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George (band)

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Background information
OriginBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
Years active1996–2005
(Reunions: 2016–2017, 2021)
LabelsFestival Mushroom
Past membersKatie Noonan
Tyrone Noonan
Paulie Bromley
Geoff Green
Nick Stewart
Geoff Hooton
James Stewart

George (stylised as george) were an Australian rock band from Brisbane, Queensland. The band's first album, Polyserena, reached No. 1 on the Australian charts on 17 March 2002.[1]


For most of george's career, the band consisted of Katie Noonan on vocals and keyboards, her brother Tyrone Noonan on vocals, guitar and keyboards, Geoff Green on drums and percussion, Paulie Bromley on bass guitar and Nick Stewart on guitar. Geoff Hooton, a bass guitar player, left the band in early 2000 and was replaced by Bromley. The band was originally founded by the Noonans, Stewart and Stewart's twin brother James Stewart. The latter would leave the band early on, however, to pursue a career in acting.[2]

The Noonans formed the nucleus of the band, doing most of the songwriting and lead vocals. Stewart also contributed to many of the band's tunes. The Noonans grew up with a background in classical music; their mother, Maggie Noonan, is a well-known opera singer. Katie Noonan studied opera and jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium.

Stewart grew up listening to and playing rock music. Bromley played in the underground Brisbane rock band Pangaea with Ben Ely of Regurgitator. Green studied music at the Queensland University of Technology.


The band were formed in 1996 to enter a university music competition. They released a series of independent EPs, namely George in 1998, You Can Take What's Mine in 1999 and Bastard Son/Holiday in 2000. Bastard Son/Holiday peaked at number 74 on the ARIA chart.[3] The EPs did progressively better, earning good airplay on Triple J radio and community radio stations across Australia.[citation needed] George were also winning a strong live following throughout Australia.[citation needed]

George signed with Festival Mushroom Records in mid-2001. "Special Ones" was the first single released on Festival Records, followed by "Run" in October 2001 and "Breathe in Now" in February 2002. From this time the band toured heavily.

The band's first album, Polyserena, debuted at No. 1 on the national album charts in its first week; George became only the tenth Australian band to do this with a debut album.[4] Polyserena was certified double platinum and spent 36 weeks in the top 50.[1]

In January 2003, the band joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra over two nights (23 and 25) to perform Concerto for Group and Orchestra by Jon Lord. The band is the only rock group other than Deep Purple to perform the piece. It was typical of the band's eclectic approach combining classical, rock, funk, jazz and even electronic music.[citation needed]

George released the album Unity in February 2004 and it debuted at No. 5 on the Australian album chart of 1 March 2004. Katie Noonan said on the band's website that the title reflected the band's approach on the album. "That family vibe brings a closeness and honesty that permeates what we do. Collectively and individually, we've been through a great period of change and growth. Knowing we can look to each other for strength brings comfort and solidarity. We have all been through the same thing and there's an incredible sense of union from that experience - that's what being in a band's about."[5]

George performed live in Brisbane on 22 December 2004.[6] Following this, the band took a break while individual members attended to their own projects. While there were no immediate plans to regroup and perform, or to record new material, the band intended to make a comeback at some stage. The band reformed for a performance on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House on 27 January 2005.

In 2016, the band was announced to perform at Victoria's Queenscliff Music Festival, the band's first performance in 11 years.[7] The band also put on a 20th-anniversary celebration at the Concert Hall, QPAC, during the Brisbane Festival on 9 September 2016.[8] Following their performance at Taronga Zoo in 2017, the group once again folded and returned to their individual careers.

In 2021, the band announced a reunion to play a residency at the Brisbane Powerhouse to play Polyserena in its entirety.[9]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Polyserena 1
  • Released: February 2004
  • Label: Festival Mushroom (337605)
  • Formats: CD, CD+ DVD

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected details
Title Album details
The Essential Hits
The Early Years
  • Released: 28 September 2016
  • Label: George
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title EP details Peak chart positions
  • Sometimes referred to as Homebrew
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: CD
You Can Take What's Mine
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: self-released (GEO-100)
  • Formats: CD
Bastard Son/Holiday
  • Released: November 2000
  • Label: Shock (369036)
  • Formats: CD


Title Year Chart positions Album
"Special Ones" 2001 29 Polyserena
"Run" 27
"Breathe in Now" 2002 29
"Breaking It Slowly" 43
"Still Real" 2004 37 Unity

Awards and nomination[edit]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards are annual awards, which recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. george have been nominated for 8 awards.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2001 "Special Ones" Breakthrough Artist - Single Nominated
2002 Polyserena Album of the Year Nominated
Best Group Nominated
Best Pop Release Nominated
Breakthrough Artist – Album Won
David Nicholas and george for Polyserena Producer of the Year Nominated
Chris Von Sanden for Polyserena Best Cover Art Nominated
2004 Unity Best Adult Contemporary Album Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d "ARIA Charts". Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  2. ^ Young, David (19 September 2022). "Katie Noonan on 'Polyserena' Anniversary: "We Were a Bunch of Hippies From Brisbane"". Music Feeds. Evolve Media. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  3. ^ "ARIA Report Week Commencing 8th January 2001" (PDF). webarchive.nla.gov.au. Archived from the original on 20 February 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "The ARIA Report - WEEK COMMENCING: 11th March 2002 Issue No: 628" (PDF). webarchive.nla.gov.au. 11 March 2002. Archived from the original on 13 March 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Official website". Archived from the original on 11 January 2004. Retrieved 2 March 2004.
  6. ^ Official website Archived 2 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "THE PURGE #150". auspOp. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  8. ^ Nathanael Cooper, "Brisbane band george reunite for one night at Brisbane Festival", Brisbane Times, 29 June 2016
  9. ^ "Aussie Indie Darlings george Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of Seminal Album 'Polyserena' With A Series Of Brisbane Concerts". Scenestr. Eyeball Media. 23 March 2021. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  10. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  12. ^ "ARIA Report Week Commencing 22 January 2001" (PDF). webarchive.nla.gov.au. Archived from the original on 20 February 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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