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Candy Harlots

candyharlots.jpgJust this week, my good friend Christian turned me on to a great Australian glam band.

Candy Harlots were formed in 1987 in Sydney. Apparently, they had quite a reputation...then again, it seems every 80s glam band lived a crazy lifestyle.

It took a few years...but they landed a major deal with Virgin, and released Five Wicked Ways in 1992. Of course, this deal came after a slew of line-up changes, including the replacement of founding vocalist Mark Easton.

That song spawned a few singles, and the band even shot several videos. At any rate, Candy Harlots have a great sound. Remember, this band was far removed from the Sunset Strip and Los Angeles debauchery -- still, the sound in authentic, the influences easy to distinguish.

Here's "Sister's Crazy" from Candy Harlots, off their debut Five Wicked Ways:

Reader Comments (18)

Just when I thought I heard them all, you find another gem. Thank you!

Rob Rockitt

I found three copies of this disc available on ebay....

one just got purchased......

*grin* I have a copy for Allyson, these guys got a ton of exposure at the time, but never went further ( unlike Screaming Jets, with whom that had a major public rivalry ), and the second hand stores have tons of copies of the CD. There's also an ep called Foreplay and I have the single for Sisters Crazy which has 'Can I sit next to you girl' on it. Another similar Aussie band ( but more funk/not as good) was called 'Pearls & Swine. The single was 'no more room in heaven', I have teh CD, but it's scratched, I am on the lookout for another. The single is good, the album less so.

And, of course you need to hear Screaming Jets, if you want to hear a good Aussie rock band. My favourite is still The Angels ( from Angel City... ) tho.
November 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
I've heard OF them before, but haven't really heard any of their stuff. They sound like another band that I'm gonna have to check out! I like that video...thanks for telling about them Allyson!
November 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
How do you manage to find holes in my cd collection? Just when I thought I was done searching for gems you continue to rekindle that passion for the are really starting to piss me off! ;)
November 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHairball John
Ha ha I could have told you all about the Harlots back in 1990!
December 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGaw
Oh and if you're after more cool Aussie Rock then check out "The Poor"! Also formerly known as "Poor Boys" they have one album "Who cares" - great rock.
December 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGaw
the drummer for The Poor was James Young, nephew of Malcolm amd Angus.

other oz bands worth checking out are - early 80's - Heaven and Boss and from the late 80's and early 90's - Judge Mercy and Wrecking Crew.

And if you havent checked out Rose Tattoo, you should be flogged in the town square (-;
January 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEddy M
i think someone from pearls&swine was in electric hippies.good guitarist
March 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergeddy
if anybody is interested in rare CANDY HARLOTS stuff check out they have live albums, live dvds, and unreleased stuff, and its approved by the band themselves
April 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterplastic donut records
i found this video of the original harlots line up on you tube enjoy!
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April 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterplastic donut records
Hi, I was in the Candy Harlots for the first 4 years. We have a Myspace page . Anyways we all have new bands these days. You will find links on the page I posted.

Yours in Rock

Marc de Hugar
April 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarc de Hugar
As a punter, the lineup (with Marc de Hugar, Mark Easton, Tony Cardinal, Leno Dee and Ron Barrett) were the band that probably captured the imagination of the glam scene back then.

After the line-up change(s) they were still popular, but with a different crowd really.

The anticipation when they came on stage was like nothing else in Sydney, The crowds that packed into the Kardomah Cafe were rediculous (and way above the legal numbers), and at the time, it was more often a question of "where are the Harlots playing?" than "who is playing this weekend ?".

For the glam fans reading this ... sorry ... you missed out :)

I had the pleasure of working with a lot of bands around this time ... the early Harlots were the band that set the standard ... and until the lineup changes , no one came close :)
August 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDarryl
Yeah I use to head down to the Kardomah circa 1989-1991.. underage for some of that period.. The lineup as mentioned above was the best.. After Ron passed away and Mark Easton left the magic died unfortunately..
August 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
Please all Harlots fans I need to purchase My Sisters Crazy single and Four Play any help would be great...

Rock n Roll
April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShayne
P.S Marc de Hugar is an awesome musician..
April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShayne
Harlots are playing at the Celtic Club in Sydney 31 Oct.
October 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNik
Look great, sound fine but their time is over.Only history now.
December 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercher veneris

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