Supernaut (Australian band)

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

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


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

Supernaut were signed by Rod Woods at Polydor Records after a recommendation from Ian "Molly" Meldrum and entered the Australian charts with a number one hit in July 1976 with "I Like It Both Ways".[citation needed] A follow up hit came in November 1976 with "Too Hot To Touch", which reached number 19, from their self-titled album Supernaut.[citation needed]

In 1977 the band released 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.[citation needed] A year later, they released one more single, "Unemployed", before leaving Polydor.[citation needed]

In 1978, Supernaut relocated to Sydney and signed to Wizard Records.[citation needed] They opted for punk/new wave 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.[citation needed] They disbanded in early 1980. Five years later Gary Twinn formed Twenty Flight Rockers with former Generation X drummer Mark Laff.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] Philip Foxman recorded a solo album.[citation needed]

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


  • Gary Twinn - vocals (1974-1980)
  • Chris Burnham - guitar (1974-1980)
  • Joe Burnham - drums (1974-1980)
  • Randall Murphy - bass (1974)
  • Philip Foxman - bass (1974-1980)
  • Noel Kennedy - keyboard (1978-1980)



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


  • 1976 – "I Like It Both Ways" b/w "Lightning" (Polydor Records) (Highest Australian Chart Position: #16 in 1976.)
  • 1976 – "Too Hot To Touch" b/w "Lick My Lolly" (Polydor Records) (Highest Australian Chart Position: #14 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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