John Murphy (musician)

John Murphy (Musician)

John Murphy (musician)

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John Murphy (born 1959), sometimes credited as "Jonh Murphy", is an Australian drummer, percussionist and multi-instrumental session musician who has played in numerous Australian and British post-punk, ambient and industrial music groups. John is the son of an illustrious Australian jazz drummer Russ Murphy who played for many years with the Graeme Bell All Stars, stalwarts of the early Australian music scene.

Early life

He was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne, Australia, where he played in the school orchestra as well as Scottish pipe bands. John was affectionately known by his school friends as "Peach" .


Murphy's first major band was NEWS the seminal Melbourne punk band in which he performed as "John Smith from the Suburbs". From the late 1970s until the mid 1980s he collaborated with vocalist Ollie Olsen in the post-punk bands Whirlywirld, Hugo Klang, Orchestra of Skin and Bone, NO, and Max Q.

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