Re-issue Of Sunnyboys’ Debut Album

The Sunnyboys’ self-titled debut to be re-issued and re-masteredimage


There are other Australian albums as great as Sunnyboys’ 1981 debut Sunnyboys.  There aren’t any that are better.  Hearing it again thirty-two years later, it still feels like one of the best rock’n’roll debut albums ever, one of those collisions of bright-eyed youthful energy, lyrical intensity and razor-sharp rock’n’roll instincts that couldn’t have been scripted.   Like singer and chief songwriter Jeremy Oxley’s assured, expressive guitar playing, something about this music hits you in the guts, the heart and the head.  It says all you need to know about being young and alive, with all those doubts, joys, heartache and hopes.  And it rocks. Noel Mengel, The Courier Mail

Recorded in and around a hectic live schedule during the months of May, June and July 1981 Sunnyboys is an undisputed Australian classic.  Featuring the radio staple “Alone With You” and the top ten debut single “Happy Man”,  Sunnyboys reached gold status (35,000 sales) soon after release and platinum sales (70,000) some twenty-five years later.  Today sales hover around the 100,000 mark.  The album has also appeared in every top 100 Australian release list.

If they could cut it live – and few bands could cut it on stage with as much power as Sunnyboys – then it could be captured on tape.  The result is an album free of any affectation or the “fashionable” sounds which can date a record six months after its release.  Sunnyboys is so fresh and timeless it feels like they just recorded it last night.

With this reissue, not only do you get the twelve original album tracks – remastered for the first time since its initial release – but the entire album sessions, including later b-sides “Stop & Think”, “Guts Of Iron” and “Physical Jerk”.  Also included for the first time on CD and download are the live tracks “Thrill” and “Why Do I Cry?”.  The later song is a cover of legendary sixties group The Remains and both previously only available on the cassingle release (an Australian first) of the “Happy Man” single.

While researching this project, the Warner’s archives unearthed a seventeen song demo session recorded at Studio 301 in January 1981.  It’s a first-take trawl through many of the album classics, rare and previously unheard material and later day album tracks.  It’s an incredible insight to the productivity of chief songwriter Jeremy Oxley and a snapshot of just how it felt to be standing front and centre at any number of those early Sunnyboys’ shows.

The old demos were our first foray into a big studio.  We bashed ’em out just like we played them live.  They sound really good!  In some ways they’re closer to how the songs sounded to me than the versions we did later for the first album.  There’s a strength and surety to them that comes from just playing them straight up, with no special effects, or extra instruments.  In that situation you don’t have time to think.  You just play.  That’s why they sound so good.  I am so glad we still have them. – Richard Burgman (Sunnyboys guitarist)

The Sunnyboys eponymous debut album follows the new Sunnyboys’ collection “Our Best Of”, that was released in December 2013, and coincides with the band’s first proper tour since reforming nearly two years ago and which is all but completely sold-out.

Sunnyboys Deluxe Edition CD and digital download will be released March 14th.


March 14th: Byron Bay, The Northern + The V-Rays.
Tickets $55.00 + bf on sale from thenorthern.oztix.com.au, phone 6685 6454 or in person at all Oztix outlets.

March 15th: Byron Bay, The Northern + The Windy Hills. 
Tickets $55.00 + bf on sale from thenorthern.oztix.com.au, phone 6685 6454 or in person at all Oztix outlets.

March 21st: Melbourne, The Forum + Ron S.Peno & The Superstitions.SOLD OUT
March 22nd: Melbourne, The Forum special guests Huxton Creepers
Tickets $70.95 (inc service fee, credit card fees may apply) from ticketmaster.com.au, phone 1300 111 011 or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.

March 23rd: Adelaide, The Gov. special guests The Frowning Clouds
Tickets $60.00 + bf from thegov.com.au, phone 8340 0744 or in person at all Oztix outlets

March 28th: Brisbane, The Tivoli + special guests The Stems. SOLD OUT
Tickets $69.00 inc fees (*credit card fee may apply) from ticketmaster.com.au, phone 3852 1711 or in person at all Ticketmaster Outlets.

March 29th: Sydney, Enmore Theatre + special guests The Stems plus The Frowning Clouds & Dig It Up! dj’s SOLD OUT
Tickets $75.10 (inc bf, transaction fee applies) from ticketek.com.au, phone 9550 3666 or in person at the venue and all Ticketek outlets.


The Sunnyboys’ self-titled debut to be re-issued and re-mastered



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