|The Little Heroes|
|Origin||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Labels||Giant/CBS, EMI, Capitol|
|Associated acts||Secret Police, MEO 245, Bleeding Hearts, Breakers, Modesty, Dear Enemy|
|Past members||see Members list|
The Little Heroes were an Australian indie pop group formed in 1980 by founding mainstay Roger Hart (aka Roger Wells or Roger Hart-Wells, ex-Secret Police) on lead vocals and guitar. They released three studio albums, The Little Heroes (August 1981), Play by Numbers (August 1982) and Watch the World (September 1983). Their highest charting hit, "One Perfect Day", which was released in 1982, reached No. 12 on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart. Their other charting singles are "Young Hearts" (1982), "Watch the World" and "Bon Voyage" (both 1983). The group disbanded by June 1984.
In 1980 The Little Heroes were formed in Melbourne from the remnants of pub rockers, Secret Police. Secret Police had formed in 1978 with Roger Hart (aka Roger Wells or Roger Hart-Wells, ex-The Cruisers) as singer-songwriter and guitarist, Bruce Pumpa on drums, and Neil Walker on bass guitar. Walker died in 1979 from leukaemia and was replaced by John Taylor (ex-Soap, Llama, Hot Rocket and Uncle Bob's Band). They were soon joined by Andrew Callender on guitar and backing vocals, and Peter Linley on saxophone. The Secret Police did not issue any records, although they posthumously contributed "Emotion" and "Everybody Looks Lonely at Night" to Missing Link Records' various artists compilation album The Melbourne Club (1981). In 1980 Hart, Pumpa and Taylor joined with David Crosbie on keyboards to start an indie pop band, The Little Heroes.
The Little Heroes competed in the Victorian state heat of the 1980 Battle of the Sounds, finishing second; however upon progressing they won the national final in Sydney, earning $5000. In November that year they released their debut single, "She Says". Huk Treloar (ex-Bleeding Hearts, High Rise Bombers, Living Legends, Sneakers) replaced Pumpa on drums. The group signed with Giant Records/CBS to record their debut self-titled album, with production by Peter Dawkins (Matt Finish), which was released in August 1981. It reached No. 81 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart and provided three singles, "For a Bleeding Heart" (March 1981), "Last Number One" (June), and "India Was Calling Me" (September), none of which appeared on the related Kent Music Report Singles Chart. Late that year Alan 'Clutch' Robertson replaced Treloar on drums.
By early 1982 the group had signed to EMI Records and started recording their second album, Play by Numbers, at Melbourne's Armstrong Studios with Dave Marrett producing. The first single from these sessions, "One Perfect Day", was written by Hart (as Roger Galtier Hart-Wells), and released in May, which reached No. 12. Their second single, "Young Hearts" (September), which reached No. 42, was co-written by Hart (as R Wells) and Crosbie. By June Martin Fisher (ex-Breakers) had replaced Crosbie on keyboards, and Peter Leslie replaced Taylor on bass guitar. The new line up completed Play by Numbers at 301 Studios in Sydney in July with Marrett. The album was appeared in August and peaked at No. 37. In October it yielded a third single, "Saturday (Afternoon) Inside", which failed to chart, was written by Hart (as Roger Galtier Wells).
At the end of 1982 Fisher and Leslie left to join fellow indie pop band, Dear Enemy, and were replaced by Paul Brickhill (ex-MEO-245) on keyboards and bass guitarist, Rick Loriot (ex-Inserts). Loriot left after four weeks and was replaced on bass guitar by Anthony Tavasz (ex-Modesty). The group added Paul Bell on guitar which allowed Hart more freedom as lead vocalist. They travelled to the United Kingdom in June 1983 to record their third album, Watch the World, at Farmyard Studios with UK producer, Rupert Hine (The Fixx, Howard Jones). The album was issued in Australia in September and reached No. 50.
The lead single, "Watch the World", was released in August and reached No. 73, while the second single "Bon Voyage" (November) peaked at No. 51. Both are written by Hart (as Roger Galtier Wells). A third single "Modern Times", co-written by Hart and Bell, appeared in March the following year but it failed to chart. Also that month Hart announced he was leaving the group and by June The Little Heroes had disbanded.
After The Little Heroes had broken up Roger Hart (as Roger Wells) became a writer and meditation trainer. His books on meditation include: Happy to Burn: Meditation to Energise Your Spirit (Lothian 1997) and Love & Imagination. His first novel, Levin's God (2004), was published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press. The Sydney Morning Herald's reviewer, Juliette Hughes, felt the book was "like the reminiscences of an old rock-dog" and his writing was "prolific and specific and sometimes tells more than some of us want to know, but keeps us turning those hundreds of pages just to find out what happens to everyone". John Taylor became a film maker and graphics designer. He won an AFI award for The Huge Adventures of Trevor, a Cat in the category of Best Short Animation in 1986.
As of September 2013 Paul Brickhill was the Head of Music/Audio Visual Coordinator at the Australian Ballet School. As of December 2000 David Crosbie was the Chief Executive of Melbourne's Odyssey House, a drug and alcohol treatment centre, and was on the National Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs. By 2007 he was the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Council of Australia and a member of Australian National Council on Drugs.
Alan 'Clutch' Robertson worked for Warner Music for sixteen years in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. He then established Alan Robertson Management, representing various bands: Magic Dirt, Taxiride and Juke Kartel. Robertson later worked in the mobile advertising and publishing industry and played drums for The Rock Legends. Martin Fisher became a Crown Prosecutor in the Northern Territory and by October 2010 was Acting Director, Legal Policy for the Department of Justice. He played keyboards in popular Darwin band The Fabulous Baker Brothers. Peter McCaughley (ex-Ready Rubbed) was a drummer for The Secret Police from 1979 to 1980. After leaving The Secret Police he joined Danger Dancer and died in 1986 of a brain haemorrhage at the age of 32.
- David Crosbie – keyboards (1980–1982)
- Roger Hart (aka Roger Wells or Roger Hart-Wells) – lead vocals, guitar (1980–1984)
- Bruce Pumpa – drums (1980)
- John C. J. Taylor – bass guitar, backing vocals (1980–1982)
- Huk Treloar – drums (1980–1981)
- Alan 'Clutch' Robertson – drums, percussion (1981–1984)
- Martin Fisher – keyboards (1982)
- Peter Leslie – bass guitar (1982)
- Paul Bell – lead guitar, vocals (1983–1984)
- Paul Brickhill - keyboards, vocals (1983–1984)
- Ric Loriot - bass (1983)
- Rob Henneman - bass (1983)
- Anthony Tavasz - bass, synthesiser (1983–1984)
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|The Little Heroes||81|
|Play by Numbers||37|
|Watch the World||50|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"She Says"||1980||—||Non-album single|
|"For a Bleeding Heart"||1981||—||The Little Heroes|
|"Last Number One"||—|
|"India Was Calling Me"||—|
|"One Perfect Day"||1982||12||Play by Numbers|
|"Saturday (Afternoon) Inside"||—|
|"Watch the World"||1983||73||Watch the World|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
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