JAB was an Australian punk rock band formed in
Adelaidein 1976, with Bohdan X(often referred to simply as Bohdan) on guitar and vocals; Ash Wednesday playing bass guitar, synthesizerand tapes, and; Johnny Crash (Janis Friedenfelds) on drums and vocals. Bohdan was also the songwriterof the group, which took its name from the first initials of the founder members. They began as an experimental rockband, but adopted a punk style in 1977. They are regarded as the first Australian group to marry electronicaand a hard-edged guitar sound.
Bohdan recorded a solo single in late 1977, and the band relocated to
Melbournein August, joining the punk scene there and frequently playing live. Bob Stopa was recruited as a second guitarist and bassist Pierre Voltaire (Peter Sutcliffe) also joined (so that Wednesday could concentrate on keyboards). JAB signed to Suicide Recordsin January 1978, and two of their songs, "Blonde and Bombed" and "Let's Go" were included on the "Lethal Weapons" compilation album. The band broke up in August 1978. Wednesday and Crash joined the first line-up of The Models and Bohdan became a broadcaster.
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