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Encyclopedia entry for 'Choirboys' LETTER:

Formed in 1979
StyleHard rock
 Original line-up: Mark Gable (vocals, guitar), Brad Carr (lead guitar), Ian Hulme (bass), Lindsay Tebutt (drums)
 Albums: Choirboys (Albert/EMI, 1983), Big Bad Noise (Mushroom/Festival, 1988), Midnight Sun (Mushroom/Festival, 1991), Decade 1983-1993 (Mushroom/Festival, 1993), Dancing on the Grave of Rock'n'Roll (Camouflage, 1994), Yo-Yo (Camouflage/TWA, 1996).

History
Sydney band Choirboys was the archetypal hard-rocking pub outfit of the early 1980s. No doubt due to the band's close affinity with the AC/DC and Rose Tattoo style of guitar noise, the Albert label signed the band in 1983.

Choirboys issued the album Choirboys (July 1983; #19 in October) and three singles on Albert: `Never Gonna Die'/`Bullshit' (#30 in August), `Talk Big' (September) and `Boys in the Band'/`Bought and Paid for' (November). With the release of the album, the band toured as support to The Angels and Rose Tattoo. Choirboys had also been picked to support Cold Chisel on its historic Last Stand tour at the end of 1983, but because Gable had ruptured his vocal chords, which rendered him speechless, the band had to bow out. Gable's affliction prevented the band from touring and recording for most of 1984 and 1985.

The band bounced back in 1986 with a new record deal on Mushroom. `Fireworks'/`We Can Dance' (May 1986) was the band's Mushroom debut. Brett Williams (ex-Brakes) replaced Brad Carr and Choirboys supported Bon Jovi on the American band's 1987 Australian tour. The Peter Blyton/Brian McGee (Rolling Stones, Cyndi Lauper) produced Big Bad Noise album peaked at #2 in April 1988 and went on to sell over 100 000 copies. It yielded the hit singles `Run to Paradise'/`Struck by Lightning' (#3 in January 1988), `Boys will Be Boys'/`Last Night of My Life' (#12 in March 1988) and `Struggle Town'/`Let's Prey' (May 1988).

By that stage, however, a number of other bands had come through playing in a similar style, such as Noiseworks, Kings of the Sun and Johnny Diesel and the Injectors. Choirboys were eventually lost in the rush. Midnight Sun and the singles `Place with No Love', `Rendezvous'/`Sweet Seduction' and `All Night' followed. Brad Heaney (drums; ex-Screaming Jets) and Steve Williams (guitar; ex-Wa Wa Nee) joined in 1993. Barton Price (ex-Models, Lost Angels) replaced Heaney in 1994 and Choirboys issued the album Dancing on the Grave of Rock'n'Roll and single `Drops Like a Stone' (May 1995).

By 1996 the line-up was Gable, Hulme, Price and Richard Lara (guitar; ex-Screaming Jets). That line-up recorded Yo-Yo in Cologne, Germany with producer Peter Blyton, after which Price left the band. Yo Yo produced the CD single `Solo' (December 1996). Choirboys ended the year as support act to US hard rock legends Cheap Trick on that band's Australian tour.



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

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