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Tamam Shud was one of the most original and innovative Australian groups of the late '60s and early '70s. They played a very important part as pioneers of acid-rock and progressive music. The group released two acclaimed LPs, recorded independently, which have both become sought-after collector's items.

The evolution of Shud was typical of many groups of the era, beginning as an instrumental band, through 'beat' pop group and psychedelia, to progressive rock. The lingering 'surf band' tag linked them with Sydney's northern beach surf culture. In reality, they established their major fan base on Sydney's university and college dance circuit, and with the 'hippy' audiences at inner city underground venues like the Mandala Theatre in Darlinghurst and the Beacon Theatre in Newtown.

There was a brief but gratifying comeback and some commercial success with their superb 1994 album Permanent Culture and the hard-driving, bluesy single Stay, which delighted longtime fans of this outstanding group, and kindled interest with younger listeners as well.

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  • 1964 – 1972 (8 years)
  • Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Lindsay Bjerre

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