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                               THE WAREHOUSE RATS (1977) Springs                                -------------------------------                                                         |          |         |        |                                    JONATHAN      DION    KEVIN   CHRISTOPHER                                   HANDLEY     "SHORTY"  SACCE     WRIGHT                                          vocals,      COETZEE  drums     guitar                                          guitar        bass                                                         |          |                                                 +----------+                               | Niall Bell introduces         SLITHER (1977) Springs Dave Davies to Jonathan       ----------------------------------------                                                |          |         |        |        |                           JONATHAN      DAVE     NIALL     DION     JOHN                           HANDLEY       DAVIES   BELL      COETZEE  GRIFFITH                           vocals,       vocals   drums     bass     keyboards                           guitar         |     (see below)           V                               |          |                          changed his name to                               |          |                          John Ireland and                                +----------+                          recorded 5 albums                               |                                     between 1978 & 1986 Dave Davies gives David       THE RADIO RATS (Sept 1977 - Dec 1977)  Parkin the nickname 'Herbie'  --------------------------------------- and it sticks.                |          |         |        |       |                           JONATHAN     DAVE      DAVID   JULIAN  LIONEL The Radio Rats are        HANDLEY      DAVIES   "HERBIE"  PLATT  INGRAM influenced by Iggy & The  vocals,      vocals    PARKIN   drums  guitar Stooges, David Bowie,     guitar         |        bass      | The Rolling Stones,           |          |         |        | Dr. Feelgood, The Sex         +----------+---------+--------+ Pistols and others.           |                                 THE RADIO RATS (Feb 1978 - Jun 1978)                    SAFARI SUITS (1978-79)                               -------------------------------                         ----------------------------------------                               |          |         |        |                         |          |         |        |        |                           JONATHAN     DAVE      HERBIE   JULIAN                    STEVE      PAUL      GRAHAM   JEFF     GUILLAME                                       HANDLEY      DAVIES    PARKIN   PLATT                     MONI       JARVIS    HANDLEY  KNIGHT   GAP (aka Rossouw)                           vocals,      vocals     bass    drums                     vocals,    guitar    bass     drums    vocals                           guitar         |         |                                guitar       |         |        |        |                               |          |         |                                  |          |         |        V        +--------> HOUSEWIVE'S                               +----------+---------+                                  +----------)---------+      replaced              CHOICE,                               |                                                       |          |                by Richard            RUDE DEMENTALS                               THE RADIO RATS (Jun 1978) 2 gigs                        |          v                Devey in 79                               -------------------------------                         |        THE NEWS         (see Steve Louw tree)                               |          |         |        |                         |                           JONATHAN     DAVE      HERBIE   GORDON                      |                           HANDLEY      DAVIES    PARKIN   TRICKER                     |                           vocals,      vocals     bass    drums                       |                           guitar         |         |                                  |                               |          |         |                                  |                               +----------+---------+                                  |                               |                                                       |                               THE RADIO RATS (Jun 1978 - Oct 1978)                    |                               -------------------------------                         | Recorded 'Into The Night      |          |         |        |                         | We Slide' during August   JONATHAN     DAVE      HERBIE   LEONARD                     | & September 1978. Album   HANDLEY      DAVIES    PARKIN   DIXON                       | released in October 1978. vocals,      vocals     bass    drums                       | 'ZX Dan' single released  guitar         |         |                                  | in December 1978. Hit         |          |         |                                  | No.2 spot on 5FM in January   +----------+---------+                                  | 1979.                         |                                                       |                               THE RADIO RATS (Jan 1979 - March 1979)                  |                               -------------------------------                         |                               |          |         |        |                         |                           JONATHAN     DAVE      HERBIE   MICHAEL                     |                           HANDLEY      DAVIES    PARKIN  "BUBBLES"                    |                           vocals,      vocals     bass    STEVENTON                   |                           guitar         |         |       drums                      |                               |          |         |                                  |                               +----------+---------+                                  |                               |                                                       | This line-up played at        THE RADIO RATS (April 1979 - Sept 1979)                 |   CORPORAL PUNISHMENT (1978-79) Roger Lucey's wedding on      ----------------------------------------                |   ----------------------------------- 21st April 1979.              |          |         |        |        |                |   |            |          |         |                           JONATHAN     DAVE      HERBIE   LLOYD    PIERRE             | CARL          JAMES     MARK       CHRIS   June 1979: recorded       HANDLEY      DAVIES    PARKIN   ROSS     DE SADE (Vos)      | RAUBENHEIMER PHILLIPS  BENNETT    HATTINGH 'Crazy Caroline' &        vocals,      vocals     bass    guitar   drums              | bass          vocals,   piano      drums 'Rocket Road'.            guitar         |         |        |                         |   |           guitar      |                               |          |         |        |                         |   |            |          |                               +----------+---------+--------+                         | +-+------------+----------+                               |                                                       | |                               THE RADIO RATS (Sept 1979 - Oct 1979)                   | |                                                    ----------------------------------------                | |  ASYLUM KIDS (1980-1982)                                               |          |         |        |        |                | |  ------------------------                           JONATHAN     DAVE      HERBIE   LLOYD   O' HENRY            | |  |          |           |                                    HANDLEY      DAVIES    PARKIN   ROSS    (Henry Jantzen)     | | ROBBI     STEVE       DINO                                  vocals,      vocals     bass    guitars  drums              | | ROBB      HOWELLS     ARCHON                           guitar         |         |        |        |  +-------------+ | vocals    drums       bass                               |          |         |        |        |  |               | guitar      |                               +----------+---------+- - - - ) - - - -+- ) - - - - - - +-+---)---------+                               |                             +-----------)--+          |     +---------------------------> TRIBE AFTER TRIBE, THREE FISH 19th May 1980: recorded       THE RADIO RATS (Nov 1979 - Oct 1981)      |  |          CORPORAL PUNISHMENT (1980-1982) 'To The Watertower' LP        -------------------------------           |  |          ----------------------------------------------------   (never released)              |          |         |        |           |  |          |           |        |            |        |       | 25th April 1981: recorded JONATHAN     DAVE      HERBIE  O' HENRY       |  |         CARL       HERBIE   O' HENRY then STEVE    MARK    JAMES 'Erase' & 'Liza Come      HANDLEY      DAVIES    PARKIN   drums         |  |      RAUBENHEIMER  PARKIN    drums        HOWELLS  BENNETT PHILLIPS Down'                     vocals,      vocals     bass      |           |  |      vocals, bass  guitar     |           drums    piano   vocals, Sept 1981: recorded 'Big  guitar         |         |        |           |  |          +-----------+        |         (see below) |      guitar Wham Bam' & 'Welcome To My    |          |         +-----+  +           |  +----------+           |        |                     |       | Car' (written in 1977 and     +----------)---------------)--)-----------+       +-----)-----------+--------)---------------------+-------+ also recorded by James        |          +---------------+  +-------------------)--+--)-----------+--------+                                         Phillips).                    |                          |                      |  |  |                                                                                                       POP GUNS (1980-81)         +----------------------+  |  RUBBISH (1980) Cape Town                                                                          -------------------------------                   |  |  --------------------------------                                                                |          |         |        |                   |  |  |         |          |         |                                                                                       JONATHAN    GRAHAM     STEVE    LARRY                 |  | WAYNE     MARK       LLOYD     PETER                                                                 HANDLEY     HANDLEY    MONI     FRIEDBURG             |  | RAATH   v NIEKERK    ROSS      BARNETT                                                        vocals,     bass       guitar   drums                 |  | guitar    bass       guitar    drums                                                           guitar                   |        |                   |  |  |                (see below)   |                                                        |                    |        +---> TIM PARR BAND |  |  +-------> ILLEGAL GATHERING    +------> RUDE DEMENTALS                                 |                    +------------> NATIONAL WAKE |  |                                                                                          |          +--------------------------------------+  |                                                                                          |          |                                         |                                                                                          |          SUBURBAN BLANK BOYS (early 80s)           +-------------------+                                                                      |          ------------------------------------------------------        |                                                                      |          |         |         |          |         |           |        |                                                                        |         DAVE      GARY     JAMES      MARK       CARL       HERBIE     |                                                                      |         DAVIES   RATHBONE  PHILLIPS  BENNETT  RAUBENHEIMER  PARKIN     |                                                                      |         vocals    vocals   guitar     piano      bass       drums      |                                                                      |          |                   |          |                     |        |                                                                      +----------+                   |          +------------+--------+--------+                               |                              |                       | via THE CHAUFFERS (1983/84)   |                              |                       THE SOFTIES (1982 - 1986)       and THE GLEE CLUB        |                              |                       ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                               |                              +----------+            |          |         |         |            |         |             |           |           |  Recorded 'Padded Room' single TITUS GROAN (1985) Boksburg               |          HERBIE      TRACY    MARK       O' HENRY    SHORTY    HANNEPOOT     ANDRE        LEON  then WINSTON <---- THE DYNAMICS                               --------------------------------          |          PARKIN     BENNETT  BENNETT     drums       COETZEE   VAN TONDER    "VAN"       vd MERWE    NYAUNDA                               |          |         |        |           |          bass       keyboards piano       |            sax     trombone     van NIEKERK   sax        alto sax                           JONATHAN     DAVE      DAVE     PETER         |            |                    |         |                      |            bass                     |                           HANDLEY      DAVIES    ALLEN    PEYERI        |            +------> got married |         +---> died 1982 in a   |             |                       |                           vocals,      vocals    bass     drums         | via                 and moved to|               mining accident  |             +-----> died 1995       +-------> WINSTONS JIVE MIX-UP (1986)                           guitar         |     (see below)              | ILLEGAL GATHERING,  Sweden      |                                |                               |          |                              | CHERRY FACED LURCHERS           |     via WINSTONS JIVE MIX-UP   |                               +----------+                              +-------------+-------------------+--------------------------------+                               |                                                       |                                         |                                                       BERNOLDUS NIEMAND en DIE SWART GEVAAR (1989)       GEREFORMEERDE BLUES BAND (1989)Recorded 'Via Dolorosa' in     THE RADIO RATS (1988)                                   ----------------------------------------           ----------------------------------------------- Boksburg in 1988. Cassette    ---------------------                                   |          |          |         |      |           |          |          |           |           | only release.                 |          |        |                                BERNOLDUS   HANNEPOOT   STEVE     LEE    MARK       JANNIE     WILLEM      GARY       JOHANNES    KARLA  <-------KHAKI MONITOR                           JONATHAN     DAVE      GIL                               NIEMAND     VAN TONDER  HOWELLS  EDWARDS BENNETT  "Hannepoot"  MOLLER    HERSELMAN    KERKORREL   KRIMPELIEN                           HANDLEY      DAVIES   MARAIS-                            (aka JAMES  trombone    drums     bass   piano     VAN TONDER (MENEER   (PIET PERS) (RALPH RABIE) (TONIA SELLEY)                           vocals,      vocals  GILCHRIST                           PHILLIPS)     |          |                |          drums,    VOLUME)     bass,       vocals,    vocals                           guitar,        |      guitar                             vocals,       |          |                |         trombone   guitars     drums      keyboards     |                             bass         |        |                                guitar        |          |                |           |          |          |           |           +-------------------> BLUES BROERS,                                |          |        |                                   |          |          |                |           +----------+----------+           +----> died 12th November 2002    PRESSURE COOKIES,                               |          |        |                                   |          |          |                |           |                                                                   RODRIGUEZ & BIG SKY                                      |          |        |                                   |          |          |                |           |        Bernoldus Niemand, Die Gereformeerde Blues Band            (see below)                                +----------+--------+-----------------------------------+----------+----------+----------------)-----------+        and Koos Kombuis embarked on the historic 'VoŽlvry'                               |                                                                                              +-----------+        Tour in 1989.Recorded 'Big Beat' LP in      THE RADIO RATS (1990 - 1991)                                                                    Live       | 1990, released 1991 on        ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - - - - -       | Shifty Records.               |          |         |           |          |          |           |          |          |         |       +------------------+                           JONATHAN     DAVE      HANNEPOOT   STEVE       GIL       WILLEM       GARY       LLOYD      JAMES    JIMMY                        |                           HANDLEY      DAVIES    VAN TONDER  HOWELLS    MARAIS-    MOLLER     HERSELMAN    ROSS     PHILLIPS   FLORENCE                     |                           vocals,      vocals    trombone    drums     GILCHRIST   guitar      guitar     guitars,  keyboards  keyboards <-----THE DYNAMICS |                            bass          |       drums                  guitar       |           |        keyboards    |                                    |                               |          |         |                      |          | producing +-----+               V                                    |                               +----------+---------)----------------------+          +----------+      |             died 31 July 1995                      |                               |                    +-------> Toured Europe with Dutch band      |      |                                                    |                               |                              THE BOB COLORS, then the BLUES     |      |                                                    |                               |                              BROERS in 1995/96, JAZZ WORKSHOP +-)------+----------------------------------------------------+                               |                              BIGGISH BAND in 2001 >-----------+ |                                                           | Recorded 'Theatre of          THE RADIO RATS (1995)                                             RODRIGUEZ South African Tour March 1998                     |  Electric Chairs' aka         -------------------------------                                   -------------------------------------------------------     |  'Radio Rats 4'.              |          |         |        |                                   |             |         |        |         |          |     |  This band also                           JONATHAN     DAVE       GIL     NIALL <---- Originally in Slither   RODRIGUEZ     WILLEM    TONIA    GRAEME    RUSSEL     REUBEN  |  backed Steve Louw                           HANDLEY      DAVIES  GILCHRIST  BELL        with Jonathan & Dave    vocals,       MOLLER    SELLEY   CURRIE    TAYLOR     SAMUELS |  (Big Sky) as the                           vocals,      vocals    guitar   drums       in 1977 (see above)     guitar        guitar    vocals,   bass     keyboards  drums   |  support for                              bass         |                                                                    |      percussion                             |  Rodriguez in '98.                               |          |                                                                    |         |                                   |  (see Steve Louw tree)                               +----------+                                                      +-------------+         +-----------------------------------+                               |                                                                 |                                                           | Recorded 'Music For Funerals' THE RADIO RATS (2001)                                             BIG SKY live 2002/2003                                      |                               -------------------------------                                   ----------------------------------------------------        |                               |          |         |        |                                   |             |           |            |           |        |                           JONATHAN     DAVE      DAVE     RIAAN                               STEVE         WILLEM      PETER       SCHALK       SIMON      |                           HANDLEY      DAVIES    ALLEN    ESTERHUIZEN                         LOUW          MOLLER      COHEN       JOUBERT      ORANGE     |                           vocals,      vocals    guitar   drums                               vocals,       guitar      drums        bass       keyboards   |                           bass                     ^                                          guitar          |                                             |                                                     |                                                          |                                             |                                                    +---- from TITUS GROAN (1985)                +-------------+---------------------------------------------+                                                                                                 |                                                                                                 BLOMKRAG (2003)                                                                                                 ----------------------------- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -                        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vocals                                                                                               drums            bass                     congas

Weblinks:

The Radio Rats - Legends of SA Rock

Herbie Parkin's Radio Rats Tribute website

Johannes Kerkorrel

James Phillips

Rodriguez

©2002-2009 Brian Currin.

A portion of this Family Tree was published in the booklet included in the
CD re-issue of Into The Night We Slide in January 2003.

 

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