John Dowler's first band Spare Change arrived in 1976 with a single The Big Beat on Champagne Records and an album Lonely Suits 3 years later. Next band Young Modern formed in 1977, the first single "She's got the money" produced by John's friend Stephen Cummings of the Sports. The song received significant airplay on community radio, but "Young Modern" didn't achieve the success many thought they would and broke up 2 years later.
John Dowler went on to form The Zimmermen that featured Steve Connolly on guitar before Steve joined Paul Kelly's Coloured Girls in 1983. The Zimmermen released 2 albums, Rivers Of Corn on Au Go Go and Way too casual on Mushroom records. The band's first single "Don't go to Sydney" came out in 1985 became an instant classic and becoming one of the biggest selling independent singles for 1986,Young Modern briefly reunited in 2006 to record a new album.
Originally from Adelaide John Dowler's love for the power pop musical style and interest in acts like Badfinger, Raspberries and Big Star informed the sound of the bands he formed.Young Modern have been cited as influencing the bands that came later such as Le Hoodoo Gurus and the Sunnyboys.
12 Stitches is the second album by John's latest combo the ironic sounding John Dowler's Vanity Project on Sydney's legendary Half A Cow label comprising 10 new band originals, a Brian Wilson song and a version of Split Endz's "Time For A Change".
John Dowler joins Dr Gonzo to present 12 Stitches by John Dowler's Vanity Project plus 3 songs from the EP A Certain Reputation on And This One's Introduced By...
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