Brett Ford

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Brett Ford
Brett Ford, 2001.jpg
Background information
Birth name Brett Taylor Ford
Also known as Rhythm Ace
Born (1959-12-30)30 December 1959
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died 21 July 2007(2007-07-21) (aged 47)
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician
  • Drums
  • guitar
  • harmonica
Years active 1983–2007
Associated acts

Brett Taylor Ford (30 December 1959 – 21 July 2007) was an Australian rock music drummer and songwriter. He was a founder of noise rockers, Lubricated Goat (1986–89) in Perth. During the 1980s Ford played in other rock bands, including the Kryptonics (1986–87) and X (with Ian Rilen of Rose Tattoo).[1] In 1987 Ford and his then-wife, Melanie Greensmith, established a rock couture fashion label, Wheels and Doll Baby.[2]

According to Ford's family he died on 21 July 2007, aged 47.[3]


Brett Ford was born in 1959 and was raised in Melbourne. He was a member of different groups, Exhibit A, Rockafellas and Kansas City Killers.[4] Ford was in Perth when he joined the Kryptonics on drums in mid-1986 alongside Peter Hartley on guitar (ex-Rockafellas, X-Offenders, Lavender Disaster), Ian Underwood on guitar and vocals and Cathy Webb on bass guitar.[4] That line-up released the group's second single, "Land That Time Forgot" (January 1987), and third single, "Cyclops", before breaking up in mid-1987.[4]

In September 1986 his former band mate from Exhibit A, Stu Spasm (also ex-Zulu Rattle, Salamander Jim, Beasts of Bourbon, James Baker Experience, Death in Vegas, Hot Property), invited Ford and Hartley to record material as Lubricated Goat, while they were still members of Kryptonics.[5] Their five tracks were included with four more that Spasm had recorded with Martin Bland in Adelaide, as the noise rock group's first album, Plays the Devil's Music (July 1987).[5] Ford co-wrote the tracks, "Guttersnipe" and "Nerve Quake", with Hartley and Spasm.[6]

Guy Maddison (ex-Greenhouse Effect) joined on bass guitar and the group released their second album, Paddock of Love (July 1988).[5] Besides drums Ford provided harmonica, backing vocals and song writing. One of the tracks, "In the Raw", co-written by Ford and Spasm, was performed in November 1988 on Australian Broadcasting Corporation's TV series, Blah Blah Blah.[5][7] The members appeared in the nude while lip-syncing to the track as the episode dealt with censorship.[5][7]

Ford formed the Punjabbers in Sydney in 1988 with Roddy Radalj on guitar and vocals (ex-Exterminators, the Scientists, Rockets, Le Hoodoo Gurus, Johnnys, Love Rodeo, James Baker Experience, Dubrovniks), Tony Robertson on bass guitar (ex-Hitmen, New Christs, Naked Lunch) and Tony Thewlis on guitar (ex-Scientists).[8] They issued a single, "Rock 'n' Roll Love Letter", on Timberyard Records in December.[8] Radalj left and the group broke up.[8]

In 1990 Ford joined Rattlesnake Shake, a garage rock group.[9] The line-up included Steve Beves on guitar (ex-Melting Skyscrapers, Naked Lunch), Tony Gibson on guitar (ex-ME 262, Decline of the Reptiles), Andy Newman on bass guitar (ex-Trans 262, Howling Commandos) and Peter Patterson on vocals (ex-Melting Skyscrapers, Naked Lunch).[9] They issued a self-titled EP in August on Rattlesnake Records, in March 1991 they changed their name to Dark Carnival and then to Thrill Killers a month later.[9] Ford left soon after.




  1. ^ Kanarakis, Evan (2003). Sex, Drugs and Mum in the Front Row: The Trials and Tribulations of the Pub Rock Band. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-74114-203-2. 
  2. ^ Blunt, Bob (2001). Blunt: a Biased History of Australian Rock. Northcote: Prowling Tiger Press. ISBN 0-9586647-5-7. 
  3. ^ Brett Ford RIP, Black Eye Records.
  4. ^ a b c McFarlane, 'The Kryptonics' entry. Archived from the original on 7 August 2004. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e McFarlane, 'Lubricated Goat' entry. Archived from original on 4 June 2004. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  6. ^ "'Guttersnipe' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 17 March 2017.  Note: For additional work user may have to select 'Search again' and then 'Enter a title:' or 'Performer:'
  7. ^ a b Warden, Ian (5 December 1988). "I Saw: Corruption as entertainment". The Canberra Times. 63 (19,418). p. 32. Retrieved 17 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ a b c McFarlane, 'Dubrovniks' entry. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  9. ^ a b c McFarlane, 'Decline of the Reptiles' entry. Archived from the original on 26 August 2004. Retrieved 17 March 2017.