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 Kings Cross Rock garden
27/06/81 Bexley North Bexley North Hotel
+ The Lonely Hearts
27/06/81 Bexley North Bexley North Hotel
+ The Lonely Hearts
14/07/81 Rydalmere Family Inn
+ The Sets
03/10/81 Stroud, NSW Tanelorn Music Festival 1981
29/01/84 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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1 Greg Morris March 7, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Had the pleasure of seeing them live but only the once.

I can’t remember the venue but the support band was Sekret Sekret who I actually went to see.

The Sunnyboys were a bonus for me that night, great band!!

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2 karen slot March 19, 2012 at 12:02 am

have seen the sunny boys a lot. ex husband used to be the sound guy, i always thought they were great.

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3 Scotty Dot July 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

Who is your husband, and when did he work with The Sunnies?

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4 linda December 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I heard that the Sunnyboys grew up on the NSW Far North Coast and went to school at Kingscliff High can someone confirm this for me.
I grew up in Sydney and loved their gigs. Now living in NSW FNC.

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5 Sam March 14, 2013 at 6:52 am

Yes this is correct

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6 Paul Walton April 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

I played guitar with Jeremy and Peter Oxley when they lived at Kingscliff in a band called Foreplay. We used to gig every weekend at the Surfside Hotel in Byron Bay, and at the Port of Call and the Patch, Coolangatta. I mixed the Sunnyboys first gig at Chequers supporting the Lipstick Killers and a few more including the Rock Garden.

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7 Sam April 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I saw The Sunnyboys live at the St George Sailing Club at Sans Souci in late 1984 (I think the date is close to correct)

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8 Chris March 1, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Saw the Sunnyboys play at Port Kembla Leagues Club down near Wollongong in mid-80’s. Great concert and even bought one of their printed t-shirts. Still listen to their tracks today. Special moment in time.

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