Channel 31’s beloved Chartbusting 80s is back!
Chartbusting 80s live on stage at the Athenaeum Theatre features long-time host Queen Josie, who has been described as ‘having the body of Sophia Loren, the mouth of a wharfie and more front than Myer’.
Classic 80s video clips, awards, interviews, Trivia competitions and live performances featuring the ’who’s who’ of Australian entertainment Eurogliders, Chantoozies, Brian Mannix (Uncanny X-Men), Scott Carne (Kids in the Kitchen), and Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera).
Chartbusting 80s starring Queen Josie is everything colourful and loud that you love about the eighties. Guaranteed that you won’t be sitting demurely in a quiet and darkened theatre…..expect the unexpected!
The EUROGLIDERS story begins in 1981, in Perth, Australia……the most isolated city in the world.
Within a decade of forming, EUROGLIDERS had recorded four albums, enjoyed a multitude of chart topping singles and been awarded a swag of awards from around the globe, for both music and video. But EUROGLIDERS truly began as a love story between a songwriter and a singer, both of whom had their own bands. Today, some 25 years later, the relationship between that singer and that songwriter may have changed but the love of performing and their long enduring friendship continues every night on stage.
With Grace Knight, the ‘manic ballerina’, and Bernie Lynch on vocals and guitar, their performances were a rallying cry of anthems that audiences sung along with till their lungs were bursting. Songs like ‘Heaven’, ‘We Will Together’, ‘Can’t Wait To See You’, ‘Absolutely’ and ‘The City of Soul’ became the songs of a young Australian generation. Life was a long dizzying ride to the top of the charts and ten Top Ten charting singles and albums were the result.
The next decade saw EUROGLIDERS travel the world, charting in countries like Japan and America. ‘Heaven’ was a top five hit on the Billboard USA charts and the band won numerous Countdown and MTV awards. A darling of MTV, EUROGLIDERS performed ‘live’ on MTV’s New Year’s Eve party in New York, broadcast to over 65 million people.
Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch have continued, in the years after the Eighties, to engage people in their lives………Grace Knight has forged an entirely new and separate career, acting in the award winning TV mini-series ‘Come in Spinner’ and recording many award winning jazz albums. Grace is considered to be one of the foremost singers in Australia. In addition to collecting an ARIA award in 1993 for the Platinum certified album, Come In Spinner, she’s one of only a handful of people to be nominated for ARIA awards in three separate decades. Bernie Lynch continued writing music for theatre and forged, with Collette Dinnigan, a fashion empire that continues to win innovative awards.
Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch may not be married anymore but their love for each other and the smiling warmth seen on stage every night are a shining example of the sheer joy that only music can provide.
One of Australia’s hottest bands, The Chantoozies, began touring Australia in the late 80’s, appearing on every imaginable entertainment programme in the country. Originally formed for only a one of show and after an overwhelming response gained their first residency at the renowned “Underground” Nightclub. They have since gone on to sell over 300,000 records, going Platinum and Gold.
The band found management with ex Australian Crawl Member Brad Robinson, a record deal followed with Mushroom Records and Peter Faiman of Crocodile Dundee fame directed Their first film clip ‘Witch Queen of New Orleans’. The Chantoozies toured Australia extensively with their first and Second albums. They achieved great success with their Original material… ‘Wanna Be Up’, ‘Kiss And Tell’, ‘Walk On’ And covers of ‘Witch Queen’, ‘He’s Gonna Step On You’, ‘Love The One Your With’ and ‘I’ll Be There’; all top 20 hits, and Reaching platinum and gold sales. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s
They shared the stage with many of Australia’s biggest acts including Noiseworks, Boom Crash Opera, James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite, Hoodoo Gurus and supported International act Billy Joel for an Australia wide 38 show tour.
They have also enjoyed successful individual careers outside of the Chantoozies as Singers, Song Writers, Actors and all round Entertainers.
After taking time out to pursue their individual careers the girls reunited for ‘The 25 Years of Mushroom Music’ at the MCG, then followed Molly Meldrum and Michael Gudinski’s national ‘Countdown Spectacular’ tour and numerous corporate gigs. 2012 was a busy year for the girls as they travelled to Adelaide to perform along Side Leo Sayer, Mondo Rock, Uncanny X Men and Pseudo Echo at the Adelaide Clipsal 500. They then played alongside Rick Astley on his Australian Tour and were an Energetic and glamorous addition to the 2012 Carols by Candlelight at the Myer Music Bowl as part of The ‘Legends of Rock’. 2013/2014 The Chantoozies are looking forward to playing at Mardi Gras and to the release of some new material. They are excited to be back on stage doing their ‘thing’ and in the words of Billy Joel, “Together you girls make one Hell of a woman”.
Featuring the extroverted front man Brian Mannix, the Uncanny X-Men were one of Australia’s most popular and outrageous bands of the 80s. Total sales of over a half a million, with hits including the Number 1 smash hit 50 Years and Top 10 hits The Party, Everybody Wants To Work and How Do You Get Your Kicks, as well as a double Platinum selling album Cos Life Hurts. With a massive following, filling the Horden Pavilion (Sydney) and Festival Hall (Melbourne), Uncanny
X-Men were one of biggest bands in the 80s. Brian is now enjoying writing and directing projects like Countdown – A Musical Comedy, his acting roles in ABC productions and his various TV appearances. Brian is a natural, not to mention a cheeky, funny man when he hits the stage!
Scott Carne is the lead singer of Kids in the Kitchen, the 80s “new wave” band that formed in 1984, quickly racing to the top of the charts with their Platinum selling debut album Shine. The album yielded ten Top 10 singles including Change in Mood, Bitter Desire, Current Stand and Something That U Said. Kids in the Kitchen quickly become a house hold name and signed an international deal with Madonna’s management and a USA record contract with Warner Brothers/Sire Records. The second LP Terrain was released in 1986 and contained two Top 20 hits Say It and Revolution Love, which saw the Kids touring the world and breaking venue capacity records in Australia! Scott is now an entertainment agent by day and a performer by night, lighting up the stage with his amazing voice and energetic performances!
Dale Ryder, lead singer of Boom Crash Opera, reached No 5 on the ARIA chart with the debut single Great Wall. BCO’s self-titled debut album went Gold and their second album spent more than 12 months in the Top 40, achieving double Platinum sales and featuring the Top 10 single Onion Skin and Top 20 singles Get Out Of The House, Best Thing and Dancing In The Storm. Dale is a full time performer who gets every crowd in the palm of his hand!