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Dead Famous People


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Comprised of members Donna Savage (vocals), Biddy Leyland (keyboards), Wendy Kjestrup (guitar), Jenny Renals (bass), and Frances Gant (drums), ’80s alt-rockers Dead Famous People hailed from New Zealand. The group built a following in their homeland with independent releases and eventually decided to relocate to the U.K., resulting in the release of their best-known release, the mini album Arriving Late in Torn and Filthy Jeans in 1989. Despite fast-turning heads in London due to their live shows, the group split up in 1990, with Leyland and Savage embarking on solo careers (Savage also guested on Saint Etienne’s version of the Field Mice song Let’s Kiss and Make Up). A later Dead Famous People release came a few years later in the form of All Hail the Daffodils, a collection of tunes that the quintet was working on just prior to their split. Secret Girl’s Business is a retrospective compilation released in 1991.


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