Mark McEntee

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Mark McEntee
Born (1952-07-16) 16 July 1952 (age 65)
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres Rock, new wave
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts Divinyls
Air Supply

Mark McEntee (/mækənˈt/,[1] born 16 July 1952) is an Australian musician and former guitarist for the Australian rock band, Divinyls.

Early life[edit]

McEntee was born in Perth, Western Australia.[citation needed]

Mother Lode[edit]

During the early-1970s (exact year needed) Mark (Guitar & Vocals) teamed up with Howard Shawcross (Bass Guitar & Vocals), Peter Nelson (Drums) and formed the band "Mother Lode". The band released a single titled 'Music Of Mother Lode featuring the tracks: "Smother Me" as the "A" side and "Flying" on the "B" side. Howard and Mark share writing credits on the "A" side while Mark has solo writing credit for the "B" side. Pressed in Australia by the ASTOR Record Label (Run off wax # MA-7143) it came in a paper sleeve with a full band credit description for both sides. Recorded at Armstrong Studios in Perth, Western Australia, this particular and important early career single was pressed in very limited quantities and little is known about the life span of the band or other particulars of the group's recording or gig history. Due to the diverse and localized music scenes in various Australian metro areas this single was more than likely only distributed in the Perth/Western Australia area. (more information needed) (Record information sourced from the original vinyl single & sleeve from a private collection)

Air Supply[edit]

Prior to joining Divinyls, McEntee worked on the 1975 Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar, where he met Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell who were performing in the musical. Hitchcock and Russell went on to form soft rock group Air Supply, and McEntee was part of the group's original line-up, along with Chrissie Hammond and Jeremy Paul.[2]

Divinyls[edit]

McEntee was introduced to Chrissy Amphlett by Paul at a music venue in Collaroy, Sydney, Australia, with an intention to write songs and form a band that would be fronted by Amphlett.[3] The three met again at a choral concert at the Sydney Opera House, where Amphlett and Paul were performing. In 1980, they formed the Divinyls, along with Bjarne Ohlin and drummer Richard Harvey. McEntee had played alongside Richard Harvey and Ian Belton in The Malcolm McCallum Band prior to forming Divinyls.

In May 2001, the Divinyls' song "Science Fiction", written by Amphlett and McEntee, was selected by Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time.[4]

Amphlett and McEntee barely spoke after the band separated in 1996, but resumed contact when they were inducted into the 2006 ARIA Hall of Fame.[5] The band performed at the induction ceremony, and eventually announced a new tour and album.[6] The reunited band toured in late 2006 and released a new single called "Don't Wanna Do This".[7]

Personal life[edit]

McEntee and Divinyls bandmate Chrissy Amphlett were romantically involved from 1982 to 1993. They had met in 1980, and began a relationship two years later when McEntee had split up with his first wife. Their relationship was highly volatile – marred with drug and alcohol use and physical fights. However, the band's manager, Vince Lovegrove, later stated that the nature of their "weird" relationship was the "magic of Divinyls".[8]

As of 2013, McEntee lives on the outskirts of Perth with his partner, fashion designer Melanie Greensmith.[9] The pair ran a clothing label, Wheels & Dollbaby, until Greensmith closed the business in 2017.[10] McEntee also runs a small business called Macca's Vintage Aerodrome, that sells World War I and Pioneer radio-controlled aircraft.[citation needed]

Causes[edit]

In 2012, McEntee and Greensmith were listed as supporters of the "Oscar's Law" campaign, together with other publicly known figures. The campaign protests against the factory farming of companion animals and is named after a neglected dog found in central Victoria, Australia. Other notable supporters include Lior (musician), Mick Molloy (comedian) and the Essendon Football Club (Australian Football League).[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (pronounced 5 seconds in)
  2. ^ Creswell, Toby; Samantha Trenoweth (2006). 1001 Australians You Should Know. Pluto Press Australia. p. 25. ISBN 1-86403-361-4. 
  3. ^ Badham, Van (11 February 2014). "Australian anthems: Divinyls – I Touch Myself". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Kruger, Debbie (2 May 2001). "The songs that resonate through the years" (PDF). Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 May 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Stars pay tribute to beloved Amphlett". The West Australian. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  6. ^ Divinyls, Countdown (ABC TV) Archived 20 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "The Divinyls announce Gold Coast show". FasterLouder. 27 November 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  8. ^ Adams, Cameron (27 April 2013). "Fine line between pleasure and pain for Divinyls' Chrissy Amphlett and Mark McEntee". Sunday Herald Sun. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Home's where the heart is for star couple". The West Australian. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  10. ^ Clarke, Jenna (10 October 2017). "Wheels and Dollbaby designer Melanie Greensmith chose to quit rather than sell her business". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Home". Oscar's law. Oscar's Law. 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 

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