Dumb and the Ugly

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Dumb and the Ugly
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresHeavy metal, avante garde
Years active1987 (1987)–1993 (1993)
LabelsDr Jim's
Associated actsNo, Great White Noise, Max Q
Past membersDavid Brown
John Murphy
Michael Sheridan

Dumb and the Ugly were an Australian heavy metal-avante garde band.[1] They formed in 1987 with Michael Sheridan (also in No and then Max Q) on guitar; John Murphy (Whirlywirld, Orchestra of Skin and Bone, No, Max Q) on drums and synthesisers; and David Brown (Mulch, Ultratune) on bass guitar and guitar.[2] Murphy and Sheridan had worked together in previous bands, generally working behind Ollie Olsen.[3]

Dumb and the Ugly released a 12"EP, Rude Mechanical (1990),[4][5] a 7" single, "Blue Monk" / "Lazy 8" (1991),[6][7] and a studio album on CD, Atmospheres of Metal (1992),[8][9] all on the Dr Jim's label.[1] The album includes guest musicians, Mia Stone and Olsen.[8] Olsen co-wrote "Knife Ladder" and "Atmosphere 145" with the band, while Stone co-wrote "One Fingered Man".[10]

In a 2002 interview, Murphy recalled his time in Dumb and the Ugly, they were "a 3-piece outfit in which I played drums and some samples. This was formed with some very old friends from my teenage years who also played with other acts. This act was in the style of Sonic Youth meets Hendrix and Chrome/Helios Creed. Personality clashes eventually destroyed this outfit. I had had enough and couldn't deal with music any more."[11]


  1. ^ a b Dumb and the Ugly (1992), Atmospheres of metal, Dr Jim's Records, retrieved 1 March 2013
  2. ^ "David Brown Biography". Candlesnuffer. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  3. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Ian "Ollie" Olsen'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  4. ^ Rude Mechanical (Media notes). Dumb and the Ugly. Clifton Hill, Vic: Dr Jim's Records (Jim Glaspole, Edgar Lee). 1990. DR JIM 2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ Dumb & The Ugly - Dumb & The Ugly (Vinyl) at Discogs
  6. ^ "Blue Monk" (Media notes). Dumb and the Ugly. Clifton Hill, Vic: Dr Jim's Records (Jim Glaspole, Edgar Lee). 1991. DR JIM 3.CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ Dumb & The Ugly - Blue Monk (Vinyl) at Discogs
  8. ^ a b Atmospheres of Metal (Media notes). Dumb and the Ugly. Clifton Hill, Vic: Dr Jim's Records (Jim Glaspole, Edgar Lee). 1992. DR JIM 06.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ Dumb And The Ugly* - Atmospheres Of Metal (CD, Album) at Discogs
  10. ^ "'Knife Ladder' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 1 March 2013. Note: User may have to click on 'Search again' and then 'Enter a title' e.g. Atmosphere 145; or 'Performer' e.g. Dumb and the Ugly.
  11. ^ "Knifeladder – Organic Traces Interview". Compulsion Online. 2002. Retrieved 1 March 2013.