Fiona Horne

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Fiona Horne
Birth name Fiona Therese Horne
Born (1966-06-24) 24 June 1966 (age 48)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres New wave, rock
Years active 1984–present
Labels Air Records
Mystic Monkey
Rajon Music
Associated acts Sister Sludge
The Mothers
Def FX
The Mullets
Website www.fionahorne.com

Fiona Horne (born 1966 in Sydney) is an Australian singer, rock musician, radio and television personality, actress and author. She was the singer in Australian band Def FX and has published numerous books on witchcraft. She is considered a worldwide authority on modern witchcraft[citation needed], being invited to speak at Harvard University on the subject in 2006.[citation needed]

Musical career[edit]

Horne started playing in bands when she moved to Adelaide, South Australia, in 1984. Her first band was Sister Sludge; however, they only lasted for six months until Horne moved back to Sydney. She then formed a punk-thrash band, The Mothers, in 1985. The Mothers started as an all-girl punk band, although the lineup changed a number of times. This was the first band with Horne performing both vocals and guitar. In October 1987, The Mothers, comprising Horne (vocals, guitar), Nat (guitar), Jo Collings (bass) and Rick (drums), released their first single, "Drives Me Wild"/"Get Outta My Life", which was followed in 1989 by the EP, 12-Incher, with the line-up of Horne (guitar, vocals), Rick (drums), Luke (guitar) and Cristina Calero (bass), both of which were released on the Waterfront Records label. The Mothers broke up in 1989.

Horne then went on to form the chart-topping commercial pop band Def FX, with Blake Gardner (guitar; ex-Bezerk), Sean Lowry (synthesisers, sequencers, samples; ex-King Prawn), Martyn Basha (bass; ex-Bezerk). The band issued three EPs, Water, in June 1991, Surge, in November and Blink in June 1992 on the Phantom label before signing to EMI. In December 1992 the band released their debut album, Light Speed Collision, which was also released in the US by RCA/BMG in July 1993. At the 1994 Big Day Out Horne made headlines by appearing topless on stage. In September 1994, they released the EP Post Moronic, which reached No. 43 on the Australian charts. The band were dropped from the EMI label. In May 1995 they released their second album, Ritual Eternal, on their own label, Cicada. The album was nominated for 'Best Independent Release' at the 1995 ARIA Music Awards. They then signed with Universal Music Australia's subsidiary label Grudge, which released the band's third album, Majick, in July 1996. Although it failed to chart it became the band's only certified release, going gold in 1997. Def FX disbanded in May 1997.

In 1998 she made several appearances on the television series Good News Week, singing a number of duets with the show's host, Paul McDermott. Virgin/EMI subsequently released a single of their duet, "Shut Up/Kiss Me", in November 1998,[1] which reached No. 48 on the Australian singles charts in December.

In October 1999, Horne released her debut single, "Let’s Go Out Tonight", on Air Records. The song was co-written with Pete Farnan (Boom Crash Opera) and Simon Austin (Frente!). In January 2000 she formed a cover band, Mullet, with Nick Gill (guitar, The Mavis's), Piet Collins (drums, The Sharp), Scott Owen (bass, The Living End) and Greg Hirtzel (guitar). In March 2007, Horne released her first solo CD, Witch Web, based on her spiritual practice. In 2010, she released the spoken word album Magickal Life-Guided Meditations and Spells for Positive Change, on her own label, Mystic Monkey.

In 2012, Def FX reformed for a national tour in May–June, playing in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide. This was followed by another tour in October - November 2013 with the band playing shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney and Brisbane.

Modelling and acting[edit]

In October 1994, she featured in a nude pictorial in Black+White magazine. In 1998 she was featured in the September issue of Ralph, FHM Australia and the November issue of Australian Playboy. After moving to Los Angeles in 2001, Horne featured in the October 2005 issue of Playboy.

In 2001, Horne starred in the Australian opening season of Eve Ensler's theatrical production The Vagina Monologues; she also appeared in an episode of the Australian television series Pizza that year. Horne has continued to act, appearing in the 2005 film, Unbeatable Harold, which starred Dylan McDermott and Henry Winkler and the 2007 film Cult, starring Rachel Miner and Taryn Manning. Horne also appeared in the independent fantasy features, Fable-Teeth of Beasts and Ember Days.

In 2004, Horne was a host (called an 'Alt') in the reality television show Mad Mad House for the Sci Fi Channel. She also competed in Celebrity Survivor for the Seven Network Australia (which aired in August 2006).

Personal life[edit]

Horne is a world record-holding skydiver (achieving the POPS Vertical World Record in July 2011)[citation needed] and a regular contributor to the United States Parachute Association's official publication, Parachutist.[citation needed] She is an accomplished SCUBA diver and works regularly with SCUBA diving accreditation body, PADI, creating and appearing in their educational and promotional material.[citation needed] She is also a student pilot (SEL) with more than 100 hours of flying time as of January 2012. The Cessna 172, Piper Cherokee, as well as taildraggers, the Citabria Decathlon and Piper Cub are the planes she currently flies. Fiona is vegetarian and was formerly vegan.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

In addition to her non-fiction books published below, in 2011 Horne secured a young adult fiction book deal with the publishers of the Harry Potter series, Allen & Unwin. The book, titled Witch – A Summerland Mystery will be published September 2012.[needs update]

  • Witch: A Personal Journey. Random House Australia. 27 February 1998. ISBN 0-09-183387-6. 
  • Witch: A Magickal Year. Random House Australia. 1 October 1999. ISBN 0-09-184000-7. 
  • Life's a Witch: A Handbook for Teen Witches. Random House Australia. November 2000. ISBN 1-74051-022-4. 
  • Witch: A Magickal Journey: A Hip Guide to Modern Witchcraft (hardback). Thorsons. 1 January 2001. ISBN 0-00-710399-9. Witch: A Magickal Journey: A Hip Guide to Modern Witchcraft (paperback new edition). Thorsons. April 2002. ISBN 0-00-712132-6.  (Northern Hemisphere edition of Witch: A Personal Journey and Witch: A Magickal Year)
  • 7 Days to a Magickal New You (hardback). Thorsons. October 2001. ISBN 0-00-712346-9. 
    • In 7 Tagen magische Kräfte wecken (hardback) (in German). Bauer, Freiburg. 1 September 2002. ISBN 3-7626-0875-X. 
  • Magickal Sex: A Witches' Guide to Beds, Knobs, and Broomsticks. Thorsons. September 2002. ISBN 0-00-714133-5. 
  • Witchin': A Handbook for Teen Witches (school/library binding) (paperback). Thorsons. February 2003. ISBN 0-613-89284-4. (Northern Hemisphere edition of Life's a Witch)
  • The Coven: Making Magick Together. Random House Australia. 2005. 
  • Fiona Horne, ed. (15 July 2004). Pop! Goes the Witch: The Disinformation Guide to 21st Century Witchcraft (paperback). Disinformation. ISBN 0-9729529-5-0.  – Edited and some sections written by Fiona Horne!
  • Bewitch a Man: How to Find Him and Keep Him Under Your Spell (hardback). Simon Spotlight Entertainment. 26 September 2006. ISBN 1-4169-1474-9. 
  • L.A. Witch: Fiona Horne's Guide to Coven Magick (paperback). Llewellyn Publications. 1 April 2007. ISBN 0-7387-1034-2. 

Discography[edit]

The Mothers[edit]

  • "Drives Me Wild"/"Get Outta My Life" - Waterfont (DAMP54) (October 1987)
  • 12 Incher - Waterfont (DAMP84) (1989) (EP)

Def FX[edit]

Main article: Def FX
  • Light Speed Collision - EMI Music (Australia) (7807562) (November 1992)
  • Ritual Eternal - Cicada Music (EEEP001CD) (May 1995)
  • Majick - Universal Music Australia/MCA (MCD 73015) (July 1996)

With Paul McDermott[edit]

  • "Shut Up/Kiss Me" - Virgin/EMI (November 1998)

Solo[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Let's Go Out Tonight" - Air Records (AIR16) (October, 1999)

Albums[edit]

  • Witch Web - Rajon Music (B000NKHK5U) (12 March 2007)
  • Magickal Life-Guided Meditations and Spells for Positive Change - Mystic Monkey (2010)

Filmography[edit]

Film and Television
Year Film Role Notes
2001
Episode Four - Season Two
Pizza Survivor host Australian television series
2004 Mad Mad House The Witch Reality television series
2006 Celebrity Survivor Herself Reality television series
Unbeatable Harold Cherry Film
2007 Cult Professor Estabrook Film
2010 Fable: Teeth of Beasts Maggie Trader Video release
2011 Pets of the Rich and Famous Television movie
2012 Ronn's Garage Herself Television series
2013 Ember Days Summer Lady Video release

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scatena, Dino (26 November 1998). "This Is Serious, Mac!". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "» Def FX's Fiona Horne: The Reunion Tour, A Near-Death Experience & Reinvention". Conversationswithbianca.com. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 

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