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Encyclopedia entry for 'Cosmic Psychos' LETTER:

Formed in 1985
StylePunk rock
 Original line-up: Peter Jones (guitar, vocals; ex-Spring Plains), Ross Knight (bass, vocals), Bill Walsh (drums, vocals; ex-Spring Plains)
 Albums: Down on the Farm (Mr Spaceman, 1985), Cosmic Psychos (Mr Spaceman, 1987), Go the Hack (Survival, 1989), Slave to the Crave (Survival, 1990), Blokes You Can Trust (Survival, 1991), Down on the Farm/Cosmic Psychos (reissue, Shagpile/Shock, 1994), Self-Totalled (Shagpile/Shock, 1995), Oh What a Lovely Pie (Shagpile/Shock, 1997).

History
Melbourne band Cosmic Psychos were the self-styled `blokes you can trust'. They looked like the average Joe Blow you would have a beer with at a backyard barbecue, or the motor mechanic down the road. Yet, after 13 years, the Psychos have travelled the world several times over, shared festival stages with Mudhoney, Nirvana, L7, Helmet and Motorhead, released seven albums and garnered international acclaim as grunge pioneers. In 1995, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joined them on stage for a jam. Rock royalty or what?!

On the post-Birthday Party pre-grunge world of inner-city Melbourne circa 1985, Cosmic Psychos combined equal parts Stooges riffs, Ramones tempos, lashings of wah wah guitar, American 1980s hardcore attitude and a healthy dose of yobbo humour. Cosmic Psychos played no-frills, stripped-down punk rock. Between 1982 and 1984, Cosmic Psychos were known as Spring Plains with Steve Morrow (vocals) and Neal Turton-Lane (bass). Spring Plains played an arty kind of punk noise, somewhere between The Birthday Party and a more narcotic sounding Ramones. The band's only recorded legacy was `American Hymn' (included on Au-go-go's 1984 Various Artists compilation Asleep at the Wheel) and a self-financed cassette release.

With the departures of Morrow and Turton-Lane, and the arrival of Ross Knight at the end of 1984, Spring Plains evolved into Cosmic Psychos. The band issued its debut, mini-album Down on the Farm in December 1985. The band's #1 independent single `Lead Me Astray'/`No Money' appeared in October 1987, followed by the full-length, self-titled album in December. The band signed to Survival and issued Go the Hack (December 1989) and the single `Lost Cause'/`Rambo'. The album was also issued in Europe on Normal Records. Al Secher-Jensen (ex-Venom P. Stinger) deputised for the unavailable Ross Knight on a European tour during 1989. Peter Jones left in 1990 and his place was taken by Robbie Watts (ex-I Spit on Your Gravy, Quivering Quims). Jones went on to join Sydney band Enter the Vortex. Cosmic Psychos' sound altered very little with the new addition, as the albums Slave to the Crave (November 1990) and Blokes You Can Trust (produced by American Butch Vig, 1991) and the singles `Dead Roo'/`You Can't Come in' (October 1991) and `Back at School'/(L7's) `Shove' (May 1992) showed.

On the May 1993 CD EP Palomino Pizza, Cosmic Psychos paid homage to their Oz Rock forebears by covering Coloured Balls' `G.O.D.', Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs' `Most People I Know (Think that I'm Crazy)' and Buffalo's `Sunrise'. Cosmic Psychos appeared on the national bill of the 1995 Big Day Out tour. The band continued its unique style with the 1995 album Self-Totalled and the CD singles `Neighbours' (August 1994) and `Whip Me' (Unplugged) (June 1996). Following another appearance on the 1997 Big Day Out tour, the band completed a new album, Oh What A Lovely Pie, which came out in August. UK techno band The Prodigy included a cover version of the L7/Cosmic Psychos song `Fuel My Fire' (which LZ adapted from the Psychos' `Lost Cause', and hence the co-writing credit) on its 1997 album The Fat of the Land.



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

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