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The Zimmermen

A pun on Bob Dylan's real name, Robert Zimmermen, Australian country-rock outfit The Zimmermen are best remembered for their standout hit "Don't Go to Sydney".


John Dowler formed The Zimmermen in June 1983, they found immediate success on the Melbourne pub-circuit where they supported such acts as the Hoodoo Gurus and the Sunnyboys.

At the end of 1984, band members Steve Connolly and Michael Barclay left to join the Paul Kelly Band (which became the Coloured Girls the following year). Guitarist Peter Tulloch and drummer Graeme Perry replaced them for the group's debut single, "Don't Go to Sydney", released in January 1985.

The band was plagued with issues for a couple of years, with lineup changes and re-recording of tracks. They released the single "What Really Hurts" in February 1989, followed by the album Way Too Casual.


A final national tour followed before The Zimmermen disbanded in 1990.




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