Little Heroes

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The Little Heroes
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Indie pop
Years active 1980 (1980)–1984 (1984)
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.

History[edit]

In 1980 The Little Heroes were formed in Melbourne from the remnants of pub rockers, Secret Police.[1] 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.[1] 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.[2] 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).[1] In 1980 Hart, Pumpa and Taylor joined with David Crosbie on keyboards to start an indie pop band, The Little Heroes.[1][2]

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.[1] In November that year they released their debut single, "She Says".[1] Huk Treloar (ex-Bleeding Hearts, High Rise Bombers, Living Legends, Sneakers) replaced Pumpa on drums.[1][2] 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.[1][2] 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.[3] Late that year Alan 'Clutch' Robertson replaced Treloar on drums.[1][2]

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.[1][2][4] The first single from these sessions, "One Perfect Day", was written by Hart (as Roger Galtier Hart-Wells),[5] and released in May, which reached No. 12.[3] Their second single, "Young Hearts" (September), which reached No. 42,[3] was co-written by Hart (as R Wells) and Crosbie.[6] By June Martin Fisher (ex-Breakers) had replaced Crosbie on keyboards, and Peter Leslie replaced Taylor on bass guitar.[1][2][4] The new line up completed Play by Numbers at 301 Studios in Sydney in July with Marrett.[4] The album was released in August and peaked at No. 37.[3] In October it yielded a third single, "Saturday (Afternoon) Inside", which failed to chart, was written by Hart (as Roger Galtier Wells).[1][3][7]

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).[1][2] Loriot left after four weeks and was replaced on bass guitar by Anthony Tavasz (ex-Modesty).[1][2] The group added Paul Bell on guitar which allowed Hart more freedom as lead vocalist.[1][2] 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).[1][2][8] The album was issued in Australia in September and reached No. 50.[3]

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.[3] Both are written by Hart (as Roger Galtier Wells).[9][10] A third single "Modern Times", co-written by Hart and Bell, appeared in March the following year but it failed to chart.[1][3][11] Also that month Hart announced he was leaving the group and by June The Little Heroes had disbanded.[1]

Post Heroes[edit]

After The Little Heroes had broken up Roger Hart (as Roger Wells) became a writer and meditation trainer.[12] His books on meditation include: Happy to Burn: Meditation to Energise Your Spirit (Lothian 1997)[12] and Love & Imagination. His first novel, Levin's God (2004), was published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press.[13][14] 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".[14] 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.[15]

As of September 2013 Paul Brickhill was the Head of Music/Audio Visual Coordinator at the Australian Ballet School.[16] 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.[17] By 2007 he was the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Council of Australia and a member of Australian National Council on Drugs.[18]

Alan 'Clutch' Robertson worked for Warner Music for sixteen years in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore.[19] He then established Alan Robertson Management, representing various bands: Magic Dirt,[20] Taxiride[21] and Juke Kartel. Robertson later worked in the mobile advertising and publishing industry.

Martin Fisher became a Crown Prosecutor in the Northern Territory and by October 2010 was Acting Director, Legal Policy for the Department of Justice.[22] 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.

Members[edit]

  • 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)
  • Anthony Tavasz - bass, synthesiser (1983–1984)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions.
Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
KMR
[3][23]
The Little Heroes
  • Released: August 1981[1][2]
  • Label: Giant Recording Company(GIANT 02)
  • Formats: LP
81
Play by Numbers 37
Watch the World
  • Released: September 1983[1][2]
  • Label: EMI Records, EMI Electrola (EMX-126, 1C 064 2400031)
  • Formats: LP
50
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name.
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
KMR
[3][24]
"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
"Young Hearts" 42
"Saturday (Afternoon) Inside"
"Watch the World" 1983 73 Watch the World
"Bon Voyage" 51
"Modern Times" 1984
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u McFarlane, 'The Little Heroes' entry. Archived from the original on 29 August 2004. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Holmgren, Magnus; Taylor, John. "The Little Heroes". Passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 30 September 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 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.
  4. ^ a b c The Little Heroes; Marett, Dave; Robertson, Alan; Leslie, Peter; Hart, Roger; Fisher, Martin (1982), Play by Numbers, EMI Australia. National Library of Australia, retrieved 10 September 2013, Credits: Produced by Dave Marett. Performer: Alan 'Clutch' Robertson, drums/percussion; Peter Leslie, vocals/bass; Roger Hart, vocals/guitar; Martin Fisher, vocals/keyboards. Notes: Recorded at Studios 301 Sydney, Australia, June/July 1982 .
  5. ^ "'One Perfect Day' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "'Young Hearts' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "'Saturday Afternoon Inside' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Watch the World (Media notes). The Little Heroes. EMI Electrola. 1983. 1C 064 2400031. 
  9. ^ "'Watch the World' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "'Bon Voyage' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "'Modern Times' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Wells, Roger (1997). Happy to Burn: Meditation to Energise Your Spirit. Lothian Books. ISBN 978-0-85091-803-8. 
  13. ^ Wells, Roger (2004). Levin's God. Fremantle Arts Centre Press. ISBN 978-1-920731-31-1. 
  14. ^ a b Hughes, Juliette (4 June 2004). "Sexual Healing". Fairfax Media. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "AFI Award Winners: Non-Feature Categories 1958–2007" (PDF). Australian Film Institute. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "The Australian Ballet School Staff". Australian Ballet School. Archived from the original on 3 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  17. ^ Skinner, Stephen (10 December 2000). "Background Briefing: 'Alcohol' Program Transcript". ABC Radio National. Archived from the original on 26 April 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Australian National Council on Drugs – Members". Australian National Council on Drugs. 2007. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  19. ^ Eliezer, Christie (19 February 2000). "Newsline... Alan Robertson". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 112 (8): 47. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  20. ^ "'Dirty' School Tours". The Sun Herald. 5 September 2004. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  21. ^ Eliezer, Christie (1 July 2006). Ferguson, Tom, ed. "Global Pulse: Pop-Rock Act Taxiride Books Return to India". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 118 (26): 51. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  22. ^ "Issues Paper: Review of the Summary Offences Act" (PDF). Department of Justice. Government of the Northern Territory. October 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  23. ^ Ryan (bulion), Gary (16 January 2009). "Albums Pre 1989 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  24. ^ Ryan (bulion), Gary (16 January 2009). "Chart Positions Pre 1989 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 10 September 2013. 

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