In late 1985 Who’s Who began inception with a vision from keyboardist Tony Bandera, to develop a high quality band from the South West capable of matching it with our city based counterparts. The original line-up consisted with 6 experienced musicians, and a dedicated sound engineer.
Early in 1986, the band commenced by entering a ‘battle of the bands’ competition, and won recording time at No Sweat Studios in the city. These original demos became the foundation of much more song writing, demo recordings and eventually a studio album in 1988.
Who’s Who soon developed a strong following throughout the south west of Western Australia, and toured relentlessly through the late 80’s with pubs, clubs and opening supports for some of the biggest live acts in Australia (Skyhooks, Mondo Rock, Icehouse, Dragon).
Who’s Who – Warwick Hotel – Perth Australia – 1988
In 1988, they went into Planet Studio and recorded their first (and only) album Summer Sky. This was an independent venture which was completely funded by the band’s live performances. The sound was unmistakably 80’s and the 10 song album included several singles that received strong airplay throughout Western Australia.
Through the late 80’s, Who’s Who became renowned for a great live band and played a Friday night residency at Alligators Nightclub through late1989. On stage at 11pm and off at 3am for produced a consistently tight and hardened band delivering high quality rock. These black and white proof photos were taken at an Alligators gig in and capture the vibe of a late night of sweaty rock music typical around Perth in 1989.
Who’s Who – Alligator’s Nightclub – Perth Australia – circa 1989
In 2001 Who’s Who went back to Planet Studio to record a 2 song demo – Living on the Edge and Rain. Both of these songs highlighted the development of the band’s edgier sound and the introduction of the amazing harmonica solo of Bandera.
In 1993, and after 3 line-up changes, the band eventually called it a day and closed an 8 year chapter of one of the Western Australia’s best commercial rock bands.
Now almost 30 years later, Who’s Who will go back into the studio to re-record some of the classic songs from Summer Sky. The goal this time is to re-create the same songs, but with a contemporary vibe, and to have some fun along the way. The current line-up is the same core that powered through the 80’s, and are all still involved in music after all these years.
Who’s Who 2017 line-up
• Tony Bandera – keyboards, vocals
• Joe Zappia – vocals, guitar
• Daryl ‘Hokka’ Gledhill – lead guitar, vocals
• Gino Demarte – bass
• Perry Moyses – drums
The Reunion Gig on February 25th 2017 will provide a great opportunity to celebrate an era that is dear to all of us and allow us all to catch up and reminisce the old days.
Who’s Who – Back to the 80’s
Date : Saturday 25 February 2017
Venue : Burlington Hotel Bunbury
Tickets : $15 each available at BREC
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