Lobby Loyde
BIO

Born John Baslington Lyde on 18 May 1941 at Longreach, Queensland. His mother was a classically trained pianist and his father a jazz trumpeter and as a teenager, he joined them in country town performances in outback Queensland. He attended Salisbury State High School with young Billy Thorpe and both were, bullied in the Queensland state school system. Down the path, there would met again through music and friendship.

Mick Hadley and Bob Dames both originally come from England and both decided to migrate to Australia in 1963. There both form rhythm and blues band The Impacts in Brisbane, Queensland with Scottish born Fred Pickard included local musicians Barry Lyde from Stilettos and Adrian Redmond in 1964.

The Impacts became The Purple Hearts were raw, exciting and dynamic but no more so than their leader, who was single-handedly exploring the realms of guitar as a means of aggressive expression. The band relocated from Brisbane to Sydney when Adrian Redmond departed the band and is replaced by new drummer Tony Cahill. On 23 January 1967 the band issued an official statement to the effect that, since they felt they were not progressing musically and had become stagnant, they had decided to split up.

Bob Dames refer to Barry Lyde as Lobby Loyde he adopted name. By 1967 he had turned Melbourne’s respected jazz cum rock into a visually charismatic, musically anarchistic and relentlessly experimental rock unit, not unlike Detroit’s Stooges or MC5. Their handful of singles notably “That’s Life” were bizarre excursions into a musical void, which both influenced and amazed peers.

At the beginning of the 70’s, Loyde joined forces with ex-teen idol Billy Thorpe and, with, classic The Hoax Is Over album, commenced an entire new chapter of Australian rock history. After teaching Billy to play guitar, Lobby returned to a short-lived three-piece lineup of The Wild Cherries.

In 1971, his first solo debut album, Lobby Loyde Plays With George Guitar was released in September with Infinity. Recorded at Festival Studios and produced by Richard Batches. The album title ‘GEORGE’ comes from Les Paul stuck on the body in strips of white tape. The Wild Cherries were reform as a trio with Teddy Toi on bass, Johnny Dick on drums for this recording. The album, which kicked off Lobby rise to the unarguable position of guitar hero in every sense of the term. Festival Records re-issued the album as Lobby Loyde on their budget label Calendar Records in 1974.

This album is recorded at a point in his career arrived at by unleashing the virtuoso talents and brilliant songwriting of this Aussie legend, backed by a monstrous rhythm section (previously with Fanny Adams) which have combined with great effect to highlight the genesis of the Lobby Loyde legend. This material has been unavailable for about 25 years unless you were one of the lucky people switched on enough to have bought this LP when it was originally released.

Features bonus tracks “I Am The Sea (Stop Killing Me)” and “Daily Planet” with assistance from Aztecs, Billy Thorpe and Gil Matthews. Both sides are great slices of psych-pop with an environmental concern; they are available as bonus tracks on the CD re-issue of this album, which came out on Vicious Sloth Collectables in 1999 (thankfully, because the original LP is very rare). Remastered from original tapes.

In 1972, various artists compilation, Australian Rock 71-72 released with Havoc. It features several Havoc artists like Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Carson and The Wild Cherries featuring Lobby Loyde. Cover design by Mark Tanner and Sleeve Notes by Lobby Loyde.

In 1973, live album, Summer Jam was released in November with Mushroom. Recording and engineer by John French of TCS Sound Studio. Live recording features Lobby Loyde and the Coloured Balls, Billy Thorpe, Leo de Castro, recorded at the Sunbury 73 Festival on Monday, 29 January 1973. Billy Thorpe sings on “Help Me / Rock Me Baby”.

Digitally Remastered of Lobby’s Last… Summer Jam was released on 14 December 2018 with Aztec Music. With colour booklet, rare photos and liner notes also previously unreleased, final studio sessions is a must-have for fans of Classic Aussie Rock.

Early in the year and Lobby Loyde And The Coloured Balls supported T. Rex on their Australian tour in November 1973.

In 1973, Coloured Balls debut studio album, Ball Power was released in December with EMI, peaking at #13 on the Go-Set National Top 20 albums chart. Resplendent in skinhead haircuts, The Coloured Balls leaked heart rock havoc from 1971 to 1974, with such mighty powerhouse singles as “Liberate Rock” and “Mess Of The Blues”. Hard guitar rock and proto-punk with some boogie and rock ’n’ roll influences, and some slightly ‘progressive’ lengthier rockers. Unhygienic! sings Lobby as it stalks on and on, seething with restrained malevolence. Rock or something… or anything like that). Oh well, and it was good the first time (and every time I listen to it).

The songs range from the crunching, melodic hard rock of “Flash” and “Hey! What’s Your Name” to the simple, raw rock ’n’ roll of “Mama Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “Won’t You Make Up Your Mind” (a proto-typical punk ball-tearer at a breathtakingly brief one minute and 32 seconds) and a raucous cover of the Jerry Lee Lewis standard “Whole Lotta Shakin’”. In between, there are the sleazy blues of ‘Something New’ and “B.P.R.”: plus progressive, guitar-heavy monsters like “Human Being” and “That’s What Mama Said”. Included as a bonus track is the 16+ minute live version of “GOD”. Ball Power digitally remastered and presented in a 6-panel digipak with a 24-page booklet filled with rare photos and liner notes by Ian McFarlane. Re-issued with Aztec Records on 4 September 2006.

In 1974, live album, Steaming At The Opera House, was released in December with Atlantic. The album featured Lobby Loyde on tracks “G.O.D. (Guitar OverDrive)”, the album was engineer by David Few, Graham Owens, John French. Billy Thorpe And The Aztecs were first rock band to perform at Sydney Opera House, November 1973. The concert was three hours including an acetic guitar section with guest musicians like Lobby Loyde and Johnny Dick.

Coloured Balls second studio album, Metal Kid was released in 1974 with EMI. Is a true proto-punk slab of dynamite, right up there with similar recordings by the likes of the MC5 and the Pink Fairies. Featuring a mix of growling punkers (the title track, ‘Private Eye’), ’50s rockers (a cover of ‘(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care,’ ‘Need Your Love’), hi-energy boogie (‘Do It’, ‘Dance To The Music’), cosmic rock (‘Back To You,’ ‘Metal Feathers’) and even a ballad in there, it’s an eclectic mix held together by its outlaw sense of purpose. Along with, Ball Power, Heavy Metal Kid is THEE sound of the great Sharpie stomp of 1970s Melbourne. The American spelling of Colored Balls for this release. On all other recordings, they were Coloured Balls.

Digitally remastered with 7 bonus tracks is presented in a 6-panel digipak with a 24-page booklet filled with rare photos and liner notes. 2 tracks represent the final studio offering from one of Australia’s greatest bands. Recorded live in the studio in 1975 with engineer and producer Gil Matthews. Re-issued with Aztec Music on 4 September 2006.

In 1976, released album, The First Supper Last was recorded at Armstrong Studios, South Melbourne in October 1972 and was originally going to be called Rock Your Arse Off. It didn’t surface until 1976 under the new title The First Supper Last (or Scenes We Didn’t Get To See). The Colored Balls line-up for the album was Lobby Loyde on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Andrew Fordham in guitar, Janis Miglans on bass, Warren Morgan on electric piano, Trevor Young on drums, Lobby produced the record. Their manager had left Havoc Records at the time after the label fell apart at the time, and secured them a deal with EMI. Colored Balls signed to EMI in June 1973, it was finally released on vinyl briefly in May 1976.

The tracks are hard-hitting and certainly capture the band’s early promise. The laconic “Time Shapes” and “Working Man’s Boogie” features first-rate, dirty rock ‘n’ boogie with lashings of humour. A cover of “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry combine savage playing from lead guitarist Lobby Loyde and originally rhythm guitarist Andrew Fordham. Remark of “Liberate Rock Part 2” is a slow and bluesy. Aztecs member Warren Morgan played distorted piano through a screwed PA system Loyde found in the studio. “Love Me Girl Because” a melodic pop song with chiming guitar riffs.

The album features all the trademarks of Loyde’s aggressive and inventive guitar style that would influence generations of musicians around the world. Kurt Cobain was a fan, also Henry Rollins, Pavement, and Stephen Malkmus. The American spelling of Colored Balls for this release. On all other recordings, they were Coloured Balls. The album was recorded at Armstrong Studios and Lobby Loyde produced the album.

Digitally remastered by Gil Matthews, it sounds better than ever, with a colour booklet, rare photos and liner notes. Re-issued with Aztec Music on 28 June 2019, their acquirer the rights to Sandman.

“More than anyone else, Lobby helped create the Australian guitar sound. Long before Angus (Young) or Billy Thorpe or the Angels or Rose Tattoo. Lobby inspired Australian bands to step forward and play as loud and aggressively as they could. People are still trying to copy it today”  – Angry Anderson (Rose Tattoo).

In 1976, Lobby Loyde second solo album, Obsecration was released in May with Rainbird. One thing is certain his beautiful, at times heavy yet always unique psych-rock guitar work is the main feature throughout. With a solo single, Do You Believe in Magic? / Love Lost on Dream Tides in December 1975. Digitally remastered of Obsecration is packaged in a 6-panel digipak has 6 bonus tracks and many rare photos with liner notes. Re-issued with Aztec Music on 28 August 2006.

Lobby Loyde: “We recorded Obsecration towards the end of 1975, but we only recorded on full moons over three months”. “See, originally we were gonna call that album Full Moon Fever, but then we thought, ‘oh, it sounds a bit like mountain music, y’ know Kentucky moonshine music’. So then I came up with the title Obsecration, sort of intense.”

Lobby Loyde: “We recorded Obsecration towards the end of 1975, but we only recorded on full moons over three months”. “See, originally we were gonna call that album Full Moon Fever, but then we thought, ‘oh, it sounds a bit like mountain music, y’ know Kentucky moonshine music’. So then I came up with the title Obsecration, sort of intense.”

He moved to the UK or a couple of years, sitting in on sessions with the likes of Siouxsie & the Banshees, Roxy Music and The Police, where Virgin showed interest in releasing the album, but with England in the throes of punk music, a deal was never sealed.

In 1979, various artists compilation, The Australian Guitar Album released with Razzle. Lobby Loyde recorded an instrumental track, “John’s Song” for the album. Recorded at Matrix Studios, London with Lobby Loyde on guitar, Billy Kristian on bass, Paul Dixon on clarinet, flute and sax, Mike Walker on electric piano and clavichord, and Clive Edwards on drums. The song was engineered by Richard Whaley and produced by Lobby Loyde.

Rose Tattoo members Mick Cocks and Geordie Leach took leave of absence and the band continued as four-piece with guitar godfather and early seventies’ leader of Melbourne’s infamous Coloured Balls, Lobby Loyde. He returned to Australia in 1979.

Briefly joining Rose Tattoo as a bass player and released single, “Realise Legalise” as part of the campaign to legalise cannabis with Independent label Repeal. Recorded an album in Los Angeles that remains unreleased, Loyde toured with the band from October 1979 to September 1980. Turned his attention to producing other bands, working with the Sunnyboys, Machinations, X, and Painters and Dockers.

In 1980, debut album, Live With Dubs was released in October with Mushroom. Lobby Loyde with Sudden Electric. He formed a new lineup with guitar and synthesizer Lobby Loyde, bass player Gavin Carroll, drummer Gil Matthews. Recorded by Radio 2 JJ at the Manly Flicks for a live to air broadcast. CD track 5 on has special guest Angry Anderson and Mandu. Four bonus live tracks like “GOD”, “Flash”, “Human Being” and “Heartbreak Hotel” rearranged version of the Elvis Presley. Packaged in a 6-panel digipak, with photos and extensive liner notes from noted. Re-issued on 29 May 2006 with Aztec Music.

In 1990 he played bass in a short-lived band called Dirt, and in 1997 he formed a new band called Fish Tree Mother.

In 1998, Michael Gudinski organised Telstra Mushroom 25th Anniversary Concert Of The Century on 14 November 1998 was held at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The concert featured 56 acts, including many of the biggest names in Australian music, performed their hits like. Billy Thorpe and Lobby Loyde performed “Most People I Know Think That I’m Crazy” at the closing.

Billy Thorpe and promoter Michael Chugg are the brainchild of Long Way To The Top live concert tour. Which included 26 Australian artists joined together in a massive celebration of homegrown rock ’n’ roll that played all around Australia to 200,000 people. Long Way To The Top featured Australia’s artists Tamam Shud, Russell Morris, Axiom, Lobby Loyde & The Coloured Balls, Spectrum, Chain, Masters Apprentices, John Paul Young, Stevie Wright, Marcia Hines, Marcia Hines, Ross Wilson, Billy Thorpe & the Sunbury Aztecs.

In 2002, ABC TV recorded off-air Long Way To The Top Live In Concert on 1 December 2002. Inducted into the Australian Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.

In 2006, Billy Thorpe inducted him into ARIA Hall Of Fame on 29 October 2006 at Acer Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW. Lobby Loyde performed Liberate Rock, and, his good Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs friend performed a musical tribute to Loyde. He pass away from lung cancer on 21 April 2007 at Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria.

In 2008, his third album, Beyond Morgia, The Labyrinths of Klimster was released on 14 March 2008 with Aztec Music. Recorded at Armstrong Studios one weekend in June 1976, with the guys from Southern Electric on hand. Lobby had written the music for a Space Rock concept album for a proposed Sci-Fi film, based on his unpublished novel called Beyond Morgia: The Labyrinths Of Klimster. Deluxe 6 panel digipak, featuring bonus tracks, 16-page booklet with photos and liner notes.

In 2008, various artists compilation, A Tribute To Lobby Loyde, Billy Thorpe And Peter Wells was released on 6 December 2008 with Support Act. To celebrate the lives of outstanding musicians Pete Wells and Lobby Loyde while they were still with us, Billy Thorpe organised two almighty benefit concerts. “Tribute” is the result. This live 11 track CD with 3 bonus DVD tracks features Richard Clapton, Brian Cadd, Ian Rilen, Noiseworks, Rose Tattoo, Ian Moss, Russell Morris, Spectrum, Diesel, along with Billy and Lobby. Profits from the sale of Tribute go to Support Act and the families of Lobby, Pete and Billy.

He remained behind the scene for much of the 80’s before returning to Melbourne’s stages with supergroup Dirt, an outfit he still performed with in the early 90’s. Loyde then turned his attention to producing other bands including the Sunnyboys, and Painters and Dockers. He currently performs with Melbourne based outfit Fish Tree Mother, who play ‘music for the mind’. I love Sardine, and X. Rilen is one of the great visionaries, the music industry never understood him. He’s a pretty intense guy, there aren’t too many like him.”

Lobby comes closer than any other contender to being Australia’s greatest guitar hero. His is one of the few true legends of Australian rock and has used his innovative talent to influence the direction of music in this country.

References

Glenn A. Baker, The Australian Guitar Album

Ian McFarlane, Aztec Records and Desperate Records

Karen Sparks, Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica

Paul Cashmere, Gil Matthews is preparing Colored Balls ‘The First Supper Last’ for Aztec Records

Julian Cope, Lobby Loyde Plays With George Guitar

Milesago, Members

SINGLES

The Wild Cherries

A: I’m The Sea (Stop Killing Me) – Written by Lobby Loyde

B: Daily Planet  – Written by Dick, Toi, Lobby Loyde

Label: Havoc – H.1006

Year: 1971

 

A: Liberate Rock – Written by Lobby Loyde

B: The Slowest Guitar On Earth – Written by Lobby Loyde

Label: Havoc – H.1015

Year: 1972

 

A: Mr. Mean Mouth – Written by Lobby Loyde

B: Love Me, Girl – Written by Lobby Loyde

Label: Havoc – H.1015

Year: 1972

 

Coloured Balls

A: Won’t You Make Up Your Mind – Written by Coloured Balls

B: Devil’s Disciple – Written by Lobby Loyde

Label: EMI Australia

Year: 1973

 

A: Mess Of The Blues – Written by Doc Pomus, Mort Schuman

B: Devil’s Disciple – Written by Lobby Loyde

Label: EMI – EMI-10297

Year: 16 August 1973

 

A: Flash – Written by Coloured Balls

B: Dave The Rave – Written by Lobby Loyde

Label: EMI – EMI-10344

Year: 1 November 1973

 

A: Love You, Babe – Written by Lobby Loyde

B: Shake Me, Babe – Written by Lobby Loyde

Label: EMI – EMI-10440

Year: 18 March 1974

 

A: Bama Lama Baby – Written by Lobby Loyde

B: Be Your Lover (Written by Lobby Loyde)

Label: EMI – EMI-10570

Year: 26 August 1974

 

A: Won’t You Make Up Your Mind – Written by Coloured Balls

B: Devil’s Disciple – Written by Lobby Loyde

Label: EMI Australia

Year: 1976

 

Lobby Loyde

A: Do You Believe In Magic

B: Love Lost On Dream-Tides

Label: Bootleg – BL-261

Year: 1976

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