|Birth name||John Martin Armiger|
|Born||10 June 1949|
|Origin||Hitchin, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Rock n Roll, pop|
|Occupations||singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, film/TV composer|
|Labels||Mushroom, White, Powderworks/RCA, ABC, Regular, Normal/Citadel, WEA|
|Associated acts||High Rise Bombers
The Bleeding Hearts
Stephen Cummings Band
John Martin Armiger (born 10 June 1949, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom) is an Australian musician, record producer and film/TV composer. He was singer-songwriter and guitarist with Melbourne-based rock band, The Sports during 1978–1981, which had Top 30 hits on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart with, "Don't Throw Stones" (1979), "Strangers on a Train" (1980) and "How Come" (1981); and top 20 albums with, Don't Throw Stones (#9, 1979), Suddenly (#13, 1980) and Sondra (1981).
Armiger was musical director for Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) TV series, Sweet and Sour, in 1984 and was record producer on the related soundtrack albums as well as performing and songwriting. Since 2004, Armiger is Head of Screen Composition at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).
Early years 
Martin Armiger was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK in 1949, his father played double bass and piano and sang in local bands; his mother played piano and sang. The family migrated to Australia when he was a child and lived in Elizabeth South Australia. Armiger studied at Flinders University in Adelaide and completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) course in 1974. His younger brothers, Keith Armiger, Andrew Armiger and Michael Armiger are also musicians and have been members of The Immigrants (1978–1980) in Elizabeth, 10000 Guitars (1985–1987) in Melbourne and Armiger Brothers in Sydney, as well as having separate musical careers. Youngest brother Chris Armiger joined the Armiger Brothers and they have recorded with Martin, who also produced.
By the early 1970s, Armiger decided to make music his career, and over a period of several months made a concentrated push to bring his guitar playing to a standard that would assist this aim. Armiger moved to Melbourne, Victoria and involved himself in the music scene, playing guitar in local bands. In 1975 he joined, The Toads, with Andrew Bell, Randy Bulpin, Jane Clifton, Eric Gradman, Jenny Keith, Buzz Leeson and Eddie van Rosendaal. Also in 1975, Armiger composed music for A Night in Rio, a stage musical at Melbourne's Pram Factory, and the score for Pure Shit (aka Pure S), a feature film directed by Bert Deling. In 1976 he was a band member of The Bleeding Hearts, with Gradman, Rick Grossman, Keith Shadwick, Huk Treloar, Laurie Tunnicliffe, Geoff Warner and Chris Worrall. The band appeared at Melbourne venues such as The Kingston Hotel & The Tiger Lounge (Hotel) where Armiger played a white Fender Stratocaster. He then joined pub-rockers, The High Rise Bombers, during 1977–1978, the line-up included Armiger (guitar, vocals, songwriter), Lee Cass (bass guitar), Chris Dyson (guitar), Sally Ford (saxophone, songwriter), Paul Kelly (vocals, guitar, songwriter), John Lloyd (drums) and Shadwick (saxophone). Dyson was replaced by Chris Langman (guitar, vocals) in early 1978 and in August, Armiger left for The Sports, Ford left for The Kevins, and Kelly formed Paul Kelly and the Dots with Langman and Lloyd. High Rise Bombers had recorded two tracks "She's Got It" and "Domestic Criminal" which eventually appeared on the 1981 compilation The Melbourne Club by various artists on Missing Link Records.
The Sports 
The Sports had formed in Melbourne in 1976 and included, Stephen Cummings on vocals, Ed Bates on guitar, Robert Glover on bass guitar, Jim Niven on piano and Paul Hitchins on drums. Andrew Pendlebury joined on guitar in August 1977, in August 1978 Bates was replaced by Armiger. According to music journalist, Ian McFarlane, Cummings had ousted Bates in favour of Armiger who had a "more commercial outlook".
The Sports had local chart success in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Top 30 hits on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart with, "Don't Throw Stones" (1979), "Strangers on a Train" (1980) and "How Come" (1981); and top 20 albums with, Don't Throw Stones (#9, 1979), Suddenly (#13, 1980) and Sondra (1981). "Strangers on a Train" was written by Armiger. The band broke up in 1981 and Cummings went on to a solo career.
Record producer and music composer 
While a member of The Sports, Armiger produced "Beatnik Twist" as a single for Johnny Topper in 1979. In 1981, he produced three tracks on former High Rise Bombers bandmates, Paul Kelly & the Dots' debut album, Talk, released on Mushroom Records in March. In 1982, he produced a mini-LP, Club of Rome, and a single, "Ululation (Here It Comes Again)" for The Kevins which included Sally Ford, another former bandmate. In the early 1980s, Armiger moved to New South Wales, he continued to produce records and also composed and played music for films and TV.
From 2 July 1984, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) broadcast a 20-episode, weekly pop music / drama TV series, Sweet and Sour. Armiger was musical director for Sweet and Sour and also provided backing vocals, lead guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and lyrics; he also produced the two soundtrack albums, Sweet & Sour - TV Soundtrack and Sweet & Sour Volume Two, and three singles, "Sweet and Sour" (which peaked at #13 on the Australian National Singles Chart), "Glam to Wham" and "No Focus". Also in 1984, Armiger joined Stephen Cummings Band on guitar and vocals, and in August produced the debut solo album, Senso, released on Regular Records, with the related single, "Gymnasium" which peaked at #27. In 1987, Armiger composed music for ABC TV series, Stringer and in April 1988, he produced the related album, Always Got the Blues, released by singers, Kate Ceberano and Wendy Matthews, which included his songwriting effort "Stringer"; the album reached #4 on the national chart. Young Einstein was the 1988 film by Yahoo Serious, Armiger composed the score (with William Motzing) and won the Australian Film Institute Award for 'Best Original Music Score'. Armiger was composer for Come in Spinner, an ABC TV series in 1989, and produced the soundtrack, Come in Spinner in 1990, by Vince Jones and Grace Knight, which peaked at #4 on the ARIA Album Charts. Armiger provided the inspiration for the Screen Music Awards established by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) in 1992. He was subsequently AGSC president for seven years. In 1993, he produced, Seven Deadly Sins, another soundtrack, for the ABC TV drama series, Seven Deadly Sins.
The Sports reformed for the Mushroom 25 Live anniversary concert on 14 November 1998, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), but Armiger was unable to perform due to a broken leg. Armiger composed the news theme for the ABC which has been in use on ABC1 since early 2005. Since 2004, Armiger is Head of Screen Composition at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). In 2006, Flinders University recognised Armiger's contributions to the music industry as a recipient of their 'Distinguished Alumni Awards'. In October 2009, Armiger was called as an expert witness for a Federal Court hearing on a plagiarism claim against Colin Hay and Ron Strykert as writers of the 1981 Men at Work hit single "Down Under" which peaked at #1 in Australia, United Kingdom and United States—the flute riff is claimed to be from "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree". Armiger stated that the flute riff had the same melody as "Kookaburra" but gave a different impression in "Down Under" and it was debatable whether the flute riff was the hook.
The High Rise Bombers
- "She's Got It", "Domestic Criminal" on The Melbourne Club – various artists (1981, Missing Link Records)
Record producer 
- "Beatnick Twist" – Johnny Topper (1979)
- Talk – Paul Kelly & the Dots (1981, Mushroom Records)
- Club of Rome (mini-LP) – The Kevins (1982, White Label Records)
- "Ululation (Here It Comes Again)" (1983)
- D-D-Dance – The Allniters (1983, Powderworks/RCA)
- Sweet & Sour - TV Soundtrack by Takeaways & Various Artists (soundtrack) – various artists (1984, ABC Records)
- "Sweet & Sour", "Glam to Wham" (1984)
- Senso – Stephen Cummings (1984, Regular Records)
- Sweet & Sour Volume Two (soundtrack) – various artists (1984, ABC)
- "No Focus" (1984)
- "Phantom Shuffle" – Austen Tayshus (1984, Regular)
- Deckchairs Overboard – Deckchairs Overboard (1985, Regular)
- Distance – Benders (1985)
- Illusions (soundtrack) – various artists (1986)
- "Dumb Things" – Paul Kelly (1988, Mushroom/White)
- Trouble from Providence – Sacred Cowboys (1988, Normal Records/Citadel Records)
- You've Always Got the Blues (soundtrack for Stringer) – Kate Ceberano & Wendy Matthews (1988, ABC)
- Young Einstein (soundtrack) – various artists (1988)
- The Crossing (soundtrack) – various artists (1990)
- Come in Spinner (soundtrack) – Vince Jones & Grace Knight (1990, ABC)
- Thursday's Fortune – Club Hoy (1991)
- Get Happy – Teen Queens (1992)
- Wide Skies – Gondwanaland (1992, WEA)
- Seven Deadly Sins (soundtrack) – various artists (1993, ABC)
- Bravado – Penny Flanagan (1994)
- Seven Flights Up – Penny Flanagan (1996)
- Pure Shit (aka Pure S) (1976)
- Belau (1983)
- White Man's Legend (1984)
- Displaced Persons (1984)
- Sweet and Sour (1984)
- The Lizard King (1985)
- The Empty Beach (1985)
- Dancing Daze (1986)
- Cyclone Tracy (1986)
- Two Friends (1986)
- I Own the Racecourse (1986)
- The Challenge (1986)
- I've Come about the Suicide (1987)
- Perhaps Love (1987)
- Relative Merits (1987)
- Cane Toads (1988)
- Police Rescue (1988)
- Young Einstein (1988)
- Stringer (1988)
- The Last Resort (1988)
- Sweetie (1989)
- The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy (1989)
- The Body Surfers (1989)
- The Crossing (1990)
- Ring of Scorpio (1990)
- Wonderful World of Dogs (1990)
- Come in Spinner (1990)
- Waiting (1991)
- Flowers and the Wide Sea (1991)
- Children of the Dragon (1991)
- Fremantle Conspiracy (1992)
- The Other Side of Paradise (1993)
- Nice Guys Finish Last (1993)
- Seven Deadly Sins ("Greed", "Envy" episodes) (1993)
- Cody (1994–1996)
- Cody: Bad Love, Cody: The Tipoff , Cody: The Wrong Stuff, Cody: The Burn Out, Cody: Fall from Grace
- Party Girls (1995)
- Where Angels Fear to Tread (1996)
- Wild Ones (1997)
- Thank God He Met Lizzie aka The Wedding Party (1997)
- The Great Stumble Forward (1998)
- Ketchup (1998)
- Two Girls & a Baby (1998)
- David Carradine's Martial Arts Adventure (1999)
- House Gang (1999)
- Fetch (1999)
- Powderburn (1999)
- Hard Knox (2001)
- The Secret Life of Us (2001)
- Hildegarde aka Hildegarde: A Duck Down Under (2001)
- Marking Time (2003)
- The Surgeon (2006)
- Clubland aka Introducing the Dwights (2007)
Australasian Performing Right Association Awards
Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) recognises excellence by composers and songwriters with the APRA Awards presented annually since 1982.
|1995||Cody||Most Performed Television Theme||Won|
|Flowers and the Wide Sea||Nominated|
APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards
These awards are presented annually since 2002 by APRA in conjunction with Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) for television and films scores and soundtracks. Separate AGSC Awards were inaugurated in 1992 upon the inspiration of Armiger.
|2004||Marking Time||Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie||Nominated|
|1986||Young Einstein[nb 1]||Best Original Music Score||Won|
Australian Recording Industry Association Awards
Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) recognises excellence in recorded musical work with the ARIA Music Awards (ARIAs) presented annually since 1987.
|1995||Fornicon||Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Recording||Nominated|
Countdown was an Australian pop music TV series on national broadcaster ABC-TV from 1974–1987, it presented music awards from 1979–1987, initially in conjunction with magazine TV Week but then independently. The Countdown Music and Video Awards were succeeded by the ARIA Awards.
|1984||Martin Armiger||Best Producer||Won|
- The award win was shared with fellow composer William Motzing.
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