Tracy Pew

Tracy Pew

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Tracy Pew (19 December 1957 – 7 November 1986) was an Australian musician, best known as the bass player for The Birthday Party.

Born in Australia, Pew moved with his family to New Zealand in 1959, returning in May 1964. Pew attended Caulfield Grammar School in Melbourne, where he joined a band called The Boys Next Door, along with schoolfriends Nick Cave, Mick Harvey and Phill Calvert. After achieving some success in Australia, and with the addition of guitarist Rowland S. Howard, the band relocated to London and renamed themselves The Birthday Party.

On 16 February 1982, Pew was apprehended in a Melbourne hotel car park, and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. The owner of the car, his friend, was too drunk to drive. For this and a series of other accumulated fines and offences, he was sentenced to ten weeks in HM Prison Won Wron, a minimum security prison farm near Yarram., Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1996. During Pew's stretch at Won Wron, he was temporarily replaced in the band by Chris Walsh (of The Moodists) for the band's subsequent Melbourne shows, and Barry Adamson (of Magazine) and Harry Howard (Rowland S. Howard's brother) for their UK shows. Pew returned to the band after his release with a gig in Hammersmith on 26 May 1982.

The Birthday Party split in 1983, although Pew briefly played bass for Nick Cave – Man or Myth?, the band that was to become Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on a...
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