Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Psychotic Turnbuckles (1989)

Who: Psychotic Turnbuckles Where: Dee Why Hotel, Sydney - 1989 The Rockbrat was a big fan of Sydney's rock 'n' roll wrestlers the Psychotic Turnbuckles and saw them countless times over several years. This photo is taken from the Dee Why Hotel sometime in 1989 and shows Jesse The Intruder about to slam a challenger … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Psychotic Turnbuckles (1989)

Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Sheek the Shayk (1999)

Who: Sheek The Shayk Where: Newtown RSL - Sydney 1999 The Rockbrat launched Vicious Kitten Records in 1999. It was the logical progression after Vicious Kitten Fanzine ended in December, 1998. The first band to be signed up to the label was Sydney 60's garage punk outfit Sheek The Shayk. The band featured two ex … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Sheek the Shayk (1999)

Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Ricky Byrd – New York City (1996)

Who: Ricky Byrd Where: Dark Star Lounge, New York City – 24 September 1996  When I walked in (sporting a Jett/Divinyls shirt) to see former Joan Jett axe-man Ricky Byrd at the Dark Star Lounge on West 72nd, manager/wife Carol Kaye politely says to me 'don't expect the Blackhearts!'. The Rockbrat was not expecting the Blackhearts - but rather … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Ricky Byrd – New York City (1996)

Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Hitmen DTK (1990)

Who: Hitmen DTK Where: ANU, Canberra - 28 November 1990 Chris Masuak and Johnny Kannis - they were a part of The Rockbrat's world via live gigs for so long they were damn near family ! I have a backstage shot from this time-period which I'll have to locate and upload. I took many live shots of The … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Hitmen DTK (1990)

Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: The Early Hours – Newtown, Sydney (1997)

Who: The Early Hours Where: Newtown, Sydney – 1997    Perth's Early Hours were one of the finest exponents of guitar-fuelled power pop in the 90's and it is an injustice that they never made it. From on early, the Rockbrat was a believer - and this image, taken at The Sandringham in Newtown on … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: The Early Hours – Newtown, Sydney (1997)

Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Mortal Sin – Ryde, Sydney (1989)

Who: Mortal Sin Where: Gladesville, Sydney – 1989 Make no mistake, Australia in the 80's had some of the best exponents of thrash metal around - good enough to rival the best that the rest of the world had to offer. Hailing from Sydney's Western Suburbs, Mortal Sin rose above all others with their unique … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Mortal Sin – Ryde, Sydney (1989)

Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Murder Style – Koenji, Tokyo, Japan (1998)

Who: Murder Style Where: Koenji, Tokyo, Japan - 18 December 1998 Murder Style - who from memory hailed from Nagoya - were on the same bill as the Kevin K Band and also the Golden Arms. I'll have to make some time to write about this band cos they freakin-well tore the place down. The band … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Murder Style – Koenji, Tokyo, Japan (1998)

Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Jeff Dahl – Arizona (1996)

Who: Jeff Dahl Where: Cave Creek, Arizona – 1 November 1996 Jeff Dahl is one cool cat - another underground punk rock legend who's been plying his trade since 1976. This unsung artist owns an immensely rich back-catalogue of truly great albums which you really should go and discover. My brother and I are massive Dahl admirers and I can recall … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Jeff Dahl – Arizona (1996)

Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Cheetah Chrome – New York City (1996)

Who: Cheetah Chrome Where: CBGB's, New York City - 2 October 1996 It was by pure co-incidence that Cheetah Chrome was gigging in NYC whilst I was marooned there back in 1996 (from memory we were killing time before heading to Philly for a Kiss re-union show) . So on a stinking hot Wednesday night, I head … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Cheetah Chrome – New York City (1996)

Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Johnny Ramone – Sydney (1989)

    Who: Johnny Ramone When: 11 November 1989 – Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, Australia  I missed out on the Ramones 1980 tour of Australia so the 1989 visit was met with considerable expectation. A packed Ramones crowd is not a great place to try to line up a great photo. Nevertheless, I took the camera along with … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Johnny Ramone – Sydney (1989)

Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Kevin K – Tokyo (1998)

Who: Kevin K When: 20 December 1998 – Kichijoji, Tokyo, Japan This is such a cool picture. The legend that is Mr Kevin K, cranking out the rock tunage - with a Hello Kitty soft toy listening intently. This was actually taken at a private sayonara party to signal the end of Kevin's tour of … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Kevin K – Tokyo (1998)

Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Joan Jett – Sydney (1995)

Who: Joan Jett When: 26 May 1995 – Coogee Bay, Sydney, Australia Joan Jett spells rock n roll. No other female personifies rock n roll like her and this could quite possibly be my all-time favourite photograph. With the recent release of The Runaways Movie, there has been a renewed interest in Joan Jett and … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Joan Jett – Sydney (1995)