1927

1927

1927 formed in Melbourne in 1987 as a pop rock band.[1] In 1984 guitarist and keyboardist Garry Frost had left Sydney-based pop rockers, Moving Pictures, after their second album, Matinée. Frost had co-written Moving Pictures’ 1981 number-one hit “What About Me?” – which was a number-one hit for Shannon Noll in 2004.[2][3] In late 1986 Frost was writing songs at his home studio for an unformed band project.[1][4] He was watching Nine Network’s variety series Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s talent segment “Red Faces” when Eric Weideman appeared and performed a cover of The Police’s hit single, “Roxanne”.[4][5] Garry drove from Sydney to Melbourne, about 880 km (550 mi), to recruit Weideman on lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards.[1][4] Prior to joining 1927 Weideman had played in various cover bands including, Mixed Feelings, before starting a brief solo career.[5][6] He later recalled, “I had only just started performing on my own. I was playing at a pub in Melbourne … Then a friend of mine dared me to go on ‘Red Faces'”.[5] The pair were joined by Garry’s brother Bill Frost on bass guitar and James Barton on drums.[7] The band’s name, 1927, was drawn from a hat of suggestions and was from a favourite saying by Garry, “I haven’t done that since 1927”