Guilty Until Proven Insane

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Guilty Until Proven Insane
Studio album by Skyhooks
Released March 13, 1978 (1978-03-13)
Recorded Armstrong Studios, Melbourne and Trafalgar Studios, Sydney
Genre Glam rock
Length 38:38
Label Mushroom
Producer Eddie Leonetti
Skyhooks chronology
The Skyhooks Tapes
(1977)The Skyhooks Tapes1977
Guilty Until Proven Insane
Live! Be in It
(1978)Live! Be in It1978

Guilty Until Proven Insane is the fourth studio album released by Skyhooks on March 13, 1978.[1] It was the first album that featured Bob Spencer, who replaced guitarist Red Symons in early 1977. Spencer originally played in Sydney rock band Finch and was later was a member of The Angels.


Originally released as a 12" vinyl LP and also on red vinyl as a 5000-copy limited release, it was later released on CD in 1997. It is the first album to include an uncensored version of "Why Dontcha All Get Fucked" recorded in a studio, as opposed to live and censored versions. It is also the last album vocalist Graeme "Shirley" Strachan made with Skyhooks before reuniting with them for the recording sessions featured on The Lost Album.

Only two singles were released from the album. "Women in Uniform" was a Top 10 hit nationwide, while "Meglomania" barely made the Top 100. Live favorites were "BBBBBBBBBBBBBBoogie", "Hotel Hell" and "Why Doncha All Get Fucked". "Women in Uniform" was covered 2 years later in 1980 by the heavy metal group Iron Maiden.

The album is no longer in regular print, thus numbers have dwindled largely and is now considered a rare item, much like the follow-up album Hot for the Orient.

The album's name comes from a line in "Twisted Innocence", which states 'if I'm guilty until proven insane...'.

The sixth track in the album, "Hotel Hell", was used on the FOX reality series Hotel Hell starring Gordon Ramsay.


Reviewed at the time of release, Roadrunner said, "I'm afraid to say it's a really patchy affair. Apart from the cracking "Women in Uniform" the album lacks the sparkle and wit of the stage act and the previous albums. I only hope Greg Macainsh goes back to writing songs about Australia. No one does it better."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Greg Macainsh, except where noted.

Side One

  1. "Women in Uniform" - 4:21
  2. "Life in the Modern World" - 3:23
  3. "Trouble With the Computer" - 4:53
  4. "BBBBBBBBBBBBBoogie" (Imants "Freddie" Strauks) - 3:00
  5. "Twisted Innocence" - 3:46

Side Two

  1. "Hotel Hell" - 4:46
  2. "Point in the Distance" - 6:23
  3. "Meglomania" - 4:07
  4. "Why Dontcha All Get Fucked" - 3:59


  • Graeme "Shirley" Strachan - Lead Vocals
  • Bob Spencer - Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Bob "Bongo" Starkie - Guitar
  • Greg Macainsh - Bass, Narration (8)
  • Imants "Freddy" Strauks - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Joe Camilleri (Courtesy OZ Records), Wilbur Wilde - Saxes On 'Hotel Hell'
  • Tony Ansell - Piano On 'Why Dontcha All Get Fucked', Organ On 'Meglomania'
  • Eddie 'Spag' Leonetti - Organ On 'Twisted Innocence', String Machine On 'Point In The Distance'

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Skyhooks - Guilty Until Proven Insane (1978) + Bonus Tracks". Rock On Vinyl. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Donald Robertson (May 1978). "Albums". Roadrunner. pp. 32–33.