Severed Heads: 30 years in five minutes.

  • Recorded the first album Ear Bitten in 1979… it’s now trading for about $1500 US dollars on eBay.
    It’s not worth it.

  • In 1981 the band champions “cassette culture” with the three tape One Stop Shopping compilation of Australian underground music. The Australian Financial Review ponders the death of vinyl.

  • Severed Heads perform with live video at Metro Television in 1983. Preceding ‘VJ culture’ by about 18 years.

  • In 1984 the band signs to Ink records in the UK, Virgin in Germany and Australia. Since The Accident is released worldwide. The single Dead Eyes Opened gets reasonable club play. The hideous monster awakes.

  • First UK shows and a trip to Canada to sign with Nettwerk Records of Vancouver and Volition Records in Sydney.

  • The 1986 World Tour in Hell. Starts well with a live to air on ABC's Rock Arena, 4 nights at the Chauvel Cinema and dates across Canada. The European leg turns into a nightmare – use your imagination. American shows are survived by drinking much vodka.

  • 1988 is a big year for big dance parties as well as exhibits for the Sydney Biennale and Australian Perspecta.

  • Robert Racic’s remix single Greater Reward becomes the biggest selling import 12” in the United States during 1989. Frantic attempts to release it within the States come too late.

  • The 1990 American tour encounters a new hurdle: rap music. The disco boys from Australia have a hard sell as the USA and European music styles drift apart.

  • Technopop Live at the Phoenician Club in Sydney ushers in Volition’s golden era 1991. Now the leading indie dance label in the country… for a while.

  • In 1994 Severed Heads develop a CD-Rom called Metapus to go with the album Gigapus. Sony installs computers in key record stores to show off this new format.

  • Sevs are the first electronic band to play The Big Day Out (in machinery square right after the Screaming Jets).

  • Robert Racic remixes Dead Eyes Opened. It enters the top 20 in ‘94. The monster grows larger. It becomes one of the first Australian online music downloads (through Next Online).

  • Volition develop “The Boiler Room” for Big Day Out. Sevs are the headline. The other stages laugh and call it the ‘dodgy boiler room’. It's now a major attraction (but overseas bands headline).

  • Nettwerk Records decides to go mainstream and drops all their old bands. Volition Records dies a painful death. Sevs have no label by 1995.

  • www.sevcom.com is online before google.com

  • Severed Heads develop the first MP3 album Severything (actually MP2 because MP3 hadn’t been developed yet!)

  • Our online store opens in 1997. Blank CDs cost $15 each. We lose money.

  • Blank CDs eventually cost 50c. We make money.

  • Sevcom.com expands to host bands, political activists and lunatics as a free web community.

  • In 1996, Tom Ellard explains CD-ROM technology on the 7.30 Report to underline prime minister Paul Keating’s arts strategy. Keating loses the election.

  • Tom leaves the music industry in 1999, entering the advertising design industry, which sucks even more. Spends five years making brochures.

  • Online store keeps on booming. Play every BDO.

  • In 2004, Kriv Stenders recruits Severed Heads to make a motion picture soundtrack for The Illustrated Family Doctor. We also create a soundtrack album called The Animated Family Doctor. This wins an ARIA Award for Best Soundtrack Album.

  • Trendy European labels continue to license Dead Eyes Opened. Vinyl On Demand releases a boxed set of Very Old Stuff called Adenoids.

  • At the end of 2008 the band decides to stop development and shut down community access. The joy has gone, and that was the point of it. Time to do some new stuff.

  • Sevs play a special show for the 2010 Sydney Festival with The Reels as guests. A fine time was had by all. Also the Circa 79 mini festival which has a larger than expected audience.

  • In 2011 we tour around with Gary Numan so we can have really ***** hotel rooms. On the final night in Adelaide we swear that 'Adelaide will be the last Australian Severed Heads show ever'. Same year Tom Ellard does a concert as Australian Composer In Focus. We do Belgium again.

  • Early in 2012 the Adelaide Festival comes knocking ...