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The Scientists
-Chronology-

(Perth/Sydney/London May 1978 - November 1987)
The Scientists - circa 1984
The band circa 1984 in London. L-R: Brett Rixon - Kim Salmon - Boris Sujdovic - Tony Thewlis.
Photo credit: Tony Harrison. Used with kind permission.

Chronology: a chronological overview of known concert dates (some with setlists and/or ads),
dates of studio recordings, all line-ups, trivia and other tall tales related to the Australian band The Scientists.
Date format is DD-MMM-YY.
-Limited to the classic period 1978-87-

-Information in grey italics is uncertain-

1975-78
-Perth-
Pre-Scientists bands: 3 years in Perth
Moulin Rouge, Troubled Waters, Cheap Nasties, The Geeks, The Victims, The Manikins, Secret Lives, The Exterminators, The Invaders, etc...

By 1975 Kim Salmon (born 24-Jan-1957) starts studying at the Faculty of Fine Arts @ the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT, renamed to Curtin University of Technology in 1987). He joins Moulin Rouge with Dave -Flick- Faulkner [later (Le) Hoodoo Gurus], Neil Fernandes [later Cheap Nasties and The Manikins], Chris Leech, Tony Ellison, Rob Moncello, Stuart Gordon and Stuart Davies Slate. They never play live, they just rehearse at the faculty's rehearsal room. Kim Salmon drops out of school later in 1975, joining a live bar band Troubled Waters lead by John Farley (vocals,bass), with Chris (vocals, guitar), Kim Salmon (guitar) and Frank Shannelle (drums). They play covers of hits and oldies @ a strip club/pick up joint for hookers, the Tarantella Tavern in Fremantle, three sets a night from 11pm to 3am, six nights a week. Their set includes covers of songe like "Walking The Dog" [Rufus Thomas], "Honky Tonk Woman" [The Rolling Stones], "Your Cheating Heart" [Hank Williams], "The Israelites" [Desmond Dekker], "Birthday" [Beatles], "House Of The Rising Sun [The Animals], and tons more.. Kim leaves after a few months having learned a lot from playing so many live sets.


Cheap Nasties:Line-up #0 (AU, Perth: August-76 - September-76):
Dave -Flick- Faulkner (vocals)/ Kim Salmon (guitar)/ Ken -Dan Dare- Seymour (bass) and Mark Betts (drums).

Aug/Sep-76
AU Perth,rehearsals

Note: Dave -Flick- Faulkner co-writes "Cheap 'N' Nasty" and another song with Kim Salmon, before leaving the band. Kim Salmon (with his band Precious Jules) would record the song "Cheap 'N' Nasty" for the band's only album (Battle Music, 2011).


Cheap Nasties:Line-up #1A (AU, Perth: October-76 - July-77):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Neil Fernandes (vocals,guitar)/ Ken -Dan Dare- Seymour (bass) and Mark Betts (drums).

Perth 14-May-77

14-May-77
AU Perth,rehearsal space

Tracklist: All For The Love Of Rock 'N' Roll [Tuff Darts](1)/ Slash [Tuff Darts](1)/ Dancing (Queen) [Cheap Nasties](4)/ Hit And Run [Cheap Nasties]/ Head Over Heels [Tuff Darts](1)/ Let Me Dream If I Want To [Mink De Ville](1)/ Loudmouth [The Ramones](3)/ Twelve/ 53 and 3rd [The Ramones](3)/ Acetone Girls/ Sucker For Your Love/ Satisfaction [The Rolling Stones]/ There She Goes Again [Velvet Underground]/ Someone I Care About [The Modern Lovers](2)/ Pills [Bo Diddley/New York Dolls]/ Punishment/ Beat On The Brat [The Ramones](3)/ Blitzkrieg Bop [The Ramones](3)/ Let's Spend The Night Together [The Rolling Stones]/ All Day And All Of The Night [The Kinks]/ Boyfriend/ With A Girl Like You [The Troggs]/ Fat Arse.

Paper: Scan, sourced from Kim Salmon Facebook page.

Note: Rehearsals for first gig, recorded. (1) Originals released on the "Live At CBGB's - The Home Of Underground Rock" album (Atlantic, 1976); (2) original released on the album "The Modern Lovers" (Beserkley, 1976) also containing "She Cracked" and "Astral Plane", songs which the Cheap Nasties also would cover in their live set; (3) originals released on the album "The Ramones" (Sire, 1976); (4) unless it's a cover of the Abba song. Abba did 3 live shows in Perth, March 10-12, 1977.


Riverdale Hotel 27-May-77

27-May-77
AU Perth,The New Riverdale Hotel-Rondo Room
[with The Elks]

Ad: Scan from the Daily News 27-May-77, sourced from Kim Salmon Facebook page.

Note: Debut concert. Advertised as "It's a punks night out!". The Elks were a blues band. Cheap Nasties played in front of a painted (by Kim) portrait of (Greek pop star) Nana Mouskouri, which Kim slashed with a knife and splattered with tomato sauce.


City Hotel 11-Jul-77

11-Jul-77
AU Perth,City Hotel

Handbill: Scan of handbill, sourced from Kim Salmon Facebook page.

Note: Second concert. Roddy Radalj and Boris Sujdovic [both are then in The Exterminators, soon The Scientists] attend.


xx-xxx-77
AU Perth,Steve's blues pub

Setlist: A.o. No Fun [The Stooges]/ Search And Destroy [The Stooges]/ I Wanna Be Your Dog [The Stooges]/ and more..

Note: Roddy Radalj and Boris Sujdovic attend again and meet Kim for the first time.


Hernando's Hideaway 1977

xx-xxx-77
AU East-Perth,Hernando's Hideaway (@ 237 Hay Street)
(4 sets)

Setlist: (Set 1) No Fun [The Stooges]/ All For The Love Of Rock 'N' Roll [Tuff Darts]/ There She Goes Again [Velvet Underground]/ Sucker For Your Love/ Hit And Run [Cheap Nasties]/ She Cracked [The Modern Lovers]/ Blitzkrieg Bop [The Ramones]/ Cheap Nasties [Cheap Nasties].
(Set 2) Stolen Property [Cheap Nasties]/ All Day And All Of The Night [The Kinks]/ Astral Plane [The Modern Lovers]/ Twelve/ (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone [The Monkees]/ Force Feed/ Let Me Dream If I Want To [Mink De Ville]/ Slash [Tuff Darts].
(Set 3) Punishment/ Head Over Heels [Tuff Darts]/ Someone I Care About [The Modern Lovers]/ Satisfaction [The Rolling Stones]/ Let's Spend The Night Together [The Rolling Stones]/ Boyfriend/ 53 and 3rd [The Ramones]/ I Wanna Be Your Dog [The Stooges].
(Set 4) My Generation [The Who]/ Loudmouth [The Ramones]/ Messerschmidt/ Neat Neat Neat [The Damned]/ Dancing Queen [Abba?]/ Beat On The Brat [The Ramones]/ Crazy Connie/ Born To Kill.
(encores) Pills [Bo Diddley/New York Dolls]/ With A Girl Like You [The Troggs]/ Bighead.

Setlist: Scan of typical 1977 setlist, sourced from Kim Salmon Facebook page.

Note: Hernando's was a cabaret jazz venue (from 1975 home to the Perth Jazz Society) and a traditional Italian music venue, which had (Punk) Rock nights on Wednesdays, to start with. Later, just about every night. It was upstairs the old post office behind the Commonwealth Bank (opposite the Carlton Hotel), you had to go behind the East Side Autos carpark to get up the stairwell at the back.

"There was a place called Hernando's Hideaway started up in 1977 by the Victims. It was a jazz club. The proprietor, an Italian guy called Andre, allowed punks in on Wednesday nights. While accommodating at first, he was always complaining about the punks damaging his toilets." Kim Salmon quoted by Keith Cameron in his piece 'Come the revolution', published in The Guardian on 20-Jul-07.


Governor Broome 1977

xx-xxx-77
Perth-Northbridge,The Governor Broome Hotel (@ the corner of William and Roe streets)
[with The Victims]

Photo 1: Photo sourced from Kim Salmon Facebook page.

Photo 2: The Governor Broome, circa Dec-81. Image sourced from the WA State Library.

Note: The Victims's debut gig. The Victims are Dave -Flick- Faulkner (guitar and vocals) [briefly Cheap Nasties], Rudolph V (aka Dave Cardwell) (bass) and James Baker (drums) [later The Scientists]. Dave and James had just left The Geeks, a band that existed between Sep-76 and May-77 (and which also included Lloyd P. and Ross Buncle).


Cheap Nasties:Line-up #1B (AU, Perth: August-77 - December-77):
Robbie -Art- Porritt (vocals)/ Kim Salmon (guitar)/ Neil Fernandes (vocals,guitar)/ Ken -Dan Dare- Seymour (bass) and Mark Betts (drums).

53 Third Avenue 1977

xx-xxx-77
AU Perth-Mount Lawley,53 Third Avenue -live rehearsal/demo recording

Tracklist: Cheap and Nasty/ Hit And Run/ Stolen Property/ You Rip Me Up/ Vegetation/ Johnny Is A Heartbreaker/ Destroy All Planets/ Dancing/ Aryan/ The Face/ and perhaps more..

Photo 1: Scan of photo, sourced from Kim Salmon Facebook page.

Photo 2: Google street view, 2018.

Note: Robert Porritt (who graduated in Arts from the Western Australian Institute of Technology, and knew Kim) takes over from Kim on vocals. 53 Third Avenue is Ken, Mark and Neil's place. Demo recordings engineered by Vin Bresland. Above tracks released on "53rd & 3rd"/"Cheap Nasties" mini album (Numero Group,HoZac Records, 2018).


Stoned Crow 27-Aug-77

27-Aug-77
AU Perth-North Fremantle,The Stoned Crow winebar (@ 237 Queen Victoria Street)

Handbill: Reproduction of handbill (collection Scotti Henthor at Buttercup Records), taken from booklet included with the 4CD box set "A Place Called Bad" (Numero Group, 2016).


Guild Refectory 28-Oct-77

28-Oct-77
AU Perth,University of Western Australia
Guild Refectory,Last Blast Show
[with Dave Warner from the suburbs, The Victims, Hitler Youth]

Handbill: Scan of handbill, sourced from Perthpunk.com. Used with kind permission from Ross.

Article: Article, taken from Pulp zine #3-4, Feb-78.


2x-Dec-77
AU Perth,Police department's end-of-year party

Note: Last Cheap Nasties show.


By December 1977 Kim Salmon (one month short of turning 21) leaves the Cheap Nasties, the 4 others continue as The Manikins until November 1979. After having seen the Cheap Nasties, Rod Radalj (guitar) and Boris Sujdovic (bass) form The Exterminators, with Mark Demetrious (vocals) and John -'Johnno'- Rushin (drums), which existed from Jun-77 till Jan-78. Kim is asked to join the band on vocals. They change their name to The Invaders.


The Invaders: Line-up #1A (AU, Perth: January-78 - April-78):
Kim Salmon (vocals)/ Rod Radalj (guitar)/ Boris Sujdovic (bass) and John -'Johnno'- Rushin (drums).

Guild Refectory 28-Oct-77

21-Apr-78
AU Perth-West Leederville,Town Hall - New Wave Festival
[with The Victims,The Orphans (aka Hitler Youth), Blok Music (early Triffids), Veneers, Sad Sack and The Bagds]

Setlist: A.o. Arsehole Of The Universe (an 'ode' to Perth)/ and more..

Handbill: Scan of handbill (designed by James Baker), sourced from Perthpunk.com. Used with kind permission from Ross.

Ad: Scan of advert, taken from the Daily News 21-Apr-78, sourced as above.

Note: In this line-up of The Invaders, Kim Salmon is asked not to play guitar, just sing. This gig was The Victims' last live show. James Baker then joins The Invaders, replacing John -'Johnno'- Rushin on drums, and Kim returning to guitar.


The Invaders: Line-up #1B (AU, Perth: May-78):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Rod Radalj (guitar)/ Boris Sujdovic (bass) and James Baker (drums).

May-78
AU East Perth,Victims 'manor' (across the road from the big railway yards at Claisebrook)

Note: Rehearsing and quickly noticing they had hit upon a new sound. They change name to The Scientists.






1978-81
-Perth-
The Scientists: 3 years in Perth.
Recording and releasing a single and an EP (1979), doing two interstate tours (1979/1980),
then recording an album just before breaking up in early 1981.

Line-up #1A (AU, Perth: May-78 - Aug-78):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Rod Radalj (rhythm guitar)/ Boris Sujdovic (bass) and James Baker (drums).

Jun-78
AU Perth-Northbridge,corner of Fitzgerald/Newcastle street,'The Loft'

Setlist: I’m Looking For You(1) [The Geeks/The Victims]/ Sorry Sorry Sorry(1,2)/ She Said She Loves Me/ Girl(1)/ Don’t Lie To Me [Chuck Berry](1,2,3)/ Frantic Romantic(2)/ Walk The Plank(1)/ Baby You’re Not For Sale.

Note: 'The Loft' is The Scientists rehearsal space. All above tracks recorded by Chris Tuna and released on the "Not For Sale: Live 1978/79 " 2LP/CD (Grown Up Wrong!, 2019); (1) released on "Pissed On Another Planet" 2CD (Citadel Records, 2004); (2) released on "Rubber Never Sleeps" CS/2LP (Au-Go-Go, 1985/ Bang! Records 2012); (3) released on the "Live Cuts" CD from the "A Place Called Bad" 4CD Box (Numero Group 2016).


xx-xxx-78
AU Perth-Northbridge,The Governor Broome Hotel (@ the corner of William and Roe streets)

Note: Debut concert.


Hernando's Hideaway 1978

xx-xxx-78
AU East-Perth,Hernando's Hideaway (@ 237 Hay Street)
[with The Secret Lives and Paper Dolls]

Handbill: Handbill, reproduction sourced from insert with Easter Records' 1985 re-release of the "Pink" album.

Note: Wednesday night residency. The Secret Lives have Ian Sharples on bass, who would later in May 1979 join The Scientists. Nick Combe may have been The Secret Lives' drummer. He would join a London line-up of The Scientists in December 1986.


xx-xxx-78
AU East-Perth,Hernando's Hideaway (@ 237 Hay Street)

Note: Thursday night residency.


Line-up #1B (AU, Perth: Sep-78 - Dec-78):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Rod Radalj (rhythm guitar) and James Baker (drums).

xx-xxx-78
AU Perth,-

Note: Boris Sujdovic (bass) leaves in August 1978. In April 1979 he forms The Rockets with Rod Radalj. In September 1981 he would return to the -then Sydney based- Scientists, remaining until this day. The 3 remaining Scientists rehearse for about 3-4 months, "6 days a week" (according to James Baker in Roadrunner zine Sep-79), but have no live gigs.


Line-up #1C (AU, Perth: Dec-78 - Apr-79):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Rod Radalj (rhythm guitar)/ Dennis Byrne (bass) and James Baker (drums).

31-Dec-78
AU Perth-Fremantle,-

Note: First gig with this line-up.


1979
AU Perth,Sweetcorn studios, recording "Frantic/Shake (Together Tonight)" single. Engineered by Graeme Sands. Produced by Chris Tuna and The Scientists.


In April 1979 Roddy Radalj leaves The Scientists and joins Boris in The Rockets. Dennis Byrne (bass) leaves the band as well. Roddy is replaced by Ben Juniper and Dennis by Ian Sharples [ex-Secret Lives].


Line-up 2A (AU, Perth: May-79 - May-80):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Ben Juniper (guitar,vocals)/ Ian Sharples (bass,vocals) and James Baker (drums).

Hernando's Hideaway 17-May-79

17-May-79
AU East-Perth,Hernando's Hideaway (@ 237 Hay Street)
[with The Manikins and The Slugs]

Handbill: Reproduction of handbill (collection Tony Harrison), taken from booklet included with the 4CD box set "A Place Called Bad" (Numero Group, 2016).

Note: The Manikins are the 4 remaining Cheap Nasties.


xx-Jun-79
AU Release of "Frantic/Shake (Together Tonight)" single (D.N.A. Records).


Hernando's Hideaway 30-Jun-79

30-Jun-79
AU East-Perth,Hernando's Hideaway (@ 237 Hay Street)
[with The Triffids]

Flyer: Reproduction of flyer, sourced from insert with Easter Records' 1985 re-release of the "Pink" album.

Note: The Triffids debut gig.


Governor Broome xx-Aug-79

xx-Aug-79
AU Perth-Northbridge,The Governor Broome Hotel-Rock Orgy Room (@ the corner of William and Roe streets)
(2 sets)

Setlist: A.o. Pleasure Boy/ (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone [The Monkees]/ Frantic Romantic/ Hold On (Have You Seen My Baby) [Randy Newman]/ Pissed On Another Planet/ Walk In The Room [The Searchers]/ That Girl/ Kinda Girl/ Girl/ Pills [Bo Diddley/New York Dolls]/ Make It [Cheap Nasties]/ She Said She Loves Me/ Teenage Kicks [The Undertones]/ Shake (Together Again)/ Sorry Sorry Sorry/ Drop Out/ Born To Lose [Johnny Thunders]/ Bet You're Lying/ Don't You Lie To Me [Flaming Groovies]/ Slow Death [Flaming Groovies]/ There She Goes Again [Velvet Underground]/ Pretty Girls/ Makin' A Scene/ With A Girl Like You [The Troggs]/ Destroy All Planets/ Slow Death [Flaming Groovies]/.. and more..

Flyer: Reproduction of flyer, sourced from insert with Easter Records' 1985 re-release of the "Pink" album.

Review: Scan of review, taken from Roadrunner zine Sep-79.

Note: Friday night residency. Announced as "Bomp! Recording artist" because Greg Shaw (@ Bomp! records Zine/store in Los Angeles) had bought 500 (out of 1,500) copies of their "Frantic/Shake (Together Tonight)" single.


Governor Broome xx-Aug-79

xx-Aug-79
AU Perth-Northbridge,The Governor Broome Hotel-Rock Orgy Room (@ the corner of William and Roe streets)

Handbill: Reproduction of handbill (collection Tony Harrison), taken from booklet included with the 4CD box set "A Place Called Bad" (Numero Group, 2016).

Note: Sunday night session.


Wheelhouse Niteclub 1979

xx-xxx-79
AU Perth-Fremantle,The Wheelhouse Niteclub (@ Highstreet)
Rock and Bop till you Drop
[with The Secret Lives]

Handbill: Reproduction of handbill (collection Tony Harrison), taken from booklet included with the 4CD box set "A Place Called Bad" (Numero Group, 2016).

Note: Ian Sharples was a former member of The Secret Lives.


North Perth hall-bar 25-Aug-79

25-Aug-79
AU Perth,North Perth Town Hall-bar (@ 26 View Street)
[with The Rockets and The Triffids]

Handbill: Reproduction of handbill, taken from "Cheap and Nasty" CD from the 4CD box set "A Place Called Bad" (Numero Group, 2016).

Note: Boris Sujdovic and Rod Radalj are now members of The Rockets.


20-Oct-79
AU East-Perth,Hernando's Hideaway (@ 237 Hay Street)
[with The Manikins]

Setlist: (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone [The Monkees]/ I'm Lookin' For You [The Geeks/The Victims]/ Make It [Cheap Nasties]/ There She Goes Again [Velvet Underground]/ Sorry Sorry Sorry/ Don't Lie To Me [Chuck Berry]/ She Said She Loves Me/ Bet Ya Lyin'/ Jet Boy Jet Girl [Elton Motello]/ Kinda Girl/ When You Walk In The Room [Jackie DeShannon/The Searchers]/ That Girl/ Drop Out/ Have You Seen My Baby? [Randy Newman]/ Pills [Bo Diddley/New York Dolls]/ Slow Death [Flaming Groovies]/ Frantic Romantic/ Teenage Kicks [The Undertones]/ It's For Real/ Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll [Billy Riley]/ Girl/ Shake (Together Tonite)/ Makin' A Scene/ Pissed On Another Planet/ Last Night.

Note: The Manikins are the 4 remaining Cheap Nasties. "Drop Out" later became part of Beasts Of Bourbon's repertoire.


21-Oct-79
AU Perth-Northbridge,The Governor Broome Hotel-Rock Orgy Room (@ the corner of William and Roe streets)
(2 sets)

Setlist: Just To Be With You/ I'm Lookin' For You [The Geeks/The Victims]/ Kinda Girl(+)/ Melodramatic Touch/ There She Goes Again [Velvet Underground](+)/ Sorry Sorry Sorry/ Make It [Cheap Nasties](+)/ Don't Lie To Me/ She Said She Loves Me/ Last Night/ Jet Boy Jet Girl [Elton Motello]/ Drop Out(+)/ When You Walk In The Room [Jackie DeShannon/The Searchers](+)/ That Girl/ Shadows Of The Night/ Born To Lose [Johnny Thunders]/ Makin' A Scene/ Pills [Bo Diddley/New York Dolls]/ It's For Real/ Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll [Billy Riley]/ Teenage Kicks [The Undertones]/ Girl/ Frantic Romantic/ Pretty Girl(+)/ Pleasure Boy [Cheap Nasties](+)/ Turn Up Your Radio [The Masters Apprentices](+)/ Pissed On Another Planet/ Slow Death [Flaming Groovies]/ Destroy All Planets.

Note: Above tracks recorded from the audience by Doug Thomas [The Dagoes, also Greasy Pop Records] and (+) tracks released on "Not For Sale: Live 1978/79 " 2LP/CD (Grown Up Wrong!, 2019).


Oct-79
AU Perth,Sweetcorn studios, recording "The Scientists" EP. Engineered by Graeme Sands. Produced by Chris Tuna and The Scientists. Songs recorded: "Last Night", "Bet Ya Lyin' (Slink City Lee)", "It's For Real", "Pissed On Another Planet".


Adelaide 23-Nov-79

23-Nov-79
AU Adelaide,Norwood Town Hall
[with The Brats and The Dagoes]
(2 sets)

Setlist: (Set 1:) Pleasure Boy/ Make It [Cheap Nasties]/ There She Goes Again [Velvet Underground]/ Bet Ya Lyin'/ Born To Lose [Johnny Thunders]/ She Said She Loves Me/ Jet Boy Jet Girl [Elton Motello]/ Makin's A Scene/ That Girl/ Sorry Sorry Sorry/ Shake (Together Tonite)/ Slow Death [Flaming Groovies].
(Set 2:) Girl/ It's For Real/ Frantic Romantic/ Have You Seen My Baby? [Randy Newman]/ Pretty Girls/ Teenage Kicks [The Undertones]/ Last Night/ Pills [Bo Diddley/New York Dolls]/ Pissed On Another Planet/ It'll Never Happen Again.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Review: Review from DNA #3 zine, Dec-79.

Note: First interstate tour. Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney - Melbourne and back to Perth. Members of The Sputniks [later The Moodists] attend this gig. Doug Thomas -of support band The Dagoes- had taped The Scientists gig at the Governor Broome in Perth on 21-Oct-79.


Adelaide Nov-79

24-Nov-79
AU Adelaide,Arkaba Hotel
[with Mi-Sex]

29-Nov-79
AU Adelaide,Richmond Hotel

Flyer: Reproduction of flyer, taken from "Not For Sale: Live 1978/79 " 2LP/CD (Grown Up Wrong!, 2019).


Adelaide 30-Nov-79

30-Nov-79
AU Adelaide,Marryatville Hotel
[with The Dagoes]

Setlist: Jet Boy Jet Girl [Elton Motello]/ Walk The Plank/ There She Goes Again [Velvet Underground]/ Girl/ Shadows Of The Night/ That Girl/ Melodramatic Touch/ Bet Ya Lyin'/ Kinda Girl/ I'm Lookin' For You [The Geeks/The Victims]/ Don't Lie To Me/ Born To Lose [Johnny Thunders]/ Destroy All Planets/ Makin' A Scene/ Slow Death [Flaming Groovies].

Listing: Listing taken from DNA #2 zine, Nov-79.


Adelaide Nov-79

01-Dec-79
AU Adelaide,Marryatville Hotel
[with The Dagoes]

Setlist: Pleasure Boy/ Just To Be With You/ Melodramatic Touch/ Bet Ya Lyin'/ Kinda Girl/ Pleasure Boy/ Make It/ One Way Ticket/ It's For Real/ Last Night/ Frantic Romantic/ Teenage Kicks [The Undertones]/ Sorry Sorry Sorry.

Flyer: Reproduction of flyer, taken from "Not For Sale: Live 1978/79 " 2LP/CD (Grown Up Wrong!, 2019).


02-Dec-79
AU Adelaide,Richmond Hotel

Note: Cancelled because -according to the Richmond- the group did not have enough drawing power.


Melbourne 05-Dec-79

05-Dec-79
AU Melbourne-City,The Exford Hotel,Wintergarden Room

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Age newspaper.

Note: First gig (out of 4) in Melbourne. Dolores San Miguel did her last Wintergarden Room booking at the Seaview Hotel on 13-Jan-79, moving it in April 1979 to the Exford Hotel in the city. Opening night was The Secret Police on 21-Apr-79. Dolores ran the Wintergarden Room @ the Exford until mid 1981.


0x-Dec-79
AU Melbourne,-

07-Dec-79
AU Melbourne-Fitzroy,The Champion Hotel
[with Little Murders]


Melbourne 08-Dec-79

08-Dec-79
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel-Crystal Ballroom
[support for The Boys Next Door]

Ad: Scan of ad.

Newsheet: Scan of Crystal Ballroom newsheet .


Sydney Dec-79

1x-Dec-79
AU Sydney,-

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Roadrunner zine Dec-79.

Note: Ten dates in Sydney.


20-Dec-79
AU Melbourne,Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT),Storey Hall

Setlist: Have You Seen My Baby? [Randy Newman](+)/ Melodramatic Touch(+)/ That Girl/ Shadows Of The Night/ She Said She Loves Me/ It's For Real/ Last Night/ Teenage Kicks [The Undertones]/ Slow Death [Flaming Groovies](+)/ Frantic Romantic/ Shake (Together Tonight)/ Makin' A Scene/ Girl/ Pills [Bo Diddley/New York Dolls]/ It'll Never Happen Again.

Note: Recorded by Sven Lang and broadcast live-to-air on 3RRR FM radio. All above tracks "Not For Sale: Live 1978/79 " 2LP/CD (Grown Up Wrong!, 2019); (+) released on "Rubber Never Sleeps" CS/2LP (Au-Go-Go, 1985/ Bang! Records, 2012); (+) also released on "Live Cuts" CD from the 4CD box set "A Place Called Bad" (Numero Group, 2016).


21-Dec-79
AU Melbourne-Fitzroy,The Champion Hotel upstairs
[with Tension Nuts]


Dec-79/Feb-80
AU Perth,-

Note: Upon return from the interstate tour, they only do 4 gigs.


xx-Feb-80
AU Perth,-

Note: Loads of gigs the week before they leave for their 2nd interstate tour.


28-Feb-80
AU Release of "The Scientists" 7" EP (White Rider records ).


Melbourne-Sydney Mar-80

29-Feb-80
AU Melbourne-Brunswick,Bombay Rock
[with Texas]

01-Mar-80
AU Melbourne-Prahan,Station Hotel
[with Barry Smith Band]
(afternoon)

01-Mar-80
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Royal Oak Hotel,Bottom Line
[with The Game]
(evening)

02-Mar-80
AU Melbourne-Ferntree,Gully Hotel,pub
[support for Sherbert]

0x-Mar-80
AU Sydney-Bondi Junction,Bondi Lifesafer club (@ 56 The Ebley)
(headlining-6 people attend)

0x-Mar-80
AU Sydney,-
(several more gigs)

07-Mar-80
AU Sydney-Fairfield,Fairfield Hotel
[with The Lonely Hearts, The Score, The Negatives]

xx-Mar-80
AU Gold Coast-Surfers Paradise,Jet Disco Club
(residency for a week,4 sets a night)

xx-Mar-80
AU Gold Coast,-
(several more dates)
[supporting Mother Goose, Jimmy and the Boys, Midnight Oil], booed off stage)

xx-Mar-80
AU Brisbane,-
(5 days)

21-Mar-80
AU Sydney-Blacktown,Comb & Cutter Hotel
[with The Lonely Hearts]

2x-Mar-80
AU Sydney,-
(more gigs)

Ad: Reproduction of ad, taken from "Not For Sale: Live 1978/79 " 2LP/CD (Grown Up Wrong!, 2019).

Note: Start 2nd interstate tour, which turns out into a flop. They would lose about AU$2000 (AU$9300 in today's money), mainly because they were booked into unsuitable surburban venues supporting incompatible headliners, like Mother Goose, Rose Tattoo, Flowers, John Paul Young, Sherbert, Jimmy and the Boys, Midnight Oil and The Skyhooks.


Sydney 2x-Mar-80

2x-Mar-80
AU Sydney,Channel 7 TV,Sounds
interviewed by Donnie Sutherland.

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Age newspaper, 05-Apr-80.

Note: Program broadcast on 05-Apr-80. In March 1975 Donnie Sutherland became the presenter of the Channel 7's pop music TV show, "Sound Unlimited" (later shortened to "Sounds"). It was broadcast each Saturday morning for twelve years until 1987, and was a long-term competitor to the ABC's pop music series, "Countdown", hosted by Ian "Mollie" Meldrum. During its early years the program was seen only in Sydney, but later it was relayed nationally, its first hour (9am–10am) was still seen in Sydney only, due to time zone differences, and the following two hours (10-12) were screened nationwide.


29-Mar-80
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel-The Crystal Ballroom
[with Wrecked Jets and Models]

Note: Headlining. 300 people attend.


0x-Apr-80
AU Melbourne,-
(more gigs)


ABC Studios 0x-Apr-80

0x-Apr-80
AU Melbourne-Ripponlea,ABC Studios,Countdown-Show #234
[with The Aliens and John Towley]

Setlist 1: (miming to) "Last Night".

Setlist 2: Others live in the studio John Townley "Shine On"/ The Aliens "Follow That Girl", video clips by Mi-Sex "People"/ Split Enz "I Got You"/ Pretenders "Brass In Pocket"/ Blondie "Atomic"/ and more...

Photo: Screencaptures from broadcast. More screencaptures.

Listing: TV program listing, taken from The Age newspaper 06-Apr-80.

Video: Video rebroadcast on 12-Jan-08 on ABC's "Rage" program.

Note 1: Broadcast on Channel 2 TV on Sunday 06-Apr-80, repeated the week after (Sat 12-Apr-80). ABC's "Countdown" music television show was hosted by Ian 'Molly' Meldrum.

The Scientist perform on a set depicting an alleyway replete with gallon drums and wooden crates. Kim recalls (in his biography book "Nine Parts Water..") that Blondie was on the show too, but Blondie toured Australia in December 1977 and not 1980. It may have been the video for "Atomic" he was referring to. This TV show was The Scientists last night on Eastern states tour, before returning to Perth.

Note 2:" It was six hours in the Countdown studios without a drink and the Art Director had very funny ideas about how we should be presented. They wanted Harley Davidsons on the set but we didn't want to know about it. We were supposed to be hanging out in this alleyway checking out this other band, The Aliens, a really dreadful band. They were supposed to be checking us out and we, very discretely, sort of hung around looking pissed off. We drove back across the Nullarbor and it was showing when we were on our way back, so I can't remember if we saw it in a roadside cafe or not, somewhere across the Nullarbor. But there was a repeat the next week which we got to see." Kim Salmon interviewed on 24-Jun-94 by Ian McFarlane for Prehistoric Sounds zine Vol.1 Issue #2, 1995.


01/06-Apr-80
AU Adelaide,-

Note: A week of gigs was cancelled.


xx-Apr-80
AU Perth,Beaufort

Note: Last live show for a long time. "But when we got back to Perth we found we'd been booted out of all of the gigs that we had, and other bands had moved in. 'Cause we'd been away for seven weeks [sic, 5 weeks]. We went to an agent, which was the first time we ever did that, to look for work. So we said "look we've been on Countdown" and this agent said "ah, bullshit mate, pull the other one" (laughs). So being on Countdown did us fuck-all good. But it's a good thing to put on your CV now to impress people.[...] It was more a case that we weren't able to make use of it. It was right at the end of an Eastern States tour and it just came out of the blue, but then we had to go back to Perth. So we didn't have a record company to push it." Kim Salmon interviewed on 24-Jun-94 by Ian McFarlane for Prehistoric Sounds zine Vol.1 Issue #2, 1995.

Ben Juniper leaves for India in May 1980. The band resumes gigging as a three-piece from November 1980 onwards.


Line-up 2B (AU, Perth: Nov-80 - Mar-81):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Ian Sharples (bass,vocals) and James Baker (drums).

xx-Nov-80
AU Perth-Nedlands,The Broadway Tavern

Setlist: Shake (Together Tonite)/ Bet Ya Lyin'/ Sorry Sorry Sorry/ Drop Out/ Shadows Of The Night/ She Said She Loves Me/ Stolen Property/ It's For Real/ Girl/ 53rd & 3rd/ Slow Death [Flaming Groovies]/ I'm Lookin' For You [The Geeks/The Victims]/ That Girl/ One Way Ticket/ I Can Wait/ Pleasure Boy/ Makin' A Scene/ Teenage Kicks [The Undertones]/ It'll Never Happen Again/ ?/ Things She Says/ Another Sunday/ Pretty Girl/ Frantic Romantic/ High Noon/ See Ya Later [The Boys]/ Just To Be With You/ Pissed On Another Planet/ I Fought The Law [Bobby Fuller]/ Last Night.


Broadway Tavern xx-Nov-80

xx-Nov-80
AU Perth-Nedlands,The Broadway Tavern

Setlist: A.o. Makin' A Scene/ She Said She Loves Me/ It's For Real/ Last Night/ Girl/ Frantic Romantic/ That Girl/ Shadows Of The Night/ It's So Easy/ Teenage Dreamer [The Geeks]/ I've Been Stood Up/ Larry/ The Things She Said/ I Don't Want To Sing Another Love Song/ and more...

Review: Scan of review by Kim Williams (who funded their debut album and who would join Salmon in Louie Louie), taken from Roadrunner Dec-80.

Note: James Baker used to be member of The Geeks (together with Lloyd P., Ross Buncle and Rudolph V -Dave Cardwell).


28-Nov-80
AU Perth-Nedlands,The Broadway Tavern
(2 sets)

Setlist: Teenage Dreamer [The Geeks]/ She Said She Loved Me/ Bet Ya Lyin'/ Sorry Sorry Sorry/ Shadows Of The Night/ It's For Real/ Drop Out/ Makin' A Scene/ Girl/ 53rd & 3rd/ It'll Never Happen Again/ Stolen Property/ I'm Lookin' For You [The Geeks/The Victims]/ That Girl/ One Way Ticket/ Another Sunday/ High Noon/ Pissed On Another Planet/ See Ya Later [The Boys]/ Just To Be With You/ Last Night/ I Fought The Law [Bobby Fuller]/ Shake (Together Tonite).


31-Dec-80
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)


Perth January 1981

25-Jan-81
AU Perth,the band accounces their breakup.

Article: Reproduction of article from the Sunday Independent 25-Jan-81, sourced from insert with Easter Records' 1985 re-release of the "Pink" album.


Shelter Recording Feb/Mar-81

Feb/Mar-81
AU Perth-Wanneroo,Shelter Recording studios (@ 23 Franklin Rd), recording the "Pink" album" over the course of a weekend. Engineered by Andy Priest and mixed by (jingle writer and producer) Peter Simpson. Songs recorded: Shadows Of The Night/ Girl/ I'm Looking For You [The Geeks/The Victims]/ She Said She Loves Me/ Sorry Sorry Sorry/ That Girl/ High Noon/ Teenage Dreamer/ Another Sunday/ Walk The Plank/ Larry/ Making A Scene/ It'll Never Happen Again. The album was funded by Rob Samson [Dada records] and Kim Williams [in Louie Louie with Kim Salmon in 1981].

Photo: Google street view, 2019. Since the '90s location of The Digital Factory, a media acquisition/production and archiving facility.

Note:"[..] that's a very poor representation of what the band was really like. It was a lot heavier live. That record's got awful production. We went to another studio and the guy really didn't know what he was doing. The band was falling apart by then. [..] I wanted to get back into the whole Stooges type of thing. With the three piece it was really stripped down, but for that record we stupidly tried to recreate the four piece sound. So I overdubbed guitars and somehow smoothed things out too much. The three piece did work live, as tough as when the band started. It was really full on. It was getting right back to that. We should have just gone in and recorded it live, but we didn't." Kim Salmon interviewed on 24-Jun-94 by Ian McFarlane for Prehistoric Sounds zine Vol.1 Issue #2, 1995.

Even before the album was mixed James Baker moves to Sydney, joining (Le) Hoodoo Gurus together with Dave -Flick- Faulkner and Roddy Radalj, who both had arrived in Sydney late 1980.


1981
AU Perth,Beaufort

1981
AU East-Perth,Hernando's Hideaway (@ 237 Hay Street)
[with The Helicopters]

xx-Mar-81
AU East-Perth,Hernando's Hideaway (@ 237 Hay Street)
[with The Helicopters]

Note: Final shows for the Perth Scientists. Tony Thewlis was then member of The Helicopters and would move to Sydney in September 1981 to join a new line-up of The Scientists. In the meantime Kim Salmon forms Louie Louie with Kim Williams and Brett Rixon [ex-Screaming Fits].


Louie Louie Line-up (AU, Perth: Apr-81 - Jun-81):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Kim Williams (bass,vocals) and Brett Rixon (drums).

Louie Louie 1981

xx-Jun-81
AU AU Perth-Nedlands,The Broadway Tavern

Setlist: (A.o.) Suzanne [Leonard Cohen]/ I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock 'n' Roll) [Gary Glitter]/ Swampland [Louie Louie]/ We Had Love [Louie Louie]/ Hopeless Case [Louie Louie]/ and more..

Review: Scan of review, taken from Roadrunner Jul-81.

Note: "It was a three piece band, a sort of aborted attempt to not just be a power pop group. I don't know, we did some strange things, like a white noise version of Leonard Cohen's 'Suzanne' back to back with Gary Glitter's 'I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock 'n' Roll)' (laughs). Looking back, it wasn't such a good idea, pretty stupid in fact. We just thought the idea of doing either of those two songs was a little different. We did a few Stooges' numbers and our own things in a similar vein. Sort of experimented with trying to write my own lyrics. Brett Rixon was the drummer in that band, and he and I basically sat down and worked hard on a different rhythmic approach, but still retain the essence of rock 'n' roll. [..] Kim Williams and I wrote 'Swampland' at that time. Basically I wrote the chorus, and thought it would be a good idea for a song and came up with most of the words." Kim Salmon interviewed on 24-Jun-94 by Ian McFarlane for Prehistoric Sounds zine Vol.1 Issue #2, 1995.


"Yeah, Brett [Rixon] and I [were the basis of what the Scientists became]. Boris [Sujdovic] saw us play and said to us "you're wasting your time here, there, a whole scene happening in Sydney with bands doing what the Scientists were doing before: the Scientists have got a bit of a reputation". So we must have made a bit of an impression. Apparently 'Frantic Romantic' did impress a few people. So Boris talked me into disbanding [Louie Louie] and reforming a version of the Scientists with him in it, with Brett playing drums. We tried to get [James] Baker interested, but he'd already moved to Sydney and got involved with the Hoodoo Gurus. But I was doing good things with Brett anyway. I was glad to keep going with that. This is with no disrespect for Baker at all. Brett and I did have something good happening.
Just before we left Perth I bumped into Tony Thewlis on the street one day. He used to come to our gigs and he even auditioned for the band one time and we didn't give him the job. But I saw him in a band later and found out he was extremely good. I got to know him a bit and when I did see him we had a jam together and I offered him a place in the band on the strength of that. So what happened was that Boris, Brett and I had made our plans to go to Sydney and without telling the other guys I told Tony he could come over too. So then I had to tell the others when we got there!"
Kim Salmon interviewed on 24-Jun-94 by Ian McFarlane for Prehistoric Sounds zine Vol.1 Issue #2, 1995.






1981-83
-Sydney-
The Scientists: 3 years in Sydney.
Recording and releasing the "Happy Hour" single (1982) and "We Had Love" single (1983), the "Blood Red River" album (1983) and the "This Heart Doesn't Run on Blood.." album (1984) as well as several tours. Roughly 150+ gigs.

Line-up #3A (AU, Sydney: Sep-81 - Dec-83):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Tony Thewlis (guitar)/ Boris Sujdovic (bass) and Brett Rixon (drums).

August 1981, Boris Sujdovic moves to Sydney. Kim Salmon -joined by Tony Pola and Brian Hooper [both future Beasts Of Bourbon/The Surrealists]- drives by car from Perth mid September. Girlfriend Linda arives later. Kim and Linda first stay at Dave Faulkner's [(Le) Hoodoo Gurus] place in Darlinghurst, where Roddy Radalj [former Cheap Nasties, now (Le) Hoodoo Gurus] is living too. Tony Thewlis flew in from Perth later. The next year Kim, Linda and Boris move to 2 Mount Street, Redfern, the others (Tony and Brett) live at a place on Nickson Street, Surry Hills. The Scientists find a rehearsal space in Taylor Square-Campbell Street, run by Peter Simpson [later The Dubrovniks].


31-Dec-81
AU Sydney-Redfern,Entertainer's Club
[support for The Sunnyboys, Lime Spiders and Le Hoodoo Gurus]

Note: Debut gig for the Sydney line-up.


0x-Feb-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)
[support for Le Hoodoo Gurus]

Note: Second gig for the Sydney line-up.


Trade Union Club 05-Feb-82

05-Feb-82
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)
[support for Le Hoodoo Gurus, with Division 4]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: Third gig for the Sydney line-up.


Alibi Club 26-Mar-82

26-Mar-82
AU Sydney-Newtown,Alibi Club (aka Salona's @ corner of Georgina and King Street)
[with Strangelings]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


03-Apr-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)

10-Apr-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)

17-Apr-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)

24-Apr-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)

Note: Friday night residency.


Vulcan Hotel May 1982

01-May-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)

08-May-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)

15-May-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)

22-May-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)

29-May-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)

Flyer: Photo of flyer, sourced from Kim Salmon Facebook page.

Note: Saturday night residency.


xx-May-82
AU Sydney,2SER-FM 107.5 (Sydney Educational Radio), "Local Product" program by Katherine Tulich at 1.15pm.

Setlist: Perpetual Motion(+)/ Tiger Tiger(*)(+)/ When Worlds Collide(+)/ In Time// You'll Get Yours/ Swampland(+)/ Monsters In The Back Of My Mind/ Strangers In The Night(*)(+)(-)/ The Land That Time Forgot.

Note 1: Recorded one afternoon in May 1982. Engineered by Chris Logan. All tracks, except last one, available on the self-released "Scientists demo" cassette, of which about 100 were sold at concerts in 1982. One copy made its way to Bruce Milne (at Au-Go-Go records), who later signed them to his label. (*) Also available on the "Rubber Never Sleeps" album (Au-Go-Go 1985/Bang Records 2012). (+) Also available on the "Swampland:Birth Of the Scientists" CD/LP (Cherry Red/Bang 2008). (-) also available on the "Live Cuts" CD included in "A Place Called Bad" 4CD Box (Numero group 2016). "The Land That Time Forgot" remains unreleased.

Note 2: 2SER -established by a consortium of Sydney universities- made its broadcasting debut on October 1, 1979.


Vulcan Hotel June 1982

05-Jun-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)

12-Jun-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)

19-Jun-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)

26-Jun-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 30-May-82.

Note: Saturday night residency continued.


xx-Jun-82
AU Melbourne, Kim Salmon is interviewed by Bruce Milne for "Fast Forward" cassette zine #12 (August 1982).

Note: After the interview Bruce Milne proposes to release "Swampland" (which he heard on the 2SER-FM tape) as a single on his newly established Au-Go-Go label.


Stranded Night Club '82

xx-xxx-82
AU Sydney-City,Stranded Night Club (@ Strand Arcade 412-414 George Street)
[with Tex Deadly and the Dum Dums]

Photo: Photo of exterior, credit unknown. These days it's the location of the JB Hi-Fi store.

Note: Tex Deadly (aka Tex Perkins) would in 1983 form the Beasts Of Bourbon with Kim Salmon.


xx-xxx-82
AU Sydney-Newtown,Salona's nightclub @ corner of Georgina and King Street)


The Exit 14-Jul-82

14-Jul-82
AU Sydney-Kings Cross,The Exit (@ 22 Bayswater Rd)
[support for MX Warhead]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 11-Jul-82.


Aug-82
AU Sydney-Paddington,Palm studios (@ 11-15 Young Street). Recording the "(This Is My) Happy Hour/Swampland" single. Engineered by Greg McCain. Produced by Chris Logan and Kim Salmon.


Town Hall 13-Aug-82

13-Aug-82
AU Sydney-Paddington,Town Hall (@ 249 Oxford St)
[support for Le Hoodoo Gurus, with Spy v Spy, Hoi Poloi and The Introverts]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 08-Aug-82.

Note: Le Hoodoo Gurus' last live show of Kimble Rendall, who will be replaced by Clyde Bramley [Minuteman].


Trade Union Club 28-Aug-82

28-Aug-82
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)
[with Flaming Hands, Brave New World]

Contract: Reproduction taken from inner cover of "Set it On Fire" CD included in the 4CD box set "A Place Called Bad" (Numero Group, 2016).

Note: Agreed to play two 30-minute sets for AU$150 (AU$580/US$400 in today's money).


Trade Union Club 09-Oct-82

09-Oct-82
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)
M2 Studio's 2nd birthday
[support for Super K, with The Minuteman]

Flyer: Photo of flyer, sourced from Kim Salmon Facebook page.

Note: Super K were a side project with members from the Fun Things, Hoodoo Gurus, New Christs, Minuteman, Died Pretty, etc..


10-Oct-82
AU Sydney-Ultimo,Vulcan Hotel (@ corner of Wattle and Maryanne st)
[with The Sacred Cowboys]

15-Oct-82
AU Sydney-Kings Cross,The Exit (@ 22 Bayswater Rd)
[support for Spy v Spy]


Trade Union Club 17-Oct-82

17-Oct-82
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)
Benefit for the Australian Rock Company
[with Coope De Ville and The Lime Spiders]

Flyer: Photo of flyer, sourced from Kim Salmon Facebook page.


19-Oct-82
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Southern Cross Hotel (@ 453 Elisabeth st)
[with Bloodloss]
(free admittance show)

23-Oct-82
AU Sydney-Darlington,Sydney University-Tin Sheds Arts Workshop (@ 162 City Road)
[support for The Celibate Rifles, with Bloodloss]


Town Hall 26-Oct-82

26-Oct-82
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Southern Cross Hotel (@ 453 Elisabeth st)
[with The Victims]
(free admittance show)

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 24-Oct-82.

Note: Assumingly this was a one-off reunion for The Victims, who's members (Dave Faulkner and James Baker) were now in Le Hoodoo Gurus.


29-Oct-82
AU Sydney-Leichhardt,Leichhardt Hotel-Sonias (@ 95 Norton Street)

05-Nov-82
AU Sydney-Kings Cross,The Exit (@ 22 Bayswater Rd)
[with The Introverts]


Trade Union Club 12-Nov-82

12-Nov-82
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)
[with Drop Bears and The Young Docteurs]

Flyer Photo of flyer.


16-Nov-82
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Southern Cross Hotel (@ 453 Elisabeth st)

17-Nov-82
AU Sydney-Bondi,Bondi Hotel-Bondi Tram (@ Campbell Parade)
[with North 2 Alaskans]

Note: North 2 Alaskans was a band with Spencer P. Jones [later The Johnnys and Beasts of Bourbon].


20-Nov-82
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel-The Crystal Ballroom
[with Sacred Cowboys and Thunder Bugs]

21-Nov-82
AU Melbourne-Collingwood,The Ivanhoe Hotel,Le Tote
[with The Triffids]

Note: First time in Melbourne with the Sydney line-up of The Scientists.


27-Nov-82
AU Sydney-The Rocks,Governors Pleasure (@ 7 Circular Key West)
[with The Young Docteurs and Mysterons]

04-Dec-82
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Southern Cross Hotel (@ 453 Elisabeth st)
[with Suicidal Flowers]


09-Dec-82
AU Release of "(This Is My) Happy Hour/Swampland" 7" single (Au-Go-Go records ).


01-Jan-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Southern Cross Hotel (@ 453 Elisabeth st)

02-Jan-83
AU Sydney-Leichhardt,Leichhardt Hotel-Sonias (@ 95 Norton Street)

03-Jan-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)
[support for Sardine V and with The Red Crayons]


14-Jan-83
AU Sydney-Leichhardt,Leichhardt Hotel-Sonias (@ 95 Norton Street)


18-Jan-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Southern Cross Hotel (@ 453 Elisabeth st)

Setlist: Revhead/ Letter To The World/ I've Had It [Alex Chilton]/ Gonna Make You/ Raver [Alan Vega]/ Strangers In The Night/ Magdalena '82 [Alan Vega]/ Swampland/ Nowhere Dance/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ The Spin/ Fire Escape [The Seeds]/ Rubber Never Sleeps/ When Worlds Collide/ We Had Love/ Burnout.


20-Jan-83
AU Sydney-Mosman,Mosman Hotel
[with Celibate Rifles]


Gaelic Club 21-Jan-83

21-Jan-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hill,The Gaelic Club (@ 64 Devonshire Street)
Swamp Stomp !!
[with Celibate Rifles, The Introverts and The End]

Setlist: Swampland/ Gonna Make You/ I've Had It [Alex Chilton]/ Fire Escape [The Seeds]/ The Spin/ Revhead/ Raver [Alan Vega]/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ Magdalena '82 [Alan Vega]/ Strangers In The Night/ Rubber Never Sleeps/ When Worlds Collide.

Flyer: Photo of poster.

Article: Scan of Stuart Coupe's article, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 17-Jan-83.

Note: The End has Brett Myers on vocals. They would exist until May 1983, after which Brett together with Frank Brunetti [Super K] and Ron Peno form Died Pretty. Keith Claringbold [bass in The Introverts] borrows Boris Sudjovic's bass gear for this gig.


27-Jan-83
AU Melbourne-Fitzroy,Aberdeen Hotel

28-Jan-83
AU Melbourne,Hotel Francis,Venetian Room

29-Jan-83
AU Melbourne-Collingwood,The Club
[with Go Circus]

Note: Second time in Melbourne with the Sydney line-up of The Scientists.


30-Jan-83
AU Melbourne-Collingwood,The Ivanhoe Hotel,Le Tote
[with Spring Planes]

Setlist: Revhead (2)/ Swampland(1)/ I've Had It [Alex Chilton](1)(3)/ Hopeless Case/ The Spin(2)/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ Magdalena '82 [Alan Vega]/ Rubber Never Sleeps/ Strangers In The Night/ Raver [Alan Vega]/ We Had Love(1)/ When Worlds Collide(1)(2)/ Set It On Fire/ Burnout/ Fire Escape [The Seeds]/ Solid Gold Hell/ This Life Of Yours.

Note: Tracks (1) released on "Rubber Never Sleeps" CS/2LP (Au-Go-Go, 1985/ Bang! Records 2012); (2) released on the "Swampland:Birth Of the Scientists" CD/LP (Cherry Red/Bang 2008); (3) released on the "Live Cuts" CD from the "A Place Called Bad" 4CD Box (Numero Group 2016).


05-Feb-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Southern Cross Hotel (@ 453 Elisabeth st)


San Miguel Inn 10-Feb-83

10-Feb-83
AU Sydney-Cammeray,San Miguel Inn (@ 474 Miller St)
[support for Le Hoodoo Gurus]

11-Feb-83
AU Sydney,Mona Vale Hotel (@ 2 Park st)
[support for Le Hoodoo Gurus]
(free admittance show)

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 10-Feb-83.

Note: Start of a one-month long residency on Thursday for both bands at the San Miguel Inn.


12-Feb-83
AU Sydney,Musicians Club
[with the Introverts and The Editions]

13-Feb-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)
[support for Le Hoodoo Gurus, with Tex Deadly and the Dum Dums]

15-Feb-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Southern Cross Hotel (@ 453 Elisabeth st)

17-Feb-83
AU Sydney-Cammeray,San Miguel Inn (@ 474 Miller St)
[support for Le Hoodoo Gurus]
(One month residency on Thursday)


Stranded 20-Feb-83

20-Feb-83
AU Sydney-City,Stranded Night Club (@ Strand Arcade 412-414 George Street)
[with Tex Deadly and the Dum Dums and Grooveyard]

Flyer: Reproduction, taken from "Your Name's On The Door" a book by Tracie Hutchison (ABC Book, 1992).


24-Feb-83
AU Sydney-Cammeray,San Miguel Inn (@ 474 Miller St)
[support for Le Hoodoo Gurus]
(One month residency on Thursday)

25-Feb-83
AU Sydney-Leichhardt,Leichhardt Hotel-Sonias (@ 95 Norton Street)


01-Mar-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Southern Cross Hotel (@ 453 Elisabeth st)

03-Mar-83
AU Sydney-Cammeray,San Miguel Inn (@ 474 Miller St)
[support for Le Hoodoo Gurus]
(One month residency on Thursday)

10-Mar-83
AU Sydney-Cammeray,San Miguel Inn (@ 474 Miller St)
[support for Le Hoodoo Gurus]
(One month residency on Thursday)

11-Mar-83
AU Sydney,University of New South Wales,Roundhouse
[support for The Troggs, with Le Hoodoo Gurus, JFK and the Cuban Crisis]
(The Scientists and Le Hoodoo Gurus don't play)

12-Mar-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)
[support for Sardine V, with Soggy Porridge]


Mar-83
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Richmond Recorders, recording sessions (part 1) for the "Blood Red River" mini album. Engineered by Chris Corr. Mixed by Mark Nutney and Kim Salmon. Produced by Chris Logan and Kim Salmon. Songs recorded: When Fate Deals It's Mortal Blow/ Burnout/ The Spin// Rev Head/ Set It On Fire/ Blood Red River.

Note: "With the songs ready, the band [went] with Chris Logan to Richmond Recorders [in Melbourne] for some midnight to dawn sessions. It was a challenging experience. The band would get trashed and then go into the studio full of rock 'n' roll brio, being wild and bad and oppositional. There was always an element of friction in the band, and as they were tired and trashed it didn't take much to set it off in the studio. [...] Amidst the chaos, Chris Logan was the ideal engineer, and was meticulous about how the band was recorded. They had the mini LP in the bank, great songs, well recorded ... but the mix was a mess. For Kim, it was a huge let down. His song writing was at its peak, the band was at full potency, and the sound that had been rendered so well in the recording had been badly diluted in the mixing. (Kim Salmon:)"It was a very underwhelming mix, I was really disappointed by it. And I sat on it for months, listened to it, and thought `oh the snare needs to be more like the snare on [The Stooges'] Raw Power, that guitars got too much bottom end in it'. And I just thought about it and thought about it, and when we went back into the studio [in May] I had no idea about recording, but when it came to the mixing I was right over [Chris Logan's] shoulder the whole time!" If Bruce [Milne, Au-Go-Go records] was initially concerned about the setback, he soon realised Kim was on the right track: (Bruce Milne:) "They went back and did it again and they were right, it was a whole new sound, a reduction of sound". From "Nine Parts Water, One Part Sand", biography book by Douglas Galbraith with Kim Salmon (Melbourne Books, 2019).


Melbourne-City 22-Mar-83

22-Mar-83
AU Melbourne-City,Inflation disco (60 King St)
Swamp Stomp Spectacular
[with Corpsegrinders]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Age 18-Mar-83.

Note: Third time in Melbourne with the Sydney line-up of The Scientists.


Melbourne-St.Kilda 24-Mar-83

24-Mar-83
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Prince Of Wales Hotel
[with Thunderbugs]

Setlist: The Other Place [The Seeds](1)(3)(4)/ The Spin/ Swampland/ Raver [Alan Vega]/ Gonna Make You(3)(4)/ Fire Escape [The Seeds]/ I've Had It [Alex Chilton]/ The Wall [John Fogerty]/ Magdalena '82 [Alan Vega]/ Rubber Never Sleeps/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ Revhead/ Set It On Fire/ We Had Love/ Burnout// Ghost Train(2)(4)/ When Worlds Collide(4).

Flyer 1: Photo of flyer.

Flyer 2: Photo of Thunderbugs' flyer.

Listing 1: Scan of listing, taken from The Age 18-Mar-83.

Listing 2: Scan of listing, taken from The Age 24-Mar-83.

Note: Recorded by Ross Giles and broadcast Live-to-air on 3PBS-FM (107.7) -"Freeway Pile Up" program (tracks "Ghost Train" and "When Worlds Collide" not broadcast). Track (1) available on "The Other Place" flexi 7" (Au-Go-Go Records, 1985); track (2) available on the "When Worlds Collide/ Ghost Train" 7" single (Au-Go-Go, 1983), which was given away at 2 gigs: Surry Hill's Gaelic Club show, Sydney on 23-Sep-83 and at the Crystal Ballroom,Melbourne on 08-Oct-83; tracks (3) available on "Rubber Never Sleeps" CS/2LP (Au-Go-Go, 1985/ Bang! Records 2012); tracks (4) available on the "Live Cuts" CD from the "A Place Called Bad" 4CD Box (Numero Group 2016).


25-Mar-83
AU Melbourne-City,Hotel Francis-Venetian Room

26-Mar-83
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Ballroom


27-Mar-83
AU Melbourne-Collingwood,The Ivanhoe Hotel,Le Tote

Setlist: Raver [Alan Vega]/ The Other Place [The Seeds]/ The Wall [John Fogerty](+)/ (This Is My) Happy Hour(+)/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ Swampland/ Fire Escape [The Seeds]/ The Spin/ Revhead/ Burnout/ Magdalena '82 [Alan Vega]/ Loose [The Stooges]/ We Had Love/ When Worlds Collide.

Note: Tracks (+) released on "Rubber Never Sleeps" CS/2LP (Au-Go-Go, 1985/ Bang! Records 2012).


Gaelic Club 31-Mar-83

31-Mar-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hill,The Gaelic Club (@ 64 Devonshire Street)
Swamp Stomp!
[with Box of Fish, Wet Taxis and Chosen Few]

Poster: Photo of poster.


02-Apr-83
AU Sydney-Mosman,Mosman Hotel
[with Box Of Fish]

05-Apr-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Strawberry Hills Hotel (former Southern Cross Hotel @ 453 Elisabeth st)
(free admittance show)


Gaelic Club 15-Apr-83

15-Apr-83
AU Perth,Melbourne Hotel
Swamp Stomp!!
[with Love Assassins and Scant Regarde]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: First return to Perth since they moved to Sydney.


Trade Union Club 22-Apr-83

22-Apr-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)
Sedition 3-day festival on ANZAC weekend
[with Celibate Rifles, Sunday Painters, Wet Taxis, Cub and Cold, The End]

Setlist: Magdalena '82 [Alan Vega](1)/ The Other Place [The Seeds]/ Raver [Alan Vega]/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ Fire Escape [The Seeds]/ Swampland/ When Worlds Collide(2)/ Burnout/ We Had Love/ Set It On Fire/ Loose [The Stooges].

Poster: Photo of poster.

Article:Scan of article, taken from the Sydney Morning Herald 22-Apr-83.

Review:Scan of review, taken from the Sydney Morning Herald 25-Apr-83.

Note 1: Organised by Go-Broke Promotion and Hot Records Distribution. Recorded by 2JJJ-FM (103.7) radio by Ian Davies. Track (1) available on "Sedition Go Broke" CS (AU, 1983); track (2) released on the "When Worlds Collide/ Ghost Train" 7" single (Au-Go-Go, 1985). The festival ran from April, 22-24. Line-up Saturday 23: Moodists/ Hugo Klang/ The Same/ Kill The King/ Upside Down House; Sunday 24: Great White Noise/ Funny Stories/ Severed Heads/ Sketches/ Plan B/ Benders.

Note 2: Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally devised to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who served in the Gallipoli Campaign, their first engagement in the First World War (1914–1918).


23-Apr-83
AU Sydney-Cammeray,San Miguel Inn (@ 474 Miller St)
[with Sekret Sekret]

29-Apr-83
AU Sydney-Mosman,Mosman Hotel
[with The Myth]


Stranded 01-May-83

01-May-83
AU Sydney-City,Stranded Night Club (@ Strand Arcade 412-414 George Street)
[with The Most]

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from the Sydney Morning Herald 01-May-83.


Roundhouse 13-May-83

13-May-83
AU Sydney-Kensington,University of New South Wales-Roundhouse
[support for The Birthday Party, with X, The Same, Pel Mel and Upsidedown House]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Article: Scan of article, taken from Sydney Morning Herald, 11-May-83.

Note: The Birthday Party's final tour.


14-May-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Strawberry Hills Hotel (former Southern Cross Hotel @ 453 Elisabeth st)
(free admittance show)


May-83
AU Melbourne-Richmond,Richmond Recorders, recording and mixing sessions (part 2) for the "Blood Red River" mini album. Engineered by Chris Corr. Mixed by Mark Nutney and Kim Salmon. Produced by Chris Logan and Kim Salmon. Songs recorded/mixed: When Fate Deals It's Mortal Blow/ Burnout/ The Spin// Rev Head/ Set It On Fire/ Blood Red River.


Melbourne 20-May-83

20-May-83
AU Melbourne,Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT),Storey Hall
[support for The Birthday Party]

Setlist: We Had Love/ When Worlds Collide/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ The Spin/ Fire Escape [The Seeds]/ This Is My Happy Hour/ Revhead/ Solid Gold Hell/ Burnout/ Set It On Fire.

Article: Scan of article from The Age newspaper, 20-May-83.

Note: Fourth visit to Melbourne for the Sydney Scientists.


Melbourne 21-May-83

21-May-83
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,The Venue
[support for The Birthday Party, with The Moodists]

Flyer: Scan of flyer.

Note: The Birthday Party's next to last concert.


22-May-83
AU Melbourne-Collingwood,The Ivanhoe Hotel,Le Tote

Setlist: Set It On Fire/ The Spin/ The Wall [John Fogerty]/ Raver [Alan Vega]/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ Revhead/ Fire Escape [The Seeds]/ When Worlds Collide/ Magdalena '82 [Alan Vega]/ We Had Love/ Burnout/ Blood Red River.


Blood Red River video 1983

May-83
AU Melbourne,shooting promo video for "Blood Red River".

Photo: Screen captures from video, which was shot in a sewer.

Video: Kim Salmon's YouTube video channel.


Many Vale 28-May-83

28-May-83
AU Sydney-Manly Vale,Many Vale Hotel (@ 250 Condamine St)
[with Celibate Rifles and Mustard Club]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 27-May-83.


09-Jun-83
AU Sydney-Mosman,Mosman Hotel

10-Jun-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Newtown Rules Club
[with The Spectre's Revenge and Decline of the Reptiles]

11-Jun-83
AU Sydney-Rydalmere,The Family Inn (@ 378 Victoria Road)
[with The Johnnys]

14-Jun-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Strawberry Hills Hotel (former Southern Cross Hotel @ 453 Elisabeth st)
(free admittance show)


Sands Hotel 17-Jun-83

17-Jun-83
AU Sydney-Maroobra,Sands Hotel (@ Dan Curtin Cr. Maroubra)
[with The Spectre's Revenge]

Flyer: Photo of flyer, sourced from Kim Salmon Facebook page.

Note: Peter Simpson [later The Dubrovniks, now member of The Spectre's Revenge] runs the rehearsal space in Taylor Square-Campbell Street The Scientists are using.


18-Jun-83
AU Sydney-Mosman,Middle Harbour 16' Skiff Club (@ 237 Spit Rd)
[with Wet Taxis and Ragadolls]

25-Jun-83
AU Sydney,Cove Tavern (@ Young Street)
[support for Spy v Spy, with Debutantes and Shu Shu]

01-Jul-83
AU Sydney-Paddington,Green Hotel,Players (@ 182 Oxford st)
[with Wet Taxis and Ragadolls]


14-Jul-83
AU Sydney-Manly,Hotel Manly (@ 1 Belgrave st)
[support for The Johnnies]

15-Jul-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)
[with Bring Philip and The Introverts]


Sydney-Bondi 16-Jul-83

16-Jul-83
AU Sydney-Bondi,Bondi Hotel (@ Campbell Parade)
[with The Particles]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 15-Jul-83.


2x-Jul-83
AU Release of "Blood Red River" album (Au-Go-Go records).


29-Jul-83
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,The Crystal Ballroom
[with Tombstone Hands]

30-Jul-83
AU Melbourne,Hotel Francis,Venetian Room
[with 5.15]

Note: Start of the 'Blood Red River' Australian tour. Fifth time in Melbourne with the Sydney line-up.


31-Jul-83
AU Melbourne-Collingwood,The Ivanhoe Hotel,Le Tote

Setlist: (A.o.) Raver [Alan Vega](1)/ She Cracked [Modern Lovers](1)(2)(3)/ and more...

Note: 'Blood Red River' Australian tour. Tracks (1) released on "Rubber Never Sleeps" CS/2LP (Au-Go-Go, 1985/ Bang! Records 2012); (2) released "The Other Place" flexi 7" (Au-Go-Go Records, 1985); (3) released on the "Live Cuts" CD from the "A Place Called Bad" 4CD Box (Numero Group 2016).


Adelaide Aug-83

04-Aug-83
AU Adelaide,Cremorne Hotel
[with 5.15 and No's Knife]

05-Aug-83
AU Adelaide,Tivoli Hotel
[with 5.15 and The Falling Spikes]

Listing: Taken from DNA zine #33, Oct-83.

Note: 'Blood Red River' Australian tour. First time in Adelaide with the Sydney line-up.


06-Aug-83
AU Adelaide,Adelaide University Bar
[with 5.15 and The Falling Spikes]

Setlist: (This Is My) Happy Hour/ Fire Escape [The Seeds]/ When Worlds Collide/ Raver [Alan Vega]/ The Spin/ Clear Spot [Captain Beefheart]/ Rev Head/ Set It On Fire/ Burn Out/ This Life of Yours/ Solid Gold Hell/ Blood Red River.

Note: 'Blood Red River' Australian tour. Recorded by Tony Ennis of Radio Adelaide (5UV) -a community radio station- and apparently also broadcast live-to-air. The mixing was done in a separate room behind the stage on quarter inch tape. A copy of the recording was made by Daniel Kearney who recently rediscovered it in his parents attic! He made a digital copy, which he sent to Kim Salmon.

Note 2: All tracks also available on Disc IV ("Live Cuts") from the "A Place Called Bad" 4CD Box (Numero Group, 2016).


Adelaide 07-Aug-83

07-Aug-83
AU Adelaide,Tivoli Hotel
[with 5.15 and The Falling Spikes]

Setlist: Swampland/ Raver [Alan Vega]/ The Spin/ The Wall [John Fogerty]/ Crazy Heart/ She Cracked [Modern Lovers]/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ Clear Spot [Captain Beefheart]/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ Revhead/ Set It On Fire/ Burnout/ This Life Of Yours/ Solid Gold Hell/ Blood Red River/ Can't Seem To Make You Mine [The Seeds]/ Magadalena '82 [Alan Vega].

Review: Taken from DNA zine #34, Jan-84.

Note: 'Blood Red River' Australian tour.


Sydney 12-Aug-83

12-Aug-83
AU Sydney-Cammeray,San Miguel Inn (@ 474 Miller St)
[with Sekret Sekret]

Setlist: She Cracked [Modern Lovers]/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ The Wall [John Fogerty]/ The Spin/ Fire Escape [The Seeds]/ Raver [Alan Vega]/ Clear Spot [Captain Beefheart]/ Can't Seem To Make You Mine [The Seeds]/ Burnout/ Set It On Fire/ Crazy Heart/ This Life Of Yours/ Solid Gold Hell/ Blood Red River.

Listing: Scan taken from Sydney Morning Herald, 10-Aug-83.

Note: 'Blood Red River' Australian tour.


14-Aug-83
AU Sydney-City,Stranded Night Club (@ Strand Arcade 412-414 George Street)
[with Big Red Tractor]


2-JJJ FM 15-Aug-83

15-Aug-83
AU Sydney,ABC studios,2JJJ-FM
Nine O-Clock Muse - Radio session

Setlist: We Had Love(1)/ interview with Kim Salmon and Tony Thewlis/ Raver [Alan Vega](2)/ interview/ Clear Spot [Captain Beefheart](1)/ interview/ The Wall [John Fogerty]/ Fire Escape [The Seeds].

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 22-Aug-83.

Note 1: Produced by Peter Watts and Kim Salmon. Broadcast on 22-Aug-83. Tracks (1) released on the "We Had Love/Clear Spot" 7" single (Au-Go-Go records, 1983) and "Blood Red River 1982-1984" compilation (Citadel 2000/SFTRI 2001); (2) released on V/A: "Nine O-Clock Muse" album (ABC/Festival, 1984); all songs available on the "Heading For A Trauma" compilation album (Au-Go-Go, 1985) as well as on Disc II (Set It On Fire) from the 4CD box set "A Place Called Bad" (Numero Group, 2016).

Note 2: Peter Watts worked for the BBC in the 70's, spending several years in the early 1980's living in Sydney working for ABC/2JJJ radio as an engineer. In Ocober '83 he would record the band's "This Heart Doesn't Run On Blood.." mini album, as well as the "Atom Bomb Baby" album in London (January 1985).


18-Aug-83
AU Sydney-Mosman,Mosman Hotel
[with Ragadoll]


Players 20-Aug-83

20-Aug-83
AU Sydney-Paddington,Green Hotel,Players (@ 182 Oxford st)
[with Young Docteurs and The Spectre's Revenge]

Flyer: Photo of flyer, sourced from Kim Salmon Facebook page.

Ad: Scan of advert, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 19-Aug-83.


23-Aug-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Strawberry Hills Hotel (former Southern Cross Hotel @ 453 Elisabeth st)
(free admittance show)

Setlist: (partial) I've Had It [Alex Chilton]/ Ghost Train/ The Spin/ Swampland/ Burnout/.. and more..


St George Sailing 25-Aug-83

25-Aug-83
AU Sydney-Sans Souci,St George Sailing Club (@ Riverside Drive)
[support for The Angels]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 19-Aug-83.


St George Sailing 27-Aug-83

27-Aug-83
AU Sydney-City,Tivoli Hotel,Cabaret (@645-656 George St.)
[support for The Angels]

Ad 1: Scan of ad, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 19-Aug-83.

Ad 2: Scan of advert, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 26-Aug-83.

Review: Scan of review, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 31-Aug-83. "The Scientists didn't fare quite so well with the Angels' crowd on Saturday night. Most of the Angels fans weren't impressed with the Scientists' muddy brand of rock 'n' roll — despite its frantic nature —and gave the band a fairly hard time. However this only served to bring out now more spirit in the playing and the band turned in an excellent set."


Leagues Club 28-Aug-83

28-Aug-83
AU Sydney-Parramatta,Leagues Club
[support for The Angels]

Setlist: ending with "Nitro" (20 mins) and "Rev Head".

Poster: Photo of poster, sourced from Kim Salmon Facebook page.

Article: Scan of article by Stuart Coupe, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 18-Sep-83.

Note: Bottled off stage. [...] "You know, there's nothing so sinister as a crowd of Parramatta football fans that just lost the match that day, when you're supporting the Angels." [...] some of the agencies were wanting to sign us up. When Dirty Pool (The Angels' agency) kept hassling us, we didn't want to know about agencies, because we had no need for them at that point. Then we thought, 'OK, they've hassled us enough,' and so we said, 'well, what can you do for us?' So they gave us the Angels supports. Their plan was to have us thrashing around the suburbs. [...] So what happened at this Angels show? "The floor was littered with beer-cans and bottles of whatever. We got one full bottle thrown, and that was the one that made us stop playing. It sailed by my head missing by about a foot. [...] It was a magnum of champagne, actually, for our efforts; but we had to sneak out of that gig without getting paid, because there were so many people that really hated us. There was so much hatred. It was an eventful gig as well in that we wrote 'Nitro' at that show, jammed it out. I've heard tapes of it -- some fans taped the show, up the front ... people saying, 'urgh, who are these?' 'I dunno they come from Darlinghurst ...' We were this group from the city, and they didn't like us. I couldn't hear any music on the tape." Kim Salmon interviewed on 02-Jan-89 by David Gerard for Party Fears zine #10, Autumn 1989.


31-Aug-83
AU Sydney-Cronulla,Workers Club
[support for The Dead Kennedys, with Progression Cult]

02-Sep-83
AU Sydney-Manly Vale,Manly Vale Hotel (@ 250 Condamine st)
[support for The Dead Kennedys]


09-Sep-83
AU Sydney-Mosman,Mosman Hotel
[with Zulu Rattle]

16-Sep-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street),"Super S Night"
[with Soggy Porridge and Samural Trash]


Sydney Morning Herald 18-Sep-83

18-Sep-83
AU Sydney. The Scientists have been taking a break for a few weeks, preparing for the "When Worlds Collide/Ghost Train" single release and announcing their plans to move overseas (to Berlin or Paris).

Article: Scan of article, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 18-Sep-83.


Gaelic Club 23-Sep-83

23-Sep-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Gaelic Club (@ 64 Devonshire Street)
"Swamp Stomp!!"
[with Lime Spiders, Sekret Sekret, Ragadoll)

Poster: Photo of poster.

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 19-Aug-83.

Note: Copies of their "When Worlds Collide/Ghost Train" single given away to the first 500 attendees.


Trade Union Club 23-Sep-83

06-Oct-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)
[support for The Gun Club]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


08-Oct-83
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Seaview Ballroom
[with Lynching Party]

Note: Sixth time in Melbourne with the Sydney line-up. Copies of their "When Worlds Collide/Ghost Train" single given away to the first 500 attendees.


Oct-83
AU Sydney-Glebe,A.T.A. studios (aka Studio 96/Glebe Studios). Recording sessions for the "This Heart Doesn't Run On Blood, This Heart Doesn't Run On Love" mini album. Engineered by Peter Watts. Produced by Peter Watts and Kim Salmon. Mixed @ Rick Turk's Honeyfarm studios, Sydney-Duffys Forrest in October 1983. Songs recorded: Nitro/ Solid Gold Hell// I Cried No Tears/ Crazy Heart/ This Life Of Yours.


Trade Union Club 14-Oct-83

14-Oct-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)
[with Wet Taxis and Grooveyard]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 14-Oct-83.


15-Oct-83
AU Sydney-Mosman,Mosman Hotel
[with Lime Spiders]

21-Oct-83
AU Sydney-Paddington,Green Hotel,Players (@ 182 Oxford st)
[with Sekret Sekret]


24-Oct-83
AU Sydney-Woolloomooloo,Paradise Studios (@ Judge Street). One (drunken) day recording session for Beasts Of Bourbon's debut album "The Axeman's Jazz". Engineered by Tony Cohen and Tim Greig. Produced by Roger Grierson. Songs recorded: Evil Ruby/ Love And Death/ Graveyard Train [John Fogerty]/ Psycho [Leon Payne]/ Drop Out/ Save Me A Place/ Lonesome Bones/ The Day Marty Robbins Died/ Ten Wheels For Jesus. Line-up: Tex Perkins (vocals)/ Kim Salmon (guitar)/ Spencer P. Jones (guitar)/ Boris Sujdovic (bass)/ James Baker (drums).

Note 1: "Recording "[The] Axeman's Jazz", Spencer [Jones] arrived having not slept. It was his last night on tour filling in for the Gun Club [on 23-Oct-83 @ Strawberry Hill Hotel], so he'd been up all night, accompanied them to the airport and arrived maybe an hour late for our session — I think our session was 12 midday to 6pm ... Spencer was incredibly drunk and high when he arrived ... we were all incredibly drunk by the time the session ended." (Tex Perkins). From "Nine Parts Water, One Part Sand", biography book by Douglas Galbraith with Kim Salmon (Melbourne Books, 2019).

Note 2: "I honestly don't even remember playing most of that album, I was so drunk. It was done in a very expensive studio, so we had the sound, but it still did not cost a lot of money. The money was very well invested." Kim Salmon interviewed on 02-Jan-89 by David Gerard for Party Fears zine #10, Autumn 1989.


29-Oct-83
AU Sydney-Mosman,Middle Harbour 16' Skiff Club (@ 237 Spit Rd)
[with Wet Taxis and Trench Gashes]


11-Nov-83
AU Sydney-Narrabeen,Royal Antler Hotel
[with The Lime Spiders and WW24]


Trade Union Club 12-Nov-83

12-Nov-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club (@ 111 Foveaux Street)
[with Sekret Sekret and Spectre's Revenge]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 11-Nov-83.


16-Nov-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Strawberry Hills Hotel (former Southern Cross Hotel @ 453 Elisabeth st)


Mosman Hotel 18-Nov-83

18-Nov-83
AU Sydney-Mosman,Mosman Hotel

19-Nov-83
AU Sydney-Carmens,Miranda Hotel
[with The Lime Spiders and Celibate Rifles]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 18-Nov-83.

Note: "Farewell To Australia"-tour.


Players 23-Nov-83

23-Nov-83
AU Sydney-Paddington,Green Hotel,Players (@ 182 Oxford st)
[with Playboy Lords and Zulu Rattle].

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Ad: Scan of advert, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 18-Nov-83.

Article: Scan of article, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 23-Nov-83.

Note: "Farewell To Australia"-tour. Last date in Sydney.


25-Nov-83
AU Melbourne-Fitzroy,MRA House
[with Chris Bailey]

26-Nov-83
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Hotel,Seaview Ballroom
[with Chris Bailey]

Note: "Farewell To Australia"-tour. Seventh time in Melbourne for the Sydney Scientists.


Melbourne 01-Dec-83

01-Dec-83
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,The Venue
First Ha Ha Ha
[with Tombstone Hands]

Ad: Scan of advert, taken from The Age 01-Dec-83.

Note: "Farewell To Australia"-tour. Last date in Melbourne.


Adelaide 02-Dec-83

02-Dec-83
AU Adelaide,Hackney Hall
[with Grong Grong]

Setlist: Set It On Fire/ We Had Love/ The Spin/ Raver [Alan Vega]/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ The Wall [John Fogerty]/ Rev Head/ Burnout/ Blood Red River/ Solid Gold Hell/ Crazy Heart/ I Cried No Tears/ This Life Of Yours/ Nitro.

Review: Scan of review, taken from DNA #35 zine, Jan-84.

Note: "Farewell To Australia"-tour. Last and only date in Adelaide.


23-Dec-83
AU Perth,-

Note: "Farewell To Australia"-tour. Last time in Perth.


xx-Dec-83
AU Melbourne-Geelong,Eureka Hotel

Setlist: When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ The Spin/ I've Had It [Alex Chilton]/ Swampland/ Raver [Alan Vega]/ Rev Head/ The Wall [John Fogerty]/ Blood Red River/ Solid Gold Hell/ This Life Of Yours/ Crazy Heart/ We Had Love/ Burnout/ Set It On Fire/ I Cried No Tears/ Nitro/ When Worlds Collide.

Note: "Farewell To Australia"-tour.


xx-Dec-83
AU Release of "We Had Love/ Clear Spot" 7" single (Au-Go-Go records).






1984-87
-London-
The Scientists: 3 years in London.
Recording and releasing 3 singles: "Demolition Derby" (1985), "Atom Bomb Baby" (1985) and "You Only Live Twice" (1985) and 3 albums: "Atom Bomb Baby/You Get What You Deserve" (1985), "Weird Love" (1986) and their final "The Human Jukebox" (1987). Touring in support for The Gun Club, The Sisters Of Mercy and Siouxsie & The Banshees as well as on their own. Falling out with their label (Au-Go-Go) and moving to their manager's (Karbon Records) label. Roughly 200 live gigs.

February 1984. Tex Perkins (vocals), Kim Salmon (guitar) and Richard Ploog (drums) [The Church] form Salamander Jim, doing a few live gigs, making enough money for Kim (with wife Linda and son Alex) to pay the airfare to London. March 1984. Boris Sujdovic, Brett Rixon and Tony Thewlis move to London first and they all stay in Brett's sister's spare room. Kim comes over a month or so later and moves into a flat in Brixton with Nick Combe (a friend from Perth band Secret Lives and later to drum on "The Human Jukebox" album) and a friend who's then girlfriend was Australian Leanne Chock/Cowie (later to become their tour manager/drummer), which is how they met her. After another month, Brett's sister takes it upon herself to find the other three a cheap flat in Fulham. Later Kim and Linda move to Chepstow Villas in Notting Hill Gate. Linda assume managerial duties until January 1985. Gig-wise though, they have absolutely no trouble at all. Bruce Milne (Au-Go-Go) puts them in touch with the All Trade booking agency who -with the help of Leanne- immediately book them plenty of live gigs, supports and on their own.


Line-up #3A (UK, London: Jun-84 - Mar-85):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Tony Thewlis (guitar)/ Boris Sujdovic (bass) and Brett Rixon (drums).

London 06-Jun-84

06-Jun-84
UK London-The Strand,Lyceum Theatre
[support for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, with Play Dead and Carcrash International]

Ad: Ad taken from Sounds magazine 19-May-84.

Note: First live gig for the London line-up.


Southampton 27-Jun-84

27-Jun-84
UK Southampton,Mayfair Suite (formerly the Top Rank Suite)
[support for New Order]

Setlist: Set It On Fire/ Blood Red River/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ The Wall [John Fogerty]/ Crazy Heart/ I Cried No Tears/ Backwards Man/ Lead Foot/ Nitro.

Ticket: Photo of ticket.


02-Jul-84
UK London-Covent Garden,Rock Garden

Setlist: Crazy Heart/ Blood Red River/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ Lead Foot/ Burnout/ I Cried No Tears/ Backwards Man/ This Life Of Yours/ Nitro/ Solid Gold Hell.


London 0x-Jul-84

0x-Jul-84
UK London,The Venue

Review: Xerox of review taken from Sounds magazine 07-Jul-84.


London 11-Jul-84

11-Jul-84
UK London-Islington,Hope & Anchor Club

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


19-Jul-84
UK London-Camden,Dingwalls
[support for The Go-Betweens, with Flesh For Lulu]

Setlist: Nitro (aborted)/ Set It On Fire/ Nitro/ Blood Red River/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Lead Foot/ Crazy Heart/ I Cried No Tears/ This Life Of Yours/ Backwards Man/ Solid Gold Hell.


20-Jul-84
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,The Garage/The Broadway (downstairs)

Setlist: Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Set It On Fire/ I Cried No Tears/ Crazy Heart/ Blood Red River/ This Life Of Yours/ Nitro/ Solid Gold Hell/ Lead Foot/ Backwards Man/ The Other Place [The Seeds]/ Magdalena '82 [Alan Vega].


21-Jul-84
UK London-Covent Garden,Rock Garden


25-Jul-84
UK London-Kensington,The Kensington pub,Ad-Lib

Setlist: Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Set It On Fire/ Nitro/ Crazy Heart/ Blood Red River/ Lead Foot/ This Life Of Yours/ I Cried No Tears/ Backwards Man/ Solid Gold Hell/ Can't Seem To Make You Mine [The Seeds]/ Raver [Alan Vega].


Camden 16-Aug-84

16-Aug-84
UK London-Camden,Electric Ballroom
[with The Moodists, Flesh For Lulu, Turkey Bones]

Ad: Xerox, taken from La Herenzia De Los Munster" zine (Spain, 1989).


Brixton 05-Sep-84

05-Sep-84
UK London-Brixton,The Fridge
[with The Redskins and Seething Wells]

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.


Solid Gold Hell video 1984

Sep-84
UK London,shooting promo video for "Solid Gold Hell".

Photo: Screen capture from video.

Video: Kim Salmon's YouTube video channel.


xx-Sep-84
AU Release of "This Heart Does Not Run On Blood..." album (Au-Go-Go records).


Groningen 20-Sep-84

20-Sep-84
NL Groningen,Vera

Listing: Scan of listing taken from Nieuwsblad van het Noorden 14-Sep-84.

Note: First time on European continent. Warm-up for the Pandora's Music Box festival show.


Rotterdam 21-Sep-84

21-Sep-84
NL Rotterdam,De Doelen,Pandora's Music Box festival -Garage Box
[with Claw Boys Claw, The Lyres, The Nomads, Dream Syndicate,..].

Setlist: When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ I Cried No Tears/ Solid Gold Hell/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Blood Red River/ We Had Love/ Nitro/ Backwards Man.

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Volkskrant 23-Aug-84.

Schedule: Scan of schedule. The Scientists play from 22:15-22:45.

Note: "The next step was for the Dutch fellow previously mentioned [Willem Venema – of Double You/Mojo Concerts] to walk in to All Trade [booking agency] and see our photo and then book us into Futurama [festival] in Belgium and the Pandora's Box festival in Rotterdam. At Pandora's Box we found ourselves in front of a huge jampacked room which moved back a full metre the moment we launched into our set. [...] At Pandora's Box, a Belgian chap called Paul Delnoy [of Belgian band La Muerte] asked if he could make a record with us on his label. He did not seem to have enough English to understand 'no' (we were tied up contractually) which is why we ended up in Brussels at the end of the year trying to make up another record from scratch that didn't overlap with the material we were working on for our next proper album." Kim Salmon's liner notes for the "Blood Red River 1982-1984" reissue (Citadel, 2000).


Deinze 23-Sep-84

23-Sep-84
BE Deinze,Brielpoort-Futurama festival
[with Shriekback, Tom Verlaine, The Sound, The Gun Club, Psychic TV, Dream Syndicate,...]

Poster: Photo of poster.


London-Romford 18-Oct-84

18-Oct-84
UK London-Romford,The Rezz club

Promo: Promosheet for The Scientists' "This Heart.." LP UK release.


London-Hammersmith 19-Oct-84

19-Oct-84
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,The Garage (downstairs)

Setlist: Nitro/ Solid Gold Hell/ Crazy Heart/ Blood Red River/ Lead Foot/ I Cried No Tears/ Set It On Fire/ This Life Of Yours/ We Had Love/ Demolition Derby/ I've Had It [Alex Chilton]/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ I Put A Spell On You [Screamin' Jay Hawkins].

Flyer: Xerox, taken from La Herenzia De Los Munster" zine (Spain, 1989).


Leeds 22-Oct-84

22-Oct-84
UK Leeds,Polytechnic-Ents Hall
[support for The Gun Club, with Ipso Facto]

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Note: First date on the Gun Club tour.


Nottingham 23-Oct-84

23-Oct-84
UK Nottingham,Rock City
[support for The Gun Club]

Ad: Scan of advert.


London-Camden 25-Oct-84

25-Oct-84
UK London-Camden,Electric Ballroom
[support for The Gun Club, with Furyo]

Setlist: Demolition Derby/ Set It On Fire/ This Life Of Yours/ I Cried No Tears/ Solid Gold Hell/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Lead Foot/ Revhead/ Nitro/ We Had Love.

Ad: Scan of ad from NME 06-Oct-84.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Note: First date on the Gun Club tour.


Manchester 26-Oct-84

26-Oct-84
UK Manchester,Hacienda Club
[support for The Gun Club]

Promo: Promosheet for The Scientists' "This Heart.." LP UK release.


Loughborough 27-Oct-84

27-Oct-84
UK Loughborough,University
[support for The Gun Club]

Ad: Scan of advert.


Bristol 28-Oct-84

28-Oct-84
UK Bristol,Bierkellar (formerly Dingwalls)
[support for The Gun Club]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Late date on the Gun Club tour.


29-Oct-84
UK Kent,University


31-Oct-84
UK Release of "This Heart Does Not Run On Blood..." album (Au-Go-Go records/The Cartel).


01-Nov-84
UK London-Hackney/Finsbury Park,Manor House-The Attic

Setlist: Demolition Derby/ I've Had It [Alex Chilton]/ Ghost Train/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ The Wall [John Fogerty]/ Born On The Bayou [John Fogerty]/ The Bourgeois Blues [Leadbelly]/ Swampland/ Nitro.

Note: In the 60s Manor House was the venue (Bluesville R.& B. Club) for rhythm and blues fans,featuring artists such as Cream, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Long John Baldry, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Fairport Convention, Fleetwood Mac, Jeff Beck, the Spencer Davis Group, etc...


02/11-Nov-84
BE Brussels-Elsene,Soundwork studios (@ 95 Van Aastraat). Recording sessions for the "Demolition Derby" 12" single. Engineered and produced by Paul Delnoy [of Belgian band La Muerte]. Songs recorded: Demolition Derby/ Temple Of Love/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Backwards Man and Psycho Cook Supreme (which ended up on the "You Get What You Deserve" album).

Note: "We were there a week in Paul’s studio and the usual scenario went like this: Me: “What’ll we play guys? That thing I showed you last week or shall we jam on something new?” Tony: “I don’t ‘jam.” Brett: “I’m feeling concave. I need a burger.” Boris: “Get the guy a burger. I’ll have one too.” Tony: “Does it have to be a burger? They’ll put onions in mine for sure. They always put onions on when I specifically ask them not to in the English-speaking world so I haven’t got a hope here.” One hour later, after everyone has eaten: Brett: “I’m too stuffed to play. Let’s go to a bar.” For about half an hour of that week the band managed to be in the mood to play something and the tape happened to be running. It was rough as buggery but in my humble opinion there was enough power and feeling committed to tape in that time to make up for the rest of the dicking around." Kim Salmon's liner notes for the "Blood Red River 1982-1984" reissue (Citadel, 2000).


xx-Nov-84
BE -,-

09-Nov-84
BE Eeklo, De Media (now N9 villa)

12-Nov-84
BE BRT2 TV,Villa Tempo-pop program
(Broadcast date)


London 12-Nov-84

12-Nov-84
UK London-Camden,Dingwalls
[with Fire On Ice and Angie]

Setlist: Murderess In A Purple Dress(*)/ Temple Of Love(*)/ I Cried No Tears/ Set It On Fire/ Crazy Heart/ Solid Gold Hell/ Demolition Derby(*)/ Blood Red River/ This Life Of Yours/ Nitro/ Backwards Man(*).

Ad: Original ad from NME 10-Nov-84.

Note: (*) These songs were just recorded in Brussels (BE).


London 12-Nov-84

16-Nov-84
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,The Garage (downstairs)

Setlist: Temple Of Love/ Solid Gold Hell/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ We Had Love/ Blood Red River/ I Cried No Tears/ This Life Of Yours/ Nitro.

Promosheet: Reproduction from the 4CD box set "A Place Called Bad" (Numero Group, 2016).


17-Nov-84
UK London-Highgate, Jackson Lane Community Centre
[with The Triffids]

19-Nov-84
UK Sheffield,University


London-Hammersmith 25-Nov-84

25-Nov-84
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,Klub Foot @ Ballroom (upstairs)
[with The Nomads, The Cannibals, The Wolfhounds]

Setlist: Demolition Derby/ We Had Love/ Set It On Fire/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Solid Gold Hell/ This Life Of Yours/ Crazy Heart/ Nitro/ Lead Foot.

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.


Amsterdam 30-Nov-84

30-Nov-84
NL Amsterdam,Paradiso
[with Screaming Blue Messiahs and The Nomads]

Ad: Scan of ad from Het Parool 28-Nov-84.

Article: Scan of article from De Waarheid 29-Nov-84.

Review 1: Scan of review from NRC Handelsblad 01-Dec-84.

Review 2: Scan of review from Volkskrant 05-Dec-84.


Nijmegen 01-Dec-84

01-Dec-84
NL Nijmegen,Doornroosje
[with The Nomads]

Setlist: We Had Love/ Demolition Derby/ Set It On Fire/ I Cried No Tears/ Blood Red River/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ This Life Of Yours/ Solid Gold Hell/ Nitro/ Lead Foot.

Review: Scan of review from Trouw 03-Dec-84. " [...] With their long hair and the singer's Jim Morrison-act, they became a parody rather than an imaginative group."

Audio: YouTube.


London-Camden 10-Dec-84

10-Dec-84
UK London-Camden,Dingwalls
[support for The Gun Club]

Setlist: Bad Priest/ Demolition Derby/ Atom Bomb Baby/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Temple Of Love/ This Life Of Yours/ I Cried No Tears/ Solid Gold Hell/ We Had Love/ Nitro.

Ad: Original ad from NME mag 08-Dec-84.


London-Camden 11-Dec-84

11-Dec-84
UK London-Camden,Dingwalls
[support for The Gun Club]

Setlist: Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Bad Priest/ Blood Red River/ Solid Gold Hell/ Demolition Derby/ Nitro/ Atom Bomb Baby/ Temple Of Love.

Ad: Ad from a UK mag Dec-84, courtesy of Matti A.


London-Hammersmith 28-Dec-84

28-Dec-84
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,The Broadway/The Garage (downstairs)
[with The Surfin Lungs]

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.


Maastricht 09-Jan-85

09-Jan-85
NL Maastricht,Kombi

Review: Scan of review from Limburgsch Dagblad 12-Jan-85. "[...] For a while the music of The Scientists is okay, but then boredom sets in. The question is whether garage-rock in general and The Scientists in particular will be having a long life."


Groningen 10-Jan-85

10-Jan-85
NL Groningen,Vera

Ad: Scan of ad from Nieuwsblad van het Noorden 10-Jan-85.


Eindhoven 11-Jan-85

11-Jan-85
NL Eindhoven,Effenaar

Listing: Scan of listing from De Volkskrant 05-Jan-85.


Eindhoven 12-Jan-85

12-Jan-85
NL Deventer,Burgerweeshuis

Ad: Scan of ad from Vinyl mag Vol5 #1, Jan-85.


Amsterdam 13-Jan-85

13-Jan-85
NL Amsterdam,Melkweg

Ad: Scan of ad from Het Parool 09-Jan-85.

Review: Scan of review from Het Parool 14-Jan-85.

Note: "[...] but the post show Melkweg was hot, crowded and bristling with machismo. A couple of lippy Dutch locals circled the four Scientists, looked them up and down and sneered at their clothes, their hair and their accents. They were big oafish cats, their black tee shirts and tailored pants in stark contrast to the flouncy, frilly, satin shirted Scientists. As the Heineken [beer] kept flowing, the taunting escalated, and every disparaging Australian trope was wheeled out and spat at the band. Matching insult for insult, Boris fired back until a particularly sharp suggestion about where else the famous Dutch wooden clogs could be shoved raised the pressure to boiling point. Enough was enough. Boris put down his beer, left aside his smart ass comments and stomped directly to the opposing interlocutors, fists raised and ready for action. As Boris squared up the other Scientists fell in beside him, when suddenly — sploooosh! — they were knocked backwards by the high pressure stream of a fire hose. And that's when the realisation dawned — their combatants were the venue's bouncers! Before they could pick themselves up off the soaking wooden floor, the Scientists were violently bundled up and flung out into the wintery street, the firehose torrent following them out into the snow and propelling them scrambling across the canal bridge away from the Melkweg. 'I still have a satin shirt with a rip in it from being turfed out of the club. And the lesson was, you don't get in a fight with the bouncers!' Kim Salmon, from "Nine Parts Water, One Part Sand", biography book by Douglas Galbraith with Kim Salmon (Melbourne Books, 2019).


xx-Jan-85
UK London-Clerkenwell, Berry Street Studios (@ 1 Berry Street). Recording sessions for the "Atom Bomb Baby/You Get What You Deserve" album. Engineered by Bill Gill, except "Atom Bomb Baby" by Steve Forward. Produced by Peter Watts. Mixed by Bill Gill and Brad Grisdale. Songs recorded: Travis (a.k.a. If It's The Last Thing I Do)/ Leadfoot/ Bad Priest/ Hell Beach/ It Came From Out Of The Sky [John Fogerty/Creedance Clearwater Revival]/ Go Baby Go/ Atom Bomb Baby, as well as If It's The Last Thing I Do (which would end up on the "You Only Live Twice" single).

Note 1: "Au-Go-Go got into a bitter dispute with the Scientists during 1985 that crippled both parties. Au-Go-Go put the band in the studio in London in January to cut a full-length album, but when it was completed the band refused to hand over the master tapes. Bruce Milne: "What happened was that they got this English manager [Nick Jones], and he and his lawyer came up with a plan to just fuck us off. It wasn't even over the contract. They tore up the contract — and kept the tapes. We rang the studio, and they said, Don't worry, the tapes are here, you've paid for them, they're your tapes. The problem's so bad, Greta [Moon, Bruce's business partner] takes a month off from [her job at] Telecom, flies to London, goes straight to the studio. The multi-tracks were there, the tapes weren't. So Greta said, Okay, I'll buy two days of studio time to mix the album." An Australian court would eventually find the Scientists in breach of their agreement with Au-Go-Go. But not before years of legal action. Bruce Milne: "We were paying AU$150 an hour to lawyers, forty hours a week. Unbelievable. Getting ourselves in debt. It should have broken us, but I wouldn't let it. I lost all trust in bands after that. Because Kim and I had been close friends. Both Greta and I were working other jobs to finance this thing. We were sending money over to finance something we believed in." Kim Salmon: "I think lack of design really fucked things up for us. We were classic footshooters." From "Stranded-The Secret History of Australian independent music 1977-1991", a book by Clinton Walker. (MacMillan, 1996)

Note 2: Au-Go-Go released this album as "Atom Bomb Baby" in June 1985, the band released their version "You Get What You Deserve" in July 1985 on (Nick Jones') Karbon records.

Note 3: Later in the same year (October/November) The Go-Betweens would record their "Liberty Belle And The Black Diamond Express" album at the same studio.


January 1985. Nick Jones [Sisters of Mercy manager/Karbon records owner] takes over band managerial duties from Linda.
"Nick Jones, who managed the Sisters of Mercy loved the Scientists and took over management duties from Linda, who, by this point, needed a break from haranguing Boris and Tony and worrying about Brett. 'Linda handed management over 'cos she was over the whole thing, but she did a lot of good work and was a pivotal part of the band'. Following Linda's departure, Nick Jones booked the Scientists as support for the Sisters of Mercy UK tour in March 1985. After the rigours of facing off against their record label, recording at Berry Street and trying to humour the increasingly down beat Brett Rixon, the tour was welcome news." Kim Salmon, from "Nine Parts Water, One Part Sand", biography book by Douglas Galbraith with Kim Salmon (Melbourne Books, 2019).


xx-Feb-85
BE Release of "Demolition Derby" 12" single (Soundwork records).


xx-Feb-85
EU several dates

xx-Feb-85
FR Paris-Île-de-France,Opera Night


Hamburg 18/19-Jan-85

18-Feb-85
DE Hamburg,Logo

Setlist: Demolition Derby/ The Wall [John Fogerty]/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ I've Had It [Alex Chilton]/ Bad Priest/ Revhead/ Blood Red River/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ We Had Love/ Go Baby Go/ I Cried No Tears/ Atom Bomb Baby/ If It's The Last Thing I Do/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ It Came Out Of The Sky [John Fogerty]/ Hell Beach/ Set It On Fire/ Nitro/ Lead Foot/ Burnout/ Born To Lose [Johnny Thunders]/ Mr Nobody.

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Spex magazine, Feb-85.


19-Feb-85
DE Hamburg,Logo

Setlist: Nitro/ If It's The Last Thing I Do (aka Travis)/ Blood Red River/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ Burnout/ We Had Love/ I Cried No Tears/ Set It On Fire/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Atom Bomb Baby/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ Bad Priest/ Ghost Train/ I've Had It [Alex Chilton]/ The Wall John Fogerty]/ Revhead/ Hell Beach/ Go Baby Go/ Lead Foot/ Demolition Derby.


London-Hammersmith 23-Feb-85

23-Feb-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,Klub Foot @ The Garage/The Broadway (downstairs)
[with Dr & The Medics, The Prisoners, The Bolshoi]

Setlist: Nitro/ Demolition Derby/ Go Baby Go/ Bad Priest/ It Came Out Of The Sky [John Fogerty]/ Lead Foot/ Set It On Fire/ If It's The Last Thing I Do (aka Travis)/ Atom Bomb Baby/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Hell Beach.

Ad: Photo of ad, taken from NME 16-Feb-85.


London-Croydon 03-Mar-85

03-Mar-85
UK London-Croydon,Underground

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


March 1985. Brett Rixon returns to Australia. Brett would die eight years later of a heroin overdose on December 24, 1993.

"It didn't help when in February [sic, March], drummer Brett Rixon left the band on the eve of a British tour supporting the Sisters of Mercy. [...]. Kim Salmon: "For me, the Scientists happened like an explosion. Brett's departure marked the beginning of an implosion which continued until the band's demise in 1987." From "Stranded-The Secret History of Australian independent music 1977-1991", a book by Clinton Walker (MacMillan, 1996).
"But then Brett decided he wanted to leave. It just wasn't happening for him ... it might have been because he wasn't writing songs. He wasn't satisfied. And it was really devastating for the band". Kim Salmon, from "Nine Parts Water, One Part Sand", biography book by Douglas Galbraith with Kim Salmon (Melbourne Books, 2019).


Line-up #3B (UK, London: March/April 1985):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Tony Thewlis (guitar)/ Boris Sujdovic (bass) and Lucas Fox (drums).

March 1985. "[...] Salmon doesn’t think of that line-up as the real deal. “For The Sisters gigs we had this guy called Lucas Fox [a friend of their manager, Nick Jones]. He’s a nice bloke and everything, but it wasn't quite The Scientists. We could sell it as that, but you were being conned - good thing you can't remember.” Nevertheless, The Scientists enjoyed having Fox in the band. “He had a big bag of Tony Hancock cassettes that got us through some long, horrendous drives,” remembers Thewlis, “and he did a marvellous Kenneth Williams impression.” The disparity between Fox and [departed drummer] Rixon was even more amusing. Thewlis continues, “We Had Love starts with drumsticks being tapped together - click, click, click - at the start of each bar. When Brett did that nothing of him moved except his two wrists, which moved maybe a centimetre each. No effort was expended at all. Lucas had every drum and cymbal mic’ed up - he had about 20 microphones around him. He’d do the click, click, click on a different microphone for every bar, stretching and contorting himself to reach them.” Thewlis and Sudojvic found this so hysterical, they would regularly mess up their own parts of We Had Love. Fox had been in an early iteration of Motörhead and would go on to contribute vocals to The Sisterhood's album Gift." Band interviewed by Mark Andrews on September 18, 2018 for Louder Sound.


09-Mar-85
UK Glasgow,Strathclyde University
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

Note: First date as support on the (18 dates) Sisters of Mercy "Tune In, Turn On, Burn Out..." tour.
"So, when [...] the Scientist’s drummer left on the eve of the support tour to Sisters of Mercy, I was asked to step in. I’d been producing quite a lot at the time. I played with Civilisation Machine [with the Barracudas' Jeremy Gluck] at the Whisky A' Gogo [then renamed to The Wag Club] in Wardour street the night before and learnt the [Scientists'] songs overnight and on the drive up to Glasgow, the first gig. It was a great tour and the Scientists songs kicked well and I remember going down well despite it being a strictly Sisters audience … Lucas Fox interview @ Perun.hr


Edinburgh 10-Mar-85

10-Mar-85
UK Edinburgh,Caley Cinema Palais
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Handbill: Scan of handbill.


Sheffield 11-Mar-85

11-Mar-85
UK Sheffield,Sheffield University
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


Sisters Of Mercy tour Mar/Apr-85

13-Mar-85
UK Newcastle,Tiffany's
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

14-Mar-85
UK Coventry,Coventry Polytechnic
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

16-Mar-85
UK Leeds,Leeds University-Students Union Refectory
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

18-Mar-85
UK Hull,Tiffany's
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

Poster: Photo of tour poster.


Manchester 19-Mar-85

19-Mar-85
UK Manchester,The Ritz
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

Setlist: Set It On Fire/ Bad Priest/ Go Baby Go/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Rev Head/ If It's The Last Thing I Do (aka Travis)/ We Had Love/ Nitro/ Blood Red River.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


Blackburn/Porthsmouth 21-Mar-85

21-Mar-85
UK Blackburn,King George's Hall
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

22-Mar-85
UK Portsmouth,Guildhall
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

Ad: Scan of ad from NME 09-Mar-85.


London-The Strand 24-Mar-85

24-Mar-85
UK London-The Strand,Lyceum Theatre
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy, with The Blow Monkeys]

Setlist: Hell Beach/ Demolition Derby/ It Came Out Of The Sky [John Fogerty]/ Bad Priest/ If It's The Last Thing I Do/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ Atom Bomb Baby/ Go Baby Go/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ We Had Love.

25-Mar-85
UK London-The Strand,Lyceum Theatre
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy, with The Blow Monkeys]

Ad: Scan of ad, from UK mag.


Sisters Of Mercy tour Mar/Apr-85

26-Mar-85
UK Birmingham,Powerhouse
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

27-Mar-85
UK Nottingham,Rock City
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

28-Mar-85
UK Leicester,Kiesa's
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

29-Mar-85
UK Liverpool,Royal Court Theatre
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

31-Mar-85
UK Bristol,Studio
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

01-Apr-85
UK Brighton,Top Rank
[support for The Sisters Of Mercy]

Poster: Photo of tour poster.

Note: At the last gig of the tour in Brighton, Andrew Eldritch invited Lucas Fox on stage to sing "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" with him. A few months on in 1986, Lucas Fox would become the producer of The Sisterhood single "Giving Ground" and their subsequent album "Gift".


Line-up #3C (UK, London: June/September 1985):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Tony Thewlis (guitar)/ Boris Sujdovic (bass) and Phillip Hertz (drums).

xx-Jun-85
AU Release of "Atom Bomb Baby/ Backwards Man" 7" single (Au-Go-Go Records).


14-Jun-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,Ballroom (upstairs)
[with The Folk Devils, The Vibes, Living In Texas]


London-Hammersmith 28-Jun-85

28-Jun-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,Ballroom (upstairs)
[with The X-Men, The Vibes, Living In Texas]

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.


xx-Jun-85
AU Release of "Atom Bomb Baby" album (Au-Go-Go Records).


xx-Jul-85
UK Release of "You Get What You Deserve" album (Karbon Records).


xx-Jul-85
AU Release of "Heading For A Trauma" compilation album (Au-Go-Go Records).


London-Hammersmith 19-Jul-85

19-Jul-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,Broadway/The Garage (downstairs)
[with Bad Karma Beckons]

Ad: Original ad from NME 20-Jul-85.


Amsterdam 02-Aug-85

02-Aug-85
NL Amsterdam,Paradiso
[with The Bellairs]

Ad: Scan of ad from Vinyl mag Vol5 #7-8, Jul-85.

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from De Volkskrant 27-Jul-85.


Sneek 03-Aug-85

03-Aug-85
NL Sneek,Veemarkthal
Sneekwave festival
[with Killing Joke, Luk Van Acker,..]

Ad: Scan of ad from Vinyl mag Vol5 #7-8, Jul-85.

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Trouw 01-Aug-85.

Review: Scan of review, taken from De Volkskrant 05-Aug-85.


London-Croydon 07-Aug-85

07-Aug-85
UK London-Croydon,Underground
[with The Knives]

Setlist: intro instrumental/ Bad Priest/ Atom Bomb Baby/ Hell Beach/ Demolition Derby/ I Cried No Tears/ Go Baby Go/ Set It On Fire/ Revhead/ If It's The Last Thing I Do (aka Travis)/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Lead Foot/ Nitro/ It Came Out Of The Sky [John Fogerty].

Ad: Photo of ad from UK mag.

Video: Private video made available by ScottishTeeVee.


London-Camden 21-Aug-85

21-Aug-85
UK London-Camden,Dingwalls
[with Memphis Drug Factory]

Ad: Scan of ad from NME 24-Aug-85.


07-Sep-85
UK London,Falconer Studios. Recording "You Only Live Twice" (for the single). Produced by Richard Mazda.

Note: The only studio track to feature Phillip Hertz on drums.


xx-Sep-85
UK London-Soho,Alice In Wonderland (@ 69 Dean street)

Note: Formerly the location of The Gargoyle, Gossips Club, Billys and Batcave (home of 'Goths').


London-Hammersmith 14-Sep-85

14-Sep-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,Klub Foot @ Ballroom (upstairs)
[with The Prisoners, The Wolf-Hounds]

Ad: Original ad from NME 07-Sep-85.


October 1985. "When Brett had quit, Leanne had purchased his drums leaving him unencumbered to return to Australia and Leanne with a new instrument to learn. As tour manager, she had watched Brett from the side of stage over and over again, and she knew the songs well. [...] All the while, Brett's drum kit sat in her Fulham apartment, quietly waiting for her. [...] Leanne practiced, day after day, recalling Brett's moves and repurposing them as her own. Eventually, she built up sufficient chops to take Kim and Linda into her confidence that she was now not just a tour manager, but a drummer too. As the band churned through a succession of drummers [sic, just two], it became apparent that Leanne had eyes on the Scientists drum stool. [...] (Leanne): 'One day at Kim's place he showed me a couple of Scientist songs and beats, and then one day we went into these jam sessions in a rehearsal studio in West Kensington, and we were going to start our own band and call it the Shags or something silly. I can't remember why, but Tony was there one day and we played some Scientists songs and they sounded okay. They must have discussed it and then asked me if I wanted to join. I would have been off my face, and I said 'sure'. [...] (Kim): 'So we gave it a go and played with the band. And she was kind of crap. But it sounded like the Scientists again!' With Leanne performing a resurrection of the Scientists sound, [Phillip Hertz] was told it wasn't working and was asked to leave. He took it hard [...] ". From "Nine Parts Water, One Part Sand", biography book by Douglas Galbraith with Kim Salmon (Melbourne Books, 2019).


Line-up #3D (UK, London: Oct-85 - Feb-86):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Tony Thewlis (guitar)/ Boris Sujdovic (bass) and Leanne Chock/Cowie (drums).

Preston 05-Oct-85

05-Oct-85
UK Preston,Guildhall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

Poster: Photo of tour poster.

Note: First date as support on the (33 dates) Siouxsie and the Banshees "Cities In Dust" tour. Fur Bible was Kid Congo Powers and Patricia Morrison's band.


07-Oct-85
UK Sheffield,City Hall
[with Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

Setlist: Hell Beach/ Lead Foot/ Set It On Fire/ Bad Priest/ Demolition Derby/ You Only Live Twice/ There's A Monster In Me/ We Had Love/ Nitro/ Murderess In A Purple Dress.


08-Oct-85
UK Bradford,St. George's Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

10-Oct-85
UK Glasgow,Barrowlands Ballroom
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees]

Note: On 09-Oct-85, Fur Bible leave the tour for 10 days to tour Holland/Europe (on their own and as backing band for the Legendary Stardust Cowboy).


xx-Oct-85
UK Release of "You Only Live Twice/If It's The Last Thing I Do" 7' single (Karbon Records).


Edinburgh 11-Oct-85

11-Oct-85
UK Edinburgh,Playhouse
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees]

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


12-Oct-85
UK Newcastle-Upon-Tyne,City Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees]


Leicester 14-Oct-85

14-Oct-85
UK Leicester,De Montfort Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees]

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


15-Oct-85
UK Manchester,Apollo Theatre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees]


London-Harlesden 16-Oct-85

16-Oct-85
UK London-Harlesden,Mean Fiddler
[with Alex Chilton]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from NME 19-Oct-85.

Note: Not part of the Siouxsie and the Banshees tour. From January 1983 onwards The Scientists frequency cover Alex Chilton's "I've Had It" (from his 1979, "Like Flies On Sherbert" album).


18-Oct-85
UK Brighton,Brighton Centre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees]


Birmingham 19-Oct-85

19-Oct-85
UK Birmingham,Odeon
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees]

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


21-Oct-85
UK Slough,Fulcrum Centre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees]

22-Oct-85
UK Gloucester,Leisure Centre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

Note: Fur Bible rejoin the tour.


London-Hammersmith 24-Oct-85

24-Oct-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Odeon
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

25-Oct-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Odeon
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

26-Oct-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Odeon
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

Ad: Original ad from Sounds 26-Oct-85.

Note: On the 24th Siouxsie dislocates her kneecap and has to be brought to hospital. She would finish the remainder of the tour perched on a stool.


UK/Ireland Nov-85

31-Oct-85
UK Aberdeen,Capitol Theatre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

01-Nov-85
UK Dundee,Cairn Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

02-Nov-85
UK Carlisle,Sands Centre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

04-Nov-85
UK Liverpool,Royal Court
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

Poster: Photo of poster.


05-Nov-85
UK Nottingham,Royal Concert Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

Setlist: Atom Bomb Baby/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ If It's The Last Thing I Do (aka Travis)/ Bad Priest/ Brain Dead/ You Only Live Twice/ We Had Love/ Demolition Derby.


UK/Ireland Nov-85

07-Nov-85
UK Wolverhampton,Civic Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

09-Nov-85
UK St. Austell,Cornwall Coliseum
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

10-Nov-85
UK Bristol,Hippodrome
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

14-Nov-85
UK Oxford,Apollo
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

15-Nov-85
UK Poole,Arts Centre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

16-Nov-85
UK Cardiff,Ocean Club
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

Poster: Photo of poster.


UK/Ireland Nov-85

18-Nov-85
UK Folkstone,Leascliffe Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

19-Nov-85
UK Ipswich,Gaumont Theatre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

20-Nov-85
UK Norwich,University of East Anglia
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

21-Nov-85
UK Belfast,Avoniel Leisure Centre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.


London-Camden 22-Nov-85

22-Nov-85
UK London-Camden,Dingwalls
[with World Domination Enterprises]

Ad: Scan of ad, from NME 23-Nov-85.

Note: On a break from the Siouxsie tour.


24-Nov-85
IE Dublin,S.F.X. Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

25-Nov-85
IE Dublin,S.F.X. Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]


London 28-Nov-85

28-Nov-85
UK London,Royal Albert Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with Fur Bible]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Final date of the tour.


Groningen 12-Dec-85

12-Dec-85
NL Groningen,Vera

Setlist: (A.o.) Murderess In A Purple Dress/ and more..

Article: Scan of article, taken from Nieuwsblad van het Noorden 06-Dec-85.

Note: Above track available on the V/A "Vera-Beauty In The Underworld" compilation album (Vera Records, 1990).


Goes 13-Dec-85

13-Dec-85
NL Goes,'t Beest
[with The Moonies]

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Algemeen Dagblad 12-Dec-85.


Hoorn 14-Dec-85

14-Dec-85
NL Hoorn,De Troll
[with Snoep Verstandig]

Ad: Scan of ad from Vinyl mag Vol5 #12, Dec-85.


Venlo 17-Dec-85

17-Dec-85
NL Venlo,Open Ontmoetings Centrum/OOC

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Limburgsch dagblad 05-Dec-85.


Den Haag 18-Dec-85

18-Dec-85
NL Den Haag,Paard Van Troje
[with The Moonies]

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Volkskrant 04-Dec-85.


Breda 19-Dec-85

19-Dec-85
NL Breda,Para or Het Turfschip

Setlist: Demolition Derby/ Nitro/ Hell Beach/ Blood Red River/ You Only Live Twice/ Set It On Fire/ It Came Out Of The Sky [John Fogerty]/ Atom Bomb Baby/ If It's The Last Thing I Do (aka Travis)/ Bad Priest/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Brain Dead/ Louie Louie [The Kingsmen]/ Swampland.

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Algemeen Dagblad 19-Dec-85.


Sneek 21-Dec-85

21-Dec-85
NL Sneek,Bolwerk
[The Pin-Baskets]

Setlist: .../ Suzanne [Leonard Cohen] as encore.

Review: Scan of review, taken from Leeuwarder courant 23-Dec-85.


Amsterdam 22-Dec-85

22-Dec-85
NL Amsterdam,Melkweg

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from De Volkskrant 19-Dec-85.


London-Hammersmith 27-Dec-85

27-Dec-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,Klub Foot @ the Ballroom (upstairs)
[support for Jeffrey Lee Pierce Quartet, with Bone Orchard, Shadowland]

Setlist: Demolition Derby/ The Wall [Alan Vega]/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ I've Had It [Alex Chilton]/ Bad Priest/ Revhead/ Blood Red River/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ We Had Love/ Go Baby Go/ I Cried No Tears/ Atom Bomb Baby/ Feel Fine/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ It Came Out Of The Sky [John Fogerty]/ Hell Beach/ Set It On Fire/ Nitro/ ?/ ?/ Born To Lose [Johnny Thunders]/ Mr Nobody.

Ad: Scan of ad from NME 14-Dec-85.


26/28-Feb-86
UK London-Action,West 3 studios. Recording sessions for the "Weird Love" album. Two days of recording and one day of mixing. Engineered by John McGowan. Produced by Richard Mazda. Songs recorded: Swampland/ Hell Beach/ Demolition Derby/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ We Had Love/ Nitro/ If It's The Last Thing I Do (aka Travis)/ Lead Foot/ When Fate Deals It's Mortal Blow/ Atom Bomb Baby/ Set It On Fire.

Note: Re-recording of their 'hits' for a compilation album for US label Big Time, a deal arranged by Nick Jones (manager, owner Karbon Records). In August 1985, Johnny Thunders recorded most of his "Que Sera, Sera" album at these same studios.


March 1986. When Boris Sujdovic's visa runs out he returns to Australia, joining the James Baker Experience. Joe Presedo [Silver Chapter] takes his place on bass.


Line-up #4A (UK, London: March/April-86):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Tony Thewlis (guitar)/ Joe Presedo (bass) and Leanne Chock/Cowie (drums).

London-Kennington 14-Mar-86

14-Mar-86
UK London-Kennington Oval,The Cricketers
[with The Dentists]

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.


London-Hammersmith 16-Mar-86

16-Mar-86
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,The Garage/The Broadway (downstairs)
[support for Alan Vega, with Wild Flowers]

Setlist: If It's The Last Thing I Do (aka Travis)/ Set It On Fire/ Shine/ Bad Priest/ We Had Love/ Lead Foot/ Atom Bomb Baby/ Hell Beach/ Demolition Derby/ Nitro/ Brain Dead/ Murderess In A Purple Dress.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from UK mag.

Video: Private video made available by ScottishTeeVee. Alan Vega video.

Note: The Scientists are big Suicide/Alan Vega fans. In their live set they often covered "Raver" and "Magdalena '82".


xx-Apr-86
UK Release of "Weird Love" album (Karbon Records).


Line-up #4B (UK, London: April/October-86):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Tony Thewlis (guitar)/ Robert Coyne (bass) and Leanne Chock/Cowie (drums).

30-Apr-86
NL Groningen,Vera
[with Plasticland]

Note: On the Queen's day for Queen Juliana. Robert Coyne [Silver Chapter, and son of Kevin] took over from Joe Presedo [also Silver Chapter] on bass.


Steenwijk 01-May-86

01-May-86
NL Steenwijk,De Buze

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


Leuven 02-May-86

02-May-86
BE Leuven,'t Stuc
[with The Butthole Surfers]

Setlist: Demolition Derby/ Brain Dead/ Atom Bomb Baby/ If It's The Last Thing I Do (aka Travis)/ Bad Priest/ When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow/ Lead Foot/ Shine/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Set It On Fire/ We Had Love/ Hell Beach/ Hungry Eyes/ Nitro/ Swampland.

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Veto student mag 30-Apr-86.


Noord-Scharwoude 03-May-86

03-May-86
NL Noord-Scharwoude,De Koog

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Algemeen Dagblad 01-May-86.


Amsterdam 04-May-86

04-May-86
NL Amsterdam,Shaffy Theater
The New Australian festival
[with Umberto Bossi e Compadre]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from NRC Handelsblad 30-Apr-86.

Article: Scan of article, taken from Algemeen Dagblad 30-Apr-86.


London-Camden 15-May-86

15-May-86
UK London-Camden,Dingwalls
[with Fun House Opera]

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.


London-Ladbroke Grove 28-May-86

27/28-May-86
UK London-Ladbroke Grove,Bay 63

Setlist: (A.o.) Shine/ If It's The Last Thing I Do (aka Travis)/.. and more..

Video: Made available by ScottishTeeVee.

Note: Filmed by John Bentham's video team and above tracks released on "Live & Independent At The Bay 63" VHS (Jettisoundz Video -NFL001, 1986). Acklam Hall opened in 1975 (@ 12 Acklam Road below the Westway, in bay 63), with a benefit gig for the North Kensington Law Centre, headlined by Joe Strummer’s pre-Clash group, the 101’ers. In 1985 Acklam Hall was re-launched as Bay 63. A second re-launch happened at the end of the 80s, by the promoter Vince Power from the Mean Fiddler in Harlesden, transforming it into the nightclub Subterania..


28-Jun-86
UK London-Putney,The Kings Head

29-Jun-86
UK Leicester,Studio


London-Hammersmith 04-Jul-86

04-Jul-86
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,Klub Foot @ the Ballroom
[with The Fleshtones and The Primevals]

Setlist: (partial) Hell Beach/ We Had Love/ and more..

Photo: Screen capture from private video made available by ScottishTeeVee.


London-Putney 16-Oct-86

16-Oct-86
UK Wolverhampton,Scruples

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from NME 11-Oct-86.


London-Putney 29-Oct-86

29-Oct-86
UK London-Putney,The Kings Head

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from NME 25-Oct-86.


November 1986. Rob Coyne and Leanne Chock/Cowie leave the band. Nick Combe (Kim's old mate from Perth) takes over on drums and Kim moves to bass. Nick Combe would later in 1990/91 become Gallon Drunk's drummer. (Kim Salmon:) "[...] Leanne didn't really have confidence in her improvisational skills, and you need someone to interact with to really make creating new material work. I realised that Leanne was going to have to step aside for it to happen. She had learned from the old Scientist sound, and that's what she could do at the time. There wouldn't have been another record if we'd continued that way. It was awful - I just said we need this to happen and you're great at what you do but you can't do this new stuff It was a really hard thing to do." [...] (Leanne Chock:) "Once Boris left [in March 1986], it was clear things were starting to fall apart. [...] It wasn't weird for me. I didn't keep in regular contact with them once I left the band. I was more self-absorbed in London at that time. I stopped playing music. The replacement for Leanne presented itself in the form of Kim's old friend Nick Combe. Nick had been part of the punk scene back in Perth, even playing in [Secret Lives] with one time Scientist Ian Sharples [...]". From "Nine Parts Water, One Part Sand", biography book by Douglas Galbraith with Kim Salmon (Melbourne Books, 2019). In the meantime Tony forms The Scoundrelles with Rob Coyne (on bass) and likely Kevin Rooney (on drums), who did some demo recordings and played support at one of The Scientists’ last UK shows.


Line-up #4C (UK, London: Dec-86 - Feb-87):
Kim Salmon (vocals,bass)/ Tony Thewlis (guitar) and Nick Combe (drums).

London-Kilburn 15-Dec-86

15-Dec-86
UK London-Kilburn,National Ballroom
[support for Jesus & Mary Chain]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from NME 06-Dec-86.


Dec-86/Jan-87
UK Brixton-London,Reel 2 Reel demo studio. Recording sessions for "The Human Jukebox" album. Produced by Kim Salmon, Tony Thewlis and Nick Combe. Songs recorded: Human Jukebox/ Shine/ Distortion/ Place Called Bad/ Hungry Eyes/ Brain Dead/ It Must Be Nice (featuring Rob Coyne on bass and Kevin Rooney [King Blank] on drums).

Note: "My agenda was always to record an album. We started jamming and Tony said he had this dream and there was a song in it, and it was going 'I am a human jukebox'. And I had this distorted Eddie Cochran riff, I discovered the nuance that hadn't been done before. So I started playing it and Nick said 'that's great' and jumped on it. And we started recording it. I had the whining tape dictaphone going and we just jammed it, and Tony did the most crazy, fuzzed up dissonant things you can. So that was that." Kim Salmon, from "Nine Parts Water, One Part Sand", biography book by Douglas Galbraith with Kim Salmon (Melbourne Books, 2019).


xx-Jan-87
UK London-Stockwell, a pub

Note: Kim Salmon solo, accompanied by Nick Combe.


27-Jan-87
UK London,100 Club

Setlist: Human Jukebox/ We Had Love/ Go Baby Go/ Lead Foot/ A Place Called Bad/ Shine/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ Hungry Eyes/ A Pox On You [Silver Apples]/ Revhead/ Distortion/ ?.


02-Feb-87
DE Hamburg,Logo

Setlist: A Place Called Bad/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ We Had Love/ Baby, You're Not For Sale/ Backwards Man/ Brain Dead/ Sundown, Sundown [Lee Hazlewood]/ She Cracked [The Modern Lovers]/ A Pox On You [Silver Apples]/ Lead Foot /Revhead/ Go Baby Go/ Shine/ Hungry Eyes/ Set It On Fire/ Human Jukebox.

Note: "They undertook what would be the final Scientists European tour for more than twenty years as a three piece, and landed some punches. 'We did a few shows at a club in Hamburg which I remember very fondly. We called ourselves (only jokingly and to ourselves) The Hamburg Power Trio and they were the best gigs that we did as that line-up' Tony Thewlis, from "Nine Parts Water, One Part Sand", biography book by Douglas Galbraith with Kim Salmon (Melbourne Books, 2019).


04-Feb-87
DE Hamburg,Logo

Setlist: Go Baby Go/ (This Is My) Happy Hour/ Lead Foot/ Backwards Man/ We Had Love/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Brain Dead/ Demolition Derby/ Revhead/ A Place Called Bad/ Hungry Eyes/ Shine/ Burnout/ Human Jukebox/ Distortion/ A Pox On You [Silver Apples]/ (You're The) Devil In Disguise [Elvis Presley - Giant/Baum/Kaye].


February 1987. Kim Salmon relocates to Perth, leaving Tony and Nick behind to finish off the "Human Jukebox" promo video clip. In Perth Kim reacquainted himself with (former drummer) Brett Rixon who had quit The Scientists and London exactly 2 years earlier. "I met the new Brett Rixon who had started reading books [...] He'd become an intellectual. It was quite bizarre because he was a smart-alec yobbo before. He'd always been frustrated I guess feeling like he had to help me realise my vision and I think he was frustrated he hadn't been able to express himself so I think books were his road to self-improvement. So over the years I got to know him again. He was a different Brett, but a great friend." Kim Salmon, from "Nine Parts Water, One Part Sand", biography book by Douglas Galbraith with Kim Salmon (Melbourne Books, 2019).


Line-up #3A-reformed1 (AU, Sydney: April 1987):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Tony Thewlis (guitar)/ Boris Sujdovic (bass)/ Brett Rixon (one-chord guitar) and Nick Combe (drums).

Sydney-Surry Hills 03-Apr-87

03-Apr-87
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club
[with The Hard Ons and Porcelain Bus]

Setlist: A Pox On You [Silver Apples]/ Demolition Derby/ Hell Beach/ Atom Bomb Baby/ If It's The Last Thing I Do (aka Travis)/ Human Jukebox/ Hungry Eyes/ A Place Called Bad/ Distortion/ Lead Foot/ Brain Dead/ Murderess In A Purple Dress/ Solid Gold Hell/ Shine.

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from RAM 08-Apr-87.

Article: Scan of article, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 03-Apr-87.

Note: Human Jukebox tour. First Australian show since leaving Sydney in 1984.


Sydney-Surry Hills 04-Apr-87

04-Apr-87
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club
[with The Moffs and Southern Fried Kidneys]

Setlist: Human Jukebox/ A Place Called Bad/ Hungry Eyes/ Distortion/ Atom Bomb Baby/ If It's The Last Thing I Do (aka Travis)/ Hell Beach/ Demolition Derby/ Go Baby Go/ A Pox On You [Silver Apples]/ Solid Gold Hell/ Lead Foot/ Shine/ Brain Dead/ Murderess In A Purple Dress.

Ad: Photo of ad, taken from On The Street April 1987.

Ad: Scan of advert, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 03-Apr-87.

Note: Human Jukebox tour. Second Australian show since leaving Sydney in 1984.


Line-up #3A-reformed2 (AU, Perth: April 1987):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar,bass)/ Tony Thewlis (guitar)/ Boris Sujdovic (bass,guitar) and Brett Rixon (drums).

Perth 10-Apr-87

10-Apr-87
AU Perth,The Red Parrot
[with The Kryptonics]
(at 1:30AM)

Review: Reviews from Party Fears #7, Oct-87.

Note: Human Jukebox tour. Third Australian show since leaving Sydney in 1984. After the show, Tony and Nick return to London. Kim starts The Surrealists with Brian Hooper and Tony Pola, picking up where the "Human Jukebox" left off. "The stuff on the first Surrealists album (1988's 'Hit Me With The Surreal Feel') is to me really a continuation of what the Scientists were doing on 'Human Jukebox'. If you listen you can hear the same fractured rhythms and the odd loop sample here and here. I wrote one of the songs ('Intense') in London, but never got round to teaching it to the Scientists". Kim Salmon, from the lines notes on "Swampland:Birth Of the Scientists" CD/LP (Cherry Red/Bang 2008).


xx-May-87
UK Release of "The Human Jukebox" album (Karbon Records).


Line-up #3A-reformed3 (AU, November 1987):
Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Tony Thewlis (guitar)/ Brett Rixon (bass) and Nick Combe (drums).

11-Nov-87
AU Adelaide,Le Rox
[with The Philisteins]

xx-Nov-87
AU Gold Coast,-

Note: Three week Human Jukebox tour. "[...] that tour was ... Kind of a living hell actually. It wasn't pleasant to do. It was a three-week hangover, a three-week binge." Kim Salmon interviewed on 02-Jan-89 for Party Fears #10, Autumn 1989.


Sydney-Surry Hills 13-Nov-87

13-Nov-87
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club
[with Box The Jesuit, Space Juniors, Toys Went Beserk, The Mothers, The Butchered Babies]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 13-Nov-87.

Review: Uncredited review, reproduced in La Herenzia De Los Munster" zine (Spain, 1989).

Note: Human Jukebox tour.


17-Nov-87
AU Sydney,ABC TV,Rock Arena- presented by Suzanne Dowling
[with REM/Michael Stipe interview,Tom Waits and David Bowie]


Sydney 17-Nov-87

17-Nov-87
AU Sydney,Tivoli Club
[with The Wreckery, Southern Fried Kidneys]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Sydney Morning Herald 13-Nov-87.

Note: Human Jukebox tour.


Sydney 18-Nov-87

18-Nov-87
AU Sydney,Tivoli Club
[with The Wreckery, Southern Fried Kidneys]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Human Jukebox tour.


Melbourne 20-Nov-87

20-Nov-87
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Prince Of Wales Hotel
[with Cosmic Psychos and Southern Fried Kidneys]

21-Nov-87
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Prince Of Wales Hotel
[with Voodoo Lust, Sunset Strip and Mothers]

25-Nov-87
AU Melbourne,Central Park Hotel

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from The Age 20-Nov-87.

Note: Human Jukebox tour.


Perth 27-Nov-87

27-Nov-87
AU Perth,Old Melbourne Hotel

Poster: Reproduction, taken from "Nine Parts Water, One Part Sand", biography book by Douglas Galbraith with Kim Salmon (Melbourne Books, 2019)..

Note: Human Jukebox tour.


Perth 28-Nov-87

28-Nov-87
AU Perth,Shenton Park Hotel

Review: Uncredited review, reproduced in La Herenzia De Los Munster" zine (Spain, 1989).

Note: End of the Human Jukebox tour.


December 1987. The band breaks up. Tony returns to Sydney forming The Interstellar Villains. Kim records with The Surrealists the "Hit Me With The Surreal Feel" album @ the Electric Avenue Studios in Sydney. Nick returns to London, joining an early version of Gallon Drunk. At the same time Beasts Of Bourbon (Tex Perkins/ Kim Salmon/ Boris Sujdovic/ Spencer Jones/ James Baker) are revived. In April 1988 they record their second album "Sour Mash" @ the Electric Avenue Studios in Sydney.

The Scientists got together again a few times for special occasions (Perth-1995; Sydney-2001; Big Day Out-2002) before reforming for longer periods (European tour-2004; ATP-2006; Australian tour-2007; ATP-2008; New York-2010; ATP-2013; Australian tour-2014; European tour-2018). 2018 and 2019 saw them tour the US for the first time, as well as recording an EP (2019) and an -as yet to be released- album. From 2006 the line-up is Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Tony Thewlis (guitar)/ Boris Sujdovic (bass) and Leanne Chock/Cowie (drums).



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