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Encyclopedia > Cold Chisel
Cold Chisel
Origin Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Genre(s) Pub rock
Hard rock
Rock and roll
Years active 19731984; 1998; 2003
Label(s) WEA
Mushroom Records
Associated acts Catfish
Little River Band
Don, Tex and Charlie
Website coldchisel.com.au
Members
Jimmy Barnes
Don Walker
Ian Moss
Steve Prestwich
Phil Small
Former members
Ray Arnott
Les Kaczmarek

Cold Chisel are a rock band from Adelaide, Australia. They are regarded as the canonical example of Australian pub rock, with a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and they are acknowledged as one of the most popular and successful Australian groups of the period, although this success and acclaim was almost completely restricted to Australia and New Zealand. For other uses, see Adelaide (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Pub rock is a style of Australian rock and roll popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and still influencing contemporary Australian music today. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Mushroom Records company from Canada, see Mushroom Records (Canada), for the company that used to be Mushrooms operations in the United Kingdom see A&E Records Mushroom Records was an Australian record company formed by Michael Gudinski and Ray Evans in 1972. ... Little River Band is an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1975 and named after a road sign for the Victorian township of Little River, near Geelong. ... Jimmy Barnes is a popular Australian rock singer. ... Don Walker (born November 29, 1951) is an Australian musician and songwriter most famous for writing many of the hits for legendary Australian pub rock band, Cold Chisel. ... Ian Moss is an Australian rock musician, best known as the lead guitarist and occasional singer with Cold Chisel. ... Steve Prestwich is an Australian drummer, best known for his role as drummer for Cold Chisel and his short spell in the Little River Band. ... Phil Small is an Australian bassist best known for his role in pub-rock band Cold Chisel. ... Ray Arnott - Australian Drummer Lives and works on the Mid North coast of Australia as a teacher & occassional band member. ... For other uses, see Adelaide (disambiguation). ... Pub rock is a style of Australian rock and roll popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and still influencing contemporary Australian music today. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s is the current decade spanning from 1980 to 1989, also called The Eighties. The decade saw social, economic and general upheaval as wealth, production and western culture migrated to new industrializing economies. ...

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Beginnings 1973 - 1978

The band was formed in Adelaide in 1973 as a heavy metal act by bassist Les Kaczmarek, with the rest of the line-up being comprised of organist Don Walker, guitarist Ian Moss and drummer Steve Prestwich. 17-year old singer Jimmy Barnes -- known throughout his time with the band as merely Jim Barnes -- joined in December after a brief spell as Bon Scott's replacement in Fraternity[1]. The group changed its name several times before settling on Cold Chisel in 1974 after writing a song with that title. Barnes' relationship with other band members was volatile; as a Scot he often came to blows with English-born Prestwich and he left the band several times. During these periods Moss would handle vocals until Barnes returned. For other uses, see Adelaide (disambiguation). ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... Classic Hammond B-3 organ. ... Don Walker (born November 29, 1951) is an Australian musician and songwriter most famous for writing many of the hits for legendary Australian pub rock band, Cold Chisel. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Ian Moss is an Australian rock musician, best known as the lead guitarist and occasional singer with Cold Chisel. ... For other uses, see Drum (disambiguation). ... Steve Prestwich is an Australian drummer, best known for his role as drummer for Cold Chisel and his short spell in the Little River Band. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Jimmy Barnes is a popular Australian rock singer. ... Ronald Belford Bon Scott (July 9, 1946 – February 19, 1980) was an Australian-Scottish rock musician, most well-known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. ... Fraternity was an Australian rock band active in the early 1970s. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the country. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


Kaczmarek left Cold Chisel in 1975 and was replaced by Phil Small. After this, Walker took creative control of the group, writing virtually all the band's material. When he left them to complete his studies in Armidale, the rest of the group followed. Barnes' older brother John Swan was a member of Cold Chisel around this time, providing backing vocals and percussion but after several violent incidents he was fired[2]. Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Phil Small is an Australian bassist best known for his role in pub-rock band Cold Chisel. ... Not to be confused with Armadale. ... John Swan, better known as Swanee (born John Archibold Dixon Swan, 1952, Glasgow, Scotland) is an Australian rock singer. ... Percussion redirects here. ...


In August 1976 Cold Chisel relocated to Melbourne but found little success and moved to Sydney in November. Six months later, in May 1977, Barnes announced he was quitting Cold Chisel in order to join Swan in Feather, a hard-rocking blues band that had evolved from an earlier group called Blackfeather. A farewell performance took place in Sydney that went so well the singer changed his mind and the following month Cold Chisel was picked up by WEA. Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The City of Melbournes coat of arms The central business district of Melbourne, viewed from the north Alternate meanings: Melbourne (disambiguation) Melbourne is the capital and largest city of the state of Victoria, and the second largest city in Australia, with a population of 52,117 in the Central... This is about the city of Sydney in Australia. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Blackfeather was an Australian rock group in the 1970s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Main career 1978 - 1982

In the early months of 1978, Cold Chisel recorded their self-titled debut album with producer Peter Walker. All tracks were written by Don Walker (Barnes contributed some lyrics to the song "Juliet"). Cold Chisel was released in April and featured appearances from harmonica player Dave Blight, who would become a regular on-stage guest, and saxophonist Wilbur Wilde from Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons. The following month the song "Khe Sanh" was released as a single but was deemed too offensive for radio airplay due to the lyric "Their legs were often open/But their minds were always closed"[3]; however it still reached #48 on the Australian singles chart thanks mainly to the band's rising popularity as a touring act and some local radio support in Adelaide where the single was aired in spite of the ban. "Khe Sanh" has since become Cold Chisel's signature tune and arguably its most popular among fans. The song was later remixed for inclusion on the international version of 1980's East. Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Singles from Cold Chisel Released: May 1978 Cold Chisel was the self-titled debut album of Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel, released in April of 1978. ... In the music industry, record producer designates a person responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for release. ... Look up lyrics in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A harmonica is a free reed wind instrument. ... A saxophonist is a musician who plays the saxophone. ... Wilbur Wilde (born Nicholas Nick Aitken on 5 October 1955) is an Australian saxophonist. ... Joe Camilleri (born 1948 in Malta) is a legendary Australian singer, songwriter and saxophonist. ... Khe Sanh is a Australian pub rock song, released by the band Cold Chisel in 1978, and named after the Battle of Khe Sanh (1968), during the Vietnam War. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Singles from East Released: November 1979 Released: May 1980 East was the third studio album by Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel, released in June of 1980. ...


The band's next release was a live E.P. titled "You're Thirteen, You're Beautiful, and You're Mine", in November. This had been recorded at a show at Sydney's Regent Theatre in 1977 that had featured Midnight Oil as one of the support acts. One of the EP's tracks, "Merry-Go-Round" was left off the first album and later recorded on the follow-up, Breakfast at Sweethearts. This album was recorded between July 1978 and January 1979 with experienced producer Richard Batchens, who had previously worked with Richard Clapton, Sherbet and Blackfeather. Batchens smoothed out some of the band's rough edges and gave their songs a sophisticated sound that made the album a hit. Once again, all songs were penned by Walker, with Barnes collaborating on the first single "Goodbye (Astrid, Goodbye)". This song became a live favourite for the band, and even went on to be performed by U2 during Australian tours in the 1980s. Youre Thirteen, Youre Beautiful, and Youre Mine was a live EP by Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel, recorded at the Regent Theatre in Sydney in 1977, and released in November of 1978. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The second studio album released by Cold Chisel in February 1979. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Richard Batchens was house producer at Festival Records in the early 70s and was one of the most prominent and successful producers of the era. ... Richard Clapton (1951?-) is an Australian singer/songwriter. ... Sherbet (a. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ...


By now the band stood at the verge of major national success, even without significant radio airplay or support from Countdown, the country's most important youth music program, which the band consistently boycotted throughout its career. The band had become notorious for its wild behaviour, particularly from Barnes who was rumoured to have had sex with over 1000 women and was known to consume more than a bottle of vodka every night during performances. Moss and Walker were also known to be heavy drinkers and the constant physical altercations between the singer and Prestwich also attracted widespread attention[2]. Countdown was a long-running popular weekly Australian music television show broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from late 1974 until July 19, 1987. ... Vodka bottling machine, Shatskaya Vodka Shatsk, Russia Vodka (Polish: wódka, Russian: водка) is one of the worlds most popular distilled beverages. ...


Following their problematic relationship with Batchens, Cold Chisel chose Mark Opitz to produce the next single, "Choir Girl", a Don Walker composition dealing with a young woman's experience with abortion. The track became a hit still played on radio to this day and paved the way for Cold Chisel's next album. Recorded over two months in 1980, East reached No. 2 on the Australian album charts and was the second-highest selling album by an Australian artist for the year. Despite the continued dominance of Walker, during Cold Chisel's later career all four of the other members began to contribute songs to the band, and this was the first of their albums to feature songwriting contributions from each member of the band. Cold Chisel is one of the few Australian rock bands to score hits with songs written by every member of the group. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...


Of the album's twelve tracks, two were written by Barnes with Moss, Prestwich and Small contributing one each. The songs ranged from straight ahead rock tracks such as "Standing on the Outside" and "My Turn to Cry" to rockabilly-flavoured work-outs ("Rising Sun", written about Barnes' relationship with his girlfriend Jane Mahoney) and pop-laced love songs ("My Baby", featuring Joe Camilleri on saxophone) to a poignant piano ballad about prison life, "Four Walls". The cover featured Barnes asleep in a bathtub wearing a kamikaze bandanna in a room littered with junk and was inspired by Jacques-Louis David's 1793 painting The Death of Marat. The Ian Moss-penned "Never Before" was chosen as the first song to air by radio station Triple J when it switched to the FM band that year. Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, and emerged in the early-1950s. ... My Baby was a 1980 single from Australian rock band Cold Chisel, the third released from the album East and the first of the bands singles not to be written by organist Don Walker. ... Joe Camilleri (born 21 May 1948 in Malta) is a legendary Australian singer, songwriter and saxophonist. ... USS Bunker Hill was hit by Ogawa (see picture left) and another kamikaze near Kyūshū on May 11, 1945. ... Jacques-Louis David (August 30, 1748 – December 29, 1825) was a highly influential French painter in the Neoclassical style, considered to be the prominent painter of the era. ... Year 1793 (MDCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Death of Marat is a 1793 painting in the Neoclassic style by Jacques-Louis David and is one of the most famous images of the French Revolution. ... Double J redirects here. ... The abbreviations FM, Fm, and fm may refer to: Electrical engineering Frequency modulation (FM) and its most common applications: FM broadcasting, used primarily to broadcast music and speech at VHF frequencies FM synthesis, a sound-generation technique popularized by early digital synthesizers Science Femtometre (fm), an SI measure of length...


Following the release of East, Cold Chisel embarked on the Youth in Asia Tour, which took its name from a lyric in "Star Hotel". This tour saw the group play more than 60 shows in 90 days and would form the basis of 1981's double live album Swingshift. AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Swingshift was the live album released by Australian band Cold Chisel in 1981. ...


In April 1981 they were nominated for all seven of the major awards at the joint Countdown/TV Week music awards held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, and won them all. As a protest against the concept of a TV magazine being involved in a music awards ceremony, the band refused to accept their awards and finished the night by performing "My Turn to Cry". After only one verse and chorus, they smashed up the set and left the stage[4]. TV WEEK is a weekly television magazine in Australia, first published as a Melbourne-only publication in 1957 (as TV-Radio WEEK) and bearing a strong affiliation to television station GTV-9. ...


Swingshift debuted at No. 1 on the Australian album charts, crystallizing the band's status as the biggest-selling act in the country. Elsewhere, however, Cold Chisel was unable to make an impact. With a slightly different track-listing, East had been issued in the United States and the band toured with Cheap Trick but while they were popular as a live act the American arm of their label did little to support the album. According to Barnes biographer Toby Creswell, at one point the band was ushered into an office to listen to the US master only to find it drenched in tape hiss and other ambient noise[2], making it almost unreleasable. The band were even booed off stage after a lackluster performance in Dayton, Ohio in May, 1981 opening for Ted Nugent, who at the time was touring with his guitar army aka the 'D.C. Hawks'. European audiences were more accepting of the band and the group developed a small but significant fan-base in Germany. Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970s. ... Toby Creswell is an Australian journalist and pop-culture writer. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...


Cold Chisel returned to Australia in August 1981 and soon began work on the album Circus Animals, again with Opitz producing. The album opened with "You Got Nothing I Want", an aggressive Barnes-penned hard rock track that attacked the American industry for its handling of the band. The song would later cause problems for Barnes when he later attempted to break into the US market as a solo performer as senior music executives there continued to hold it against him. Like its predecessor, Circus Animals contained songs of contrasting styles, with harder-edged tracks like "Bow River" and "Hound Dog" in place beside more expansive ballads such as "Forever Now" and the Prestwich composition "When the War Is Over". This track has proved to be the most popular Cold Chisel song for other artists to record. Uriah Heep included a version on the 1989 album Raging Silence and John Farnham has recorded it twice, once while he and Prestwich were members of Little River Band in the mid-80s and again for his 1990 solo album Age of Reason. The song was also a No. 1 hit for former Australian Idol contestant Cosima De Vito in 2004 and was also performed by Bobby Flynn during that show's 2006 season. Circus Animals cover Circus Animals was a studio album released by Australian band Cold Chisel in 1982. ... When the War Is Over is a Pub rock ballad written by Cold Chisels drummer Steve Prestwich. ... Uriah Heep are an English rock band, formed in December 1969 when record producer Gerry Bron invited keyboardist Ken Hensley (previously a member of The Gods and Toe Fat) to join Spice, a band signed to his own Bronze Records label. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Raging Silence is the 17th album by British progressive rock group Uriah Heep. ... John Peter Farnham (born July 1, 1949) is an English-born Australian pop singer. ... Little River Band is an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1975 and named after a road sign for the Victorian township of Little River, near Geelong. ... This article is about the year. ... Released 25th July 1988. ... Australian Idol is a Logie Award-winning Australian singing competition, which began its first season on July 27, 2003. ... Cosima De Vito (born November 1, 1976), also known simply as Cosima, is an Australian singer-songwriter. ... Robert Andrew Bobby Flynn (b. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


To launch the album, they performed under a circus tent at Wentworth Park in Sydney and toured heavily once more, including a show in Darwin that attracted more than 10% of the city's population[5].


Break up and aftermath 1983 - 1984

Circus Animals and its three singles, "You Got Nothing I Want", "Forever Now" and "When the War is Over" were all major hits in Australia during 1982 but further success was continuing to elude them and cracks were beginning to appear. In early 1983 the band toured Germany but the shows went so badly that in the middle of tour Walker stormed off stage during one show and Prestwich was fired. Returning to Australia, he was replaced by Ray Arnott. After this, Barnes requested a large advance from management. Now married with a young child, exorbitant spending had left him almost broke. His request was refused however as there was a standing arrangement that any advance to one band member had to be paid to all the others and after a meeting on 17 August during which Barnes quit the band it was decided that Cold Chisel would split up[6]. A final concert series known as The Last Stand was planned and a final studio album was also recorded. Prestwich returned for the tour, which began in October. Before the Sydney shows however, Barnes lost his voice and those dates were re-scheduled for December. Their final performance was at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 12 December, 1983, apparently precisely ten years since their first live appearance. The Sydney shows formed the basis of the film The Last Stand, the biggest-selling concert film of any Australian band. Several other recordings from the tour were used on the 1984 live album Barking Spiders Live: 1984, the title of which was inspired by the name the group occasionally used to play warm-up shows before tours. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Ray Arnott - Australian Drummer Lives and works on the Mid North coast of Australia as a teacher & occassional band member. ... is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Last Stand is a film of the final concert appearances by Australian rock band Cold Chisel. ... This article is about the year. ...


During breaks in the tour, Twentieth Century was recorded. It was a fragmentary process, spread across various studios and sessions as the individual members often refused to work together, but nonetheless successful. Released in February 1984, it reached No. 1 upon release and included the songs "Saturday Night" and "Flame Trees", both of which remain radio staples. "Flame Trees", co-written by Prestwich and Walker took its title from the BBC series The Flame Trees of Thika although it was lyrically inspired by the organist's hometown of Grafton, New South Wales. Barnes later recorded an acoustic version of the song on his 1993 album Flesh and Wood and the track was also covered by Sarah Blasko in 2006. Twentieth Century cover Twentieth Century was a studio album released by Australian band Cold Chisel in 1984. ... Saturday Night was a 1984 single from Australian rock band Cold Chisel, the second released from the album Twentieth Century and the first to be issued after the bands official break-up. ... Flame Trees is a song by Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel from their 1984 album Twentieth Century. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... The Flame Trees Of Thika is a British television series made by Euston Films for Thames Television in 1981. ... </ref> | est = 1851 | elevation = 5 | maxtemp = 25. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Flesh and Wood is the seventh album by Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes. ... Sarah Blasko (born September 23, 1976) is an Australian musician. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Barnes launched a solo career in January 1984 that has since seen him score eight Australian No. 1 albums and an array of hit singles. One of those, "Too Much Ain't Enough Love" also peaked at No. 1. Throughout his solo career he has recorded with INXS, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, John Farnham and a long list of other Australian and international artists and continues to the present as arguably the country's most popular male rock singer. Too Much Aint Enough Love was the first single lifted from the 1987 album Freight Train Heart by Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes. ... INXS (pronounced In Excess) are an Australian rock group. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Joe Cocker OBE (born 20 May 1944) is an English rock/blues singer who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice and his cover versions of popular songs. ...


Prestwich joined Little River Band in 1984 and appeared on the albums Playing to Win and No Reins before departing in 1986 to join John Farnham's touring band. Walker, Moss and Small all took extended breaks from music. Small, the least prominent member of the band virtually disappeared from the scene for many years, playing in a variety of minor acts. Walker formed Catfish in 1988, ostensibly a solo band with floating membership that included Moss, Charlie Owen and Dave Blight at various times. The music had a distinctly modern jazz aspect and his recordings during this phase attracted little commercial success. During 1989 he wrote several songs for Moss including "Tucker's Daughter" and "Telephone Booth" that the guitarist recorded on his debut solo album Matchbook. Both the album and "Tucker's Daughter" peaked at No. 1 on the chart in 1989 and won Moss five ARIA Awards. His other albums met with little success. This article is about the year. ... Playing To Win is a 1984 album by Little River Band released on One Way Records. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Matchbook is an album by ex-Cold Chisel member Ian Moss released in 1989. ... The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) is a trade group representing the Australian recording industry. ...


Reunion

Throughout the 80s and most of the 90s, Cold Chisel was courted to re-form but obstinately refused, at one point reportedly turning down an offer of $5 million to play a single show in each of the major Australian state capitals. While Moss and Walker often collaborated on projects, neither would work with Barnes again until Walker wrote "Stone Cold" for the singer's Heat in 1993. The pair then recorded an acoustic version for Flesh and Wood later the same year. Thanks primarily to continued radio airplay and Jimmy Barnes' massive solo success, Cold Chisel's legacy remained solidly intact and by the early 90s the group had surpassed 3 million album sales, most of which had been sold since 1983. The 1991 compilation album Chisel was re-issued and re-packaged several times, once with the long-deleted 1978 EP as a bonus disc and a second time in 2001 as a double album. The Last Stand soundtrack album was also finally released in 1992 and in 1994 a complete album of previously unreleased demo and rare live recordings also surfaced. Teenage Love spawned a string of hit singles that fuelled speculation Cold Chisel would reform, to no avail. Heat is the sixth album by Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... Chisel is the 1991 compilation album by Australian pub rockers Cold Chisel. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


Cold Chisel eventually reunited in 1998 to record the album The Last Wave of Summer and supported it with a sold-out national concert tour. In 2003, they regrouped once more for the "Ringside" tour and in 2005 again reunited to perform at a benefit for the victims of the Boxing Day tsunami at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Last Wave of Summer is the 1998 reunion album for Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For related articles, including charities accepting donations, see Category:2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. ...


In recent times if has been suggested that the band will reform and do another "Ringside" type tour in mid-2008. This rumour has not been denied by any member the band as of 31 July 2007. is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Musical style and lyrical themes

While typically classified as a hard-driving rock and roll band, the Cold Chisel musical repertoire was extensive. Influences from blues and early rock n' roll was broadly apparent, fostered by the love of those styles by Moss, Barnes and Walker and Small and Prestwich contributed strong pop sensibilities. This allowed volatile rock songs like "You Got Nothing I Want" and "Merry-Go-Round" to stand beside thoughtful ballads like "Choir Girl", pop-flavoured love songs like "My Baby" and caustic political statements like "Star Hotel", an attack on the late-70s government of Malcolm Fraser and inspired by a riot at a Newcastle pub. The songs were not overtly political but rather observations of everyday life within Australian society and culture, in which the members with their various backgrounds (Moss was from Alice Springs, Walker grew up in rural New South Wales, Barnes and Prestwich were working-class immigrants from the UK) were quite well able to provide. Typically then, Cold Chisel's songs were about distinctly Australian experiences, a factor often cited as a major reason for the band's lack of international appeal. "Saturday Night" and "Breakfast at Sweethearts" were observations of the urban experience of Sydney's Kings Cross district where Walker lived for many years. "Misfits", which featured on the b-side to "My Baby", was about homeless kids in the suburbs surrounding Sydney. Songs like "Shipping Steel" and "Standing on The Outside" were working class anthems and many others featured characters trapped in mundane, everyday existences, yearning for the good times of the past ("Flame Trees") or for something better from life ("Bow River"). This article is about the former prime minister of Australia; for the Western Australian public servant, see Malcolm Fraser (surveyor). ... Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, is an industrial port city 160km north of Sydney, on the mouth of the Hunter River. ... Alice Springs CBD, NT Alice Springs is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. ... Kings Cross intersection in the 1950s Kings Cross is an inner-city locality of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ...


Reputation

To many of the group's fans, Cold Chisel's honest songs about the working-class experience provided an often starkly accurate insight into and soundtrack to their own lives that they were unable to find from other popular artists of the time. Even album tracks like "Bow River" and "Standing on the Outside" became widely popular and were given airplay during an era when commercial radio playlists were predominately populated by hit singles. Nevertheless, the band's aggressive image, apparent anti-establishment stance and particular popularity among young working-class men (typically, those born in the late 60s and mid-70s) often made them the subject of some disdain, both during their career and in the years following their dissolution.


Alongside contemporaries like The Angels and Midnight Oil, whose rise to popularity came in their wake, Cold Chisel was renowned as one of the most dynamic live acts of their day and from early in their career concerts routinely became sell-out events. But the band was also famous for its wild lifestyle, particularly the hard-drinking Barnes, who played his role as one of the wild men of Australian rock to the hilt, never seen on stage without at least one bottle of vodka and often so drunk he could barely stand upright. Despite this, by 1982 he was a devoted family man who refused to tour without his wife and daughter. All the other band members were also settled or married; Ian Moss had a long term relationship with late actress Megan Williams (she even sang on Twentieth Century) whose own public persona could have hardly been more different. Yet it was the band's public image that often saw them compared less favourably with other important acts like Midnight Oil, whose music and politics (while rather more overt) were often similar but whose image and reputation was far more clean-cut. Cold Chisel remained hugely popular however and by the mid-90s had continued to sell records at such a consistent rate they became the first Australian band to achieve higher sales after their split than during their active years. While repackages and compilations accounted for much of these sales, 1994's Teenage Love album of rarities and two of its singles were Top Ten hits and when the group finally reformed in 1998 the resultant album was also a major hit and the follow-up tour sold out almost immediately. The Angels was a hard rock band that formed in Adelaide, Australia in 1970. ...


Cold Chisel is one of the few Australian acts (along with AC/DC, and Slim Dusty) to have become the subject of a major tribute album. In 2007, Standing on the Outside: The Songs of Cold Chisel was released, featuring a collection of the band's songs as performed by artists including The Living End, Evermore, Something for Kate, Pete Murray, Katie Noonan, You Am I, Paul Kelly, Alex Lloyd, Thirsty Merc and Ben Lee[7],many of whom were still only children when Cold Chisel first disbanded and some of whom, like the members of Evermore, had not even been born. David Gordon Slim Dusty Kirkpatrick, AO, OBE (June 13, 1927—September 19, 2003) was an iconic Australian country music singer-songwriter. ... Standing on the Outside: The Songs of Cold Chisel is a tribute album dedicated to the songs of Australian band Cold Chisel. ... This article is about the Australian band. ... Evermore are a rock band from New Zealand. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about the singer and songwriter. ... Katie Noonan is an Australian singer-songwriter. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Paul Kelly may refer to: Paul Kelly (musician), (born 1955) Australian musician Paul Kelly (journalist) (born 1947), Australian journalist Paul Kelly (footballer) (born 1969), Australian footballer Paul Kelly (actor) (1899-1956) Paul Kelly (criminal) (c. ... For the British racing driver, see Alex Lloyd (racing driver). ... Thirsty Merc is a current Australian rock band fronted by singer/songwriter Rai Thistlethwayte with co-writer and bass player Phil Stack. ... Benjamin Michael Lee (born September 11, 1978 in Sydney, Australia) is a ARIA Award winning Jewish Australian musician and actor. ...


Band members

Jimmy Barnes is a popular Australian rock singer. ... Ian Moss is an Australian rock musician, best known as the lead guitarist and occasional singer with Cold Chisel. ... Don Walker (born November 29, 1951) is an Australian musician and songwriter most famous for writing many of the hits for legendary Australian pub rock band, Cold Chisel. ... Steve Prestwich is an Australian drummer, best known for his role as drummer for Cold Chisel and his short spell in the Little River Band. ... Phil Small is an Australian bassist best known for his role in pub-rock band Cold Chisel. ...

Additional players

  • Les Kaczmarek (bass guitar, October 1973- July 1975)
  • Ray Arnott (drums, 1983)
  • Dave Blight (harmonica)
  • Billy Rodgers (saxophone)
  • Jimmy Sloggett (saxophone)
  • Andy Bickers (saxophone)
  • Renée Geyer (backing vocals)
  • Vanetta Fields (backing vocals)
  • Megan Williams (backing vocals, Flame Trees)
  • Peter Walker (acoustic guitar, Khe Sanh)
  • Joe Camilleri (saxophone, My Baby and Home and Broken Hearted)
  • Wilbur Wilde (saxophone, Home and Broken Hearted, Rosaline, Just How Many Times)
  • James Morris (back up singer)

Ray Arnott - Australian Drummer Lives and works on the Mid North coast of Australia as a teacher & occassional band member. ... Renée Geyer. ... Vanetta Field was originally a back up singer for R&B legend Ike Turner. ... Joe Camilleri (born 21 May 1948 in Malta) is a legendary Australian singer, songwriter and saxophonist. ... Wilbur Wilde (born Nicholas Nick Aitken on 5 October 1955) is an Australian saxophonist. ...

Albums

Cold Chisel Singles from Cold Chisel Released: May 1978 Cold Chisel was the self-titled debut album of Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel, released in April of 1978. ...

  • Released: 1978
  • Format: LP
  • Label: WEA
  • Producer: Peter Walker
  • Singles: "Khe Sanh"

Breakfast at Sweethearts Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Khe Sanh is a Australian pub rock song, released by the band Cold Chisel in 1978, and named after the Battle of Khe Sanh (1968), during the Vietnam War. ... The second studio album released by Cold Chisel in February 1979. ...

  • Released: 1979
  • Format: LP
  • Label: WEA
  • Producer: Richard Batchens
  • Singles: "Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye)", "Shipping Steel"

East Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Richard Batchens was house producer at Festival Records in the early 70s and was one of the most prominent and successful producers of the era. ... Singles from East Released: November 1979 Released: May 1980 East was the third studio album by Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel, released in June of 1980. ...

  • Released: 1980
  • Format: LP
  • Label: WEA
  • Producer: Mark Opitz and Cold Chisel
  • Chart position: 2
  • Singles: "Choir Girl", "Cheap Wine", "My Baby"

Swingshift Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... My Baby was a 1980 single from Australian rock band Cold Chisel, the third released from the album East and the first of the bands singles not to be written by organist Don Walker. ... Swingshift was the live album released by Australian band Cold Chisel in 1981. ...

  • Released: 1981
  • Format: LP
  • Label: WEA
  • Chart position: 1

Circus Animals AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Circus Animals cover Circus Animals was a studio album released by Australian band Cold Chisel in 1982. ...

  • Released: 1982
  • Format: LP
  • Label: WEA
  • Producer: Mark Opitz
  • Chart position: 1
  • Singles: "You Got Nothing I Want", "Forever Now", "When the War Is Over"

Twentieth Century Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... When the War Is Over is a Pub rock ballad written by Cold Chisels drummer Steve Prestwich. ... Twentieth Century cover Twentieth Century was a studio album released by Australian band Cold Chisel in 1984. ...

  • Released: 1984
  • Format: LP
  • Label: WEA
  • Producer: Mark Opitz
  • Chart position: 1
  • Singles: "Hold Me Tight", "Saturday Night", "Flame Trees",

Barking Spiders Live: 1983 This article is about the year. ... Saturday Night was a 1984 single from Australian rock band Cold Chisel, the second released from the album Twentieth Century and the first to be issued after the bands official break-up. ... Flame Trees is a song by Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel from their 1984 album Twentieth Century. ...

  • Released: 1984
  • Format: LP
  • Label: WEA
  • Producer: Mark Opitz

Radio Songs: A Best of This article is about the year. ...

  • Released: 1985
  • Format: LP
  • Label: WEA

Razor Songs This article is about the year. ...

  • Released: 1987
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WEA

Chisel Chisel is the 1991 compilation album by Australian pub rockers Cold Chisel. ...

The Last Stand Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

  • Released: 1992
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner

Teenage Love Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...

  • Released: 1994
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WEA
  • Singles: "Hands Out of My Pocket", "Yesterdays", "Nothing But You"

The Last Wave of Summer Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The Last Wave of Summer is the 1998 reunion album for Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel. ...

  • Released: 1998
  • Format: CD
  • Singles: "Water Into Wine", "The Things I Love in You"

Cold Chisel: The Studio Sessions Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...

  • Released: 1999
  • Format: CD

Ringside Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ...

  • Released: 2003
  • Format: CD

Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

The trends of Australian music have often mirrored those of the United States and Britain. ... The Australian Record Industry Association Hall of Fame. ...

References

  1. ^ Creswell, Toby Jimmy Barnes: Too Much Ain't Enough (1993)
  2. ^ a b c Creswell
  3. ^ McGrath, Noel The Australian Encyclopedia of Rock and Pop (1983)
  4. ^ Creswell, Toby and Fabinyi, Martin The Real Thing
  5. ^ Creswell, et. al
  6. ^ Creswell, et al.
  7. ^ Chisel come in from the cold. The Age (2007-03-30).

Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Official website
Jimmy Barnes is a popular Australian rock singer. ... Don Walker (born November 29, 1951) is an Australian musician and songwriter most famous for writing many of the hits for legendary Australian pub rock band, Cold Chisel. ... Ian Moss is an Australian rock musician, best known as the lead guitarist and occasional singer with Cold Chisel. ... Steve Prestwich is an Australian drummer, best known for his role as drummer for Cold Chisel and his short spell in the Little River Band. ... Phil Small is an Australian bassist best known for his role in pub-rock band Cold Chisel. ... Ray Arnott - Australian Drummer Lives and works on the Mid North coast of Australia as a teacher & occassional band member. ... Singles from Cold Chisel Released: May 1978 Cold Chisel was the self-titled debut album of Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel, released in April of 1978. ... The second studio album released by Cold Chisel in February 1979. ... Singles from East Released: November 1979 Released: May 1980 East was the third studio album by Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel, released in June of 1980. ... Swingshift was the live album released by Australian band Cold Chisel in 1981. ... Circus Animals cover Circus Animals was a studio album released by Australian band Cold Chisel in 1982. ... Twentieth Century cover Twentieth Century was a studio album released by Australian band Cold Chisel in 1984. ... The Last Wave of Summer is the 1998 reunion album for Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel. ... Chisel is the 1991 compilation album by Australian pub rockers Cold Chisel. ... Youre Thirteen, Youre Beautiful, and Youre Mine was a live EP by Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel, recorded at the Regent Theatre in Sydney in 1977, and released in November of 1978. ... Khe Sanh is a Australian pub rock song, released by the band Cold Chisel in 1978, and named after the Battle of Khe Sanh (1968), during the Vietnam War. ... My Baby was a 1980 single from Australian rock band Cold Chisel, the third released from the album East and the first of the bands singles not to be written by organist Don Walker. ... When the War Is Over is a Pub rock ballad written by Cold Chisels drummer Steve Prestwich. ... Saturday Night was a 1984 single from Australian rock band Cold Chisel, the second released from the album Twentieth Century and the first to be issued after the bands official break-up. ... Flame Trees is a song by Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel from their 1984 album Twentieth Century. ... Last Stand is a film of the final concert appearances by Australian rock band Cold Chisel. ... Rockpalast is a live film of Australian band Cold Chisel filmed during their 1982 tour. ... Standing on the Outside: The Songs of Cold Chisel is a tribute album dedicated to the songs of Australian band Cold Chisel. ... Australian rock and pop musicians have produced a wide variety of music. ...

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Cold Chisel weren't just a band, they were a lifestyle for many of their followers, who were known as some of the roughest in the land.
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Cold Chisel begin recording sessions at Paradise Studios However, the producer and the band are not compatible, which leads to an introduction to Mark Opitz.
Chisels Set Fire to the Town tour with 45 dates over two months on the Queensland leg of the tour, Gold Coast press slam the band, Management and Record company for "Bad Taste" in choice of publicity posters {a picture of a burning monk).
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