Innocent Bystanders

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For the 1972 film, see Innocent Bystanders (film).
Innocent Bystanders
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres Indie Rock
Years active 1983–1988
Labels A.I.B Records
Chase Records
Associated acts Diesel
Past members see Members list

Innocent Bystanders were a Perth based band formed in 1983 featuring vocalist/songwriter Brett Keyser and guitarist Diesel (Mark Lizotte).

Biography[edit]

At a time when cover bands dominated the Western Australian music landscape, "Bystanders" were one of the few original acts to make a dent and after a few years of hard work eventually pull very respectable crowds. Their Monday night residences at the Herdsman Hotel drew crowds of over 250 people, many of them music industry types there to listen to this powerful Australian band heavily influenced by Cold Chisel and Bruce Springsteen. The standout features were the depth of Keyser's songwriting and his powerful vocals and the amazing young teenage guitarist Mark Lizotte aka Diesel[1][2][3]

The band's songs drew heavily from their local environment of beaches, hot summers, weekends down South and even the demolition of the Scarborough Beach Hotel. In addition Keyser soaked up many influences and ventured into the realm of story-telling with his songs.

In 1983 the band released a cassette entitled Live at the Subi, recorded at the Subiaco Hotel with a mobile recording truck.

In 1984 the band flew to Sydney and recorded their debut single, "Lebanon", with Peter Walker (Midnight Oil and Cold Chisel producer)[4][5] with the lineup of Mark Lizotte (guitar), Brett Keyser (vocals), John ‘Yak’ Sherrit (drums), John ‘Tatt’ Dalzell (bass) and Cliff Kinneen (keyboards).[1][3][4] The single reaching #98 on the Australian singles chart.[6]

Innocent Bystanders travelled to Sydney to record their second single, "Dangerous", released in July 1986,[1] which reached #97 on the Australian singles chart.[6] They attracted the attention of hard rockers, The Angels, however Lizotte had already left the band in June 1986 taking Bremond, Dalzell and Sherritt, and they formed Johnny Diesel & the Injectors with George Dalstrom as a second guitarist.[1][4][7] Keyser then recruited new players John Heussanstamm (guitar) and Al Kash (drums; ex-Blackfeather) and went on to record the band's first album, Don't Go Looking Back, which was released later in 1986 on the Chase label.[1][2] reaching #59 on the Australian album charts.[6]

Members[edit]

Listed alphabetically:[3][4]

  • Bernie Bremond — saxophone, backing vocals (1983–86)
  • John Dalzell — bass guitar (1983–86)
  • John Heussanstamm — guitar (1986–89)
  • Al Kash — drums (1986–89)
  • Brett Keyser — vocals (1983–89)
  • Cliff Kinneen — keyboards (1984–89)
  • Mark Lizotte — lead guitar, vocals (1983–86)
  • Paul Luckas - Piano (1983-84)
  • Jamie Manifis — guitar
  • Yak Sherritt — drums (1983–86)
  • Dave Skewes — keyboards (1983–84)
  • Brett Townshend — saxophone

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Lebanon"/"Young Hearts" - A.I.B (AIB 01) (1984) AUS #98
  • "Dangerous"/"I Don’t Care" - Chase (CXP9) (July 1986) AUS #97

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Johnny Diesel'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Nimmervoll, Ed. "Diesel". Howlspace – The Living History of Our Music (Ed Nimmervoll). White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 27 July 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Spencer et al, (2007) INNOCENT BYSTANDERS entry. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d Magnus Holmgren (ed.). "Diesel". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Diesel Interview - Focus Magazine
  6. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  7. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) JOHNNY DIESEL AND THE INJECTORS entry. Retrieved 4 December 2009.

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