Monday, March 8, 2010


Adelaide, the Capital city of the state of South Australia. Not one to leave much of a mark at all with extreme music huh? Well, you are right there - except for the budding HC punk scene which back in the glory days well and truly held it's own in Australian standards. NOT overshadowed (as the Adelaide metal scene was most certainly) by either the Melbourne or Sydney ones, the Adelaide punkHC bands such as WTP? The Bearded Clams, Toxic Avengers etc each delivered a different facet of what was happening in other world scenes.

Massively well attended for such a quiet city, this free show attracted not just punk and HC fans, but anyone into live music, a history making show. pic: Alan Moses

Also featuring Massappeal on Disc 2 with the classic track 'Elitist Shit', WTP? were showcased with the crowd favourite 'Jesus Gets Rich' on Disc 1.

Toxic Avengers, perhaps the only photo of these guys on the internet? February 11th 1989, Adelaide, South Australia. pic: Alan Moses

A slew of killer bands were playing small local shows during the 1980's and into the dawn of 1990, and at the head of the pack as far as Adelaide band international recognition goes, where an odd band of beer worshipping fun lovers calling themselves WHERE'S THE POPE? Playing very frequently, nights out with Where's The Pope? were saving graces for an otherwise dull existence in Adelaide, having to live vicariously though tape trading and everything that goes with it.

EP 1987 'Straight-Edge Holocaust'

LP 1989 'Sunday Afternoon BBQ's'

The Old Lion Hotel, a shit hole indeed, but host to WTP? on  many nights. Here in 1988 with the frenzied weenies that followed them to every show - that's Franks' ass by the way, as escapes being torn to bits by hungry fans. Interesting side note is that this same shit hole played host to Morbid Angel on their first Australian tour, and only Adelaide date to be scheduled for that debut visit. pic: Alan Moses

Former Lawn Bowls groundskeeper and one man pub ceiling demolitions expert Frank Papagallo has been courteous enough, remembering the old times, to take part in Glorious Times - and making some statements regarding the whole experience to go along with photographs that have never been seen anywhere before (well, with the exception of BUTTFACE #2 1989). GT really has nothing to do with an 'oldschool revival' as some have accused it as being, it's just about fond memory, as these images attest to. If anyone knows the whereabouts of a guy called Eric, in 1989 he was living in Arizona and associated with Hippycore, see pic below, and please get in touch!

Light Square free gig, Adelaide, South Australia, February 26 1989, Frank sharing a croon with Arizona high school exchange student (and Hippycore ambassador) Eric (awol - if whereabouts known, please email us). pic: Alan Moses

Buttface 'zine #2 1989 - main photo page in the WTP? interview. courtesy Alan Moses

The insert of WTP?'s debut 1989 full length album 'Sunday Afternoon BBQ's' features a small selection of some of the photos, but never have they been seen in the full rich colour presented in GT. These inserts have been photographed and are available with 320kbps rips of the original vinyl, exclusively thru the password free mediafire link provided! Frank has given permission for these original and out of print vinyl releases to be made available to our GT family, friends and supporters.

The Guilty Parties - LONG out of print. pic: Alan Moses


Scores of their records were traded in those old days, even by just two people (the editors of BUTTFACE 'zine from Adelaide), just as we did with WTP?'s counterparts in Sydney Massappeal. These vinyl releases were sought after not just by punkHC fans but metal oriented fans too, back in a time when scenes were bridged and it was 'ok' to be into all the styles - rather than the closed scene revolving door bermuda triangle that the scenes were before, and for the most part, are again today.

Lawn Bowls - the key to a cut physique! Frank having a spastic fit at, yes, The Old Lion Hotel February 4 1989. pic: Alan Moses

Short run WTP? t-shirts were made by a local rock music record store, this one was lost to antiquity. pic: Stuart Maitland (Buttface co-editor)

Frank does have an official WTP? myspace up and running, but it's not updated often at all, so what you'll see there is mostly what we call more 'modern' era photos (ie 1990 and beyond) but still worth visiting to round out the experience! Who knows? One day we might just be able to make the live gigs we have in storage digital and share those down the road - something that would be extremely rare to hear indeed, along with the latter out of print material which we have yet to even hear ourselves.

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