In July 1979, Mike Rudd changed Ariel's name to Mike Rudd and the Heaters. The band played a mix of pub rock and pop and was popular on the Melbourne scene. The band signed to Mushroom Records and issued its debut single here for you to download, `"Australian Girl" b/w "Talking to the TV" (K7780). In June 1980, The Heaters line-up became Mike Rudd, Bill Putt, Tony Fossey and Robert Dillon. The band's debut album, The Unrealist, produced three singles. The records were not successful and The Heaters broke up in June 1982. The single was produced by Howard Gable & Ross Cockle.