Taking their name from the Marvel comic of the same name, Uncanny X-Men was formed in 1981 in Melbourne (Australia), fronted by charismatic lead singer Brian Mannix.
The band was signed by Mushroom Records early in 1982 and released their debut EP Salive One in November. They toured Australia supporting Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and early in 1983, they released their debut single How Do You Get Your Kicks? with John Kirk replacing Harrison on bass.
Craig Waugh then replaced Nick Manthandos on drums and they released another single, Time Goes So Fast, and an EP called Beach Party (July 1984) which included the single, Everybody Wants to Work.
Their 1985 debut album, ‘Cos Life Hurts, peaked at #2 on the Australian charts and spawned their highest charting single, 50 Years, which reached #6 on the Aussie singles chart.
Signing with CBS in 1986, their second album, What You Give is What You Get! (1986), peaked at #11 and included the Top 20 hit single, I Am.
The group disbanded in 1987 but reunited briefly in 1998. In April 2006, the band reformed for a ‘one night only’ concert in Melbourne.
Founding member Steve Harrison died in July 2009 after a long battle with cancer.
The Uncanny X-Men reformed again to play at the 2011 Clipsal 500 V8 Supercar race in Adelaide with Pseudo Echo, The Chantoozies, Leo Sayer and Mondo Rock.