Grown Up Wrong! was born in Melbourne 33 years ago, in 1986, with the release of The Gas Babies’ “Heading For The Texas Border” 45. It was the brainchild of rock’n’roll fan a Dave Laing and inspired by iconic under-ground labels like Bomp!, Skydog, and Sydney’s Citadel.
Grown Up Wrong! had an international take on things and released classic by LA bands The Lazy Cowgirls, Claw Hammer and Crawlspace, Boston Real Kids offshoot The Primitive Souls as well as the first release by Geelong high-energy manics Bored! and a live album by high energy ’77 punk era Brisbane ‘60s freaks The Survivors.
Grown Up Wrong! became Dog Meat Records in 1989. Dog Meat upped the ante, propagating a high-energy Melbourne scene with more from Bored! and fellow Geelong outfit The Dirty Lovers as well as great bands like Hoss, The Freeloaders and The Powder Monkeys.
Dog Meat also had a worldwide vision working with an incredible list of past and present artists including The Pretty Things, The Imperial Dogs, Dead Moon, The Cheater Slicks, Billy Childish & Thee Headcoats, The Devil Dogs, Teengenerate, The Real Kids, the Screamin’ Mee-Mees, The Barracudas, the Jeff Dahl Group, The New Bomb Turks and Chris D, as well as a couple of great tribute albums, to The Troggs (“Groin Thunder!”) and The Scientists (“Set It On Fire!”).G
After a short-lived revival in 2011 that saw releases by Adelaide power pop pioneers Young Modern, ‘70s Flamin’ Groovies offshoot The Hot Knives and two reissues of The Screaming Tribesmen‘s great Chris Masuak-era material, Grown Up Wrong! returned in 2019 with a vengeance and a big list of releases in the works. Most will be archival, and many will follow the lead of work done by Laing on Shock Records’ imprint Savage Beat!, including the influential Do The Pop! compilations and archival releases from The Hitmen amongst others. The first two new Grown Up Wrong! records were The Scientists’ “Not for Sale: Live 78/79” (2LP / CD), and “Ann Arbor Revival Meeting” by Scott Morgan’s Powertrane featuring Deniz Tek & Ron Asheton. (2LP / CD). These were followed in 2020 by two releases by The Flamin’ Groovies – “Between The Lines: The Complete Jordan/Wilson Songbook 1971-81” and revamp of EMI’s “I’ll Have A… Bucket Of Brains: The Original 1972 Rockfield Recordings For U.A.”. 2021 has just seen the release of the very long-awaited anthology from legendary late ’70s Sydney high energy-outfit The Lipstick Killers, “Strange Flash: Studio & Live ’78-81”.
Stay tuned for more rock’n’roll, from Grown Up Wrong!