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Rockmelons
Also known as Rockies
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Pop, Electronica, R&B
Years active 1983–2002
Labels Phantom, Festival, True Tone, Mushroom
Associated acts Peter Blakeley, GANGgajang, Deni Hines, Wendy Matthews
Members Raymond Medhurst
Bryon Jones
Jonathon Jones
Past members Vincent Dale
Sandi Chick
Peter Kennard
Geoff Stapleton
Peter Blakeley
John Kenny
Stephen Allkins
Mary Azzopardi
Wendy Matthews
Deni Hines
Doug Williams
Eric Sebastian
Jeremy Gregory
Roxane LeBrasse

Rockmelons, often referred to as the Rockies, are an Australian Pop/Dance/R&B group formed in 1983 in Sydney.[1] Primary members are Bryon Jones, his brother Jonathon Jones and Raymond Medhurst.[1][2] They had two Australian top five hit singles in the early 1990s with "Ain't No Sunshine" and "That Word (L.O.V.E.)",[3] both sung by Deni Hines.[1] The associated album, Form 1 Planet, peaked at #3 on the ARIA albums chart in 1992,[3] and was certified platinum in Australia.[4]

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Background

The group concept was formed in 1983 at a warehouse party in Sydney when Raymond Medhurst (keyboards)[2] wanted a band to perform for a private party.[5] He contacted the Jones brothers Bryon (keyboards, bass guitar, backing vocals)[2] and Jonathon (keyboards, guitar, drums)[2] (both ex-Les Ukuleles, No Heavy Lifting), they asked Medhurst's schoolmate, Vincent Dale (keyboards)[2] (ex-...ish with Bryon Jones) to join.[1][5]

Tales of the City

Sandi Chick (lead vocals) and Peter Kennard (guitar, percussion) entered in late 1983 and were followed closely by Geoffrey Stapleton (keyboards, guitar, percussion) (later in GANGgajang) in early 1984.[1][2] Stapleton had worked with the Jones brothers when they were in Les Ukeleles and No Heavy Lifting by recording their songs.[6] Vocalists Peter Blakeley and John Kenny (known to Stapleton in Adelaide) were brought in and with Stephen Allkins (operated turntables at gigs) made them a ten-piece.[1][2] The first single from the album, "Time Out (For Serious Fun)", was released on Phantom Records (4 February 1985) and had lead vocals by Chick. The second single "Sweat It Out" had vocals by Blakeley on True Tone (1986). Chick and Stapleton left that year. The third single "Rhymes" (1987) (a cover of a 1974 song by Al Green) had vocals by John Kenny. Blakeley left in 1987 to go solo and had a #3 hit in Australia with "Crying in the Chapel" (not the Elvis Presley song) in 1990.[7]

1987 also saw the arrival of Mary Azzopardi (backing vocals) and Wendy Matthews (vocals). The pattern of using different vocalists continued for their first album, Tales of the City (1988). Matthews left to have chart success with the band Absent Friends, including an Australian #4 single "I Don't Want to Be with Nobody but You" (1990),[8] and with her solo career, including an Australian #2 single in 1992 with "The Day You Went Away".[9]

Rockmelons shared an ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist - Album in 1989 for their debut Tales of the City (with 1927's album ...ish).[10] The album peaked at #6 on the Australian charts.[3][11] By 1990 the Rockmelons were down to Medhurst and the Jones brothers after all others including founding member Dale had left.[1]

Form 1 Planet

In 1991, Rockmelons recruited vocalist Deni Hines and recorded their cover of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" which reached #5 in Australia in January 1992,[3] and was certified gold.[4] Their follow-up single "That Word (L.O.V.E.)" (written by B. Jones, J. Jones, Medhurst and Robin Smith)[12] reached #4 in Australia,[3] and was also certified gold.[4] By 1992, Doug Williams had joined as a vocalist whilst Hines left to have success as a solo artist, with the "It's Alright" single (1995) peaking at #4 in Australia.[13] Rockmelons were nominated for ARIA Album of the Year award in 1993 for Form 1 Planet,[10] which peaked at #3 in Australia in August 1992[3] and was certified platinum by ARIA.[4]

Rockies 3

Rockmelons' third album, Rockies 3 was released in October 2002. Rockmelons used eight different vocalists.[11] Jeremy Gregory's "All I Want Is You" was nominated for 2003 APRA Most Performed Dance Work.[14] Other vocalist were: Roxane LeBrasse, Darren Paul, Doug Williams, Emma Morton, Sydney Bouchaniche, and Evelyn Rubuen.[15]

Producers

Collectively, the trio of Medhurst, B. Jones and J. Jones (as Rockmelons) have produced (or co-produced): Tales of the City (with Robin Smith), Form 1 Planet (with Smith and Donovan Germain) and Rockies 3 for their own group;[16] Time of Our Lives for Marcia Hines,[2] "Hook Me Up" and "Let it Whip" for CDB,[16] No Commandments for Kaylan, and two tracks for Disco Montego for Disco Montego (aka Kaylan).[16] The Rockmelons have also produced music for Sophie Monk.

Bryon Jones, also known as Bry Jones, has worked as a producer for artists, especially Australian Idol contestants including Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll, Anthony Callea, Casey Donovan, Jessica Mauboy, Damien Leith, Kate DeAraugo, Stan Walker, and Wes Carr. He has also produced The Voice artists Rachael Leahcar, Harrison Craig, and Fatai; and The X Factor artist Jason Owen. Bryon also produced the music and soundtrack for the Australian movie The Sapphires, featuring Jessica Mauboy.[16]

Jonathon Jones remixed "Love & Glory" for Tina Harrod.[16]

Discography

Albums

Singles

Year Title Lead vocalist AUS
[3]
NZ
[17]
UK
[18]
Album
1985 "Time Out (For Serious Fun)" Sandi Chick 81 single only
"Sweat It Out" Peter Blakeley single only
1987 "Rhymes" John Kenny 26 Tales of the City
"New Groove" 21
1988 "What's It Gonna Be" 41
"Jump" Wendy Matthews 81
"Dreams in the Empty City" John Kenny
"Boogietron" Ensemble
1991 "Ain't No Sunshine" Deni Hines 5 8 Form 1 Planet
1992 "That Word (L.O.V.E.)" 4 5 90
"It's Not Over" 15 17
1993 "Form One Planet (Power To the People)" Eric Sebastian 73
1994 "Stronger Together" Doug Williams 96 80
"Love's Gonna Bring You Home"
2002 "All I Want Is You" Jeremy Gregory 41 Rockies 3
"I Ain't Playin'" Roxane LeBrasse 79
"Police Woman 2002" (with Groove Quantize) N/A single only

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Rockmelons'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rockmelons". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Australian chart peaks:
  4. ^ a b c d Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  5. ^ a b "Rockmelons". HowlSpace. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  6. ^ Geoffrey Stapleton. "Rockmelons". GANGgajang Official Website. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  7. ^ "Discography Peter Blakeley". Australian charts portal. australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  8. ^ "Discography Absent Friends". Australian charts portal. australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  9. ^ "Discography Wendy Matthews". Australian charts portal. australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  10. ^ a b "ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2007-09-27.
  11. ^ a b Maree Hamblion. "Profile on Rockmelons". EMI Music Publishing Australia. Archived from the original on 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2007-09-27.
  12. ^ ""That Word LOVE" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  13. ^ "Discography Deni Hines". Australian charts portal. australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  14. ^ "2003 Most performed dance work". Australasian Performing Right Association. Archived from the original on 2007-09-06. Retrieved 2007-09-27.
  15. ^ "Rockmelons, The - Rockies 3 (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  16. ^ a b c d e "Rockmelons, The - Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  17. ^ a b "charts.org.nz > Discography Rockmelons". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  18. ^ "Official Charts > Rockmelons". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-02-23.

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