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Encyclopedia entry for 'The Bamboos' LETTER:

Formed in 1984
StyleSwamp rock
 Original line-up: Craig Hallsworth (guitar, vocals), Roger Russell (guitar), Mark Gelmi (bass), Tony Chiallella (drums)
 Bamboos albums: Rarer than Rocking Horse Shit (Cleopatra, 1986), Born Killer (mini-album, Citadel, 1987); Healers album: Secret Show (Rattlesnake, 1991).

History
Craig Hallsworth formed The Bamboos in the West Australian township of Collie. The Bamboos issued the cassette album Rarer than Rocking Horse Shit in 1986 and toured the eastern states. The Cleopatra label reissued Rarer than Rocking Horse Shit on vinyl. The band's brand of raw guitar trash and country/swamp rock caught the attention of Citadel Records boss John Needham.

In 1986, Shakir Pichler replaced Tony Chiallella on drums and Greg Hitchcock (ex-Go Starts, Grave Robbers) replaced Roger Russell on guitar. Citadel issued the single `Virginia'/`Snuff' (September 1986) and the mini-album Born Killer (May 1987). By the time the mini-album came out, Russell Hopkinson (ex-Vicious Circle) had replaced Pichler on drums. The Bamboos' final single, `With Which to Love Her'/`Winded', came out in October 1987, after which the band split.

Hopkinson played with The Kryptonics in Perth and Nursery Crimes in Melbourne before joining Sydney band You Am I in 1992. Hitchcock was in a variety of bands, including The Stonefish, The Neptunes, The Kryptonics, The New Christs and The Verys before joining You Am I in 1995 as a hired gun. The Neptunes comprised Hitchcock, Jamie Parry (vocals), Rocky Mason (guitar), Rob Findlay (bass) and Ian Chater (drums). They described their music as `psychedelic amphetamine surf groove'. The band issued the mini-album Hydrophobia (1988) and the album Godfish (1991) on the Citadel label.

Hallsworth went on to form The Healers with Tony Vespoli (lead guitar), Jim Butterworth (bass, vocals) and Miles Hitchcock (drums). The Healers played driving rock'n'roll with Johnny Thunders-inspired lead guitar laid over the top. The band issued two 12-inch EPs, `Wildfire' and `Dark Country' (both 1990), plus the album Secret Show on the Rattlesnake label.



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

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