'Clean Cut' were an Adelaide band which formed during 1976 and played around their hometown of Adelaide in South Australia during 1977-'78. The musical genre was modern R&B and rock & roll - mostly covers of the more intelligent side of 'The New Wave' such as Elvis Costello, Graham Parker & Mink Deville etc. We also covered a lot of classic Australian music of the '70s such as Ross Wilson, 'Daddy Cool', 'The Dingoes' and 'Billy T'. For most of us, this was our first real band with any success for want of a better word.

The orignal band comprised of a fabulous singer named Rick Holmes: Michael Teakle & myself (Kelvin Fleming) on guitars; Alan Brooker on the bass; Steve Parkinson on drums and John Kemp on some acoustic guitar, backing vocals and percussion. This quickly downsized into a five piece outfit minus John Kemp. Tony Thornton replaced Steve Parkinson on drums after about 6 months. Alan left after about a year to finish his DipEd in the country, replaced by Geoff (Goof) Miller on bass. Goof "left" after a while and was replaced by Rod Cornish from popular and accomplished jazz rock & blues band 'Rum Jungle'. The group called it quits in '79 when Tony T. left for the bright lights of Melbourne - then a Mecca for anyone wanting to improve their career prospects from the then sleepy town of Adelaide. Most of us followed ...

With the original lineup on Kangaroo Island

Left to right: Richard Holmes / Steve Parkinson / Kelvin Fleming / Michael Teakle / Alan 'Boogie' Brooker / John Kemp

Above, the original line-up from a newspaper clipping in the Adelaide Advertiser.

Mid term version in action at the Tivoli: Left to right; Kelvin Fleming, Tony Thornton on the skins, Mick Holmes, Geoff Miller on the Jazz bass and Michael Teakle.

The ebullient Rick Holmes in action

Michael & Geoff

Tony Thornton




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