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Models

Models

was an alternative rock band from Melbourne, Australia, in August, 1978. The group was short lived and split up in 1987. They were sometimes called, The Models, but their correct name was just, Models. The members of Models were from two other bands. Sean Kelly (guitar player and vocalist) was from Teenage Radio Stars, and Ash Wednesday (guitar player), Pierre Voltaire (bass player), and Johnny Crash ( drum player) were all from the group called, JAB. The group changed lineup members early on with Mark Ferrie replacing Pierre, and Ash Wednesday was replaced by Andrew Duffield. The group released their first album in 1980, and it was called, Alphabravecharliedeltaechofoxtrotgolf. The song did not receive a lot of commercial success but it was popular on the live pub scenes. This band played more often and in more places in Australia then any other band in that era. They recorded new material for their studio albums, so they had a lot of songs which were not released until 2002, when a compilation album was released. The style of music the group preformed was New Wave, glam rock, pop, and dub. In 1981, Crash was replaced by Buster Stiggs and the band released the album called, Cut Lunch. The album consisted of successful demo tracks. The released their second album later the same year and called it, Local And/Or General. The group received a lot of radio exposure and also television exposure on ABCís Countdown.

Ferrie and Stiggs left the group and was replaced with James Freud, and Barton Price. The group went on to sign with MMA Management Company. The band changed their music style somewhat and tried to create a more commercial sound. This lineup released the 1982 LP called, The Pleasure of Your Company. The album did not sell many copies but it was critically acclaimed. The single from the album, I Hear Motion, was a national hit, in the U. K. The band again changed their lineup of members and moved to Sydney so they could get more exposure. The groupís live exposure was what kept them in the limelight when others had failed. They were popular on the radio clear through the 1990's. The band reunited in 2000 for a few gigs, and in 2001 they released another album called, Melbourne.

In 2002 Harper Collins published Freudís memoir called, I Am the Voice Left From Drinking. The memoirs tell about his drinking and drug problems. Mason has composed soundtracks for different projects such as the, ABC TV series, MDA. Valentine went on to work in Childrenís TV and is also a well known radio host on 702 ABC. Sydney published a series of childrenís books. Matthews is a hit in Australia with her first album called, Emigreí, in 1990. Other members have also went on to pursue solo projects. The band released 8 albums during their music career together.