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John C. J. Taylor

John C. J. Taylor
Birth name John Charles James Taylor
Born 1951 (age 63–64)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, graphics designer, animator, filmmaker
Instruments Bass guitar, backing vocals
Years active 1968–present
Associated acts Soap, Llama, Hot Rocket, Uncle Bob's Band, Phones, Secret Police, Little Heroes, Routinos, Afterburner
Website John Taylor website

John Charles James Taylor (born 1951) is a musician, illustrator, animator and filmmaker from Australia. He was a founding member of Melbourne band Little Heroes in the early 1980s who achieved success in Australia with their single, "One Perfect Day".


John Charles James Taylor,[1] was born in 1951 and began performing in Sydney bands including Soap (1968–1969), Llama (1970–1971), Hot Rocket (1972–1973) and Uncle Bob's Band (1973–1976).[2]

As a member of Uncle Bob's Band he produced the original artwork for many of the band's promotional posters,[3] that placed him among street artists of the day including Chips MacInolty from the Sydney University who gave technical assistance in the Tin Sheds (Sydney University). Uncle Bob's Band moved to Melbourne[4] and Taylor established himself as a musician and artist when the band broke up in 1976. He produced art for the Tiger Room which later transformed into the Tiger Lounge and a comic strip Gigs of our Lives for the TAGG Gig Guide in Melbourne and Sydney. He also produced art for many Melbourne venues, radio stations, bands, record covers and concerts including Bananas, Hearts, 3RRR Radio Station, Phil Manning, Suicide Records, RMIT Storey Hall, The Astor Theatre and others.

Other Melbourne bands include "Phones" (1977–1978), "Secret Police" (1978–1979), "Little Heroes" (1979–1982) and "Routinos" (1982)[2] before concentrating on his illustration work. Whilst with Little Heroes he produced most of the art including their debut self-titled album.

Taylor completed a Post Graduate Diploma (Animation) Course at the Swinburne Film & Television School in 1985, his student film The Huge Adventures of Trevor, a Cat, won a number of awards including an AFI Award for 'Best Animated Film' in 1986.[5] He went on to produce many documentary films and videos including You're Fired (fire safety) and Here's Your Bike, Ed (bike education) both of which won Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) awards and an Australian Writers' Guild (AWGIE) scriptwriting award in 1992.

Taylor continues to perform, mainly in his home town Melbourne.


  1. ^ Mystery Girl' at APRA search engine"'".   Note: User may have to click 'Search again' and provide details at 'Enter a title:' e.g Mystery Girl; or at 'Performer:' Uncle Bobs Band
  2. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus. "Little Heroes".  
  3. ^ "Uncle Bob's Band Posters". Official Uncle Bob's Band website. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "The Original Uncle Bob's Band". Official Uncle Bob's Band website. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "AFI Award winners: non-feature categories 1958-2007".  

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