Far Out Corporation
|Far Out Corporation|
|Origin||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Associated acts||The Go-Betweens, Powderfinger, Dave Graney, The Predators|
Far Out Corporation was an Australian rock band formed in Brisbane in November 1997. They were led by singer-guitarist Grant McLennan, formerly in The Go-Betweens. McLennan started the group with Ross MacLennan (no relation) on drums (ex-Turtlebox), bass player Adele Pickvance (from Davey Graney Band) and Powderfinger's guitarist Ian Haug. It was a side project for most of its members, other than Ross MacLennan, as they were in other bands which were in hiatus. The group's name is a reference to the rock supergroup, Far Corporation.
In November 1997 McLennan was asked to provide an ambient audio track for a music-arts project, Occiput Hammerings, held at Brisbane's Metro Arts Theatre. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described them as a "conceptual art group with a pop orientation." Far Out Corporation was initially a one-off group to fulfil the commission and performed live at one of the six nights of the Occiput Hammerings display early in 1998. The group then continued to gig at various Brisbane venues. In October 1998 they released their first and only album, FOC, which is an initialism of their name. It was produced by Tim Whitten and Far Out Corporation. McFarlane felt the album "successfully blended a pop sensibility with a more cerebral orientation (reminiscent of Underground Lovers, New Order or Velvet Underground)." It provided the CD single, "Don't Blame the Beam". In late 1999 The Go-Betweens unexpectedly reformed and McLennan brought Pickvance into a new Go-Betweens line-up; Far Out Corporation were disbanded by 2000. On 6 May 2006 Grant McLennan died.
- In 2005, when Powderfinger took an extended hiatus, Ian Haug recalled upon Far Out Corporation drummer Ross MacLennan to form a new side project, The Predators with fellow Powderfinger member, bassist John Collins and former Powderfinger drummer Steven Bishop as the group's front man.
- As a tribute to McLennan, Triple J put together a collection of songs by McLennan performed by various Australia musicians which included Ian Haug. This was recorded in late 2006 and released in June 2007.
- FOC (October 1998)
- "Don't Blame the Beam" (1998)
- "If You Want Release" (1999)
- McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 27 September 2015. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
- Holmgren, Magnus; Warnqvist, Stefan. "Far Out Corporation". passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 16 January 2004. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
- McFarlane 'G. W. McLennan' entry. Archived from the original on 11 July 2002. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
- "Artists :: Far Out Corporation". Australian Music Online. Archived from the original on 22 November 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
- Far Out Corp. Home - Fansite