Well hi.

For whatever reason, I've recently decided to upload scans of band gig posters from my early days in Sydney, when I used to regularly go out and see at least two or three bands a week. I'm talking 1979 - 1990 ish here. At that time, Sydney had a healthy, thriving pub band culture which f
ostered the careers of many of the top Aussie export bands of the last couple of decades. The Angels, The Radiators, Midnight Oil, INXS, (Le) Hoodoo Gurus, The Church, etc etc etc. Anyway, being a lifelong collector of strange and irrelevant things, I find myself with scraps of paper, flyers, set lists, coasters and more from many of the gigs I attended, so at least I have something to remember them by. Most of that era is a total blur in my memory, but I just know that I had a really good time, and my tinnitus and foggy brain was worth it all.

Now, I'm not claiming to be any kind of expert or authority on any of these bands, or the era in general, I'm just sharing what I remember, and a few bits and pieces that may bring back memories for some. Feel free to add your own recollections, tell me if I'm wrong, share stories of gigs you went to.

You can click on them and they get bigger.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Redgum / Sunnyboys

Ah Redgum. I still have many of their records. Of course the early stuff was the best. For a while they were really big with leftish semi-alternative folks. Their gigs were extremely humorous and entertaining, with lots of John Schumann's political anti-government raves and folky, country, fiddly, acousticky music. Good fun, often sitting on the floor, or great outdoor gigs for the thinkers rather than the dancers.

Sunnyboys! I just recently nicked a copy of their first (best) album of the 'net. Love those guys. Only saw them a few times back then, but remember huge energy, very loud and tight sets. Most of the songs sound the same, but uniquely Sunnyboys. Don't know where they disappeared to, but fond memories for me. I still have my original yellow cardboard "cigarette box" cassette of the Happy Man ep. See? I keep everything.


SYDNEYmarianne said...

sunnyboys shows were the BEST,
had so much fun seeing them back in the early days.
awesome .
i love them .

richieboy said...

I am from Costa Rica, and I think sunnyboys and the saints are just great bands.

jayeyem said...

Yep, saw the Sunnyboys at the Trade Union Club in 1982 and just saw them again at the Enmore Theatre, 30 years later. Still just as tight and as loud. Brilliant.