Mick Thomas

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MICK THOMAS BIO

“Mick Thomas has some secret magic to his writing… he surely can write great songs that make you say “Why didn’t I think of that?” but of course we never do. He writes about mates, ratbags, races, places, weddings, parties, funny stuff – anything – but they are really good stories and great songs. Mick is truly a legend around the best of fair-dinkum roots venues and festivals around the country. He is a character! He is funny! He can roll up to any crappy stage and make it the centre of the universe to any audience. He will talk the leg off an old chair and play the arse off a guitar, sweat the shirt of his back and lay you in the aisles. Mick Thomas and his bands, notably ‘The Weddos’ or ‘The Sure Thing’ or MT himself are all something to behold and have been huge favourites at Port Fairy and many other festivals.

At the end of 2012 when Mick announced that Weddings, Parties, Anything would be using the Melbourne Age Hall of Fame induction as a farewell platform there was an understandingly large outpouring of emotion on his facebook page as the fans struggled to come to grips with the finality of the occasion. And amongst this litany of loss and professed loyalty came one solid voice of reason (and acerbic wit) from Melbourne percussionist Ray Pereira telling Mick to ‘get over it and to stop living in the past’. It was brutally funny and somehow appropriate in terms of the gravity which many attached to the situation.

And when the dust had settled from the awards night ultimately all that was left was the knowledge that there are new projects to go to, tours to plan and songs to write. Music to be made. The awards were fantastic and it was great to have so many people wish the band members well but the real accomplishments of a career such as Mick’s are often less documented but just as important: the regional tour to obscure country halls in late 2012, the regular tours of Europe in the years prior to this. The album Last of the Tourists recorded in Portland Oregon and released to great acclaim early 2012. The Monthly Music Club – his own subscriber based monthly web broadcast- showcasing his prolific and multi faceted talents and formidable work ethic. The constantly evolving, but always effective line-up of the Roving Commission is testament in itself to the respect commanded within the industry and forms an intriguing and refreshing distraction for the ardent long time supporters of Mick’s music.

His ever evolving talents as a writer and performer and racontuer continue to define a career as intruiging as it is enduring.

RELEASES:

Scorn Of The Women – Weddings, Parties, Anything – WEA 1987
Roaring Days – Weddings, Parties, Anything – WEA 1988
The Big Don’t Argue – Weddings, Parties, Anything – WEA 1989
No Show Without Punch – Weddings, Parties, Anything – Utility Records UK release 1990
Weddings Play Sports (and Falcons) – Weddings, Parties, Anything – Virgin Records 1990
Difficult Loves – Weddings, Parties, Anything – RooArt Records 1992
King Tide – Weddings, Parties, Anything – RooArt Records 1993
Donkey Serenade – Weddings, Parties, Anything – Independent 1995
Riveresque – Weddings, Parties, Anything – Mushroom/Sony Records 1997
Trophy Night: The Best of WPA / Benched – Mushroom Records 1998
They Were Better Live – Weddings, Parties, Anything – Mushroom Records 1999
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Under Starters Orders – solo live – Croxton Records 1998
Dead Set Certainty – Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing – Croxton Records 1999
Dust On My Shoes – Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing – Croxton Records 2000
The Horse’s Prayer (double album) – Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing – Croxton Records 2002
Something To Fight For (EP) – Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing – Croxton Records 2003
Anythings, Sure Things, Other Things – solo acoustic retrospective for Liberation Records 2005
Paddock Buddy – Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing – Liberation Records 2006
Spin! Spin! Spin! – Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing – Liberation Records 2009
Head Full Of Road-kill / Live In Germany – Mick Thomas & Michael Barclay – Valve / Croxton Records 2010
The Last Of The Tourists – Mick Thomas – Liberation Records 2012

PRODUCTION:

The Gadflys – First EP
The Waifs (w/ Jen Anderson)
Ruby Hunter – Feeling Good (w/ Craig Pilkington)
The Vandas – First EP
The Drowners – Far From Home (w/ Craig Pilkington)
Mrs Wainright – Clickety Clack (w/ Craig Pilkington)
The Go Set – Journey For A Nation (w/ Craig Pilkington)

THEATRE:

Over In The West
The Tank (musical score in conjunction with brother Steve for Salamanca Arts Tasmania)
Run Rabbit Run (musical score for Company B Belvoir St Sydney)
Dust On My Shoes (currently in developement stage for Salamanca Arts Tasmania)

SOUNDTRACKS:

Left Luggage – 1996 SBS Short Film (w/ Jen Anderson)
Staying Out – 2001 ABC Feature Length Documentary
Albert’s Chook Tractor – 2002 SBS Short Film
The End Of The Game – 2003 ABC Feature Length Documentary
Shacks – 2005 ABC Documentary Series
The Real Water Rats – 2006 SBS Documentary Series
Alive And Kicking – 2008 SBS Documentary Series
Dust On My Shoes – Roar Film’s major online broadband documentary for the ABC (click link below)

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