The Badloves

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The Badloves
OriginMelbourne, Australia
Years active1990–1997, 2008–2010, 2015
LabelsMushroom Records
Festival Records
MembersMichael Spiby
Stephen O'Prey
Jeff Consi
Adam Rigley
Past membersTony Featherstone
John Favaro
John Spiby
Chris Tabone
Robbie Ragg
David Hibbard
Jack Housden

The Badloves is an ARIA Award winning Australian band that formed in 1990. They're best known for their debut studio album, Get On Board. The Badloves dissolved in 1997, reformed in 2008, dissolved in 2010, and reformed in 2015.


1990-1994: Get On Board[edit]

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) and Chris Tabone (drums). The band signed to Mushroom Records in 1992 after Michael Gudinski sees the band supporting Hall & Oates and Tony Featherstone joins the band.

In March 1993, the band released their debut single "Lost" which peaked at number 51 on the ARIA Charts. "I Remember" was released in May 1993 and peaked at number 48. Their debut album Get On Board was released in August with further singles "Green Limousine" and "Memphis" released. In November 1993, the band collaborated with Jimmy Barnes on the song "The Weight", which peaked at number 6 in December.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1994 in March 1994, the band won three ARIA Awards including Best New Talent and completed an Australian tour with Lenny Kravitz.

1995-1997: Holy Roadside and Everybody Everywhere[edit]

In 1995, The Badloves released the singles "Caroline" and "Slave" and in October, their second studio album Holy Roadside. In 1996, the band recorded a live album at the Continental Café in Melbourne which was released in 1997 under the title Everybody Everywhere. In 1997 the band dissolved, each member following his personal pursuits.

1998-2013: Occasional reforming and Best Ofs[edit]

In November 1998, The band regroups to play at the Mushroom Records 25th Anniversary Concert in November. In 2000 Michael Spiby releases his first solo album, Ho's Kitchen. The band's first greatest hits album was released in November 2000 under the title The Mushroom Tapes. In June 2002, the band briefly reformed, recorded and release an EP titled 14. In September 2004, The Mushroom Tapes was re-released as The Definitive Collection.

The Badloves re-formed in September 2008 and performed 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). In July 2010, The Badloves officially broke up again. [1]

2014-present: Reformation[edit]

In November 2014, Michael Spiby unsuccessfully applies to IP Australia to register the trademark "Badloves" under his own name exclusively. 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 6 December 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. [2] In February 2015, The Badloves reformed again. In 2016, a live album recorded at The Caravan Music Club was released.



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


  • Jack 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)


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Get On Board 5
Holy Roadside
  • Released: October 1995
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
  • Label: Mushroom Records

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Everybody Everywhere
  • Released: 1997
  • Formats: CD + VHS
  • Label: Mushroom Records
Raw Honey
  • Released: October 2016
  • Formats: CD, DD
  • Label: Michael Spiby

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
The Mushroom Tapes
  • Released: October 2000
  • Formats: CD
  • Label: Mushroom Records
The Definitive Collection
  • Released: September 2004
  • Formats: CD, download
  • Label: Festival Records, Warner Music Australia

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
  • Released: 2002
  • Formats: CD
  • Label: TCB
Gimme 5
  • Released: March 2007 [5]
  • Formats: DD
  • Label: Warner Music Australia


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Lost" 1993 51 Get on Board
"I Remember" 48
"The Weight" (with Jimmy Barnes) 6 Flesh and Wood
"Green Limousine" 35 Get on Board
"Memphis" 1994 73
"Caroline" 1995 65 Holy Roadside
"Slave" 113[citation needed]
"Living Things" 1996 -
"Barefoot Bride" 75

ARIA Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. The Badloves have won 3 award from 8 nominations.[6]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1994 Get on Board Album of the Year Nominated
Best New Talent Won
Breakthrough Artist - Album Won
"Lost" Single of the Year Nominated
Breakthrough Artists - Single Won
1995 Get on Board ARIA Award for Highest Selling Album Nominated
1996 Holy Roadside Best Group Nominated
The Badloves, Doug Roberts for Holy Roadside Producer of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ "The Badloves Call it Quits (again)". Undercover story. July 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  2. ^ "John Favaro John Housden v Michael Spiby [2016] ATMO 122 (6 December 2016)". austlii. January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  4. ^ a b "The Band". The Badloves. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Gimme 5 - The Badloves". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  6. ^ "ARIA Awards Search Results - The Badloves". ARIA Awards. ARIA Awards. Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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