Supernaut (Australian band)
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|Genres||Glam rock, glam punk, punk rock, rock, new wave|
|Years active||1974–1980, 2007|
|Associated acts||Illustrated Man
Twenty Flight Rockers
The International Swingers
|Past members||Gary Twinn
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.
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". A follow up hit came in November 1976 with "Too Hot To Touch", which reached number 19, from their self-titled album Supernaut.
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. A year later, they released one more single, "Unemployed", before leaving Polydor.
In 1978, Supernaut relocated to Sydney and signed to Wizard Records. 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. They disbanded in early 1980. Five years later Gary Twinn formed 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.
- 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.