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Friday, August 21, 2015

Hush...Get Rocked! and C'Mon We're Taking Over....Aussie Glam Rock from the 1970's

Hush were a very successful 1970's Australian Glam Rock group and became famous during frequent appearances on the ABC TV show Countdown for live concerts and teenagers. During their peak they were more popular than AC/DC, and actually toured with them as headliners.

Hush were formed, with Keith Lamb on vocals, in the Sydney suburb of Seven Hills in 1971 as a five piece band including a keyboardist. Keyboardist Chris Nolan had previously been with a band called Grandmars Observers. Hush first came to attention when they made the NSW finals of Australia's national rock band competition Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds in 1972. They first made the Australian charts in October 1973 with their own composition, "Get The Feeling". By this time they were down to the "classic" four-piece line-up of Keith Lamb (vocals), Les Gock (guitar), Rick Lum (bass) and Chris "Smiley" Pailthorpe (drums). By the time they made No. 1 on the charts in September 1975 with a rocked up, driving version of Larry Williams' Bony Moronie, they were riding the wave of the glam-rock craze in Australia.

They released their first 2 albums in succession in 1974, "Get Rocked" and "C'Mon We're Taking Over", both big sellers of the time.

They were well placed to make an unforgettable performance on pop TV show Countdown's early colour episodes with their colourful outfits. In 1976 they added a second guitarist, Jacques De Jongh. Rick Lum left soon after. The band broke up in 1977.

In August 2004, Hush reformed for the Nordoff-Robbins charity event. The line-up was Keith Lamb, Rick Lum, Smiley Pailthorpe and Les Gock performing together for the first time over 25 years. Les Gock's son Adam joined them on stage.

In September 2006, Hush played Australia wide with many other artists who appeared on Countdown during the seventies in the Countdown Spectacular Tour. 


Past members:
Keith Lamb; Rick Lum; Robin Jackson; John Koutts; Chris Nolan; Les Gock;
Chris Pailthorpe; Jacques De Jongh

Years active - 1971–1977

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