Spdfgh

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Spdfgh
OriginSydney, AU
GenresRock
Indie rock
Years active1990–1997
LabelsHalf A Cow
Dirt Records
MembersKim Bowers
Liz Payne
Tania Bowers
Melanie Thurgar
 
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Spdfgh
OriginSydney, AU
GenresRock
Indie rock
Years active1990–1997
LabelsHalf A Cow
Dirt Records
MembersKim Bowers
Liz Payne
Tania Bowers
Melanie Thurgar

Spdfgh (/ˈspʌdəˈfʌɡəhə/ were an Australian all-female rock band from the 1990s. The founding members were: Kim Bowers (as Wikky Malone) (guitar, vocals), Liz Payne (as Rosy Glo, Lou Marvel, Belle) (guitar, vocals), Tania Bowers (as Tania May) (bass guitar, vocals) , Melanie Thurgar (as Finnius) (drums).[1] and Angela Morosin, vocals.

In chemistry, the letters (spdfgh...) are used when determining the number of electrons in the shells of an atom (the letters denote the first six states of orbital angular momentum in atomic physics). TV Week magazine called it "the dumbest name in Australian rock".

The band name came about this way: Liz Payne's brother Geoff and friend Paul Hillard were studying for their Higher School Certificate physics exams, and recited "spdfgh" to aid recall of this topic. Soon this became the title of a song (written by Hillard, Geoff Payne and Crowe) for Geoff's band Wilson Tuckey Goes To Hobart. Liz also wrote songs for Wilson Tuckey Goes To Hobart, as did Mel Thurgar, and both performed with WTGTH in the early to mid 90s. Kim and Tania Bowers also featured briefly in WTGTH before all the girls decided to pursue spdfgh only.

The original members got started playing together at St. Patrick's College (Campbelltown, south-west of Sydney). A very early gig was the St Patrick's School disco and featured the unreleased "Help! Help! It's a dance party!" The band and Morosin parted company soon after high school.

In their early days to get noticed they would travel to Sydney, sneak into sound checks of bands they liked and just start playing. Payne left after the group had recorded, Leave Me Like This and Sally Russell (later known as New Buffalo, Sally Seltmann) briefly replaced her on guitar in mid-1995.[1] Russell, still a member of power pop group Lustre 4, had co-written the track, "You Made Me" with Tania (later known as Via Tania) for that album.[1][2] Russell continued her work with Lustre 4 and was replaced in Spdfgh by Christina Hannaford by the time the album was issued.[1][3]

The band had songs included on the soundtracks of the films Love and Other Catastrophes and The Well.

Since breaking up, the members have pursued new projects.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Spdfgh". Music Australia (National Library of Australia). 21 April 2003. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Carew, Anthony (6 August 2004). "Sweet Home". The Age (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Mason, Stewart. "New Buffalo – Biography". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 17 January 2012. 

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