It is forty years since super ghoul Alice Cooper first toured Australia and he is back downunder – doing a run of dates with Ace Frehley as support act. On episode 79 of The Australian Rock Show, we celebrate the tour by cranking some covers, performed by local artists. We rock, we rant, we recall … Continue reading Episode 79 – Alice Cooper Ace Frehley 2017 Australian Tour Special
The Undermines from Canberra have been at it for a couple of years now – shaping and sharpening their sound and have just released a killer debut album in TENZEROEIGHT. With a sound that fits effortlessly between Radio Birdman and the New Christs, these guys are the real deal who unashamedly wear their influences on … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today? UNDERMINES – TENZEROEIGHT CD (2017)
Chris ‘Klondike’ Masuak needs no introduction. Over the last two decades he has been a crucial member of some of the coolest, most rockin’ bands this country has ever produced. Radio Birdman, The Hitmen, The New Christs, The Screaming Tribesmen, The Juke Savages. Guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer. Australian rock n roll owes a large debt … Continue reading From the Rockbrat Archives: Chris Masuak Interview (1996)
Let me start this rant with an undisputed fact.....this record was released 35 years ago and it still blows most current sounding rock acts out of the water. It is a very special album which sounds amazingly fresh and relevant. It has aged well my friends and there is much to rave about with Radios … Continue reading Rockbrat’s Records You Must Own: Radio Birdman – Radio’s Appear (1977)
Who: Hitmen DTK (with Deniz Tek) Where: Annandale Hotel, NSW Australia – 17 November 1991 Is this gig really 21 years back ? Where the hell are the years going ? This was when the Sydney rock n roll scene was still smoking, and great gigs were about as common as tatts on footballers. A … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Hitmen DTK – Sydney (1991)
What: Balmain Tigers Club Song Winning Bid: $34 A Starting Bids: $9 A Sale Dates: 28 September 2010 Me and the Cowboy have long believed in the gospel according to the Gig Lizard, who once clued us onto the 'footy = rock' mindset - and how true the great man was. Yes folks, Rugby League … Continue reading Guess What The Rockbrat Found On eBay ? Balmain Tigers Club Song 7″
Mr Rockbrat was in his favourite Tokyo Record store recently one quiet Sunday evening and asked the staff to 'play me something cool I may not know' ! So the owner grabs a CD and says 'have you heard this ?' He cranks this particular album at full tilt and damned if it didn't measure … Continue reading Rockbrat Introduces You To: The Neurotic Spiders
You know I was recently reminded of a comment that Rob Younger once made about the Angels. He said that they were ‘contrived nonsense’ and I just wanted to reflect on that for a moment. From the outset, let it be known that I was a massive Rob Younger and Radio Birdman fan, (although more … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Is it possible to like Radio Birdman AND the Bay City Rollers?
Below is another re-print of an old interview – this time with Radio Birdman's Chris 'Klondike' Masuak. This interview was conducted with Klondike in 1995 and was originally published that year. Since that time, Klondike has continued gigging and recording, most notable with Birdman and a re-formed Hitmen. He is soon to depart Australia and … Continue reading Rockbrat Chat: The Chris ‘Klondike’ Masuak Interview
What: Radio Birdman - 2002 Tour tee-shirt and so it was that in the year 2002, the musical might of Radio Birdman gathered once again for only a handful of very rare shows - the 'Hit Em Again' tour ! Christmas really had come early for many Birdmaniacs, as in that month of December, they played … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Radio Birdman – 2002 Tour tee-shirt (2002)
Make no mistake folks, the Rockbrat knows cool rock n roll when he sees it, and in the early 90’s there was no band in Australia - cranking out loud, melodious tunage like Sydney’s Asteroid B-612. According to the Rockbrat, the line-up consisting of Grant McGyver on vox and Stewie ‘Leadfinger’ Cunningham on guitar (along … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Why Asteroid B-612 did not conquer the world ?
Who: Deniz Tek - Radio Birdman When: 23 January, 1996 – ANU, Canberra Australia When the rumours were flying that the legendary Radio Birdman were gonna reform, I for one couldn't believe it until I saw it. After all, there was supposed bad blood between members dating back to the band's break up in the late … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Deniz Tek (1996)