Thursday, 14 October 2021
Thursday, 23 September 2021
Sunday, 19 September 2021
Greg Gardner (vocals), Jason Matheson (bass), Terry Van Stee (drums), Lionel Gardner (guitar)
Monday, 23 August 2021
Tuesday, 17 August 2021
Sunday, 18 July 2021
Billy Hucker (keyboards), Alan Gilbert (drums), Dave Taylor (bass), Noel Quinlan (guitar/vocals),
Thursday, 8 July 2021
The band had a reputation for energetic live performances full of glitz and innuendo, dynamic lighting, explosions (if the budget permitted), and loud, bass-heavy, inspiring noise with a lyrical and musical emphasis on that source of all life and creative force – sexual activity. In fact, sexual obsession was one of the more distinctive themes of Box The Jesuit lyrics. They released their first album, 'Punch Out That Looney Sappy Tune' (1989) followed by 'Murdercycle (1990) both on Timberyard Records. In January 1992 Box the Jesuit supported Nirvana at the inauguaral Big Day Out.
The band went through many lineup changes throughout its lifetime. They released one final album, 'Guide Dogs For The Spiritually Impaired' on their own Kosmik Ganda label. Sadly Goose died on 1 August 1993 following a long battle with lymphoma after it's release.
Goose [Stephen Gray] (vocals, sampler), Susie Beauchamp (violin), Phillip Clifford (bass),
Patrick Kavanagh (guitar/sax), Rhino (drums), Chris Baker (drums), Stuart Olsen (drums),
John Murphy (drums), Neal Merchant (drums), Nathan "Natt" Keating (drums), Adrielle Spence (bass), Paul Wonderlick [Paul Stothard] (guitar, organ)
Monday, 5 July 2021
Music composer Peter Best was born on October 18, 1943 in Adelaide. In the mid 60s he released some singles on the Columbia label as a solo artist and he also wrote songs for pop band The Pogs, husband and wife team Anne and Johnny Hawker, Young Talent Time star Debbie Byrne and solo artist Tony Shepp. Moving into film and television scores in the early 70s, his body of work includes 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 many more.
Saturday, 3 July 2021
Godnose was formed as a three-piece hardcore punk band by Ben Jones (ex-Blowhard, Pangaea) on guitar, vocals, trumpet and percussion in Brisbane in 1995. Godnose was an early proposed name for vitamin C used by its discoverer Albert Szent-Györgyi, prior to learning its structure. For their second album, 'Odessa' (1999) Jones was joined by Dave Atkins on drums and Jane Prindable on bass guitar and vocals. During the late 1990s and early 2000s Godnose were a dark, progressive metal group. In March 2001 they returned to live shows after a year's hiatus with Sean replacing Atkins on drums and Matt (ex-Knaw) on bass guitar.During 2001 Jones was joined by Greg on bass guitar and vocals and Lindsay Beasley on drums. In February 2002 the group supported Australian punk band Frenzal Rhomb and Japanese punk band Softball at the Waterloo Hotel, Brisbane. Claire Obst joined on lead vocals (ex-Razel drummer) for their fourth studio album, 'Seaside Intensity Vortex' (2004). Justin Donnelly of Skinnys Music felt the group, "has the basis of some really different elements, but is put together without any regards for the overall picture, making the band sound eclectic purely for the sake of it."
Ben Jones (guitar, vocals, trumpet, percussion), Stan (drums), Jane Prindable (vocals, bass),
Brian (bass), Dave Atkins (drums), Sean (drums), Lindsay Beasley (drums),
Greg (bass), Claire Obst (vocals)
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Broderick Smith (vocals/harmonica), Keith Glass (vocals/guitar), Mark Barnes (bass),
Kerryn Tolhurst (guitar), Barry Windley (drums)
Tuesday, 8 June 2021
The Anyones (also known as The Everyones in the United States), are an alternative rock band from Melbourne. They began in 1995 when brothers Stephen and Malcolm Pinkerton joined with high school friend Nick Murphy and started writing and rehearsing in Melbourne using the name They Live. The band sought to utilize Mal's ability on the cello and recorded their first EP 'Dont' in 1996 accentuating a guitar/cello blend. Mal had recorded cello parts for seminal Melbourne band The Underground Lovers which happened to include Nick Murphy's cousin Phillipa Nihill. Since Mal played both cello and guitar, the band recruited Adrian Gardner in 1996 from the band Mineral to help with guitar when Mal played cello. The band would eventually eliminate the cello from live performance and concentrate on a two to three guitar sound. In 1999 The Anyones would recruit Rohan Brooks from the same band to fulfill drum duties while Stephen Pinkerton transitioned from drums/vocal to a lead vocal role.
In 1996 Mal Pinkerton joined with Things of Stone and Wood as a guitarist/cellist and began an Australia wide tour. The Anyones secured a support slot, and foreshadowed a long run of stints as opening act. Between 1997 and 1999 The Anyones recorded and released 3 EP/singles, "The Fraidies", "Keep Walkin" and "Are you Ready?". The song "Are you Ready?" featured guitar work by Midnight Oil guitarist Martin Rotsey. In 1998 The Anyones appeared as the house band for Recovery, a Saturday morning music program on the ABC. The band performed as house band on RMITV's The Loft Live Episode 12 of Season 8 April 13, 2000 broadcast on Channel 31 Melbourne.
In the winter of 1999 The Anyones entered the 'HotHouse studio of former Kids in the Kitchen bassist Craig Harnath, to record their first album 'Loneride'r. After initial recording sessions they hired Greg Wales to re-record and mix the main singles, ''Orange Bubblegum'', ''Seeds'' and ''Trigger''. The band released the album independently in 2000 and toured it to Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. The album would be nominated that year for an ARIA award for Best Rock Album. In 2000 they were invited on the strength of this album to play at the Livid festival in Brisbane, and the Homebake festival in Sydney. They would play the Livid festival again in 2003.
After touring Australia with the likes of The Fauves, MotorAce, Machine Gun Fellatio and Snout, The Anyones signed a multi album deal with Shock Records in 2001. In 2002, the band hired Paul McKercher to mix a self-titled album 'The Anyones'. The album was released in 2003 and was promoted with an Australian tour with 78 Saab. In 2004 fellow Melbourne band Jet asked The Anyones to support them on their first headline tour of the United States, and the band secured a North American distribution deal with TeePee Records. Unfortunately for the band, they were threatened legally by Los Angeles band Anyone over copyrights to the name. The Anyones relented and were known to U.S. audiences as The Everyones.
The brothers Pinkerton later formed The Ronson Hangup with Ash Naylor from Even, while Nick Murphy formed a band called "Shylo". Rohan Brooks went on to form Rudely Interrupted, one of the world's most unusual rock acts currently touring.
The Anyones - Wikipedia
Saturday, 5 June 2021
David Burnett (vocals/guitar), Lee Cutelle (guitar), Gordon Harran (bass), Mick Kelly (drums)
Sunday, 23 May 2021
During this time the band was looking for a new sound and they hit upon the idea of ski music. People were flocking to the snow each winter and the band figured these same people were just waiting for music that could form the soundtrack to their holidays. For several months they experimented until they finally emerged with the album 'Ski with The Saints'. Produced by celebrated CBS Records in-house producer Sven Libaek, the album captured the smooth sounds of a cool winter at Thredbo or Mt Buller. It was music with the excitement of a black diamond run or the warmth of an open fire at the end of the day.
Along with the album, CBS also released an EP and a few singles recorded by the band. The Saints appeared on many TV shows and at live concerts. Their tune “White Midnight” was the station ID for Channel 10 in Sydney for many years. Noel Quinlan departed the band in 1965 to be replaced by future Ayres Rock guitarist Jimmy Doyle. Noel Quinlan went on to compose scores for over 40 films and documentaries, including the ground breaking Australian feature, The Man From Hong Kong starring George Lazenby.
Brian Myers (piano), Peter Cole (bass), George Thornton (drums/vibes),
Noel Quinlan (guitar /vocals/harmonica), Jimmy Doyle (guitar)
Wednesday, 12 May 2021
Ian Underwood (vocals/guitar), Dan Bell (bass), Marty Doo (drums),
Stewart Cunningham (guitar/vocals)
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Neil Upfield (vocals/drums), Des Jolley (vocals), Kevin Kidney (vocals/bass)
Thursday, 22 April 2021
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.
Thursday, 8 April 2021
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.
MembersRory 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 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
Kim Salmon (vocals, guitar), Dave Faulkner (vocals, guitar), Stuart McCarthy (keyboards),
Thursday, 4 March 2021
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.
John Cosgrove (vocals/guitar), Ray Houston (bass), Frank Brent (vocals/guitar), Frank Burns (drums), Gavin Grace (bass), Gordon Pendleton (drums)
Monday, 22 February 2021
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.
Tina Harris (vocals/guitar), Chris Burke (drums), Celeste Howden (bass),
Sunday, 31 January 2021
MembersColin Buckley (vocals), Lee Dalli (guitar), Les Fellows (guitar), Barry Phillips (drums),
Mike Rodhouse (bass), Bob Nicholson (piano)
Friday, 22 January 2021
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.
Brent Millhouse (guitar/bass), Karl Mautner (vocals/guitar), Matt Bodiam (drums), Rick Munro (guitar)
Dave Culliford (drums), Jason Mahony (bass), Joe Piripitzi (drums)
Tuesday, 12 January 2021
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
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.