Strumpet

"Strumpet" circa 1989 by Rennie Ellis

Late photographer Rennie Ellis was a huge contributor to the Melbourne band (and socialite) scene back in the late 80's. Strumpet was my original band, in it's very first incarnation: Ren Walters (gtr), Greg & Rick Tailby (drums & bass) with myself on vocals, trumpet and a bit of guitar. Through the archive of Rennie's work I have been able to locate three rolls of film he shot from both live shows and some publicity sets - oh what a blast. I will be purchasing these films in the new year as a wonderful means of archiving this original line-up, but from a deep web search I've managed to dig some up from the State Library collection. Obviously Rennie didn't keep great notes about his pix and the library has me named as "Dave from rock band Strumpet." That was actually Ren Walters' stage name: D.R. Splendid (no that's not Doctor, it's "David Rather Splendid"), Rick and Greg were "Rock & Grog Tallboy" whilst my stage name was "Chanile" - but that's another story!

Strumpet 1989 Live at ID's, Greville St Prahran
Chanile & Katherine

STRUMPET 1988 @ the Espy

When you reconnect with old friends and one of them happens to be an ex FOH engineer for Melbourne's most iconic music pub don't be too surprised when they send you some old desk tapes. Rob Stead mixed at the Espy for years and was FOH engineer for an era or two of bands performing there.
In 1988 a quartet emerged by the name of Strumpet, featuring tough funk/rock with melodies, often compared to Living Color (American band & spelling).
I've been attempting to repair some of these recordings of the original line-up: Ren Walters (Gtr), Rick Tailby (Bass) & Greg Tailby (Drums); yours truly up front on Vocals, Trumpet & Gtr.
The strangest thing was equating that this was half a life-time ago, literally - mine! Thanx Rob Stead for managing to hang on to these tapes in the first place. It really was a unique ensemble.