Supernaut (Australian band)

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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
The Honeydippers
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, 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)



  • 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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