The Porkers
Background Information
A.K.A. The Pork Hunts
Origin Newcastle, Australia
Genre Ska Punk
Years active 1987-present
Label(s) Sound System
Moon Ska
Pete Cooper
Phil "Bigfil" Barnard
Justin Lipscombe
Dave "Darvid" Power
Dave Billings
Former Members
Rodney "Rocket" Palmer
David "Gutsy" Gale
Jeremy "Dr. J" Griffiths
Lucian "Lou" McGuiness
Richard "Pucko" Puxty
Tomi Kefichek
Donny Anarchy
David Kelly
Robert "Tess" Tickle
Tony "Big T" Collins
James Davis
Kim Pink
Ian Dunn
John McIvor
Shane Simmonds
Paul Woseen
Chris Masuak
Chris Fegan
Pedro "Prof. Sex Peter"
Dave Power
Martin McLaughlin
Ben Coles
Ben "Dutchy" Holland
Rob Parkes
Fred Feletti
Tara Doyle

The Porkers are a ska punk band from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.


Formed in 1987 as The Pork Hunts, the band was eventually forced to change its name to the less offensive-sounding Porkers in 1990 after their regular Newcastle venue refused to present them with their old name. Because of this, their first release was the 1990 EP entitled Tired of Being Pork Hunts, which reached #6 on the Australian independent charts.[1]

In 1994, their debut album Grunt! received rave reviews and entered the American market through Moon Ska Records. The album was a mixture of studio and live tracks, and included covers of Devo's Mongoloid and Radio Birdman's Aloha Steve and Danno.

The Porkers have toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Germany and Japan (a live album recorded in Japan was released in 2004). In Australia, they have supported groups such as No Doubt, Fishbone, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Rancid.

After 20 years, there have been numerous changes in the Porkers line-up, but two of the original members are still in the band: frontman Pete Cooper (aka Pete Porker) and Phil Barnard on saxophone.

Band MembersEdit

Current MembersEdit

  • Pete Cooper - Vocals
  • Phil "Bigfil" Barnard - Saxaphone
  • Justin Lipscombe - Bass
  • Dave "Darvid" Power - Guitar
  • Dave Billings - Drums

Former and Guest MembersEdit

  • Rodney "Rocket" Palmer - drums
  • David "Gutsy" Gale - guitar
  • Jeremy "Dr. J" Griffiths - trumpet
  • Lucian "Lou" McGuiness - trombone
  • Richard "Pucko" Puxty - guitar
  • Tomi Kefichek - bass
  • Donny Anarchy - drums
  • David Kelly - trumpet, keyboards
  • Robert "Tess" Tickle - trombone
  • Tony "Big T" Collins - bass
  • James Davis - keyboards
  • Kim Pink - saxophone
  • Ian Dunn - guitar
  • Lloyd - saxophone
  • John McIvor - guitar
  • Shane Simmonds - saxophone
  • Paul Woseen - bass
  • Chris Masuak - guitar
  • Chris Fegan - guitar
  • Pedro "Prof. Sex Peter" - saxophone
  • Dave Power - guitar
  • Martin McLaughlin - trumpet
  • Ben Coles - saxophone
  • Wayne - trombone
  • Nicola - trumpet
  • Ben "Dutchy" Holland - bass
  • Rob Parkes - trombone
  • Fred Feletti - percussion, vocals
  • Tara Doyle - vocals


  • Tired of Being Pork Hunts - EP (1990)
  • Grunt! (1994)
  • Not Bad, Pretty Good, Not Bad (1996)
  • Hit the Ground Running - EP (1996)
  • X-Factor - EP (1997)
  • Chemical Imbalance - EP (1997)
  • Hot dog Daiquiri (1998)
  • Perfect Teeth - EP (1998)
  • Too Big For Your Boots- EP (2000)
  • Time Will Tell (2000)
  • The Porkers vs Salmonelladub - EP (2001)
  • Buds for Brains - EP (2002)
  • Now Hear This - EP (2004)
  • Live at Nakanoshima (2005)
  • This is The Porkers (2007)
  • Persistence is Futile DVD(2009)


  1. The Porkers Story

External linksEdit

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