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There are 3 groups called The Hitmen.

1) Hands Up!-project from Germany. Members: Ronny Bibow (a.k.a Ron-Bon-Beat Project) & Michael Bein ( a. k. a Money-G or MG Traxx). Nowadays they have quitted the project, and both are now going on to their own projects.

2) UK New Wave band of the late 70s/early 80s led by Ben Watkins. They released two albums - Aim For The Feet (1980) and Torn Together (1981). The latter album contained the nearest thing they got to a real hit - “Bates Motel”, which was widely played on radio in the UK and featured on the newly-formed MTV in the States. Keyboard player Alan Wilder later joined Depeche Mode before going solo as Recoil. Sadly, none of their material is currently available on CD or legal download.

3) Sydney. The early 1980s. If you were a fan of live rock and roll and weren’t even peripherally aware of The Hitmen, you desperately needed someone to check your pulse. In fact, you didn’t even have to hail from Sydney - Australia’s most bombastic and cocksure rock outfit toured all over Australia. Relentlessly.

The Hitmen were originally an outgrowth of Radio Birdman, with most of its membership passing through the ranks of what was originally a party band.Their all-enduring member was frontman Johnny Kannis, whose Greek-Australian lineage didn’t preclude him from being a descendant of the Dictators’ Handsome Dick Manitoba and Elvis Presley. He leaned his stagecraft as Radio Birdman’s Master of Ceremonies and one-half of their back-up singers The Glutonics.


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