Supernaut (Australian band)

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Supernaut (1976)
Background information
Also known as The Nauts
Origin Perth, Australia
Genres Glam rock, glam punk, punk rock, new wave
Years active 19741980, 2007
Labels Polydor Records
Wizard Records
Associated acts Illustrated Man
The Saints
Twenty Flight Rockers
Knock-Out Drops
The Honeydippers
The International Swingers
Past members Gary Twinn
Chris Burnham
Joe Burnham
Randall Murphy
Philip Foxman
Noel Kennedy

Supernaut were an Australian glam/punk rock band from Perth, Australia.[1] Formed in 1974 by British immigrants Gary Twinn and brothers Chris and Joe Burnham,[2][3] their high points were an Australian No.5 single with an award winning video and a Christmas No.1 album in 1976.[4]


Supernaut were signed to Polydor Records upon a recommendation from Ian "Molly" Meldrum (in turn tipped off by Paul McCartney).[5] They entered the Australian charts at no.16 on July 1976 with the single "I Like It Both Ways".[6][7] The song was banned by most commercial radio stations because of its controversial lyrics, but strong TV performances on Countdown and Bandstand forced radio to give in to public pressure and "I Like It Both Ways" hit the Number 5 spot on most Australian charts (and Number 1 on the Bandstand Top Ten).[4]

Philip Foxman join the band after Randall Murphy left the group. A follow up hit, "Too Hot To Touch",[8] came in November 1976, reaching No.14 on the charts.[9] Their self-titled debut album was a Christmas hit, achieving double gold sales.[10][11] The group was presented with two TV Week King of Pop awards for best new band and best video performance of 1976.[5][12] In 1977 the band released two original songs entitled "Young and Innocent"[13][14] and "The Kids are Out Tonight",[15][16] and a cover of "Let's Spend the Night Together" originally by The Rolling Stones.[17] A year later, they released one more single, "Unemployed",[18] before leaving Polydor.

Signing to Robie Porter’s Wizard Records in 1978 they opted back to their original punk influences and became The Nauts. They released "Spies"[19] and "Black Market World"[20] as means to promote a new album (produced by Robie Porter) under the new name in 1979. They disbanded in early 1980. Two years later Gary Twinn formed Twenty Flight Rockers with former Generation X drummer Mark Laff,[21][22] and now plays with rock supergroup The International Swingers.[23] Chris Burnham went on to play in The Saints with Chris Bailey from 1982 and 1989.[24][25] Philip Foxman formed Illustrated Man in 1984 with Japan member Rob Dean, Gary Numan keyboardist Roger Mason, and Hugo Burnham from Gang of Four. They recorded one self-titled album and toured the U.K and U.S.A, with their single, "Head Over Heels", charting the Top 20 on MTV's dance charts. Foxman currently has a solo career releasing two Cd's: West 4th and Charles, and Up Antenna, as well as a musical composer for Off Broadway show, Atomic, which ran for a limited season at the Acorn theatre, New York.

Supernaut reformed for the Countdown Spectacular 2 Tour of Australia from late-August to early-September 2007.[26]


  • Gary Twinn - vocals (1974-1980, 2007)
  • Chris Burnham - guitar (1974-1980, 2007)
  • Joe Burnham - drums (1974-1980, 2007)
  • Philip Foxman - bass, keyboard (1976-1980, 2007)
  • Noel Kennedy - keyboard (1978-1980)
  • Randall Murphy - bass (1974-1976)


Year Title AUS Label
1976 Supernaut 1 Polydor
1979 The Nauts - Wizard
Year Title AUS




1976 "I Like It Both Ways" b/w "Lightning" 16 5 Polydor
1976 "Too Hot To Touch" b/w "Lick My Lolly" 14 19 Polydor
1977 "Let's Spend the Night Together" b/w "Space Angel" - - Polydor
1977 "Young and Innocent" b/w "Goodbye" 40 - Polydor
1977 "The Kids are Out Tonight" b/w "Why?" 44 - Polydor
1978 "Unemployed" b/w "Exile" 80 - Polydor
1979 "Spies" b/w "Misfits" (as The Nauts) - - Wizard
1979 "Black Market World" b/w "I Don't Wanna Be Like You" (as The Nauts) - - Wizard
  • 1995 – I Like It Both Ways compilation (Aureate Records)[27][28]
  • 2007 – "I Like It Both Ways" featured on the Australian Pop of the 70s: Get That Jive compilation. (Sony Music Distribution)[29]
  • 2007 – "I Like It Both Ways (Live)" on the Countdown Spectacular Live 2 compilation. (Liberation Music)[30][31]

Chart information from Barnes, Dyer & Scanes - The Book 2nd Edition 1956-1985.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Noel McGrath's Australian encyclopaedia of rock, p. 314
  3. ^ Supernaut
  4. ^ a b Philip Foxman. "Supernaut 1976 - 1980". Retrieved 2015-02-23. 
  5. ^ a b Michael Smith (2007-08-14), The Power of Countdown, Drum Media Magazine, p. 38
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  10. ^ Noel McGrath's Australian encyclopaedia of rock, p. 315
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  12. ^ "Supernaut". Nostalgia Central. Retrieved 2015-02-23. 
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  21. ^ In session tonight: the complete Radio 1 recordings - Gary Twinn
  22. ^ In session tonight: the complete Radio 1 recordings - Mark Laff
  23. ^ The International Swingers - Gary Twinn
  24. ^ The Saints
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  26. ^ Countdown Spectacular 2 (IMDb)
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  29. ^ Australian Pop of the 70s: Get That Jive
  30. ^ The Countdown Spectacular Live 2
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