The Models were Australias premier new wave band to emerge from the punk period in the second half of 1978. Original member Sean Kelly (guitar, vocals) and James Freud (bass; who joined in 1982), provided much of the Models song material. Both had played together previously in Melbourne punk band the Teenage Radio Stars. The fluctuating line-up of the Models has in the past included notables Andrew Duffield (keyboards; replaced in 1983 by Roger Mason), drummers Janis Johnny Crash Friedenfields and Barton Price, Mark Ferrie (bass, vocals) and James Valentine (keyboards). The band recorded often, and despite enjoying substantial success on the Australian alternative charts, toured frequently and extensively to repay debts that would eventually lead to acrimony between the principal songwriters. Commercial success finally came in 1985 with the Out Of Sight Out Of Mind single and album, and the Barbados single. The bands material was either dense rock music or melodic pop, which alienated its long-standing fans. Since the band broke up in 1987, Freud recorded a solo album, but despite its high production costs, it did not perform very well. Kelly eased himself back into the limelight by co-forming a band called the Absent Friends with various other well-known Australian musicians, including INXS bass player Garry Beers. Initially conceived as a part-time affair, the band developed into a more fully fledged outfit which earned high respect around Sydney, and released Heres Looking Up Your Address on the Mushroom label in 1990.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.