From The Archives: Chris ‘Smiley’ Pailthorpe (Hush) Interview (1995)

Australian Rock Review

SmileyJust over twenty years ago, Eddie Vedder and Kurt Cobain were sucking the ends of pencils at junior high schools somewhere in Seattle. The word ‘grunge’ had yet to be invented and America was rocking to the sounds of Kiss, Alice Cooper and Suzi Quatro, whilst England was being shaken by the likes of T-Rex, The Sweet and Slade. Much the same time in Australia, an energetic young Sydney band called Hush were churning out hit singles, and undertaking exhaustive nationwide tours. By far their two biggest selling hits were ‘Boney Moroney’ and ‘Glad All Over’, with ‘Boney Moroney’ shooting to number one and eventually becoming the biggest selling single for 1975.At their peak, they rivalled the likes of Sherbet and Skyhooks as kings of Australian pop. Hush consisted of Keith Lamb (vocals), Les Gock (guitar), Rick Lum (bass) and pounding the skins was Chris ‘Smiley’ Pailthorpe. Chris grew up…

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1972 – The year the Osmonds went hard rock with the Crazy Horses LP

If you can shelve your prejudices for a moment, I want to revisit the Osmond’s 1972 album,’ Crazy Horses’ – considered by more astute rock scribes than I, to be up there with many great hard orck albums of the early 70s. Apparently, Ozzy Osbourne, Led Zeppelin, and Metallica are fans of the album, with … Continue reading 1972 – The year the Osmonds went hard rock with the Crazy Horses LP

Former Guns n Roses Drummer Steven Adler to tour Australia in May with Adler’s Appetite !

If you are one of the many Aussie rock fans who own a copy of the iconic debut album from Guns n Roses - listen up ! Former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer & co-writer STEVEN ADLER ignites his ADLER'S APPETITE band and has today announced that he is to embark on a tour of AUSTRALIA … Continue reading Former Guns n Roses Drummer Steven Adler to tour Australia in May with Adler’s Appetite !

Rockbrat Wonders: Where Is The Next Generation Of Australian Rock Fans ?

Australian Rock Review

6307208 Halcyon days for rock: Sydney, 1979

I was reading a recent communiqué by Dennis Val, guitar player with one of Sydney’s better rock bands, Love Child, in which he was talking about the lack of Australian artists on radio, and how hard it is to get original Australian guitar rock heard on the airwaves nowadays. It got me thinking not just about that issue, but about the state of the music industry in general – and I’ve come to the conclusion that there needs to be a significant shift, otherwise there exists the very real possibility that there could be no ‘next’ generation of rock fans in this country, and ours could be the last. There was an article in the Daily Review last year that identified the decline of live music in Australia as an art form, and its also a valid read.

For today’s younger generation – music…

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