Mirrored Image was one of Sydney’s hardest working, unsigned bands of the early eighties.
These guys were constantly working near seven shows a week.
Fronted by sisters Christine and Tracy Mullane, the band played a mixture of covers and original material.
The girls were influenced by the likes of Pat Benetar and Heart.
I joined the band as their Bass Player in early 1984 not long after Peculiar Clerk decided to call it a day.
Steve Lees, (ex Guitarist from Peculiar Clerk) met up with Lyndsay and Ray from Mirrored Image at a music convention. They had plenty of work and were looking for a Bass Player as theirs resigned. Steve told them I was available and may be interested. He took their numbers and let me know.
I auditioned and got the Gig.
They seemed to be quite a Professional outfit,
All their work was through Premier Harbour agency and there was plenty of work!!
The line up at that time was:
Christine Mullane – Vocals
Tracy Mullane – Vocals
Rob Manego – Bass Guitar/Backing Vox
Ray Lloyd Jones – Guitar/Backing Vox
Lyndsay Ladiges – Guitar
Gary Landesman – Drums
This line up was awesome musically, After a period of intense rehearsals everything felt great, we played for a couple of months however it was not to last.
Gary Landesman the drummer decided to leave.
Keeping musicians (I found out) seemed to be a constant battle for the band. Why? I don’t know. For some reason no sooner we would get a replacement band member rehearsed and ready to go, someone else would pull the pin. It was frustrating!
I think I was with the band for about a year. During that time the line up changed several times. I played with five different drummers and four different guitarists.
Maybe the grind of working the way we did took its toll. Who knows!
I now was finding it hard to stay. I was not enjoying constantly rehearsing new members to find they would only last five minutes.
The Agency had booked us on a two-week cruise aboard the Fairstar. We were billed with John Paul Young.
I was not going to leave before the cruise. I informed the girls that I was quitting after the cruise. We had a slight issue of needing another guitarist as yep, another one resigned. Luckily Steve Lees (ex Peculiar Clerk) and I were good mates and he knew what was going on and also new most of the repertoire. I told him that the cruise was on and I was leaving the band when the cruise was over. There was a position for him as guitarist if he wanted it. He took the job.
We had a ball on the cruise with JPY and both left Mirrored Image when we returned to Australia.
I know Mirrored Image went on for a while after.
It was a shame that the band did not achieve what it could have
The last I heard was the girls formed a Cabaret style show under the name the Mullane Sisters. Not sure what they are doing now
Maybe if Mirrored Image had had proper management and direction they may have gone further. Who knows!
The girls definitely had the potential and drive.
- Christine Mullane – Vocals
- Tracy Mullane – Vocals
- Rob Manego – Bass Guitar/Backing Vox
- Ray Lloyd Jones – Guitar/Backing Vox
- Lyndsay Ladiges – Guitar
- Gary Landesman – Drums
- Steve Lees – Guitar
- Bruce Fraser – Drums
- Larry McMillan – Guitar
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