Tex Deadly & The Dum Dums

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Tex sings! Greg Wadley on bass. Tex Deadly & The Dum Dums were a late development of the Brisbane Punk scene of the late 1970's and early 1980's. The lineup featured several aspiring talents, who later made good in Sydney or Melbourne.

Most famous was the young Greg Perkins. He's turned out to be (maybe) the most sucessful of all the budding rock artists from Brisbane of the period. Even as a teenager, the tall and gangly performer was a very impressive sight on stage.

Greg Wadley and Greg Gilbert had been the rhythm section in The Pits. Marko Halstead had been in several influential bands in the local scene.

It must be said that some of the band members were mightily impressed by a visit to Brisbane by The Birthday Party. The Cramps were another favourite influence.

The cow-punk music scene was evolving in several cities during the early 1980's. A fortunate "spotting" by a Sydney A&R guy led to several gigs in the Surry Hills scene. Tex eventually moved to live in Sydney, and the rest is history.

Tex later became the singer for The Beasts of Bourbon and The Cruel Sea. He's now famous all over the world.

Most of the other members continued to make music in their own projects.

Members & Instruments

  • Tex Perkins: vocals
  • Greg Wadley: bass
  • Marko Halstead: guitar
  • Greg Gilbert (aka "Des Johnson"): drums

Other guest members included:

  • Ian Wadley: guitar
  • Peter Jetnikoff: guitar
  • Clem Lukey
  • Lachlan McLeod
  • Cyril Culley
Tex, Greg, Des, Marko at New York Hotel
Tex Deadly and Dum Dums 1983


Like many other bands, Tex Deadly & The Dum Dums had difficulty finding gigs in Brisbane's Hotel venues.

In those days it was an acheivement to get a gig at all.

One of the most memorable performances was at the New York Hotel. They sang Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire".

A trip to Sydney led to several industry contacts. The band line-up changed a bit in those early years.

The band was able to get a few jobs with The Johnnys and other "cow punk" type bands.


Cassette Tapes

  • What We Did On Our Holidays Compilation released early 1983
    Includes: Voodoo Doll
  • Leaving Home For The Party On The Roof Compilation released 1983
    Includes: Crazy, Cheap Funerals
  • Castrack Compilation released March 1983
    Includes: This Here Country
Marko Halstead on guitar


Out of the Unknown, 1988 Know Your Product Program of Events



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Information provided by David Macpherson
Brisbane, Australia