Jack Rabbit & the Pubic Hares are probably the ugliest band in Australia --- physically and musically, although there has been some pretty tough competition of late. Jack Rabbit & the Pubic Hares formed in Melbourne Australia in the mid seventies to perform at a bash in the Dandenong Ranges called "The Festival of the Sun" a celebration of the beginning of summer held on the first weekend in December. After 3 of these festivals the organisers realised summer rarely arrives when it's supposed to and they moved the event to the first week of February. 30 years later the event is still going and so is the band, having played all but two of the festivals. Initially Jack Rabbit & the Pubic Hares were heavily influenced by "satire" bands such as "The Bonzo Dog Band" and played mainly obscure covers, but in a short space of time were playing all originals. Their aim was to do a "Noahs Ark" and write 2 songs in every musical genre from country and blues through pop, surf, punk, folk, Cuban, and music hall. Lyrically the songs floated between satirical social and political comment and tongue in cheek toilet humour. Over the years the 2 songs of each format gradually morphed into a hotch potch of material, basically whatever the hell they felt like playing at the time. More than 30 musicians have played with the band over the years, with many returning after several years lay off when divorces and kids leaving home freed up their time. Currently the band consists of Ian Bland (vocals & guitar) Ian Linsell (drums) Alan Lawson (guitar) Steeming Leeming (bass) Dave Moll (lap steel & guitar) and when he's in the mood Bill Canty (keyboards) "Underground Mutton" is the band's first release since 2000 and follows on in the tradition of their earlier albums, covering topics as diverse as 4 wheel drives, trash magazines, pressures of modern day living and there's even a song about playing in the band.
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