Party Boys, The

Ex-Mondo Rock member Paul Christie formed Australian fun-time band The Party Boys in 1982 as an occasional "supergroup" consisting of some of Australia's finest musicians. The concept was that Christie would employ players (all of whom had other commitments) when the need arose and that the set they played would consist entirely of cover versions.

By 1987, the band had released four live albums (and a 'Best Of' collection), with Live At Several 21sts (1983) making the national Top 10. The band finally entered the recording studio in 1987 to put down a cover version of the 1971 John Kongos hit He's Gonna Step On You Again, which reached #1.

Lead vocalists for The Party Boys have included some of Australia's best-known performers; Australian Crawl's James Reyne (1982 - 1983), Richard Clapton (1983), Shirley Strachan from Skyhooks (1983 - 1984), Dragon's Marc Hunter (1984 - 1985), Angry Anderson (of Rose Tattoo) (1986) and John 'Swanee' Swan (1987).

A number of international guests appeared with the band over the years, including Eric Burdon (The Animals), Alan Lancaster (ex-Status Quo), Joe Walsh (The Eagles) and Graham Bonnet (ex-Rainbow).

In late 1989, Christie put together a new recording line-up: Ross Wilson on vocals, Stuart Fraser on guitar (from Noiseworks), Rick Mellick on keyboards, Dorian West on bass, Adrian Cannon on drums, and Kevin Bennett and Alex Smith providing backing vocals.

Wilson's original vocals on their next single, a cover of Manfred Mann's Doo Wah Diddy Diddy, couldn't be used due to contractual reasons, and singer Vince Contarino, from Adelaide cover band The Zep Boys, re-recorded the vocals. Released in early 1990, it peaked at #24.

A final Party Boys single, Billy Preston's That's the Way God Planned It, was released in September 1992. When the band called it a day, Christie became a band manager.

Paul Christie
Bass
James Reyne
Vocals
Kevin Borich
Guitar
Harvey James
Guitar
Buzz Bidstrup
Drums
Richard Clapton
Vocals, guitar
Rob Riley
Guitar
Shirley Strachan
Vocals
Marc Hunter
Vocals
Joe Walsh
Guitar
Richard Harvey
Drums
Angry Anderson
Vocals
John Brewster
Guitar
Alan Lancaster
Bass
John Swan
Vocals
Graham Bonnet
Vocals
Calvin Welch
Drums
Fergus Richardson
Keyboards
Eric Burdon
Vocals
Mal Eastick
Guitar
Mal Logan
Keyboards
Warren McLean
Drums
Rick Mellick
Keyboards
Dorian West
Bass
Adrian Cannon
Drums
Kevin Bennett
Vocals
Alex Smith
Vocals
Stuart Fraser
Guitar
Ross Wilson
Vocals