(Bands from Perth, Australia)
The Manikins were the first punk band I ever saw, probably in 1980 in a city full of cover bands, at a seedy little club called Adrians which was above the less than salubrious James St in Northbridge.
The Manikins were another short lived Perth punk-pop band, who were direct descendents of The Cheap Nasties - one of Australia's first punk bands originally formed by Kim Salmon.
When The Cheap Nasties broke up in December 1977, Salmon went on to create The Scientists, while most of the remainder of The Cheap Nasties went on to form The Manikins.
The Manikins formed in 1978 and consisted of Neil Fernandez (guitar); Ken Seymour (bass guitar); Mark Betts (drums) and Robert Porritt (vocals). They were later joined by Dave Flick (later known as Dave Faulkner who had previously formed The Victims and would go on to form the Hoodoo Gurus.
"The Manikins" have recently released a CD on Two Tribes Records which was recorded live in the studio in 1979 – buy it here.