Died Pretty: True Fools Fall (1990)

died-prettyWhen I interviewed Paul Kelly in Adelaide, Australia in 1992, I asked him what bands he was listening to. In his response, he mentioned Died Pretty, along with The Go-Betweens and The Triffids. When I got back to the U.S., I made an effort to check them out. I’m glad I did, because it exposed me to a musical avenue that I barely knew existed at the time.

I fully understand that Died Pretty is an acquired taste. They were Australia’s answer to R.E.M., if you mutated them and transferred them to the Bizarro universe (indeed, Died Pretty opened for R.E.M. on the Australian leg of their 1994 tour). Moving right along…

Siinger Ron Peno and guitarist Brett Myers formed the band in Sydney in early 1984. During their career, which lasted until 2002, they released nine albums and four EPs. True Fools Fall is off the album Every Brilliant Eye.

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