After releasing a cover of the Rolling Stones "Heart of Stone" in September 1979 as a solo performer, former session singer Wendy Stapleton formed a new band, Wendy and the Rocketts, in August 1980.
They signed with Mushroom records and released the singles "Reputation" in June 1981 (which momentarily peaked at number 40 in the charts), followed by "Tonite" in September. In March 1982, Stapleton and drummer Steve Buck launched a new lineup consisting of Steve Donald, Joey Amenta, Adrian Dessent, and Noel Beare. With a strong live following, Wendy and the Rockets' third single, "Your Place or Mine," hit number 35 on the Melbourne charts in May 1982. The band released the Live EP in September 1982. In early 1983, the band recorded their debut album, Dazed for Days, in the U.K. The album peaked at number 26 in Australia and several singles were released, the most successful, "Play the Game," hit number 28 in June.
A&M released Dazed for Days in the U.K. and Europe and Wendy and the Rocketts toured in September 1983, supporting such acts as Bryan Adams and ZZ Top. In November 1984, Amenta was replaced by John Dallimore on guitar while Beare was replaced by Brian Hamilton on bass. The band continued to tour but broke up in March 1985. Stapleton resumed session work and has since starred in two stage plays (Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom (1989) and I Only Want to Be With You (The Dusty Springfield Story) (1995 and 1997)). ~ Brendan Swift, Rovi