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Encyclopedia entry for 'Godstar' LETTER:

Formed in 1991
StylePsychedelic pop
 Original line-up: Nic Dalton (guitar, vocals; ex-Plunderers), John Encarnacao (lead guitar; ex-Flies), Tom Morgan (bass, vocals), Alison Galloway (drums; ex-Jupiter)
 Albums: Sleeper (Half a Cow, 1993), Coastal (Half a Cow/Mercury, 1995), September (as The Godstar Reminder; Half a Cow, 1997

History
For Sydney-based musician Nic Dalton, the prospect of working on one project at any given time was unthinkable. He started out with mid-1980s thrash pop three-piece The Plunderers, and since that time he has recorded with 23 bands. In 1990, he set up his Half a Cow record label and bookshop in the Sydney inner-city suburb of Glebe. The label became an outlet for the likes of Sneeze, Hippy Dribble, Sidewinder, The Daisygrinders, Crow, Smudge, Swirl and many others.

In January 1991 he formed the first version of Godstar with Tom Morgan, Alison Galloway and rock writer John Encarnacao. Morgan and Galloway worked so well together that Dalton suggested they form their own band which became Smudge. Dalton derived the Godstar name from Psychic TV's 1986 single `Godstar', which was about Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones. Dalton's intention for Godstar was to mix uplifting Todd Rundgren/Nazz-styled psychedelic pop with a sombre Velvet Underground flavour. Despite the ever-evolving nature of Godstar's muse, and the diverse range of musicians on hand, Dalton has managed to retain a sense of stylistic continuity over several releases. Dalton included the Godstar track `It's My Turn' on the Half a Cow 7-inch giveaway compilation single alongside Smudge and Swirl. Dalton put Godstar on hold when he joined The Hummingbirds in 1991 as temporary replacement for Robyn St Clare. In 1992 Dalton reactivated Godstar. The core line-up of the second version of Godstar was Dalton (guitar, vocals), Robyn St Clare (bass, vocals), Tom Morgan (guitar, vocals) and Alison Galloway (drums).

At the same time, Dalton received an offer to join Evan Dando's band Lemonheads. Before Dalton jetted off with Lemonheads to tour internationally and record the album Come on Feel the Lemonheads, Godstar recorded two CD EPs, `The Brightest Star' and Chemcraze (featuring `Bad Bad Implications'). The CD EPs were issued in November 1992 and May 1993 respectively. Godstar recorded its debut album, Sleeper, in Boston, -Massachusetts during two one-week breaks in Lemonheads' hectic schedule (August 1992). Alongside Morgan and Galloway, helping out on the sessions were Juliana Hatfield Band bass player Bob Weston (deputising for St Clair) and Evan Dando, who played drums on three tracks. Issued in August 1993, Sleeper was full of rough-hewn and basic, yet boisterous, psychedelic pop. It gave rise to the CD EP `Lie Down Forever' (July), which also included previously unreleased material. Godstar toured the Australian east coast during September 1993 with Dando in tow.

Two years later, Dalton issued the second Godstar album, Coastal (July 1995), which featured the usual backing musicians and Boston band Fuzzy on several tracks. Coastal mixed fiesty pop and psychedelic sound collages with dancefloor grooves. It yielded the CD single `Pushpin'/`Seeing Stars' (June 1995) and the CD EP `Table for One' (October). The CD EP `Love and Death' was a limited edition bonus disc included with early copies of Coastal. As well as appearing on CD format, Coastal came out as a double vinyl album. The Godstar track `Ambient Groupie' also appeared on the compilation Rock'n'Roll is Here to Pay on the P-76 label through Shock (1995).

Godstar undertook its second Australian tour to promote the release of Coastal, but by the end of 1995 Dalton had split the band. He formed a new band called The Kombi Nation (TKN). He also worked with Tom Morgan in Sneeze and, in early 1997, a pseudo-soul band called The Ultimate Vanilla. In October 1996 Dalton issued the final Godstar recordings as The Godstar Reminder EP on the Blind label. The last Godstar-related release was the September album (April 1997), credited to The Godstar Reminder which featured unreleased Godstar material recorded in September 1993. Godstar also had records issued overseas on several labels, including Taang! (Sleeper and the EPs `Lie Down Forever' and `Single'), Bus Stop (the `Four Seventy' EP), Rugger Bugger (the `Glasgow' EP) and 100 Guitar Mania (the `Way Out Jim' single).

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

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