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Encyclopedia entry for 'Freaked Out Flower Children' LETTER:

Formed in 1991
StyleFlower pop
 Original line-up: Gumpy Phillips (vocals, guitar; ex-Battle Happy), Tricky J (synth programmer), Sophie Lee (sax, vocals), Nicole Love (backing vocals), Fiona Ruttelle (backing vocals)
 Album: Love In (Virgin, 1992).

History
This enterprising bunch of musicians/scene stealers appeared in 1991 playing dance music versions of 1960s flower power hits. Gumpy Phillips had previously been a member of mid-1980s Melbourne band Battle Happy along with Phil Ceberano (guitar). The band issued one independent single `Evil Donald'/`Decline and Fall' on the Rampant label in 1985 before disappearing. Phillips and Tricky J had also worked as a rap act and issued one single. Sophie Lee was a television presenter (Bugs Bunny, Sex) and actor (Flying Doctors).

The Freaked Out Flower Children's first and only hit was a reworking of Eric Burdon and War's `Spill the Wine' (#31 in February 1992). The band's debut album, Love In (December 1991), was full of syncopated beats and breezy melodies wrapped around tunes like Barry McGuire's `Eve of Destruction', Five Man Electric Band's `Signs' and Jimi Hendrix's `Purple Haze'. `Beautiful People' was issued as the second single. The retro-cabaret and day-glo focus of the ensemble, however, did little to foster a sense of longevity and the concept had run its course by 1993. Sophie Lee later appeared in the 1996 Australian feature film The Castle.



Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
under licence from Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd

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