With a bouncy, yearning indie pop somewhat belied by their name, Dead Famous People formed in New Zealand the mid-'80s, releasing an EP for Flying Nun before moving to the U.K. There, they issued two albums and did a Peel Session before splitting in 1990. Lead singer and songwriter Dons Savage later reactivated the project and delivered third album Harry in 2020. In 1986, Auckland musicians Dons Savage and Elizabeth "Biddy" Leyland left Freudian Slips to start their own band, one in which Savage could write her own songs. With Savage leading the group and Leyland on keys, they formed Dead Famous People with guitarist Wendy Kjestrup, bassist Jenny Renals, and drummer Robyn Tearle. The group built a following in New Zealand with short-form releases, including an EP for Flying Nun Records (Lost Persons Area), and decided to relocate to ...
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