In September , the nucleus 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 became Dick Distant.
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 character’s glam-rock star roots and wore bright red dyed hair with his wraparound shades, slashed t-shirt and dog-collar choker.
In contrast to The Doomed’s slightly one-dimensional Pistols/English punk outrage, the Vauxhalls had a decidedly more ‘musical’ slant to their version of punk. In the absence of specifically ‘punk’ records for initial set-building material, the Vauxhalls utilized currently available music by acknowledged antecedents.
The early Vauxhalls quickly mashed together and eclectic glam / 1960’s set [covering Bowie, Eno, The Stooges, Roxy Music, Slade, The Who, Velvet Underground etc]… as well as joking covers of television advertisement jingles…
– From Wade Churtons’ Glam, Punk and Scorched Earth Policy
The group were a stalwart of the popular Mollett Street scene, playing alongside contemporaries such as The Doomed, Vapor and the Trails, Vacuum Blue Ladder and The Vandals.
- Mark Brooks (Guitar, 1977 – 1978)
- Scott Brooks (Bass, 1977 – 1978)
- Michael Williams (Vocals, 1977 – 1978)
- Findlay Calderwood (Drums, 1977 – 1978)