HEY OH A WAY OH! BIO 2005
Mondo Rock - the return of a legendary entity.
For more than a dozen years Mondo Rock dispensed punchy, craftily professional,
adult pop-rock. Between 1977 and 1991 the Australian charts were enriched and
enlivened by their sleek and proficient offerings.
At the heart of Mondo Rock's chemistry were the exceptional song writing talents
of vocalist Ross Wilson and guitarist Eric McCusker who brought to the group
diverse, but complementary ideas.
Ross Wilson has given us ‘Eagle Rock’, ‘Come Back Again’, ‘Living In The Land Of
Oz’, ‘Touch of Paradise’, ‘We're No Angles’ and ‘Bed Of Nails’, providing a strong
creative contrast to the more precise, pop-based McCusker, who agonised over
personal relationships with ‘State Of The Heart’ and ‘No Once Comes Close’.
The first Mondo Rock came together in February 1977, the band’s first single ‘The
Fugitive Kind’ made top thirty nationally - the first of 17 Mondo Rock hits. Three
more singles were released, the album Primal Park making top forty. After line-up
changes, which saw Aztec drummer Gil Matthews pass through the band, Mondo
Rock took a break at the beginning of 1980.
A man of determined nature, Ross Wilson was back within three months with a
new band, a new record deal and very much a new sound. Standing alongside
him was the guitarist from the band Matchbox, one Eric McCusker, a songwriter of
skill and focus with James Black on keyboards, Paul Christie on bass and J.J.
Hackett on drums - the definitive Mondo Rock formation - the band was one of
the most popular in Australia; a powerful draw card on the national touring
Eric's ‘State Of The Heart’ and Ross's ‘Cool World’ were both top ten hits, while
the ‘Chemistry’ album shot into the top three. Two more hits were forthcoming
from this landmark album - the title track and ‘Summer Of '81’. ‘Nuovo Mondo’
was another top ten album in mid 1982, yielding three singles ‘No Time’, ‘The
Queen and Me’ and ‘In Another Love’. While the album was riding high, Paul
Christie left to form The Party Boys.
A second album for Warners, the top five ‘The Modern Bop’ preceded by the Eric
McCusker-penned single ‘Come Said The Boy’ (a national #2 hit) and the follow-
up top twenty hit ‘Baby Wants To Rock’, saw Mondo Rock at the forefront of
Australian music. On equal footing with the likes of Cold Chisel, INXS, Australian
Crawl, Angels and Divinyls. So much so that upon moving to PolyGram in 1985,
they went straight into the top ten with a best of, ‘Up To The Moment’.
’Boom Baby Boom’ was a top thirty album in 1986, the single ‘Primitive Love
Rites’ achieved the prominence the band had become accustomed to. After the
1988 Aliens 12" EP, Ross went off to record a solo album, ‘Dark Side Of The Man’,
before reuniting with Eric McCusker for the ‘Why Fight It’ album in 1990 recorded
partly in Hollywood, with American producer Waddy Wachtel.
25 years on from Ross' first bold formation of one of Australia's greatest
bands they are coming together again, with no small level of enthusiasm,
for three special club dates in Sydney W/C November 14th 2005!
Joining Ross and Eric for these shows will be legendary alumni Paul Christie (who
enjoyed a #1 national hit with ‘He's Gonna Step On You Again’ as leader of the
Party Boys after his departure from the Mondos), original keyboardist James
Black and original drummer for this line-up, Kerry Jacobsen, who came fresh from
leaving hit maker’s DRAGON.
The band has released a double ‘Essential’ Collection CD and a single ‘The
Greatest’ CD on Sony.
Live in ‘05
For more information call: Paul Christie 02 9974 4322 | 0412 069 794 | firstname.lastname@example.org