THE NEGATIVES

Prime movers of Melbourne’s punk movement, Garry Gray and Chris Walsh started their first band Judas Iscariot and the Traitors in 1974.  With the addition of Ian 'Ollie' Olsen and Peter Cave, the pair formed Reals in 1975 and were to become one of Melbourne's few original "punk" bands. With the departure of Olsen, the band recruited Michael Holmes on guitar to form The Negatives in 1977 and contributed the chilling track 'Planet on the Prowl' to the Suicide Records compilation of Melbourne Punk bands, 'Lethal Weapons' (1978). A CD titled 'Dumbworld' featuring tracks from all three bands was released in 2008 by Shock Records. The Negatives split up early in 1979. Holmes joined Paul Kelly and the Dots, Walsh eventually joined The Moodists, and Gray went on to form the Sacred Cowboys.

Reals line-up featured Garry Gray - Vocals, Ian ‘Ollie’ Olsen - Guitar, Chris Walsh - Bass, Peter Cave - Drums.

Negatives line-up featured Garry Gray - Vocals, Michael Holmes - Guitar, Chris Walsh - Bass, Peter Cave - Drums. 

 

              Garry Gray 1979 - Photo by Bruce Tindale

RealsNegatives - Minority Groups.mp3

 

'Dumbworld' CD sleeve - Artwork by Liz Reed

 

Chris Walsh & Garry Gray 1977/78 - by Clare Calinan 

 

 
          Negatives live at the Tiger Lounge 1978 - Photo by Alan Scott

 

REFERENCES:
  • Main ImageNegatives live at the Tiger Lounge 1978 - Photo by Alan Scott
  • Background Image - Alternative Animals gig poster 1978 - Courtesy of Garry Gray
  • Garry Gray 1979 -  Photo by Bruce Tindale
  • 'Dumbworld' CD sleeve - Courtesy of Garry Gray, Artwork by Liz Reed
  • Chris Walsh and Garry Gray circa 1977: Painting by Clare Calinan, supplied by Chris Walsh
  • Negatives live at the Tiger Lounge 1978 - Photo by Alan Scott
  • MP3 Track - 'Minority Groups' (1975-77) - From the Dumbworld CD 2008 (Gray/Walsh)
  • http://www.messandnoise.com/releases/2000060
  • http://www.myspace.com/negativesrealsU