A potted History Of Famous
formed in Sydney in 1984.
previous bands included
gig was supporting Maestros and Dipsos at the long gone, and rarely lamented,
Yugal Soccer Club near Central Station. Who could forget that whacked-out
Polynesian sunset wallpaper!
was a rather tragic birthday party for a drug-fucked scenester at the Labor
Club in Surry Hills.
Famous played to ever an dwindling numbers of mildly bemused punters at
all the required inner city dens, dives and dumps including the Trade,
the Hopetown, the Palace Hotel, the Strawberry Hills, the Graphic Arts
Club, the Evening Star, several clubs in Kings X that probably didn't even
have names. Famous even travelled as far afield as Mortdale and Newcastle,
to more mild bemusement.
doing their own gigs, Famous shared the stage with many interseting bands
Kennedy's Love Gone Wrong
influences at play in Famous were quite varied, and often contradictory,
and along with whatever was in vogue that week, included;
UK pop (Orange Juice, Smiths, Buzzcocks)
alt.rock (Velvets, Beefheart)
/ odd funk (New Order, Certain Ratio)
/ rockabilly (Patsy Cline / Sun Records stuff)
/ grown up music (Astrid Gilberto / Nino Rota / John Cage)
Famous played only originals, but as the years wore on they began to interpret/murder
a wide range well known songs including:
Presence? (Orange Juice)
& Black Mustache (Carl Perkins?)
Moon's Rose (Slap Happy)
is Empty (the Supremes)
is My Only House Unless it Rains (Capt. Beefheart)
Me (The Doors)
described in the local music press (Ram / On the Street etc) around
relaxed mood of weirdness and accessibility"
parts Smiths, one part bent humour"
cronies and hangers-on"
appealing and gifted"
air of informality about them ....balancing the humour with songs of powerful