It’s been 35 years since Sunnyboys released their eponymous debut, enrapturing teenagers of the time and generations to come with brooding and longing wordplay, pop hooks and high-energy delivery.
It’s a classic which stood the test of time with hit singles Happy Man and Alone With You plus live favourites I’m Shakin’, Trouble In My Brain and Tunnel Of Love.
To mark the 35-year milestone and the premiere period from whence it sprang, Sunnyboys will take to the stage in February for just three Australian shows. And they’ll play a set entirely derived from 1981 – that will include Sunnyboys, the album, performed in its entirety.
“What a thrill it will be to play our first album from start to finish,” founding bassist Peter Oxley said. “We have never ever done this before.”
For the Sydney leg of the tour, Sunnyboys will be joined by old gigging partners Flaming Hands, performing their first show since 1985. Shy Imposters – who existed for just nine months during 1979-1980 and released just one record – are also on the bill.
For their Gold Coast show, to be held at NightQuarter on 3 February, Sunnyboys will be joined by The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson. The legendary X will also join the tour for Melbourne.
Tickets for all shows are to go on-sale Tuesday 27 September via venues and usual outlets.
Don’t miss the feel good tour this summer: Sunnyboys 1981 live!
3 February 2017: NightQuarter, Gold Coast with The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson.
4 February: Enmore Theatre, Sydney with Flaming Hands and Shy Imposters
10 February, The Croxton, Melbourne, with X