Australian Guitar

FROM THE VAULT: A VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH MIKE WEILEY OF SPY VS SPY

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Spy vs Spy, also known as v. Spy v. Spy, The Drug Grannies and The Spies, are an Australian ska/pub-rock band from Sydney, formed in 1981. They became known for tackling political issues through their music including racism, homelessne­ss and contempora­ry drug culture.

Aside from Midnight Oil, Spy vs Spy are arguably one of Australia’s most politicall­y charged rock bands. While Midnight Oil’s politics were those of conscience, Spy vs Spy were outspoken representa­tives of the street. Primarily, they started out as the voice of the homeless squatters of early ‘80s Sydney, but their songs spoke for everyone who felt under the thumb of ‘ The System’. They told stories polite Australia didn’t necessaril­y want told, and they told them unforgivin­gly. We caught up with guitarist and songwriter Mike Weiley at one of their gigs, and even captured a bit of live footage.

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