From the Slaughtermen via Mark Ferrie we come to the
Sacred Cowboys.If you are a regular viewer of the SBS series
Rockwiz you may now the bass player for the rockwiz orchestra
is Mark Ferrie.
Mark also best known as the Models bass player, played in the
Slaughtermen and this band the Sacred Cowboys.
The Sacred Cowboys' frontman is Garry Gray
(lead singer/lyricist), who as a member of the
'Negatives' ('77/'79) and the 'Reals'
('75/'76) was a pioneer of indie music in Melbourne.
He was a founding member of the 'Sacred Cowboys' in 1982.
Gray reformed the 'Sacred Cowboys' in 2006 with a stellar
line up which includes: Spencer P Jones (guitar);
Penny Ikinger (guitar); Nick Reishbeth (bass);
Stephan Fidock (drums); and special guest on keyboards
for the August 2006 shows, Ash Wednesday (keyboards).
Founding 1982 members include Johnny Crash (drums) and
Mark Ferrie (bass) who were both previously members of
Melbourne pop band the Models; Terry Doolan (guitar);
Andrew Picouleau (bass); and Ian Forrest (keyboards).
Nick Reishbeth joined the group in 1983.
In 1987 Stephan Fidock joined on drums.
The 'Sacred Cowboys' began playing inner city Melbourne
in early 1982. Gray thought of the name after viewing an
episode of Get Smart with Mark Ferrie, from the episode
where the Groovy Guru and his band the Sacred Cows set
out to subvert America's youth with prycadellic music.
Within six months, the 'Cowboys' signed with
Mushroom/White Label and recorded the 'Nothing Grows In Texas'
single. After their so-called 'legendary performance'
on Molly Meldrum's Countdown pop TV show on the ABC,
Molly said, "This is the worst group I've seen in 5 years."
This set the tone for their long career as one of Australia's
seminal alternative groups.
Between '82 and '85 the Cowboys relesed 2 singles, 'Texas' and
'Bangkok', a self-titled EP on the White Label, their first
self-titled album on French Label, New Rose, and the
live/basement tapes 'We Love You' album on ManMade.
01 - Nothing Grows In Texas
02 - Twisted Nerve
03 - Bankok
04 - Slow Kill
05 - Is Nothing Sacred
06 - Strip Cell
07 - The Absolute
08 - Pay For It In The Next Life
09 - Limbo Jig
10 - Nailed To The Cross