Deadstar

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This article is about the Australian band. For the Muse single, see Dead Star.
deadstar
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Pop, rock
Years active 1995 (1995)–2001 (2001)
Labels White, Mushroom, Festival
Associated acts Harem Scarem, Crown of Thorns, The Plums, Crowded House, The Tulips
Past members

Deadstar (styled as deadstar) were an Australian pop rock music band formed in August 1995 by Peter Jones (Crowded House) on drums and percussion; Caroline Kennedy on lead vocals and guitar; and Barry Palmer (Hunters & Collectors) on guitar and bass guitar. They released three studio albums, deadstar (October 1995), Milk (August 1997) and Somewhere Over the Radio (September 1999). Two singles reached the top 100 on the ARIA Singles Chart, "Run Baby Run" and "Deeper Water", both in 1999. The group were nominated for three ARIA Music Awards, "Don't It Get You Down?" for Best Independent Release (1997), "Run Baby Run" (1999) for Best Pop Release, and Somewhere Over the Radio (2000) for Best Rock Album. The group disbanded in 2001. Peter Jones died on 18 May 2012 of brain cancer, aged 49.

History[edit]

deadstar were formed in August 1995 in Melbourne as a pop music band.[1] Initially they were a side-project for Barry Palmer on guitar and bass guitar who was also in Hunters & Collectors and Peter Jones (of Crowded House) on drums.[1][2] The pair invited Caroline Kennedy (ex-Plums) into the studio to write melodies and lyrics over tracks of guitar music on the score they had recorded for a proposed short film, The Baby Bath Massacre.[1][2][3]

The group's first album, deadstar, was issued in October 1995, it was produced by Palmer for the White Records label and distributed by Mushroom Records and Festival Records.[1][2][4] Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described the album as a "mix of trashy pop and indie guitar rock [which] found a ready-made market. There were plenty of loose arrangements in the songs, with Palmer's guitar and Kennedy's quavering, imperfect vocals laid down rough and raw".[1] They released CD singles from the album, "Going Down" / "Valentine's Day" (June 1995), "She Loves She" (October) and "Sister" (April 1996).[1][5] The singles were co-written by Jones, Kennedy and Palmer, except "She Loves She" which was co-written by the three with Charlie Marshall.[6]

In November 1996 Jones' band mate from Crowded House, Nick Seymour, joined on bass guitar – allowing Palmer to concentrate on lead guitar for live performances.[1][2] deadstar toured the United Kingdom where "Valentine's Day" was issued as the A-side of their debut single for Discordant Records.[7] Late that year, Palmer started producing the debut solo album, King Without a Clue, for Nick's older brother, Mark, which was released in the following year.[1][4][8] Mark was Palmer's band mate in Hunters & Collectors, Palmer co-wrote five tracks with Mark and provided lead guitar.[8] Fellow deadstar members, Nick (on bass guitar, backing vocals and piano) and Jones (on drums and percussion), also worked on the album.[8]

In January in 1997, deadstar appeared on the Big Day Out tour.[1] In August that year they issued their second studio album, Milk, which Palmer co-produced with Kalju Tonuma (Nick Barker, The Mavis's).[1][4][9] McFarlane felt the album contained "garagey pop gems".[1] In Australia two singles were released from the album, "Don't It Get You Down?" (September 1996) and "I've Got Something to Tell You" (June 1997).[1] Both singles were co-written by Jones, Kennedy and Palmer.[10] In the UK they issued "Sex Sell" as their lead single from Milk (titled Deadstar for the European market) on Discordant Records. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1997 "Don't It Get You Down?" was nominated for Best Independent Release.[11] Late that year Nick Seymour left deadstar and was replaced on bass guitar by Pete McCracken – Kennedy's band mate from Plum and her future husband.[1][3][7]

By mid-1998 Michael den Elzen (ex-Schnell Fenster, Rebecca's Empire) joined on lead guitar and deadstar started recording their third album, Somewhere Over the Radio.[1][2] Its lead single, "Run Baby Run", appeared in January 1999, which reached the top 100 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[12] "Run Baby Run" was co-written by Kennedy and Palmer.[13] deadstar employed The Killjoys' band member, Anna Burley, as auxiliary keyboardist when performing live.[1][2] A second single, "Deeper Water", appeared in June, which peaked at No. 28.[14] "Deeper Water" was also co-written by Kennedy and Palmer.[15] The album followed in September and was co-produced by Palmer, Tonuma and Mark Opitz (AC/DC, The Angels, INXS).[1][2][16]

During 1999 Mushroom Records owner Michael Gudinski sold his record label to Festival Records.[17] As a result of the negotiations and subsequent sale of Mushroom Records, the promotion of deadstar's album was compromised. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1999 "Run Baby Run" was nominated for Best Pop Release.[18] A third single, "Somewhere Over the Radio", appeared in May 2000 but did not chart.[1] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2000 Somewhere Over the Radio was nominated for Best Rock Album.[19] The group disbanded in 2001.[2]

The band enjoyed mixed commercial success during their existence. They had some success in the UK and toured there after extensive radio play of "Sex Sell". They were played on national Australian radio station Triple J with two of their tracks listed on its annual Hottest 100: "Don't It Get You Down" at No. 70 in 1996 and "Deeper Water" at No. 74 in 1999.[20] They were picked up by commercial radio stations and their music was used in TV ("Run Baby Run" on Home and Away,[21] Queen Kat Carmel and St. Jude,[22] and Good News Week;[23] "Deeper Water" on The Panel)[24] and film productions.

Other projects[edit]

Before Caroline Kennedy joined deadstar she played guitar and sang in The Plums, with Shamus Goble on drums, Pete McCracken on bass guitar and Stephen Moffatt on guitar.[2][3] McFarlane described their sound as "mixed strident guitar riffs with melodic pop roots" and Kennedy as "the band's focal point with her tough-but-graceful presence, opinionated views and emotion-charged, if imperfect, vocals".[3] While a member of deadstar she also had her own project, The Caroline Kennedy Conspiracy, with Goble and McCracken, joined by Ted Cleaver on guitar.[1] After deadstar had disbanded in 2001 Kennedy, McCracken and Goble formed The Kicksilvers with McCracken's sister, Jane on bass guitar. In 2002 Kennedy, McCracken and Goble formed The Tulips and they released a country-tinged album, In the Honeycone (May 2003).[25]

Barry Palmer continued to write, record and perform with Hunters & Collectors during his time with deadstar until that group disbanded in March 1998.[4][26] Palmer formed his own label, The Devil's Music, and continued to record, produce and write.[4]

Peter Jones has worked as a session musician for various groups including in Ross Hannaford's Reggaebites (2002);[27] as a producer he worked on he worked on albums by Stephen Cummings (Firecracker (3 February 2003), Close Ups (16 August 2004)), Tess McKenna (Boom Bam (2003)), Rebecca Barnard (Fortified (2006)) and ;[27] and also worked as a teacher in Melbourne. He died on 18 May 2012 of brain cancer, aged 49.[28][29]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

 deadstar (October 1995)
1. Going Down
2. She Loves She
3. Sister
4. Valentine's Day
5. I Got Your Number
6. Dead Star
7. Put Me Back Together
8. My Best Friend
9. What's Eating You
10. The Dress Looks Better On Me
11. Another Sunny Day
12. Wristwatch
13. Apologia
 Milk (August 1997) (Titled Deadstar for European release)
1. Don't It Get You Down
2. I've Got Something To Tell You
3. Please
4. Fifteen
5. Ooh My Love
6. R-U-4-♥
7. Henry And Godiva At The Bar
8. My Goods
9. Beauty Queen
10. Sex Sell
 Somewhere Over the Radio (September 1999)
1. Run Baby Run
2. Deeper Water
3. Lights Go Down
4. Drivin’
5. Highway 31
6. Satellite
7. Texas
8. Here You Come
9. Over The Radio
10. Don’t Leave
11. Salon Baby
12. Not For Money
 The Definitive Collection (2004)
1. Run Baby Run
2. Deeper Water
3. Salon Baby
4. Over The Radio
5. Drivin’
6. Texas
7. Highway 31
8. Lights Go Down
9. Don't It Get You Down
10. Sex Sell
11. Henry And Godiva At The Bar
12. Ooh My Love
13. My Goods
14. I've Got Something To Tell You
15. Valentines Day
16. Going Down
17. She Loves She
18. I Got Your Number

Singles[edit]

  • "Going Down"/"Valentine's Day" (1995)
  • "She Loves She" (1995)
  • "Sister" (1996)
  • "Don't It Get You Down" (1996)
  • "I've Got Something To Tell You" (1997)
  • "Run Baby Run" (1999) AUS: No. 64[12]
  • "Deeper Water" (1999) AUS: No. 28[14]
  • "Over The Radio" (2000)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Deadstar'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 13 August 2004. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Holmgren, Magnus; Warnqvist, Stefan; Wood, Kelly. "Deadstar". Australian Rock Database. Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d McFarlane 'The Plums' entry. Archived from the original on 28 August 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e Holmgren, Magnus. "Barry Palmer". Australian Rock Database. Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Artists :: Deadstar". Australian Music Online (Government of Australia). Archived from the original on 20 December 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
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  8. ^ a b c King Without a Clue (Media notes). Mark Seymour. Mushroom Records. 1997. MUSH33040.2. 
  9. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "Kalju Tonuma". Australian Rock Database. Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "'Don't It Get You Down' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 27 August 2013.  Note: For further information click on Search again and 'Enter a title:' or 'Performer:'.
  11. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 1997". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Savage, Grant (20 December 2012). "Top Singles of 1999". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "'Run Baby Run' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 27 August 2013.  Note: For further information click on Search again and 'Enter a title:' or 'Performer:'.
  14. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Deadstar". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "'Deeper Water' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 27 August 2013.  Note: For further information click on Search again and 'Enter a title:' or 'Performer:'.
  16. ^ Holmgren, Magnus; Shaw, Julian. "Mark Opitz". Australian Rock Database. Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  17. ^ Jenkins, Jeff; Meldrum, Ian (2007). "Mushroom Records - Magic Mushroom". Molly Meldrum Presents 50 years of Rock in Australia. Wilkinson Publishing. p. 87–94. ISBN 978-1-921332-11-1. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 1999". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2000". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  20. ^ National radio station Triple J's listeners have voted for deadstar's tracks on annual Hottest 100 lists:
  21. ^ Home and Away: Songs from and Inspired by the Television Series, Mushroom Records. National Library of Australia, 2000, retrieved 27 August 2013 
  22. ^ McCarthy, Maureen (1999), Queen Kat Carmel and St. Jude, Mushroom. National Library of Australia, retrieved 27 August 2013 
  23. ^ McDermott, Paul (2000), Live Songs, Good News Week Productions for GNWF Records. National Library of Australia, retrieved 27 August 2013 
  24. ^ More Music Live from The Panel, Liberation Music / Working Dog. National Library of Australia, 2000, retrieved 27 August 2013 
  25. ^ Kennedy, Caroline (23 October 2005). "Pregnant Pause, Then as Good as It Gets". The Age (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  26. ^ McFarlane 'Hunters & Collectors' entry. Archived from the original on 29 August 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  27. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus. "Peter Jones". Australian Rock Database. Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  28. ^ Koha, Nui Te (19 May 2012). "Crowded House Drummer Peter Jones Dies After Battle with Brain Cancer". Sunday Herald Sun (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  29. ^ Cashmere, Paul (29 May 2012). "Crowded House Drummer Peter Jones Loses Battle with Cancer". Noise11 (Undercover.com (Paul Cashmere, Ros O'Gorman)). Retrieved 27 August 2013. 

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