THE PARTICLES

 

1977 -1985?

 

 

 

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

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

 

Rumours of a reunion some time this century!
Page last updated : Sept 8, 2014 ~ in time I hope to have more stuff up here though it will probably remain largely a page of images, unless I can entice Davo or someone to write a Bio. If you just happened across it please feel free to let me know if it won't work on your browser etc. + help fill the gaps + any stories, comments, corrections, photos, articles, reviews, anecdotes - please email: TheJanitor

Why this page? ~ before I was in the band I was a fan and continue to be ~ thought I'd put this together for my old comrades and anyone else interested

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 ~ outdoor show ~ possibly 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, Madoline, 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)

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
(INCOMPLETE GIGS LIST COMING SOONISH!)



 

 

FLYERS
(COMING ONE DAY)


SCRAPBOOK

 

 




Last Show? at The Sydney Opera House - 1985



Anna gives some individual tuition - Sydney Opera House 1985




CONTACTS + LINKS

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

PHOTO CREDITS

TOP PHOTO: BY DARIAN TURNER
PROOF SHEET OF 26/3/83: BY PLING
OPERA HOUSE PHOTOS: BY DON MCMURDO
OTHER PHOTOS: 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)

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

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: with THANKS TO ANDY COFFEY FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WITH THE WEBSITE