Inner-city Sydney band Soggy Porridge was formed in 1982 from the ashes of local punk heroes The Kelpies with singer Mark Easton, bassist Con Murphy and drummer Ashley Thomson joined by Danny Coumbe on guitar.
Thomson and Coumbe were replaced by Tony Cardinal and Paul Spooner and, in 1983, a five-track EP called Slurp Track was released. The band also appeared on Triple J’s Live at the Wireless compilation.
23-year-old guitarist Paul Spooner left the band in mid-1985 and died from a heroin overdose shortly after. He was eventually replaced by Jonathan Purcell.
The single Call My Name was released in 1985 but despite being superior to any previous release, the record failed to make an impact and the band split up early in 1986 with Mark Easton going on to form The Candy Harlots.
Con (Cornelius) Murphy