Sardine v

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Sardine v (or just Sardine) was an Australian post-punk band, formed by Ian Rilen (X, Rose Tattoo), and Stephanie Rilen (aka Stephanie Russell Falconer).[1]

Since its inception Sardine v has included Phil Hall (Dropbears, Lime Spiders), and Greg Skehill in Sydney in 1980. The band's first show at the Rockgarden on 13 December 1980[2] was a sell out, with guests The Machinations and Love Mum and the Urgent Ring Me's. An invitation/promotional card for this show was included in the Powerhouse Museum's "Real Wild Child" exhibition.[3] They broke up in 1983 and Ian Rilen went back to playing with X.

The band formed after Ian bought a keyboard for his children. "I didn't know [Stephanie] played until I bought a keyboard for the kids and I was writing songs in my room at the house. She just walked by and played a line on the keyboards. I said: 'Do that again'." [1]

Sardine v were managed by SCAM (suss city artist management), which also looked after The Sunnyboys, Machinations, Tablewaiters and Local Product.[4] Lobby Loyde, part owner of SCAM, was involved as producer on Sardine v's single, "Sabotage".[5] Although hard-working and popular live (playing to crowds of 800-1000), the band's recordings were never up to suitable quality and they failed to make it big. A video of 1982 version of Sardine performing "Sudan" (written by Falconer)[1] on ABC-TV's Countdown is available on YouTube [2] and shows Ian Rilen on guitar, Stephanie Rilen on keyboards and lead vocals, Johanna Pigott on bass guitar and Barton Price on drums.

Their influence was still felt. Hunters & Collectors covered "Stuck On You" (written by I Rilen, S Falconer)[1] on their 1986 album Human Frailty and added it to their set [3], and both tracks from the single featured on compilation albums. The Deadly Hume covered "I Hate You" on the Phantom Records tenth anniversary compilation Assorted Desecrations And Magnificent Mutations (1988).


  • Ian Rilen – guitar, vocals (1980–83)
  • Stephanie Rilen – keyboard, vocals (1980–83)
  • Phil Hall – bass (1980–82)
  • Greg Skehill – drums (1980–81)
  • Michael Skinner - drums (1981)
  • Barton Price – drums (1981–82)
  • Johanna Pigott – bass (1982)
  • John Lloyd – drums (1982)
  • Stuart Dunlop – bass (1982–83)
  • Andrew Garton – sax (1983)
  • Craig Rossi – drums (1983)


  • "Sabotage"/"Sudan" 7" single (White Label Records, 1982) – produced by Lobby Loyde
  • I Hate You mini-LP (Phantom PH-18, 1983)
  • "Stuck On You" (track on Fast Forward FF008/009, 1982)
  • "Sabotage" (track on The Mushroom Story: The Hits Of The Eighties Vol 2, Mushroom MUSH33136.2, 1998)
  • "Sudan" (track on Tales from the Australian Underground: Singles 1976-1989, 2003)


  1. ^ a b c APRA Works search:
  2. ^ Walker, Clinton (1982). Inner City Sound. Glebe, NSW: Wild & Woolley. National Library of Australia. p. 142 Sardine-Squeezing Out Sparks. ISBN 0909331480. 
  3. ^ Powerhouse Museum Collection:
  4. ^ Collins, Sally. "David McComb & the Triffids". Prose and Poetry. The Triffids Official Website. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Walker, Clinton (1982). Inner City Sound. Glebe, NSW: Wild & Woolley. National Library of Australia. p. 153 Record Listings. ISBN 0-90933-148-0. 

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