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
Bam Bam Bam Bam 5:34 pm 21 Apr 08

Retroflex (aka Mule) were great! as were the babyshaker, goons hired goon, smeg, nevyn, headvendormachine, load, ken, kilter, trematode and the list goes on. (i had to stretch my brain for that list… many hazy nights at finnigans/gypsy/termo/asylum/terrace/boardroom)

….ahhh the 90s…..

Thumper Thumper 5:41 pm 21 Apr 08

The boardroom, man, I’d forgotten that place even existed.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 7:02 pm 21 Apr 08

Penguin could put a pretty good show on. Awesome guitarist.
Bent Hen.
Dunno if they’re strictly a Canberra band anymore, but the VeeBees are a cack.
The Fuelers.

Bungle Bungle 7:26 pm 21 Apr 08

What about Three? who consisted of a bass player and a drummer – and when they added the guitarist they became Primoose, the Primus cover band. I remember seeing them up at the Asylum a few times.

Liquid was another good one.

Tonka Tonka 9:53 am 22 Apr 08

Three were awesome. Saw some very cool shows at the Asylum.

Henry’s Anger were way cool and they were the first Canberra act nominated for an ARIA. Blacklining and Personality Test were great disks.

Paris Calling way back in the day.

Mudeye were great as well.

There are tons of others.

Danman Danman 10:52 am 22 Apr 08

Smeg.. befuddle..

grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 7:17 pm 22 Apr 08

i remember seeing a band called barry drive a long time ago at the old green room before it was the green room… that place in philip that was dodgy as… and as you can tell from my inability to remember the venue, my judgment of how good the band was may be sketchy at best…

but i did have a good time!

Nickamc Nickamc 7:59 pm 22 Apr 08

Fuck!! Forgot Henry’s Anger too!

And yes, the Ashburys (commonly referred to as the Assberries) are truly god awful.

And a big thumbs up to anyone who thinks Inflatable Ingrid has a great live show… we do try. Our last shows are next month, come and see us rip it up!

Thumper Thumper 8:35 pm 22 Apr 08

Barry Drive, 80s cover band my dear….

ant ant 9:25 pm 22 Apr 08

George Washingmachine and the Dead Ringers. What, they’re gone? Oh bugger. Must have been early 80s but what a great name.

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 10:04 pm 22 Apr 08

Barry Drive did plenty of originals – May Contain Traces of Peanuts is the only time I have ever made an album cover credits!

ant ant 10:13 pm 22 Apr 08

For worst band… who remembers Saga?!

Absent Diane Absent Diane 12:48 pm 23 Apr 08

lots have already been mentioned but catepillar 9 were pretty talented..

worst.. well there have been lots of crap bands but that is pretty subjective really.

Thumper Thumper 1:08 pm 23 Apr 08

Mr ferret, did you add some lyrics or something?

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 1:20 pm 23 Apr 08

Barrel of Monkeys were rubbish and their bassist is ugly ;p

Absent Diane Absent Diane 1:29 pm 23 Apr 08

so ugly they had to stop playing I heard!!!

Thumper Thumper 1:34 pm 23 Apr 08


Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 1:35 pm 23 Apr 08

I was going to hack out on Thumper, but couldn’t remember the name of his band…

tap tap 1:36 pm 23 Apr 08

Bam bam, we must have been at all the same shows. I remember seeing baby shakers at a punk in the park when they were all dressed in nun outfits, i was so impressed.

Nevyn were awesome too, what happened to them? Remember Pall bearers? they were cool. There was some other punk band… called NYA or something… damn cant remember the name…

Thumper Thumper 1:45 pm 23 Apr 08

We’ve changed..

It’s the Feldons these days..

And what an ugly little dwarf that bass player is!

Tap, Steve Grieve and the Mourners?

    Paul Kindermann Paul Kindermann 6:08 pm 23 May 18

    Hey Thumper, Steve Grieve & The Mourners are gigging in Canberra 9 June 2018 at The Polish Club Turner – also have a new album out – Caterpillar Maze. It’s a cracker. You can find clips on their FB page.

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