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Sunday, 11 August 2019

THE INDELIBLE MURTCEPS


The Indelible Murtceps were formed in Melbourne in October 1971 by Mike Rudd as a side project for his main group, Spectrum, using the same roster for both bands. The line-up was Ray Arnott on drums, Lee Neale on keyboards, Bill Putt on bass guitar and Rudd on lead guitar, lead vocals and harmonica. With the advent of pub rock Spectrum's lengthy and complex material was precluding bookings on the lucrative local dance and pub circuit. Spectrum were performing in a full concert setting, using a large PA system and light show, sometimes augmented by a dance, performance troupe, The Tribe. They commonly appeared at larger venues, like the T.F. Much Ballroom, and at rock festivals.

Rudd created a performance set of simpler, dance-pop tunes, with a reduced stage set-up, for use by Indelible Murtceps, allowing Spectrum to continue its progressive course while supplementing members' incomes with the more frequent Murtceps gigs. The name 'murtceps' is 'spectrum' written backwards. According to music journalist, Ed Nimmervoll, the Murtceps were "a stripped-back version that could play anywhere and often." Susan Moore of The Australian Women's Weekly recalled that Spectrum's "music was often regarded as 'progressive' and more for listening purposes, which didn't please dance audiences too much. So the band developed an alter ego which they called the Indelible Murtceps, who turned up when a dance band was required." 

In January 1972 they appeared at the inaugural Sunbury Pop Festival, with Spectrum providing a separate set. Three live tracks by the Indelible Murtceps, "We are Indelible", "Be My Honey" and "But that's Alright", were issued on a various artists live album of the concert, Sunbury. They were one of three bands featured on a short film, Australian Colour Diary, No.43: 3 Directions in Australian (1972), directed by Peter Weir, which provided "a sample of three trends in recent Australian pop music".

During that year Murtceps recorded their debut album, 'Warts Up Your Nose', at Armstrong's Studios with Howard Gable as producer; it was released on 20 January 1973. Most tracks have satirical, scatological and sexual themes. According to Duncan Kimball of Milesago website the centrepiece is Rudd's epic 13-minute ode to marijuana, "Some Good Advice". The album was packaged in a brown cardboard cover, intended to evoke the plain brown wrapper traditionally associated with pornographic publications. By May 1972 they had released their debut single, "Esmeralda", which (like the song "Rene" by The Small Faces) was a light hearted ode to a prostitute. The single version was different from the album version. It peaked at No. 36 on the Go-Set National Top 40.

In September 1972 Neale had a nervous breakdown and left, he was replaced by John Mills on keyboards. Neale left the music industry. The Indelible Murtceps released a second single, "Indelible Shuffle", from the album in June. Ahead of the single, in March, Arnott announced he was leaving both groups and Rudd decided they would play their final gig at the Dallas Brooks Hall on 15 April 1973. The performance appeared on the double live album, 'Terminal Buzz' (December 1973), which was credited to both Indelible Murtceps and Spectrum. Mills, Putt and Rudd co-founded a new group, Ariel; while Arnott joined Mighty Kong. Bill Putt died in 2013. Lee Neale died in 2019.

Members

Mike Rudd (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Bill Putt (bass), Ray Arnott (drums), Lee Neale (keyboards)
John Mills (keyboards)



SINGLES
Esmeralda

20 MAR '72
#37






References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indelible_Murtceps

https://www.top100singles.net/

Monday, 22 July 2019

FAT DADDY


Fat Daddy were formed in the mid 70s in Melbourne. The band were big favourite on the Sharpie scene. They were known to wear face masks for live performances: ''We used to wear these grotesque masks. We were anti the whole pretty boy/satin/Sherbet thing. We wanted to be the ugliest band in the world..."(Max Vella). The band signed to the Bootleg label and released two singles in 1976. The first single ''Roll Daddy Roll'' was a no-nonsense-straight-ahead boogie piece followed by the rockin' ''Fat Funky Rock n Roll''.  The band later merged with Ken Murdoch (Ex Taste; also on the Bootleg label) and became Texas. Texas were pretty big on the live scene from 1976-79 and released a few singles and an album in a rockin’ bluesy ZZ Top style.

Members

Max Vella (guitar/vocals/harp), Mick Stillo (bass), Carl Stanley (drums), Tony Catz (guitar/vocals)










Tuesday, 2 July 2019

NO NONSENSE



One of the first ska bands formed in Australia, No Nonsense came out of Melbourne. No Nonsense emerged from an early ska band called Dicky Moron and the Rude Boys, which had a name change from Dicky Moron and the Four Skins. Both bands were fronted by lead singer Richard Bruce. It is debated whether other Melbourne ska band, Strange Tenants or No Nonsense was formed first, but either way it seems there was only a couple of months between both bands forming in 1981. After a year and a half as purely a live band, No Nonsense ventured into the studio, emerging with their first EP, 'Utter Nonsense'. The EP (although admittedly of poor quality) sold over six thousand copies on the Man Made label which then gained the attention of EMI records which then took over the contract and re released the EP to a wider audience then selling another seven thousand copies. Eventually giving up their day jobs and turning pro, the band released their first proper EP, 'A Round Tuit' which was produced by Little River Band guitarist David Briggs. The EP featured two of their own compositions and a version of the theme from the 1970s Hawaii Five-O TV series. 

No Nonsense played mainly at venues of the early 1980s Melbourne ska scene like the Aberdeen Hotel (an old hotel in Fitzroy later to be renamed the Loaded Dog). They toured Sydney playing at The Manzill Room, Mona Vale Hotel, Sydney Trade Union Club, The San Miguel (with The Allniters) plus other NSW venues. The band also featured at the 3XY Rocktober concert in 1984 playing on the same bill as Skyhooks, Uncanny X-Men, Australian Crawl and Richard Clapton. No Nonsense would eventually release a single "Simple Needs" in 1985 which would achieve little, and the band would then undergo further line up changes, culminating in their eventual demise in 1986.

Members

Richard Bruce (vocals), Rod McQueen (guitar), Morris Argiro (bass), Peter Bonett (keyboards),
Tony Walton (sax), Graham Sullivan (sax), Tommy McEwan (drums), 
Laurence Maddy (keyboards, trombone)








Sunday, 23 June 2019

RICK AND THE BAD BOYS


Rick and The Bad Boys formed in the mid 60s comprising of bass player Peter Snerling, drummer Barry ‘Butch’ McClause, guitarists Bob Gunn and Kim Humphreys plus singer Rick Suey. Initially the band was called The Loose Ends and played songs by the Stones, Easybeats, Missing Links, Kinks, The Who, Pretty Things and the odd obligatory Beatles tune. The band beat The Precious Few (later to gain fame as Heart & Soul) in a play off for a residency at the Turramurra Teen Tavern on Sydney’s upper North Shore.

After the Turramaurra Teen Tavern residency finished the band opened their own venue The Folk Nest, an empty store room above a Hornsby coffee shop. The Folk Nest opened Saturday nights from 7 through to 10 pm. About four months later the cafe’s lease was not renewed and the Folk Nest became just another forgotten by-line in the history pages of North Shore Rock & Roll. The band continued to run their own dances at The Chatswood Town Hall and occasionally played The Lindfield Laundromat and The Beach House, Surf City’s sister venue in Elizabeth Street in the Sydney CBD.

Nat Kipner in conjunction with Ossie Bryne (St Clair studio operator) signed them to their newly formed Down Under record label. They immediately insisted on a spruced up image, a cleaner pop sound and a name change to Rick & The Bad Boys, all their other signings receiving rebranding of a similar nature featuring their lead vocalist’s name out front.. Gino and The Affair, Kevin Bible & The Book, Steve & The Board, Derek’s, Accent, and the list went on.

The band recorded ''Bad Boy/Listen'' in 1966 and it went nowhere; however, the record is now much sought after collectable. In 2007 a copy sold on E Bay for $106.00! Rick & The Bad Boys managed one TV appearance, a pre recorded episode of the ABC’s national 6pm pop culture program Be Our Guess but the episode never went to air.

Members

Peter Snerling (bass), Barry ‘Butch’ McClause (drums), Bob Gunn (guitar), Kim Humphreys (guitar), Rick Suey (vocals), Peter Jaeggle (drums)








References

http://kimhumphreys.com/rick-the-bad-boys/

Friday, 14 June 2019

JOHNNY NICOL



Johnny Nicol is a jazz singer/guitarist born in Ayr, Queensland. He began his career in 1958 as a member of The Maori Troubadours and recorded an album, 'A Little This, A Little That', with them. He then went on to perform in on the Gold Coast then in Italy, Las Vegas and throughout England, then on a cruise ship between New York and the Bahamas. Later he proved very popular in South-east Asia. He returned to Australia in 1969, and in 1972 hosted an ABC Radio music show in which he introduced emerging talent Renee Geyer to a wider audience.

He featured in a band with Col Nolan called The Col Nolan Soul Syndicate, which released the 'Live at Jason's' LP in 1973. Following that he released a solo album, 'Touch of Blue' (Phonogram, 1975). Nicol has since released four more solo albums, two CDs and a DVD.

With Col Nolan he opened the Australian tours for such greats as Benny Goodman's last tour and also the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ). Johnny also performed on the American bases throughout Southeast Asia in the early-1970s. Jazz legends Don Burrows and Bob Barnard both name Nicol as their favourite Australian jazz singer. Johnny Nicol is still performing along the eastern seaboard of Australia. He is now based in the Cairns area. 









Saturday, 8 June 2019

MAXIMUM LOAD


June and Lew Smith migrated to Australia in 1961 making their home in Melbourne. Their decision to migrate was assisted by an English musician friend, Eric Jupp, who in the late 1960s hosted a popular music program on national ABC TV.  In Melbourne with Lew working as a musician and librarian, June had a full-time vocation looking after the four children. However she still found time to join a pop band of the day called Division Five with a three-night-per-week residency and a repertoire including tunes by Janis Joplin and Creedence Clearwater Revival. With Lew later joining the band it was renamed Maximum Load and enjoyed a three night-per-week residency at the Beaumaris Hotel that was to last three years.

Signed to the W&G label the band released its first single in 1971 ''Riding Through the Dandenong Ranges'' which surprisingly charted locally. The follow up singles didn't fare so well. In 1973 they released their self titled album 'Maximum Load'. The LP highlighted June Smith's powerhouse vocals and the band's versatility in jazz and other genre's, which was a far cry from the two novelty singles that they released previously. In 1973 Maximum Load disbanded when June and Lew moved to Perth. June Smith died in 2016 a much loved artist of the Western Australian jazz scene.

Members

June Smith (vocals/trumpet) Lew Smith (flute/sax/clarinet/vocals) John Grunden (bass)
David Evans (keyboards) Ken Vatcher (drums) Peter McKay (keyboards)



SINGLES
Riding Through the Dandenong Ranges

6 MAR '72
#59








Sunday, 2 June 2019

WIL GREENSTREET / BILLY GREEN


Wil Greenstreet (Billy Green) was born in Leidschendam, Netherlands and was named Wilhelmus Arnoldus Maria Groenewegen. In 1943 The Netherlands was under German occupation and the family was hiding from the Nazis in their attic. His father died shortly after the war in 1949 and in 1952 when he was 9-years-old, the family moved to Australia. Initially, they lived in Orange, NSW until 1955 when his mother remarried which resulted in a move to Harbord (renamed Freshwater in 2008) Sydney. Wil started playing guitar when he was around 13. By the time he turned 14, he had his own acoustic guitar. It was called a Nightingale Jackaroo; painted on it was a Cowboy sitting by a campfire boiling his billy on an open fire. It cost him £18.

In the late 50s, Wil joined his first band called Bix Bryant and the Raiders. They played at a weekly Friday night dance at the Brookvale Theatre in Sydney. He was 15-16 years of age and at that point was already calling himself  Billy Green. The band released some singles which were recorded at Festival Records in Pyrmont. ''Nature Boy'' by Eden Ahbez was also recorded for Festival Records. That track and a few others got a fair amount of airplay on Sydney radio. Bix Bryant left the band and they became known just as The Raiders. The band ended up playing at the Bondi Royal Hotel six nights a week and Saturday afternoons. By that time they had gone through several singers.

One Sunday afternoon at home in Bondi, Sydney, Billy heard a band playing on the beach. It was Roland Storm and the Statesmen and that’s where he met Duncan McGuire. Duncan was playing bass with them and they were looking for a replacement guitar player. Billy and Duncan hit it off really well and eventually started their own band called The Epics. From 1960 - 64 The Epics played many Sydney venues mainly Surf City in Kings Cross. The band was signed to the EMI label and released two singles, ''Caravan/Around And About'' and '' Too Late/Please Tell'' (''Around And About'' and ''Too Late'' both written by Green).

In the mid 60s, Rory Thomas joined the band, playing Hammond B3, trumpet, and sax as did drummer Bill Flemming. Renaming themselves The Questions they landed a regular gig at the Canopus Room, a Miller’s Hotel on Manly Beach. They played The Canopus six nights and Saturday afternoons for about two and a half years. They had already released an album, 'What Is a Question?' (November 1966) when a young singer named Doug Parkinson came and sang in one of their Wednesday night talent quests. After hearing him sing they hired Doug to join the band. The Questions recorded their first single with Parkinson out front, ''Sally Go Round The Roses'' which went top 40 nationally.

Right before the 1969 Battle of the Sounds, Rory Thomas quit the band to further his music studies at Berkelee School of Music in Boston, USA, rendering the band a four-piece group. Also by that time Johnny Dick had joined on drums. During that year the band moved to Melbourne and renamed itself Doug Parkinson In Focus. The recording output was quite prolific and the band produced some very fine 45s. Green wrote many of those songs including ''Then I Run'', ''Baby Blue Eyes'', ''Pour Out All You Got'', ''Without You'', ''Caroline'', ''This Must Be The End'' and Purple Curtains''. The band had two top ten hit singles in 1969, ''Dear Prudence'', (a Beatles cover) and the double sided hit ''Without You/Then I Run''. They disbanded in 1970 when Johnny Dick and Doug Parkinson took off to the UK with Vince Maloney (guitar) and Teddy Toi (bass). They started a band there called Fanny Adams and came back to Australia to go on tour and record an LP.

McGuire and Green formed the short lived group Rush with Mal McGee (Python Lee Jackson) on vocals, Kevin Murphy on drums, and Steve Yates on keyboards. After two failed gigs Rush disbanded. Michael Browning and Peter Andrews managed Rush. Peter Andrews was really into Green's compositions. Peter decided that Green should go solo and record a single. He went to EMI studios in Sydney and recorded his version of ''This Must Be the End'' playing all the instruments and singing. Moving to Melbourne, he recorded ''My Name Is Earl'', a pseudo-country tune at Armstrong Studios. It got a fair amount of promo from EMI but never took off! Sometime later Gerry and the Joyband recorded ''My Name Is Earl'', and it did reasonably well. Green produced that session for Gerry.

In 1974 Green wrote the soundtrack for the Ozploitation Biker-Psych Cult Classic, 'Stone'. Previously he had worked on the scores for several small movie sound-tracks including a segment for a movie called Libido (directed by Tim Burstall) and a few tracks on the surfing movie Getting Back To Nothing, a film dealing with the 1970 World Surfing Championships held in May at Bell's Beach, Victoria.

In 1974 after the Stone music soundtrack was all recorded and the movie was released, the musicians that Green had hired for the project announced that they wanted to form a band. They wanted him to keep writing material like that and add a few other players. So, in addition to Graham Morgan on drums, Barry Sullivan (Big Goose) on bass, and Peter Jones on keyboards, they got Mal Logan on keyboards and Keith Sterling on trumpet. This was a true “super group” – no doubt about it and he named it Sanctuary. The band rehearsed for about a month. They gigged at Bertie’s, and the crowd loved it. The band's management suggested that they add a singer for more commercial appeal. Renee Geyer was recruited on vocals. The band didn't last very long because half of the members wanted to go on tour, and the other half wanted to stay put!

In 1975 Billy Green booked his trip to the USA and he has lived there ever since. Green changed his name to Wil Greenstreet and since his arrival in the USA he has formed many versions of his Greenstreet band. The first incarnation was in Houston, Texas, in 1977 playing all his original tunes. He also had a jazz trio in New York under the same name. In 1981 Greenstreet moved to Los Angeles and did a quick trip back to Australia to see family and do a recording with Doug Parkinson, ''You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling''. On his flight back to the USA, he decided that he would take up the sax. Being a huge fan of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter etc he decided that's he wanted to do. Practising for hours every day he was playing professional gigs within two years. Over the last 20 years Green has released a number of albums.


Greenstreet states: I have played in so many situations and with so many great players along the way. I’ve had many versions of the Greenstreet band – duos, trios, quartets, and larger. Lots of times, though, I played solo gigs, and that is actually my favourite way of playing. I love the freedom of it. We lived in Austin, Texas, for ten years (1991 - 2001), and for a long time while there I played solo sax in the street as a busker. From that playing in the street, I was hired to play in a very classy outdoor restaurant, called Mozart, right on the edge of Town Lake. It was during my stint there that I really refined my solo style. At the same time I played a sax and drums duo called Acquaviva, and we played very free jazz. In addition, I had a great funk band called Talk Is Cheap, playing all original sax-lead tunes; we played all the jazz clubs in Austin. It was a great band to dance to.









References

Wil Greenstreet


Thursday, 23 May 2019

PAUL MARKS


Paul Marks sailed from the UK to Perth in 1956 with a head full of blues and spirituals he’d heard on radio and in the jazz clubs of London. A few months later he moved to Melbourne, began teaching himself guitar and quickly became friends with local jazz musicians like Frank Traynor, Len Barnard and Mookie Herman, bass player with The Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band (MNOJB).

He soon formed a skiffle group with the rhythm section of the MNOJB and the Paul Marks Folk Singing Group, as it would become known, began performing in between sets by the larger MNOJB group. Skiffle never really took off in Australia like it did in the UK and soon Marks was introducing more traditional blues and spirituals into the repertoire. A successful Saturday residency at the Esquire Club in Glen Iris in 1958 established the groups popularity and a handful of recordings on the Swaggie record label followed.

In 1960 he began performing solo shows at the Reata restaurant and these quickly became popular with the crowds from the emerging folk music scene. Marks accompanied the MNOJB on a hectic tour to the UK and Europe in 1961-62 and ended up returning before the rest of the group and resuming his solo shows. His 1963 album 'Sings Blues and Spirituals' was recorded at the Little Reata restaurant and captures Marks in full voice and playing his own distinctive brand of Piedmont blues. Not long afterwards the frantic lifestyle of continuous gigging began to catch up with him and he moved to Sydney hoping things would be better. He performed at many Sydney folk clubs and made appearances on music shows like Dave’s Place before quitting music altogether in the mid 1960s.

Paul Marks gave many people their first taste of the blues in a live setting. He influenced a wave of artists like Margret Roadknight, Judith Durham, Dutch Tilders and Donald Hirst (of R&B group The Spinning Wheels) who within a few years would all be performing their own brands of blues as the form exploded in popularity into the 1960s.




References

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/archived/rarecollections/paul-marks-and-the-roots-of-australian-blues/5468286





Tuesday, 14 May 2019

COLE PATERSON


Cole Paterson born in 1949 has been in the music industry since the early 60s. He started out as a bass player/vocalist with The Main Theme. He left that band and become a vocalist for The Nimrods around 1964. In 1966 he became a member of The Four a five piece rock band that played at all the famous Melbourne clubs including The Thumping Tum, Opus and The Pink Elephant. In 1968 the group disbanded and he joined Molten Hue. Soon after Cole formed Cole Paterson's People. He constantly toured Australia with the Ivan Dayman/ Sunshine Records Stable of Stars interspersed with TV shows ,cruise ships and USA, Europe and Asia tours with minor recording success.

In 1978 he released 'Beautiful Alternative' on the Laser/RCA label. The album was produced by Mario Milo. His video clip ''Marmaduke'' shown on Sounds Unlimited and Countdown was directed by Russell Mulcahy (best known for his work with The Saints, Dragon, Duran Duran, Elton John etc) and helped him to gain MTV exposure for the USA 84 Thunder From Down Under tour and went top 20 in several locations/countries. In 1982 after much harassment due to his triple gold single/anthem ''Bong On Aussie'', he moved to the USA and hosted and co-produced a cable TV show ''People Places and Paterson'' and Variety I/L the Reel Spice of Life. That show ran for seven years on prime time across 28 states and 80 million audience.

Cole's recorded works and two books (Thoughts as Thought 1 and 2) were placed in Australia's National Sound Archives in Canberra and have been augmented with several works since. Cole still performs with Sydney's Manik Rok and, as a solo act on ships and in clubs and resorts in Australia and Asia and currently hosts and produces a Youtube/cable nostalgic Variety show into aged care facilities called the HAPPY HOUR whilst also producing TV commercials for the group.









References

Cole Paterson


Thursday, 2 May 2019

LYN & GRAHAM McCARTHY


Husband and wife team Lyn and Graham McCarthy were among the earliest players on the Adelaide folk scene; they took their neo-Nina & Frederik-style act to England in 1963. So successful did it prove during a two month tour of Scotland that the couple opted to turn professional and they became fixtures on the London folk club circuit (making more than three hundred radio and TV appearances, and four LPs). Their first album, 'Way Up from Down Under' (1966), teamed Australian songs like ''The Wild Colonial Boy'' and ''The Overlanders'' with such perennials as ''Fare Thee Well'' and ''The Times They Are A-Changin''. The McCarthys’ subsequent releases contained increasingly middle-of-the-road material, much of it written by Lyn, but Graham did record an album of 'Best-Loved Folk Songs 'in Adelaide – backed by Rob McCarthy and Phil Cunneen – when the pair returned home in the 1970s.









References
http://www.warrenfahey.com.au/early-adelaide-2-2/


Thursday, 25 April 2019

XANADU



Xanadu was formed in the 60s in Queensland town Bundaberg. The band was made up of three family members, Claire, Don and Barrie Morrison, from a sugarcane farm at Moore Park Beach, Wayne Anderson, also from a sugar cane farm at North Gooburrum, and Chris Button, whose parents lived in Bundaberg. Jeff Askew, secretary of the Official Xanadu Fan Club, said that in 1967, after performing at the Federal Hotel in Bundaberg, as well as around the Bundaberg district for a number of years, the group left on an extensive tour of Australia's eastern seaboard. "They finally ended up in Sydney where they quickly made a name for themselves, appearing on many Sydney TV stations as well as on the national entertainment show at that time, Brian Henderson's Bandstand," Mr Askew said. "On this show the group performed their second single titled Isabella''. They recorded initially on the Polydor label.

In May 1971 the band signed on for a seven-month tour of Allied bases in Vietnam. Australian bands sponsored by the Australian government spent no more than 14 days in Vietnam, and then performed only to Anzacs based in and around Nui Dat and Vung Tau. Xanadu, however, travelled the length and breadth of the country, from the DMZ out to the Cambodian border, and down into the Mekong Delta. Their bass player, Barrie Morrison, was just 16, while the oldest member of the group, Wayne Anderson, had his 21st birthday in Vietnam. "After Vietnam, Xanadu travelled to Thailand where they soon had a massive following, and even enjoyed their own television show on Bangkok TV3," Mr Askew said. "While in Thailand the group were asked by Bee Gee Maurice Gibb to go to the UK. This they did via a few weeks in Singapore."

In Europe the group enjoyed massive success in Germany, Holland and Belgium. For the next decade Xanadu toured, recorded or rubbed shoulders with many of the greats of that era - The Bee Gees, The Sex Pistols, Marc Bolan of T.Rex - who recorded his last hit record ''I Love to Boogie'' in the Xanadu-owned London studio, Decibel. Guitarist and vocalist Chris Button was killed in a beach buggy accident in the late 1970s. By 1982 the band had gone their separate ways and all had returned to Australia. In 2003 Group members were awarded the Vietnam Logistical and Support Medal by the Australian Government for their valued work in Vietnam. Drummer Don Morrison died in 2019.

Members

Claire Morrison (vocals/keyboards), Don Morrison (drums), Barrie Morrison (bass),
Wayne Anderson (vocals/guitar), Chris Button (guitar), Dave Atkins (keyboards)








References

https://www.news-mail.com.au/news/rock-group-travelled-world/2357259/


Thursday, 18 April 2019

GULF KLUB



Electronic rock band Gulf Klub formed in Cairns, Nth Queensland in the early 80s. Moving to Sydney they recorded a single ''What's Cooking'' on the Vi-Nil label. Geoffrey Stapleton (The Aliens, GANGgajang) produced it. I have no other information about this band

Members

Barry McDowall (vocals, guitar), Vic Da Mowa (bass, vocals), Andre Leu (keyboards, vocals), 
Greg Anderson (drums, drum programming) 









Tuesday, 9 April 2019

AFFECTIONS


Affections were formed in Sydney in the late 70’s by Rob Smith and Rob Risio on guitars and bass player George Ellis. The trio soon recruited drummer Greg Tolhurst and vocalist Wayne Hammonds to complete the line-up. Their early gigs were mainly school dances and parties playing covers of classic 60’s tunes. The band soon realised they needed to play their own songs if people were going to take notice. Impressed by the raw power and energy of bands like The Ramones and Generation X, The Affections were excited about the idea of playing a more powerful guitar based brand of pop. With the emergence of bands such as Cheap Trick, The Motors and The Romantics, the local scene was ready for a home-grown power pop outfit to match.

After entering and the state final of a “Battle of the Bands”(a competition held by rock & roll radio station 2SM) and finishing a respectable third, the band began to stir interest amongst local record companies and promoters who could sense they had something special. After hearing some early home demos, producer Jim Manzie (ex Ol’ 55) offered to pay for some demos at Sydney’s Trafalgar Studios.The sessions produced four tracks: ''Little by Little'' (later released as a B side), ''Heartbreaker Girl'', ''16’s My Lucky Number'' and ''This is Love''.

The band signed with fledgling Sydney label Deluxe Records. With artists such as INXS and The Dugites on its roster Deluxe boss Michael Browning (ex AC/DC) saw the band as Australia’s next Easybeats. With the departure of original drummer Greg Tolhurst, the band recruited drummer Brad Robinson (Just Die Young). In between touring and supporting bands such as The Angels, Dragon, Cold Chisel, and Mental As Anything, they soon found themselves back in the studio, recording their first single ''This is Love''. Released in mid 1982, the single gained modest airplay up and down the east coast of Australia as the band kept touring and building its growing fan base. Unfortunately their record label failed to deliver what was earlier promised and eventually folded. The individual band members, disillusioned with the endless grind of touring, decided to break up and go their separate ways. The band reformed around 2001 and in 2013 released their long awaited album, 'Prolonged Adolescence'. It included new recordings of 'This is love'' and ''Little by Little'' plus 11 other tracks. 

Members

Wayne Hammonds (vocals), Rob Smith (guitar), Rob Risio (guitar), George Ellis (bass),
Greg Tolhurst (drums), Brad Robinson (drums)








Tuesday, 2 April 2019

TINY TOWN


In the early 80s singer/songwriter Peter Loveday moved to London with the Brisbane-born, London-based band Tiny Town with long time collaborators Lee Bradshaw and Geoff Titley. Titley was already based in London where he had been a member of the pioneering do-it-yourself ethic band, the Desperate Bicycles. Tiny Town performed and recorded in London for the next seven years, coinciding with other Australian bands in London at the time, like the Birthday Party, The Moodists, and The Go-Betweens. The first Tiny Town recording "Back to the Bow" was distributed as a flexidisc in the Sydney fanzine, Distant Violins. Tiny Town played regularly at the old time music hall theatre, the Pindar of Wakefield, subsequently called The Water Rats, alongside bands like The Pogues, and fellow Australians in London at the time the Moodists and the Go-Betweens. 

At one such gig, music journalist Chris Heath wrote "Tiny Town had reason to be nervous. Not only had they to follow a casually brilliant performance by fellow Australians-in-London the Go-Betweens, but to do so in front of an audience barely numbering 25, two of whom were those young men-about-town, English BBC DJ, John Peel and his producer, John Walters." The Pindar of Wakefield was where Bob Dylan played his first UK gig in December 1962. The band's first album 'Little Tin God' was released on the Elastic label in 1985. More singles followed during the decade but sometime in the late 1980s the band split when Loveday moved to Barcelona.

Members

Peter Loveday (vocals/guitar),  Leigh Bradshaw (vocals/keyboards),  Geoffrey Titley (drums)







References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Loveday


Saturday, 23 March 2019

THE RAIDERS


The band started off as The Blue Moon Quartet with pianist Lindsay Arnold and occasional trumpet player Jimmy Stokes at the Cammeray Rex Hotel leaning towards a bit of jazz but later morphing into The Raiders in the late 50s. Manager and promoter Royce Smeale being the person to choose the name. The lineup was Tony Stapleton on sax, Billy Green on lead guitar, Brian Godden on rthymn guitar, Howard Leslie on bass and John McIntosh on drums. The band had regular gigs at The Bondi Royal Hotel, The Clifton Hotel, The Enfield Boulevard Hotel and others. They were signed to the Rex label and cut some singles. They also recorded a couple of singles with vocalist Bix Bryant and backed a few other festival recordings artists. Billy Green left the band and went to become a legend of the Australian music industry. Brian Godden would later turn up in The Grape Escape. Godden and Stapleton have since died.

Members

Tony Stapleton (sax), Billy Green (guitar), Brian Godden (guitar), Howard Leslie (bass),
John McIntosh (drums)





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References

John McIntosh



Wednesday, 13 March 2019

JAPANESE COMIX


Maurice Frawley formed power pop band Japanese Comix in 1979, with vocalist Shane Day (ex-Cruisers, High Rise Bombers), bass guitarist Chris Jobson, drummer Greg Simpkins and James Williams (High Rise Bombers). They played the Melbourne pub circuit and released a four-track extended play, 'Japanese Comix' on the Mambo Records label in 1980. Simpkins was replaced by Michael Barclay but the group soon disbanded.

Members

Shane Day (vocals), Maurice Frawley (guitar), Chris Jobson (bass), Greg Simpkins (drums),
James Williams (guitar), Michael Barclay (drums)









Monday, 4 March 2019

MOONLIGHT


Moonlight formed in April 1974 with Tim Jones (vocals), Noel Geoghegan (keys), Doug Hills (Bass) and Lawrie Telford (Drums). A number of guitarists joined the band during the first year: Mick Bohle, Ken Francis, Bill De Voss and Jon Purdie until Dave Richards joined in 1975. In May 1975 they came third in the 4IP QLD Rock Festival (Voted by Brian Cadd as the “best group musically”).
In the same year at the QLD pop awards the band won awards in three categories.

The following year (1976) they gained first place at the 4IP QLD Rock Festival and won “Pop Group of the year” and “Queenslands most popular rock group” at the QLD pop awards. In 1977 the band signed a three year record contract with WEA Records on the Warner Brothers label and released three singles of which two charted, ''Moonlight Lady'' and ''The Light''. A number of bass players joined the band from 1977: Ross Sims (ex Buffalo), Doug Nethercoate (ex Sebastian Hardie) and John Strangio (ex Stars). In 1978 they were chosen to play on a proposed 15 day Rock Cruise to Auckland and Noumea with Dragon, Skyhooks, Scandal and Renee Geyer.

Moonlight supported many International and Australian acts. A few memorable ones were: Deep Purple at the Milton Tennis Courts, Jeff Beck at Festival Hall, Little Feat at Festival Hall and Melanie at the Sydney Opera House. The band also appeared on Countdown. Moonlight disbanded in 1978.

Members

Tim Jones (vocals), Noel Geoghegan (keyboards), Doug Hills (bass), Lawrie Telford (drums),
Mick Bohle (guitar), Ken Francis (guitar), Bill De Voss (guitar), Jon Purdie (guitar),
Dave Richards (guitar), Ross Sims (bass), Doug Nethercoate (bass), John Strangio (bass)



SINGLES


Moonlight Lady


21 MAR '77
#62

The Light


5 SEP '77
#59






References

Lawrie Telford

https://www.top100singles.net


Thursday, 21 February 2019

THE NATURALS


Formed in the early 80s by David Osborne. The band travelled the Queensland circuit for two years before signing with Mushroom Records. After moving their base to Sydney, the band released their first single, ''On the Alert" in 1984. Their second single ''Devil Smile'' came out in the following year. David moved to Melbourne after the Naturals split and joined popular Afro-Reggae outfit Randy and Jah Roots. The band toured regularly along the east coast of Australia. 

Members

Greta Evans (vocals), David Osborne (guitar/keyboards), Mark Hilton (guitar)
Bill Bloomfield (bass), Steve Sowerby (drums)










Friday, 15 February 2019

STUART & McKAY


Ian Stuart and Ken McKay formed as a duo in the early 70s. Their first release was a single on the Troubadour label ''Right For Me'' in 1972. The label billed them as McKay and Stuart. Moving to the Atlantic label they released their first album 'Playin' Up' in 1973. The song ''Hey Billy'' was lifted from the album and charted at #63 in December of that year. The song was based on a photo seen by McKay in Time magazine. In 1975 they released their second album 'Never Is Forever'. Further single releases bore no chart success. In the mid 70s Stuart and McKay joined Ross Ryan as backing musicians for his live performances. They parted ways around 1977 when McKay relocated to Melbourne. Both members have since died.



SINGLES

Hey Billy


3 DEC '73
#63






References

https://www.top100singles.net


Friday, 8 February 2019

TYMEPIECE


Tymepiece evolved out of the '60s Australian band the Black Diamonds, who did one of the great-'60s punk singles from Australia (or indeed any country), "I Want, Need, Love You." By 1968 the band changed its name to Tymepiece and they moved permanently to Sydney. According to Vernon Jopyson, they were a frequent attraction at the Hawaiian Eye and the Coli Drum Disco, which they shared a residency with The Affair. It was at this time that Pat Aulton approached them to record a version of The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" to promote the opening of Stafford Bullen's African Lion Safari at Warragamba, NSW. For the purposes of the single the group worked under the name The Love Machine. The song was a hit, but the band members then returned to their own music, although Pat continued releasing material under the Love Machine moniker, using different musicians, until 1970.

As Tymepiece they issued three singles on the Festival label, beginning with "Bird in the Tree" / "I Gotta Know What You're Like" in August 1968, followed by a cover of The Small Faces' "Become Like You" b/w "Give a Little More" in November 1969 and "Won't You Try?" b/w "Down and Out" in October 1970. Tymepiece then moved to Festival's progressive subsidiary label Infinity for the release of their ultra-rare debut album, 'Sweet Release' (February 1971). Ian McFarlane describes it as "a diverse range of moods and styles, from psychedelic pop ("Why?"), folk ("Reflections") and country ("Sweet Release") to R&B ("I Love, You Love") and the pulsating, eight-minute heavy progressive blues ("Shake Off")."After such an astonishing debut album Tymepiece should have progressed to the next level, but inexplicably broke up before the year was out. Fortunately, this highly regarded album, long out of print, has now been reissued on CD by Vicious Sloth Collectibles.

Members

Glenn Bland (vocals, harmonica), Colin McAuley (drums), Alan Oloman (vocals, guitar),
Darcy Rosser (bass), Felix Wilkinson (keyboards, accordion)









Monday, 4 February 2019

THE SHOWMEN


Rock band, The Showmen were formed in Sydney in 1963. The Showmen appeared at the 2SM Sound Spectacular on 22 April 1965. The show was a precursor to the soon-to-be-founded Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds; the first prize included £100 in cash, a support spot on the upcoming Dave Clark Five tour, a record contract and a possible deal with Brian Epstein's NEMS organisation. With such a enticing prize up for grabs, almost sixty local bands competed, and the show, held at the old Sydney Stadium, was attended by nine thousand fans. The Showmen ended up being the eventual winners. The band were signed to the Leedon label and recorded two singles, the self penned ''Don't Deceive'' and the Chuck Berry cover ''Too Much Monkey Business''. Baden Hutchens and Ian Thomas departed and joined the second incarnation of garage band The Missing Links but returned in 1966 .

Members

Peter Ellison (guitar, vocals), Tony Hamilton (guitar, harmonica), Ian Thomas (bass), Baden Hutchins (drums)









Tuesday, 29 January 2019

THE MIGHTY GUYS


Former drummer for Dig Richards and Johnny O'Keefe, Leon Isackson founded The Mighty Guys in the early 1980's with Mick Hamilton (ex Moods, The Vibrants) on guitar and Phil Eizenberg (ex The Ferrets) on bass. The Mighty Guys rapidly gained a reputation and following for their eclectic repertoire and stripped back sound. Glenn A. Baker spotted their potential and their single ''Be Cool, Be Smart'', written by Leon, saw them make the charts and appear on Countdown. Their album, 'Rockin' All Thru The Night' sold over 40,000 copies and the band received a cult following from authentic rock 'n' roll enthusiasts. Two more albums followed on Rivet label-Festival: 'Be Cool Be Smart' and 'The Rest of the Mighty Guys'. The band has been though various incarnations since it formed and has had some notable musicians pass through its ranks.

Members

Leon Isackson (drums), Mick Hamilton (vocals, guitar), Phil Eizenberg (bass, vocals),
Alan Freeman (bass), Brian Dean (guitar), Bob Howe (guitar), Owen Booth (bass), Mike Lawler (bass), Jacqui Shaw (vocals)









Sunday, 20 January 2019

THE MUSTARD CLUB


Brothers Gary and Donald Hosie had been the prime movers of the Sydney (Australia) mod revival scene of the early 1980s with their band The Sets. “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”.

In The Mustard Club, the Hosie style matured into double-breasted suits coupled with a powerful brand of R&B party music. But accusations of revivalism frustrated Hosie. Their first single ''Dance'' was released in 1984 on Method Records. Moving to the  Big Time label, their second single, ''The Rest Of My Life Begins Today'' was described by one reviewer as “the best song Paul Weller never wrote”. The fourth single, ''Steeltown Man'' was a tribute to Mr Hosie Senior (“He’s a real doer, and not only do I like him a lot, but I admire him as well;” said Gary of his father at the time).

The song was a slice of gutsy, good-time, modern R&B that trod similar territory to ''The Rest Of My Life''. It certainly recaptured some of the spark that was missing in the third single, ''Leave Before She Wakes''. Donald Hosie (ex-The Sets and Stupidity) eventually joined his brother in the line-up and Mustard Club became a heavy version of The Sets. 

Members

Gary Hosie (vocals), Rob Turner (guitar), Stanley Mobbs (bass), John Nicholls (drums),
Peter Iacono (drums), James Crosland (bass), Donald Hosie (vocals)








References

https://nostalgiacentral.com/music/artists-l-to-z/artists-m/mustard-club/


Tuesday, 15 January 2019

ACUFF'S ROSE


Acuff's Rose were formed as a country rock group in Melbourne in 1991 by Jack Coleman on bass guitar, James Hurst on drums, Martin Lewis on guitar, Kay-Louise Patterson (ex-Battle Happy) on keyboards and vocals, and Jeff Williams on vocals and guitar. The group were named for United States' 1940s country music artist, Roy Acuff, his songwriting partner, Fred Rose, and their publishing company, Acuff-Rose Music. By July 1992 Acuff's Rose had signed with the Torn & Frayed label on Shock Records which issued their debut extended play, 'Long Past Dawn'.

By June 1993 Bruce Kane had replaced Hurst on drums and they released their first studio album, 'Never Comin' Down'. Guest musicians on the album include three former members of The Triffids: David McComb, Robert McComb and Graham Lee; as well as Charlie Owen and Chris Wilson.

In November 1995 their second album, 'Son of the North Wind', appeared with guest musicians including Spencer P. Jones and The Coral Snakes' Robin Casinader. The album was produced by Conway Savage, Julian Wu and Acuff's Rose. The album was later issued in France, Patterson and Williams promoted the release by touring there as a duo. By 1997 Acuff's Rose had disbanded.

Members

Jack Coleman (bass), James Hurst (drums), Martin Lewis (guitar),
Kay-Louise Patterson (keyboards, vocals), Jeff Williams (vocals, guitar), Bruce Kane (drums)








References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acuff%27s_Rose


Thursday, 10 January 2019

JAMES PEGLER


James Pegler was well-known in the 70s and 80s as a singer of ballads and love songs. Born in Castle Hill, Sydney NSW, he worked as a jackeroo in Queensland. After eight years of intensive training at the Sydney Conservatorium, his career started in 1972 with success in the ABC’s “Showcase”. In England, he toured with Harry Secombe and Petula Clarke, and also appeared with Des O’Connor and Gladys Knight. ABC-TV produced a special and then a series of six programs called “The James Pegler Show”. Signed to Polydor Records he released many albums on the label. Jim’s most personal triumph was when he performed at the United Nations UNICEF Concert in the General Assembly Hall in New York. The charity concert directed by Sir Robert Helpmann, was the first in the Assembly Hall for just one country and included other great Australian performers: Joan Sutherland, June Bronhill and Barry Crocker. He passed away on 15 June 2004 due to heart failure.