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Boom Crash Opera

Australian band Boom Crash Opera played heavy drum-driven dance-oriented rock, much in the manner of INXS, but with just enough angst and bombast to live up to their name.

Their debut single Great Wall (May 1986) reached #5 on the Australian Chart.

The song was not about the Great Wall of China but was inspired by a news report of cracks in the wall of the Lake Hume Reservoir on the Murray River.

The Melbourne-based quintet recorded their debut self-titled album in September 1987 at Mickie Most‘s famed RAK Studio in London with American producer Alex Sadkin (Talking Heads, Thompson Twins).

It was Sadkin’s last job, as he died in Nassau in a car accident shortly after completing the album.

Lead vocalist Dale Ryder was born in Madras, India. Guitarist Peter Farnan had previously been the vocalist and guitarist with indie band Serious Young Insects.

Dale Ryder
Peter Farnan
Greg O’Connor
Richard Pleasance
Peter Maslen
Michael Vallance
Dorian West
Ian Tilley