Sep 20, 2010
Sydney band Sunnyboys remain one of the most highly regarded and best-loved bands of the Australian post-punk era. Fronted by the enigmatic and youthful singer/songwriter and guitarist Jeremy Oxley, the band breathed some freshness and vitality into the Sydney music scene in the early 80s.
Essentially Sunnyboys wore their influences on their sleeve - The Remains, The Flamin’ Groovies, The Kinks and The Beatles with a dash of Detroit muscle thrown in for good measure. They produced melodic power pop classics and were rewarded with an immediate positive response.
Between 1980 and 1984 they released their self-titled EP (1980) and 3 albums: “Sunnyboys” (1981), “Individuals” (1982) and “Get Some Fun” (1984).
However, Jeremy Oxley’s battle with schizophrenia plagued the band and Sunnyboys announced their break-up in June 1984. Their farewell tour produced the album “Real Live” which was recorded over two nights in Sydney (29th and 30th June).
In 1985, the French label Closer combined The Sunnyboys’ first two albums as a double set entitled “Days Are Gone” for the European market.
In late 1987, Jeremy Oxley attempted to revive Sunnyboys with a new line-up. The new band signed a deal with RCA and released an album entitled “Wildcat” (produced by ex-Sherbet keyboard player, Garth Porter). The album failed to convince old Sunnyboys fans and the band broke up again in 1990.
In July 1991, Mushroom released the compilation album “Plays The Best” and the original line-up reunited for a national tour.
Also “Shakin’ - Live 1991” (1993, live cd + “Sunnyboys” EP) has been released by Phantom and “This Is Real” (2004, double-CD, Singles/Live/Rare) by Feel Presents.
Jeremy Oxley - Guitar, vocals
Peter Oxley - Bass
Richard Burgman - Guitar
Bill Bilson - Drums