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Affections

After finishing a respectable 3rd the NSW Final of the 2SM Hoadleys Battle of The Bands, the band soon caught the eye of local promoters, managers, producers and record companies.

Embarking on their quest to pop stardom, the band concentrated on building up a solid fan base playing the thriving local pub scene as well as picking a tour supports with established Australian acts such as Cold Chisel, The Angels, Mental As Anything, The Church, The Sunnyboys.

Attracting interest from both independent and major labels, the band soon signed to Deluxe Records (a new label formed by Michael Browning former manager of AC-DC and later to guide Noiseworks to fame) and with label mates including INXS, The Numbers, Heaven and The Dugites, they released their first single “This Is Love” b/w “Little By Little” in 1981 produced by Jim Manzie ( creative force behind Ol55 and later to work as producer for Choirboys, The Breakers, The Innocents).

Further touring, recording and the odd television appearance followed, but sadly the band self destructed without further single/album releases and before realising their true potential as one of Australias finest powerpop bands. Following theaffections breakup, Rob Smith has since been in various lineups of The Innocents and Ted Mulry Band as well as recording solo material. Wayne Hammonds went on to join YoungHearts. Rob Risio and Brad Robinson after forays with various innercity Sydney bands worked again in late 80s band The Vladivostoks.

A compilation CD of the bands unreleased recordings and demos is in the works and with the original members reuniting in early 2001 after over 15 years apart and with growing interest from powerpop aficionados in the US and Europe, plans are afoot to record/release new material in the near future.

The Band

  • Wayne Hammonds Lead Vocals (guitar)
  • Rob Smith Lead Guitar (Vocals)
  • Rob Risio Rhythm Guitar (Vocals)
  • George Ellis Bass
  • Greg Tolhurst (drums) 1975 -79
  • Brad Robinson (drums) 1980 -83

Blue Pie has been fortunate enough to have the bands 1st single out on Michael Brownings label ” Deluxe Records ” out now for the world at all leading digital retailers on the planet.

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