During the late 80s, Sydney (Australia) band Noiseworks made a huge impact on commercial radio with the perfect balance of tough pub rock, anthemic choruses and lush production.
Frontman Jon Stevens had been a successful solo pop star during the late 70s in his native New Zealand – where his older brother, Frankie, was also a popular cabaret performer.
Stevens relocated to Sydney in 1981 and signed a deal with the Big Time label, recording his second solo LP in Los Angeles with US session-players.
Returning to Sydney, he put together a band called The Change, featuring a number of ex-members of Feather. Keyboard player Justin Stanley completed the line-up and the group re-launched as Noiseworks in 1986.
The band built up a strong following on the Australian pub and club circuit, eventually signing with CBS.
Their debut, self-titled, album peaked at #2 on the national chart in July 1987 and produced no fewer than five hit singles: Lies (December 1986), Take Me Back (May 1987), Love Somebody (September 1987), Welcome To The World (November) and Burning Feelings (1988).
Their second album, Touch (November 1988), reached #4 and yielded four more singles: Touch (December 1988), Voice Of Reason (March 1989), Simple Man (May) and In My Youth (September).
While Noiseworks barely made a dent in the Top 40 for the whole of 1989, their position as one of the most popular live acts in Australia remained unchallenged.