The Cockroaches were an Australian pub rock group active throughout the 1980s. Founded in 1979 by brothers, Paul (lead vocals), John (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Tony Field (lead guitar, vocals); and Tony Henry on drums. They were joined in 1981 by Jeff Fatt on keyboards. In 1986 they signed with an independent label, Regular Records, which issued their first three albums, including The Cockroaches (March 1987), which peaked at No.

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  • The Cockroaches were an Australian pub rock group active throughout the 1980s. Founded in 1979 by brothers, Paul (lead vocals), John (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Tony Field (lead guitar, vocals); and Tony Henry on drums. They were joined in 1981 by Jeff Fatt on keyboards. In 1986 they signed with an independent label, Regular Records, which issued their first three albums, including The Cockroaches (March 1987), which peaked at No. 9 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart; it shipped 70,000 copies and was certified platinum by their label. The album provided, "She's the One", which became the band's biggest hit when it peaked at No. 9 on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart in April 1987. During 1988 The Daily Telegraph declared The Cockroaches were the Hardest Working Rock'n'Roll Band in the country as they had played over 300 gigs in a year. The Cockroaches released their third album, Positive, in June 1991 and left their label by the end of that year. In March 1994 they issued their fourth album, St. Patrick's Day 10am, on their own Roach Records. Australian musicologist, Glenn A. Baker, described their sound as "rangy, loose-limbed, good-natured, energetic, self-effacing, intuitive, harmonic, melodic, enduring, soused and fiercely frantic". A compilation album, Hey Let’s Go – The Best of the Cockroaches was released by Festival Records in 1999.In September 1988, the band were promoting their second album, Figertips, when Paul's infant daughter died of SIDS. Although devastated the group continued with a lower profile – Anthony left to resume his university studies but returned periodically to record their later studio albums. Early in 1991 Anthony and Fatt, founded a children's music group, The Wiggles. The Cockroaches alumni served as musical and performing support for the new group: John wrote much of their music, Paul became their manager, and Henry performed with them. The Wiggles used many of The Cockroaches' business practices and reworked some of their songs into the children's music genre. Members of The Cockroaches have pursued other music careers with John and Paul forming The Field Brothers, and Henry being a session musician.
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  • * Paul Field * John Field * Anthony "Tony" Field * Tony Henry * Jeff Fatt * Phil Robinson * Peter Mackie
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  • * Paul Dunworth * Joseph Halion * Tony Henry * Bruce Hatfield * Geoff O'Reagan * Phil Carson
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  • The Cockroaches were an Australian pub rock group active throughout the 1980s. Founded in 1979 by brothers, Paul (lead vocals), John (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Tony Field (lead guitar, vocals); and Tony Henry on drums. They were joined in 1981 by Jeff Fatt on keyboards. In 1986 they signed with an independent label, Regular Records, which issued their first three albums, including The Cockroaches (March 1987), which peaked at No.
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