The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band

The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band

Melbourne based Jug/Pop/Rock band from 1971 - 1980.

Also known as Matchbox 1978 - 80.



The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band has 17 known members

Name Instruments Period
Jimmy Niven Keyboards
Jim Conway Harmonica/Kazoo/Whistles/Vocals
Fred Olbrei Violin/Vocals
Dave Flett Bass/Ukulele/Vocals
Geoff Hales Drums/Washboard
Mick Fleming Banjo/Mandolin
Jon Snyder Guitar
Eric McCusker Eric McCusker Guitar
Peter Muhleisen Bass
Louis McManus Fiddle/Mandolin/Guitar
Rick Ludbrook Lead Vocals/Guitar/Saxophone
Gordon McLean Drums
Tony Burkys Guitar/Bouzouki
Jeffrey Cheesman Guitar
Inge De Koster Violin
Dave Isom Guitar/Vocals
Mic Conway Lead Vocals/ Washboard/ Phonograph/ Horn/ Ukulele/ Jug

The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band discography - 11 recordings

Cover Title Type Release Year First Charted High Pos.
My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes by The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes
Single 1972 18/09/72 33
Smoke Dreams by The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Smoke Dreams
Album 1973 09/07/73 23
Matchbox Madness by The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Matchbox Madness
EP 1973
I Can't Dance (Got Ants In My Pants) B/W Jungle Dance
Single 1973
Wangaratta Wahine by The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Wangaratta Wahine
Album 1974 13/01/75 14
Your Feets Too Big B/W Wait For Me Juanita by The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Your Feets Too Big B/W Wait For Me Juanita
Single 1974
Wangaratta Wahine B/W Go Down Adam
Single 1974
Hernando's Hideaway B/W Down Undergroundsville
Single 1974
Australia by The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Australia
Album 1975 01/12/75 58
Australia B/W Christopher Columbus
Single 1975
Makin' Whoopee by The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Makin' Whoopee
Compilation Album 1976

19 Known Gigs for The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band

Date Venue City
Sunday 6th May 1973 Research Hall Eltham, VIC
Wednesday 5th December 1973 Royal Ballroom Melbourne, VIC
Ormond Hall, Prahran. VIC Saturday 22nd December 1973 Ormond Hall Prahran, VIC
Ormond Hall, Prahran. VIC Sunday 23rd December 1973 Ormond Hall Prahran, VIC
Ormond Hall, Prahran. VIC Sunday 10th March 1974 Ormond Hall Prahran, VIC
Ormond Hall, Prahran. VIC Tuesday 24th December 1974 Ormond Hall Prahran, VIC
Bombay Rock, Brunswick. VIC Friday 18th August 1978 Bombay Rock Brunswick, VIC
Friday 15th September 1978 Sentimental Bloke Bulleen, VIC
Sunday 12th November 1978 Parramatta Park Parramatta, NSW
Friday 9th February 1979 Torquay Hotel Torquay, VIC
Saturday 10th February 1979 Commodore Hotel Sandringham, VIC
Prospect Hill Hotel, Kew. VIC Saturday 24th February 1979 Prospect Hill Hotel

Afternoon show.

Kew, VIC
Thursday 14th June 1979 London Tavern Caulfield, VIC
Friday 15th June 1979 Commodore Hotel Sandringham, VIC
Saturday 16th June 1979 Caledonian Hotel Wonthaggi, VIC
Bombay Rock, Brunswick. VIC Friday 21st December 1979 Bombay Rock Brunswick, VIC
Sunday 13th February 1983 St George Budapest Soccer Club Mortdale, NSW
Sunday 13th February 1983 Pier One Dawes Point, NSW
Monday 14th February 1983 Rose, Shamrock & Thistle Rozelle, NSW