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Encyclopedia entry for 'The Bleeding Hearts' LETTER:

Formed in 1976
StylePub rock
 Original line-up: Martin Armiger (guitar, vocals; ex-Toads), Eric Gradman (violin, vocals; ex-Sharks, Toads), Chris Worral (guitar; ex-Pelaco Brothers, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band), Laurie Tunnecliffe (bass), Huk Treloar (drums; ex-Pantha)
 Album: What Happened! (Missing Link, 1978).

History
Between 1976 and 1977, The Bleeding Hearts were at the forefront of a thriving Melbourne pub rock scene that included the early Sports, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, Gulliver's Travels, Mondo Rock, Stiletto, Redhouse and Millionaires.

In early 1977, Rick Grossman replaced Tunnecliffe on bass and Keith Shadwick (ex-Sun, Uncle Bob's Band) joined on sax and backing vocals. Following a national tour support to American singer Country Joe McDonald during April 1977, Chris Worral left the band. He went on to join Stiletto and Paul Kelly and the Dots. The Bleeding Hearts attracted a good deal of attention, but were unable to fulfil their early promise before breaking up in August 1977. The limited edition album What Happened! and single `Hit Single'/`Boys' came out a year later. The album featured one side of rough studio demos and one side of live material. (The EMI Custom single `Can't Let You Go'/`Out on the Streets Again' that came out in 1981 was by an unrelated Bleeding Hearts.)

Armiger joined Flying Tackle and High Rose Bombers, before replacing Ed Bates in The Sports during 1978. Treloar joined The Little Heroes and The Hot Club, and Grossman joined Parachute. Gradman produced recordings for a couple of Melbourne punk/new wave bands, including The Negatives, Two Way Garden and Kikx. In November 1978, he and Grossman formed Eric Gradman: Man & Machine with Mick Holmes (guitar; ex-Negatives), Robert Kretschmer (guitar; ex-Spare Change, Parachute) and Graeme Perry (drums; ex-Spare Change, Parachute).

Eric Gradman: Man & Machine became one of the leading lights on the late 1970s Melbourne independent scene, although the band collapsed as quickly as it rose to prominence. The band's only recordings were the `Crime of Passion' 12-inch EP and one side of a gig giveaway single `The Bath' shared with Tch Tch Tch. The band broke up at the start of 1980. Gradman went on to form Eric Gradman's Enjoy, Sound of Music, Funkanation and The Ugly Sisters. Journeyman bassist Grossman went to Matt Finish, Divinyls, Hoodoo Gurus and Ghostwriters. Holmes joined The Zimmermen and Dirt. Kretschmer became an integral part of the 1980s line-up of Icehouse.



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

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