There are other Australian albums as great as Sunnyboys’ 1981 debut, Sunnyboys. There aren’t any that are better. Hearing it again 32 years later, it still feels like one of the best rock’n’roll debut albums ever, one of those collisions of bright-eyed youthful energy, lyrical intensity and razor-sharp rock’n’roll instincts that couldn’t have been scripted. Like singer and chief songwriter Jeremy Oxley’s assured, expressive guitar playing, something about this music hits you in the guts, the heart and the head. It says all you need to know about being young and alive, with all those doubts, joys, heartache and hopes. And it rocks. Noel Mengel, The Courier Mail
Recorded in and around a hectic live schedule during the months of May, June and July 1981 the Sunnyboys eponymous debut is an undisputed classic. Featuring the radio staple Alone With You and the top ten debut single Happy Man Sunnyboys reached gold status (35,000 sales) soon after release and platinum sales (70,000) some 25 years later. Today it hovers around the 100,000 mark. Sunnyboys has also been listed in every top 100 Australian albums of the whatever since its release in October 1981.If they could cut it live – and few bands could cut it on stage with as much power as Sunnyboys – then it could be captured on tape. The result is an album free of any affectation or the “fashionable” sounds which can date a record six months after its release. Sunnyboys is so fresh it feels like they just recorded it last night.The 21st Century reissue of Sunnyboys overflows with even more of that goodness. Not only do you get the twelve original album tracks – remastered for the first time since it’s initial release – but the entire album sessions, including later b-sides Stop & Think, Guts Of Iron & Physical Jerk. Also included for the first time on CD and download are the live tracks Thrill and Why Do I Cry? The later a cover of legendary sixties group The Remains and both previously only available on the cassingle release (an Australian first) of the Happy Man single.But wait, there’s more! Whilst researching this project the Warners archives unearthed a 17 song demo session recorded at Studios 301 in January 1981. Its a fantastic first take trawl through many of the album classics, rare and previously unheard material and later day album tracks. It’s an incredible insight to the productivity of chief songwriter Jeremy Oxley and a snapshot of just how it felt to be standing front and centre at any number of those early Sunnyboys shows. How”s that for a bonus!The old demos were our first foray into a big studio. We bashed ’em out just like we played them live. They sound really good! In some ways they’re closer to how the songs sounded to me than the versions we did later for the first album. There’s a strength and surety to them that comes from just playing them straight up, with no special effects, or extra instruments. In that situation you don’t have time to think. You just play. That’s why they sound so good. I am so glad we still have them. – Richard Burgman (Sunnyboys guitarist)The Sunnyboys eponymous debut album follows the new Sunnyboys collection ‘Our Best of’, that was released in December, and coincides with the band’s first proper tour since reforming nearly two years ago and which is all but completely sold-out.Sunnyboys Deluxe Edition CD and digital download will be released March 14th.
March 14th: Byron Bay, The Northern + The V-Rays.
March 15th: Byron Bay, The Northern + The Windy Hills.
March 21st: Melbourne, The Forum + Ron S.Peno & The Superstitions. *SOLD OUT*
March 22nd: Melbourne, The Forum special guests Huxton Creepers
Tickets $70.95 (inc service fee, credit card fees may apply) from ticketmaster.com.au
, phone 1300 111 011 or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.
*March 23rd: Adelaide, The Gov. special guests The Frowning Cloud
Tickets $60.00 + bf from thegov.com.au, phone 8340 0744 or in person at all Oztix outlets
March 28th: Brisbane, The Tivoli + special guests The Stems. *SOLD OUT*
March 29th: Sydney, Enmore Theatre + special guests The Stems plus The Frowning Clouds & Dig It Up! dj’s. *SOLD OUT*