The Badloves

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The Badloves
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Years active 1990–1997, 2008–2010, 2015
Labels Mushroom Records
Festival Records
Members Michael Spiby
Stephen O'Prey
Jeff Consi
Adam Rigley
Past members Tony Featherstone
John Favaro
John Spiby
Chris Tabone
Robbie Ragg
David Hibbard
Jak Housden

The Badloves is an Australian band that formed in 1990, dissolved in 1997 ,reformed in 2008, dissolved in 2010, reformed in 2015



  • The Badloves were formed by frontman Michael Spiby in Melbourne, Australia, during January 1990 under the name DC3. The band consisted of Spiby (guitar and lead vocals), his brother John Spiby (keyboards, saxophone), John Housden (guitar), Stephen O'Prey (bass) replacing Ian Whiteside and Chris Tabone (drums) who replaced John Perosa when the band went through a line-up and name change in late 1989. The band produced a sound that some critics described as "neo-hippy" and "retro".[citation needed]


  • Signs to Mushroom Records after Michael Gudinski sees the band supporting Hall & Oates.


  • In 1993 came Tony Featherstone, whose Hammond organ was an essential component of what would become the trademark Badloves sound. Before long their laid-back 1970s-style blues, Memphis soul and New Orleans R&B material was noted by industry taste makers.[who?]
  • Debut single Lost (March)
  • Debut album, Get on Board (August), featuring the singles "Lost", "I Remember", "Green Limousine" and "Memphis".
  • The band wins two Australian Music Awards (December) – Best Debut Single (Lost) and Best New Band

Collaboration with Jimmy Barnes, The Weight, hits the Top 10 (December)


  • In 1994, their debut album Get on Board made the Australian Top-5 and the band was nominated for three ARIA Awards, winning Best Debut Album and Best Debut Single and Best New Talent in 1994.
  • Australian tour with Lenny Kravitz.
  • European tour with Jimmy Barnes, Bass player Stephen "Irish" O'Prey leaves the band, replaced by John Favaro.


  • After touring in Australia and Europe playing to packed houses, The Badloves released their second album in September 1995, Holy Roadside (mixed in the US by Jack Joseph Puig) featuring the singles Caroline, Slave, Living Thing and Barefoot Bride.


A follow-up live album, Everybody Everywhere, was recorded at the Continental Café in Melbourne in 1996.


  • In 1997 the band dissolved, each member following his personal pursuits.


  • The band regroups to play at the Mushroom Records 25th Anniversary Concert in November.


  • Michael Spiby releases his first solo album, Ho's Kitchen (July). It's nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Album at the ARIA Awards.
  • The Badloves re-form to play at the Queenscliff Music Festival (November).
  • The compilation album, The Mushroom Tapes, is released (November).


  • The band's 14th release, the EP 14, is released (June).


  • Another 'Best of' album is released, The Definitive Collection (September).


  • Michael Spiby releases the Liberation Blue album, Barefoot (June).


  • The Badloves re-formed in September 2008 to perform limited live shows in Sydney and Melbourne. The line-up for these shows was: Michael Spiby (vocals and guitar), John Favaro (bass), Tony Featherstone (keys), Robbie Ragg (keys), Jak Housden (guitar) and Dave Hibbard (drums).


  • The Badloves start recording their third album



  • In November 2014, Michael Spiby applies to IP Australia to register the trademark “Badloves” under his own name exclusively.


  • In February 2015, The Badloves reformed again [1]
  • In May 2015, John (Jak) Housden and John Favaro file a “Notice of Intention to Oppose Registration of Trademark” filed in the name of Michael Spiby.


  • On December 6th 2016, the Australian Trade Marks Office refused Spiby's application to register the Trade Mark "Badloves" and Spiby was ordered to pay the costs of Housden & Favaro.[1]


The liner notes of The Badloves' multi-platinum debut album, Get on Board, started "Some years are like that: too busy, too distracted, too fuzzed out. You miss things. Great music passes you by. Then, years later, you find it.”

The band – responsible for such singles as "Lost", "Green Limousine", "I Remember" and "Caroline", as well as the cover of "The Weight" with Jimmy Barnes.

The Badloves released just two studio albums before taking some time out – 1993s Get On Board (which spent 69 weeks on the charts, peaked at number five, won three ARIA Awards and went double platinum) and 1995s Holy Roadside (which went gold and reached number 14).

“I think we were just tired,” Michael adds. “Those years were so intense; it’s a bit of a blur. We just didn’t have any balance in our lives.”

This time around, the guys are working to their own schedule.

As author Andrew Masterson wrote on the back of The Badloves debut single, "Lost": “Knob-twiddling wizardry has its place in music, but its influence will never be as strong, or as enduring, as the sounds produced by the classic combination of two guitars, bass, drums and a mega-whomping Hammond organ … The Badloves both continue and extend the grand tradition of such music, pushing out a sound that would have seemed quite at home at Muscle Shoals in 1967, while remaining as fresh and original as tomorrow.”

Inspired by the past, The Badloves are a band that’s very much focused on the future.

“It feels like we’re starting again,” Michael says. “We have to prove ourselves, which is very exciting.”



  • Michael Spiby — vocals, guitar (1990–1996, 2000, 2008–2011, 2015)
  • Stephen O'Prey – bass, vocals (1990–1994, 2015)
  • Adam Rigley (2016-)
  • Jeff Consi – drums (2015-)


  • Jak Housden – guitar, vocals (1990–1996, 2000, 2008–2011)
  • John Spiby – keyboards, saxophone (1990–1991)
  • Chris Tabone – drums, percussion (1990–1996, 2000)
  • John Favaro – bass, vocals (1994–1996, 2000, 2008–2010)
  • Tony Featherstone – keyboards (1991–1996, 2000, 2008–2011, 2015)
  • Robbie Ragg – keyboards (1994-1996, 2008-2010)
  • Dave Hibbard - Drums (2008-2011)



  • Get on Board (1993) – AUS #5[2]
  • Holy Roadside (1995) – AUS #14[2]
  • Everybody Everywhere (Live) (1997) – AUS #82[2]
  • The Mushroom Tapes (2000)
  • The Definitive Collection (2004)

Extended plays[edit]

  • I Remember (1993) – AUS #48[2]
  • Green Limousine (1993) – AUS #35[2]
  • 14 (2002)


  • "Lost" (1993) – AUS #51[2]
  • "The Weight" with Jimmy Barnes (1993) – AUS #6[2]
  • "Memphis" (1994) – AUS #73[2]
  • "Slave" (1995) – AUS #113[citation needed]
  • "Caroline" (1995) – AUS #63[2]
  • "Barefoot Bride" (1996) – AUS #75[2]
  • "Living Thing" (1996)


  1. ^ Housden v Spiby [2016] ATMO 122
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:

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