The Survivors ‎– Worse Than Perfect

Grown Up Wrong! ‎– WRONG 3
Vinyl, LP


A1 Midnight To Six Man
A2 Somethin' Else
A3 A Legal Matter
A4 Daddy Rolling Stone
B1 Come On Now
B2 Everything's Alright
B3 So Sad About Us
B4 Where Have All The Good Times Gone

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Recorded live at the Rex Hotel, Kings Cross, Sydney, August 1978

Made in Australia

Song title variations from back sleeve:
B3: So Sad
B4: Where Have All The Goodtimes Gone



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May 3, 2012
The Survivors were a Brisbane punk rock band that formed in 1976 as a party band, which attained cult status in Australia by their acknowledged popular live performances and contribution to the Lethal Weapons punk compilation album. According to David Nichols, (1) “The Survivors were legends in their home town of Brisbane, a highly popular and adept band whose sets were mainly cool ’60s covers.”


The Survivors, a southern suburbs Brisbane band, had a mutual admiration for 1960s music but originally they named their band Rat Salad after the B-side of Black Sabbath’s "Paranoid" single. They changed their name in 1977 to The Survivors still playing mostly parties or occasionally hiring a hall, until the Curry Shop venue began supporting local punk acts in the heart of Brisbane on Sundays.

Whilst known for their energetic versions of other group’s songs, they managed to release one stamped sleeve seven inch single on the Real label. The A-side Baby Come Back flirted with 1960s music but also had a strong stylistic sense of original New York punk. They encountered condemnation from punk circles for being to close to Sixties covers music as Jim Dickson recounts, “Criticism was often levelled at the Survivors for their lack of original material. The band were able to exist in those punksnobbery times because their energy was equal to anyone's and purely dedicated to the music which transcended the transient social commitments of the time.”(2)

Mushroom Records subsidiary label Suicide Records reissued the seven inch single and added both songs onto the Lethal Weapons compilation album in 1978. This was the extent of their output when they were still in existence. The band broke up in late 1978 but did manage to do shows in Sydney later on. They also managed an album well after they disbanded in 1988 called Worse than Perfect.

In 1979 Jim Dickson went on to record with Sydney act The Passengers, whose singer was Angie Pepper later known for The Angie Pepper Band and the single Frozen World. Drummer from The Survivors, Bruce Anthon, went on to play with numerous other groups, including bands that did jazz or blues.

Bruce Anthon – Drums and Vocals
Jim Dickson – Bass and Vocals
Greg Williamson – Guitar and Vocals