Australia

Angels, The

Alongside Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and Rose Tattoo, The Angels had a profound effect on the Australian live music scene of the late 70s/early 80s. The Angels helped redefine the Australian pub rock tradition with their no-frills rock which attracted punters to pubs in unprecedented numbers. The band originally formed in 1970 as The Moonshine Jug(…)

Anita Cobby

It was the crime that shocked Australia – pretty 26-year-old nursing sister Anita Lorraine Cobby was found brutally murdered in a field at Prospect, in Sydney’s Western suburbs on 4 February 1986. Anita had been dragged through a barbed wire fence and bashed, raped and then slashed twice across her throat so deeply she was(…)

ANZACS

1 9 8 5 (Australia) 5 x 100 minute episodes This 1985 miniseries followed the lives of a dozen volunteer Australian soldiers who served in the 8th battalion of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, part of the Australia & New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who served during World War I.   The series moved from the 1915 battle(…)

Apartments , The

Like a number of Australian musicians who got their start during the late 1970s New Wave movement, The Apartments’ Peter Milton Walsh received more acclaim in Europe than at home. Walsh’s songs were full of bittersweet lyrical imagery, and his admirers included Ed Kuepper, Dave Graney and UK band, This Mortal Coil. Walsh formed The Apartments in Brisbane(…)

Arcade

1 9 8 0 (Australia) 38 x 30 minute episodes (Only 10 went to air) Arcade was Bill Harmon’s swansong in Australian television. Harmon, who had worked in American TV in the 1950s, came to Australia in 1964 to work for NLT Productions and had been the driving force behind the highly successful Number 96, which he and(…)

Arctic Circles, The

1960s-influenced band The Arctic Circles played the Melbourne (Australia) independent scene in the mid-1980s. The band’s sound fused garage-punk, psychedelia and tough R&B riffs. The band issued the single Angel in October 1985 and the mini-album Time in March 1987, both on an independent Melbourne-based label called Mr Spaceman Records. The Arctic Circles also contributed three tracks (Walk Away, You(…)

Ariel

Australian band Ariel was the brainchild of Mike Rudd and Bill Putt, following on from the break-up of their previous band Spectrum in April 1973. Ariel played blues-tinged rock with some country overtones. The original line-up broke up in 1974 leaving only Rudd and Putt. John Lee (ex-Dingoes) joined on drums with Harvey James on guitar. Two months(…)

Arthur and the Square Knights of the Round Table

1 9 6 6 (Australia) 39 x 25 minute episodes   The first Australian animation series to be successfully syndicated and sold overseas, Arthur had a distinctly British look and feel but was produced by Walter J. Hucker API (Air Programs International in Australia). Led by King Arthur, the pint-size hero, with his unlucky sidekick Sir Lancelot, and(…)

Ask the Leyland Brothers

In Ask the Leyland Brothers, adventurers Mike and Mal Leyland travelled to different parts of Australia to make short documentary segments. Every story was a response to letters from viewers asking the Leyland Brothers to cover a particular person, place or subject. After early success with documentaries covering their travels along the Darling River (in(…)

Aunty Jack Show, The

1 9 7 2 – 1 9 7 3(Australia) 13 x 30 minute episodes The Aunty Jack Show was a bizarre Australian sketch comedy. Aunty Jack herself was a boxing glove wearing motorbike rider with a moustache. Her catchphrase was “I’ll rip yer bloody arms off”. Grahame Bond had created the character of Aunty Jack for an(…)

Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos

1 9 9 2 (Australia) 1 x 34 minute episode (!) Aussie clip show Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos was hauled off the air midway through its very first installment in 1992 – after just 34 minutes, to be precise.   Hosted by hugely popular Aussie radio DJ Doug Mulray, the show was interrupted by a(…)

Australian Crawl

The members of Australian Crawl all hailed from the Mount Eliza area on the Mornington Peninsular in Victoria, Australia. The band came together in 1978 after James Reyne and Simon Binks’ first band (called ‘Spliff Roach’) broke up. Australian Crawl’s accessible sound bore a particular Melbourne resonance, with its fresh and appealing combination of wry social(…)

Autumn

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(…)

Autumn Affair

1 9 5 8 – 1 9 5 9 (Australia) 156 x 15 minute episodes “I, Julia Parrish, am now 43, the early autumn time of life, the season of pastel shades, quiet memories, or so I said to myself, but now I don’t know.” So began this daytime soap from Channel Seven, Australia’s first regular dramatic TV(…)

Avalanche

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(…)

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