Sunnyboys

by Mark Gibson on March 5, 2012

in Bands - S

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Sunnyboys were a Sydney based band which went through a number of active periods from 1980-1984, 1987-1989 & again in 1991. I have to admit that I never actually saw them which is unusual given how popular they were at the time.

Jeremy Oxley, Peter Oxley and Bil Bilson had played in a garage band together called Wooden Horse. Richard Burgman completed the original lineup in 1979 when they officially formed Sunnyboys.

They were a high-energy pub rock band that some described as “power pop”. Some see “Pop” as a bad thing but it was meant quite literally. They wrote popular sounding, catchy tunes that really captured the spirit of the Australian music scene in the early eighties. It was rock enough to draw a live crowd and pop enough to be played on the radio. Not a bad combination in my book.

They were the first Sydney band to be signed by Mushroom records and in July 1981 they had their first hit with “Happy Man”. Unfortunately they were a fairly short lived band and they initially broke up in 1984. Jeremy Oxley has tried to revive the band a number of times under various lineups but they’ve never really re-captured their initial success.

Members

  • Jeremy Oxley – Vocals, Guitar 1980 – 1991
  • Peter Oxley – Bass 1980 – 1984
  • Richard Burgman – Guitar 1980 – 1984
  • Bil Bilson – Drums 1980 – 1984
  • Peter Hincenbergs Drums – 1987 – 1989
  • Nick Freedman – Guitar 1987 – 1989
  • Bill Smith – Bass 1987 – 1989

Recordings

  • The Sunnyboys – 1981
  • Individuals – 1982
  • Get Some Fun – 1984
  • Real Live Sunnyboys – 1984
  • Days Are Gone – 1985
  • Wildcat – 1989
  • Play The Best – 1991
  • Shakin’ Live 1991 – 1993
  • This Is Real – 2004

Known gigs for Sunnyboys

Date City Venue
11/09/80 http://australianmusichistory.com Sunnyboys in Kings Cross Rock garden
27/06/81 http://australianmusichistory.com Sunnyboys in Bexley North Bexley North Hotel
+ The Lonely Hearts
27/06/81 http://australianmusichistory.com Sunnyboys in Bexley North Bexley North Hotel
+ The Lonely Hearts
14/07/81 http://australianmusichistory.com Sunnyboys in Rydalmere Family Inn
+ The Sets
03/10/81 http://australianmusichistory.com Sunnyboys in Stroud, NSW Tanelorn Music Festival 1981
29/01/84 http://australianmusichistory.com Sunnyboys in Somersby Narara Music Festival 1984

Video’s of the Sunnyboys

Alone with you tonight


Happy Man

Other Resources

Sunnyboys listing on Australian Music Database

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