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Sunnyboys

Sydney band Sunnyboys remain one of the most highly regarded and best-loved bands of the Australian post-punk era. Fronted by the enigmatic and youthful singer/songwriter and guitarist Jeremy Oxley, the band breathed some freshness and vitality into the Sydney music scene in the early 80s.

Essentially Sunnyboys wore their influences on their sleeve - The Remains, The Flamin' Groovies, The Kinks and The Beatles with a dash of Detroit muscle thrown in for good measure. They produced melodic power pop classics and were rewarded with an immediate positive response.

Between 1980 and 1984 they released their self-titled EP (1980) and 3 albums: "Sunnyboys" (1981), "Individuals" (1982) and "Get Some Fun" (1984).

However, Jeremy Oxley's battle with schizophrenia plagued the band and Sunnyboys announced their break-up in June 1984. Their farewell tour produced the album "Real Live" which was recorded over two nights in Sydney (29th and 30th June).

In 1985, the French label Closer combined The Sunnyboys' first two albums as a double set entitled "Days Are Gone" for the European market.

In late 1987, Jeremy Oxley attempted to revive Sunnyboys with a new line-up. The new band signed a deal with RCA and released an album entitled "Wildcat" (produced by ex-Sherbet keyboard player, Garth Porter). The album failed to convince old Sunnyboys fans and the band broke up again in 1990.

In July 1991, Mushroom released the compilation album "Plays The Best" and the original line-up reunited for a national tour.

Also "Shakin' - Live 1991" (1993, live cd + "Sunnyboys" EP) has been released by Phantom and "This Is Real" (2004, double-CD, Singles/Live/Rare) by Feel Presents.

The band:
Jeremy Oxley - Guitar, vocals
Peter Oxley - Bass
Richard Burgman - Guitar
Bill Bilson - Drums

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Minibikes

Minibikes are a band from Melbourne, Australia. Members of the band are:
<a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Marcel+Borrack" class="bbcode_artist">Marcel Borrack</a> (Guitar and Vocals)
Al Barden (Drums)
Libby Chow (Keyboard and Vocals)
Nathan Farrelly (Bass and Vocals).
Rob Mackenzie is an occasional contributor on guitar. Libby Chow has worked with <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Clare+Bowditch" class="bbcode_artist">Clare Bowditch</a>, as a member of <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Clare+Bowditch+and+The+Feeding+Set" class="bbcode_artist">Clare Bowditch and The Feeding Set</a>, while <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Marcel+Borrack" class="bbcode_artist">Marcel Borrack</a> has released two albums under his own name. Links:
Minibikes website: <a href="http://www.theminibikes.com.au" rel="nofollow">www.theminibikes.com.au</a>

Ratcat

Ratcat were an Australian indie rock band of the late 1980s and early 1990s fronted by Simon Day. Their combination of indie pop songwriting and energetic punk-style guitar won them fans from both the indie and skate-punk communities. Ratcat formed in 1986 in Sydney and were a mainstay of that city's live music scene until they were eventually signed to Waterfront Records where they released a self-titled EP, several singles ("I Think I Love You", "Baby's Got A Gun") and their debut album, This Nightmare in 1989. Another EP, Killing Joke, and another single, "Saying Goodbye" followed.

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statues

There is more than one artist with this name: 1. statues are a power pop outfit from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. They are comprised of Rob Seaton (vocals, guitar), Jeff Houle (drums, vocals) and Mitch Houle (bass, vocals). You can find more information on their MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/statues) or their own website (http://www.statues.ca). 2. Statues is an hardcore/blues/screamo band from Perth, Australia, made up of Mike Dann (vocals), Duncan Wolfe (drums), Scott Kay (guitars) and Matt Templeman (bass).

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Shazam

1- Shazam (not to be confused with band The Shazam) is producer Cameron Parkin from Perth, Western Australia. Getting releases pressed to vinyl since he was 16, his current output is somewhat along the lines of French House and Electro-Funk (in the truest/purest sense of the terminology). 2- Shazam is a German eurodance project produced by Graham Bonney, Andreas Herchenbach and Guido Scheffler.
Shazam released the singles "No Guarantee" and "Baby Baby Baby".

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Even

Even are an Australian indie rock three-piece fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Ashley Naylor, with Matthew Cotter on drums and Wally Kempton (also known as Wally Meanie) on bass and backing vocals. Even formed in Melbourne, Australia in March 1994. History Naylor and Cotter played music together at high school and in indie band The Swarm, before being joined by Kempton on bass . Even played their first gig in 1994 at the Empress of India Hotel in Fitzroy, Victoria and after a number of EP's, the band released their first studio album, "Less is More" in 1996.

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Matt and Kim

Matt & Kim are an alternative punk/dance duo from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2004 by Matt Johnson (guitar/vocals/keyboards) and Kim Schifino (drums/vocals). Their simple, dance style rhythms and energetic performances have gained them a substantial local following and a formidable online presence through social networking and media sites like YouTube and MySpace. The group had sprung from the record label and media group "Iheartcomix", which released their first full-length, self-titled CD in October, 2006.

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Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren is an American singer, songwriter, and producer who started in the 60s with the psychedelic band Nazz in Philadelphia. His solo career started out successfully with such hits as I Saw The Light and Hello It's Me (which was a reworked Nazz tune). He formed a band called Utopia (or Todd Rundgren's Utopia) which concentrated on eccentric progressive epics, while also continuing to release solo albums. His production work started early, with work for Sparks, The New York Dolls, and continued with Meat Loaf, XTC and The Psychedelic Furs, and many others.

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Critics

Critics are a four-piece pop-punk band based in Kiama, New South Wales, Australia. Originally known as The Polaroid People, the band changed their name in 2011 in order to distance themselves for their previous, much poppier sound. Now taking inspiration from some heavier influences, the band are set to release their debut EP within the year.

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