The Sweatband

Profile:
80's rock band from Rondebosch, Cape Town that recorded their first promo, "Partners in Crime" around 1982. Released on cassette with vocalist Ayala Katz, it was recorded in a garage, featuring various backing vocalists and sax players. After just a few live performances, Ayala decided to leave the band to pursue a career in jazz.

It was when the drummer's brother's girlfriend's classmate at the teacher's training college was hired in 1983 that the band really took off. One more promo cassette, "Catch That Sweaty Feeling", was released in 1984 and now with Wendy Oldfield as vocalist, the band's edgy rock sound garnered them a solid following and fan base.
The "No Sweat" album (produced by Kevin Shirley) was released in 1986, with three singles lifted off it. One more album (untitled) was recorded in late 1988. It was shelved for the time being and Wendy Oldfield left to go solo in November of that year.

Wendy was replaced by vocalists Michelle Bestbier and Kelly Hunter, and despite heavy gigging the band had lost its magical touch. Michelle Bestbier was later replaced by Tanya Malherbe, although the band did play a few gigs thereafter (with Wendy Oldfield resuming vocal duties) before John Mair died 11 November 2002.

Wendy Oldfield: vocals
John Mair: guitars, keyboards
Dieter Stutz: bass, keyboards
Lesley Cook: drums
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Albums

PVBL 1001 No Sweat — The Sweatband The Sweatband No Sweat(LP, Album) PVB Music PVBL 1001 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
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FRESHCD 130 Lank Sweat! — The Sweatband The Sweatband Lank Sweat!(CD, Album, RE) Fresh Music (2) FRESHCD 130 South Africa 2002 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

SONO7 140 This Boy — The Sweatband The Sweatband This Boy (Single) Sonovision (3) SONO7 140 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
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PVB 7142 Shape Of Her Body — The Sweatband Sweatband* Shape Of Her Body(7", Single) PVB Music PVB 7142 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
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PVB 319 Foolish Pride — The Sweatband The Sweatband Foolish Pride (Single) Van B's PVB 319 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version