Australia

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(...)

Avion

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)(...)

Axiom

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. Ray Burton Guitar, vocals Chris Brown Vocals, guitar Jimmy DoyleGuitar, vocals Duncan McGuireBass Mark KennedyDrums Col LoughnanSax, flute, clarinet, piano Russell DunlopDrums John YoungBass Keith CaseyPercussion Joe TattersallDrums Andy CowanKeyboards Steve HoggBass Hamish StewartDrums

Babe (1995)

This Australian family comedy, based on Dick King-Smith's book The Sheep-Pig, came out of nowhere to enchant millions around the world, converting many small children to vegetarianism in the process. The "babe" of the title is an orphaned piglet adopted by a family of Border collies who learns how to handle sheep under the patient(...)

Baby Animals

Husky-voiced singer Suze DeMarchi recorded three soft-metal singles in the UK for EMI during the late 1980s, co-writing one of them with Simon Climie of pop duo Climie Fisher. Upon returning to Australia in July 1989, DeMarchi linked up with drummer Frank Celenza, guitarist Dave Leslie and bassist Eddie Parise to form Baby Animals. The(...)

Bachelors From Prague

Melbourne-based Bachelors From Prague formed in 1985 and played an infectious blend of 1940s jazz, 1950s R&B, 1970s funk and salsa. The group became the band to see while cruising the cafes and clubs of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, in inner-city Melbourne (where vocalist Henry Maas was also the proprietor of the Black Cat Cafe). The(...)

Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

As a rule Hollywood portrays the mentally disabled as quaint, likeable, quirky and entirely benign people who occasionally say the wisest things. No wait, I'm thinking of Australians . . . Anyway, if you want to watch both conventions refreshingly shattered, see the Australian indy legend Bad Boy Bubby. It may seem like a Francis Bacon painting(...)

Bailey’s Bird

1 9 7 7 (Australia) 26 x 25 minute episodes This Australian-made family adventure series was filmed in Penang and starred Hu Pryce as a retired RAAF fighter pilot who operated a small charter flying boat - his "bird" - from a fictitious tropical island in south-east Asia. He was joined by his 14-year-old son, Nick (played(...)

Bakery

Bakery formed in Perth, Western Australia, in 1970. One of the leading underground groups of their day, they are remembered for their superb debut album, Momento (1971), the innovative A Rock Mass for Love LP (recorded live in St George's Cathedral, Perth, on 21 March 1971 in the presence of nearly 6,000 people) and the powerful single(...)

Bam Balams, The

Singer/songwriter Brendan Kibble formed The Bam Balams in Sydney in August 1984. The line-up of Kibble, Brad Fitzpatrick (ex-Division 4), Steve Cole and Matt Manchester recorded the singles Deliver My Love (November 1985) and No-One Else (June 1986) for the Citadel label. Both were produced by former-Radio Birdman singer Rob Younger. Kibble broke up the band at the end(...)

Bamboos, The

By the time this Perth (Australia) band's debut LP, Rarer Than Rocking Horse Shit, was released on vinyl it was already three years old - having previously been available on cassette only. Craig Hallsworth  Guitar, vocals Greg Hitchcock  Guitar Roger Russell  Guitar Mark Gelmi  Bass Russell Hopkinson  Drums Shakir Pichler  Drums Tony Chiallella  Drums

Band Of Light

Band of Light was a blues-based group formed in October 1972 in Sydney (Australia) by Phil Key, with bassist Peter Roberts - both of whom had just left The La De Das. Their distinctive blues-rock sound was built around the dual slide guitar work of Key and their other superb guitarist, Norm Roue, who had(...)

Band Of Talabene

Phil Manning Guitar, vocals Tony Naylor Guitar Phil Gaunt Bass Tony Buettel Drums Gus Fenwick Bass Peter Roberts Guitar Fran Kelly Bass Peter Curtain Drums Paul Wheeler Bass Dallas Royal Drums Steve Webb Drums

Bandicoot

Australian band Bandicoot was essentially the duo of Mick Fettes (who had recently left Madder Lake) and Shane Bourne (who later became known as a comedian and actor). The two knew each other from the Reefer Cabaret and teamed up to record and tour as Bandicoot, with the help of a few friends, including Gary(...)

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