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Friday, 24 March 2017

THE TITANICS


Lead singer and guitarist Dave McCormack, formed The Titanics in Brisbane with guitarist Glenn Thompson. Joining them were McCormack's then-wife, Emma Tom and Tina Havelock-Stevens. The Titanics only lasted a couple of years (1999-2000) but they did manage to record two albums, Size Isn't Everything and Love is the Devil.

Members

Dave McCormack (vocals guitar) Glenn Thompson (guitar) Emma Tom (bass)
Tina Havelock-Stevens (drums)









Thursday, 23 March 2017

WHOSE MUDDY SHOES


Formed in Wollongong in the early 90s by  Ewan Sommerville, Richard Steele and Jeremy Edwards, Whose Muddy Shoes combined the gritty rhythms of Delta blues with the infectious energy of vintage rock with rich vocal textures. The band were interested in writing original songs which a lot
of blues bands weren't doing. Steele and Edwards had the twin guitar attack, which people loved. The band got signed to Corduruoy Records in Melbourne, where they recorded their first album Gasoline.
Edwards left for Europe in 1995, and was replaced by Ray Beadle. The band perform now and then.

Members

Jeremy Edwards (guitar) Justin Gross (bass) Peter Ready (drums) Richard Steele (guitar)
Ewan Sommerville (vocals, harmonica) Ray Beadle (guitar)








References

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/2871232/bluesman-plays-heart-and-soul/


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WHO'S GERALD?


1980s band founded by future Custard member David McCormack in Brisbane. In 1988 Who's Gerald? released a single named "Wrestle Wrestle/Gerald Is Stumbling Away Upon The Highway Of
Life"and had a track called "Pins And Needles"included on the 1988 Youngblood compilation.

Members

David McCormack (vocals guitar), Cathy Atthow (drums), Glen Donald (keyboards),
Paul Medew (bass), Christian Dahl (bass).





Tuesday, 21 March 2017

SAM McNALLY


From his early days playing keyboards with local smooth, pop band Stylus to his stints with Air Supply, John Farnham and his own own band and acclaimed solo albums such as ‘Jubilation’, Sam McNally has always radiated music quality. For a musician to hold down a career in the fickle music business for over thirty years, three very distinct factors have to be in place; talent, versatility and drive. Keyboard player, songwriter, producer and music educator Sam McNally possesses all three qualities and more. Our first introduction to McNally was through the legendary music TV show Countdown in the late 70s, where he appeared as keyboard player with local pop, soul outfit Stylus. That band was famous for it’s cool fusion tunes and slick musicianship. In fact, that may also be another hint of McNally’s survival skills. He’s always surrounded himself with musicians of the highest calibre, feeding off them and learning from them.

Today McNally keeps busy with many varied projects including performing and recording with his own band, doing sessions for others, and producing artists in Australia and overseas. His stage rig has changed dramatically since the Stylus days and after many years of road testing gear on stage and in the studio, Sam has found a great deal of satisfaction with his current set up. In addition to his production work, McNally is currently teaching at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney, is playing live, has been reviewing his back catalogue with the view to remixing tracks for a release and he’s also writing a book.








References

http://www.australianmusician.com.au/sam-mcnally/



Monday, 20 March 2017

LOOSE TROUSERS


Loose Trousers formed in the late 70s out of the ashes of Canberra band The Ritz. Mushroom signed the band they released one single 'Football Star' in 1978. Popular in Melbourne, they virtually disappeared overnight. Drummer Bill McDonough ended up joining Australian Crawl

Members

Michael Bright (guitar) Richard Hauser (vocals guitar) Bill McDonough (drums)
Martyn Sullivan (bass)








Sunday, 19 March 2017

TONY HENRY


Melbourne's Tony Henry sang at local dances and in the mid 60s and appeared on TV's The Go Show!! Record label W&G offered him a contract and a number of singles were released. In 1966 he recorded his best selling single; a cover of Buddy Holly's 'Heartbeat'.









Saturday, 18 March 2017

GOLDRUSH


Country rock band formed in Sydney in the late 70s. The musicians were all seasoned professionals and came out of respected bands. They released one album 'Live At Last' in 1983. 

Members

Doug Bligh (drums) Mark Collins (banjo, mandolin, guitar) Phil Emmanuel (guitar) 
Chris Haigh (bass) David Mare (vocals, guitar, harmonica)









Friday, 17 March 2017

DANIEL


The band evolved out of the demise of Newcastle group Delta. In 1976 they moved to Melbourne where they were discovered by Mike Rudd and recorded their first single in 1977. An album (Last Night in the City) was released in 1978. The group called it quits in the late 70s

Members

Roger Pike (vocals guitar) Dave Stewart (drums) James Neal (bass) Paul Trimble (guitar)
Jose McLaughlin (keyboards)









Thursday, 16 March 2017

BURKE AND WILLS


Brisbane trio Burke and Wills were formed in 1969. They had a residency on the ABC TV show 'Eyeforce' for one year in 1970 under the name 'The Platterpushes'. They worked locally until 1972 when they moved to Melbourne. In 1973 they supported Lobo on his tour of Australia. They released two singles before disbanding in 1974.

Members

Peter Moscos (vocals guitar) Warren Adams (bass) Jamie Dunn (drums)









Wednesday, 15 March 2017

THE BODGIES


The Bodgies were a band unlike any other on the Adelaide scene at the beginning of the 1980s. Inspired by the likes of Hound Dog Taylor and Canned Heat, they delivered rocking blues and boogie to crowds at their weekly residency at the Angas Hotel. Brothers Geoff, Brian and Don Morrison weren’t born into a musical family but they soon found they shared a love for making loud, exciting music together. As kids their grandmother would tell them to stay away from the ‘Bodgies’ at the fish and chip shop on a Friday night when they went for a feed. Her words, and those of a mate who told them their equipment was cheap and bodgie, inspired the name.

In 1980 they began recording an LP, but for a while it was uncertain whether or not they’d ever finish it. Early tapes were thought to have been lost in a fire at the recording studio only to turn up a week later with the engineer who’d stashed them in a bank vault instead of storing them at the scene of the blaze. The band recorded one of their legendary shows at the Angas Hotel to help fill out the material needed to fill a long player. Splitting up in 1982, The Sensational Bodgies was the only album they ever released, though they’ve got together regularly for reunion gigs in the years since. Don Morrison says there’s still rarely a week that goes by when someone doesn’t ask him about the record, which just goes to prove that great music is indeed timeless. If you enjoy this episode then you’ll also enjoy Don’s very entertaining book about his years in the music business This Could Be Big.

Members

Don Morrison (vocals guitar harp) Geoff Morrison (guitar) Brian Morrison (drums)
Fred Lange (bass)







References

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rarecollections/adelaides-bodgies/5418918


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

GILLIAN EASTOE


Gillian was named in the ‘Australian Book of Rock and Roll’ as a top performer in the late 70s and early 80s with her band ‘Gillian Eastoe and King Dog’ which featured Phil Emmanuel on guitar. She has performed on stage with many greats such as Tom Waits, Jimmy Barnes, Rose Tattoo, Air Supply, INXS and Jon English Television credits include Countdown, Nightmoves, The Midday Show and Mornings with Kerrianne. She has released three albums for ABC for Kids and toured with the Wiggles, Hooley Dooleys, Blinky Bill etc. Gillian’s successful primary school show “What Style has been touring for over a decade. These she plays as a duo with Terry Murray (born in England, and left school at 15 to play guitar with Thunderclap Newman who are known for their hit single, Something in the Air). He has performed with such rock legends as Tom Jones, Randy Crawford, Tommy Emmanuel and Jimmy Barnes.









Monday, 13 March 2017

ATLANTIS


Atlantis formed in the 70s. Not much other info about this band. They did release three singles on the Chart label but none were successful.

Members

Michael Doyle (guitar vocals) Scott Sinclair (percussion) Daniel Reilly (drums) Chops (keyboards)
Gary Winchester (bass)









Sunday, 12 March 2017

ARMCHAIRS


Ian Stephen co-founded Armchairs, a satirical four piece outfit with Johnny Topper in the late 70s. The band had its debut in 1979 at the infamous Crystal Ballroom in St Kilda. Other members included Pierre Jaquinot and Andrew Snow. Later incarnations featured Rod Haywood, guitar, and Sue Parncutt, bass. Armchairs released a 7 inch Ep, Ski Lo Lo, and a 12" album, Party Time, on Missing Link Records with the entire B side taken up by a 20-minute version of "La Bamba". Armchairs, later with the help of Stephen Cummings, who in the early 1980s Ian had struck up a songwriting partnership with, morphed into the mildly successful, yet short lived 11 piece group, Go Wild in French, which featured songs of Elvis Presley, as well as original compositions.

Members

Ian Stephens (vocals piano) Johnny Topper (bass) Andrew Snow (drums) Pierre Jaquinot (guitar)
Rod Haywood (guitar) Sue Parncutt (bass)







References

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


Saturday, 11 March 2017

AIRPORT


Whilst with glam-rock band Hush, Keith Lamb was arguably Australia's best front man of the 1970s along with Bon Scott. On the sad passing of Scott, Lamb was considered as a replacement for AC/DC. Lamb lived for performing and was heartbroken when Hush split up. In 1979 he formed Airport with Tony Harvey ex The Runners, Robin Jackson from Cheek and Brian Pitcher from The Jim Keays band. They signed with Infinity and released three singles before disbanding. Airport produced some great stuff but none had the commercial success of Hush.

Members

Keith Lamb (vocals) Tony Harvey (guitar) Robin Jackson (bass) Brian Pitcher (drums)








Friday, 10 March 2017

THE TED VINING TRIO


Drummer Ted Vining, pianist Bob Sedergreen and bassist Barry Buckley first got together in August 1969. When the Ted Vining Trio's first record was released in 1977 the group was considered one of the most tightly-knit groups in Australia. The trio was a well-oiled, fully integrated unit. Ted Vining rarely took the limelight ... sometimes subtle, sometimes an assertive powerhouse. Barry Buckley kept the engine purring with his solid groove-making. The inventive Bob Sedergreen joyrided over a countryside made up of mostly jazz standards, sometimes reminding you of Dudley Moore. During the seventies they worked as three quarters of the Brian Brown Quartet and as a trio performed at all of Australia's major jazz festivals.

Said Adrian Jackson: "The three play with one mind, settling into a perfectly synchronised groove, continually throwing ideas at each other, without anyone ever being caught off guard. It is a though they have been playing together all their lives. If only more bands could communicate with each other, and their listeners, so effectively." Barry Buckley died in 2006 being replaced by Gareth Hill.








References

http://www.move.com.au/artist/the-ted-vining-trio


Thursday, 9 March 2017

AIDEN NOLAN


Aiden Nolan's first band was a folk duet with school friend John Mortimer called Garage Plus. Inspired by American delta blues bands he sang in the soul band Respect with co-singer Danny Kramer, Brian Thompson (keyboards) George Meek (drums), Ian Davidson (guitar) and Tony Derkinderen (bass). After Respect he joined Daisy Roots with co-singer James Willebrandt, Alan Sandow (drums), John Miller (guitar), Chris Harder (bass) and Craig Mannell (keyboards).

After Daisy Roots split and while working various non-musical jobs to pay the bills, he again teamed up with Jamie McKinley to form Nolan McKinley and they released "Love Train" through Festival Records in 1971. He then joined Scarecrow with Kim Tucker (bass), Greg Wilson (guitar) Rob Elliott (drums) and Michael Erikson (keyboards). He persuaded Rob Elliott to drum for the next band he put together, Trust Me; with John Magee on lead guitar, Gerry Murphy as the female vocalist, Mark Becker on bass and Denis Ferraro on keyboards, they played a number of original songs but sadly never recorded.

Finally, there was Beyond Madness, performing covers of Madness, Split Enz and Ian Dury songs with Mark Lacey (guitar), Greg Opie (bass), Dave Linwood (keyboards), Rob Norsworthy (trumpet), Mark Hudson (sax) and Billy Warnock on drums. Aiden then took up teaching full time and disappeared from the scene until a chance discovery by Stephen Lightbody of Two Faced Records of his 1974 recordings of Tales From the Sun. Stephen embarked on a mission to track Aiden down which he finally accomplished in 2005 leading to the re-release of Aiden's records. Aiden is now back from the wilderness writing and recording and promises more records in the future, both re-releases of forgotten recordings and new material.







References

https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/aidan_nolan


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

THE ALAN LEE JAZZ QUARTET


Alan Lee (born 29 July 1936, Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian bandleader, vibraphonist, guitarist, and percussionist. He was one of the first Australian jazz musicians to fuse classical music with jazz and to utilize Latin American rhythms in his music. He led several jazz bands in Melbourne and Sydney from late 1950s through the 1980s. His recorded albums include Gallery Concerts (1973, Cumquat Records 12-03), The Alan Lee Jazz Quartet (1973, Jazznote), Moomba Jazz ’76, Live from the Dallas Brooks Hall (1977, 44 Records 6357708), and Alan Lee and Friends: Jazz at the Hyde Park Hotel (1990, Request Records 1511) among others.

Members

Alan Lee (vibraphone), Tony Gould (piano), Ted Vining (drums), Ray Martin (bass)








References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Lee_(bandleader)


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

PAUL ADOLPHUS


Australian-born singer/songwriter Paul Adolphus had been living on and off in Japan since 1968 when, about to move back to Australia, he organized a low-budget recording session in Kyoto, with the help of multi-instrumentalist Mitsu Harada. She contributed piano, organ, koto on his first, privately released album (only 200 were printed) and she did also the production. Recorded in a kind of living room atmosphere, some friends attending, with nature around them and an old Buddhist temple nearby, there was used a very peaceful and meditative, special atmosphere to record the album. The album luckily was recorded well. The Dawn Wind has acquired relative cult status among folk music collectors. The Shadoks label reissued it in July 2007, without bonus tracks. The sound quality is fine, with rare blemishes on the tapes.







References

http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-dawn-wind-mw0000489185


Monday, 6 March 2017

ALPHA OMEGA


Guitarist John Bellamy had played bass with Sebastian Hardie in the late 60s. Between 1971 and 1973 he left for Europe where he wrote and arranged music before returning to Melbourne in 1974. On return he formed Alpha Omega, a five-piece jazz fusion band. Their self titled album was recorded in 1976. It was their only release.

Members

John Bellamy (lead guitar), Dave Brown (saxophone), Howard Croft (electric piano), Tony Hargreaves (bass), Ray Dick (percussion)





Sunday, 5 March 2017

STEVE WARNER


Steve Warner started out playing the drums with the Mornington Citizens Brass Band before switching to guitar after watching his brother and his mates playing on the beach in the evening during their summer holidays. The moment he had three chords under his belt he began writing songs and he’s been composing ever since. He played in a few bands as a teenager including Abacus, Sam Blank and the wonderfully titled Satan’s Slaves. These outfits were playing rock, pop and bubblegum music but his taste grew much broader than that. At home he was listening to Stravinsky, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Doc Watson, Miles Davis and a guitar playing mate, Sebastian Jorgensen, also turned him onto the spacious beauty of ancient Greek music. He was drawing influences from everywhere.

His parents had given him a reel-to-reel player as a kid and he’d always enjoyed exploring the sounds he could create with it. By the time he started thinking about making a record he had dozens of compositions already filed on tape. Despite this though he never seemed to get around to starting the project until two close friends tied him to a start date in 1976 and held him to the promise. He took out a bank loan and applied for an Australia Council grant and with the money combined managed to record, mix, produce and then manufacture his own LP. The songs on Steve Warner were all recorded in Hobart with Nick Armstrong and Spectangle productions and the Tasmanian record label Candle handled the release.

In the last eighteen months he’s noticed a reawakening of interest in the recording. It’s begun commanding high prices online and people have begun getting in touch to find out how he plays certain parts or to see if there are any spare copies lying around his shed. It’s taken him a little by surprise but then good music is always going to be good music and a new generation has discovered the rich layers of sound he wove together back in the late ‘70s in Hobart.







References

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rarecollections/holding-a-candle-to-steve-warner/5483968


Saturday, 4 March 2017

VANDALISM


Vandalism is an Australian electro house music group. It comprises DJ Andy Van Dorsselaer (previous member of Madison Avenue) and vocalist/songwriter Cassie Van Dorsselaer. They have completed over a dozen international tours which included gigs at clubs & festivals in London, USA, Canada, Ibiza, Greece, Brazil, Zurich, Sweden, Moscow, Korea, Poland, Ireland & New Zealand (to name a few!). They’ve performed alongside well known international DJs including Skrillex, Avicii, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Eric Morillo, Prodigy, MSTRKRFT, and Boys Noize.

Vandalism began in 2004 as a partnership between producers Andy Van & Kam Denny, starting off remixing other producers’ works (most notably “Creeps” by The Freaks) before releasing their own original productions. Cassie joined the group as the lead vocalist and lyricist in 2005. In April 2009 Kam Denny parted ways with the group and is no longer a part of Vandalism.

Andy Van is a prominent Australian producer with over two decades experience in the dance music industry as a producer and DJ. He has performed under different monikers at events and festivals locally including Summadayze, Gatecrasher, Stereosonic, One Love, Platinum, HQ, Family, Kink, and internationally at Love Parade (UK), Creamfields, Manumission, Space, Bora Bora, (Ibiza), Ministry (UK). Vandalism have toured internationally to Miami, LA, London, Ibiza, Sweden, Greece, Holland, Korea & Japan, and supported DJs including Avicii, Pete Tong, Eric Morillo, Roger Sanchez, Armand Van Helden, Fatboy Slim, Angello & Ingrosso, Sasha & John Digweed.

Andy has performed on radio hosting shows on Britain’s Radio 1 (alongside Danny Rampling), Australia’s Austereo Network (Loaded Dance, 3 years) and Kiss FM (Melbourne). Director & Head of A&R at Australian dance music label Vicious Recordings. Notable signings include Avicii, Dirty South, The Potbelleez, Angger Dimas, Franz Novotny, Digital Lab. Previous acts include Blackout, Astral Project and Madison Avenue who achieved chart success with their singles “Don’t Call Me Baby” (#5 ARIA, #1 UK) and “Who The Hell Are You” (#1 ARIA).

Cassie Van is Vandalism's vocalist & lyricist. Her first band was ‘Girl Mansion’, an all girl covers band performing a catalogue of 80’s cover songs. Cassie previously worked as a professional dancer performing with Kylie Minogue, Madison Avenue, Peter Andre, and Meatloaf. As a back up dancer for electronic house music duo Madison Avenue Cassie met Andy Van and the Vandalism partnership began shortly after the breakup of Madison Avenue. Cassie has provided vocals on Vandalism singles ‘Never say Never,’ ‘She Got It’, ‘Smash Disco’, ‘Twisted’, 'Throw Your hands Up', ‘Rockin,’ 'Vegas' & ‘Coming Alive’.



SINGLES
Girls & Boys
feat. James Ash
31 JAN '05#80
Never Say Never

6 MAR '06#15
Twisted

23 OCT '06#79





References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vandalism_(duo)


Friday, 3 March 2017

TONY JOHNS


Tony Johns came to prominence as a solo/singer/songwriter in the early 1980's around Newcastle. He honed his skills performing in bars and clubs in that region as well as Sydney and the east coast and eventually touring abroad doing shows in London and resorts in Austria and Greece. He has written and recorded several albums of his songs. The most notable being "The Way I Live" in 1988 and "The Valley" in 1994. In 2016 he completed the recording of "Natural", an album he began recording 20 years earlier but was delayed due to a medical condition affecting his vocal chords. This album features a variety of other singers who came in to help Tony complete the project as his singing career had ended. He currently resides on the shores of Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia, where he continues to write and perform music as a solo guitar/harmonica instrumentalist as well as performing with other artists.








References

https://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TonyJohns


Thursday, 2 March 2017

TONY BARBER (2)


Anthony Louis "Tony" Barber OAM (born 28 March 1939) is an English-born Australian television game show host. He is a Gold Logie winning television personality.While Barber is more noted for his role as host of Sale of the Century, his origins in television date back to the 1970s when he hosted the then popular Seven Network game show Great Temptation. The show was successful enough for the network that both daytime and prime time editions of the show were screened.

In 1980, the Grundy Organisation, on the advice of its founder and producer, Reg Grundy, decided to revive the Great Temptation format using the original international title, Sale of the Century. Screened nationally on the Nine Network, Barber hosted the show from 1980-91. In 1993, Barber went on to host the short-lived Australian version of Jeopardy! (Network Ten). During the 70s/80s Barber signed to the RCA label and recorded a number of easy listening albums covering other artists songs.







References

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


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

THE THIRD PARTY


Obscure 60s band out of Adelaide. Released this single on the Columbia label in 1967. The band included Rick Brewer (pictured above) who went on to play drums in a succession of bands including I'Tambu and Jim Keays' Southern Cross (1976) before joining The Ferrets, playing on their national #1 hit "Don't Fall In Love", in 1977 and the album Dreams Of A Love. He later joined the Motivators (1980-82)

Members

Rick Brewer (drums) Bruce Heaft (drums),Tony Pearce (guitar), Peter Cook (keyboards),
Joe Cox  (bass), Roger Dee (vocals), Lindsay Barton (harmony vocals)









Tuesday, 28 February 2017

THE TELSTARS


By 17 Ray Burton was appearing in Lee Gordon’s many legendary rock’n’roll shows at the Sydney Stadium in Rushcutters Bay. In the early sixties he formed instrumental band The Telstars and started writing his own songs. The band signed to the CBS label and released a few singles. 'Reef Ride’ was the most successful reaching number one in Switzerland.

Members

Ray Burton (guitar) Ray Doughty (piano) other members unknown