v. Spy v. Spy - the Australian Band
Welcome to the official v Spy v Spy website.
From Blox: Feb 2010 - Hello Spys! Welcome to our website where you can see pictures from the "Awesome '80's" when we played all over Australia and into the '90's. If you were there and took some photos we'd love to see them so we can maybe upload them onto the site. We need small files (none over 500kb) so they upload quick and any stories you have would be welcome also. Take a look at the Tronador releases on the download page (coming soon) and listen to what we sounded like way back in the early '80's. Some of those recordings were done in live venues around the country and have versions of tunes you may never have heard. Cliff is in fine form and Mike blazes away with his unique guitar style while I try and make as much noise as possible while hammering my bass. We had a lot of fun back then and we thank people like you for supporting us through the years. It sounds corny but (it's true) we never could have made it without you! So thanks for taking a look at our website and send us any great stuff you have lying around in dusty boxes in the garage! Keep rockin'!
Yours truly, Craig Bloxom Newcastle NSW
On the Spy vs Spy website you will get info on the band, pictures, music videos, lyrics to the songs and just about everything else you can think of. Please link to our website!
*We have recently launched a forum where you can discuss anything Spies*
Spy vs Spy, also known as v. Spy v. Spy, The Drug Grannies and
The Spies, are an Australian ska/pub rock band from Sydney formed in
1981.They became known for tackling political issues through their
music, including racism, homelessness and contemporary drug culture.
They were named after a comic strip, "Spy vs. Spy" in the US Mad
The band's initial line-up was the trio of Craig Bloxom on bass guitar/lead vocals, Cliff Grigg on drums/percussion and Mike Weiley on lead guitar/vocals. Spy vs Spy's early music was ska-influenced indie rock, exemplified by their debut single "Do What You Say" on the independent Green label in April 1982. They released an EP Four Fresh Lemons in August. Their music became more straight forward hard rock for their pub audiences. The band broke up in early 1983 only to reform mid-year, by which time they were using the name v. Spy v. Spy to avoid legal problems with Mad magazine. They were eventually signed to Midnight Oil's label Powderworks and managed by Oils manager, Gary Morris. Their first full-length album Harry's Reasons was released in March 1986 and produced by Leszek Karski. They switched labels to WEA and had their highest charting success in February 1987 with their single "Don't Tear It Down" on the Australian singles chart and the associated album A.O. Mod. TV. Vers. peaked at #12 on the Australian albums chart.
Spy vs Spy's follow-up album, Xenophobia (Why?) was released in March 1988 peaked at #15 in Australia. It was produced by Karski and Guy Gray and released by WEA in 14 countries. Their 1989 album Trash the Planet peaked at #22 on the ARIA Charts.None of their subsequent releases reached the Australian Top 40. The band split and reformed a number of times but still developed a strong following in Brazil.