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Encyclopedia entry for 'The Bo-Weevils' LETTER:

Formed in 1985
StyleGarage rock
 Original line-up: Ian Hill (vocals, keyboards, guitar; ex-Fizzpops, Crackajacks, Olympic Sideburns, Big Fans of Jesus), Steve Anderson (guitar), Neil Rogers (bass), Mark Jenkinson (drums)
 Albums: The Vortex Took Them (mini-album; Kavern 7, 1987), Where Particular People Congregate (Mr Spaceman, 1989), Destroyer of Worlds (Rubber, 1990), If God was an Astronaut (Rubber, 1992), Reap (Rubber, 1992), Burn (Rubber, 1995), Trapped in the Garage (Corduroy, 1996), Get On Down (Rubber/BMG, 1999).

History
This Melbourne combo was one of the first Australian bands of the 1980s to play wild, 1960s-inspired garage-punk (alongside the likes of Wet Taxis and The Lime Spiders). During their formative years (in true garage band fashion), the band members were barely able to play their instruments, but that did not put a dampener on their enthusiasm. Over the course of 12 years, the band embraced a more varied approach by incorporating psychedelic and hard rock elements.

Ian Hill and Neil Rogers formed the band in early 1985. The Bo-Weevils shared stages around inner-city Melbourne pubs with other 1960s-influenced bands like Shindiggers, plus harder-edged outfits like Cosmic Psychos, Ku Klux Frankenstein, Exploding White Mice and Pizza Sluts. The Bo-Weevils' early singles on Kavern 7, `Lies', `Come on Back'/`You Drive Me Wild', `All I Want' (August 1986) and `That Girl'/`I Want You' (November), showed their garage-punk roots. Hill and Anderson left to be replaced by Davern White (keyboards, guitar, vocals; ex-Undecided) and Nino Spadaro (guitar, vocals) in April 1987. The mini-album The Vortex Took Them (March 1988) continued in the same garage vein.

Where Particular People Congregate (March 1989), Destroyer of Worlds (May 1990), the live If God was an Astronaut (August 1992) and the singles `Middle of Nowhere'/`Cheap Wine' (March 1991) and `Jay's Song'/`I was Young', `Grandmaster of Disaster' (September 1991) saw the band stretching out under the influence of Green on Red, the Rain Parade and other roots-rock influenced contemporary American outfits. Reap (October 1992), Burn (November 1995) and the `Into Sunshine' CD EP were straight-ahead, guitar rock releases. The compilation Trapped in the Garage (December 1996) drew together the band's early garage-band material. Ian Hill rejoined for a tour in early 1997 to promote the compilation.

White has moonlighted with The Breadmakers, The Way Gone Frantics and A.1 Mining Company (with Rogers). Likewise, Hill, Jenkinson and Spadaro (plus bassist Theresa Hambrook) formed The Fizzleheads, and have issued two albums, The Fizzleheads (1993) and Shoot the Stars (1994).

After 15 years, The Bo-Weevils finally called in a day with a farewell tour in March 1999. To commemorate the occasion, the band issued the compilation CD Get On Down.



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

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