Friday, March 9, 2012

CHOIRBOYS..Never Gonna...Stop Rockin

One of the backbones of Aussie rock....The Choirboys, I saw them a couple of times prior to the "Run to Paradise" success, they are one hell of a good band in any version, saw them support Bon Jovi on the Slippery when Wet tour at the Sydney Ent Cent...they only had a half hour or so, but they got over BIG time

The band itself was formed on the Northern Beaches area of Sydney as a hard rock pub band in the midst of 1979... Original members were Brad Carr on lead guitar, Mark Gable on vocals, Ian Hulme on bass guitar and Lindsay Tebbutt on drums


In 1983, after one of their demos was sent to Albert Productions record producer George Young (older brother of Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC) the band was signed to Albert Records. Jim Manzie produced their self-titled debut album, Choirboys, which was released in July.

 The first single, "Never Gonna Die," came out in August and reached No. 30 and it was an absolute ball tearer . The Guru, Molly Melldrum claimed the album was "destined to become an Aussie classic"...AND HE WASNT FAR WRONG...(as usual)

They toured as support to The Angels and Rose Tattoo and then Cold Chisel invited The Choirboys to support them on their Last Stand Tour. however in November, Gable's vocal cords had ruptured and they were unable to join that tour—they spent 1984 and 1985 in hiatus waiting for him to recover.

They recorded their second and biggest selling album, Big Bad Noise with producers Peter Blyton (The Radiators, Machinations) and Brian McGee (The Rolling Stones,
Cyndi Lauper). The next single "Run to Paradise" reached No. 3 in October and was the 11th highest selling single of the eighties in Australia. Released in the United States, it appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No. 33 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1989.[Big Bad Noise peaked at No. 5 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart in April 1988 and went double platinum. It was ranked No. 21 for the year in Australia.Other singles from the album included "Boys Will Be Boys" and "Struggle Town" reaching No. 14 and No. 34 respectively.

It was at this point after Big bad noise that they sorta dropped off my gigs to see list, dunno why, just didnt see them much after that....did see them on the Countdown Tour, Gable was in fine voice and had Acer Arena at Sydney Olympic Park singing along loud and long.

I have been accused of living in the past whenit comes to my selection of music, but I still think the first two albums are the best

Brad Carr – lead guitar (1979–1987)
Mark Gable – lead vocals, guitar (1979–present)
Ian Hulme – bass guitar, backing vocals (1979–present)
Lindsay Tebbutt – drums (1979–1992-2010–present)
Brett Williams – lead guitar (1987–1992, 2010–present)
Bob Spencer – guitar (1992–2004)
Brad Heaney – drums (1993–1994)
Steve Williams – guitar (1993–1995)
Barton Price – drums (1994–1996)
Richard Lara – guitar (1995–1999)
Tony Le Rhodes – drums (1996–1997)
Richard Coleman – drums (1997–2003)
Johnny Ghiselli – guitar (2002–2003)
Rohan Cannon – guitar (2007)
Paul Wheeler – drums, backing vocals (2003–2009)

Mick O'Shea - drums/backing vocals (2009-2011)

Studio albums
    Choirboys (8 August 1983) AUS No. 26
    Big Bad Noise (11 April 1988) AUS No. 5
    Midnight Sun (26 May 1991) AUS No. 30
    Dancin on the Grave of Rock n' Roll (1994)
    Yo-Yo (1996)
    Evolver (2004)
    Big Bad and Acoustic (2006)
    So Easy (2007)
    Dead Drunk Live Hangovers (1991)- LIVE

Never Gonna..STOP ROCKIN


  1. Is there any chance of a more current link for download? It would be great to hear that first album again.
    Oz, Perth

    1. G'day mate...gave the whole blogaroo, added a couple of vids, generally gave it a fresh coat of paint ...enjoy