Bored (band)

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GenresPunk rock
Years active1987 (1987)–1993 (1993)
LabelsGrown Up Wrong, Dog Meat Records, Rattlesnake, Survival, Full Toss
Associated actsPowder Monkeys, Magic Dirt
Past membersGrant Gardner
Adrian Hann
Justin Munday
John Nolan
Dave Thomas

Bored (stylised as Bored!) were an Australian punk rock band which formed in Geelong in 1987. The original line-up was Grant Gardner on bass guitar, Adrian Hann on keyboards, Justin Munday on drums, John Nolan on guitar (ex-Behind the Magnolia Curtain) and Dave Thomas on guitar and vocals (ex-Bodies, Slaughter House). In 1989 Gardner was replaced by Tim Hemensley (ex-Royal Flush, God). Both Hemensley and Nolan left in 1991 to form Powder Monkeys. Bored! released four studio albums by 1993 and disbanded later that year. Thomas briefly joined Magic Dirt and subsequently has enlisted various line-ups for reformed versions of Bored! in 1998, 1999 and 2000.


Bored! were formed as a punk rock band in Geelong in 1987 with Grant Gardner on bass guitar, Adrian Hann on keyboards, Justin Munday on drums, John Nolan on guitar (ex-Behind the Magnolia Curtain) and Dave Thomas on guitar and vocals (ex-Bodies, Slaughter House).[1] Thomas' previous punk band, Bodies, had formed in Geelong in 1983, by 1985 he had joined the Melbourne-based group, Slaughter House. Late in 1986, Thomas started a new band, International Rescue, which successively became Sister Anne and then White Noise. By 1987, the group had the line-up of Gardner, Hann, Munday, Nolan and Thomas and were renamed as Bored!.[1] Their name was derived from a 1978 single, "Bored", by Detroit punk rockers Destroy All Monsters.[1]

In October 1988, Bored! issued their debut extended play, Bored!, on the independent label, Grown Up Wrong, which included a cover version of Lobby Loyde's "Human Being".[1] Punk rock webzine, Noise for Heroes' Steven Gardner, described the EP, "basic, heavy riffs that grind away, drums that never tap when they can bludgeon, and David Thomas singing voice, a voice whose general texture sounds like The Rules being ripped in two."[2] In the following year they released, Negative Waves, their first studio album.[3][4] After its appearance Gardner was replaced on bass guitar by Tim Hemensley (ex-Royal Flush, God).[1] With Hemensley on board they released a second EP, Take It Out on You, in 1990 and toured Europe.[1]

In 1991 Hemensley and Nolan left to form Powder Monkeys, Munday and Thomas continued with Russell Baricevic (Gas Babies, Macho Clowns) on bass guitar. In December they released a second album, Feed the Dog, on Rattlesnake Records.[1][5] Their third album, Junk, appeared in October 1992 with eight tracks produced by The Celibate Rifles' guitarist, Kent Steedman; and four tracks by Rose Tattoo's Peter Wells.[1] In March 1993 their fourth album, Scuzz, collected thirteen studio out-takes, recorded between 1991 and 1992, and nine live tracks recorded on 13 May 1992 at Prince of Wales Hotel.[1][6] By the end of 1993 Bored! had disbanded.[1]

After disbandment[edit]

Dave Thomas managed fellow Geelong band, Magic Dirt, he later joined the group on guitar from August 1995 to July 1997.[7] Tim Hemensley (1972 – July 2003) on bass guitar and lead vocals, and John Nolan on guitar, founded punk, indie rockers, Powder Monkeys (1991–2002).[8] From 1997 Baricevic, Munday and Thomas periodically reformed Bored! with Matt Randall on rhythm guitar.[1] In 1999 Thomas oversaw a 2× CD compilation album, Chunks 1988-'94, for Full Toss Records, which was issued in March 2000.[1][9] In 2000 the Bored! line-up of Thomas with Matt Daley on guitar, Mark Stacey on drums and Ben Watkins on bass guitar undertook a short European tour.


  • Grant Gardner – bass guitar (1987–1989)
  • Adrian Hann – keyboards (1987)
  • Justin 'Buzz' Munday – drums (1987–1993)
  • John Nolan – guitar (1987–1991)
  • Dave Thomas – guitar, vocals (1987–1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
  • Tim Hemensley – bass guitar, vocals (1989–1991)
  • Russell Baricevic – bass guitar, vocals (1991–1993, 1997, 1998, 1999)
  • Tas Blizzard – guitar (1991)
  • Matt Randall – rhythm guitar (1997, 1998, 1999)
  • Matt Daley – guitar (2000)
  • Mark Stacey – drums (2000)
  • Ben Watkins – bass guitar (2000)


Studio albums[edit]

  • Negative Waves (Dog Meat Records, 1989)
  • Feed the Dog (Survival, December 1991)
  • Junk (Survival, October 1992)
  • Scuzz (Survival, March 1993)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Chunks 1988–'94 (2× CD Full Toss, March 2000)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Bored! (mini-album; Grown Up Wrong, October 1988)
  • Take It Out on You (mini-album; Dog Meat Records, 1990)


  • "Little Suzie" (1988)
  • "Satisfaction" (1989)
  • "Take Some Drugs Tonight" (1989)
  • "People Say" (1991)


  • McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-865-08072-1. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 28 December 2012. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l McFarlane, 'Bored!' entry. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  2. ^ Gardner, Steve (Summer 1990). "Bored!". Noise for Heroes. NKVD Records (Steve Gardner). Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  3. ^ Bored! (1989). "Negative Waves". Independent. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Releases :: Negative Waves". Australian Music Online. 1989. Archived from the original on 8 September 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Releases :: Feed the Dog". Australian Music Online. December 1991. Archived from the original on 8 September 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  6. ^ Bored! (Musical group) (1999). "Scuzz". Shock. Retrieved 28 December 2012. Shock: SHAGCD 2011. Tracks 1-13 recorded at Phantom Tollbooth between 1991-1992, tracks 14-22 recorded live at the Prince of Wales Hotel, 13th May 1992.
  7. ^ McFarlane, 'Magic Dirt' entry. Archived from the original on 13 August 2004. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  8. ^ McFarlane, 'Powder Monkeys' entry. Archived from the original Archived 29 August 2004 at the Wayback Machine on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  9. ^ Bored! (Musical group) (1999). "Chunks 1988-'94". Full Toss. Retrieved 28 December 2012.