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Dead Famous People


All-girl mid 80’s Flying Nun Records outfit featuring Wendy Kjestrup, Jenny Renals, Donna Savage, Robyn Tearle, Elizabeth Leyland and Gill Moon. I picked up the EP (their sole New Zealand release) recently and was surprised by the almost amateur approach of their musicianship.

Though full of songs, they seem to have had a loose, unfocused style of playing – which featured synth textures over top of the usual guitar and drums approach.

They eventually relocated to England and released a far more acclaimed, and apparently quite excellent follow up EP Arriving Late In Torn And Filthy Jeans and the 1990 album All Hail The Daffodil.


  • Donna Savage (Vocals, 1986 -1994)
  • Wendy Kjestrup (Guitar/Vocals, 1986 – 1994)
  • Jenny Renals (Bass, 1986 -1994)
  • Robyn Tearle (Drums, 1986 -1994)
  • Elizabeth Leyland (Keyboards/Vocals, 1986 -1987)
  • Gill Moon (Drums, 1988 – 1994)


  • Lost Persons Area 12″ EP (1987, Flying Nun, FN073)
  • Drive Away Split 7″ Single w/ Screeming Custard (1987, Craft)
  • Arriving Late In Torn And Filthy Jeans (1989, Utility, Util7)
  • All Hail The Daffodil (1991, La-Di-Da, Ldd016)
  • Secret Girls Business (2001, Global Routes)



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