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Encyclopedia entry for 'Bachelors From Prague' LETTER:

Formed in 1985
StyleR&B, jazz, funk
 Original line-up: Henry Maas (vocals; ex-Buddy Lowenstein Big Band), Bruce Haymes (keyboards; ex-Russell Morris and The Rubes, Richard Clapton Band), Chris Minko (trumpet), Andrew Philipp (sax), Jeff Raglus (trumpet; ex-Escalators), Tom Roberts (guitar), Justin Stanford (percussion), George Frimil (bass), Russell Cook (drums)
 Albums: The Energetic Cool (3333/Musicland, 1988), Birth of the Fool (3333/PolyGram, 1990), Live at the Sing Sing (Larrikin, 1989), The Essentials (Mercury, 1990).

History
Melbourne-based Bachelors from Prague came to the public's attention in the mid-1980s playing a stylish and infectious blend of 1940s jazz, 1950s R&B, 1970s funk and salsa. Lead singer Maas had been a member of 1970s cabaret duo The Busby Berkeleys (which originated out of the Pram Factory in Carlton) and The Buddy Lowenstein Big Band. His love of jazz and musical theatre formed the basis for the Bachelors' entertaining style and energetic approach.

Bachelors From Prague established themselves as the band to see while cruising the cafes and clubs of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, inner-city Melbourne. Setting sights further afield, the band issued its debut album, The Energetic Cool (August 1988), on its own 3333 label. The album produced two excellent singles, `Go'/`Even Dishwashers Get the Blues' (July) and `Tightrope'/`The Outsider' (February 1989). Birth of the Fool (March 1990) was preceded by the single `Get Smart'/`Theme for Two Beds' (October 1989). The next album, The Essentials, yielded the double A-sided single `Trouble'/`The Irvin Rockman Affair'. Thiery Fossemalle replaced Frimil on bass in 1991. At the end of the year, the band issued the 12-inch single/CD single `Great!'. The band never achieved widespread commercial success, but always lived up to its audience's high expectations.



Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
under licence from Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd

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