Weddings Parties Anything
Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1984, and based around Mick Thomas (Michael Thomas; guitar/bass/vocals) and David Steel (guitar/vocals/harmonica), the closest comparison to Weddings Parties Anythings sound is that of the Pogues, and the Sydney-based Roaring Jack - both punk-influenced bands who also derived their inspiration from traditional Irish folk music. The original line-up of Weddings Parties Anything featured Thomas, Steel, Mark Wallace (piano accordion), Janine Hall (bass) and David Adams (drums), although the latter was replaced by Marcus Schintler prior to the recording of their 1987 debut, Scorn Of The Women, and Hall was replaced by Peter Lawler shortly after the albums release. The bands songs dealt with Australian social issues, while the music, featuring Wallaces accordion, complemented biting lyrics depicting the life of the down-and-out. The departure of co-songwriter Steel (who later recorded his own well-received solo...