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Hunters & Collectors - 79% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1981, Hunters And Collectors experimented with a punk/funk style, drawing comparisons in some quarters to Talking Heads, something that earned them a strong following on the Australian alternative music scene. The core members of the group have over the years comprised Mark Seymour (guitar, lead vocals), Jeremy Smith (keyboards, saxophone), Do Read more

You Am I - 78% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Up until the early 90s, most of Australia’s best know rock imports seemed to fit neatly into categories of heavy metal (AC/DC), punk (Radio Birdman), or pop rock (Men At Work, INXS). This situation changed with the emergence of bands such as You Am I, who embraced alternative music but also demonstrated a keen ear for a sweet pop melody.Formed in Sy Read more

Weddings Parties Anything - 58% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1984, and based around Mick Thomas (Michael Thomas; guitar/bass/vocals) and David Steel (guitar/vocals/harmonica), the closest comparison to Weddings Parties Anything’s sound is that of the Pogues, and the Sydney-based Roaring Jack - both punk-influenced bands who also derived their inspiration from traditional Irish folk music. The or Read more

Powderfinger - 54% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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This Australian quintet is one of their country’s top rock bands, having scored several hit albums and singles from the mid-90s into the new millennium. Taking their name from a Neil Young song, Powderfinger was originally formed in Brisbane, Queensland, during 1989 by high school friends Ian Haug (21 February 1970; guitar/vocals), John Collins (bass) and Steven Bishop Read more

Hoodoo Gurus - 43% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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An Australian rock band whose belief in the power of the bar chord has never diminished, Sydney’s Hoodoo Gurus initially shared links with that city’s other major alternative rock attraction of the 80s, the Scientists (after both relocated from Perth). That connection was instigated by singer-songwriter Dave Faulkner, who had previously played in a band called the Gur Read more

Jimmy Barnes - 39% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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James Swan, 28 April 1956, Cowcaddens, Glasgow, Scotland. With the disintegration of the Australian band Cold Chisel in 1983, lead singer Jimmy Barnes embarked on a solo career with Mushroom Records. He teamed up with Jonathan Cain (ex-Babys) and produced two albums in quick succession. These were characterized by Barnes’ rough and raunchy vocal delivery, and included e Read more

Richard Clapton - 37% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Unfortunately, Clapton remains one of Australian rock’s hidden secrets. A perceptive lyricist and a talented songwriter, Clapton returned from travelling in Europe in 1972, where he had played in a couple of bands and recorded a remarkable debut album, which displayed his laconic, wailing vocal style, strong lyrics and ear for melody. The sparse production assisted the alb Read more

The Herd - 37% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Pop / Rock Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Split Enz - 34% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally formed in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1972 as Split Ends, this beloved and expansive unit evolved around Tim Finn (Brian Timothy Finn, 25 June 1952, Te Awamutu, New Zealand; vocals/piano), Mike Chunn (b. Michael Jonathan Chunn, 8 June 1952, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand; bass/keyboards), Phil Judd (b. Philip Raymond Judd, 23 March 1953, Hastings, New Zealand; vocal Read more

Neil Finn - 29% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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27 May 1958, Te Awamutu, New Zealand. Finn’s reputation as one of New Zealand’s leading songwriters was confirmed when he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1993, in recognition of his work with Split Enz and Crowded House. Following the latter band’s emotional farewell performance in Sydney on 24 November 1996, Finn set about reco Read more

John Williamson - 28% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Folk Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 November 1945, Quambatook, Victoria, Australia. Williamson’s musically inclined parents sang in amateur operatic productions. At the end of his teens, the family relocated to Croppa Creek, near Moree, New South Wales. Singing at a local restaurant he introduced his first composition, ‘Old Man Emu’, which was a great success. He sang it on television’s N Read more

Kasey Chambers - 27% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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4 June 1976, Mount Gambier, Australia. Country singer Chambers was born into a family of Seventh Day Adventists living in a small township in Australia. ‘My town wasn’t even on the map, you could pass right through it in 20 seconds flat’, sings Chambers about her upbringing in ‘Southern Kind Of Life’. While she and her brother Nash were still very yo Read more

Midnight Oil - 27% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, in 1971, and then known as Farm, this strident band pioneered its own course in Australian rock without relying on the established network of agencies and record companies. The original nucleus of Farm comprised Andrew James (Australia; bass), Rob Hirst (b. Camden, New South Wales, Australia; drums/vocals) and Jim Moginie (b. Aus Read more

Crowded House - 26% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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After the break up of Split Enz at the end of 1984, one of its major songwriters, Neil Finn (27 May 1958, Te Awamutu, New Zealand; guitar/vocals), along with latter-day Split Enz drummer Paul Hester (b. 8 January 1959, Melbourne, Australia, d. 26 March 2005, Melbourne, Australia), Nick Seymour (b. Nicholas More Seymour, 9 December 1958, Benalla, Victoria, Australia; bass) an Read more

Daryl Braithwaite - 26% match to Paul Kelly

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 January 1949, Melbourne, Australia. Braithwaite came to national attention as lead singer with the Australian teen phenomenon of the 70s, Sherbet. His talent as a vocalist was often overlooked by older music buyers, put off by his adoring teenage fans. He managed to have substantial success both as a member of the band and on solo vocal outings. His early solo albums and Read more


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