AN UPDATED VERSION OF THE CLASSIC 1996 TEXT THAT TELLS THE STORY FROM THE EARLY STIRRINGS OF PUNK THROUGH TO TRIPLE J, THE BIG DAY OUT AND BEYOND, 'STRANDED: AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENT MUSIC 1976-1992, REVISED & EXPANDED EDITION' BY CLINTON WALKER IS PUBLISHED BY THE VISIBLE SPECTRUM FEATURING THE SAINTS, RADIO BIRDMAN, BOYS NEXT DOOR/BIRTHDAY PARTY, … Continue reading CLINTON WALKER’S ‘STRANDED: AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENT MUSIC 1976-1992, REVISED & EXPANDED EDITION’ GETS A REBOOT
I arrive at the ‘new’ ANU venue in time to catch the last few numbers by Sydney’s reformed cowpunk stalwarts The Johnnys. Graham Hood stalks the stage and lays down his distinctive bass groove while Slim Doherty’s appealing guitar twangs and resonates throughout the room. With Billy Pommer keeping time behind the kit, there are … Continue reading Live Review: The Beasts + The Johnnys, ANU, Canberra 7 March 2019
On episode 107 of The Australian Rock Show, guitarist Charlie Owen joins us to talk through the songs on the hard hitting new album for The Beasts (formerly Beasts Of Bourbon) called 'Still Here', what fans can expect on the upcoming Australian tour, his time with the Divinyls and much more. Dig it! Listen here
With a new album ‘Still Here’ out February 15, the mighty Beasts (without the Bourbon), are back in a big way, with an album that is on par with the band’s rich musical legacy, and a tour of Australia late this month and into March. Few bands have the rock ‘n’ roll legitimacy to match … Continue reading With a new album and Australian Tour – The Beasts are well and truly back, and sounding better than ever.
Guitarist, songwriter and storyteller Spencer P. Jones, who forged his name in Australia and overseas with rock ‘n’ roll bands the Johnnys and Beasts of Bourbon, has died. Jones was born in 1956 on the North Island town of Te Awamutu in New Zealand and moved to Australia in his late teens - pursuing a … Continue reading Spencer P. Jones, guitarist and songwriter, has died
On the eve of their 1983 Australian tour, before leaving from the UK, Jim Duckworth and Terry Graham refused to get on the plane. As is now commonly known, without a guitarist or a drummer, Jeffrey Lee Pierce had the supporting act (The Johnny's) drummer (Billy Pommer Jr) and guitarist, Spencer Jones fill in for … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: When Spencer Jones played with The Gun Club
If you've read other posts Ive written on this blog, you'll rightly ascertain that I was a massive Dubrovniks fan - and would see them all over Sydney whenever they played. I unearthed this poster the other day and thought I'd share it. I took it from the wall of the Lansdowne Hotel at Broadway, from … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Dubrovniks Tour Poster (1990)
From 1990 – 1992, the one band whom I looked forward to seeing more than any other was the Dubrovniks - and I was fortunate to have seen them a stack of times around the pubs of Sydney. Yet they were more than a pub band. With a pedigree that boasted ex-members of the Scientists, … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders – Whatever happened to Christopher Flynn ?