PAINTERS AND DOCKERS
with special guests
Live shows by the Painters and Dockers are a total entertainment experience; a band based in punk-rock-power-pop with soulful horns, instant classic songs, flamboyance and showmanship as good as it gets.
It’s not a superior air that they bring to the stage – it’s a communal, one-in all-in let’s take this baby to the stars and hang there as long as we can in an orgy of outrageous exuberance. The gig IS the after-party, right from the start, and everyone’s invited.
Do not assume this band is without a message. Do not assume they don’t sound incredible live. Do not assume that your new favorite band won’t be thirty years old.
They were only supposed to play once WAY BACK IN 1982!
Infamous Melbourne punk band The Painters and Dockers formed for the one night in 1983 to help friend Billy Walsh from the Cosmic Psychos’ pay off some parking fines.
The band named themselves after the infamous trade union members who drank at the Port Melbourne pub where the benefit was to be held.
Well, that night ended in a riot with a pitched battle between police and union members, music lovers running off screaming into the night and the band left with a reputation as an instant punk party.
Some 1500 shows, seven albums later and tours of North America, Canada, New Zealand and all over Australia under the belt, the band now have an esteemed place in Australian rock history.
Well known songs by the band include DIE YUPPIE DIE, NUDE SCHOOL, KILL KILL KILL, YOU’RE GOING HOME IN THE BACK OF A DIVI VAN, ALL MEN ARE BASTARDS, MOHAWK BABY, I KNOW BETTER QUEENS THAN THAT, NEW WORLD ORDER, THE BOY WHO LOST HIS JOCKS ON FLINDERS STREET STATION and countless more.
Along with many tours of their own The Painters and Dockers have supported the likes of Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Billy Idol, The Cramps, The Gun Club, The Monkees, Midnight Oil, Jonathan Richmond, Divine, Killing Joke, Hoodoo Gurus, Paul Kelly And The Colored Girls, The Angels, Divinyls and many, many more.
The band also gained wide spread media coverage on their `Rocking The Rails’ tour which saw them play on a classic steam train on suburban railway stations around Melbourne and on `Rocking The Bay’ which saw them play on the back of an ocean going hovercraft on piers around Port Phillip Bay.
A band with a strong social conscious The Painters and Dockers have been involved in countless benefits and most notably appeared alongside waterside workers on the picket line during the MUA waterfront strike of the 1990s
In 2010 the band reformed to be inducted into The Age’s `ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME’, and most recently they delivered a blistering set when invited to appear at the iconic Community Cup Football Game.
Original members of the band include Paulie Stewart, Dave Pace, Mick Morris, Vladimir Juric, plus 25-year member Colin Badger and his son Michael Badger. The band is joined by legendary drummer, Dahl Murphy, who has played in the Glitter Gang, Rin Tin Tin and the Dynamic Ribbon Device.
+ Meat Beaters
The Gov | Fri 19 Jan
Tickets: $40 + booking fee
General Admission: 7.30pm