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Encyclopedia entry for 'The Ears' LETTER:

Formed in 1979
StyleArt-punk
 Original line-up: Sam Sejavka (vocals), Mick Lewis (guitar), Cathy McQuade (bass), Charles `Chuck' Meo (drums), Tim McLaughlin (keyboards)

History
Alongside The Boys Next Door, Models, Whirly-wirld, The Fabulous Marquises, etc., art-punk outfit The Ears became one of the most popular bands on the Melbourne inner-city/Crystal Ballroom scene. The Ears issued the independent single `Leap for Lunch'/`The Crater' in early 1980.

Soon after, Carl Manuel replaced Charles Meo (who joined Dorian Gray) and Gus Till joined on keyboards. Missing Link issued The Ears' second single, `Scarecrow'/`The Lollyhater' in early 1981. The songs echoed the sounds of David Bowie and Brian Ferry crossed with Magazine and The Boys Next Door. The band broke up at the end of 1981. Sejavka, Till and Manuel formed Beargarden, and Cathy McQuade joined Deckchairs Overboard. The Ears also had the tracks `Perennial Boogie' and `One Light' included on the Various Artists album From Belgrave with Love (Cleopatra, 1981).

The Ears had so influenced film-maker Richard Lowenstein (he shared a house with them) that he based his 1987 feature film Dogs in Space around their story. A couple of old Ears songs (`Dogs in Space' and `Golf Course') were re-recorded for the film soundtrack. INXS' frontman, the late Michael Hutchence, appeared in the part of Dogs in Space singer `Sam', and Charles Meo played the part of Dogs in Space drummer Chuck.



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