Spencer grew up in Sydney's south-eastern suburbs and attended Our Lady of Annunciation Primary School, Pagewood, Maroubra, from 1963 to 1965 and Marist Brothers, Daceyville from 1966 to 1969. He performed for an hour at his primary school graduation concert in 1969. In 1970 he started high school at Marist Brothers Pageweood (now called Marist College) and was a founding member of Finch, a rock band, in 1973 while attending Marist Brothers College. He did his HSC in 1975.
Other bands in which he played include Mystery Band (1980–82), Fandango (1981), Honeymoon and Young Lions (1984) Black Cat Moan (1989–90), the Puppy Bashers (1991) and the Temple Gods (1992–93).
He lives in Melbourne where he is active in his band Raw Brit playing covers from the 60s and 70s, originally made famous by English bands such as Free and Slade. He is also a coach for professional bands as well as helping out more mature amateurs as part of the Weekend Warriors programme.
- McFarlane, Ian (1999). Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2.
- Spencer, Chris; Zbig Nowara (1993). Who's Who of Australian Rock. Five Mile Press. ISBN 0-86788-668-4.
- "Mushroom: 25 Years of Oz Rock", by Christie Eliezer, Sunday Herald Sun, 8 November 1998.
- Herald Sun, 22 September 2006, "Fretting over middle age" by Holly Ife
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