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Whirlywirld was an Australian post punk band led by Ollie Olsen in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the first of his musical collaborations with drummer John Murphy. They played in Melbourne and Sydney and were supporters of the Melbourne little band scene.

There were at least two distinct periods of the band: the first with Simon Smith, Andrew Duffield and Philip Jackson(synthesizers), and Dean Richards (guitar) (Richards and Jackson left to form Equal Local); the second with Arne Hanna (guitar) and Greg Sun (bass). After the band split, Olsen went on to form the bands Hugo Klang, The Orchestra Of Skin & Bone, and NO. Murphy played with Olsen in London in Hugo Klang and then in Australia in the Orchestra of Skin and Bone before their musical partnership ended.

Hanna and Murphy later played with Olsen and Michael Hutchence in the band Max Q. A version of one of Whirlywirld’s songs, Win/Lose, was re-recorded by Olsen in 1986 for inclusion in the film Dogs In Space. Hutchence sang the early Whirlywirld song, Rooms for the Memory on the soundtrack, being a hit on the mainstream Australian charts as a single in 1987. The remixed version of “Win/Lose” was also released as a single by Olsen.


* Ian ’Ollie’ Olsen - vocals, synthesiser, saxophone
* John Murphy - drums
* Dean Richards - guitar
* Philip Jackson - synthesiser
* Andrew Duffield - synthesiser
* Simon Smith - synthesiser
* Arne Hanna - guitar
* Greg Sun - bass guitar

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