THE ZIMMERMEN Rivers Of Corn lp 1986
Don’t Go to Sydney°° / Push and Shove / I’m Happy / No One Else / I Like to Fight / Seventeen / Happy Heart / Shake Down° / Get Off the Phone / Ordinary Man / I Shall Return° / A Spy In The House Of Love* / Are You Still Alone*
Produced by H. Williamson & The Zimmermen.
The Zimmermen: J. Dowler: vocals / M. Holmes: guitar / P. Tulloch: guitar, harmonica, backing vocals / P. Steele: bass, backing vocals / N. Osborne: drums + M. Barclay°°: drums, backing vocals / S. Connolly°: guitar, backing vocals / G. Perry°°: drums / P. Bull°°: organ / G. Gogos°: backing vocals / L. McManus: mandolin / H. Williamson: percussion.
A pun on Bob Dylan's real name, Robert Zimmermen, John Dowler's Australian country-rock outfit Zimmermen are best remembered for their standout hit "Don't Go to Sydney." After working with several bands during the late '70s and early '80s, John Dowler formed Zimmermen in June 1983. They found immediate success on the Melbourne pub-circuit where they supported such acts as the Hoodoo Gurus and the Sunnyboys.
By the end of 1984, bandmembers Steve Connolly and Michael Barclay had left to join the Paul Kelly Band which became the Coloured Girls (P. Kelly) the following year. Guitarist Peter Tulloch and drummer Graeme Perry replaced them for the group's debut single, "Don't Go to Sydney," released in January 1985. It became one of the most successful Australian independent singles of 1986 and, after Neil Osborn joined the band as permanent drummer, the band released their debut album, "Rivers of Corn", which contained a second single: "Ordinary Man."
The recording of their follow-up stalled in 1987 when Peter "Pedro" Bull was replaced by Alan Brooker and Neil Osborn by former drummer Graeme Perry. Unsatisfied with the recording by the former lineup, John Dowler took the band back into the studio in November 1988. The single "What Really Hurts" was released in February 1989, followed by the album "Way Too Casual" in April. A final national tour followed before The Zimmermen disbanded in 1990. John Dowler went on to release a solo album in 1993 titled "Low Society".
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