The liner notes of The Badloves’ multi-platinum debut album, Get On Board, started:
“Some years are like that: too busy, too distracted, too fuzzed out. You miss things. Great music passes you by. Then, years later, you find it.”
The Badloves released just two studio albums before taking some time out.
Their debut album “Get On Board” spent a massive 69 weeks in the charts , peaked at number 5 and went double platinum; delivering 5 hit singles in, “Lost”, “Memphis”, “I Remember”, “The Weight” (w Jimmy Barnes), “Memphis” and “Green Limousine”.
After extensive tours in Australia and Europe, The Badloves released their second album in 1995, “Holy Roadside” to critical acclaim, further ARIA nominations, and another string of hit singles in “Slave”, “Barefoot Bride”, “Living Thing” and “Caroline”, establishing them as one of this country’s premier acts.
“Those years were so intense; it’s a bit of a blur. We just didn’t have any balance in our lives.
As author Andrew Masterson wrote on the back of The Badloves debut single, Lost: “Knob-twiddling wizardry has its place in music, but its influence will never be as strong, or as enduring, as the sounds produced by the classic combination of two guitars, bass, drums and a mega-whomping Hammond organ … The Badloves both continue and extend the grand tradition of such music, pushing out a sound that would have seemed quite at home at Muscle Shoals in 1967, while remaining as fresh and original as tomorrow.”
They are already a part of Australian music history having become a household name and influencing a generation of musicians and music lovers.
Inspired by the past, The Badloves are a band that’s very much focused on the future. “It feels like we’re starting again,” Michael smiles. “Which is very exciting.”
Cutting their teeth on the streets of Melbourne’s eclectic music scene in the late 90’s was the best apprenticeship for four local musicians; Dan Hall, Tim Watson, Tim Wild and Jason Singh. Getting together to write and record a couple of days a week the four members honed their distinctive sound. Upon hearing the band’s demos, Seymour Stein the president of US label Sire Records immediately signed the band. Stein’s previous signings included Madonna, Talking Heads and The Ramones.
The enormous success of Taxiride is well documented. Very few bands can lay claim to have had the impact the four members had in Australia and Internationally.
Double platinum number 1 albums, 7 top 40 hit singles including “Get Set’, “Everywhere You Go”, “Creepin’ Up Slowly”, “How I Got This Way”,“Oh Yeah” and an ARIA Award. Worldwide tours throughout the US, Europe, Japan, India, and Australia including the 24/7 final Tina Turner Tour culminating with two sold out shows at London’s Wembley Stadium. Now in 2015 the original line up is back together. The amazing harmonies, the guitars, the hit songs and the unique sound that was and still is Taxiride are all there in a live show that takes you on a journey to a time where music and songs had meaning and emotion.
“When you get the four of us in a room and we sing together something very special happens. As corny as it sounds there is magic between the four of us and we have all missed it” – Jason Singh
“We set out to make great music that would last, l think our songs stand the test of time and to be playing them live again is a real treat for us” – Tim Watson
THE BADLOVES & TAXIRIDE
The Gov | Sat 20 Aug
Tickets: $35 + Booking Fee
Doors open @ 7:30 pm