johnny velox and the vauxhauls

from wade churtons’ glam, punk and scorched earth policy: “in september [1977], the nucleaus of another band formed at burnside high school. brothers mark and scott brooks were guitarist and bassist and findlay calderwood became drummer. from boys’ high came vocalist michael williams. initially the band were known as uncle meat, but after they became a quartet they gave themselves a decisively punk identity. the new name managed to lampoon ‘hoon’ culture and snipe at both middle-class and freak sensibilities. johnny velox and vauxhalls was again a four-piece band built firmly on the pistols/ramones model. williams became the titular character, mark and scott brooks became kid buick and eugene dipstick, and calderwood decame dick distant.rn

though very young (all were in their mid-teens), the band’s instrumentalists had the funky long hair and flares of freakdom but like the doomed crossed over with the slightly-ripped safety-pinned-opportunity-shop jacket aesthetic of punk. williams indulged his charaacter’s glam-rock star roots and wore bright red dyed hair with his wraparound shades, slashed t-shirt and dog-collar choker.rn

in contrast to the doomed’s slightly one-dimensional pistols/english punk outrage, the vauxhalls had a decidely more ‘musical’ slant to their version of punk. in the absence of specifically ‘punk’ records for initial set-building material, the vauxhalls utilised currently available music by acknowledged antecedents. the early vauxhalls quickly mashed together and eclectic glam / 1960s set [covering bowie, eno, the stooges, roxy music, slade, the who, velvet underground etc]… as well as joking covers of television advertisement jingles…”
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