The Sacred Cowboys' lead singer and lyricist is Garry Gray. The current line-up includes: Spencer Jones (guitar); Penny Ikinger (guitar); Nick Rischbieth (bass) and; Stephan Fiddock (drums). A special guest for August 2006 shows was Ash Wednesday (keyboards). Past members include: Johnny Crash (drums) andMark Ferrie (bass) who were both previously members of Melbourne pop band The Models; Terry Doolan (guitar); Andrew Picouleau (bass); and Ian Forrest (keyboards). Rischbieth joined the group in 1983 and Fiddock in 1987.
The Sacred Cowboys began playing inner city Melbourne in early 1982. Gray and Mark Ferrie thought of the name after viewing an episode of Get Smart, from the episode where the Groovy Guru and his band the Sacred Cows set out to subvert America's youth with psychedelic music. (The same episode was the impsiration for the Hoodoo Gurus song "In The Echo Chamber" and Painters and Dockers covered Groovy Guru's "Kill Kill Kill".)