Bands

Anomie (1996-1997)
Arrosa (1996-1998)
Azaria Dingo And The Seventh Day Adventists (1980)
Blurred Vision (1998-2000)
Cradle/Grave (1997-1999)
Dawn Patrol (1989-1992)
The Dead Set (2002-2007)
Dropping Honey (1997-2004)
Earl's Court (1966-1970)
Empty Bed (1995-1998)
FUgG (1995-present)
How Machines Work (2003-2005)
Ironhide (2005-2008)
The Kiama Girls' Choir
Man Bites Dog (1987-1994)
The Marksmen (1962-1968)
Mondo Kaine (1969-1973)
The Mutated Noddys (1983-1994)
Mutton (2000-2004)
Nabilone (1994-2009)
Preacher (1990-1994 & 2007-current)
The Proton Energy Pills (1986-1990)
Rev. Black and The Rockin' Vicars (1967-1969)
Shifter (1992-2002)
Stiffler (2000-2006)
Sun (1971-1976)
Svegies Vegie's (1983-1989)
Thumlock (1994-2002)
Ventolin (1997-1998)
The Wanderers (1961-1970)
Zambian Goat Herders (1990-1995)

32 comments:

  1. Please give us more info re Harry Butler the drummer with the original Wanrerers .i believe they won the first Gong award.????

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  2. nodscene where is nodscene

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  3. I don't see in the list, The Tornadoes, a popular long time cover band performing in Illawarra pubs and clubs in the 60's 70's and 80's and still going apparently. http://www.thetornadoes.com.au/

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    1. They recorded a song along time ago.

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    2. The song was "Ghost Riders In The Sky"
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RXW9zP4hNg

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  4. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of bands from the region, rather merely the ones we have thus far been able to cover. It is envisioned that The Tornadoes, Nodscene, and many others will be featured eventually.

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    1. The Shalimars and Esquires were prominent bands during the 60's and 80's.

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  5. Don't forget two really important bands or artists:

    "The N-Lettes" (1977-1979)
    "Miscellaneous Musick" (1979-1981)

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  6. Surfside4 1970 - 1974 Shalimars 1965 - 1980 Esquires 1980 - 1990 Mick Chamberlain,David Scholes, John Henderson.

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  7. Top bands in the early rock n Roll era in the Illawarra.

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  8. Dont forget the Shalimars and Esquires.

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  9. Con and the latin beats

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  10. I would love to have a read up on not only one of the greatest bands from the Gong but also Australia..... Dettol

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    1. Never ever heard of them

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  11. Two other big bands that are not on your list:
    1. The Nightwalkers
    2. Breeze

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  12. I cant understand why one of the most popular bands of the 60's the Tornadoes were not mentioned they held dances at the Wollongong Pioneer hall every Friday and Saturday's and are still going today also another local group called the Coffin Cheaters who were regular guests at the Pioneer hall plus several other rock bands such as the
    Mystic Eyes, West End ect.

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  13. great band shamus cade 1970`s. The trolley boys 1980`s.Soft edge 1970`s .Mango Tango 1990`s.

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  14. Mason was a local band in the 80s and they produced a single record. I did have it at one stage.

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  15. also Tarquin, Kappen Hand, The Sneaky Butchers feat. Steve James, Mangoes Upstairs, Fluid Drive, Scam, Rockin' Twins ( actually a trio ) The Executives feat. Gino Cunico, The Cast, Porcelin ( who used to bring their own rent-a-crowd ) Ron Garbutt and the Premiers, Zodiac, A Far Cry

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  16. also Jim Denley Band, Audium, Rosie G feat. Ray Gunn/ bass, Goldilocks thence Bicycles North ( from Easter Island and Nowra but still rocked )

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  17. What about The Finks? The predecessors of Rev Black and the Rocking Vicars - Tin Pan Alley?

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  18. Do you remember a band called The Matrix?

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  20. What about the band IMAGE (70's) reformed into BREEZE Late 70's and into the 80's). They preformed in most clubs in Illawarra and were resident band of Corrimal RSL, Warilla Bowling club and West's.

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  21. you seem to be relying on people suggesting bands for your list, three years ago I see in some instances, suggest you pull your finger out and get cracking or at best put up an official contribution list, at the moment? very Wollongong.

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  22. Thank you 'Anonymous' for your very helpful contribution. I draw your attention to my comment - yes from 3 years ago: "This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of bands from the region, rather merely the ones we have thus far been able to cover."

    I also draw your attention to the facebook page where most of the nostalgia takes place these days: https://www.facebook.com/groups/steelcitysound/?fref=ts

    I also draw your attention to the Steel City Sound exhibition, book, CD and split 7" series that took up most of my spare time throughout 2013, 14 & 15, diverting my attention away from this little blog.

    Finally, I draw your attention to the many gig-related activities I attend on a weekly basis supporting the current scene, rather than sitting at home reminiscing about the "good old days".

    If you - or indeed anyone else - would like to contribute to this archive, please feel free to contact me at steelcitysound@gmail.com and propose an idea. Please note, however, merely recommending a band name is not sufficient. Pulling these histories together takes hours of interviewing, researching and general pissing about. ROCK N' WOLLONGONG!

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  23. The royal five a band of 3 brothers , one cousin and various singers at any one time.They were at the Fraternity way before the latin beats, had many residencies in various clubs,

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  24. The royal five a band of 3 brothers , one cousin and various singers at any one time.They were at the Fraternity way before the latin beats, had many residencies in various clubs,

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  25. what about HOT ICE and the Ringworms ?? anyone remember them ??

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  26. "Custard Tree" 1968 - 1969 played various venues around the Gong. Quite a few at Pioneer Hall. Blues, Hendrix and covers.

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  27. "Custard Tree" 1968 - 1969 Blues and Hendrix stuff. Played many Gong venues, and surf clubs. Also many Pioneer Hall dates.

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  28. The Finks became Rev Black etc, etc but it was The Finks who were the innovative Wollongong band from 1965 and established their place that allowed them to become the reincarnations they became, as band members and managers changed.

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