Artists – A

Auteurs, The

Formed in 1992 by arch cynic Luke Haines and girlfriend Alice Readman alongside drummer Glenn Collins and cellist James Banbury, The Auteurs (named for the French movie term denoting both author and director) signed to Virgin offshoot Hut, debuting with the deceptively bright single Showgirl that December. The single brought a wry arch-Britishness to its story(…)


Following a tradition set by Aussie bands like The Affair, The Executives and Zoot, Sydney-based Autumn was unashamedly a pop band. Their debut single Mr Henry’s Lollipop Shop at the start of 1970 set the tone for subsequent releases. The group’s second single, Yellow River, was a cover of the recent hit by English band Christie. The song(…)


With the break up of The Bootleg Family Band in November 1975, Tony Naylor, Geoff Cox and Clive Harrison recruited Adrian Campbell and began gigging as Avalanche in early 1976. The band’s catchy pop/rock sound was displayed on the singles Wizard Of Love (Feb 1976), Sweet Baby Brown Eyes (July 1976), Landslide (October 1976) and Good For Me Good For You (March 1977), and on(…)

Avengers , The

This Brisbane-based Australian combo initially plied their wares on the club and discotheque circuit, mainly performing cover versions of the Top 40 hits of the day. They did, however, release two swinging pop singles for Columbia/EMI: What Price Love? (June 1968) and Listen, Listen (January 1969). In 1969 the band were managed by former Twilights vocalist Glenn Shorrock, while(…)

Average White Band

Ex-Delaney & Bonnie singer Bonnie Bramlett gave the band their name because she was amused that the pale-faced Scotsmen could perform such convincing R&B and Soul. Why should an ‘average’ white band from Scotland succeed so well in capturing the soul feel? Was there a parallel to be drawn between the ghettoes of, say, Harlem and(…)


Outside a strong cult following, Sydney band Avion’s brand of melodic, American-influenced AOR met with virtual indifference at home. RCA even issued the band’s eponymous debut album in the USA and Canada before it came out in Australia in September 1983. Singer/guitarist Randall Waller had issued two solo albums – Oasis (1978) and Midnight Fire (1980)(…)


Formed in Melbourne in 1969, Axiom were arguably Australia’s first “supergroup”. Yet, in spite of a wealth of talent and promise, some notable chart successes and two superb albums of original material, they failed to achieve lasting popularity, due in part to waning public support in Australia as they vainly tried to crack the fickle(…)

Ayers Rock

Ray Burton left the band in 1974 and was replaced by Sydney guitarist Chris Brown. The band ultimately broke up, due to a lack of commercial success. Ray Burton Guitar, vocals Chris Brown Vocals, guitar Jimmy Doyle Guitar, vocals Duncan McGuire Bass Mark Kennedy Drums Col Loughnan Sax, flute, clarinet, piano Russell Dunlop Drums John(…)

Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, The

In 1967 the young Liverpudlian skinsman (ex-The Mojos, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and The Jeff Beck Group) surrounded himself with some hot talent for The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, including ex-Shotgun Express guitarist John Moorshead and singer Victor Brox. The Retaliation were big favourites in the British blues clubs and landed a four album deal with Liberty, all of which command(…)

Aztec Camera

Formed by 15-year-old Roddy Frame in East Kilbride in Scotland in 1980, Aztec Camera hit the top of the Independent Charts in the UK in 1983 with their debut album High Land, Hard Rain. The album was a largely acoustic affair, combining folk, Latin/jazz rhythms and an incisive lyrical flair with stunning results. The records breezy(…)

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