| ||Original line-up: Phil Rose (vocals; ex-Slush Puppies), David Dixon (guitar, backing vocals), Caine Knight (lead guitar), Paddy Chong (bass), Russell Hopkinson (drums; ex-Vicious Circle, Bamboos, Kryptonics, Cremator)|
| ||Nursery Crimes albums: No Time for that Crime (mini-album, Au-go-go, 1990), What Do You Know (Anyway)? (European compilation, Normal, 1991), Fun Hurts (Survival, 1992); Shreen album: Accelerate (Hypnotized/Shock, 1995).|
Melbourne band Nursery Crimes grew out of the same inner-city scene that spawned the likes of Hoss, The Meanies, The Guttersnipes, The Seminal Rats and The Slush Puppies. The Nursery Crimes' sound was built around melodic yet crunching guitar riffs, frenetic arrangements, rapid fire lead vocals and sweet harmonies. The band's antecedents in the melodic hardcore power pop stakes included The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, Bad Religion and Sydney's own funaddicts, The Hard-Ons.
Phil Rose fronted The Slush Puppies, which comprised Mick Weber (guitar) and Todd McNeair (drums; both from The Seminal Rats) and Shane Grubb (bass). Melbourne independent label Au-go-go issued The Slush Puppies' debut single, `You're So Perfect'/`I Don't Like Anybody', in December 1988. Not long after the single's release, Rose broke up The Slush Puppies and formed Nursery Crimes. Au-go-go also issued Nursery Crimes' debut single, `All Torn Up Inside'/`What Do You Know (Anyway)?' and mini-album No Time for that Crime in late 1990. By the time the mini-album came out Davage Thomas had replaced Paddy Chong on bass. Chong later joined The Fuck Fucks.
Nursery Crimes signed to the Survival label and issued a new single, a cover of The Beatles' `Eleanor Rigby'/`Eleven Hours a Day' (April 1991). By the time that came out, James Mason had replaced Caine Knight on lead guitar. Later in the year, Survival reissued the `Eleanor Rigby' single on CD and added one extra studio cut and two live songs. Nursery Crimes rounded out 1991 with the release of the four-track CD EP `Marked by Time' which was taken from the band's amphetamine-charged, full-length debut album Fun Hurts (May 1992). Nursery Crimes contributed a track to rooArt's Australian grunge-pop compilation Crack in the Sun or Fade in the Shade (November 1992) alongside the likes of You Am I, Guttersnipes, Screamfeeder, Massappeal, The Meanies, Tumbleweed and Headache. At the end of 1992, James McInnes replaced Mason on lead guitar and Chris Latham replaced Russell Hopkinson, who went on to join You Am I. Nursery Crimes 1993 release was the CD EP Something's Wrong with Our Heroes (August). With its release, the band undertook the Ticket to Riot national tour with fellow Melbourne act The Fireballs.
Nursery Crimes broke up in early 1994, but Rose and McInnes swiftly re-surfaced in Shreen. Scott MacArthur (bass) and James Lynch (drums; ex-Soulscraper) completed the Shreen line-up. Like Nursery Crimes, Shreen's sound combined melodic pop hooks, incisive guitar riffs, tight harmonies and rapid tempos. David Dixon joined Shreen at the end of 1995. The band issued one album, Accelerate, in November 1995 (recorded before Dixon joined), and one CD single, `Jesus Machine' (July 1996), on the Hypnotized label before falling apart.