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|Also known as||Angel City
The Angels From Angel City
|Genres||Hard rock, Australian pub rock|
|Years active||1974–2000, 2008–present|
|Labels||Mushroom, Epic, Liberation Music, CBS, Albert Productions, Chrysalis|
|Associated acts||The Party Boys, GANGgajang, Red Phoenix, Mount Lofty Rangers, The Brewster Brothers|
The Angels are an innovative, genre-busting, chart-topping rock band that formed in Adelaide, Australia in 1974. The band later relocated from Adelaide to Sydney and enjoyed huge local success until well into the 1990s. The Angels have been cited by bands like Guns N' Roses, and a number of Seattle grunge bands, as a key influence. For the purposes of international release, their records were released under the names Angel City and later The Angels From Angel City.
After spending most of the 2000s apart, in April 2008, the original 1970s line-up of The Angels reformed for a series of tours.
In late 2010, vocalist Doc Neeson announced he was pursuing a solo career.
In May, 2011, The Angels revealed they had recruited The Screaming Jets singer, and MMMFM radio DJ, Dave Gleeson to front the band and were recording new songs for the first time since the late 1990s.
In June, 2011, The Angels released the 'Waiting For The Sun' EP and toured Australia in support of the new EP through late 2011 and early 2012, clocking up numerous sold-out shows.
In January, 2012, The Angels recorded a new live album, their first in two decades, at the QPAC theatre in Brisbane, Queensland.
In March, 2012, The Angels announced they'd finished recording a new studio album with Dave Gleeson.
The new album, the first from The Angels in 14 years, is scheduled for release in August 2012.
In November 1970, brothers Rick and John Brewster formed The Moonshine Jug and String Band. In 1971, the band was joined by Belfast-born Bernard Neeson, an arts student and former Army sergeant and already a prominent figure on the Adelaide music scene. The band performed at university campuses and in 1973 released their debut EP Keep You on the Move, which made the top 5 in Adelaide. This was followed in 1974 by the single "That's All Right With Me". Both these releases were on John Woodruff's Sphere label. Woodruff went on to become the band's manager for most of its career.
In 1974 they changed their name to The Keystone Angels, switched to electric instruments and began playing 1950s rock and roll on the pub circuit. On 3 August 1974, just before Go-Set magazine, a number of small ads started appearing weekly announcing "The KEYSTONE ANGELS are coming", possibly the first mention of the band in an Australian national rock music publication. In 1975, the band supported AC/DC during a South Australian tour, and later performed as the backing band for Chuck Berry.
In 1975, on the recommendation of Bon Scott and Malcolm Young from AC/DC, the band was offered a recording deal with the Alberts label. They dropped "Keystone" from their name and became simply "The Angels". At this point the band was a four-piece with Neeson on bass guitar, Charlie King (Peter Christopolous) on drums, Rick Brewster on lead guitars and John Brewster on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.
The Angels' first single, "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again", was released in April 1976. The Angels made their debut TV appearance on Countdown. Later in the year, Charlie King, at the time AWOL from the army, was replaced by Graham "Buzz Throckman" Bidstrup on the drums. This would be the first of three different versions of the song the band released as singles throughout their career.
July 1977 saw the release of the band's second single, "You're A Lady Now", followed a month later by their self-titled debut LP, The Angels. By now Chris Bailey had joined the band on bass, allowing Neeson to concentrate on vocals. Bailey had been a member of Mount Lofty Rangers with Bon Scott in 1974. They released Round and Round, later remixed by Vince Lovegrove as Round and Round and Round in 1996. Neeson's move to specialist frontman allowed the band to develop an energetic and theatrical live presence. Neeson would typically appear on stage as a wild extrovert, dressed in a tuxedo and shaking maracas. As a foil, Rick Brewster would remain motionless, his head cocked to one side, for the entire performance.
1978's Face to Face album reached #16 in November and stayed on the Australian charts for 79 weeks. Mark Opitz engineered, and along with The Angels, co-produced the album. Peter Ledger, who designed the cover, won Best Australian Album Cover Design Award. Face to Face produced the band's first hit single, "Take a Long Line", which has gone on to become one of the Angels' most-recognised songs. In November, the band supported David Bowie on his first Australian tour, resulting in The Tour EP 7" single.
On 23 June 1979, No Exit was issued and entered the Australian album chart at #8 upon its release and again at #15 in September. George Young contributed as a backing vocalist. On 29 September 1979, Albert released Out Of The Blue EP, featuring the third studio version of "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again" in three years.
On New Year's Eve 1979, the band performed in front of almost 100,000 people on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. Their show, however, was cut short when a riot broke out in the audience. Doc Neeson was hit on the head with a sign and Chris Bailey was knocked unconscious by a flying bottle and hospitalised.
The band signed an international contract with CBS Records and, in March 1980, released a new version of Face to Face - a compilation of tracks from the Australian Face to Face and No Exit albums plus an edited version of the 1979 studio version of "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again", on the Epic label. The band billed itself as "Angel City" to avoid legal problems with the Casablanca Records' act Angel.
On 16 June 1980, Dark Room was produced by the Brewster brothers. The overseas version of this album featured re-recorded versions of "Ivory Stairs" and "Straight Jacket" in place of "Alexander" and "I'm Scared". American band Great White would later cover "Face The Day", from this LP as well as "Can't Shake It" from Face to Face.
In March 1981, drummer Graham Bidstrup left the band, reportedly due to non-musical differences, and was replaced by New Zealander Brent Eccles. Bidstrup joined The Party Boys in 1983 and later formed GANGgajang. On 24 October 1981, Never So Live was issued and received heavy airplay and on the strength of the new song "Fashion And Fame" went to sell some 80,000 copies. On 30 November 1981, Night Attack was produced by Ed Thacker and the Brewsters, was released.
The band's third international album, Night Attack included a remixed version of "Back On You", previously only available on the flipside of the "Into The Heat" single. Early in 1982, it became apparent Chris Bailey would be unable to tour with the band in the US; American Jim Hilbun was recruited as replacement.
In January, 1983, The Angels headlined the Narara Music Festival. Doc Neeson arranged for a film crew to capture the performance, as he intended the show to be his last with the band, planning to leave The Angels to pursue an acting career.
In May 1983, Watch The Red, produced by The Angels and engineered by Andrew Scott and Al Wright, was issued. The first single release, "Stand Up", written by Hilbun, was a success. The album, critically acclaimed for its musical inventiveness, featured saxophone leads from Hilbun, John Brewster on lead vocals for one track, and even a piano accordion. A great deal of the material was also derived from a 40 minute jam-session, including an instrumental track and some improvised lyrics from Neeson. The recording of the album was also dogged by a fire that gutted the recording studio, almost destroying the master tapes.
In November 1984, the Two Minute Warning album was released following a three-month recording session in Los Angeles. The American version of the album, on MCA, included a new version of the 1978 song "Be With You", which would become The Angels' last commercially available single in the United States. Metal Blade Records re-issued the album in 1990. Unfortunately for the band, an internal personnel purge at MCA meant that Two Minute Warning received no support from the label. MCA would later reject The Angels' next album.
As Angel City, they performed four songs for the 1985 Oz for Africa concert (part of the global Live Aid program) - "Small Price", "Eat City", "Underground", "Take a Long Line". It was broadcast in Australia (on both Seven Network and Nine Network) and on MTV in the US.
On 27 January 1986, John Brewster's last concert with the band was a double in Melbourne at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and The Palace, which is an official statement in Live Line (2 CD set). John Brewster left the band in February 1986. In his place, the band hired ex-Skyhooks guitarist Bob Spencer in March 1986. In October of the same year Howling was released on the band's new label Mushroom Records. This album included a cover version of The Animals hit, "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" which, at #6, became the band's highest charting single up to that point. John Brewster joined The Party Boys in the meantime and stayed with them until 1989.
In December 1987, the double live album Liveline was released. The collection spanned ten years of the band's career. The majority of the album was recorded at the Bankstown RSL Club in Sydney, with some tracks taken from earlier tours featuring John Brewster. The CD version of Liveline included several songs not included on the vinyl release. A live version of "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again" was issued as a single, as was a medley of "Love Takes Care" and "Be With You". Following the success of the album, The Angels embarked on a massive tour of Australia with a lengthy two-hour set that covered the entire history of the group.
Chrysalis Records in the US issued Beyond Salvation (the band now billing itself as The Angels From Angel City) in November 1989. It included four new songs, three of which would later appear on the Australian version of the album, and new recordings of the classics "I Ain't The One", "Can't Shake It", "Who Rings The Bell", "City Out of Control" and "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again", none of which was made available in Australia. Alan Niven was signed on as manager of the band's affairs in the US. At the time, Niven was also managing Great White and Guns N' Roses. Jim Hilbun left during these recording sessions and was replaced by Australian James Morley on bass. Alan Niven bailed out soon after.
In June 1990, Beyond Salvation was released and became the band's first and only No. 1 album. Produced by Terry Manning, the LP spawned five successful singles, including "Dogs are Talking" and "Backstreet Pickup". The flipside of "Dogs are Talking" featured demo tracks by three new Australian bands that The Angels had chosen to support them on their upcoming tour, including The Desert Cats, The Hurricanes and the John Woodruff-managed Baby Animals. The Angels then hit the road on their "Beyond Salvation" Tour with Cheap Trick as supporting act. The video for "Backstreet Pickup" was filmed the day the band were told of the album reaching number one on the charts and shows a very buoyant and enthusiastic band performing for the cameras.
Red Back Fever, parts of which were recorded in Memphis during the Beyond Salvation sessions, was released in November 1991. The band toured for two years, and the song "Tear Me Apart" was included a multi-million dollar government campaign highlighting alcohol related violence. In July 1992 Mushroom re-issued Red Back Fever / Left Hand Drive as a two CD set.
In 1992, both Bob Spencer and James Morley left the band. The next year, the New Zealand chapter of the Hells Angels asked the band to perform for them; to this end, the remaining members asked John Brewster and Jim Hilbun to return, and thus the classic line-up of Brewster-Neeson-Brewster-Eccles-Hilbun was reunited. They immediately set out to write new material. The first results of this collaboration were included on Evidence, a career-spanning collection of the band's hits.
In 1993, the band performed at a one-off gig at the University of Western Sydney, with The Angels co-headlining with The Screaming Jets. Other bands on the bill for the night included Mental as Anything, Peter Wells (formerly of Rose Tattoo) and one other small band from Tasmania.
In April 1995, The Hard Evidence Tour EP was issued to coincide with the Barbed Wire Ball tour, a national tour that also featured The Screaming Jets, The Poor and Who's Guilty. The band then took a break from recording and touring, reconvening in mid-1996 at Darling Harbour studios for the start of what would become the sessions for their last studio album.
The Angels hit the road with The Lounge Lizard Tour with Angry Anderson from Rose Tattoo and Ross Wilson from Mondo Rock and Daddy Cool in July 1997. The band backed each singer acoustically through classics from their respective bands. On 13 August 1997, The Angels signed a recording deal with Shock Records in Australia. A new single, "Caught in the Night", followed in October and a new album, Skin & Bone, in March 1998. Though moderately successful, the album was nominated by ARIA as one of the year's best Australian recordings. On 20 October 1998, The Angels were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by Angry Anderson. In November 1998 the band performed a brief set at the Concert of the Century in Melbourne to celebrate Mushroom Records' 25th anniversary.
In February 1999, Live Line - Definitive Digital Remaster was released. It was a two-CD set that contained ten bonus tracks, recorded between 1981 and 1983.
On New Year's Eve, 1999, The Angels performed what would be their last concert at the MGM Grand Darwin Millennium Concert. Doc Neeson announced his departure from the band following a major car accident that left him with neck and spinal injuries.
With Neeson's departure, the band effectively ceased, though founding members Rick Brewster and John Brewster did consider recruiting another singer. In November 2000, Shock Records reissued Left Hand Drive. The following year, the ABC featured The Angels in its music series program Long Way To The Top.
In March 2001, The Angels reformed as Members of The Angels with John and Rick Brewster, Buzz Bidstrup, Chris Bailey and Jim Hilbun on lead vocals for The Ted Mulry Benefit Concert (released on video as Gimme Ted).
On 24 June 2002, Shock issued The Complete Sessions 1980-1983, a 4-CD box set collection of the band's recorded output from the period between the Dark Room and Watch the Red albums. Around this time, Brewster, Bailey, Bidtrup, Brewster began touring as The Original Angels Band. In the meantime, Neeson, Hilbun and Westfield chief executive David Lowy formed Red Phoenix who released an album and toured briefly during 2005.
In July 2006, Liberation reissued The Angels' catalogue. Albums included: Dark Room, Night Attack, Watch the Red, Two Minute Warning, Howling, Beyond Salvation, Red Back Fever, and Wasted Sleepless Night - The Definitive Greatest Hits.
On 4 December 2006, Live At The Basement was released, containing all the classics recorded by the line-up of Brewster, Bailey, Bidstrup and Brewster. This group was now once again using the name The Angels. Doc Neeson pursued legal action to stop the founding members of the band from using the name. Neeson toured as Doc Neeson's Angels, with a line-up that included Hilbun, Lowy, Dave Leslie (ex-Baby Animals) and Paul Wheeler (ex-Icehouse) who was later replaced by Mick Skelton. Neeson released the album Acoustic Sessions featuring Jim Hilbun, Dave Leslie and Tim Powles on percussion and production through Liberation Blue on 1 September 2007. The Brewster-led band meanwhile released the EP "Ivory Stairs".
In October 2007, the Doc Neeson band toured the Middle East playing 13 shows in 16 days for Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait and other countries in the region. The lineup for this tour consisted of Mick Skelton (drums), Dave Leslie (guitar), Sarah Graye (ex-Nitocris (bass) and Mitch Hutchinson (guitar).
In November 2007 on Rockwiz on SBS, Doc Neeson claimed the origins of the audience chanting "No way, get fucked, fuck off" as the response to the line "Am I ever gonna see your face again?" was from the crowd at a Mount Isa Blue Light Disco although it is unclear if this is accurate as Neeson was quoted in nineteen eighties Australian music publication "Smash Hits" as saying it originated in Far Western NSW (presumably Broken Hill, a mining city associated with enthusiastic rock concert audience participation).
Wasted Sleepless Nights was released on 11 July. It included live footage never before released and tracks recorded live from ABC's Studio 22.
Undercover announced the reunion of Doc Neeson with the Brewster brothers, Chris Bailey and Buzz Bidstrup in April, 2008. The reformed band played a string of dates in July 2008 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal album, Face to Face.
After Doc Neeson announced in December 2010 he would be recording a solo album, and undertaking a solo tour through 2011, The Angels founding members John Brewster and Rick Brewster recruited Screaming Jets vocalist Dave Gleeson in June, and began recording new songs within weeks at Alberts Studios in Sydney.
While Doc Neeson toured as a solo artist, The Angels with Dave Gleeson toured Australia through November–December 2011, promoting the new 'Waiting For The Sun' EP.
The Angels continued recording after shows throughout the tour, and by late 2011 had recorded 14 songs, including a cover of Elvis Costello's Pump It Up.
The new studio album from The Angels is set for release in August, 2012.
'Life Gets Better', a documentary about the recording of the new album, will be released in late 2012.
Starting when The Angels were a pub band their song "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again" has received an iconic response from audiences. Whenever Doc Neeson sang the words of the Angels' classic love song 'Am I Ever Going to See Your Face Again?' back came the ingenious response: 'No way, get fucked, fuck off'.
Whilst outside Australia this may have been seen as a negative response, from an Australian audience and in the context of the Australian sense of humour this was recognised as high praise.
1975 - 1976
January 1977 - March 1981
March 1981 - April 1982
April 1982 - February 1985
March 1985 - July 1989
1990 - 1992
1993 - January 2000
Members of The Angels - March 2001
From December 2001 to November 2006 The Angels were known publicly as 'The Original Angels Band' featuring 4 of the 5 original members that made the band famous
2008 - The Reunion
The Angels released albums under different names. The Angels (TA); Angel City (AC); The Angels From Angel City (TAFAC); The Original Angels Band(TOAB); The Angels 2006>(TA1)
|Year||Month||Label||Album||Artist credit||Chart positions|
|1978||August||Albert||Face to Face||TA||#16||-||-|
|1980||March||Epic||Face to Face (Overseas)||AC||-||-||152|
|1980||May||Albert||The Angels' Greatest||TA||#5||-||-|
|1980||June||Epic||Dark Room (Overseas)||AC||-||-||133|
|1982||February||Epic||Night Attack (Overseas)||AC||-||-||174|
|1983||May||Epic||Watch the Red||TA||#6||-||-|
|1984||November||Mushroom||Two Minute Warning||TA||#2||-||-|
|1985||January||MCA||Two Minute Warning (Overseas)||AC||-||-||201|
|1985||November||Epic||The Angels' Greatest Vol. II||TA||#14||-||-|
|1989||November||Chrysalis||Beyond Salvation (Overseas)||TAFAC||-||-||-|
|1991||November||Mushroom||Red Back Fever||TA||#14||-||-|
|1992||July||Mushroom||Red Back Fever / Left Hand Drive||TA||#28||-||-|
|1992||November||Albert||Their Finest Hour... and Then Some||TA||-||-||-|
|1998||March||Shock||Skin and Bone||TA||#27||-||-|
|1999||February||Shock||Live Line - Definitive Digital Remaster||TA||-||-||-|
|1999||May||Mushroom||Greatest Hits - The Mushroom Years||TA||-||-||-|
|2000||November||Shock||Left Hand Drive||TA||-||-||-|
|2002||April||Shock||The Complete Sessions 1980-1983||TA||-||-||-|
|2005||September||Independent Release MGM Distribution||Live at the Basement||TOAB||-||-||-|
|2006||July||Liberation||Wasted Sleepless Nights - The Definitive Best Of||TA||#22||-||-|
The Angels released singles under different names. The Angels (TA); Angel City (AC); The Angels From Angel City (TAFAC); The Angels 2006 (TA1)
|Year||Label||Single||Artist credit||Chart positions|
|1976||Albert||"Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?"||TA||-||-||-|
|1977||Albert||"You're a Lady Now"||TA||-||-||-|
|1978||Albert||"Take a Long Line"||TA||#29||-||-|
|1978||RAM||"Straight Jacket" (promo flexi-disc)||TA||-||-||-|
|1978||Albert||"The Tour" (EP)||TA||-||-||-|
|1979||Albert||"Out of the Blue" (EP)||TA||#29||-||-|
|1980||Epic||"Face the Day"||TA||-||-||-|
|1981||Epic||"Into the Heat"||TA||-||-||-|
|1981||Epic||"Never So Live" (EP)||TA||#17||-||-|
|1981||Epic||"Fashion and Fame" (live)||TA||#17||-||-|
|1982||Epic||"Living on the Outside"||TA||-||-||-|
|1983||Epic||"Live Lady Live"||TA||-||-||-|
|1983||Epic||"Is That You?"||TA||-||-||-|
|1984||Mushroom||"Between the Eyes"||TA||AU||-||-|
|1984||Mushroom||"Look the Other Way"||TA||-||-||-|
|1985||Mushroom||"Sticky Little Bitch"||TA||-||-||-|
|1986||Mushroom||"Nature of the Beast"||TA||#22||-||-|
|1986||Mushroom||"Don't Waste My Time"||TA||#25||-||-|
|1987||Mushroom||"We Gotta Get Out of This Place"||TA||#6||-||-|
|1987||Mushroom||"Can't Take Any More"||TA||-||-||-|
|1987||Epic||"4 Play Volume 6" (EP)||TA||-||-||-|
|1987||Mushroom||"When the Time Comes"||TA||-||-||-|
|1987||Mushroom||"Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again" (live)||TA||-||-||-|
|1988||Mushroom||"Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again" (live)||TA||#6||-||-|
|1988||Telegraph||"Live From Angel City"||TAFAC||-||US||-|
|1988||Mushroom||'"Finger on the Trigger"||TA||#34||-||-|
|1989||Chrysalis||"Dogs Are Talking" (promo)||TAFAC||-||-||-|
|1990||Mushroom||"Let the Night Roll On"||TA||#17||-||-|
|1990||Mushroom||"Dogs Are Talking"||TA||#11||-||-|
|1990||Mushroom||"Back Street Pickup"||TA||#23||-||-|
|1990||Mushroom||"Rhythm Rude Girl"||TA||-||-||-|
|1991||Mushroom||"Bleeding With the Times"||TA||-||-||-|
|1991||Mushroom||"Some of That Love"||TA||-||-||-|
|1992||Mushroom||"Once Bitten Twice Shy"||TA||-||-||-|
|1992||Mushroom||"Tear Me Apart"||TA||#33||-||-|
|1994||Mushroom||"Don't Need Mercy"||TA||-||-||-|
|1994||Mushroom||"Turn It On"||TA||-||-||-|
|1995||Mushroom||"The Hard Evidence Tour" (EP)||TA||-||-||-|
|1996||Dump||"Call That Living"||TA||-||-||-|
|1997||Shock||"Caught in the Night"||TA||-||-||-|
|1998||Shock||"Invisible Man" (promo)||TA||-||-||-|
|1998||Axe Killer||"Soul Surgeon"||TA||-||-||FR|
|1998||Shock||"My Light Will Shine"||TA||-||-||-|
|2012||Independent Release||"Waiting For The Sun EP"||TA||-||-||-|
|Year||Label||Title||Artist credit||Catalogue no.|
|1998||Mushroom||Mushroom 25 Live||TA||MUSH25.2|
|2001||Sony||The Andrew Denton Breakfast Show - Musical Challenge Vol. 2||TA||5041282000|
|2003||Warner Vision||Gimme Ted - The Ted Mulry Benefit Concerts||TA||2564600802|
|2009||Sony||Life's a Bach 2||TA||88697634072|
|This section requires expansion. (May 2007)|
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