Based in Sydney, Australia, the Laughing Clowns were led by Ed Kuepper (b. Edmund Kuepper, Germany), who formed the band in 1979 after leaving the Saints. The group rehearsed for six months before gigging, and the music that emerged was complex. As the original members, Louise Elliott (saxophone), Peter Doyle (trumpet), the Wallace-Crabbe brothers Ben and Dan (bass and keyboards, respectively), Peter Walsh (bass) and Jeffrey Wegener (drums), came from different disciplines such as jazz, many of Kuepper’s fans had difficulty appreciating what the band was attempting. The media found difficulties in pigeonholing the Laughing Clowns as easily as their contemporaries. Representative of their style, and an in-concert favourite, was ‘Eternally Yours’. Despite this lack of acceptance the band recorded regularly on independent labels (including their own, called Prince Melon). The band toured the UK and Europe from 1982 onwards, releasing several records there, but to no great success. Undaunted, Kuepper continued solo, and formed a new outfit called the Yard Goes On Forever. Walsh went on to form the highly-praised Apartments.
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