Band Aid

I need information about the following bands, stuff like:

  • Did they really exist?
  • Decade of existence
  • Lineups
  • Band photo's
  • Gig posters
  • Press clippings
  • Biography
  • Discography
  • Web site address
  • Please send me an e-mail.

I am assured by Greg Upton, who wrote the original list that I am working off, that all the bands on his list did at least one gig.
I have added more since, (in italics). So if you know any members of these bands, let me know and I will move them into the main database.

  • Air Attack
  • Alcatraz
  • Bank
  • Battery Cage
  • Bent
  • BHas
  • Big Chill
  • Blue Gum
  • Blue Suede
  • Brown Shorts
  • Celtic City Sons
  • Cold Sweat
  • Country Feelings
  • Cymbal
  • Damaged Goods
  • Dance Futura
  • Devour
  • Endangered
  • Evolluap
  • Fabulous Sycos
  • Fat Human Filth
  • Fire Truth
  • First Dress
  • Fleshvent
  • Four Play
  • Harsha
  • Haywire
  • Human Wishbone
  • Jazz Orcastra
  • J'Dee
  • Kanvass
  • Kaktus
  • Kelp
  • Kindred Spirit
  • Koresh's Cadavers
  • Levon Tramp
  • Looking Glass
  • Loose Ends
  • Magnum Opus
  • Menagerie
  • Microscopic Circles
  • Nobodys Children
  • One Minute Mile
  • Pash
  • Poisen Bruno
  • Ra Roy
  • Red Bessie
  • Rio
  • Roadhouse
  • Rock Quest
  • Scooters
  • Sebastians Friend
  • Set At Ease
  • Smash Palace
  • Snoglust
  • Snout
  • Staunch
  • Surprise Party
  • Taxseacabs
  • The Chains
  • The Goods
  • The Green Beavers
  • The Parkers Brothers
  • The Rubber Band (Newcastle not Sydney)
  • Third Reign
  • Toaster
  • Toe to Toe
  • Triad
  • Truk
  • Trunk
  • Tubular Green
  • Under Pressure
  • Vertigo
  • West End


Info required:

Some info is wanted regarding a 45rpm from the 60's/70's. The band was "The Hitch Hikers”, the tracks were “Murphie the Surfie” and “Wheels” and the record lable was 'Vista'. With a track called "Murphy the Surfie" I tend to think it is from the 60's. Can anyone shed any light on this band and the 45 please.

Info and photo required:

Does anyone have a photo or information about the Parthenon milk bar / cafe that was referred to in Bob Hudsons 'Newcastle Song'.

Answer: From Greg Sullivan .............Anyway, The parthenon milk bar was next to the CAMBRIDGE HOTEL and the guy named NORM used to drink there, and worked at Broadmeadow railway station as a sweeper on the platform, and finished what he called work at 10am just in time for opening drinks. Most people in Newcastle knew him as our local drunk, and in the Hudson song he was pretty close to the way he was ,(GEDDAY).

More from Charles Williams ................Bob Hudson's "Normie" was a real good mate of mine. His real name is Kevin Brennan and from memory, I think he went to school with Bob, who wrote the song when he played at the back bar of the Star hotel with a group called the Electric Jug. I wonder who else was in that band. This was just before a group called Jukebox took over residency in that Saturday afternoon time slot.

Norm did work for the railway, but was in fact, a waggon examiner at Broadmeadow Railway Yards. He sure did enjoy a beer or ten at the Cambridge Hotel but not till the afternoon (Saturdays excepted). The speech part is right though. " G'day Chicka, how's it goin'" was his standard greeting to me, and the aaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwww! when observing a good sort, (or even an ugly one with large breasts), was the real Norm. A notoriously shy bloke, Norm couldn't be found when The Sunday Mirror's reporters came to photograph him, for the front page of the Sunday paper when the Newcastle Song was number one, so a mate called Jimmy Archibald was substituted and graced the Mirror's pages. Norm and Jim are still flatmates today.

As for The Rubber Band, they did play in Newcastle I think but they were a Sydney band.Their lead singer was SBS football supremo and Sports editor Les Murray. A photo of this band can be found in Les's book By The Balls.

Info required:

Does anyone have any info on Lindsay Bjerre's bands 'Shu Shu' and 'NFX'. Were they Newcastle or Sydney bands. What is Lindsay doing now?

Name required:

This is a mystery band, we know who the players were but we don't know the name of the band. They were around in 1968 / 69 and had a residency at the Beachcomber in Toukley for a while. This info came from Rob Coxon and even he can't remember the name of the band ....... Oh well it was the sixties after all.

  • Sue Leas {Coxon} (v)
  • Ron Coxon (g, v)
  • Greg Schrieber (b)
  • Rob Coxon (d, v)

Here is a bit more info I got from Rob. Slowly, one by one, over a period of time, they replaced the original members of the band till there were no originals left to replace. They continued on with the name ( whatever the hell it was ) till they all moved on to other projects. The original line up was:

  • John Jeffries (g, v)
  • Lee Merchant (g, v)
  • John Cleverly (b)
  • Ron Mills (d)
  • Dave McCormach (v, g)

Answer: The band at the Beachcomber during 68/69 was simply called "the Beachcombers" or "the Beachcomber Band".

Also had a comment that it may have been Nodes Levity.
A second comment that it was Nodes Levety ... maybe it was ???

John Jeffries writes: The Mystery Band under the heading 'Name Required' in the second part that mentions myself, Lee Marchant and John Cleverly, we named the band The John Lee Collection using our first names as the John Lee part. Our original drummer was Gus Murray from Wickham, we played a lot of gigs in Newcastle including the Palais in its glory days.

Mystery solved !

Name required: Probably 60's

  • Terry Foster (b)
  • Kenny Bullen (g)
  • Ray Meehan (d)

Answer: Darrell Dee & the Deemen, they were initially known as 'The Silhouettes'.

Name required: Probably 60's

  • Terry Foster (b)
  • Bluey Blair (v)
  • Ross Wattus (g)
  • Donnie Preston (g)
  • Wally Smith (d)

Personal details required:

There was a guy called Zack ????, (not Strangers / Sunsets), who played guitar in the early sixties at Latec House. He had a Mexican appearance. Any idea of his groups or last name?

Answer from John Jeffries: The person of Mexican appearance was Peter Labrooy (who was actually Indian) I took his place in the band because the R.A.A.F transferred him to W.A. we were great mates as well.

Real names wanted: Two drummers.

a) 'Bluey' From 'Vacant Lot' (70's)

Answer: Steve 'Bluey' Goulder


b) 'George (Chookie) ??, also could have gone under the name 'George L Cool'.

Answer: George Coutsouco

Info wanted:

Does anyone know the year Paul Matters was in AC/DC, who he replaced as bass player and who replaced him.

Answer: 1975, around the time where George Young is listed as the bass player.

Info wanted:

Neale 'Bluey' Blair played in 'The Three Little Pigs'.
Could it be number (3) above.

If anyone remembers anything drop me an e-mail.
There are still no prizes. (lol)
But you may get your name put in the 'Hall of Fame'.