1927

  • 1927 Band

    1927 formed in Melbourne in 1987 as a pop rock band.  In 1984 guitarist and keyboardist Garry Frost had left Sydney-based pop rockers, Moving Pictures, after their second album, Matinée. Frost had co-written Moving Pictures’ 1981 number-one hit “What About Me?” – which was a number-one hit for Shannon Noll in 2004. In late 1986 Frost was writing songs at his home studio for…

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About 1927

1927 formed in Melbourne in 1987 as a pop rock band.  In 1984 guitarist and keyboardist Garry Frost had left Sydney-based pop rockers, Moving Pictures, after their second album, Matinée. Frost had co-written Moving Pictures’ 1981 number-one hit “What About Me?” – which was a number-one hit for Shannon Noll in 2004. In late 1986 Frost was writing songs at his home studio for an unformed band project. He was watching Nine Network’s variety series Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s talent segment “Red Faces” when Eric Weideman appeared and performed a cover of The Police’s hit single, “Roxanne”. Garry drove from Sydney to Melbourne, about 880 km (550 mi), to recruit Weideman on lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards. Prior to joining 1927 Weideman had played in various cover bands including, Mixed Feelings, before starting a brief solo career. He later recalled, “I had only just started performing on my own. I was playing at a pub in Melbourne … Then a friend of mine dared me to go on ‘Red Faces'”. The pair were joined by Garry’s brother Bill Frost on bass guitar and James Barton on drums. The band’s name, 1927, was drawn from a hat of suggestions and was from a favourite saying by Garry, “I haven’t done that since 1927”.

…ish

After a year of seeking a recording contract, 1927 were signed by Charles Fisher for his label, Trafalgar Productions. With Fisher producing the group recorded their debut single, “That’s When I Think of You”, which entered the ARIA Singles Chart in September 1988 and peaked at No. 6. It is co-written by Garry Frost and Weideman. In 2011 former Hi-5 member, Nathan Foley, covered “That’s When I Think of You” on his live album, Acoustic Rhythms. In November 1988, the band released their second single, “If I Could”, which peaked at No. 4. It was co-produced by Fisher with Jim Bonneford, and was written by Garry Frost. In mid-November their debut album, …ish, largely produced by Fisher (except “If I Could”), followed. Rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, described it as “brimful of stirring, stately pop rock anthems”. It peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart for four weeks and stayed in the Top 50 for 46 weeks. It was awarded 5× platinum certification – for shipment of more than 350,000 copies. As of 2002, it was in the top 10 of the most successful debut albums by Australian artists.

Two more top 20 singles from the album followed, “You’ll Never Know” (February 1989) and “Compulsory Hero” (April). In 1989 “That’s When I Think of You” was released internationally, it peaked in the Top 50 on the United Kingdom Singles Chart, and just reached the United States Billboard Hot 100. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1989, 1927 won ‘Breakthrough Artist – Single’ for “That’s When I Think of You” and ‘Breakthrough Artist – Album’ for …ish. At the 1990 ceremony they won ‘Best Video’ for “Compulsory Hero”, which was directed by Geoff Barter. The band added Charlie Cole on keyboards (ex-Moving Pictures) and toured Australia in support of the album and associated singles. By late 1989, they started work for their second album when Garry Frost announced he was leaving the band early the following year.

The Other Side

1927’s founder Garry Frost was replaced by Dave Dwyer on guitars and keyboards. They recorded The Other Side with Weideman as main songwriter, and Fisher and Garry producing. After leaving 1927, Garry Frost undertook song writing and production work for other artists and worked on a solo album. The Other Side, which peaked at No. 3 in July 1990, provided a Top 20 hit with “Tell Me a Story”. McFarlane described the album as “full of lush, ambitious arrangements and well-crafted pop, but it lacked the charm and rousing choruses” of …Ish”. Barton left in 1992 to be replaced on drums by Phillip Campbell, and in November they released their eponymous third album, 1927 produced by Mark Opitz. 1927 reached the Top 40 and the lead single, “Scars”, reached the Top 50 but the second single, “It Ain’t Love” (February 1993), was less successful. 1927 were suffering financial and internal problems and disbanded in 1993. In September 1996 a compilation album, The Very Best of 1927, was released, it included Weideman’s debut solo single, “Nothing I Can Do”, which peaked at No. 73 in Australia in 1997. Subsequently, Weideman performed as a solo artist. 1927 reformed periodically including for the Here and Now ’80s revival tour in the early 2000s, Weideman also continued with his solo career performing in pubs.

2009–present

In September 2009 the group, 1927, re-issued …ish as a digitally remastered edition featuring bonus live recordings of “Propaganda Machine” and “Compulsory Hero”. The band, led by Weideman, reformed with Damien Cooper on drums, Craig Laird on lead guitar and backing vocals, and Simon Shapiro on bass guitar and backing vocals. Since 1996 Shapiro has had a solo singer-songwriter career and, in 2007, won the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Songwriters Award at MusicOz and Australian Songwriters Association (ASA)’s Songwriter of the Year Award.  On 17 June 2009 the band appeared on Mornings with Kerri-Anne and toured Australia during the latter half of the year into the start of 2010. In March, they supported Simple Minds and followed in June with the second leg of the 20…ish Anniversary Tour. 1927 supported Roxette on their Charm School tour of Australia in early 2012. According to 1927’s Facebook page, their fourth album, Generation-i, was due for release in April or May 2012. Pre-release copies of the album were available at Roxette shows which 1927 supported in February 2012. In June 1927 commenced their Generation-i Tour across the Australian east coast.

In June 2013, The Essential 1927 was released and peaked at number 96. Generation-i was officially released through Sony in August 2013. A limited edition DVD featuring performances from the Roxette tour was included with the CD.

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