Melbourne based pop/rock band from 1981-1987. Re-formed briefly in 1998
Uncanny X-Men formed in Melbourne as a guitar pop band in 1981 and worked the pub rock circuit. Original line-up included Chuck Hargreaves on guitar, Steve Harrison on bass guitar, Brian Mannix as lead singer, Nick Manthandos on drums and Ron Thiessen on guitar. Mannix became known for his mischievous and comical send-ups of other artists. The band was signed by Mushroom Records early in 1982 and released their debut EP Salive One in November, which peaked at #15 on the Kent Music Report. They toured Australia in support of US rock act Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Early in 1983, Harrison was replaced on bass by John Kirk, and they released their single, “How Do You Get Your Kicks?” in March. Craig Waugh replaced Manthandos on drums and they released another single “Time Goes So Fast”. They toured through 1984 and released an EP, Beach Party, in July which included the single, “Everybody Wants to Work”.
- Chuck Hargreaves — guitar (1981–1987)
- Steve Harrison — bass guitar (1981–1983)
- Brian Mannix — lead vocals (1981–1987)
- Nick Manthandos — drums (1981–1983)
- Ron Thiessen — guitar (1981–1986)
- John Kirk — bass guitar (1983–1987)
- Craig Waugh — drums (1983–1987)
- Joey Amenta — guitar (1986)
- Brett Kingman — guitar (1986–1987)
Everybody wants to work.
- ‘Cos Life Hurts – 1985
- What You Give is What You Get! – 1986
|30/01/83||Somersby||Narara Music Festival 1983|
|18/02/83||Manly Vale||Manly Vale Hotel|
|+ Moving Pictures|
Steven p. Harrison passed away on Tuesday 28th July 2009
THE MUSIC DIED
MAY HE REST IN PEACE.
It was Steve Harrison who helped me to realise my dream of playing in a band. I could not have done what I did without you, mate. You were and will always be the person I most looked up to and respected. Thanks so much for all the good times, mate. You’ll be my first stop when my time comes!
I saw the Uncanny X-Men Live in March 2011 at the Chelsea Heights Hotel in Melbourne. Here is one of my two videos.
What towns did you tour with the band in your career?
Your fan Kerry
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