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Pork were an interesting part of the Brisbane punk scene which developed in the late 1970's and early 1980's. They played at every major venue at one time or another.
Inspired by the likes of Cabaret Voltaire, sometimes the music got a touch of the "Pink Floyds". Their music was more weird than punk. They were never very popular....
Like a few other bands of the time, Pork made use of an interesting slide show projected onto the stage during their performances. Images included stills from TV shows, embarrasing party snaps of their friends, past gigs, etc.
As well as musical performances, the group left many artifacts such as self-produced cassette tapes, booklets, calendars, etc. Paul designed many hand bills used to promote gigs. The photocopier artwork on some of these is outstanding.
Paul and Peter have both continued an artistic interest, frequently posing for Brisbane photographer, Ray Cook.
Paul also made several recordings under the name of He Dark Age with Tony Milner.
Other guest members included:
- Paul Newsome: vocals, various Casio keyboards, guitar, drums
- Peter Firth: vocals, Korg MS-10 Synth, trumpet, drums
- Chris : drums
- Glen Norman: drums, synth
After Chris left the band to live in Toowoomba, Pork continued to operate as a two piece. They did this for several years.
Instrumentation was unusual for the day. Obscene bleeps and blurps erupted from the Korg synth. Early home keyboards by Casio had cheesy accompanyment, used as the drum track during performances.
Repetitive guitar riffs through an echo machine, and occasional trumpet blasts completed the sound.
Like many other bands, Pork often appeared at parties or private functions in hired halls in order to get around the limits of Brisbane's Hotel venues. They bravely boasted they would play anywhere!
Performances could be a bit "confrontational" for some audiences. Heckling was encouraged.
Besides the "odd" music, performances included projection of slides from TV shows, autopses, drunken parties, etc.
One notorious event at the National Hotel involved hacking up a pig's head with a chisel during the performance. Mr Glen Norman assisted with the sounds.
Other performances happened at: Australian National Hotel, CPA Hall, Wooloongabba Blind Hall, Atcherley Hotel, and various partys.
- 9 and 10/ Released 1982Includes: Persecution Complex; Seep; Conversation; Instrumental
- Z Seka Neurosis Released September 1983Includes: Random Object; Screaming; Internal (Consumption); Insemination; Blunt And Autoclaved; Exited Social Cognition; Theme From Shaft; Wait (part 1); The Bystanders; Spacial Test Table; DSM-111; Forcible Aggression; Protection Component; Water Bed; Wait (Part 2); Co-Consciousness; Epilogue; Waltons Theme; From "This Sporting Life"
- Live at The National Hotel Released 1983Includes: The usual live set.
- What We Did On Our Holidays Compliation released early 1983Includes: In
- Castrak Compilation released March 1983Includes: Sketch
- Leaving Home For The Party On The Roof Compilation released 1983Includes: Sectioning The Pancreas
- Queensland In Quarantine Compilation released 1984Includes: Three Kittens
- Know Your ProductInstitute of Modern Art Exhibition 11-27 September 1986
Curated by Ross Harley
- Out Of The Unknown: Brisbane Bands 1976-1988A Time Off Publication, 1988
by Doug Hutson and Gavin Sawford
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