Artist: Wicked Title: Out on Bail Year: 1989 Genre: Hard Rock, Glam-Sleaze
Category: 5 Track Demo / EP Format: Cassette Label: – Catalog No: – Comments: J-Card Packaging Collectors Status: Very Rare Estimated Value: ~$40+AUD
Track List – Side A 01. Sweet Talk
Track List – Side B 01. Young & Crazy
02. Love Poison
03. Dining at the Y
Line-Up Darren (Ace) Jonson • Lead Vocals
Tris Black • Lead Guitar
Brian (Grunt) McLean • Bass Guitar
Lindsay Jones • Drums
• Recorded May 1989 at Sound Barrier Studio, Sydney, Australia
• Produced by John Hresc & Wicked
• Engineered by John Hresc
• Photography & Sleeve Layout: Calvin’s Studio, Sydney
• Management: Hot Rock Management
While I’ve got the cassette case out, here’s another obscure Aussie hard rock gem. This time from Wicked – a four piece band from Sydney who released this five track demo / EP titled ‘Out on Bail’ in 1989.
As with many of the independent Aussie hard rock tapes of this era, details are minimal and apart from those listed on the J-Card there seems to be little else out there.
Musically (if the band photo hasn’t given it away) this is hard rock, typical of that which was being produced out of L.A. in 1989. ‘Sweet Talk’ is my pick of the bunch though all tracks here are quite strong and really make you wonder why Wicked didn’t leave us with more.
As always, any more information about the band would be greatly appreciated.
Artist: Black Rose Title: Fast Times at Black Rose High Year: 1996 Genre: Hard Rock, Glam/Sleaze, Punk
Category: 6 Track EP Format: Compact Disc Label: Stark Raven Records Catalog No: SRR 001 CD Matrix: IFPI L282 – MADE BY PMI * DCD0818 * #01 Comments: – Collectors Status: Very Rare Estimated Value: ~$25 – $50 AUD
Track List 01. Fast Times at Black Rose High 02. Fuck Off Back to Byron Bay 03. Tell the Chicks I do Surf 04. Sweet and Sour 05. I Drive a Holden (My Ones a Brown One) 06. Rosso Live at the Dubbo RSL
Not to be confused with a Sydney band of the same name, Melbourne hard rockers Black Rose released an EP titled ‘Fast Times at Black Rose High‘ in 1996. According to details on the CD inserts, the band “formed as a joke” in 1994 and were lucky enough to record this EP in an L.A. studio with the help of producers Daryl Hall & John Oates (!). I strongly suspect those last few pieces of information are also a joke and are characteristic of the jovial lyrics and attitudes of the band members on this EP – including comedian Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross, best known for his role as a radio host on Nova 96.9 FM.
Musically this is tongue-in-cheek hard rock with glam-sleaze and punk influences. There are links to a number of other Melbourne bands including The Bowers, Rocket Science and The City Lights, all featuring Kit Warhurst; as well as Manic Suede featuring Kit Warhurst and David Lord. And finally there is Dashboard featuring Andre Warhurst (brother of Kit) and David Lord. In case you were wondering, Kit and Andre are brothers of former Triple J radio station host / Spicks and Specks team captain, Myf Warhurst. In fact Kit is also known for his part in the Spicks and Specks touring band – The Specktors.
Overall this may not be for everyone – but it’s good fun Aussie rock and you can’t argue with that. A pretty rare CD that I have only ever come across once. Any more information regarding Black Rose would be most welcome.
Artist: Shotgun Alley Title: Growing Menace Year: 1993 Genre: Hard Rock, Glam/Sleaze
Category: 6 Track EP Format: Compact Disc Label: Solid Music Catalog No: SA 001 CD Matrix: – Comments: Digipak Collectors Status: Rare Estimated Value: ~$25 – $50 AUD
Track List 01. White Flame 02. Soul Resurrection 03. Yesterday’s Gone 04. When the Beat Comes Knocking 05. One More Night 06. You’re Mine
Line-Up & Album Credits
Mark Cinque (v)
Tony Wilson (g)
Andrew Dunstan (b)
Chris Burke (d)
Melbourne hard rock band Shotgun Alley formed in 1990 and it was during this year that the band played to a lively crowd of 4000 people in support of Jimmy Barnes at Bendigo Basketball Stadium. However it was not until 1993 that this debut six track EP titled ‘Growing Menace‘ was released, followed by a CD single featuring ‘Because I Love You‘ in 1994. There seems to be little other information out there about Shotgun Alley, although some of the band members were involved in other projects which might be of interest. In particular, band drummer Chris Burke has played with a host of Aussie hard rock bands over the years including Phase, Redback (also featuring Spider), Lix and Kill Johnny.Redback released a hard to find 7″ single titled ‘Goodtime Girl‘ in 1988 (Thanks to Andrew S. for this piece of information). Another project which can be linked to Shotgun Alley is Melbourne commercial / hard rock band Wood N Dogs which featured guitarist Tony Wilson. Wood N Dogs released a CD single titled ‘Same Old Story‘ in 1995.
Image (above): Wood N Dogs – Early promotional photo
Image (above): Wood N Dogs – Same Old Story CD Single