BRIAN MANNIX - Uncanny Xmen
Featuring the extroverted front man Brian Mannix, the Uncanny X-Men were one of Australia's most popular and outrageous bands of the 80s. Total sales of over a half a million, with hits including the Number 1 smash hit 50 Years and Top 10 hits The Party, Everybody Wants To Work and How Do You Get Your Kicks, as well as a double Platinum selling album Cos Life Hurts. With a massive following, filling the Horden Pavilion (Sydney) and Festival Hall (Melbourne), Uncanny X-Men were one of biggest bands in the 80s. Brian is now enjoying writing and directing projects like Countdown - A Musical Comedy, his acting roles in ABC productions and his various TV appearances. Brian is a natural, not to mention a cheeky, funny man when he hits the stage!!
SCOTT CARNE - Kids in the Kitchen
Scott Carne is the lead singer of Kids in the Kitchen, the 80s "new wave" band that formed in 1984, quickly racing to the top of the charts with their Platinum selling debut album Shine. The album yielded ten Top 10 singles including Change in Mood, Bitter Desire, Current Stand and Something That U Said. Kids in the Kitchen quickly become a house hold name and signed an international deal with Madonna’s management and a USA record contract with Warner Brothers/Sire Records. The second LP Terrain was released in 1986 and contained two Top 20 hits Say It and Revolution Love, which saw the Kids touring the world and breaking venue capacity records in Australia! Scott is now an entertainment agent by day and a performer by night, lighting up the stage with his amazing voice and energetic performances!
DALE RYDER - Boom Crash Opera
Dale Ryder, lead singer of Boom Crash Opera, reached No 5 on the ARIA chart with the debut single Great Wall. BCO’s self-titled debut album went Gold and their second album spent more than 12 months in the Top 40, achieving double Platinum sales and featuring the Top 10 single Onion Skin and Top 20 singles Get Out Of The House, Best Thing and Dancing In The Storm. Dale is a full time performer who gets every crowd in the palm of his hand!
SEAN KELLY - Models
Sean Kelly of the Models is a pioneer of post-punk and new wave in 1980s Australia. Models reaped several top ten hits including I Hear Motion, Big On Love, Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight, Barbados and many more. The Models, with their unique song writing ability and singing style, recorded eight chart topping albums and over 30 singles, including a Top 10 in the USA with Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight. Models sold over 1 million records worldwide and were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2010. Sean’s performance (along with Brian Mannix) at the AFL Grand Final in 2006 brought the house down and was broadcast to all of Australia. Sean was a frequent guest on SBS's Rockwiz and ABC's Spicks & Specks ... a great entertainer and charismatic showmen!
DAVID STERRY - Real Life
David Sterry, lead singer from Melbourne-based new wave band Real Life, had hits with their debut single Send Me an Angel (1983) and with Catch Me, I'm Falling (1984), both of which were featured on the band's debut album Heartland. The song Send Me An Angel was a massive international hit - No 1 in Germany and Top 5 in the USA. Real Life also had hits with Face To Face, Let's Fall in Love, God Tonight and Kiss The Ground. Dave still travels the world performing his hits with other 80s reunion shows and with acts such as Flock of Seagulls and Duran Duran.
EVE, ALLY & TOTTIE - Chantoozies
Eve Von Bibra, Ally Fowler and Tottie Goldsmith sang for the Chantoozies, one of Australia's hottest acts. An eight piece band (four boys/four girls) comprising of soap-star actors, they released several chart topping singles and two albums. They had Top 10 hits nationally with Witch Queen, Wanna Be Up and He's Gonna Step On You Again. They toured Australia many times, appearing on every imaginable entertainment program - the Chantoozies sold over 300,000 records. Ally, Eve and Tottie have all been busy acting in well know productions including Kenny, Neighbours and Stingers just name a few! When the girls hit the stage they put a smile on everyone face...
FRED LONERAGAN - Machinations
Fred Loneragan fronted Sydney's Machinations, one of Australia’s hottest dance bands. Their debut single Pressure Sway reached No 2 on the national ARIA charts. Their first album Esteem went Gold and they released 7 top charting singles and 4 albums. Songs included the Top 10 national hits No Say In It and Do To You. Machinations toured Australia many times, appearing on every imaginable entertainment program and sold over 200,000 records in Australia. They also had a USA Number 1 dance hit with Pressure Sway, a song which was also used on the USA soundtrack for the classic comedy Ruthless People. In all over six Top 20 hits nationally!
GRACE KNIGHT - Eurogliders
In 1984, Grace Knight and Eurogliders released an Australian top ten album, This Island, which spawned their #2 hit single Heaven (Must Be There) in Australia. Heaven also peaked at #21 in the United States, Billboard mainstream rock charts. Another Australian top ten album, Absolutely, followed for Eurogliders in 1985 and provided three further local top ten singles, We Will Together, The City of Soul and Can't Wait to See You.
Paul Norton released his debut single Stuck On You in 1986 - it reached Top 10 nationally and received massive airplay all around Australia. Follow-up single Under A Southern Sky also received Top 20 status. A talented solo performer and former band member of The Runners, Paul puts on a rocking performance!
Ross Wilson’s Mondo Rock, with their punchy, sleek and seductive pop-rock sound, were a mainstay on the Australian charts throughout the 80s. They had top 10 hits with State of the Heart, Cool World, Chemistry and Come Said The Boy. Ross is an exciting and charming performer, guaranteed to get you dancing!
Choirboys, the hard rock and pub rock band from Sydney, formed in 1979 with Mark Gable on lead vocals. Their massive Aussie Rock anthem, Run to Paradise, reached No. 3 on the Australian Charts. Their other hits include Boys Will Be Boys and Never Gonna Die. Mark’s powerful vocals makes him a mesmerising performer on stage!
Alex Smith was the front man of Moving Pictures, an Australian rock music band formed in 1978. Their debut album, Days of Innocence, peaked at No. 1 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart in 1982. The same year, they released the charting singles Bustin’ Loose and What About Me, which also reached No. 1. Their second album, Matinee, featured the charting singles Back to the Streets, Where They Belong and Back To The Blues And Booze.
Steve Kilbey and The Church achieved international success with their 80s hit Under The Milky Way. They also had a cult following on the pub rock scene with Almost With You and Unguarded Moment. Their music has been described as neo-psychedelia to indie rock and even dream pop. Steve Kilbey performs the hits of The Church, and joins the other stars on stage for the finale.
Deborah Conway was a founding member of the 1980s rock band Do-Ré-Mi whose hit Man Overboard quickly raced up the ‘80s charts. Debra was a rare female champion in the often male dominated scene during the 1980s. Debra also enjoyed a solo career, with a top 20 hit It's Only the Beginning in 1991, from the album String of Pearls which also peaked in the top 20.
Shane Howard is the front-man of Goanna whose hit Solid Rock in 1982 was an Australian music anthem during and beyond the 1980s. Goanna integrated social themes into their music, at a time when the youth were becoming increasingly more politically aware. Their debut album Spirit of Place peaked at number 2 on the album charts.
“Continental" Robert Susz formed the The Dynamic Hepnotics in Sydney in 1979. An Australian soul, blues and funk band, they had chart success with a top 5 single, Soul Kind Of Feeling in 1984. It was followed by Gotta Be Wrong (Way to Love) which reached the top 20 in 1985. Their album Take You Higher reached the top 20 on the albums chart in June that year. In 1986, Soul Kind of Feeling won the APRA Music Award for 'Most Performed Australasian Popular Work'.
Swanee is a legend of the Australian music scene with one of the best rock n’ roll voices in the country. He had massive success with If I Were A Carpenter and Lady What’s Your Name. Fronting the Party Boys, their album went to No 1, with singles He’s Gonna Step On You Again, Hold Your Head Up and Gloria. Today Swanee continues to wow audiences with his wide and diverse vocal styles.
Erik Weideman was the lead singer of 1927. Their major hits were If I Could, Compulsory Hero and That's When I Think Of You. Their album Ish was one of the most successful Australian debut albums of the 80s, with five times Platinum status and sales of more than 400,000. Recently, Erik has been playing sold out shows with his 1927 album anniversary tour.
DJ MOLLY MELDRUM
DJ Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum (Melbourne) - Molly loves appearing at Absolutely 80s shows, he’s a huge supporter and it reminds him of the good old days! Molly chooses his favourite hits and fans really love getting up close to this legend of the Australian music scene!
DJ/MC Maynard (Sydney) - Maynard was synonymous with youth culture in the 80s, as he brought Triple J to national prominence. Maynard’s quirky, energetic presenting style makes him the perfect MC/DJ for Absolutely 80s shows.
DJ JASON BUCHANAN
DJ Jason Buchannan (Melbourne) – A highly experienced 80s club DJ, Jason covers all the big club dance floor fillers from artists such as Madonna and Prince, to obscure 80s bands and one hit wonders. With a rare 12-inch record collection, Jason always gets the crowd in to the 80s groove.
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