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Encyclopedia entry for 'Crashland'
Formed in 1988
Style Rock
Original line-up: Lyn Gordon (vocals, guitar; ex-Modern Jazz), Ash Wednesday (synthesiser, bass; ex-JAB, Models, Metronomes, Modern Jazz), Phil Sutherland (bass), Ray Moore (drums)
Album: Crashland (Regular/Festival, 1990).
This Melbourne band started out as a wild and trashy covers outfit having fun on the inner-city circuit. The songs the band covered ranged from the Jerry Lee Lewis chestnut `Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' on' to The Runaways' teen anthem `Cherry Bomb'. Gradually the band began to introduce self-penned songs into the set.

Ash Wednesday had a good deal of experience on the pub circuit under his belt with JAB, Models, The Metronomes and Modern Jazz. The Metronomes were a studio electronic outfit that comprised Wednesday, rock journalist Al Webb (guitar, synthesiser; ex-Streetlife) and Andrew Picouleau (bass, synthesiser). The band issued two singles, `Saturday Night'/`Sunday Morning' (May 1980) and `A Circuit Like Me'/`A Closed Circuit' (November 1980), plus two interesting albums, Multiple Choice (1981) and Regular Guys (1985), on the Cleopatra label.

Wednesday produced Melbourne singer Karen Marks' single `Cold Cafe'/`Won't Wear It for Long' (January 1981). Modern Jazz featured a fluid line-up that included Lyn Gordon (vocoda), Andrew Phillpott (synthesiser) and Ted Thornbury (vocals). The band played 1980s techno music and issued one album, The Nude, on the Cleopatra label in 1986. A year after formation, Crashland signed a deal with Regular Records which resulted in the `Cherry Bomb'/`Elvis Working' single (October 1989). Crashland's self-titled debut album comprised half original material and half covers, performed in the band's inimitable fashion. The band's second single featured a demented electro remodelling of John Lee Hooker's `Boom Boom'/`On T.V.' (April 1990).

Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
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