When Tony Dean hitched up the wagons and moved his Beatles show, The Beatnix, east, he kicked of a phenomenon that has gripped the Australian music scene ever since. The concept band.
The second band to join this craze was The Bleach Boys who performed all the hits of The Beach Boys right up and down the East coast of Australia for almost 5 years.
Formed in 1982, the band went through numerous line up changes as the rigors of hard touring took it’s toll. Wherever “The Bleachies” went, it was a sellout. Corporate sponsorship was another first that the band achieved with Lindeman’s Wines.
Mark Johnson was the only member to survive the full term with the band. He was musical director and lead guitarist, then took over the front man position when the first line up change took place.
The end of the band was not a spectacular event. Each successive line up change took something away from the band, and with the hectic touring schedule, time was never on the band’s side to work replacement members in thoroughly. After four major line up changes, Mark decided that he didn’t want to rebuild for the fifth time and moved on to form Zenyatta
- Mark Johnson – Lead guitar/Harmony vocals/Lead vocals
- Richard McDonald – Rhythm guitar/Harmony vocals
- Mike Hammond – Bass/Harmony vocals
- Bill Motzing Jr – Drums
- Gavin Kennedy – Lead vocals
- David Manuel – Percussion
- Mark Wells – Bass/ Harmony vocals
- Carlton Spencer – Keyboards
- Bronte Wake – Guitar/ Harmony vocals
- Glen Pattison – Drums
- Robyn Lamott – Keyboards/Harmony vocals
- Rod Crundwell – Keyboards/Harmony Vocals
- Rex Mansfield – Drums/ Harmony Vocals
- Mark Stinson – Drums
- Ian Chisolm – Bass