Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Screaming Tribesmen (1995)

Who: Screaming Tribesmen  When: Britannia Hotel, Sydney, May 20, 1995 In the 1980’s when independent rock was just that, the Tribesmen could have commanded a gig anywhere in Sydney. However in 1995 they’re apparently not ‘alternative’ enough to get a gig at the Annandale, Feedback or the like - having to settle for venues like Springfield’s … Continue reading Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Screaming Tribesmen (1995)

Rockbrat News Flash: Rockbrat Radio #8 – Sydney’s Metal Years

Tune in for the first episode in a series of shows - where Mr Rockbrat and Cowboy Col remember Sydney’s heavy metal years of the 1980’s. That’s right, we were metalheads who grew up in Sydney, Australia and in this series we will be focusing only on Sydney bands, and bands who predominantly didn’t sign … Continue reading Rockbrat News Flash: Rockbrat Radio #8 – Sydney’s Metal Years

Sandi Novak Interview (Rum Babas)

Rockbrat: How did Sandi Novak get into rock n roll ? Sandi Novak: Well...in High School, (my sister) Janelle and myself formed a kinda post-punk band called The Johso's, and we played all these punk nursery rhymes like 'Mary Had A Little Lamb'. Because we were pretty much broke, I had an old Pearl drum … Continue reading Sandi Novak Interview (Rum Babas)

Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Candy Harlots gig ad (1988)

I can recall this gig like yesterday. Mainly because it was an outdoor event and it was the only time I saw the Candy Harlots perform under the blazing sun ! The band were accustomed to early a.m show starts at the Kardomah and the like, so this must've been a rare one ! I remember … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Candy Harlots gig ad (1988)

Rockbrat Remembers: Sydney Hard Rock Outfit Rags ‘n’ Riches

The Rockbrat has some fond memories of seeing a band around Sydney in 1989 called Rags ‘n’ Riches. I saw this band on several occasions and different Sydney venues, but particularly remember  band supporting Gold Zeppelin. Kiss covers band Dynissty, as well as the Candy Harlots. They were a good band too, who played an entertaining, … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Sydney Hard Rock Outfit Rags ‘n’ Riches

Rockbrat’s Audio Archive: Candy Harlots Radio Interview (1990)

OK, here's an old one from 20 years ago now, the 18th of June, 1990 to be precise. At the time of the release of the 'Danger' single, the Candy Harlots' Ron Barrett and Mark Easton were interviewed by Sydney's Radio station 2MMM. I am not sure if Ron ever did any other radio interviews, but … Continue reading Rockbrat’s Audio Archive: Candy Harlots Radio Interview (1990)

Rockbrat Chat: The Leeno Dee Interview

Dee in the Rockbrat lens: Melbourne 3 June 1989Leeno Dee has been plugging his heavy-sounding bass into the Australian rock n roll scene for sometime now and is a true survivor. From his earliest days with Vandal, Wizard and Roxx…to the notorious Candy Harlots…then Jerk, Ink and now with Melody Black – his life of … Continue reading Rockbrat Chat: The Leeno Dee Interview

Rockbrat Remembers: The Kardomah Cafe

The Kardomah, the KD . In the late 80’s, this was THE rock place to be at. It was where all the wannabes and posers strutted around, thinking they were Sunset Strip material (when in all likelihood they were just suburban boys, as Dave Warner once wrote). I suppose it was the closest thing that … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: The Kardomah Cafe

Rockbrat Remembers: Ron Barrett from the Candy Harlots

Ron Barrett was only 26 years old when he passed away. I knew him fairly well via him being a member of the Candy Harlots. The first time I saw him with that outfit was supporting Cheap Trick at The Tivoli in April of 1988. I would go on to see him perform with the … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Ron Barrett from the Candy Harlots

Rockbrat Introduces You To: The Rum Babas

The kind folk at Wikipedia pulled down my article on the Rum Babas as I 'couldn't prove the authenticity of my subject'. They also continually delete my photographs as I cannot prove I am the owner - but that's another story for another time ! Well here on the Rockbrat blog I'll write what I … Continue reading Rockbrat Introduces You To: The Rum Babas

What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Helter Skelter – Cry For Love

Helter Skelter: Cry For Love (1993) A great pairing of tunes here by a Sydney band called Helter Skelter. Not sure how they got away with using that name, as I would've assumed someone Beatle related or even author Bugliosi would've had the phrase all tied up. Anyway Cry For Love is an Iggy cover … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Helter Skelter – Cry For Love