THE SWINGIN’ HI-TONES
The Swingin’ Hi-Tones emerged from Hamilton in Victoria’s Western district, in 1982, billing themselves as ‘The Western District’s premier in-land surf band’ – which says it all really.
Adopting an early 60’s pre-Beatles look and style, they played at parties and support slots for a bit over a year, attracting a small cult following.
In 1983 the band recorded an album’s worth of original tunes which was released on cassette as ‘The Fabulous Surfin’ Sound Of The ‘Swingin’ Hi-Tones’.
Their last performance was at ‘The Last Beach Party’, an invitation-only gig at the George Hotel in Hamilton on August 19th, 1983.
The band members got together 25 years later to play at our bass player Rick’s 50th birthday party and, again in 2013, to play at drummer Sandy’s 50th.
To mark the band's 30th anniversary, they decided to record some new material and release it, along with the original 1983 cassette tracks, on a CD appropriately entitled ‘Hi-atus’. It seems that The Swingin’ Hi-Tones have come out swingin’ all over again!
Watch videos of ‘The Lone Surfer’ and ‘Pipe Down!’ below
The Lone Surfer
Available from our STORE:
- DANCE 3: Hi-atus 1983-2013
- CD-R: Alive, Alive Oh!
- The Lone Surfer 7" EP TDX-11,116 (Thong) 002