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Severed Heads

An Australian ensemble who took non-musical instruments like tapes, electronic noises etc. and came up with a sound akin to electro-pop.

Tom Ellard began making music as a teenager in Sydney’s suburbs in the late 1970s, messing around with school friends Richard Fielding and Andrew Wright.

Cutting and pasting together tape loops, sampling TV themes, melting records – they used whatever they could to make new and interesting sounds.

By 1983 Severed Heads had developed a steady following in their native Australia, playing their electronic funk on bills with the likes of SPK.

Tom Ellard
Richard Fielding
Andrew Wright
Garry Bradbury
Paul Derring
Pete Rivett-Carnac
Steven Jones