Tuesday, 5 December 2017


The Scare is an Australian rock band formed in 2004 by Kiss Reid, Ben Lewis, Samuel Pearton and Liam O'Brien in Brisbane. They released their debut EP, Masochist Mimes, in November 2004. Brock Alexander Fitzgerald joined in 2005 and the band released a second EP, Vacuum Irony in October. Wade Keighran joined later in the year and in 2006 the band relocated to Birmingham. They returned to Australia to record their first album before returning to the UK to tour. Their debut album, Chivalry, was released in 2007. This was followed up by the Daniel Johns produced Oozevoodoo in September 2009. The band has toured in Australia, UK and USA and have had national rotation on Triple J. The band broke up in 2010, playing their last gig on 9 August in Fortitude Valley QLD.


Luke Reid (vocals), Sam Pearton (drums), Liam O'Brian (guitar), Ben Lewis (bass),
Trad Nathan (keyboards), Brock Fitzgerald (guitar), Wade Keighran (bass)



Monday, 27 November 2017


Last Years Hero (LYH), a pop punk band formed in Perth 2001. Their debut release Start Over EP was released in November 2002 and enjoyed a few spins on Triple J and Triple M and ended up selling just over 2000 copies in Australia before being licensed by Japanese punk rock specialists, Big Mouth (Brand New, Yellowcard, One Dollar Short) who sold a further 6000 copies in Japan and then got a track on a US compilation by Nice Guy Records which put them alongside bands like Midtown, Blueline Medic and Strike Anywhere.

The release and success of Start Over (2002) would see the band work hard on the live front in their hometown of Perth, and providing the foundations for their first tour of Australia's eastern states. Hard work on the live front resulted in great turnouts to the bands shows resulting in support slots throughout 2003 and early 2004 with high profile international and national bands such as No Use For A Name, Guttermouth, Frenzal Rhomb, Bodyjar, Useless ID, Yellowcard, Strung Out, Less Than Jake and One Dollar Short, plus performances at the Cosmonautical and Yak It Up youth festivals performing to crowds of over 5000.

2004 was a massive year for the band. The release of their very successful debut album 'Tell You When' (2004) saw them tour Australia relentlessly and embark on their first international tour. The album was well received and was a success throughout Australia due to the band making trips to the east coast four times in 2004 including the Triple J and Blunt Magazine presented national album tour. Meanwhile as well as the album doing well in Australia, it was going through the roof in Japan, selling over 7000 copies and staying in the top ten punk charts at Tower Records for weeks including at stint in the number one spot. This led to an amazing six date 'SMASH JPN' presented tour of Japan with US punk rockers Rufio, Pulley and Dont Look Down in November 2004. The tour was a huge success winning over crowds and adding to their ever growing popularity.

On the home front LYH played a number of high profile festivals and shared the stage with numerous big name outfits from across the globe. The Soundwave Festival was a highlight for the band, playing to thousands of people and sharing the stage with US bands Lagwagon, MXPX and Unwritten Law. The perfect end to the year was just ahead scoring the sold out Perth New Found Glory/Reggie and the Full Effect support slot. 2005 kicked off to a great start, with LYH scoring their first appearance an the Big Day Out which was something special for the band to be a part of, and quickly followed up with support slots for Strung Out in April, which were the last shows for the band before knuckling down to start writing material for their new record. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. They disbanded not long after due to circumstances unknown.


Ryan Sloan (vocals), Mike Lindhorst (guitar), Michael Wilson (guitar), Cam Edwards (bass), Ivano Rizzacasa (drums) Ryan McNally (drums)



Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Mere Theory formed in late 2000 out of the southern Adelaide surf/hardcore scene, and cite influences ranging from Fugazi, Boysetsfire, At the Drive-in, Cave In, and The Cure. The band started seasonally touring Australian cities from 2002. Mere Theory released their first EP Towering Sun in 2002, and their second EP Disengage in 2004, both through Building Records. They started to receive airplay on ABC's Triple J national radio station, as well as Australian community radio, with the song "Freedom in Mind" from 2004's Disengage. 2005 saw Mere Theory tour with After the Fall, and in 2006 nationally with Gyroscope. The band also played the Big Day Out in 2005, and again in 2007, as well as the Clipsal 500 After Race Concert. Mere Theory have recorded live for Triple J's "Home & Hosed," were a Triple J "Next Crop" Artist, and were listed on the Triple J Hottest 100 poll. They are SAMIA, ArtsSA, and APRA award recipients.

Mere Theory's debut full-length album, Catalan Atlas was released through Boomtown Records in 2007, and was recorded and mixed at Melbourne's Sing Sing Studios with Richard Stolz (Bodyjar, After the Fall). The track "Stabilise" received regular rotation on ABC's Triple J national radio station, with the song making the Triple J Hottest 100 polls. The album received favourable reviews from Rolling Stone: "A Mature, compelling record, and a strong contender for this year’s best album (9/10)"; and Blunt Magazine: "Mere Theory have single-handedly restored my faith in Australian rock...Catalan Atlas is truly the most impressive debut album I have heard this year (4/5)." From Catalan, the single "Gracefully" was released on 7" vinyl, and was produced as a film clip which received television play on Channel V, ABC’s Rage, and JTV. An animation was created for the track "Defeating this Feeling" which received "Video Clip of the Week" on ABC television's Rage. Another video was created for the single "Break Through", which features an Adelaide Roller Derby final. The clip uses a special slow-motion camera that was once owned and used by the television show Mythbusters. The group also appeared as the Rove Live house band. In Blunt Magazine issue No. 66, Catalan Atlas was dubbed one of the "Top 100 Albums You Should've Heard In 2007." Their review went on to say "Adelaide foursome Mere Theory took a giant leap in 2007 with their debut album, Catalan Atlas. Taking all the best bits from the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate, Texas Is The Reason and Elliott, then integrating them into their own Oz punk stylings, Mere Theory came out with a rock album of international standard."

2007 saw Mere Theory set out on a national tour in support of their debut album Catalan Atlas, sharing the stage with numerous Australian acts, highlighted with good friends Blueline Medic, as well as Calling All Cars. The band supported Australian act Karnivool nationally in 2008. A third national tour in support of Catalan Atlas, the Australian Atlas Tour took place in the latter part of 2008. In 2009 the band entered Broadcast Studios to record their second album Walking In Storms. The album features group vocals and instrumentalists from some of Adelaide's known rock bands, such as "spoken" vocals from John Scott from the Mark of Cain. Recorded by Evan James (The Mark of Cain, Pharaohs), mixed by Richard Stolz (Bodyjar, After the Fall), Walking In Storms was released through MGM in 2011. Mere Theory toured Walking in Storms nationally in 2012 with friends After the Fall. The Final EP, containing unreleased tracks, was released during what would be Mere Theory's final shows.


Nigel Black (guitar, vocals), Nathan Daltan (vocals), Ryan Paterson (vocals), Chris Mellow (lead vocals), Richie Wise (drums, vocals), Matt Adey (bass), Ross Simpson (bass, vocals)



Thursday, 16 November 2017


Elora Danan were an Australian alternative rock band from Perth, Western Australia, formed in late 2006 from various other bands in the local scene who had ended including As A Weapon and Alleged. They took their name from a baby character in the 1988 film Willow. The band's first recordings were some early demos, simply titled "Demo 2006". The release featured two songs, "Stop It, Stop Breathing!", and "I Feel Like Saying More". The second song was featured on a Boomtown sampler, and the first song was later re-recorded. After recording the demo in late 2006 the band signed to Boomtown Records, releasing their first official record, the EP We All Have Secrets in mid-2007. The song "Stop It, Stop Breathing!" from the demo was reborn as "Thank God For Their Growth In Faith And Love" on the EP, with the only differences being a piano outro at the end of "Thank God...", making it almost two minutes longer than the original version. All other songs on the EP were based on films.

In mid-2008 the band recorded their first and only studio album entitled In the Room Up There. The album was released 6 March 2009 and was produced by Adam Spark, guitarist/producer of Birds of Tokyo. Around the time of this recording the band became a six-piece with the addition of guitarist Tim Marley. The recording was finished in August 2008; however, there was an eight-month delay in its release. The band played many shows with big bands in their short time of formation including local favorites and international bands including The Getaway Plan, In Fiction, Behind Crimson Eyes, Unwritten Law, Sprung Monkey, New Found Glory and Saosin The band also played on the local spot at the Soundwave festival in 2009, alongside Nine Inch Nails, Alice in Chains, Bloodhound Gang, The Subways and Underoath. On 29 May 2009, Elora Danan announced on their MySpace page that they had disbanded. 


George Green (vocals) Isaac Kara (vocals, guitar, piano) Ryan Smith (guitar) Tim Marley (guitar)
Matt Thomas (bass) Jay Rendle O’Shea (drums) Caleb Baker (drums) 



Friday, 10 November 2017


Captain Thunder formed in the early seventies in Adelaide. Their first release "Blind Man's Greed" backed with "If I Were A Carpenter" on the "Raven" label went to number 23 on the Adelaide charts. There was some controversy when local radio refused to play the single even though it was selling surprisingly well. The band competed in the 1971 Battle of the Bands. Although they didn't get a place in the Adelaide battle, Captain Thunder proved to all and sundry that they had a future and had a lot going going for them. Unfortunately they disbanded before realising their full potential. They played at Adelaide venues such as "Headquarters", "Sgt. Peppers", and "The Scene". Geoffrey Stapleton went to play with The Aliens and GANGgajang.


Geoffrey Stapleton (drums) Robin Michael (guitar) Rodney Gunner (vocals) Michael Kaploon (bass)

Friday, 3 November 2017


Born and raised near Benalla, Victoria, Wayne Horsburgh started singing and playing guitar at just eight years old, had his own dance band at age eleven and was a regular performer on GMV-6 Shepparton television shows. Some of his early musical influences were Frank Ifield, Wilf Carter and Slim Whitman, hence the love for yodelling – a crowd pleaser at his shows. Wayne has been a recording artist for over 40 years, his first single was in 1976. He toured Australia with the legendary Buddy Williams in 1978 and then moved to Sydney in 1979 with a dream of becoming a successful entertainer and the ambition to travel the world with his music. He has certainly achieved that and more.Wayne’s career has taken him all over the world, developing a huge fan following not just in Australia, but also in New Zealand, Britain and the United States.

His first visit to the USA was in 1984, however his big break came when he was invited to perform at Wisconsin’s Hodag Country Festival in 1989, sharing the stage with country music stars Emmylou Harris, The Oak Ridge Boys, Freddy Fender and Ricky Van Shelton. The Festival attracts an estimated crowd of 40,000 people. Critics applauded him with “…it would be a mild understatement to say that Wayne Horsburgh was the hit of the show… in fact he should have been arrested for the brazen way in which he stole the show”. Recognizing his talent and popularity, the organizers booked him back eight more times over the following years and in 2007 Wayne performed at the 30th anniversary Hodag Country Festival, being his ninth appearance on this huge festival. Billed so many times with the biggest names in American Country Music, Wayne became well known in Wisconsin and surrounding states as he continued to perform at Country Music Festivals, County Fairs, Polka Festivals and Theatres.

Back in 1991, Wayne represented Australia at Nashville’s ‘International Fan Fair‘, where he performed on the grandstand stage. He then had his own booth at ‘Fan Fair‘ each year until 2003, signing autographs for the fans alongside many of the legends of American Country Music. It was during those years that Wayne started spending around six months of each year in the USA. Based in Nashville for many years, Wayne then moved to Branson, Missouri in 1997 (Branson attracts 8 million visitors annually) making it his USA home until Oct. 2009. In 1998, Wayne first represented Australia at the International World-Fest at Silver Dollar City, Branson, along with 500 other International entertainers. He has performed at this huge festival nearly every year since then up until 2009. Over a period of 12 years Wayne was also a regular performer at the ‘Great American Music Festival’ at Silver Dollar City, backed by the famous Horse Creek Band.

At the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2013, Wayne became the 42nd inductee to the ‘Roll Of Renown’, the highest honour to be awarded in Australian Country Music.Performing for many years in the Sydney Clubs, Wayne has also won 2 ‘ACE’ Awards and 6 Australian Entertainment ‘MO’ Awards for excellence in live entertainment in the ‘Best Male Country Performer‘ category. In 2004, Wayne was also nominated for the ‘MO’ Award in the prestigious ‘Australian Showbusiness Ambassador Of The Year‘ category, alongside Barry Humphries (Dame Edna), Hugh Jackman, Kylie Minogue, James Morrison and Keith Urban.



Friday, 27 October 2017


Fargone Beauties were a country music band. They started in 1989 finishing up in 2007. Their single "Wild Thing" had national airplay and was on high rotation on many regional radio stations. They played a cover of "Stairway to Heaven" on The Money or the Gun and appeared on the Breaking Ground - New Directions in Country Music compilation which was nominated for a 1991 ARIA Award for Best Country Album. They were nominated for a Golden guitar in 1994 for their song "Single Drop".


John Spence (guitar, vocals) James Gillard (bass, vocals) Terry Murray (guitar, vocals)
Mark Marriot (drums) Tommy Emmanuel (drums) Doug Bligh (drums) Mark Meyer (drums)
Dave Druery (drums) Mark Collins (banjo) Ian Simpson (banjo)



Monday, 23 October 2017


Anuj is an Indian born Australian pop singer. He had three top 50 singles on the ARIA singles chart. He is currently a member of Sydney hip hop outfit King Farook sharing lead vocal duties with Antonio Chiappetta.

Can You Stand the Heat

12 JUN '00#44
Remember Me

6 NOV '00#46
What You Wanna Do

24 SEP '01#46




Wednesday, 18 October 2017


Anita Spring was destined to become an entertainer and she has been performing internationally and nationally since the age of 9. By the age of 15, Spring was performing 8 shows a week in Elvis-The Musical at the Footbridge Theatre in Sydney, Australia. Many other roles in musicals followed including a lead in the Revolution Will Not Be Televised at the Seymour Theatre and Bad Boy Johnny at the Enmore Theatre, it was this show where she worked alongside Doc Neeson, Chris Bailey and Christine Anu. Spring starting writing music at the age of 18 and it was a one off performance with Powderfinger at the ARIA awards that lead to Spring being signed to Universal Music, a combination of good timing and good luck.

In 2003 Spring's first single, Blink - Stay A Little Longer, reached the top 40 on the ARIA Australian singles chart.Spring continues to write and record music, tour internationally and nationally at festivals and clubs and she has also performed on many Australia variety shows including: Molly's Melodrum/ Sunrise/ The Today Show/ Good Morning Australia/ Midday Show/ The Panel and Hey Hey It's Saturday, just to name a few. Spring is not shy of the camera and has also had small acting roles in a string of major films and telemovies including. A recent trip to Nashville, has reinvigorated Spring's passion for country music and she is currently in the studio recording a new album. 

Blink (Stay a Little Longer)
Anita Spring
28 JUL '03#36




Friday, 13 October 2017


The Provost Brothers (Barry and Bruce) came from Grafton NSW. Natural entertainers, the pair made their mark on the Australian music scene, as well as Australian television, starting with a regular live spot on radio 2GF in the 1950s, performing live with requests for listeners. And while many younger Australians may not immediately recognise them by name, The Provost Brothers will no doubt be remembered best for their now infamous jingle written and performed for The Leyland Brothers series, "Ask the Leyland Brothers". The brothers moved to Newcastle in 1958, where they raised their families and became regular faces on television, appearing alongside the legendary Johnny O'Keefe on 6 O'clock Rock, as well as performing regularly on Bandstand and many other TV shows in the 1960s. They were offered to tour America alongside the Bee Gees but decided not to. They still peform shows from time to time.

Monday, 9 October 2017


Born in 1945 not much is known about Al Styne. He was a regular artist at the 'Powerhouse' discotheque in the 60s. He appeared on many variety shows on television plus recorded on the W&G and Festival labels. In 1979 he wrote and recorded 'Do The Jog' which charted nationally.

Do the Jog
Al Styne
27 AUG '79#79

Tuesday, 3 October 2017


Tony Monopoly (1944 – 21 March 1995) was an Australian-born cabaret singer and actor who enjoyed success in the United Kingdom. Born Antonio Rosario Monopoli in Adelaide, he was a regular on the national radio show, Kangaroos on Parade at the age of nine as a boy soprano. At the age of sixteen he became a Carmelite monk and remained in the order for five years. During the 1960s he regularly performed with Edwin Duff and Norm Erskine, as a trio of singers, on In Melbourne Tonight and Tonight with Don Lane. In 1975 he was appearing at Caesar's Palace in Luton when he auditioned for Opportunity Knocks, a British television talent show, for a run of six appearances. In June 1976, his self-titled album peaked at No. 25 in the UK Albums Chart.

In a national pre-selection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest, held on 9 March 1977 at the New London Theatre, Monopoly earned 66 points and placed ninth with the tune "Leave a Little Love." By the early 1980s Monopoly performed aboard cruise liners, "I lived on one yacht for a year," he said. "I went to 56 countries. I had champagne for breakfast. But I hated it". When fulfilling his increasingly rare engagements on dry land, he divided his time between Australia and the UK. Monopoly was head-hunted for a musical while appearing in Cinderella at Hanley, near Stoke-on-Trent. He starred – in drag – in Moby Dick, the inaugural production at the newly refurbished Old Fire Station Theatre in Oxford. The show's success prompted Cameron Mackintosh to mount a 1992 West End production, which opened to scathing reviews and promptly closed, after which Monopoly portrayed Old Deuteronomy in a UK tour of Cats. Monopoly died in Brighton, England on 21 March 1995.



Thursday, 28 September 2017


Oxo Cubans, a brass, percussion and vocal group were formed in 1987. They toured much of Australia and released five albums before taking an extended break in 1996. They perform occasionally to this day.


Mal Webb (vocals trombone), Leo Dale (sax flute) Tony Floyd (drums) Tim Webb (percussion)
Tim Jones (tuba)

Saturday, 23 September 2017


Formed in the 80s out of the back blocks of outer western Melbourne, The Nubiles teamed up with B.A. Taylor who headed the Bandwagon Management team and together they plotted to take over the world one suburb at a time. For a while in the late 80s and early 90s The Nubiles could do no wrong, constantly touring with acts like: Hoodoo Gurus, The Choir Boys, Painters & Dockers, The Village People etc. For a while it seemed as if nothing could stop these four lads from achieving their true destiny, but fate, that cruel mistress, stepped in and changed everything. With all the capriciousness of the true rock bitch that she is, and on the eve of signing with a major label to record their second album, fate’s fickle and foul hand fell and suddenly the deal which was all theirs suddenly became all somebody else’s. In 1990 disheartened but not beaten the band decided to go out on a high, so they got drunk and told their management team that they were going to split. Six months of farewell tours was planned culminating in three sell out nights at the Corner Hotel in Richmond. They reformed in 2008 and played two shows in Melbourne and Torquay to promote their Retrospective ' Sex Riot ' CD. The band is open to playing live again depending on the circumstances.


David Bowers (vocals guitar) Des Mullan (vocals guitar) John R. Weldon (bass)
Johnny Bowers (drums)


The Nubiles Official Biography by Hunter K Davies

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


Honeymoon in Green formed in Melbourne Australia in the early 80s. The band released an album, an EP and a couple of singles.


John Danyi (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Mandy Fox (keyboards), David Elliot (bass), Rick Ferrara (drums), Andrew Crowder (lead guitar, keyboards), Shane Walsh (basss), Bruce Kane (drums)

Thursday, 14 September 2017


Ian McLean formed Scrap Musuem in 1982 while studying painting at Swinburne University. He named it because the Bakehouse Studio where the band rehearsed was full of old junk. The original lineup was Conway Savage, Andy Crowder, Rick Ferrara, Mulaim Vela and McLean. McLean knew Vela from school, while Savage was recruited after a chance encounter at the Tiger Lounge in Richmond. This five-piece line-up of Scrap Museum didn't last long (Crowder had been replaced by Simon Dory in mid-1982) and by 1983 the band had evolved into a trio: McLean on bass, Mulaim on guitar and Frank Borg on drums. Former Birthday Party drummer Phill Calvert sat in with the band in its last 6 months or so. Calvert officially decided to join when Scrap Museum morphed into Blue Ruin. Their only release was a single on Rampant titled 'Say Die'. Scrap Museum played alongside such iconic acts as Moodists, The Laughing Clowns and The Go-Betweens, as well as landing a series of notable supporting gigs for touring artists like Jonathon Richman and The Dead Kennedys.


Ian McLean (vocals bass) Mulaim Vela (guitar) Frank Borg (drums) Conway Savage (bass) Andy Crowder (guitar) Simon Dory (guitar) Phill Calvert (drums) Rick Ferrara (drums)

Friday, 8 September 2017


Adelaide country trio that formed in the early 60s and released three singles on the Leedon label. The Blue Streaks made numerous TV appearances in all capital cities and in regional Victoria and NSW. After leaving the group Carole Sturtzel pursued her love of country and western and is now known as the ‘Queen of Country Music’ in SA. Trevor Warner still records and and performs.


Ricky Adams, Trevor Warner (vocals, banjo, fiddle, mandolin,dobro), Carole Sturtzel (vocals)

Monday, 4 September 2017


Reg was born in Rushworth, Victoria, just after World War II and grew up on a dairy farm at Tatura on a block his great grandfather selected in 1871. He formed his first dance band in the 1960s, but it was 1972 when he recorded a custom release selling 1,000 copies over the counter of his local Shepparton radio station. On the strength of this, he gained a contract with W&G Records in 1973, recording his now classic “Australian Country Music Hall of Fame” song winning his first Golden Guitar in 1974.Reg joined Selection Records in 1977 issuing numerous highly successful recordings over the next almost 30 years including many successful concept albums such as his popular truck and rodeo theme releases. His second Golden Guitar was for “Warrumbungle Mare” in 1981, and his third in 1985 was for “When The Big Mobs Came To Bourke” in 1998, Reg won Album Of The Year at Bungendore Bush Ballad Awards, and in 1999, he was named Victorian Entertainer of the Year.“The Gentle Giant” of country music, as he is known, tours constantly and performs all over Australia.

As well as keeping a fast pace on the road, Reg makes time available for many charity shows and activities. Reg is the 33rd inductee to Australia’s highest country music honour. The Roll of Renown is presented annually to those artists who have made a lasting and significant contribution to Australian country music. He joins many Australian legends such as Tex Morton, Buddy Williams, Smoky Dawson, Slim Dusty, Shirley Thoms, Gordon Parsons, The McKean Sisters, Reg Lindsay, Rick & Thel Carey, Johnny Ashcroft, Chad Morgan, The Hawking Bros, Stan Coster, Barry Thornton, Shorty Ranger, Jimmy Little, Ted Egan, Dusty Rankin, Rocky Page, Brian Young, Rex Dallas and Frank Ifield on the Roll of Renown located in front of the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre. Reg was also presented with a Medal of the Order of Australia on Australia day 2006 for his contributions to Country Music and the Community.Reg Poole is one of the leading bush Balladeers in the country.



Wednesday, 30 August 2017


Trevor Gordon was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England in 1948 as Trevor Gordon Grunnill. He emigrated to Sydney, Australia with his family in the late 1950s. While still in high school, Gordon found work as a boy singer on the popular "Johnny O'Keefe" TV show leading to an exclusive contract with ABC, the Australian Television Network. This led to many live and TV appearances and Gordon was eventually made the host of his own Saturday afternoon kid's television program. During this time he met and befriended Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb who were finding their own success in Australia as the Bee Gees. Gordon played lead guitar on several early Bees Gees tracks that appeared on the Bee Gees first album, The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs. Gordon secured a record contract with Leedon Records and released the singles, "House Without Windows" and "And I'll Be Happy" (both songs written by Barry Gibb and credited to 'Trevor Gordon and the Bee Gees'), In 1965, Gordon recorded another Barry Gibb compositions: "Little Miss Rhythm and Blues" and "Here I Am".

Gordon returned to London in 1967, teaming up with his first cousin Graham Bonnet and eventually the pair became a musical duo called the Marbles. Not long after Gordon reconnected with his old mates, the Bee Gees, by now also in London and fast becoming international recording stars. The Gibbs helped Gordon and Bonnet secure a recording contract with the Australian record impresario, Robert Stigwood. Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb wrote six songs for the Marbles and also provided some background vocals on their recordings, the most successful being the hit, "Only One Woman". With Bonnet's powerful vocals taking over the Marbles sound, Gordon felt under utilized and the duo soon disbanded. Gordon secured a contract with Polydor Records in London and released one album called Alphabet. Gordon was also a cast member of the Billy Cotton TV program in the UK before giving up performing and becoming a music teacher. In 1970, Gordon released his first and only solo album Alphabet on Polydor Records. He later became a high school music teacher. On 9 January 2013, after not being heard from for several weeks, Gordon was found dead in his London flat.



Sunday, 27 August 2017


Pam Liversidge was an early 60s singer who regularly appeared on 'Bandtsand' and Johnny O'Keefe's 'Six O'Clock Rock'. She recorded on the Rex label

Friday, 25 August 2017


After leaving school at 15, Johnny Veen’s first booking as a singer was at the Paddington RSL in Sydney. By the mid-1960s he had burst on to the recording scene and released several records, including his hit You Know He Did which went to No 1 in Canberra – a feat that pleased his wife, Judy, although she confesses she has no idea why it was so popular in the nation’s capital. By the time he was 26 Veen had moved into entertainment management, having learned the ropes from his own manager, Wally Nash. Over the years Johnny Veen, who also compered shows at clubs across the Gold Coast and Tweed, booked acts such as Johnny Young and Young Talent Time, Col Joye, Little Pattie, The Deltones, Danny McMaster, Judy Stone, Barry Crocker, Allison Durban, Kamahl, Ian Turpie, and a young Paul Hogan when he was starting out at Sydney’s Harbord Diggers.Veen managed Greg Doolan of Wickety Wak fame, Ugly Dave Gray, Ronnie Burns, Tony Pantano, and Lucky Grills. Veen lost his battle with emphysema, and died in 2015.

Monday, 21 August 2017


Wild West was a Post-Punk band from Sydney, playing and recording during the years 1980-81. They took a leading role in the thriving underground artistic and musical scene of the inner city suburbs, centred on M Squared studios. Their sound contains a mix of experimental and melodic elements with a wide range of influences including the varied strains of Post-Punk, disco and pop. They recorded on three separate occasions but only released one critically acclaimed EP ("Beat The Drought") and a track ("Pelican") on the seminal M2 compilation "A Selection".


Phil Turnbull (keyboards, vocals), Gordon Renouf (bass), Peter Nelson (guitar), Peter Macgregor (drums), Rae Byrom (synthesizer, vocals), Lindsay O'Meara (drums), Dave Weston (drums)



Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Rupert B, originally known as Rupert B Funkfield Filth Band, played funk music around Sydney from the late 70's. The band started gigging at the Mosman Hotel on Friday nights  They packed the place out every week. With a horn section, Rupert B covered Tower of Power, Funkadelic etc. They were signed to RCA and released one album in 1982 of original songs before disbanding.


Rohan Cannon (guitar, vocals), Steve Balbi (bass), Mick Thornton (trombone), Guillermo "Bill" Mayer (tenor saxophone), Mick Buckley (drums), Don Raffaele (saxophone), Paul Reed (bass)

Sunday, 13 August 2017


Company Blue was a country rock band formed in Adelaide in the late 70s. They released their self titled album on the Nationwide label. Drummer Joff Bateman had played with leading South Australian act, Headband whilst John Bosswell  had played on TV shows such as The Benny Hill Show, the Dick Emery Show and frequent recordings for the BBC before he came to Australia in 1973.


Rick Adams (bass, vocals), John Boswell (lead vocals, guitar), John Forrest (rhythm guitar, vocals), John Martin (lead guitar), Joff Bateman (drums, 1977-78), Bill Clarke (drums)

Thursday, 10 August 2017


Formed in the mid 60s out of Brisbane, The Feelgoods released three singles on the RCA label. Vocalist John Brownrigg sang at the Cavern Club in Liverpool UK circa 1962-5. After leaving this band he formed 'The Sect' in 1969.


Paul Hunt (guitar), Bob Park (bass), Dave Leary (guitar), Paul Riddett (drums) John Brownrigg (vocals) George Brownrigg (drums).