Severed Heads

Also known as Severed, Severed Heads, The

Short biography of Severed Heads: Severed Heads is an Australian group based and founded in Sydney in 1979. The group was originally known as [a=Mr And Mrs No Smokin' Sign] who started recording in 1977 and comprised of [a=Richard Fielding] and [a=Andrew Wright (8)]. [a=Tom Ellard] joined the group in 1979 and shortly thereafter Wright departed. Once Wright left the group Fielding decided to change the name to Severed Heads. Fielding eventually left the group too, in 1981, citing it as becoming "too rock 'n roll", leaving Ellard as the sole continuing member of the group. A variety of people have played in Severed Heads, including [a=Garry Bradbury], [a=Paul Deering], and [a=Stephen Jones (3)], but over time the group has devolved to Tom Ellard.

Early Severed Heads music was characterised by the use of tape loops, noisy arrangements of synthesizers, and other dissonant sound sources, putting Severed Heads in the general category of industrial music. After several releases in that vein, Severed Heads began incorporating various popular music tropes, such as a consistent 4/4 rhythm, strong melodic lines, and resolving chord arrangements. This move was underscored by the incorporation of mimetic devices, such as drum machines. The result was a striking hybrid of the avant-garde, EBM and Synth-pop.

Severed Heads were signed to Nettwerk Records in North America, and Volition Records in Australia, and charted in 1984 with the song "Dead Eyes Opened". This deal lead to a world tour, which was as much a multimedia event, thanks to the video work of Stephen Jones. A period of more or less dance music influenced releases followed until Volition went bankrupt and Nettwerk dropped the band which led to a re-activation and digital distribution via their own [l=SevCom] imprint.

On 4th February 2008 [a=Tom Ellard] announced the end of the "Severed Heads". Severed Heads played very last live shows on the 16th and 17th December 2011 at the 10th Anniversary BIM Fest in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2013 they played the Adelaide Festival in Australia again. Various reissues are prepared for 2014.

Also on the Web you may find Severed Heads by links below:
  1. http://www.sevcom.com/
  2. http://www.ltmrecordings.com/sevheadsbio.html
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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
1 All Saints Day 2
mp3, CD
1989 Nettwerk Europe
2 Hot With Fleas 3
mp3, CD
1987
3 Twenty Deadly Diseases 3
mp3, CD
1986 Nettwerk
4 Greater Reward 4
mp3, CD
1988 Nettwerk
5 Big Car (Remix) 3
mp3, CD
1990 IMPORTANT
6 Propellor 4
mp3, CD
1986 Ink Records
7 Since The Accident (With Tracks From Blubberknife) - 1983-1984 Part 1 19
mp3, CD
1989
8 City Slab Horror (With Tracks From Blubberknife) - 1983-1984 Part 2 18
mp3, CD
1989
9 Come Visit The Big Bigot With Dead Eyes Opened 17
mp3, CD
1987-00-00 Nettwerk
10 Petrol 3
mp3, CD
1986 Normal
11 Rotund For Success 14
mp3, CD
1989 Nettwerk Europe
12 Retread 9
mp3, CD
1991 Nettwerk Europe
13 Gashing The Old Mae West 4
mp3, CD
1986 Ink Records
14 Greater Reward 3
mp3, CD
1988 Volition
15 Bad Mood Guy 10
mp3, CD
1987 Nettwerk Europe
16 Cuisine (With Piscatorial) 20
mp3, CD
1991 Nettwerk
17 Blubberknife 9
mp3, CD
1984 Ink Records
18 Gigapus 14
mp3, CD
1996 Decibel
19 Bad Mood Guy 10
mp3, CD
1987 Nettwerk
20 Since The Accident 11
mp3, CD
1983 Ink Records
21 City Slab Horror 12
mp3, CD
1985 Ink Records
22 Bulkhead 10
mp3, CD
1988 Nettwerk Europe
23 Stretcher 10
mp3, CD
1985
24 Dead Eyes Opened 5
mp3, CD
1986 Nettwerk
25 Dead Eyes Opened (Remix 1994) 4
mp3, CD
1994 Volition
26 Goodbye Tonsils 4
mp3, CD
1985 Ink Records
27 Clifford Darling, Please Don't Live In The Past 28
mp3, CD
1985 Ink Records
28 Heart Of The Party (Remix) 3
mp3, CD
1995 Volition
29 Overhead 10
mp3, CD
1990 Nettwerk
30 Come Visit The Big Bigot 12
mp3, CD
1986 Nettwerk
31 Stretcher 4
mp3, CD
1985 Ink Records
32 Dead Eyes Opened 5
mp3, CD
1986 Nettwerk
33 Gigapus (European Version) 14
mp3, CD
1995 Dark Star
34 Cuisine (With Piscatorial) 18
mp3, CD
1991 Volition
35 Rotund For Success 12
mp3, CD
1989 Volition

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