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Encyclopedia entry for 'Geisha' LETTER:

Formed in 1983
StylePop, rock
 Original line-up: Chris Doheny (guitar, vocals), Ken Sheppard (guitar), John Nyman (keyboards), Donoghue Doheny (bass, vocals), Peter Robertson (drums)
 Albums: Geisha (EMI, 1985), Midnight to Dawn (EMI, 1987), The Very Best of Geisha (EMI, 1998).

History
This Melbourne band formed as Geisha Detail. The band drew its inspiration from 1970s glam rock and early 1980s English New Romantic bands such as Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet.

As Geisha, the band signed to EMI and issued the singles `Fool's Way'/`Heartfall' (April 1985), `Rainy Day'/`Not the Same' (July) and `Kabuki'/ `Moving to the Rhythm' (September), plus the album Geisha (October). The singles were hits in Melbourne (`Kabuki' peaked at #20 in December) and the band became popular around the suburban pub circuit. EMI reissued `Rainy Day' in March 1986 (as a 7-inch single with a new B-side, `Night Games'), plus as a 12-inch `Rainy Day'/`Kabuki'. Geisha scored its biggest hit single when `Part Time Love Affair'/`Girl Like You' (August 1986) peaked at #3 on the Melbourne chart during September.

By late 1986, Geisha was working as a three-piece of Chris Doheny, Ken Sheppard (bass) and Brett Luton (drums). In the new year, Doheny -completely revamped the line-up with new members Steve Carter (bass), Laurence Maddick (keyboards; ex-Strange Tenants), Tommy Hosie (drums; ex-James Freud's Berlin) and Englishman Rob Dean (guitar; ex-Japan). Midnight to Dawn (October 1987) yielded the singles `Calling Your Name'/`Don't Come Knocking' (August), `Normal People'/`Paranoid Street' (October) and `Never Tell You Why'/`Shining Star' (December). Geisha broke up in April 1988. Chris Doheny went on to covers bands Diamond Dogs, All the Young Dudes and Dragonfly. He continued to record, singing lead vocals on `It's More Than a Game' which was the theme song to the Nine Network's The Footy Show. In September 1997, Doheny issued his debut solo single, The Beatlesque `Can You Hear the Rain?'.

In April 1998, the original Geisha line-up (Chris Doheny, Ken Sheppard, Peter Robinson, Donoghue Doheny, John Nyman) reformed for a gig to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the band�s breakup. EMI also issued The Very Best of Geisha (July 1998).



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

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