Presenting one of my personal highlights of 80s music in Orstralya...the mighty Uncanny X Men
EVERYBODY WANTS TO WORK
saw them a time or two when Mannix was at full roar, including Narara 83 and the Countdown Reunion tour in 2000 and some such
Uncanny X-Men got together in Melbourne in 1981, and temporarily disbanded in 1987. They are fronted by lead singer Brian Mannix and originally included Chuck Hargreaves on guitar, Steve Harrison on bass guitar, Nick Matandos on drums and Ron Thiessen on guitar. John Kirk replaced Harrison and Craig Waugh replaced Matandos by 1984.
HOW DO YOU GET YOUR KICKS
The band's debut album, 'Cos Life Hurts, peaked at No. 3 on the Australian Kent Music Report in 1985, and included their highest charting single "50 Years" which reached No. 6 on the singles chart.
DON'T WAKE ME
Thiessen left to be replaced temporarily by Joey Amenta on guitar and more permanently by Brett Kingman.
Their second album, What You Give is What You Get, was released in October 1986 and peaked at No. 19, it included the Top 20 hit single "I Am". After disbanding in 1987 there was a brief reunion during 1998.
In March 2011, the band played three gigs with Tim Rosewarne (guest keyboards); The Chelsea Heights Hotel (17 March 2011), Trak Live Lounge Bar, Toorak Melbourne (18 March 2011) and the V8 Supercar Clipsal 500 event in South Australia (19 March 2011).
A X-MEN DOCO
The band played a new original song, 'Take it from Me', for its encore performance at the Chelsea Heights Hotel.
1985 - 'Cos Life Hurts
1986 - What You Give is What You Get
1984 Beach Party
1983 -How Do You Get Your Kicks?"
"Time Goes So Fast"
1985 - "The Party"
1986 - "I Am"
"Don't Wake Me"
1987 - "Nothing Touches My World"
Chuck Hargreaves – guitar (1981–Current)
Steve Harrison – bass guitar (1981–1983)
Brian Mannix – lead vocals (1981–Current)
Nick Matandos – drums (1981–1983)
Ron Thiessen – guitar (1981–Current)
John Kirk – bass guitar (1983–Current)
Craig Waugh – drums (1983–Current)
Joey Amenta – guitar (1986)
Brett Kingman – guitar (1986–1987)
SO...there you go...get amongst it ...