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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 (Van Deering)
Pete Rivett-Carnac
Steven Jones