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There are two bands named The Reels.

1. The Reels was an Australian rock music group which performed and recorded between 1978 and 1991. Best known for the song “Quasimodo’s Dream”, they reformed in 2008.

2. The Reels are a Scorching Blues Trio From USA.

Early Days
The Reels originated with the group Native Son (Mason, Hooper, Bliss and Newham), which was formed in the country town of Dubbo, New South Wales and played in the area for about three years, mainly playing cover versions of current and classic hits. After moving to Sydney in 1978 they added Abrahams and changed the band’s name to The Brucelanders. They gradually developed an original repertoire of fast-paced, quirky pop and ska music, and their energetic performances gained them a strong following on the thriving east coast live music scene at that time. They were also given enormous support in Sydney by the ABC’s rock radio station Double J (which moved to the FM band and became Triple J in 1980).

In 1979 they secured a recording contract with the Australian branch of the Mercury Records label, changed their name to The Reels and released their debut single, “Love Will Find A Way”. This, and its follow-up “Prefab Heart”, combined with the band’s distinctive image, gained increasing attention with their music videos featured on the influential national TV pop show Countdown. These were followed by their self-titled debut album with producer Mark Opitz (The Angels, Cold Chisel).


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  • catsinspace

    can anyone read the chinese text for the song on "Beautiful"? everywhere just says "Japanese song" lol

    17 Feb 2:43pm Reply
  • BlackCoffeeDuck

    I love The (Aussie) Reels!!

    28 May 2010 Reply
  • henshintou

    Saw The (reformed Australian) Reels over the weekend and they were great. Dave Mason's acerbic sense of humour, the beautiful songs... much to enjoy.

    18 May 2009 Reply
  • TheReels

    Two bands have to share the name The Reels

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • TheReels

    Bare Bone is The Reels USA

    24 Sep 2008 Reply
  • julianknowles

    These musical examples are not the Australian band The Reels. Seems to be some blues band... Couldn't be more different!! Someone needs to disambiguate. Not sure how you do this with the music streams....

    5 Nov 2007 Reply

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