Clifford Hoad founded his band in late 1983 after putting a band together & bringing his younger brother Jeff Hoad down to Sydney from Gold Coast to take the role as the singer. The band then included Bob Spencer on guitar, Marlon Holden on bass & Clifford Hoad on drums. Cliff had met Bob Spencer ex skyhooks/Finch in Brisbane during the making of his Drouyn Drumkit! The band was first called the Young Lions, after some member changes Cliff finally renamed his band KINGS OF THE SUN after seeing the movie KINGS OF THE SUN with Yul Brenner on daytime television one day in Sydney's Tamarama where the band resided.
The band then continued with Bob rejoining & a new bass player John McKinnon. Many changes came through to the original lineup including new guitarist recruits Tommy Poulter then Ron Thiesson from the Uncanny Xmen. Clifford's Band finally settled with Glenn Morris on guitar & Anthony Ragg on bass & his younger brother Jeff on vocals & guitar.
This band went on to become one of the most talked about, and loved, hard rock acts Australia has ever produced internationally.The band signed to Mushroom Records with their first release “Bottom Of My Heart” which enjoyed chart success, music clip and an appearance on countdown in 1986.
On the strength of their exciting live act, KINGS OF THE SUN were signed to RCA Records, New York by Simon Lowe for 4yrs in 1987 making their classic debut first album self titled KINGS OF THE SUN produced by Eddie Kramer (Hendrix, Led Zeppelin & Kiss). Included were the singles and videos, “Serpertine” & “Black Leather” (which was banned on MTV for being too risqué).
Strong chart success, a USA tour followed by a European tour with KISS in 1988, strengthened their profile and secured their place amongst the rock and roll heavy weights.
Living in Malibu Beach California, the Hoad brothers Cliff and Jeff set out to write their second album in 1990, FULL FRONTAL ATTACK.
Second album, Cliff say’s is their finest, boasted two singles. First "Drop the Gun", a rock n roll classic.
Held position in the charts for 6 weeks teetering on the edge as RCA Records closed their doors in a corporate take over by BMG Records.
Second single “LOCK ME UP’”. Bad timing still didn't dim their blazing light as US and Australian tours followed. Strong enough to be granted a third album from BMG Records, New York.
RESURRECTION, their third album their final statement. An excellent and now hard to find CD was never released in the USA. Now re-released as AIRBORN LOVE SPIRITS ! They returned to Australia in late 1993 and released a single and video “ROAD TO NOWHERE” and a second single “TRAPPED INSIDE YOUR HEART”.
Australian tour with Jimmy Barnes in 1996.
Cliff and Jeff recorded fourth album unreleased DADDY WAS A HOBO MAN ! (Well, now it is!!)
Toured with Sammy Hagar in Australia, in 2000, for the KINGS final hurrah.
Unfortunately Jeffrey Hoad, has decided to never play with KINGS OF THE SUN again. He has his reasons no doubt, which I will never understand . This has left me deeply saddened & at a great loss. Life is full of changes, these are mine ! Jeff's talent & presence can't be replaced , though the only person who can sing our songs with any conviction & authority .......... is myself !!! I've thought long & hard over this, having to juggle my love of the drums at the same time ! I have come up with the only answer !, sharing the drum chores with another drummer, like a co-driver in a rally car. He holds down the fort as I scout the perimeter out front, then back to the kit for some synchronized time keeping , flash KOTS drum fills , big endings etc..........
I have chosen the 2nd drummer very carefully & will be announcing him shortly. He has the right heavy feel that SWINGS for the job. TWO DRUMMERS , there is nothing that can compete with this power. I will be singing out the front & from behind the kit. I CAN'T WAIT to take on this very demanding gigantuan position & kick some serious ROCK N ROLL ARSE !!! NOW ....lets all have some fucking fun ! THERE IS A LOTTA NEW MATERIAL COMING YOUR WAY, SO STAY TUNED!
Clifford Hoad in 2010 picked up from where he left off now alone forming a New KINGS OF THE SUN band producing a highly anticipated new album in 2013 March featuring himself now as the Lead Singer on the new KOTS album.
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