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Encyclopedia entry for 'Maurice Frawley and the Working Class Ringos' LETTER:

Formed in 1993
StyleCountry, blues
 Original line-up: Maurice Frawley (guitar, vocals; ex-Japanese Comix, Paul Kelly and the Dots, Olympic Sideburns), David Sanford (sax, piano, vocals), Charlie Owen (guitar; ex-New Christs), Spencer P. Jones (guitar; ex-Johnnys, Beasts of Bourbon), Shane Walsh (double bass; ex-Honeymoon in Green), Des Hefner (drums; ex-Marching Girls, Slaughtermen)
 Album: Livin' Lazy (Id/Mercury, 1995).

History
Singer/guitarist Frawley was involved in the Melbourne pub circuit for many years as a member of Japanese Comix (1979�), Paul Kelly and the Dots (1980�), Olympic Sideburns (1983�) and The Working Class Ringos.

Japanese Comix comprised Frawley, Shane Day (vocals; ex-Cruisers, High Rise Bombers), James Williams (guitar; ex-High Rise Bombers), Chris Jobson (bass) and Greg Simpkins (drums). The band played the late-1970s Carlton pub scene alongside the likes of Paul Kelly and the Dots, Wrecked Jets and Cuban Heels. The band's brand of power pop was heard on the four-track, 7-inch EP Japanese Comix which came out on the Mambo label in 1980. Michael Barclay replaced Simpkins that same year, but the band broke up not long after. Barclay later played with The Runners and Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls.

In 1990 Frawley formed Maurice Frawley's Big City Burnout with Jack Abeyratne (guitar), Nigel Hartford (bass; ex-White Cross), David Sanford (sax, piano, vocals) and Paul Wall (drums). Frawley's next venture was country-blues band Maurice Frawley and the Working Class Ringos. As well as the above line-up, guest players included Rosie Westbrooke (double bass) and Sean Kelly (bass). The Ringos issued the CD EP Woop Woop in 1994. Tony Cohen produced the band's debut full-length album Livin' Lazy (May 1995). Among a host of strong original tunes, it featured a cover of The Rolling Stones' `Sweet Black Angel'.



Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
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