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Encyclopedia entry for 'Headband' LETTER:

Formed in 1971
StyleProgressive rock
 Original line-up: Mauri Berg (guitar, harmonica, vocals; ex-Silhouettes, Ides of March, Resurrection, W.G. Berg, War Machine), Peter Beagley (keyboards; ex-Johnny Mac and the Macmen, Peter Beagley Trio, Boz), Chris Bailey (bass, vocals; ex-Red Angel Panic), Joff Bateman (drums, vocals; ex-Resurrection, W.G. Berg, War Machine)
 Album: A Song for Tooley (Polydor, 1973).

History
Adelaide progressive/blues rock group Headband comprised a bunch of experienced musicians. Finnish-born Mauri Berg had started out playing Shadows material in The Silhouettes. Peter Beagley was a member of Adelaide's first rock'n'roll band Johnny Mac and the Macmen. During the 1960s, he played jazz and travelled to the UK where he toured with Boz Burrell (later a member of Bad Company). Beagley returned to Australia and played avant-garde jazz before joining Headband.

Headband played everything from blues and jazz to folk and country. The band's debut single for RCA, `Scratch My Back'/`Musical Man' (1972) featured straight pop, but by the time the band came to record the album A Song for Tooley, the sound was more adventurous. Nevertheless the album (issued September 1973) was erratic, with the material ranging from Uriah Heep-styled heavy rock to psychedelic pop and progressive jazz. It yielded three singles, `Land of Supercars'/`How Much I Miss the Country' (1972), `Country Lady'/`Stay with Me' (1973) and `A Song for Tooley'/`Brand New Morning' (1973). In the early 1990s, A Song for Tooley became something of a collectable progressive rock artefact.

Headband supported The Rolling Stones in Adelaide during the band's February 1973 Australian tour. Headband broke up in 1974. Berg and Bateman later joined a couple of ex-Fraternity members in Mickey Finn. Chris Bailey issued a solo single on RCA, `Sunday Too Far Away'/`Bushranger Song' (March 1975) before joining pub rockers The Angels in January 1977. He later played with the likes of GANGgajang, The Stetsons and the Jimmy Barnes Band. Peter Beagley began to work under the name of Peter Head. He formed ad hoc country rock outfit The Mount Lofty Rangers, which featured many Adelaide rock luminaries such as Bon Scott.

Head produced the rock musical Lofty, and wrote soundtrack music for films like The Nostradamus Kid and Les Patterson Saves the World. He moved to Sydney and issued a series of cassette albums under his own name and ran his own Head Office Records. Head issued a mini-album in 1997, King of the Cross. (Note: this Headband is not to be confused with a New Zealand band from the same period with the same name.)



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

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