New Race

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New Race
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Alternative Punk rock, Indie rock, Garage, Proto-Punk
Years active 1981
Past members Rob Younger
Ron Asheton
Deniz Tek
Warwick Gilbert
Dennis Thompson

New Race was a punk/proto-punk super-group based in Sydney, Australia formed in April 1981. New Race was a concept band featuring three members of Radio Birdman: Deniz Tek, Rob Younger, and Warwick Gilbert, along with their inspirational mentors: Ron Asheton of The Stooges, and Dennis "Machine Gun" Thompson of the MC5.

New Race played one tour of the East Coast of Australia which consisted of 16 shows. Many of these shows were recorded in anticipation of a live album at the end of the tour, and it was these recordings which formed the band's only "official" album, The First and Last. There are two quality "bootleg" albums, also from these recordings, released on French label, Revenge Records. The three albums include Radio Birdman originals, songs from the MC5 and The Stooges as well as songs from Deniz Tek's post Birdman band, The Visitors and Asheton's post Stooges band, Destroy All Monsters along with one original song, "Columbia", credited to the entire band.

At the conclusion of the tour both Ron Asheton and Dennis Thompson returned to the United States to pursue new musical avenues.


Additional personnel
  • Chris Masuak - guitar (played some shows on the songs "Looking At You" & "Columbia")
  • Clyde Bramley - backing vocals (overdubbed during the sessions for "The First And The Last" album)


Title Release
The First and Last (Vinyl LP) 1982
The First and Last (German Pressing Vinyl LP) 1983
Crying Sun/Gotta Keep Movin (Vinyl Single) 1983
The First and Last (UK Version Vinyl LP) 1983
The First To Pay (Vinyl LP and CD) 1989
Hail Columbia 45 (Green Vinyl Single only 1000 copies pressed) 1989
The Second Wave (Vinyl LP and CD) 1990
The First And Last Reissue (Vinyl LP and CD) 1997

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