Twin brothers Colin and Denis Gray grew up in suburban Sydney in the 1970s. Having three older sisters into rock n roll, they were exposed to artists like Alice Cooper, The Sweet, Status Quo and Suzi Quatro from an early age – yet also many Australian bands from that era including TMG (the TMG van was always parked nearby), Skyhooks, JPY, Rabbit, Hush, The Angels, Rose Tattoo and AC/DC. Like many other suburban kids, they were fed on a diet of Countdown, yet it was the 1980 Australian tour by KISS which had a massive impact, and so began a lifelong love affair of guitar-fuelled rock n roll and all its forms, hard rock, heavy rock, heavy metal etc. By the early to mid-80s, heavy metal became the music of choice, predominantly from overseas artists, with Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Motley Crue, WASP, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Dio and an unmasked KISS dominating record players and decorating bedroom walls. Record collections became larger, yet so too did a yearning to discover antipodean exponents of heavy metal and hard rock. This led to the discovery of Australian hard rocks bands such as Boss, Heaven and the Bengal Tigers, who were every bit as good as their overseas counterparts – yet due to geographic isolation were not given their dues. The yearning to keep discovering great rock n roll found artists such as Johnny Thunders and Radio Birdman – and a deep dive into punk and all its linage, from Detroit to London to New York. As the years rolled on – so too did the inclination to promote the rock n roll we loved. We've been preaching the gospel of rock n roll since the mid 80's
Radio i/v with Brother Col from 1999 - PBS FM Melbourne talking about Vicious Kitten Records...
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