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Encyclopedia entry for 'The Band Who Shot Liberty Valance' LETTER:

Formed in 1987
StyleRock
 Original line-up: Fred Negro (vocals; ex-Editions, I Spit on Your Gravy, Gravybillies), Phil `Grizzly' Miles (guitar; ex-I Spit on Your Gravy, Gravybillies), Trevor Pennington (bass; ex-Corpse Grinders), Terry Fosters (harmonica), Phil `Good-One' Bryant (drums; ex-Corpse Grinders)
 Band Who Shot Liberty Vallance album: Outlaw Death Lager Drinkers from Hell (Virgin, 1988); Brady Bunch Lawnmower Massacre albums: Contact Pool (mini-album; Shagpile/Shock 1991), Desperate Football (Shagpile/Shock, 1992); The Fuck Fucks album: Here (Shock, 1997).

History
Melbourne-based lager louts The Band Who Shot Liberty Valance were the ultimate charmless, inner-city party band. The band grew out of three of Melbourne's most notorious groups of the 1980s, I Spit on Your Gravy, The Gravybillies and Corpse Grinders.

Cartoonist/St Kilda identity Fred Negro's previous band, I Spit on Your Gravy, had managed to score a deal with Virgin Records, as did The Band Who Shot Liberty Valance. Virgin issued the album Outlaw Death Lager Drinkers from Hell in October 1988. A couple of song titles gave an indication of the band's nefarious intentions: `Gravybillies in the Sky' (a reworking of `Ghost Riders in the Sky') and `I Fought the Slab' (formerly `I Fought the Law'). The Band Who Shot Liberty Valance courted controversy rather than record sales and broke up in 1989. Trevor Pennington and Phil Bryant joined Intoxica, while Negro and Fosters continued the drunken hillbilly theme with The Brady Bunch Lawnmower Massacre. That band comprised Negro, Fosters, Garry Mansfield (guitar), Paul Barnett (bass) and Scotti `Stix' Simpson (drums; ex-I Spit on Your Gravy).

The band's crude, artless cacophony was once described as a cross between The Butthole Surfers and the Beverly Hillbillies. Certainly the band never let any notions of taste get in the way of a rollicking, drunken good time. Shock Records issued the mini-album Contact Pool and single `Bourbon Bound' in 1991. The last Brady Bunch Lawnmower Massacre records were the album Desperate Football (August 1992) and single `Drink Myself to Life'/`Inca Cave' (July).

The Brady Bunch Lawnmower Massacre broke up in 1993 and Negro formed The Fuck Fucks. That subversive lot comprised Negro, Tristan Miller (guitar), Dave Moll (guitar; ex-Harem Scarem, Relics, Teddy Turner and the Bunsen Burners), Paddy Chong (bass; ex-Nursery Crimes) and Tony Biggs (drums; ex-Black Assassins, Hell to Pay). The band became legendary around the Melbourne inner-city circuit due to Negro's penchant for -dropping his pants on stage and carrying out unspeakable acts on pieces of fruit and cans of baked beans!

The Fuck Fucks had three tracks included on the independent compilation Here Come Eleven Nuns (on the Buggertoe label) alongside The Shonky Tonks, Fatty Cramps and Teddy Turner and the Bunsen Burners. There was also the track `Burgershop Slaughter' included on the Vulgar Tongue double compilation (1996). The Who's Who of Australian Rock (4th edition) listed The Fuck Fucks as having issued the album Bring Out the Gimp in December 1994, but that is not the case. (Negro was, however, involved in the revue-styled Dog Fiction around that time which was based on Quentin Tarantino's film, Pulp Fiction, in which the `Gimp' character appeared.) The band issued its debut album Here in August 1997.



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

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