Magazine clippings I used to cut out of newspapers and the music press back in my youth.
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A rainy night down at The Patch

Mental as Anything head to Coolangatta to play The Patch back in 1989. Paul Best takes us through his evening for Time Off Magazine.

The Plug Uglies

After the tragic loss of their guitarist John Gorman, Sydney band The Plug Uglies dedicate their next release to his memory.

Many thanks to Richard Conrad for this this article.


The Cramps

With an Oz tour just around the corner, Poison Ivy gets on the line to discuss the "nastiness" of The Cramps.
Plus an added footnote on the incestuous Aussie band scene.

"The Cramps: The Sunday Mail, June 8, 1986
Saw them in the Valley on this tour, then again at Reading Festival in 1990... identical stage show, so far as I could tell..." - Richard Conrad.

The Great Rip Off!!

More Pistols propaganda with The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle finally doing it's cinema run in Australia.

Were we really all swindled?
See the film and make up your own mind I say.

Cheers and thanks again to Richard.


The Residents

The Residents tour of Oz was without a doubt one of the strangest live performances I'd ever experienced and also one of the best.
Richard Conrad gets The Residents manager on the phone all the way from San Francisco for a bit of background info on the tour.



Brizzie band The Pineapples From The Dawn Of Time release their first LP so Richard Conrad gives us a review of the album and heads over to the launch to see what all the fuss is about.


The New-Look Go-Betweens

John Willsteed, an ex Brisbane lad himself joins the ranks of the Go-Betweens.

"I'd guess 87 or '88, The Courier-Mail or The Sunday Mail.
Maybe I'm just making excuses for sloppy journalism but I have a suspicion "Wilstead" was a deliberate incorrect spelling at his request to keep the taxman away!" - Richard Conrad.

The Violence in Music

Another from Richard Conrad, I remember when this was going down - I laughed my ass off.
Doesn't anyone remember The Sacred Cows? Blame Mel Brooks for the decline of western civilization I say!!!

"This article resulted in some current affairs show flying the Dockers' Paulie Stewart (who I can now confess is a mate of mine) to Brisbane for a TV debate with the preacher; they put him up at the Sheraton the night before. We partied all night in Paulie's hotel room with a bunch of friends, running up a huge bill on the TV station's tab, & several of us crashed the night there. Remember Paulie looking a total wreck the next morning, crawling straight out of bed when reception rang & went straight down to the studio's waiting taxi unwashed and unchanged in a grotty Bonds white singlet. Best line on air from Paulie during the debate: "If Jesus was alive today he'd be a Dockers fan". Gold."

The Two Shepherds

More in a series of posts from Richard Conrad with this article on the Shepherd brothers.

"If Brad was 24, this was 1985, so was in The Sunday Mail.
Usually had a staff photographer take the pix but couldn't talk one into going to the Mansfield Tavern at midnight or whenever it was, so I took this shot. I was quite pleased with the pic. I like the looks on Brad & Murray's faces.
First saw the Gurus at the Jump Club in Collingwood; late 82 or early 83. Great night."

Richard Conrad on Lubricated Goat

Thanks to Richard Conrad for sending me this article he did on Lubricated Goat back in the late 80s.

"I did a column called "Pub Rock" for The Sunday Telegraph in Sydney from about 88 to mid-90.
Back then it was pretty unusual to get the local indie stuff into the mainstream press, but that was the buzz for me. Didn't date any of these clippings but they're somewhere in that 88-90 patch."

"I was a rock journo pretty constantly from '81 to 1990; I quit the Sunday Telegraph in 1990.  .... next stops, Glastonbury & Reading festivals, but didn't write a word, which was a nice change, but paying for tickets was a rude shock. I think Mike Colman is still a sports writer, but on The Courier-Mail now ." Read about it here.

For more by Richard Conrad click here and here.


On the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain, Brisbane’s ugliest punk band, The Black Assassins, release long lost video footage of their song AZARIA on YouTube.

The song AZARIA tells the story of 8-week old baby Azaria, who was taken by a dingo while she slept in a tent in a campaigning ground at Uluru (Ayres Rock) in central Australia, on 17th August 1980.

Azaria’s mother, Lindy Chamberlain, was convicted of the murder of her baby on false forensic evidence and sentenced to life in prison in 1982. She was released just over 3 years later. Her conviction was overturned, but Azaria’s case is still open and unsolved. Azaria's body has never been found and her disappearance is one of the great mysteries of Australian folklore.

The lyrics of The Black Assassins’ song AZARIA offer the possibility that Azaria may still be alive.

This previously unseen footage in AZARIA is from one The Black Assassins’ more notorious gigs, and features a rare glimpses of the band’s faces, as they performed this night without their trademark black balaclavas.

The occasion was The Black Assassins’ Christmas Nativity show at a gig with 3 other bands (Kingswood Trio, The Lamingtons, Stranger) at AHEPA Hall in West End, Brisbane, Australia, on 17 December 1981.

The balaclavas were off as the band presented a “musical” – their songs woven into a particularly ugly reinterpretation of the classic nativity play on the birth of baby Jesus. Keyboardist, Sirhan Chapman played the Virgin Mary, bass player Ruby Oswald played Joseph, drummer Lee Harvey Hinckley was the Bethlehem Innkeeper, and guitarist Mohammed EL Jackal appeared as the three-head wise man and later the shepherd boy. This performance also featured George the rotting big yellow dog playing the dingo, who in the theatrics between the songs, stole a meat baby Jesus on cue, prompting the Virgin Mary to yell: “A dingo took my baby”.

The video of the gig was filmed 29 years ago by the late Tony Brassington, on a domestic VHS video camera in very low light, and managed to capture the grungy and chaotic nature of the band. The gig was raided and closed down by the Queensland Police just after The Black Assassins got off stage, stopping the performance of the final band of the night the Kingswood Trio.
WARNING: Black Assassins' performances can offend all of your senses and are not for the feint hearted. The footage in AZARIA is rated R (for Repugnant) and includes canine mastication scenes.

Thanks to Andy from the Black Assassins!!

London Ten Years On

Joe Strummer shares his thoughts on where London is at 10 Years after Punk Rock blew everyone away.

Melody Maker 1987.

It's the Salmon old song

Kim Salmon and The Surrealists score the Australian support slot for U2. Rave magazine has a look back at their history and a look forward to see where they're headed.


The Oldest Swindlers In Town

The Sex Pistols finally reform after almost 20 years so here's the full interview from Q Magazine.


Marty Willson-Piper

Marty Willson-Piper talks to us about his solo work all the way from The Big Apple, New York.

Time Off Magazine 1988.

Wall of Voodoo Tour

Wall of Voodoo hit Brisbane, playing at Easts Leagues club if my memory is correct.

Time Off Magazine 1987.

Lime Spiders

The Lime Spiders release their first LP "The Cave Comes Alive" and rip into Cooloongatta and The Beenleigh Rum Distillery to promote it.

Time Off Magazine 1987.

More damn Hard-Ons

Back in Brisbane again The Hard-Ons give us a bit of a run down on their overseas jaunts and their most recent releases.

Time Off Magazine 1988.


The Hard-Ons, Apprentice Dentists and The Aardvarks head to Brisbane for a show at The FM Club.

Time Off Magazine 1989.

Gill Scott-Herron and John Cooper Clarke

Gill Scott-Herron and John Cooper Clarke Live at the London Greenwich Festival back in 1985.

Julian Cope Live 1989

Julian Cope shows us he can still pull it off live with a performance in Manchester.

Melody Maker 1989.

Wonderous Fair

Wonderous Fair score a track on the 4ZzZ compilation album State of Emergence so Time Off Magazine gives us a bit of a rundown on the band.


The Star Club

I saw this band live supporting The Johnnys back in the 80s, Japanese punk bands are always good for a bit of fun, although this reviewer didn't think so.

Still going after all these years. I tracked down a couple of sites for them here and here.


Old 4ZzZ Radio Spots

Here's a few old 4ZzZ radio spots from the early 80s for your enjoyment.
Thanks to Sean for these.

Get them here

Vi Subversa

1985 sees Vi Subversa turn 50 and The Poison Girls Release a new LP.

4ZzZ Postcards

A bit of Brisbane radio history with some old 4ZzZ Postcards from the mid 80s.