Ok back to Brisbane with the 1976 legends The Survivors.
The Lethal Weapons compilation album which they appeared on
has already been posted here. check it out if you haven't,
its a landmark Lp
These guys capture the freshness and urgency of the time perfectly.
A wonderful band to fly the Brisbane flag on the first punk/new wave
compliation album released in Australia.
The Survivors, a southern suburbs Brisbane band, had a mutual
admiration for 1960s music but originally they named their
band Rat Salad after the B-side of Black Sabbath’s "Paranoid"
single. They changed their name in 1977 to The Survivors still
playing mostly parties or occasionally hiring a hall,
until the Curry Shop venue began supporting local punk acts in
the heart of Brisbane on Sundays.
Whilst known for their energetic versions of other group’s songs,
they managed to release one stamped sleeve seven inch single
on the Real label. The A-side Baby Come Back flirted with 1960s
music but also had a strong stylistic sense of original
New York punk. They encountered condemnation from punk
circles for being to close to Sixties covers music as Jim Dickson
“Criticism was often levelled at the Survivors for their lack of
original material. The band were able to exist in those
punk snobbery times because their energy was equal to anyones
and purely dedicated to the music which transcended the
transient social commitments of the time.
Mushroom Records subsidiary label Suicide Records reissued the
seven inch single and added both songs onto the Lethal Weapons
compilation album in 1978. This was the extent of their output
when they were still in existence. The band broke up in late 1978
but did manage to do shows in Sydney later on. They also
managed an album well after they disbanded in 1988
called Worse than Perfect.
In 1979 Jim Dickson went on to record with Sydney act
The Passengers, whose singer was Angie Pepper later
known for the The Angie Pepper Band and the single
Frozen World. Drummer from The Survivors, Bruce
Anthon, went on to play with numerous other groups
- Bruce Anthon – Drums and Vocals
- Jim Dickson – Bass and Vocals
- Greg Williamson – Guitar and Vocals
Thanks to the now offline Garageland
Password is / radiobirdman
and download the original 7"
baby come back/mister record man
Thanks to Chuck