Sunnyboys Debut Deluxe Remaster

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The Sunnyboys eponymous debut will be reissued with 25 bonus tracks by Warner Music Australia on March 14.

Recorded in and around a hectic live schedule during the months of May, June and July 1981 the Sunnyboys’ debut featured the radio staple ‘Alone With You’ and the top ten debut single ‘Happy Man.’ Sunnyboys reached gold status (35,000 sales) soon after release and platinum sales (70,000) some 25 years later. Today it hovers around the 100,000 mark.

Sunnyboys has also been listed in every top 100 Australian albums of the whatever since its release in October 1981.

The reissue includes the twelve original album tracks – remastered for the first time since it’s initial release – but the entire album sessions, including later b-sides ‘Stop & Think,’ ‘Guts Of Iron’ & ‘Physical Jerk.’ Also included for the first time on CD and download are the live tracks ‘Thrill’ and ‘Why Do I Cry?’ The later a cover of legendary Sixties group The Remains and both previously only available on the cassingle release (an Australian first) of the ‘Happy Man’ single.

Whilst researching this project the Warners archives unearthed a 17-song demo session recorded at Studios 301 in January 1981. It contains many of the album classics, rare and previously unheard material and later day album tracks and offers an insight into the productivity of chief songwriter Jeremy Oxley.

“The old demos were our first foray into a big studio. We bashed ’em out just like we played them live,” says Sunnyboys guitarist Richard Burgman. “They sound really good! In some ways they’re closer to how the songs sounded to me than the versions we did later for the first album. There’s a strength and surety to them that comes from just playing them straight up, with no special effects, or extra instruments. In that situation you don’t have time to think. You just play. That’s why they sound so good. I am so glad we still have them.”

The Sunnyboys eponymous debut album follows the new Sunnyboys collection ‘Our Best of’, that was released in December, and coincides with the band’s first proper tour since reforming nearly two years ago and which is all but completely sold-out.

Sunnyboys Deluxe Edition CD and digital download will be released March 14, 2014
TOUR DATES:
March 14 – Byron Bay, The Northern + The V-Rays.
Tickets $55.00 + bf on sale from thenorthern.oztix.com.au, phone 6685 6454 or in person at all Oztix outlets.

March 15 – Byron Bay, The Northern + The Windy Hills. 
SOLD OUT
Tickets $55.00 + bf on sale from thenorthern.oztix.com.au, phone 6685 6454 or in person at all Oztix outlets.

March 21 – Melbourne, The Forum + Ron S.Peno & The Superstitions.SOLD OUT
March 22 – Melbourne, The Forum special guests Huxton Creepers
Tickets $70.95 (inc service fee, credit card fees may apply) from ticketmaster.com.au, phone 1300 111 011 or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.

March 23 – Adelaide, The Gov. special guests The Frowning Clouds
Tickets $60.00 + bf from thegov.com.au, phone 8340 0744 or in person at all Oztix outlets

March 28 – Brisbane, The Tivoli + special guests The Stems. SOLD OUT
Tickets $69.00 inc fees (*credit card fee may apply) from ticketmaster.com.au, phone 3852 1711 or in person at all Ticketmaster Outlets.

March 29 – Sydney, Enmore Theatre + special guests The Stems plus The Frowning Clouds & Dig It Up! dj’s SOLD OUT
Tickets $75.10 (inc bf, transaction fee applies) from ticketek.com.au, phone 9550 3666 or in person at the venue and all Ticketek outlets.
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Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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