The Bamboos (rock band)

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The Bamboos
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1984–1987
Labels Citadel Records
Associated acts The Kryptonics
Nursery Crimes
New Christs
The Monarchs
You Am I
Past members see main list

The Bamboos were an alternative rock band from Western Australia.


The Bamboos were formed in 1984 by Craig Hallsworth in the West Australian township of Collie. The band consisted of Hallsworth (guitar, vocals), Mark Gelmi (bass), Roger Russell (guitar) and Tony Chiallella (drums). In 1985 Russell was replaced by Greg Hitchcock (The Go-Starts) and in 1986 Chiallella was replaced by Shakir Pichler (The Kryptonics). The band's brand of raw guitar trash and country-swamp rock caught the attention of Citadel Records boss John Needham and they went on to record and release the single "Snuff",[1] the flexi-disk "Dead Girl", the EP Born Killer and the album Rarer Than Rockinghorse Shit.

After two national tours Pichler left to form his own rockabilly band The Howlin MoonDoggies and was replaced by Russell Hopkinson. Some of the bands that they play support for include The Lime Spiders, Johnny Thunders, The Dammed, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Johnnys, Hoodoo Gurus, Violent Femmes and The Cramps.

The band is chiefly remembered today for the number of ex-members who have gone to feature prominently in high profile Australian artists.


  • Tony Chiallella: drums (1984–86)
  • Mark Gelmi: bass (1984–87)
  • Craig Hallsworth: guitar, vocals (1984–87)
  • Greg Hitchcock: vocals, guitar (1985–87)
  • Russell Hopkinson: drums (1986–87)
  • Shakir Pichler: drums (1986)
  • Roger Russell: guitar (1984–85)



  • Bamboos/Mutants of Desire (Cassette) – independent release (1985)
  • Born Killer (EP) – Citadel Records (1987) (AUS No. 94)
  • Rarer Than Rockinghorse Shit – Cleopatra (1987)


  • "Snuff" / "Virginia" – Citadel (1986)
  • "With Which to Love You" / "Winded" – Citadel (1986)
  • "Dead Girl" (free limited flexi-disc)


  • Cooking with George – ABC (1985): "Law of a Gun", "Gone Wishin'", "Virginia"
  • Positively Elisabeth Street – Citadel (1989): "With Which to Love You" Closer Records (France), Normal Records (Germany)
  • Tales from the Australian Underground: Singles 1976–1989 – Feel Presents Pty (2004): "With Which to Love You"


  1. ^ "Discogs - "Snuff"". Discogs. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Greg Hitchcock". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  3. ^ "You Am I". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  4. ^ "Reverbaration Records". Reverberation Records. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 

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