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Uncanny X-Men

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Uncanny X-Men are an Australian pop/rock band which formed in Melbourne in 1981, and temporarily disbanded in 1987.

The bands first EP Salive One, was recorded live at AAV November 2 1982, with the single Pakistan just two days after they signed contracts with Mushroom Records. After just 3 weeks they had reached number 11 in the Melbourne charts and number 39 nationally. They toured as a support act with Joan Jett in December 1982 and then released the single How Do You Get Your Kicks in April 1983. Kicks reached number 9 in the Melbourne charts.

The single Time Goes So Fast was released in August 1983.

The Beach Party EP followed, recorded live at the Chevron Hotel in Sydney on June 17 1984. It contained the rebellious hit single Everybody Wants to Work and the band now consisted of Brian, Ron, Chuck, John Kirk and Craig Waugh.

In early 1985 they were doing support gigs for Rod Stewart and then their popularity exploded across the nation with the huge hit singles 50 Years and Party and the album Cos Life Hurts produced by Rick Pinko Sims (aka Skyhooks Red Symons). 50 Years and Cos Life Hurts both went Gold in just 2 weeks and were Double Platinum after 3 months. Regular screenings on Countdown most weekends ensured their popularity around Australia.

The antics of contraversial enigmatic frontman Brian Mannix, he of the tiny lycra pants, furry sporran, bleached mullet and quite possibly the only male to ever front a Cutex make up campaign, ensured the band stayed in the media's spotlight during 1985 and 1986. With his own newpaper column, various television appearances on shows like The Flying Doctors, Countdown, Blankety Blanks and Hey Hey Its Saturday, magazine covers by the dozen, hotel evictions following wild parties, and arrests for obscene language usage - it was hard to miss Brian or the band during those years.

The album What You Give Is What You Get! was released in 1986. By then Ronnie had departed for a new life in Sydney and had been replaced by Joey Amenta. The album spawned the singles I Am, Start Believing, and Don't Wake Me - with the obligatory pillow case featuring the title 'for true fans !!'

At their peak the band had the largest fan club membership in the country. Fans were called Xmaniacs.

Sites:uncannyxmen.homestead.com , Wikipedia
Members:Brett Kingman, Brian Mannix, Chuck Hargreaves, Craig Waugh, Joey Amenta, John Kirk (4), Nick Matandos, Ron Thiessen, Steve Harrison (6)
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