After he’d finished playing with The 69ERS for the final time, Peter Knox bounced around the Sydney music scene for a while, filling in on bass and making guest appearances with various bands, until he became bass player and co-comedian with a club ‘show’ called Country Scratch (based around the Caswell family – featuring a young Allan Caswell, his brothers, and his father). After that show came to an end, from it Peter Knox and Ian Willis joined The Kaye & Kyffin Band, which also featured Gavin Hodel on drums (along with Kaye Taylor on vocals and Phill Raymond on rhythm guitar and vocals). It’s possible that outfit did its last gig at the NSW Leagues Club (Sydney) on Friday, March 5, 1976 (though the evidence is sketchy).
From there, Ian Willis, Gavin Hodel and Peter Knox decided to form a three-piece band. They experimented with names – doing their first two gigs as Briquewall (see table below) – then auditioning at The Clique Wine Bar in Surry Hills as I.C. Delite (see table also). By the time they took up a residency at The Clique, they had become Toons, much to the annoyance of the venue owner, who had distributed a whole bunch of flyers promoting I.C. Delite. This gig list represents most of the performance history of Toons, who ended as they had begun – using a number of different names.
Much like Peter Knox’s New Improved 69ERS had done at the end of their history, Toons began theirs with a series of residencies, and residencies were significant throughout their tenure. They got very close a number of times, but Toons never really sprouted wings.
Known gigs for Toons
(Editors note: This gig list is not yet complete but I’m getting them in as fast as I can!)
|30/04/76||Ramsgate||Hawaiian Night (Club?)|
|played as “Briquewall”|
|08/05/76||Cronulla, NSW||Youth Club|
|played as “Briquewall”|
|22/05/76||Surry Hills, NSW||Clique Wine Bar|
|played as “I.C. Delite”|
|04/06/76||Cronulla, NSW||Fiddler’s Vine Winebar|
|05/06/76||Cronulla, NSW||Fiddler’s Vine Winebar|
|11/06/76||Surry Hills, NSW||Clique Wine Bar|
|12/06/76||Surry Hills, NSW||Clique Wine Bar|
|17/06/76||Cronulla, NSW||Fiddler’s Vine Winebar|
|18/06/76||Surry Hills, NSW||Clique Wine Bar|
|19/06/76||Surry Hills, NSW||Clique Wine Bar|
|24/06/76||Cronulla, NSW||Fiddler’s Vine Winebar|
|25/06/76||Surry Hills, NSW||Clique Wine Bar|
|26/06/76||Surry Hills, NSW||Clique Wine Bar|
|01/07/76||Cronulla, NSW||Fiddler’s Vine Winebar|
|02/07/76||Surry Hills, NSW||Clique Wine Bar|