The first lineup of the 'Globes' was me Larry Shone, Mark Robinson and Roger Koller.....we approached Bob Hanley ...(older and respected muso that we thought was cool because he was 2 years ahead of us at school and had been playing in bands...'Bluegrass' etc for years already)....in a pub at East Maitland and to our amazment he left what he was doing and he joined us...first 'Globes' 4 piece with Bob on rhythm guitar....then he left for Melbourne and we got Mick Armitt....shortly after that we got runner up in Raworth Battle of the bands at the Palais, and Ross 'Rex' Melville who had been with 'Harliquin' for years, walked up to us and said he wanted to join ....so away we went again!
As soon as Ross joined we started getting real gigs
and a lot of them. It wasn't long before we updated our P A and acquired
a roady, that being Peter Whollahan. We then went on a wage, which was
$70 bucks a week.
It was a great learning curve we learnt a lot about professionalism from the touring bands, we eventually bought a truck, leather pants, bright clothes and started dyeing our hair. It was the 80;s and we loved every minute of it. We were very fortunate to have a talented songwriter in the band that being the very dry witted Michael Armit. 'The Heroes' Mark Tinson quickly saw an opportunity and we headed into the 'Cordial Factory Studios' to record our first single. It got a good review in 'Ram Magazine' at the time, and with a reasonable amount of airplay it made it to no 22 on the 2NX chart, and no 14 on the 2KO chart. And the same week no 91 on the Australian National Chart for the week of 11 may 1981.
We started having our own support acts. We appeared
on Channel 3's Telethon, Radio station 2NX had us appear at one of their
summer series beach concerts at Redhead beach. We were all in our early
twenties at the time some of us were getting married others were getting
divorced there was no shortage of girls, drugs, or parties to go to
that's for sure. The commradierie amongst the other bands at the time
was also fantastic and most muso's would end up partying to dawn either
at the Castle or Nitemoves.
45: Girl with the Smiling Hair (Cordial) (1981)
LR:Top, Ross Melville, Michael Armitt.
Bottom, Larry Shone, Roger Koller.
Top LR: Mark Robinson, Bob Hanley.
Photographs courtesy of Mark Robinson.