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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Post 666 - The Johnnys Collection

The Johnnys formed in 1982 in Sydney when bass guitarist Graham Hood tried out for the Hoodoo Gurus after quitting the Allniters. He met Hoodoo Gurus' guitarist Roddy Ray’da and they discussed an idea for a side project: playing pub rock in a country music style at a punk pace—which was labelled as cow punk. Ray'da left Hoodoo Gurus and, as a lead vocalist and guitarist with Hood and drummer Billy Pommer Jr, founded The Johnnys.  The Johnnys performed its first concert at Palms disco on Oxford St, Taylors St, Darlinghurst Sydney in November 1982, New Zealand-born Spencer P. Jones joined on guitar and backing vocals. The four-piece released "I Think You're Cute" in October on Regular Records, Ray'da left the group in early 1984 and formed Love Rodeo. Jones took on lead vocals and the band signed with the Green Label to release "My Buzzsaw Baby (Really Cut Me Up)" and an extended play.  In 1985, the band had signed with Mushroom Records which released their single, "Injun Joe" in November. "(There's Gonna Be a) Showdown" followed in March 1986 and then "Bleeding Heart” in June. Their debut album “Highlights of Dangerous Life” appeared in August and was produced by Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool and contained the three singles. Two non-album singles followed in 1987. Wilson produced their second album, Grown Up Wrong, released in August 1988 which included two further singles, "Motorbikin” and "Anything Could Happen".  Michael Armiger replaced Hood on bass guitar. The band broke up in 1989 with Jones continuing in his side-project “Beasts of Bourbon”. Here for you to download are all the singles from 1983/1988. Including the live single “The Way Of The West” that was only sold at their concerts. I also thought it interesting that the B side of “I Think You’re Cute,” “Mountain Man” and the B side of “My Buzzsaw Baby”, “Slip Slap Fishin’” are completely different then the versions that appear on the first LP “Highlights Of A Dangerous Life”.  As a bonus I’ve added the song “Johnny Was A Bad Man” from the various album “Sound Of Sydney” it has never appeared on any of their LP’s or singles.Flac 


Anonymous said...

What a fantastic collection of A sides & B Sides from the Johnnys. A fantastic band who had great songs with a good dose of humour. Thanks for making this amazing Collection Ozzie.PS Loved the Eighty Eights Compilation as well. Is it possible to do a Ward 13 or Outline one someday?

AussieRock said...

Thanks for introducing me to The Johnnys mate

I'd heard the band name before, but never investigated until now - what I nice surprise.

Keep up the great work with the terrific posts

Tony Francis said...

Hey there brother

Thanks for this one - very much enjoyed it on a drive down to Melbourne on the weekend. Not so sure my fellow motorists were quite so enthused with my loud renditions of "I Think You're Cute" and "Slip Slap Fishin'" though :-)