Tin Lids

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The Tin Lids
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Pop, Christmas, children's
Years active 1990 (1990)–1994 (1994)
Past members

The Tin Lids were an Australian children's pop group formed in 1990 with Eliza-Jane Barnes, Elly-May Barnes, Jackie Barnes and Mahalia Barnes: all on vocals. They are the four offspring of Jimmy Barnes and Jane Mahoney. The group released three albums, Hey Rudolph! (November 1991) – which peaked at No. 6 on the ARIA Albums Chart, Snakes & Ladders (July 1992) – which was nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Children's Album in 1993, and Dinosaur Dreaming (1993).


Tin Lids is rhyming slang for "the kids", as the band members are all children of Scottish-born Australian rock musician, Jimmy Barnes, and his Thai-born wife, Jane Mahoney (born Jane Dejakasaya): Eliza-Jane Barnes (born 1984), Elly-May Barnes (born 1989), Jackie Barnes (born 1986) and Mahalia Barnes (born 1982). The group were in the children's choir as part of the back-up singers on their father's track, "When Your Love Is Gone", from his solo album, Two Fires (September 1990). Their maternal uncle, Mark Lizotte, is an Australian rock musician, who also performs as Diesel or Johnny Diesel.

The Tin Lids released their first album in November 1991 as a collection of Christmas carols, Hey Rudolph!, which peaked at No. 6 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[1] Most of the instrumentation was supplied by David Froggatt, the album's producer and arranger, it was recorded at Barnes' Freight Train Studios, Sydney.[2] The album provided the single, "Christmas Day" (December 1991), which reached No. 40 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[1]

Their next single is a cover version of Was (Not Was)'s song, "Walk the Dinosaur", which appeared in May 1992. The Canberra Times journalist described how it "is a joint venture with Hanna Barbera and The Flinstones. The video will feature guest appearances by Fred and Dino."[3]

Their second album is Snakes and Ladders (July 1992), which was nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Children's Album in 1993,[4]

Another single from that album, "School Song" (August 1992), was written by Mandawuy Yunupingu (lead singer of Yothu Yindi).[5] That track was recorded by Tin Lids and Yunupingu Kids, the latter group were the indigenous leader's daughters.[6]

Barnes and Yunupingu were highlighting the Sister Schools project, which hopes that "schools with few or no Aboriginal children will forge educational and social links with schools with large numbers of Aboriginal children, in an attempt to foster tolerance and understanding."[6] One of the singers, Dhapanbal Yunupingu, later recalled, "They took us all into Jimmy's studio, Jimmy's kids and us, and we did this recording. It took about a week, but we had a lot of fun."[7]

The Tin Lids third album, Dinosaur Dreaming (1993),[8] provided the single, "Dinosaurs in Space" (1994). The group disbanded in that year.



  • Hey Rudolph! (November 1991) AUS: No. 6[1]
  • Snakes & Ladders (July 1992)
  • Dinosaur Dreaming (1993)


  • "Christmas Day" (December 1991) AUS: No. 40[1]
  • "Walk the Dinosaur" (May 1992)
  • "School Song" (August 1992)
  • "Dinosaurs in Space" (1994)


  1. ^ a b c d Hung, Steffen. "Discography The Tin Lids". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Tin Lids; Froggatt, David (1991), Hey Rudolph, Mushroom Records, retrieved 1 November 2016 
  3. ^ "Leppard adrenalize former Dio rocker". The Canberra Times. 66 (20,829). 23 April 1992. p. 15. Retrieved 1 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "Search results for 'tin lids'". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "'School Song' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 1 November 2016.  Note: User may have to click "Search again" and provide details at "Enter a title:" e.g. School Song; or at "Performer:" Tin Lids
  6. ^ a b Feeny, Gordon (27 August 1992). "Good Times: Building Bridges". The Canberra Times. 66 (20,955). Australian Associated Press (AAP). p. 17. Retrieved 1 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ Olsson, Kristina (6 August 2016). "Singer-songwriter Dhapanbal Yunupingu". The Saturday Paper. Schwartz Media. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  8. ^ Tin Lids; Froggatt, David (1993), Dinosaur dreaming, Mushroom Records, retrieved 1 November 2016