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Boom Crash Opera are a pop-rock band formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1985. Initially based around the songwriting partnership of Richard Pleasance (Guitar/Bass/Vocals 1985 - 1992) and Peter Farnan (Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals) Boom Crash Opera also includes Dale Ryder (Lead Vocals), Peter Maslen (Drums), Greg ‘Spock’ O’Connor (Keys/Guitar) and Ian Tilley (Bass/Vocals 1992 - Present).

Boom Crash Opera where quickly signed to WEA records Australia and in 1986 released their debut single ‘Great Wall’. The single reached number 5 on the ARIA National charts. Their self titled debut album, released in 1987, (Produced by Steve Brown and Alex Sadkin) went Gold and also featured the follow up singles ‘Hands Up In The Air’, ‘City Flat’ and ‘Her Charity’.

Following on from the success of their debut in 1989 they released the top 10 single ‘Onion Skin’ from what would become their most successful album ‘These Here Are Crazy Times’ (Produced by Nick Launay and Richard Pleasance). ‘These Here Are Crazy Times’ spent more than 12 months in the Australian National Top 40 and achieved double platinum sales. ‘Onion Skin’ was followed by the top 20 singles ‘Get Out Of The House’, ‘Best Thing’, ‘Dancing In The Storm’ and ‘Talk About It’.

In 1990 they released ‘Look! Listen!!’. The album featured remixed versions of songs from their first two albums plus two new songs.


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  • MrsRebel


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  • FURGroup

    For more information about Boom Crash Opera including where you can see them live visit

    12 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Constatine32

    These here are crazy times has a lot of fantastic memeories attaced to each song for me. bein In year 8 in High school. I still love them to this day. And to be honest dont ask me to pick a fav cause i can't.

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • chicagorockcity

    I love BCO!

    17 Sep 2008 Reply
  • hornbuckle

    despite being released over 20 years ago and forgotten by nearly everybody, songs from their self-titled album still creep out of my cavernous memory and get stuck in my head every so often. today is one of those days. (as an aside, i also just remembered that their music lives on in "don't tell mom the babysitter's dead.")

    16 Sep 2008 Reply
  • jonaschrist

    i remember this band from my childhood, i think the CD is still in my dad's stash, i might have to borrow it someday soon... expect further shoutage when it happens!

    13 Nov 2007 Reply
  • heygoodlookin

    you wanna know a funny story. my grandparents were robbed and owned about 200 cds, and every songle one of them was taken; except for one. and that cd would have to be Boom Crash Operam 'Look! Listen!!'. maybe they were trying to make a statement.

    27 Sep 2007 Reply
  • brownda7

    Dancing in the storm...classic Aussie song

    18 Aug 2007 Reply

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