In what I've always thought was a strange move, Cold Chisel drummer Steve Prestwich (who died two years ago of a brain tumor) joined LRB in the mid-to-late eighties. For those who don't know, Chisel was an Australian hard rock group known for heavy (and often serious) songs that went against the New Wave tide. Prestwich wrote a couple of their more pop hits. Don Walker, keyboardist and weapons designer, wrote most of their stuff. Lead singer Jimmy Barnes sang the original version of "Working Class Man" and sang with INXS on "Good Times" from Lost Boys (he also did at least part of a tour with INXS after Michael Hutchence died.) They also had a first-rate guitarist named Ian Moss. Oh, and bassist Phil Small. We always leave the bassist out.
I lived in Sydney during their heyday and am still a fan.
Here's a song Prestwich and Barnes co-wrote (warning, S word once). I've heard this one played on American radio.
And their biggest hit:
btw, Chisel wasn't bigger here because Barnes didn't get along with their record company, even writing a kiss-off song.
Barnes went on to feud with Jonathan Cain, who was producing a solo record for him, and others. They say he's sober now, but from recent recordings I've heard, he's destroyed his voice.