Seven Stories (band)

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Seven Stories
Also known as Tall Stories
Origin Adelaide, South Australia
Genres Rock
Years active 1986–1994
Labels Sony/Columbia
Members Andrew Tanner
Glyn Lehmann
Michael Boundy
Jeff Algra
Sue Oliver

Seven Stories was an Australian rock group formed in Adelaide, initially as Tall Stories, in 1986. The band was nominated as 'Best New Talent' at the 1991 Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards and signed to Sony (then CBS Records), but disbanded in 1994 after its second full-length album release, Everything You Want (Nothing That You Need).

History[edit]

Andrew Tanner, Michael Boundy and Sue Oliver were prominent in music circles in Adelaide from the late 1970s. During this period they all contributed to recordings at the Good God recording studio run by Rod Boucher and Chris Adams.[1]

In 1978 Tanner contributed drums and vocals to various Good God recordings, later moving to guitar in the band Retreads which produced a self-titled album in 1980.[2] Boundy played bass guitar for bands, Thumbs Up and Retreads (with Tanner) before joining Perfect Strangers in 1980. In 1984 Tanner composed "Dreams and Visions", which became a banner song for the 1985 Uniting Church National Christian Youth Convention in Adelaide in 1985.[3] "Dreams and Visions", a song about Pentecost, is still used by Australian congregations.[4]

Tanner, Boundy and Oliver teamed with drummer Jeff Algra and keyboard/French horn player Glyn Lehmann to form Tall Stories, in Adelaide in 1986. Their first major recording was a self-produced, self-distributed 12" mini LP Sleeping Through Another War, released in 1987.[5]

Gaining commercial airplay, a major breakthrough came with the signing of the band by Sony (then CBS Records) to a five-year deal.[6] Around that time the band changed its name to Seven Stories, to avoid confusion with US band Tall Stories. The deal with Sony led to the critically acclaimed Judges and Bagmen album in 1990. Rolling Stone's review in 1991 stated "it is the music which makes Judges and Bagmen such a compelling album"[7] The band was assisted in the recording by musicians such as Vika and Linda Bull and Broderick Smith. Seven Stories was nominated for the 1991 ARIA Awards in the 'Best New Artist' category.[8] "Sleeping through Another War" and "Walk through Babylon" were released by CBS as singles off the album. The band toured extensively throughout Australia supporting artists such as Midnight Oil, INXS, The Black Sorrows, Hothouse Flowers, Hunters and Collectors and Paul Kelly.[8][9]

High-profile producers T-Bone Burnett and Boom Crash Opera's Richard Pleasance were engaged by Sony for Seven Stories' 1993 recording Everything You Want (Nothing That You Need), which spawned the single "Is that It?'" Although he contributed to the album, Lehmann had officially left the band by the time of its release, leaving Tanner, Boundy and Algra as the remaining core.[10] The band toured Europe and North America on the strength of the album release.[9] Guitarist David Carr, engaged to augment the band for this recording, relates the band's sudden abandonment by Sony: "We toured that album very successfully, recorded a JJJ Live at the Wireless and had a string of singles before the whole of Sony was instructed to "drop everything" and divert all energy to making Mariah Carey number one."[11] Seven Stories subsequently disbanded in 1994.

Andrew Tanner worked in Melbourne as a writer and is a member of the psychedelic-styled band The Sand Pebbles.[12][13] Boundy, Algra and Lehmann all returned to Adelaide and remained active musically. Drummer Algra played and recorded with a large number of artists including, T-Bone Burnett, The Waifs, The Borderers (with Glyn Lehmann), Jeanette Wormald, Jim Hermel, Andrew Clermont, Liam Gurner, and Jet O'Rourke.[8]

Lehmann has had a musical career as composer, songwriter, arranger, performer and music producer. He has created original music, songs and soundtracks for Australian Broadcasting Corporation television and radio, and the feature-length documentary I Told You I Was Ill – The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan. He has also worked with the State Theatre Company of South Australia and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.[9]

Boundy has played with Adelaide bands, Verandah and Vivid and played with Lehmann in the band, Sun Theory.[14]

Seven Stories reformed for a one-off performance in Adelaide in April 2012.[15]

Members[edit]

  • Andrew Tanner – guitar, vocals, keyboards
  • Glyn Lehmann – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Boundy – bass guitar
  • Jeff Algra – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Sue Oliver – percussion, vocals (1986–1987)

Discography[edit]

Singles[5][16]

  • "Introducing Seven Stories": "Sleeping through Another War", "These Bones" and "Paralysed" (1990, CD single, Columbia)
  • "Sleeping through Another War" / "These Bones" (1990, 7-inch single, Columbia)
  • "Walk through Babylon" / "Harbour me" (1991, 7-inch single, Columbia)
  • "Is that It?" / "First of its Kind" / "Drifting" (1993, Columbia)

mini LPs:[5]

  • Sleeping Through Another War (1987, 12" Mini LP, self-produced and distributed)
  • Prince of Hollywood EP "Prince of Hollywood (single edit version)" / "Right on Time" / "Know Your Enemy" / "Your Time" / }Prince of Hollywood (full version)" (1993, Columbia)

LPs:[16]

  • Judges and Bagmen (1990, Columbia) — produced by Kevin Moloney
  • Everything You Want (Nothing That You Need) (1993, Columbia) — produced by Richard Pleasance, T-Bone Burnett

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Good God Recording Studio". Good God Recording Studio. 
  2. ^ "Retreads". Good God Recording Studio. 
  3. ^ "NCYC 1985". Uniting Church in Australia. 
  4. ^ "God's Word, God's World, God's Church: Resources for the 30th Anniversary of The Uniting Church in Australia" (PDF). Together to Celebrate. 
  5. ^ a b c Holmgren, Magnus. "Tall Stories/Seven Stories". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jeff Algra". Marie Robinson. 
  7. ^ "Seven Stories – Judges & Bagmen". Rolling Stone (ACP Magazines). 10 January 1991. 
  8. ^ a b c "History (Jeff Algra)". Gumbo Ya Ya. 
  9. ^ a b c "Biography". Glyn Lehmann. 
  10. ^ Liner notes – Everything You Want (Nothing That You Need), 1993
  11. ^ "David the musician- the story so far". David Edwin Carr. 
  12. ^ "Sand Pebbles Interview". Inpress Magazine. 4 August 2004. 
  13. ^ "There goes the neighbourhood". The Age (Fairfax Media). 6 August 2004. 
  14. ^ "Sun Theory". MusicSA. 
  15. ^ "Gig Announcements: Joelistics, Seven Stories, Kryptic, Through a Glass Darkly and more.". The au review. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Seven Stories". Music Australia. 

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