Beasts Of Bourbon, The

Also known as Beasts Of Bourbon, Beasts Of Burbon, Beasts, The, The Beasts
Members of Beasts Of Bourbon, The: Brad Shepherd, Brett Rixon, Brian Hooper, Charlie Owen, Graham Hood, James Baker (2), Kim Salmon, Richard Ploog, Spencer P. Jones, Stuart Gray (2), Tex Perkins, Tony Pola, Tony Thewlis

Discography of Beasts Of Bourbon, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Axeman's Jazz 9 Audio 1985 Hybrid Records
2 The Low Road 10 Audio 1991
3 Hard Work Drivin' Man 3 Audio 1988 Red Eye Records
4 Psycho 3 Audio 1984 Green Records (7)
5 The Axeman's Jazz 9 Audio 1990 Red Eye Records
6 Sour Mash 15 Audio 1988 Red Eye Records
7 Black Milk 16 Audio 1990 Red Eye Records
8 Gone 12 Audio 1996 Red Eye Records
9 From The Belly Of The Beasts (Live 91 & 92 And Shit We Didn't Put Out The First Time) 30 Audio 1993 Red Eye Records
10 The Axeman's Jazz 9 Audio Red Eye Records
11 Black Milk 14 Audio 1990 Red Eye Records
12 The Low Road 10 Audio 1992-03-12
13 Let's Get Funky 4 Audio 1990 Red Eye Records
14 Little Animals 10 Audio 2007 Bang! Records
15 Gone 12 Audio 1996 Red Eye Records
16 Black Milk 17 Audio 1990
17 Sour Mash 13 Audio 1988 Red Eye Records
18 The Axeman's Jazz 9 Audio 1988 Red Eye Records
19 The Axeman's Jazz 10 Audio 1985 Closer Records
20 Low Life 12 Audio 2005 Munster Records
21 From The Belly Of The Beasts (Live 91 & 92 And Shit We Didn't Put Out The First Time) 28 Audio 1993
22 Psycho 5 Audio 1985
23 Words From A Woman... 2 Audio 1990
24 Sour Mash 16 Audio 1988
25 The Axeman's Jazz 12 Audio 1988 Red Eye Records
26 The Axeman's Jazz 10 Audio 1985 Big Time
27 From The Belly Of The Beasts (Live 91 & 92 And Shit We Didn't Put Out The First Time) 28 Audio 1993 Red Eye Records
28 The Axeman's Jazz 10 Audio 1985 Planet Records (17)
29 Live In Heaven Volume 1 14 Audio 1991 Oblivion Records (2)
30 Live In Heaven Volume 2 6 Audio 1991 Oblivion Records (2)
31 Black Milk 16 Audio 2009 Inertia Recordings
32 The Axeman's Jazz 9 Audio 2009 Inertia Recordings
33 Sour Mash 15 Audio 2009 Inertia Recordings
34 The Beasts Of Bourbon Box Set 43 Audio 2009 Inertia Recordings
35 You Let Me Down 2 Audio 1990
36 The Axeman's Jazz 9 Audio 1990
37 Low Life In Spain 19 Audio 2007-04-17 Munster Records
38 Into The Red 13 Audio 1992
39 Beyond Good & Evil 26 Audio 1999 Red Eye Records
40 Low Life 12 Audio 2005 Munster Records
41 Gone 12 Audio 1997
42 Black Milk 16 Audio 1990
43 Ten Years Behind Bars - From The Belly Of The Beasts 4 Audio 1993 Polydor
44 Black Milk 14 Audio 1990 Red Eye Records
45 Sour Mash 15 Audio 1988
46 Europe 1992 10 Audio 1994 Rarities & Few
47 The Low Road 10 Audio 1992 Red Eye Records
48 The Axeman's Jazz 10 Audio 1985 Big Time
49 Little Animals 10 Audio 2007 Albert Productions
50 The Axeman's Jazz 9 Audio 1984 Green Records (7)


Formed in 1983, the Beasts have become something of an Australian indie "supergroup", the only constant being the vocals of Tex Perkins ([a=Cruel Sea, The], [a=Salamander Jim]).

The original line up included Perkins, Guitarists Spencer P. Jones ([a=Johnnys, The]) and Kim Salmon ([a=Scientists, The (2)], [a=Kim Salmon And The Surrealists]), Bassist Boris Sudjovic ([a=Scientists, The (2)], [a=Dubrovniks]) and Drummer James Baker (2) ([a=Hoodoo Gurus], [a=Dubrovniks]).

The alcohol fuelled, swampy blues of The Beasts was instantly popular, particularly on the festival circuit, and their first LP "The Axeman's Jazz" (recorded allegedly in one afternoon with 3 cases of beer and a bottle of scotch) was a huge indie success.

Since then The Beasts have recorded 5 other studio LPs, (the best of which were probably the 1988 "Sour Mash" and 1990 "Black Milk" ) but have always been essentially a side project with a revolving membership. Some of those who have been Beasts at some point include:

[a=Tony Thewlis] ([a=Scientists, The (2)])

[a=Brett Rixon] ([a=Scientists, The (2)])

[a=Brad Shepherd] ([a=Hoodoo Gurus])

[a=Tony Pola] ([a=Kim Salmon And The Surrealists])

[a=Richard Ploog] ([a=Church, The])

[a=Brian Hooper] ([a=Kim Salmon And The Surrealists])

[a=Mark Ferrie] ([a=Sacred Cowboys], [a=Models (2)])

[a=Graham Hood] ([a=Johnnys, The])

[a=Charlie Owen] ([a=Divinyls])

The Beasts took a break from playing live from 1997 but returned to play the "Big Day Out" series of festivals in January and February 2006 with a line up of Perkins, Jones, Hooper, Owen and Pola


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