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WAMAwards 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees & Performers Announced

17 Oct

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WAM are pleased to reveal the 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees, set to be inducted at the 2019 WAM Awards. Previous Hall Of Fame inductees include The Pigram Brothers, The Waifs, Philip Stevens, Rick Steele, The Triffids, Dixie Battersby and The Stems, among many others. The WAM Awards Hall Of Fame pays tribute to West Australian artists and industry members who have attained outstanding career achievements on both a National and International scale. This year’s inductees are certainly excellent examples of West Australian’s kicking goals for our vibrant contemporary music scene.

The Scientists

One of the most influential post-punk bands to come out of Western Australia, The Scientists had two primary incarnations: The Perth-based punk band of the late 1970’s and the swamp-rock band of the 1980’s.

With a sound that was swampy, primal and modern-urban all at once – as much in the tradition of rock n’ roll and punk rock as it was a rejection of those things, The Scientists’ formula was as universal as it was specific to their own experience. They were about the experience of being young and living in modern times in an Australian urban/suburban environment. The themes of getting wasted on alcohol and drugs, driving round in hotted-up cars, being trapped in mundane jobs and paranoia were their subject matter. Machine throb bass and drums with jagged car wreck guitars were The Scientist’s modus operandi. Fitting into no place or time, they spurned all but the most rudimentary and elemental of rock structures along with other peoples’ modes of embellishment. The Scientists rejected the contemporary sound and look, so consequently were never able to carry around baggage that would allow them to date.

Throughout The Scientist’s legacy, there has been no shortage of bands who have paid tribute to them in their own music. Mudhoney, Nirvana et al, Jon Spencer, the Von Bondies, The White Stripes and The Drones are among a long list of artists to cite influence and inspiration from The Scientists.

Johnny Young

As one of this country’s biggest pop stars of the 60’s, Johnny Young dropped his first number one hit in 1966 with the release of the double-A-side, ‘Step Back’ and ‘Cara-Lyn’ as Johnny Young & the Strangers. He continued to feature on the charts with multiple releases as Johnny Young & Kompany, before transitioning to a solo performer and boasting supports for the likes of Roy Orbison, The Walker Brothers and The Yard Birds. Johnny is notable for his work as songwriter, penning one of the biggest Australia pop hits of 1969 ‘The Real Thing’, ‘The Girl That I Love’ for Russell Morris, ‘The Star’ for Ross D. Wylie and ‘I Thank You’ for Lionel Rose.

From 1971 through to 1988 Young presented and produced the hit television show, Young Talent Time, launching the careers of numerous pop stars including Dannii Minogue and Tina Arena.  Johnny remains a well-known name in the radio industry, having hosted almost 10 years of breakfast radio on Perth’s 6IX. Johnny has received multiple awards recognising his contribution to the Australian music and entertainment industry, including three gold records as an artist, 1966 King of Pop, six gold records as songwriter, six TV Logie Awards, & GO-SET Songwriter of the year 1970.

In 2010, Johnny became the first person to be inducted into both the Logie Hall of Fame and Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame. Johnny’s career to date has been nothing short of legendary.

Joining the exciting night of appreciation for Western Australia’s unique and talented contemporary music industry is a line up which absolutely parallels the quality of WAM Award nominees featuring up and coming artists alongside some of the industry’s most esteemed performers.

2019 ARIA nominated and multiple WAM Award winning artist Stella Donnelly performs alongside Hall Of Fame inductees The Scientists. Joining them are energetic hip-hop group Superego; indie soul quartet Dulcie, world music sensations Grace Barbé & Soukouss Internationale, alternative indigenous rock outfit The Struggling Kings and a surprise special guest. The night will be hosted by Industry legends Danielle Caruana (Mama Kin) and Dom Alessio.

Limited tickets for the 2019 WAM Awards at Hyatt Regency Hotel Perth on Thursday October 31 now available HERE

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WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.