Deckchairs Overboard

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Deckchairs Overboard
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active1982–1985
Associated actsCheks, Split Enz
Past members

Deckchairs Overboard were an Australian pop music band based in Sydney which formed in 1982 and disbanded in 1985.[1] The early line-up featured Ken Campbell on vocals, guitar, and drums; John Clifforth on vocals, guitar, and keyboards; Paul Hester on drums (later of Split Enz and Crowded House); and Cathy McQuade on bass guitar and vocals.[1] They had developed from Melbourne-based Cheks (1980–1982) with the addition of McQuade.

Deckchairs Overboard had minor hit singles "That's The Way" (1983), with Campbell on vocals, "Shout", (1983) with McQuade on vocals, "Walking In The Dark" (1984) and "Fight For Love" (1985) both with Clifforth on vocals; which received airplay on TV and radio. After Hester left in 1983 they had a series of drummers including Matthew Wenban and Michael Davis.[1] Michael Hoste on keyboards during 1983 was an ex-member of Flowers and Icehouse.[1]

McQuade and Clifforth, were involved in ABC's TV series Sweet and Sour (1984) supplying the singing voice for two of the lead actors, McQuade also provided bass guitar; Deckchairs Overboard also performed "That's the Way" for the soundtrack. The group's self-titled first album had an alternative front cover for its Canadian release showing McQuade and Clifforth. The film, I Can't Get Started (1985), starring John Waters had two tracks "Mixed Low" and "Legion" on its soundtrack.[2] Clifforth released, Craven's Pharmacy, featuring work with Hester, in 2011.



Year Album details Peak chart positions
1985 Deckchairs Overboard
  • Released: October 1985
  • Label: Regular Records (L38438)
  • Format: LP

Extended Play[edit]

Year Album details
1982 Deckchairs Overboard
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: Regular Records (RRT 603)
  • Format: LP


List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1983 "That's the Way" 85 Deckchairs Overboard (EP)
"Shout" - non-album single
1984 "Walking in the Dark" - Deckchairs Overboard
1985 "Fight for Love" 78
"Teach Me to Cry" -


  1. ^ a b c d Holmgren, Magnus; Warnqvist, Stefan; Davis, Michael. "Deckchairs Overboard". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  2. ^ "I Can't Get Started soundtrack". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  3. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 85. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.