Canberra’s Best and Worst Bands

tap 19 April 2008 83

As long as we are talking about the best and worst of things, how about bands? Any bands you love? Any you hate? Is the scene good or bad? Im sure a lot of us have a conflict of interest or two when it comes to this subject so if you are going to say that your band is the best, it might be worthwhile to mention if you are in it.

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83 Responses to Canberra’s Best and Worst Bands
Thumper Thumper 1:07 pm 21 Apr 08

Yep, sadly you just hit the nail on the head Mr Tap…

Thumper Thumper 1:08 pm 21 Apr 08

Yep, sadly you just hit the nail on the head Mr Tap…

Then again, I’m ugly and untalented as well!

Thumper Thumper 1:10 pm 21 Apr 08


yeah, saw them one night and certainly didn’t walk away feeling impressed.

Maybe thay just had a bad night. it happens…

Katie Katie 1:24 pm 21 Apr 08

Best bands – Dubba Rukki, Pacman, Velvet jones.

stray stray 1:30 pm 21 Apr 08

does anyone remember kaputnik?
best CIT formed band I reckon!
and a shame that little birdy beat them to the punch…

dahahoo are pretty fun, no complaints there – be cool to see what they do next…

ellis collective absolutely…

and there is an absolute plethora of awesome blues at the mo’…jonno from pete and the pelicans comes to mind…(and i totally agree with the backbeat drivers..kings!)

funny thing was, for ages I thought Cog were an ACT band becuase they always seemed to be here! whoops!

blueberry blueberry 2:01 pm 21 Apr 08

i remember kaputnik actually i found there ep the otherday in my collection, still sounds great.

I think dahahoo have broken up or gone on long hiatus the had there last gig a little after the folk festival. But yes still very good.

Also Andi and George Band, The Ashburys, The Guests and the henchmen, The Ellis Collective all rate highly in my book. Oh and casual project but are they still a canberra band?

Not really sold on the Variodivers or konrad though.

tap tap 2:07 pm 21 Apr 08

Yeah Thumper, im not sure which category i fit into… but i definately don’t have the look thats for sure! I think a band needs to have one member who is such a genius that they forget to put on pants in the morning, and wont notice their mistake until around afternoon tea, on a semi daily basis. A couple who are close enought o be able to translate the genius ideas into arranged songs and at least one who is into the business side of things and can get things done. Perhaps they could be the manager.

Im a little disappointed that the canberra band that doing the most at the moment is Young and Restless… I personally don’t rate them that highly…

Thumper Thumper 2:10 pm 21 Apr 08

We have a hard enough time just finding gigs where we can play original stuff….

mind you, we’re not trying that hard at the moment

tap tap 2:20 pm 21 Apr 08

Thumper get in touch with cardboard charlie if you are interested in gigs man: They organise a fair amount of stuff, mondays at pheonix, thursdays at transit. Im sure there is more…

Thumper Thumper 2:35 pm 21 Apr 08

Thanks man…

stray stray 2:52 pm 21 Apr 08

theres also that one guy who organises all the old canberra inn, yacht club sundays, some pub out in Bungendore, press club etcs, depends on your style Thumper….

stray stray 2:59 pm 21 Apr 08

yeah thats the story on dahahoo eh..but apparently they’ll be back.

i liked penguin when they were funk as…
‘sexual confetti’….gold!

Danman Danman 4:01 pm 21 Apr 08

Armoured Angel ? They rocked.

If anyone mentions Soul Crusher and good in teh same sentence ill be dissapointed.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 4:40 pm 21 Apr 08

F-k I forgot about penguin, stray. Who remembers Recipe?

Armoured Angel were good, apparently one of the earliest bands to use the ‘death metal’ sound. I could be wrong though, I’m no metal nerd.

stray stray 4:47 pm 21 Apr 08

yeah, was just talking about recipe the other night! its in the same category as ‘space is dead’, i cant really remember if i thought they had a good sound, it was more that they used to play the odd youth centre show, so I knew them and they were nice to us kidlets! wacky.

tap tap 4:54 pm 21 Apr 08

Retroflex were ten times radder and funkier than penguin and recipe combined! Don’t get me wrong, that is quite a lot.

Maybe my memories are a little hazy though…

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 4:57 pm 21 Apr 08 be quite honest I can’t remember much of recipe’s sound, only the drummer doing a 5 minute solo that actually sounded good. Beer is the best musician ever.

stray stray 5:03 pm 21 Apr 08

DMD -agreed..

stray stray 5:04 pm 21 Apr 08

has anyone checked out the new reggae/dub sounds night at hippo bar yet?
theres another one this thursday – but how was the first one this month?

Tempestas Tempestas 5:26 pm 21 Apr 08

In no particular order and at the risk of sounding a little long past it.

Armoured Angel of the Luck Green Green era – astonishingly good
Alchemist have stayed great for nearly 20 years,
Barrel of Monkeys
Pod People
The Church
Falling Joys
78 Saab

Who remembers bad bands names.
There are heaps of great gigs that featured local bands but I can’t recall them at the moment.

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