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Encyclopedia entry for 'Venom P. Stinger' LETTER:

Formed in 1985
StyleAvant-rock
 Original line-up: Dugald MacKenzie (vocals; ex-Sick Things, Brainshack), Mick Turner (guitar; ex-Sick Things, Fungus Brains, Moodists), Alan Secher-Jensen (bass; ex-Brainshack, Beachnuts), Jim White (drums; ex-People with Chairs Up Their Noses, Feral Dinosaurs)
 Albums: Meet My Friend Venom (No Master's Voice, 1986), What's Yours is Mine (Aberrant, 1990), Live (in Davis) (Anopheles, 1992), Tear Bucket (US import, 1996).

History
The members of Melbourne band Venom P. Stinger all had considerable experience on the inner-city scene under their collective belts when they joined forces in 1985. Sick Things were one of Melbourne's pioneering hardcore bands of the early 1980s. Fungus Brains played a mix of proto-grunge and jazzy avant no-wave noise. Venom P. Stinger took the experimental avant-garde route to its logi-cal conclusion with an unnerving sound that thrived on raw energy, a complex rhythmic base and unconventional song structures.

Venom P. Stinger earned a strong following on the Melbourne inner-city circuit, and issued its debut album, Meet My Friend Venom, in January 1987. Album tracks like `P.C.P. Crazy' and `Venom P. Stinger' were clattering slices of avant-rock with absolutely no concession to commercial gains. The band's next record, the single `Walking About'/ `26 Milligrams' appeared on the Aberrant label in July 1988. In 1989 Turner reactivated Fungus Brains for the album I'm So Glad. Turner, Secher-Jensen and White re-formed Venom P. Stinger with new singer Nick Palmer in 1991.

Aberrant issued the band's second album, What's Yours is Mine (October 1990), and the Au-go-go label issued the band's four-track CD EP Waiting Room in November 1991. The band toured the USA and issued the album Live (in Davis) in 1992. At the end of the year Turner and White put Venom P. Stinger on hold when they formed Dirty Three with Warren Ellis (violin). While the three musicians were getting that band off the ground, White and Ellis also toured and recorded with The Blackeyed Susans. Secher-Jensen formed Come the Rubber Pig, and later became involved with running the independent Vulgar Tongue label.

Venom P. Stinger regrouped at the end of 1993 to record the sludge-rock single `Thick-skin'/ `Tearbucketer' for the Death Valley label (issued in August 1994). Venom P. Stinger recorded one more album, Tear Bucket, which was only issued in Australia as a US import release. As Dirty Three's star continued to rise, Turner and White finally laid Venom P. Stinger to rest.



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

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