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Encyclopedia entry for 'Buster Brown' LETTER:

Formed in 1973
StyleRock, boogie
 Original line-up: Gary `Angry' Anderson (vocals; ex-Peace Power and Purity), John Moon (guitar), Paul Grant (guitar), Chris Wilson (keyboards), Ian Ryan (bass; ex-Ash, Chook), Phil Rudd (drums)
 Album: Something to Say (Mushroom/Festival, 1974).

History
Alongside Coloured Balls, Melbourne band Buster Brown was one of the most notorious streetlevel/ boogie outfits of its day. Led by the tiny but terrifying Angry Anderson, Buster Brown built up a solid following around the pubs, and among the skinheads on the suburban dance circuit.

Buster Brown played at the 1974 Sunbury Festival and live recordings of `Roll Over Beethoven' and `Buster Brown' appeared on the Various Artists budget album Highlights of Sunbury `74 Part 1 issued on the Mushroom anti-Ripoff label. Geordie Leach replaced orginal bass player Ian Ryan in early 1974. The album Something to Say (January 1975) and the singles `Buster Brown'/`Rock'n'Roll Lady' (July 1974) and `Something to Say'/`Let Me In' (January 1975) did not reflect the band's live strengths. At the end of 1974, the original Buster Brown line-up split, and for the next year line-up changes prevented the band from achieving greater progress. Phil Rudd left to join AC/DC. The next line-up (April to June 1975) comprised Anderson, Wilson, Leach, Dennis Miller (guitar) and Trevor Young (drums; ex-Coloured Balls).

Anderson formed Buster Brown Mark III in July 1975, when he was joined by Billy Miller (guitar, vocals), Dave Springfield (guitar) and Ken Firth (bass; ex-Tully) all from The Ferrets, plus drummer Dallas `Digger' Royal (ex-Band of Talabene). The band finally dissolved in November 1975. Miller, Springfield and Firth reconvened The Ferrets. Anderson attempted to get a band off the ground with guitar legend Lobby Loyde who had produced Something to Say. He then went on to join Rose Tattoo in late 1976.



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

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