Cosmic Psychos

Genres: Documentaries Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


The lengthy career of this Australian garage rock band has brought them little commercial success, despite being established as one of the key bands in the Australian ‘yob rock’ scene and celebrated by international artists such as Mudhoney, Pearl Jam and the Prodigy.

The origins of the Cosmic Psychos lay in the short-lived Spring Plains, a Melbourne-based trio featuring drummer Bill Walsh and guitarist Peter Jones. Ross Knight replaced the unit’s original bass player in 1982. Three years later Knight took over as lead vocalist following the departure of the band’s original singer. To commemorate the occasion the trio renamed themselves the Cosmic Psychos. They earned immediate notoriety in their native Melbourne for their debut recording, the Down On The Farm mini-album, which featured the live favourite ‘Custom Credit’. Their self-titled album followed in 1987 and cemented the trio’s burgeoning reputation...

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