Supernaut (band)

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Supernaut
Origin Perth, Australia
Genres Glam rock, glam punk, punk rock, rock
Years active 19741980, 2007
Labels Polydor Records
Wizard Records
Associated acts The Saints
Twenty Flight Rockers
Knock-Out Drops
Honeydippers
Speedtwinn
The International Swingers
Past members Gary Twinn
Chris Burnham
Joe Burnham
Randall Murphy
Philip Foxman

Supernaut were an Australian glam/punk rock band from Perth, Australia formed in 1974 and disbanded in 1980.

History[edit]

Formed on 1974 in Perth, Western Australia, Supernaut (originally named Moby Dick) had a short but successful career which yielded two top twenty singles (including a number one hit) and gold album status for their self-titled debut album.

Supernaut were quickly signed up by Rod Woods at Polydor Records after a recommendation from Ian "Molly" Meldrum and burst on to the Australian charts with a number one hit in July, 1976 with "I Like It Both Ways" (reputedly produced by an uncredited Meldrum). A follow up hit came in November, 1976 with "Too Hot To Touch", which reached number 19, from their self-titled album Supernaut. Woods from Polydor thought the band would have been huge in Europe and the UK.

1977 saw the release of three singles from the band; two original songs entitled "Young and Innocent" and "The Kids are Out Tonight," and a cover of "Let's Spend the Night Together" by The Rolling Stones. A year later, they would release one more single in the form of "Unemployed" before leaving Polydor.

In 1978, Supernaut relocated to Sydney and signed to Wizard Records. They opted for punk/new wave garage style and became The Nauts. They released "Misfits" and "Black Market World" as means to promote a self-titled album (produced by Robie Porter) under the new name in 1979. The album was widely acclaimed by critics, but sales were not forthcoming and they disbanded in early 1980. Gary Twinn would resurface five years later forming Twenty Flight Rockers with former Generation X drummer Mark Laff. Chris Burnham went on to play in The Saints with Chris Bailey from 1982 to 1989. The Burnham brothers also played in This Condition and This is This. Philip Foxman recorded a solo album.

Supernaut briefly reformed for the Countdown Spectacular 2 Tour of Australia from late-August to early-September 2007.

Members[edit]

  • Gary Twinn - vocals (1974-1980)
  • Chris Burnham - guitar (1974-1980)
  • Joe Burnham - drums (1974-1980)
  • Randall Murphy - bass (1974)
  • Philip Foxman - bass (1974-1980)

Post Supernaut[edit]

  • Gary Twinn: Currently plays with The International Swingers along with Glen Matlock, Clem Burke, and James Stevenson.
  • Chris Burnham: Currently based in Los Angeles and works in the film industry.
  • Joe Burnham: Currently lives in Sydney, Australia. He composes film scores, writes and performs music.
  • Philip Foxman: Returned from New York to Australia[when?]. 2005 saw him release his second solo album "Up Antenna". He also writes and performs music scores for the Network Ten in Australia and MTV.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1976 – Supernaut (Polydor Records)
  • 1979 – The Nauts (Wizard Records) (As "The Nauts.")

Singles[edit]

  • 1976 – "I Like It Both Ways" b/w "Lightning" (Polydor Records) (Highest Australian Chart Position: #2 in 1976.)
  • 1976 – "Too Hot To Touch" b/w "Lick My Lolly" (Polydor Records) (Highest Australian Chart Position: #19 in 1976.)
  • 1977 – "Let's Spend the Night Together" b/w "Space Angel" (Polydor Records)
  • 1977 – "Young and Innocent" b/w "Goodbye" (Polydor Records)
  • 1977 – "The Kids are Out Tonight" b/w "Why?" (Polydor Records)
  • 1978 – "Unemployed" b/w "Exile" (Polydor Records)
  • 1979 – "Misfits" b/w "Spies" (Wizard Records) (As "The Nauts.")
  • 1979 – "Black Market World" b/w "I Don't Wanna Be Like You" (Wizard Records) (As "The Nauts.")

Chart information from Barnes, Dyer & Scanes - The Book 2nd Edition 1956-1985.

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