Bang Shang a Lang

Bang Shang a Lang (BSL) are an Australian pub rock band. Four members were in other bands in the local music scene from the late 1970s through to the 1990s. Murray Cook on guitar and vocals and Mark Mulligan on guitar and lead vocals were previously members of Finger Guns in 1986, which issued a single, "Heartman Is Breathing", in that year. Bruce Carter, on drums, and Cook were both members of the Transistors. Keyboard player, Richard Stevens, hails from Leeds, England. Clyde Bramley, their bass guitarist, was a member of the Hitmen (1978), the New Christs (1980–81), the Angie Pepper Band (ca. 1982) and Hoodoo Gurus (1982–88).[1]

Bang Shang a Lang
Also known asBSL
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
GenresAustralian pub rock
Associated acts
  • Finger Guns
  • the Transistors
Past members
  • Richard Stevens
  • Mark Alchin

Cook formed a children's music group, the Wiggles, in 1991.[2] After the Wiggles formed, Cook would periodically play with Bang Shang a Lang when available.[3] In mid-2000 Mark Alchin joined the group on bass guitar (ex-the Transistors, the Clones).[4] BSL released a CD, Unreal, Orange Peel!, in 2006. Of its eleven tracks, four are originals written by Mulligan and seven are cover versions.[5][6] By 2012 the line-up of Bang Shang a Lang was Bramley, Carter, Cook and Mulligan.[7]


  • Clyde Bramley – bass guitar, vocals
  • Bruce Carter – drums, vocals
  • Murray Cook – guitar, vocals
  • Mark Mulligan – guitar, lead vocals
  • Richard Stevens – keyboards, vocals
  • Mark Alchin – bass guitar


  1. ^ Holmgren, Magnus; Georgieff, Didier; Hartung, Stephan. "Hoodoo Gurus". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. ^ Cowle, June (10 November 2013). "Sunday Brunch – Murray Cook". ABC Sydney. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  3. ^ Ball, Magdalena (23 June 2004). "Interview with Murray Cook of the Wiggles". Preschool Entertainment. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  4. ^ Klepac, Ariana (7 November 2010). "Part 3: Interview with Mark Alchin 2009". Stark Raving Mod. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Bang Shang a Lang – Evolution of the Species". The Sphere Organization (Eric Carlini). Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  6. ^ "'Bang Shangalang Christmas' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 11 September 2017. Note: For additional work user may have to select 'Search again' and then 'Enter a title:' or 'Performer:'
  7. ^ Sadlier, Kevin (2 December 2012). "No more giggles, Red calls it a day". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 11 September 2017.

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