Venom P. Stinger

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Venom P. Stinger
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Years active1985–1988, 1990–1996, 2010
Associated actsDirty Three, The Moodists, Sick Things, Fungus Brains
Past membersDugald MacKenzie
Mick Turner
Al Secher-Jensen
Jim White
Nick Palmer

Venom P. Stinger was an Australian noise rock band, formed in Melbourne, Victoria in 1985. The band's original line-up consisted of Mick Turner on guitar, Dugald MacKenzie on vocals, Al Secher-Jensen on bass, and Jim White on drums. Writing for Spin, music critic Byron Coley described their sound as "magnificent, speedy scuzz-rock that blurs the distinctions between punk and noise like 40 stiff beers."[1]

Turner and White went onto join Melbourne violinist Warren Ellis in forming the post-rock band Dirty Three.


Turner cited The Birthday Party, Flipper, Dead Kennedys and The Saints as early influences on the band.[2]

Soon after the release of the band's sophomore LP, What's Yours Is Mine (1990), they embarked on an American tour with Nick Palmer, who replaced MacKenzie as lead vocalist.

Venom P. Stinger's influence has been detected in a wide range of bands, from the likes of Halo of Flies and other American stalwarts of Amphetamine Reptile Records, to more recent Australian groups such as Melbourne's Eddy Current Suppression Ring.[3]

After leaving Venom P. Stinger, founding member Dugald MacKenzie moved to Adelaide, South Australia, where he died of cancer in October 2004.

In 2013, American independent label Drag City reissued the original line-up's catalogue with the compilation Venom P. Stinger 1986–1991.[3]


  • Daniel Erickson – vocals, guitar, piano
  • Howard Healy – vocals, guitar, bass
  • Gabrielle Cotton – guitar, piano, vocals
  • Alexander Stevens – percussion


Studio albums

  • Meet My Friend Venom (1986, No Masters Voice)
  • What's Yours Is Mine (1900, Aberrant Records)
  • Tearbucketer (1996, Siltbreeze)


  1. ^ Coley Byron (November 1988). "Underground". Spin, pp. 100–101.
  2. ^ Curtis, Tyler (24 October 2013). "Venom P. Stinger", BOMB Magazine. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b Masters, Marc (29 August 2013). "Venom P. Stinger 1986–1991", Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 August 2018.