Ups and Downs (band)

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Ups and Downs
Also known as Ups & Downs
Years active 1983 - 1990, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2017
Associated acts Big Heavy Stuff
Members Darren Atkinson
Greg Atkinson
John Flade
Trevor O'Neil
Peter Shaw
Alex Ronayne

Ups and Downs is an Australian pop band. Their single "The Living Kind" saw them nominated for the 1987 ARIA Award for Best New Talent.

Ups and Downs formed in Brisbane in 1983 by brothers Greg and Darren Atkinson with John Flade. Peter Shaw soon joined the line up. After the release of two singles through Basketcase in 1984 they relocated to Sydney where they built a cult following. In 1986 they released the single "The Living Kind" through True Tone[1] which saw them nominated for an ARIA Award.[2] In 1987 Trevor O'Neil joined the band. They signed with Mushroom and released their debut album Underneath the Watchful Eye in 1988. Flade left the band in 1989 and they released one more EP before breaking up in 1990.[1] In 2007 they played at Pig City, a celebration of Brisbane music and for the 4ZZZ Flashback, a 40th anniversary of the Brisbane radio station.[3] They reformed in 2011 for a series of shows[4] and they released a compilation album of old tracks, Out of the Darkness: Sleepless, Singles & Other Stories.[5]

In 2017 they released their album "The Sky's In Love With You" on Basketcase Records, with bass player Alex Ronayne.[6]

Band members[edit]

Members[edit]

  • Darren Atkinson - drums, vocals
  • Greg Atkinson - bass, vocals
  • John Flade - guitar
  • Trevor O'Neil - keyboards
  • Peter Shaw - guitar
  • Alex Ronayne - bass

Discography[edit]

  • "Darling It's Wonderful" (1983)[7]
  • "Living Inside My Head"/"Out of the Darkness" (1984) - Basketcase
  • "Perfect Crime"/"Never Ending" (1985) - Basketcase
  • "In the Shadows"/"Wonder"/"Treah" (1986) - Waterfront
  • "The Living Kind"/"Painted Sad" (1986) - True Tone
  • "Lit by the Fuse"/"House Hunting"' (1988) - Mushroom
  • "Moments Away"/"Pleasant"' (1988) - Mushroom
  • "Untie Ian"/"Safer" remix (1991) - Violation
  • Sleepless mini album (1986) - True Tone[8]
  • Rash EP (1990) - Volition
  • Underneath the Watchful Eye (1988) - Mushroom
  • Out of the Darkness: Sleepless, Singles & Other Stories (2011) - Feel Presents[9]
  • The Sky's In Love With You (2017) - Basketcase

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Ups and Downs'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 29 August 2004. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ "History", Australian Recording Industry Association
  3. ^ Mengel, Noel (12 September 2015), "Out of the shadows", Courier Mail
  4. ^ Watt, Andrew (30 September 2011), "Fame, fortune elude the band most likely", Sydney Morning Herald
  5. ^ Carozza, John (26 September 2011), "Ups & Downs – Out of the Darkness", ArtsHub
  6. ^ Innes, Matt (23 March 2017), "80's Rockers Ups & Downs Are Back With A New Album", scenestr.
  7. ^ https://thebmg.bandcamp.com/album/darling-its-wonderful
  8. ^ Harrison, John (8 September 1986), "UP AND DOWNS ARE ON THE WAY UP", Sydney Morning Herald
  9. ^ Saunders, Stephen (15 September 2011), "Ups and Downs", Canberra Times