Pseudo Echo was the first unrecorded band to appear on the influential Australian national music TV show, Countdown. They performed Listening in late 1983 and the song was later released as their debut single, reaching #4 on the Aussie charts in January 1984.
The band’s 1987 cover version of Funky Town (a dance tune originally recorded by Lipps Inc) was one of the most successful Australian singles on an international level. As well as reaching #1 in Australia it peaked at #6 on the US chart, #8 in the UK, #2 in Canada, and went Top 20 in Germany.
In October 1987, Pseudo Echo won the Yamaha World Popular Song Contest in Japan with Take On The World.
1988 brought a change in direction and image as the band flirted with a heavier hair metal vibe.
The move proved unpopular with both fans and critics, and Over Tomorrow (1989) was Pseudo Echo’s final foray into the Australian single charts.
The band called it a day in December.
Canham revived the band (with different personnel) in the late 90s for a number of reunion shows on the ever popular nostalgia circuit.
Original Pseudo Echo keyboard player Tony Lugton had been a member of James Freud’s Teenage Radio Stars and played guitar on Freud’s 1980 hit Modern Girl.
Vocals, guitar, keyboards