. She recalls Emerald Hill, Pete Seeger’s workshop there, an early visit to the Reata (where Martyn Wyndham-Read played ‘'Widdecombe Fair'’) and guitar classes with Tomasetti upstairs at Frank Traynors Jazz and Folk Club, as decisive influences on her own musical quest. 

Vinnicombe impressed listeners early on with her self-composed protest songs, notably ''Dark-eyed Daughter'', written in response to Charles Perkins’ Freedom Rides. She made a guest appearance singing ''Andy’s Gone with Cattle'' and ''O’Meally’s Shanty'' on the Martin Wyndham-Read and Bush Band album 'Bullockies, Bushwackers and Booze' (1967) and recorded a W&G EP for the Aboriginal Advancement League in 1968. Vinnicombe married musician Geri Lobl and moved to Sydney where she remained active in the NSW folk scene.

Larrikin Records used Phyl’s talents on several LPs before releasing her debut album 'On My Selection' in 1977 followed by 'Broadmeadow Thistle' in 1980 consisting almost entirely of Phyl’s compositions. Phyl was the first artist to take part in the Folk Touring Circuit initiated by the National Folk Trust. An appointment to the Music Board of the Australia Council resulted in improved funding for folk music and recognition and funding that led to the National Folk Festival moving to Canberra. Phyl’s work has continued over the years and she is still active in championing folk music and encouraging and nurturing young musicians





Tuesday, 14 July 2020

SIDEWINDER (2)


Sidewinder was a rock band formed in Melbourne in 1976 by David Castles and Richard Lee.The two had previously played together in a band called Isaac Aaron in the early 70s. Originally intended to be a blues revival band, Lee's classic violin training allowed an eclectic mix of blues, hard rock and classical influences. Members came and went, but soon  after Ashley Buckle joined and the nucleus of the musical form was set. Lee and Buckle co-operated on writing songs. Castles stopped playing guitar and became the frontman/singer. With Greg Pope on bass and Michael Buckingham on drums, gigs consisted mostly of small inner Melbourne pubs using bluesy riffs as the core. In 1978 Wayne Young replaced Buckingham on drums and the form became closer to the heavy-driving "pub rock" sound that marked the rock genre of the late 70s.

Sidewinder toured widely in Australia, playing in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth and many regional centers. They attracted a loyal band of followers, especially in hometown Melbourne. Due to the heavy touring commitments and a failure to secure a recording contract, Lee left to form another band with the same name. New members were Chris Barker, Rick Rankin, Tony Thornton and Steve Walsh. Lee disbanded this group soon after, following an offer to join Dragon (minus Marc Hunter). Although no Sidewinder album was released, recordings were made at EMI in Sydney and four track recordings of a number of live performances. Another unrelated Australian band called Sidewinder was formed in Canberra in 1991 by brothers Nick and Martin Craft.

Members

Richard Lee (violin), David Castles (vocals), Ashley Buckle (guitar), Greg Pope (bass), 
Michael Buckingham (drums), Wayne Young (drums), Chris Barker (bass), Rick Rankin (guitar),
Tony Thornton (drums), Steve Walsh








References

Who's Who of Australian Rock and Roll by Chris Spencer



Friday, 3 July 2020

BRIAN MOONEY


Brian Mooney was born in Peak Hill, NSW in 1930. As the youngest boy of an Irish family living in Hay NSW and later in Sydney he was deeply influenced by the stories and songs by his Dublin born mother. During the years he worked in QLD and sang for his work mates in the pubs, his experiences as a cane cutter and fruit packer gave added meaning to his songs of the working man while his continued involvement in and increasing knowledge of Irish history and folk stories gave a depth of his understanding of the Irish songs he loves.

Mooney taught himself the guitar in his late 20s and his full time singing started in the late 50s. He cut his first album 'Moreton Bay (And Other Songs, Mainly Of Convict Origin)' in 1960 with other folkies, Martyn Wyndham-Read and David Lumsden. In 1965 a second album followed, 'Will Ye Go Lassie Go?' with Glen Tomasetti and Martyn Wyndham-Read. His third album, this being a solo effort was titled 'Brian Mooney Sings Irish Songs' and was released soon after.

In 1965, he travelled to Ireland and stayed twenty-one years in Galway, where he married and raised a family of four sons. During this time, he had a number of successful exhibitions as an artist in Galway, and toured Europe and England on eleven occasions singing and playing folk and traditional songs. Since returning to Australia in 1986 , he has had shows in Melbourne and Tasmania and has recently been invited by the Galway Arts Centre, to exhibit his Irish and Australian paintings during the prestigious Galway Arts Festival. 









Thursday, 18 June 2020

QUINN


Short-lived Melbourne band Quinn, was formed in 1969 by Mike Edwards and Ross Hannaford after Party Machine broke up when Ross Wilson went to on join Procession in the UK. Recruiting Barry Windley (ex Chessman and Cherokees) on drums and Steve Edwards on bass they were managed by David Flint of Thumping Tum fame. Together for about 18 months they gigged around Melbourne and appeared on all the usual pop TV shows. Their only release was a cover of Bob Dylan's “Mighty Quinn” on the Festival label which was also an Australian hit for British band Manfred Mann ((#8 on the national chart). They disbanded when Wilson returned to Australia and recruited Hannaford to form Daddy Cool. Ross Hannaford died on 8 March 2016 aged 65 from cancer; he had been diagnosed with the condition a year earlier.

Members

Mike Edwards (guitar/trumpet/sax/flute/vocals), Steve Edwards (bass),
Ross Hannaford (guitar/vocals), Barry Windley (drums)








References

Steve Edwards