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Sydney, Australia (1984 – 2002)

Died Pretty (sometimes The Died Pretty) was an rock band centred around singer Ron Peno and guitarist Brett Myers. The band formed in Sydney, Australia in early 1984 and played their last shows in 2002.

Their music started from a base of early electric Bob Dylan with influences. They were also notably influenced by The Velvet Underground and Television.

They were managed their whole career by John Needham of Citadel Records, their label, and were to some degree the Citadel house band.The band formed in early 1984 after vocalist Ron Peno’s previous band, The 31st, had split. Music journalist and keyboardist Frank Brunetti had formed a band with Brett Myers, formerly of THE END, and suggested Peno join as singer. After various temporary rhythm sections, Jonathan Lickliter and Colin Barwick from The End joined a month later on bass and drums respectively.

The band came quickly to the attention of the Australian independent music scene, with the first two singles Out of the Unknown and the 12-minute psychedelic epic Mirror Blues (released split over a 7” in Australia and intact on 12” in the UK) and then the EP Next To Nothing starting their career with tremendous critical attention and three alternative chart #1 hits in a row. All three records also achieved “Single Of The Week” in UK music weekly Melody Maker, though the band never achieved any popularity or notice in the UK.


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  • Brushback

    Any Died Pretty song with a Brett Myers solo is usually pretty great

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • temudgin

    Can't wait to see these guys play on Sunday at Cherry Rock 2011!

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • morningside24

    Greatest song: Mirror Blues!

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • morningside24

    Album in order of greatness: 1) Free Dirt 2) Doughboy Hollow 3) Everydaydream 4) Pre-Deity 5) Using My Gills as A Roadmap 6) Lost 7) Trace 8) Sold 9) Every Brilliant Eye.

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • morningside24

    Any news on whether the reformed Died Pretty will be releasing any material? Or was it just for those live dates?

    5 Nov 2010 Reply
  • mvldk666

    ... ... ;;; + other sites :o)

    23 Mar 2010 Reply
  • earthcrossing

    Yes, but somebody should amend the bio :)

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • mvldk666

    That is because Died Pretty ... reformed ... that it was not the last show way then ... was that answer enough

    18 Mar 2010 Reply
  • earthcrossing

    Their last shows were not in 2002, I saw them a year or so back!

    20 Sep 2009 Reply
  • cyrilw

    Pre-Deity mini-lp is probably my favourite. Free Dirt is probably the best Oz rock album ever, though I also like the Crystal Set's Almost Pure, Priest=Aura and the Moffs Labyrinth,

    11 Aug 2009 Reply
  • yamstick

    It kills those two albums for sure.

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
  • morningside24

    OK, I've come to the conclusion that 'Free Dirt' may just be the best Australian rock album of all time...or at least up there with '(I'm) Stranded' and 'Honey Steel's Gold'...

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • Smileee

    Free Dirt one of my all time favourite albums

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • sola_tido

    Still got the Out Of The Unknown / Mirror Blues 12" (mid 80s UK release), one of my favourite purchases because of the fine b-side extended jam of Mirror Blues. Shame that no tracks are playable on Last FM :-(

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • mundic

    Remember - ther is nothing like the real thing!!!! Went to the ed and peno show at the tivoli a while back and was entranced. Who ever said the 80's sucks!!!!

    30 Jan 2009 Reply
  • morningside24

    Just got the Free DIrt reissue. It's well worth it for all the early EPs and non-album singles which the reissue collects.

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
  • channah45

    I've got the Doughboy Hollow 2008 reissue with extra disc full of demos - highly recommended! The demos are delicious :)

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
  • wellhamsrus

    Well the Enmore Theatre show earlier this year playing Doughboy Hollow in its entirety was great, but Homebake during daylight is not the right environment for them. Bought the re-release of their Free Dirt anyway. Hi! to the girl next to me.

    9 Dec 2008 Reply
  • mistermusic26

    I just bought Doughboy Hollow yesterday. I think it's indescribably amazing. I can't believe I'm only discovering them now!! Bring on the BDO :)

    24 Nov 2008 Reply
  • yamstick

    I need to get a copy of Doughboy Hollow before the Tivoli show. Quite the elusive album

    1 Dec 2007 Reply
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