I had the pleasure to both play support and see these guys play on many occasions, Sean a dynamic frontman, not many better, the band tight and energetic. One of the best ‘live’ bands Australia has produced.
They formed from two earlier punk/New Wave bands, Teenage Radio Stars (singer and guitarist Sean Kelly) and JAB (Ash Wednesday, Pierre Voltaire and Johnny Crash, keyboards, bass and drums respectively). This version of the group did not stay together for long, however, and soon Pierre was replaced by Mark Ferrie, then Ash by Andrew Duffield. In 1980 this line-up released their first album, Alphabravocharliedeltaechofoxtrotgolf, which was not commercially successful, but was well received by audiences on the live pub circuit.
It was released in 1980. The title alludes to the NATO phonetic alphabet. The album claimed to be produced by no-one: in fact it was produced by engineer Tony Cohen and the group. No singles were released commercially from the album, although "Two People Per Sq Km" and "Uncontrollable Boy" were on a 12-inch disc released to radio stations, and a music video was made for "Two People Per Sq Km".
The band played more often and in more places than virtually any other Australian band of the era - but the group tended to record completely new material for their studio albums, so many of their most popular early songs went unreleased until 2002, when a compilation album of early live material ("Melbourne") was released.