Brian Mannix

Brian Mannix (born 7 October 1961 in Melbourne) is an Australian rock music singer and actor. He is best known as the lead singer of 1980s band Uncanny X-Men.


Early life[]

Mannix won a 'beauty contest' in his childhood after being entered by a family friend, claiming the title Mr Ocean Grove 1971.[citation needed]

1981–1987: Uncanny X-Men[]

From 1981 to 1987, Mannix was the lead singer of 1980s band Uncanny X-Men. The band released two top twenty albums. Uncanny X-Men are known for their hits such as "The Party", "How Do You Get Your Kicks?", "50 Years" and "Everybody Wants to Work".

In 2006, Uncanny X-Men performed in the Countdown Spectacular and at the 2006 AFL Grand Final.[citation needed]

1988-present: solo career[]

Mannix was also a regular on the ABC1 television quiz show Spicks and Specks where he usually played on Myf Warhurst's team. Mannix appeared as a contestant on Channel 7's series of Dancing with the Stars in its twelfth season during 2012 where he came fifth with professional dance partner Melanie Hooper.[1]

In 2016, Mannix was cast as "Buddy," a leading role in the successful stage musical We Will Rock You based on the music of Queen and written by Ben Elton. The musical ran for six months straight from 30 April to 30 October 2016, first at Sydney's Lyric Theatre, followed by the Lyric Theatre at Brisbane's QPAC, and the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, where it closed with a spectacular performance on Sunday, 30 October 2016.

On Tuesday, 29 November 2016, Mannix announced he would be releasing a new single. The song, "Won't Be Home for Christmas" was co-written by Steve Harrison, a co-founder of the Uncanny X-Men, about "20 years ago" according to Mannix. It was released on 9 December 2016.[citation needed]

Brian Mannix has a show on Perth's Mix 94.5 every weekday from 12pm to 1pm called "Generation 80's". Mannix tells the stories and Dean Claires plays the tunes.[citation needed]

Mannix lives in Airport West, Victoria and is married to Susan Mannix (née Hebbard) and has two children, Casey and Max Mannix.[citation needed]

Film appearances and cameo roles[]

Absolutely 80s tour and career revival[]

Mannix had more recent attention for his Absolutely 80's tour.[4] Beginning in 2006, the tour plays at venues around Australia and features other popular eighties stars and bands such as Boom Crash Opera, Kids in the Kitchen, The Black Sorrows, The Choirboys and Wa Wa Nee. The Absolutely 80's concept has continued through 2018.[4]

Mannix furthered his career revival by providing the vocals for an EDM song "F**K (Yeah!)" by DJ Paddy Duke.[5]

Awards and nominations[]

Countdown Australian Music Awards[]

Countdown was an Australian pop music TV series on national broadcaster ABC-TV from 1974–1987, it presented music awards from 1979–1987, initially in conjunction with magazine TV Week. The TV Week / Countdown Awards were a combination of popular-voted and peer-voted awards.[6]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1985 himself Most Popular Male Performer Nominated


  1. ^ Melanie Hooper
  2. ^ "Good Vibrations". 1 January 2000 – via IMDb.
  3. ^ "Ricky! The Movie". 1 January 2010 – via IMDb.
  4. ^ a b "Tour Dates". Popshop. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  5. ^ "F**k Yeah! (feat. Brian Mannix) - Single by Paddy Duke on Apple Music". 5 October 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Countdown to the Awards" (Portable document format (PDF)). Countdown Magazine. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). March 1987. Retrieved 16 December 2010.

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