Hush (band)

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Origin9 Dudley street Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active1971 (1971)–1977 (1977), 2004, 2006
Associated actsNew Hush
Past members
  • Keith Lamb
  • Rick Lum
  • Robin Jackson
  • Johnny Kouts
  • Chris Nolan
  • Les Gock
  • Chris Pailthorpe
  • Jacques De Jongh

Hush were an Australian glam rock pop group, which formed in 1971 and disbanded in 1977. For most of that time their line-up was Les Gock on lead guitar, Keith Lamb on lead vocals, Rick Lum on bass guitar and Chris 'Smiley' Pailthorpe on drums. They had top 10 hits on the Kent Music Report with their cover versions of "Bony Moronie" and "Glad All Over" (both 1975). The group frequently appeared on the TV pop music show, Countdown, and toured nationally.


Australian success: 1971-1977[edit]

Hush were formed in the Sydney suburb of Seven Hills in 1971 as a five piece light pop group by Robin Jackson on guitar, John Koutts on drums, Keith Lamb on lead vocals, Rick Lum on bass guitar and Chris Nolan on keyboards.[1] Jackson and Lamb had migrated to Australia from England at the same time.[2] Nolan had previously been with Grandmars Observers.

Hush released their debut single, "Over You", late that year via the Philips label.[1] In April of the following year Les Gock (ex-Chariot) on lead guitar and Chris "Smiley" Pailthorpe on drums joined Lamb and Lum in the Hush four-piece line-up.[1][3] They reached the state finals of national band competition, Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds, and issued a cover version of "White Christmas" as a single in December.[1] Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, felt that "Gock gave the band a tougher sound in the guitar department."[1] During 1973 they supported concerts by the Jackson Five and by Status Quo.[1][3]

Hush first made the Kent Music Report singles chart in October 1973, with their own composition, "Get the Feeling", which reached No. 40.[4] They followed with their debut album, Aloud 'n' Live, on WEA, reached No. 40 on the Kent Music Report albums chart.[4] In February 1974, the band released "Man Eater", which peaked at number 88.[4]

Their second album, Get Rocked!, was issued in July 1974 on Wizard Records and peaked at No. 9[4] The Canberra Times' Garry Raffaele declared, "May the saints preserve us from such musical sludge."[5] The title track provided Lamb with a memorable moment, he recalled in August 2004 that they were due to perform in Manjimup, Western Australia, "The mayor had heard we got the crowd to sing 'get fucked' during our song 'Get Rocked' ... which is something the crowd always did off its own bat. The police said the mayor didn't want us interfering with the local girls."[6] The group's highest charting original single, "Walking" (August 1974), was co-written by Gock and Lamb,[7] which peaked at No. 22.[1][4] They released their third album, C'mon We're Taking Over in November 1974, which reached No. 26[4]

In 1975, Hush made an unforgettable appearance on pop music TV show, Countdown, performing a rocked up, driving cover version of Larry Williams's "Bony Moronie". The song made No. 4 on the singles chart in September 1975, riding the wave of the glam-rock craze in Australia.[1][4][8] The band's fourth studio album, Rough Tough 'n' Ready was released in November 1975 and peaked at No. 15.

McFarlane felt that "One of the defining moments of Australia's 1970s pop legacy was undoubtably [sic] Hush performing "Boney Moroney"."[1] He described how "Lamb wiggled his satin flares-encased bum, thrust out his crotch and leered at the camera with a mischievous look in his eyes (and all the little girls understood). [Gock] dashed around the set in stack-heeled boots and glam threads, with peroxided streaks in his flowing, jet-black hair. [Lum] hammed it up in a serious kind of way. [Pailthorpe] cheerfully revealed his goofy, gap-toothed grin whenever the camera panned across his face."[1] Their next cover version, "Glad All Over" (late 1975), which peaked at No. 8, was originally released by the Dave Clark Five.[1][4][9]

In August 1976 they added a second guitarist, Jacques De Jongh (ex-Shadowfax, Redhouse); Rick Lum left three months later and De Jongh moved over to bass guitar.[1][10] They supported Alice Cooper on his tour of Australia during March 1977.[1][3] The group released an album, Touché, in July of that year.[1] McFarlane noticed they "tried to make a serious affirmation of [their] abilities" where the album "featured a rock side, A Touch of Decadence, and a slow side, A Touch of Class."[1] Pailthorpe left the group at the end of 1977 with Gock following soon after.[1]

Post break-up: 1977-present[edit]

After the band broke up in 1977 De Jongh and Lamb formed New Hush,[1][10] a.k.a. Hush 2. De Jongh left in April 1978 to join John Paul Young and the All Stars.[1][10] Lamb continued New Hush with Criston Barker on bass guitar (ex-Ash, Freeway, Hollywood), Con Gallin on guitar (ex-Fingerprint), Paul Grant on guitar (ex-Buster Brown, Hollywood) and Nat De Palma on drums (ex-20th Century).[1] Lamb formed other bands including Keith Lamb Band, Larry and Airport.[1] He was later a partner in an international embroidery company, Rajmahal, and co-author of a card game series, TAOC: The Art of Conversation. Lamb co-wrote songs for Status Quo, including the top 10 hit, "Ol' Rag Blues" (September 1983).

According to McFarlane "in the lucrative world of advertising, [Gock] has established himself as one of the country's foremost music and sound designers. He has also produced the soundtracks for the film Puberty Blues and the television drama Water Rats."[1] Pailthorpe became an architect. De Jongh continued his music career and recorded material; he was also a chef. Lum worked in graphic design.

In November 1979 Lamb reformed Hush for a one-off gig, Concert of the Decade, at the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House.[11] Hush reunited in August 2004 for a Nordoff-Robbins charity event.[12] The line-up was Gock, Lamb, Lum and Pailthorpe; which performed together for the first time in 25 years.[12] Gock's son Adam joined them on stage. In September 2006 Hush toured Australia with other artists on the Countdown Spectacular Tour.[13][14] Another original member, guitarist Robin Jackson, then-playing with Chris Turner & the Wolftones, re-joined Hush for that tour. After leaving Hush in 1972 Jackson had "dropped out of music for a bit. But late '76 I got the bug again and joined the '60s oriented group Punkz."[2][15] Punkz changed their name to Cheek in mid-1977 to avoid association with punk music;[15] they had a top 50 hit with "So Much in Love" (January 1978).[4]


  • Keith Lamb – lead vocals (1971–77, 1979, 2004, 2006)
  • Robin Jackson – lead guitar (1971–72, 2006)
  • John Koutts – drums (1971–72)
  • Rick Lum – bass guitar (1971–76, 2004, 2006)
  • Chris Nolan – keyboards (1971–72)
  • Les Gock – lead guitar (1972–77, 2004, 2006)
  • Chris Pailthorpe – drums (1972–77, 2004, 2006)
  • Jacques De Jongh – rhythm guitar, bass guitar (1976–77)


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart
Aloud 'n' Live
  • Released: December 1973
  • Label: Warner Brothers Music (WS 20014)
Get Rocked!
  • Released: June 1974
  • Label: Wizard Records (ZL 206)
C'mon We're Taking Over
  • Released: December 1974
  • Label: Wizard Records (ZL 210)
Rough Tough 'n' Ready
  • Released: November 1975
  • Label: Wizard Records (ZL 211)
  • Released: July 1977
  • Label: Wizard Records (ZL 221)

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart
Nothing Stays the Same Forever
(The Best of Hush Volume One)
  • Released: November 1976
  • Label: Wizard Records (ZL 213)
The Best Of Hush
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Castle Communications / BMG Records (PCD 10211)


Title EP details
Hush Power
  • Released: 1974
  • Label: Warner Brothers Music (EPW-263)
  • 4-track compilation.
Get Hushed!
  • Released: 1975
  • Label: Wizard Records (ZEP-001)
  • 4-track compilation.


Year Single Album Peak chart position
1971 "Over You" non-album single
1972 "White Christmas"
1973 "Get the Feeling" Aloud 'n' Live 40
1974 "Man Eater" Hush Power 88
"Walking" Get Rocked! 22
"C’Mon We’re Taking Over" C’Mon We’re Taking Over
1975 "Bony Moroney" Rough Tough 'N' Ready 4
"Glad All Over" 8
1976 "Rough, Tough & Ready"/"You Really Gotta Hold on Me"[nb 1] 49
"Too Young to Know"/"Lies"[nb 2] Nothing Stays the Same Forever 33
"Sunday" 80
1977 "Nothing Stays the Same Forever" Touche 52
"Messin' Around" 91


  1. ^ "Rough, Tough & Ready" and "You Really Gotta Hold on Me" was released as a double-A sided single
  2. ^ "Too Young to Know" and "Lies" was released as a double-A sided single


  • McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 20 February 2017. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
  • Noel McGrath's Australian Encyclopedia of Rock & Pop - Rigby Publishers - 1978 - ISBN 0-7270-1909-0
  • The Who's Who of Australian Rock - Chris Spencer - Moonlight Pub. - ISBN 0-86788-668-4
  • An Australian Rock Discography 1960-1989 - Chris Spencer - Moonlight Publishers - 1990 - ISBN 0-7316-8343-9
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u McFarlane, 'Hush' entry. Archived from the original on 28 August 2004. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Vibes: Punkz to Cheek". The Australian Women's Weekly. 45 (31). 4 January 1978. p. 68. Retrieved 21 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ a b c "Artist: Les Gock – Band: Hush". Long Way to the Top. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Archived from the original on 12 December 2002. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  5. ^ "Sight and Sound: Rock Music". The Canberra Times. 48 (13, 796). 1 July 1974. p. 1. Retrieved 21 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ Elder, Bruce (17 August 2004). "Break out the flares – Hush is back – Music". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 8 December 2005. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  7. ^ "'Walking'". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 20 February 2017. Note: User may have to enter Hush at 'Performers' to refine output.
  8. ^ "'Bony Maronie' Hush (1975)". Where Did They Get That Song?. PopArchives (Lyn Nuttall). Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  9. ^ "'Glad all Over' Hush (1975)". Where Did They Get That Song?. PopArchives (Lyn Nuttall). Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  10. ^ a b c Hush members at Australian Rock Database:
    • Jacques De Jongh: Holmgren, Magnus; Smith, Seona. "John Paul Young". Australian Rock Database. (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  11. ^ Kruger, Debbie. "2SM Concert of the Decade – 4 November 1979". Debbie Kruger Official Website. Archived from the original on 3 May 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  12. ^ a b Cashmere, Paul (27 July 2004). "Hush Reform for One Off". Undercover News. Paul Cashmere, Ros O'Gorman. Archived from the original on 18 November 2004. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  13. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2007), The Countdown Spectacular Live 1 & 2, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, retrieved 20 February 2017
  14. ^ Kruger, Debbie. "Countdown Spectacular". Debbie Kruger Official Website. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  15. ^ a b McFarlane, 'Cheek' entry. Archived from the original on 6 July 2002. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  16. ^ a b Australian chart peaks:
    • Top 100 (Kent Music Report) peaks to 19 June 1988: Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 145. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid-1983 and 19 June 1988.

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