Over the years I have written quite a bit about Johnny Dole & The Scabs and added a lot of information to other websites so I think it's just as easy to let you look at those to get what you can from them.
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Johnny Dole & The Scabs is my favourite band of all the bands I have been in and there are a number of reasons for me feeling this way. I was young, just 19 and the times were very exciting. I had just gotten married to my girlfriend of 5 years Kaye and we were starting our new life together. I was lucky enough to have her live through this time with me and we share all the same memories of the gigs and other bands of that time. It was something unique, a style of music that was new and I was lucky enough to be part of it when it first started.
There was a lot that happened with the band too, we were interviewed on A Current Affair, articles in all the newspapers and music magazines, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Telegraph, RAM and JUKE to name just some. A recording session with one of Australia's top producers Keith Walker. A film clip to one of our songs (see below). We opened up a venue when there was no other for Punk Rock to play, The Grand Hotel - Broadway. A publishing contract with Penjane Music Publishing and we were on the cusp of a recording contract.
Unfortunately it all went to crap when Johnny sadly succumbed to drugs and alcohol and his performances started to suffer. Not long after this I was kicked out.
I was told I was no longer wanted on Thursday 16th February 1978, a few weeks short of 12 months. The band lasted another 6 months going through 3 more drummers.
That's not to say I was irreplaceable, far from it, it's just how damaging Johnny's problem had become and for all involved it was lost.
I still look back on those days with great pride and my hope is one day the four of us will have the rightful place in the history of Punk Rock in Sydney, the band is still overlooked for it's accomplishments and that is a real shame.
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