Johnny Diesel
Australian musician
Johnny Diesel
Mark Denis Lizotte, is an Australian musician, who has released material as leader of Johnny Diesel & the Injectors, under his birth name, or by the epithet Diesel. Two of his albums reached #1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Charts, Hepfidelity in 1992 and The Lobbyist in 1993. Since 1987, Diesel has played on several albums by rock singer, Jimmy Barnes.
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Diesel Live at the Quarry - WA today
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Singer and guitarist Diesel started out in Perth with his band Johnny Diesel and the Injectors, who performed live to audiences around the country and debuted at number 3 on the Australian charts. Today Diesel has released a number of gold and platinum
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Diesel fuelled by thirst for learning - inmycommunity
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Highlighting the irrelevancy of a label, it perfectly applies to Lizotte who has been publicly known as Johnny Diesel for most of his career, despite having no direct connection to the moniker. So, where did the title come from?
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2011 Official Music Month Summit - Scoop.co.nz (press release)
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During their tenure in Australia they managed Johnny Diesel & The Injectors, The Angels & The Poor as well as 16 years on the national Triple M radio network writing & presenting the specialist radio show “Homegrown”. As well as booking and promoting
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Diesel Celebrates 25 Years With New Album And Tour - Undercover Music News
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It has been a quarter of a century since the brooding singer assembled his first band, Johnny Diesel & The Injectors, and burst onto the Australian music scene with a top three debut album. Long known as Diesel, he has continued with hits of his own
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Diesel to play in Biloela - Central Telegraph
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The 44-year-old musician, who has won five ARIA music awards, was raised in Perth where he had a band Johnny Diesel and the Injectors, but moved to Sydney after taking up management by Brent Eccles, drummer for The Angels. Diesel was spotted by Jimmy
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Johnny Diesel
    FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 42
    Diesel made guest appearances on the Australian leg of Dweezil Zappa's 2009 Zappa Plays Zappa Tour, playing guitar and vocals after Ray White's departure from Zappa's group.
    More Details Hide Details Diesel has contibuted music to the 6 part "Bikies Wars: Brothers In Arms" drama series on Channel Ten. The first episode went to air on Tuesday 15 May 2012. Diesel's real name 'Mark Lizotte' is listed in the credits. as JOHNNY DIESEL & THE INJECTORS as JOHNNY DIESEL as DIESEL as WILSON/DIESEL as MARK LIZOTTE as DIESEL General Specific
  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 39
    In 2006, Diesel released Coathanger Antennae, an album recorded in two months.
    More Details Hide Details Of it, he said "We approached it like the Stones or the Beatles used to do where we'd just put down a few takes live and then picked the ones that we all felt good about", emphasising the focus on live recording rather than studio polishing. Days Like These appeared in September 2008.
  • 2004
    Age 37
    On 10 October 2004, Andrew Denton interviewed Barnes on the ABC TV program Enough Rope, Diesel then performed with Barnes and his children, Eliza Jane, Jackie and Elly May.
    More Details Hide Details Around the same time, Diesel released Singled Out. An entirely acoustic overview of his career, it earned an ARIA nomination. Over the same period, he also worked with Barnes on his Double Happiness, including a duet on the track "Got You as a Friend" and providing musical backing including guitar, drums, bass guitar, percussion and keyboards on various tracks.
  • 2002
    Age 35
    He returned to live in Australia in 2002, and released his next album Hear, under the Diesel moniker, in October.
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  • 1999
    Age 32
    He made a comeback to the Australian charts with his September 1999 album, Soul Lost Companion, which reached the top 20 and spawned the singles, "Dig" (top 20) and "Satellite".
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  • 1998
    Age 31
    In June 1998, Diesel signed with Mammoth Records under his birth name, Mark Lizotte.
    More Details Hide Details He returned briefly to Australia in November to perform at the Mushroom 25 Live concert alongside Wilson, Barnes and Vika and Linda.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 29
    Early in 1996, Diesel recorded the album Short Cool Ones with Melbourne blues musician Chris Wilson as Wilson Diesel, released in February.
    More Details Hide Details The project also featured drummer Angus Diggs, bass player Dean Addison and Bob Woolf on keyboards. Diesel supplied guitar, backing vocals and production skills on Richard Clapton's Angeltown, released in May. Following record production, guitar, backing vocals and song writing work on Vika and Linda's Princess Tabu album, released in October, Diesel went on hiatus. A greatest hits compilation Rewind - The Best Of also appeared in October. By year's end, he had moved to New York City, with his young family. To this point in his career, Diesel has sold over 800,000 records in Australia and won nine awards.
  • 1995
    Age 28
    He won the ARIA award for 'Best Male Artist' in 1995 - for the third consecutive time.
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  • 1994
    Age 27
    In May 1994, the Still Got a Long Way to Go four song EP was released credited to Jimmy Barnes With Diesel, the title track being lifted from Barnes' June album Flesh and Wood.
    More Details Hide Details This made #57 on the Australian charts, just outside the Top 50. Diesel's next album, Solid State Rhyme, appeared in November and featured the singles "All Come Together" (top 20), "Fifteen Feet of Snow" (top 30) and "Get it On". Solid State Rhyme was co-produced by Diesel and Craig Porteils - it was another commercial success, peaking at #10.
  • 1993
    Age 26
    The Lobbyist was a mix of new songs, re-workings of some Hepfidelity tracks and a couple of covers. Released in August 1993, it also hit #1 on the Australian charts, and Diesel won an ARIA award for 'Best Male Artist' again, in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details The album spawned three singles: "Miss Your Water" in July peaked at #12, but neither "Masterplan" in October nor "I've Been Loving You Too Long" in January 1994 reached the top 40.
    Diesel won ARIA awards for 'Best Album' and 'Best Male Artist' in 1993 from four nominations.
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  • 1992
    Age 25
    His next release, "Tip of My Tongue", appeared in February 1992, reaching #4 and becoming his highest charting single.
    More Details Hide Details It was followed a month later by his debut solo album, Hepfidelity, produced by Don Gehman and Manning, recorded in Los Angeles and Memphis. The album peaked at #1 on the ARIA charts and went on to sell more than 200,000 copies. A further two singles were issued, "Man Alive", in May, which reached the top 20, and "One More Time" in August, which did not enter the top 50.
    He undertook his solo Rock 'n' Soul Tour, early in 1992, with Kane Baker on drums, Leslie Barlow on backing vocals, Matthew Branton on guitar, Jim Hilbun on bass guitar (ex-The Angels) and Roger Mason on keyboards (Models).
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  • 1991
    Age 24
    In August 1991, as Johnny Diesel, his solo career was launched with the single "Love Junk", which peaked in the top 20.
    More Details Hide Details Diesel toured Australia with Barnes during the second half of the year. He had signed with EMI Music Australia and his second single, "Come to Me", was released in November under the epithet Diesel - subsequent releases saw him billed as Diesel until 1998 - which reached #8 on the singles charts. November also saw the release of Barnes' next album, Soul Deep, with Diesel on guitar and also duetting on the Sam Cooke cover "Bring It On Home to Me". Diesel left his management team of Eccles and John Woodruff.
    The single reached #11 on the ARIA singles chart Diesel decided to go solo and disbanded the group in early 1991.
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  • 1989
    Age 22
    Diesel appeared on Barnes' live album, Barnestorming in 1989 and worked with Barnes on his studio album, Two Fires, during 1990.
    More Details Hide Details In the meantime, the only recording from Johnny Diesel & the Injectors for the year was a cover of Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love" for the soundtrack to the Kylie Minogue film The Delinquents.
    It was the beginning of a long relationship between Diesel and Barnes, Diesel married Jep (Jane Barnes' sister) in 1989.
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  • 1988
    Age 21
    Diesel's band signed with Chrysalis Records and their eponymous debut album, Johnny Diesel & the Injectors, was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee with producer Terry Manning from August 1988 and released in March 1989.
    More Details Hide Details The album reached #2 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Charts. The first single "Don't Need Love" was issued ahead of the album in October 1988 and peaked at #10 on the ARIA Singles Charts. The second single, "Soul Revival", appeared in February 1989 and reached #9, while the third single, "Cry in Shame" also peaked at #10 in April. In all, five singles were released from Johnny Diesel & the Injectors, while "Looking for Love" was also a Top 40 hit, the final single "Since I Fell For You" was a chart failure as it peaked only at #83. While touring United Kingdom in mid-1989, they broadcast a live performance on 14 May by BBC Radio 1 for the Tommy Vance Sessions, produced by Tony Wilson. The recording was released as a four-track EP, Live in London, in August and appeared in the ARIA top 30.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 19
    By June 1986, Diesel was back in Perth and had split from Innocent Bystanders, taking Bremond, Dalzell and Sherritt, and they formed Johnny Diesel & the Injectors with George Dalstrom as a second guitarist.
    More Details Hide Details According to music journalist, Ed Nimmervoll, the name Johnny Diesel was either from Lizotte's days as a petrol dispenser or from a corruption of John Dalzell's name being misapplied to him as the lead singer. Dalstrom left by the end of 1986. The band played a mixture of R&B, blues and Southern rock; they developed a local following in Perth but decided to relocate to Sydney in 1987. Johnny Diesel & the Injectors moved to Sydney in September after taking up management by Brent Eccles, drummer for The Angels. The group began playing support shows for The Choirboys and The Radiators. They came to the attention of Jane Barnes, wife of hard rocker, Jimmy Barnes (ex-Cold Chisel), and through her recommendation, Diesel was hired to work on Barnes' third solo album, Freight Train Heart. When Barnes took to the road to tour the album in November, Diesel was retained as lead guitarist, while Johnny Diesel & the Injectors were the opening act.
  • 1983
    Age 16
    In 1983 he joined Innocent Bystanders, a Perth pub rock band, and they released a single, "Lebanon" in 1984 with the line-up of Diesel, John "Tatt" Dalzell on bass guitar, Brett Keyser on vocals, Cliff Kinneen on keyboards and Sherrit on drums.
    More Details Hide Details Innocent Bystanders travelled to Sydney to record their second single, "Dangerous", released in July 1986. They had attracted the attention of hard rockers, The Angels, and went on to record another single and an album, Don't Go Looking Back, which was released later in 1986, however Diesel had already left the band.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Diesel was born in 1966 in Fall River, Massachusetts, United States, and emigrated to Australia with his family, in November 1971.
    More Details Hide Details His father, Henry Bertram Lizotte (born 19 June 1929), and his mother, Theresa Rita (née Morin, born 18 January 1930) were parents of Jeannine, Bruce, Michael, Laura, Donna, Brian and Mark (later known as Johnny Diesel). They settled in Perth, Western Australia, where he later had a job pouring petrol - an experience that provided inspiration for his music. Henry was a professional saxophonist performing in the US and Australia, Diesel and his siblings were surrounded by music from an early age. While his siblings became teachers, Diesel eventually settled on electric guitar as his main instrument. He later recalled a time in Year 8 (c. 1980) at Scarborough Senior High School when he decided on a musical career: "I was trying to get my head around algebra and suddenly I thought: 'Hang on, I don't have to do this. I can play music as a job!'".
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