Orchestra of Skin and Bone

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Orchestra of Skin and Bone
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Years active 1984 (1984)–1986 (1986)
Labels Major
Associated acts
Past members

Orchestra of Skin and Bone were an Australian post-punk band active from 1984 to 1986. The band's core members were Ollie Olsen, Marie Hoy and John Murphy.[1][2]

They released a self-titled album in 1985, with the line-up of Olsen on lead vocals and guitar, Murphy on drums, Arnie Hanna on guitar, Marie Hoy on keyboards, David Hoy on cello, Tom Hoy on saxophone, Lochie Kirkwood on vocals and saxophone, Dugald McKenzie on vocals and harmonica, James Rogers on trumpet and Peter Scully on guitar.[1]

They also released cassettes on underground noise labels. According to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, the ensemble "proved incomprehensible to local audiences and rarely played live."[1] Two tracks from the album, "Sometimes", and "Ot-Ven-Rot" later appeared on the album by Olsen's project with Michael Hutchence, Max Q.


  • Orchestra of Skin and Bone (1985) – Major Records (MRLP 003)
  • Orchestra of Skin and Bone 1984-1986 (1986) – Extreme (DEX 4715) Re-released on CD (1991)


  • 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 5 February 2010. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
  • Spencer, Chris; Nowara, Zbig; McHenry, Paul; Nimmervoll, Ed (2002) [1987]. The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Noble Park, Vic: Five Mile Press. ISBN 1-86503-891-1. Note: [on-line] version of The Who's Who of Australian Rock was established at White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd in 2007 and was expanded from the 2002 edition. As from September 2010 the [on-line] version showed an 'Internal Service Error' and was no longer available.
  1. ^ a b c McFarlane 'Ian 'Ollie' Olsen' entry. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  2. ^ Spencer et al, (2007), "Hoy, Marie" entry.