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Brian Mannix

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

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

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


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


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.

Paul Gray


Paul Gray of Wa Wa Nee signed with CBS Records in 1985. Wa Wa Nee had four singles in the Australian Top 40 from their debut album release of the same name. They included Stimulation, which reached No 2 nationally in Australia in 1986, I Could Make You Love Me, reaching the Top 5 in the same year and both One And One (Ain't I Good Enough) and Sugar Free making the Top 20. Sugar Free also reached the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 and the band's self-titled debut album went Platinum in Australia. Paul is an accomplished musician and MD to the likes of the Countdown Spectacular 2, Marcia Hines and Human Nature.


EVE & ALLY - Chantoozies

Eve Von Bibra and Ally Fowler 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

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

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


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!


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