Melbourne Little Bands 1979 - 1980
of the Calculators used the bands equipment and practiced in their front room of their house in Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy,
most of the day and late into the night. The Calculators decided to use
friends as support acts, as life was much simpler setting up only one
equipment during gigs and the Calculators only had a 30 minute set. An
emphasis was placed on "disposable bands" i.e. play once or twice and
reform into something completely different. All the Calculators formed
little band or played in other little bands.
Band" nights were occassionally held at the Champion Hotel and unknown
started turning up to play their 3 song or 15-minute sets. No major
Calculators equipment was experienced, except for the odd broken guitar
March 1980, when the Calculators dissolved due to some members moving
to Europe, little band nights were held in various venues, and
organised by the band Use No Hooks (who were never a little band) but by the end of 1980 Little Band nights were gone but not forgotten.
Kate Buck's memories of Little Bands (1996?)
Vikki Riley article about Little Bands in Vox (1981) - pdf
*Fom tapes transcribed by Alan Bamford.
Little Bands Part 1 - August 1979 to early March 1980
you Janis Lesinskis for taking the Champion Hotel photos below. Love your work.
Bergner and Marie Hoy performed as Too Fat to Fit Thru the Door, Marcus
singing whilst blindfolded and Marie playing a drum machine. They
played between the support band and the Boys Next Door
at a gig at the Crystal Ballroom, St. Kilda.
Picture is taken from a film by Michael Buckley called "Icubus".
Thanks Max Robenstone for having a great record shop, letting us play there and pay for the pressing of our singles. RIP Max, loved your work.
|A Little Band performance in the back room of Climax Records, where MYL (Tom Hoy, Lee Smith and Mick McBride) would practice.
Early versions of little bands included:
The Take with Frank Lovece and Marisa Stirpe.
Ronnie and the Rhythm Boys with Denise Rosenberg and Stuart Grant. 96 Tears - I wanna be your girlfriend (Recorded earlier in practice room at Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy)
The Leapfrogs with David Light, Lee Smith, Jules Taylor, Mark Ryan and Jim Addison.
The Primitive Calculators and MYL played as well.
The audience included Robert Palmer (in Melbourne at the time)and Bob Starkey. Robert liked the Take, but not much else.
Little Band gig supporting the Calculators.
Too Fat To Fit Thru the Door
Ronnie and the Rhythm Boys
Little Band gig at Champion Hotel, Fitzroy.
Wednesday December 19.
Probably to launch the Little Bands EP.
Photos/details to come if I can find any.
Little Band EP released December 1979
7" EP recorded December 1979. Recorded at York Street Recording Studio. North Fitzroy with David Williams. Each person paid $20 for the recording costs.
Released by Max Robenstone and Alan Bamford with plain black label.
Bands and songs included:
|February 3rd, 1980
Thrush and the C unts
The Hoy Family
Zye Ye Ye single
7" single from July 1981, released in England, after Stuart and Denise spent 3 months living in Taghazout, Morocco (Dec 1980 to Feb 1981).
Loosely based on a song learnt from a Sudanese man living in Taghazout, named Mohammad. Read Denise's memories from that trip.
Recorded and released in England with Stuart, John Murphy, Ollie Olsen, Marie Hoy, Andree Dolby and other Australians living there at the time.