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- Bass, Vocals – James Gillard
- Drums – J. J. Hackett
- Engineer – John Sayers (tracks: A1, A2, B1, B3, B5)
- Guitar, Vocals – Eric McCusker
- Lead Vocals, Guitar – Ross Wilson (2)
- Producer – John Sayers (tracks: A1, A2, B1, B3, B5), Mondo Rock (tracks: A1, A2, B1, B3, B5)
- Producer, Engineer – Mark Moffatt (tracks: A3, A4, B2), Peter McIan (tracks: B4)
- Written-By – E. McCusker* (tracks: A1 to A4, B2 to B5)
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Mondo Rock were an Australian rock band formed in November 1976 by founding mainstay singer-songwriter, Ross Wilson (ex-Daddy Cool). Their second album, Chemistry was issued in July 1981, which peaked at No. 2 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. It was followed by Nuovo Mondo in July 1982 which reached No. 7, The Modern Bop in April 1984 which appeared at No. 2 and a compilation album, Up to the Moment in June 1985, which peaked at No. 5. Mondo Rock reached the top 10 on the related Kent Music Report Singles Chart with "State of the Heart" (October 1980), "Cool World" (April 1981) and "Come Said the Boy" (December 1983). The group disbanded in 1991, although they have periodically undertaken reunion concerts. According to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, "[b]y way of ceaseless touring and the release of a series of sophisticated pop rock albums, [the band was] one of the most popular acts in Australia during the early 1980s".
Early years: 1976–79Mondo Rock were formed in November 1976 in Melbourne by Bob Bickerton on drums (ex-Rock Granite and the Profiles); Mike Clarke on bass guitar (ex-Mick Rogers and Eclipse); Greg Cook on keyboards and guitar (ex-Cam-Pact, Skylight, Phil Manning Band); Peter Laffy on guitar (ex-Fox, Freeway); and Ross Wilson (ex-Daddy Cool) on lead vocals and harmonica.
To promote the single
By mid-1978 Laffy returned and guitarist Randy Bulpin (ex-Toads, Ready Rubbed, One Nite Stand) was added. Slavich left but was not replaced shortly before Mondo Rock released its debut single, "The Fugitive Kind", on Oz Records in August that year. It reached the top 50 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart, it was followed by "Love Shock" in May 1979. In October that year the line-up of Wilson, Gyllies, Bulpin, Laffy and McLennan recorded their debut album,
Breakthrough: 1980–84In February 1980 Wilson launched a new version of Mondo Rock with Matthews, and James Black (ex-Rum Jungle, Russell Morris Band) on keyboards and guitar; Paul Christie (ex-Kevin Borich Express) on bass guitar; and Eric McCusker (ex-The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band) on guitar. This line-up recorded, with Ern Rose producing, their first major hit single, "State of the Heart" (October 1980). It peaked at No. 6 on the Kent Music Report. The track was written by McCusker, who contributed many songs to the band's repertoire, taking some of the pressure off Wilson, who was experiencing temporary writer's block. Matthews left after the single appeared and was replaced by Andy Buchanan (ex-Darryl Cotton Band) and then by John James "J. J." Hackett (ex-Stars, Fabulaires) in March 1981. Their next single, "Cool World", which was written by
In July 1981 the line-up of Wilson, Black, Christie, Hackett, and McCusker, released their second album, Chemistry, which reached No. 2 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart the following month. Other than "State of the Heart", all the tracks were produced by Mark Moffatt. The title track, released as the next single, reached No. 20 and it was followed by "Summer of '81", which peaked at No. 31. The royalties for that single were donated to Amnesty International. "State of the Heart" was also released in the
In July 1982 they issued their third album, Nuovo Mondo, on RCA / WEA with Peter McIan producing, which reached No. 7. according to McCusker the lead single, "No Time", which he wrote, was inspired by The Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down", as a tribute to John Lennon. Also released in June, it peaked at No. 11. Christie left the group in September and subsequently formed an all-star band, The Party Boys; he was replaced on bass guitar by James Gillard. A second single, "The Queen and Me", from the album appeared in November which reached the top 40. Another single, "In Another Love", appeared in February 1983 which reached the top 100. An album track, "Touch of Paradise", co-written by Wilson and Gulliver Smith (aka Kevin Smith, ex-Company Caine). In February 1987 it was covered by Australian pop singer John Farnham (ex-Little River Band), as his third single from his album, Whispering Jack (20 October 1986), which reached the top 30.
Concurrent with Mondo Rock's success
Back in December 1983, the album's lead single, McCusker's "Come Said the Boy", a provocative tale about the loss of virginity, was issued. It was banned by many radio stations including
Later years: 1985–91In June 1985 Polydor Records released Mondo Rock's compilation album, Up to the Moment, which peaked at No. 5. It provided two new singles, "Good Advice" (November 1984) and "The Moment" (May 1985). On 13 July 1985 Mondo Rock performed four tracks for the Oz for Africa concert (part of the global Live Aid program) – "Cool World", "The Moment", "Modern Bop", "Come Said the Boy". It was broadcast in
The group's sixth studio album, Boom Baby Boom, appeared in September 1986 with the line-up of Wilson, Gillard, Hackett, and McCusker, joined by Andrew Ross on saxophone and Duncan Veall on keyboards. Their chart popularity was beginning to wane, although "Rule of Three's" (September) reached the top 100 and "Primitive Love Rites" (November) made the top 40. In 1987 "Primitive Love Rites" became a minor hit on the
In 1990 Mondo Rock reconvened with Wilson and McCusker joined by a studio super group, with Ian Belton on bass guitar (ex-QED, Ian Moss Band); Ricky Fataar (ex-The Beach Boys) on drums; Waddy Wachtel (ex-Linda Ronstadt) on guitar; and Bernie Worrell (ex-James Brown, Funkadelic) on keyboards. They recorded the group's sixth studio album, Why Fight It?, with Wachtel also producing, which was issued in May 1991. Three CD singles were released from the album, "Why Fight It?" (November 1990), "I Had You in Mind" (February 1991) and "Soul Reason" (May). During 1991