THE PARTICLES

 

1977 -1985

 

 

 

1980? L-R Mick, Peter, Astrid & Steven

Known members:
Peter Williams (guitar,vocals) 1977?-85
Simon Bonney (vocals) 1977-78
Don McLennan (drums) 1977-78
Mick Smith (bass) 1977-82
Steven Williams (drums) 1978-79
Michael Wood (vocals) 1979-?
Astrid Spielman (vocals, keys,percussion) 1979-1985
Ian Bowie (drums) 1981
John Vender (keys,bass) 1981-1982
Mel ? (drums) 1981?
Phillip Egan (drums) 1981
Alex Hamilton (bass, trumpet) 1982-83
Stephen O'Neil (bass) 1982-85
Nicole Menzies (trumpet) 1984
Michael 'Blue' Dalton (harmonica + slide guitar) 1984
Anna Schinella (bass) 1984-5
Panos Kouros (bass) ????
Rock Shipton (vocals) ????

 

 

Why this website? ~ before I was in the band I was a fan and continue to be ~ initially I put the page together for my old comrades and anyone else interested ~ the website is now dedicated to the memory of Astrid Spielman Artist/Musician/Inspiration who we sadly lost on the 9th of March 2015

Page last updated : Wednesday, May 20, 2015 ~ in time; I hope to have more history, interviews and images up here. If you just happened across this page please let me know if anything won't work on your browser + if you were there &/or would like to help fill the gaps... please send any stories, comments, corrections, photos, articles, reviews, anecdotes - please email: sirhairs@cannanes.com

You can find another Particles page run by Steven Williams who used to drum for and manage the band at showroom.com.au it contains a brief history with some very fine MP3s

 


A PHOTO HISTORY


The Particles ~ perfect POP band ~ Sydney/Australia 1977 - 1985

This image published in Juke in 1984 though the photo must have been taken before 1983 (L-R Mick, Astrid, Steven, Peter)

 

Astrid & Peter



PhotoPhoto taken from the stage at Circular Quay West ~ outdoor show ~ possibly the 'Pine Gap Benefit' November 1983?
Photo Publicity shot - possibly 1982 ~ looks like it was taken on the fire stairs at Alpha House [Newtown/Sydney] [L-R Alex, Peter, Astrid, Hairy (w/ hat)]
Photo The Australian Broadcasting Commission came to film The Particles rehearsing at home ~ I'd love to get the footage up here if anyone has access to it
Photo Astrid, Madeline, mystery man in a blue hat + Peter - probably Circular Quay day

 


 

RELEASES

 

 

Colour In 7" ep (self release April 1980 - as Certain Music PRS-2768)(re-released 1983? by Guthugga Pipeline records)[Produced by Martin Bishop at Basilisk (Studio) Sydney]

77

 

Advanced Colouring 7" ep (self release 1979? & or 1981)(re-released 1983? by Guthugga Pipeline records)[Produced by John Vender at 2SUX FM (Sydney University)]

77

 

I Luv Trumpet 7" ep (recorded 1983?)(released by Waterfront Records 1984)

77

 

 

COMPILATIONS

 

 

'(Bits Of) wood' ['Live'] on JJJ Live At The Wireless 1 12" LP (recorded: sometime in the period July-August 1983)(released: 1983)

12

 

 

'(Bits Of) Wood' on 4 Chairs - No Waiting cassette [ Fast Forward Magazine: Issue number 003 ] (recorded: ????)(released : 1981)

cassette sleeve ~ fast forward no.3

 

 

'Family life' on On The Waterfront 4 track 7" ep (recorded: 1980?) (released:1983 by Waterfront Records)

 

 

'I know a place' on Distant Violins number 12 cassette - a live recording the details of which I hope to eventually track down and added in (released 1984?)

cassette sleeve ~ distant violins no.12

 

 

'Apricot's dream' on Can't Stop It! Australian Post-Punk 1978-82 CD (recorded around:1979)(released:2001 by Chapter Music)

cd sleeve ~ can't stop it

 

 

 

'The Trumpet Song' on Tales From The Australian Underground VOL. 2: 1977 - 1990 CD (recorded 1983?)(released: July 2006 by Feel Presents)

cd sleeve ~ tales from the australian underground

 

 


CHARTS
(MORE MAYBE ONE DAY ~ many thanks to those wonderful Scratches folk for getting this one published)

record sales chart ~ nme 5th nov 1983

 

 


ARTICLES
(Thanks to Vanessa Berry for sending in this article from Arena - [Macquarie Uni Student Paper] 1980 0r '81 - you can view a larger version over at The Particles Articles)

Interview gif image

 

LIVE
(A HALF COMPLETED GIGOGRAPHY + SET LIST CAN NOW BE FOUND HERE) [ The Particles were a fantastic live band - would be lovely to have some live footage up here - if anyone has some they would like to contribute? ] - Not sure who put it up but there is some amazing silent 8mm film from the early 1980s on YouTube here


Looks like Alpha House Newtown ~ possibly late 1982?
Alpha House? ~ possibly late 1982?
Alpha House? ~ possibly late 1982? - Greg Appel doing the lights
Could be at The Southern Cross Hotel? aka Strawberry Hills Hotel ~ possibly 1983?

Maybe Perth? maybe 1984?


 

 

FLYERS
(COMING ONE DAY)


SCRAPBOOK

 

 



Last Show? at The Sydney Opera House - 1985


photo - The Particles
The last shows that I recall took place at The Sydney Opera House in 1985 - a short series of sessions for large groups of school kids explaining how a pop band operates from the instruments to microphones and basics of a public address system, a brief introduction to songwriting, we played some songs then invited the kids up on stage to have a go at it themselves

Was a lot of fun - and a very exhilarating and memorable experience - and didn't the kids love it! - please send any memories if you are reading - and I'll happily add in here

Anna gives some individual tuition - Sydney Opera House 1985




CONTACTS + LINKS

astridspielman.com - a website showcasing some of Astrids art

showroom.com.au - another Australian based site run by Steven Williams (drummer/manager) which contains a brief history of The Particles and other bands as well as some great rare MP3s

The Lighthouse Keepers - a closely related group 1983-1984

The Cannanes - a vaguely related group 1983-

Guthugga Pipeline - a vaguely related group 1978-1984

PARTICLES: ARTICLES PARTICLES: GIGOGRAPHY

PHOTO CREDITS

TOP PHOTO: BY DARIAN TURNER
PROOF SHEET OF 26/3/83: BY PLING
OPERA HOUSE PHOTOS: BY DON MCMURDO
OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS: NOT KNOWN

THANK YOUSE

John Vender - for helping expand the history
Vanessa Berry - for helping expand the history

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Inner city sound / edited by Clinton Walker.
Glebe, N.S.W. ; Wild & Wooley , 1982.
158 p. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm.


Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry.
4th ed.
Noble Park, Vic. : Five Mile Press, 1996.
553 p. ; 24 cm.

Blunt : a biased history of Australian rock / Bob Blunt.
Northcote, Vic. : Prowling Tiger Press, 2001.
xi, 348 p. : ill., ports. compact disc ; 24cm.

Much of The Particles history is by now no doubt lost, forgotten or currently out of reach - though if you have any morsel to add please let me know - cheers (Particles web janitor): sirhairs@cannanes.com

PS. Sorry I haven't credited all photographers: please let me know if you recognize any.

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