Mark Seymour

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Mark Seymour
Seymour performing at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne, June 2008
Seymour performing at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne, June 2008
Background information
Birth nameMark Jeremy Seymour
Born (1956-07-26) 26 July 1956 (age 65)
Benalla, Victoria, Australia
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresRock, blues rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, author, teacher
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1981–present
LabelsMushroom, Sony
Associated actsThe Jetsonnes, Hunters & Collectors, Mark Seymour & the Undertow
Websitemarkseymour.com.au

Mark Jeremy Seymour (born 26 July 1956) is an Australian musician and vocalist. He was the frontman and songwriter of rock band Hunters & Collectors from 1981 until 1998. Seymour has carved a solo career, releasing his debut solo album in 1997 and winning an ARIA Award in 2001 for One Eyed Man in the category of Best Adult Contemporary Album.

Early years[edit]

Mark Jeremy Seymour was born on 26 July 1956 in Benalla to Frank and Paula Seymour.[1] He has two older sisters, Hilary and Helen, and a younger brother, Nick (born 1958) – later bass guitarist for Crowded House.[2] His mother encouraged all four children to learn musical instruments and sing.[2] He initially learned piano but switched to guitar as a teenager. Seymour and his family moved to Melbourne in 1972. He graduated from University of Melbourne in 1978 and was qualified to teach.[2] He later lived in the St Kilda area.

Career[edit]

1980: The Jetsonnes[edit]

By 1980 Seymour, on lead guitar, was a member of The Jetsonnes, a post-punk pop group formed in Melbourne, with John Archer on bass guitar; Doug Falconer on drums; Margot O'Neill on lead vocals; and Ray Tosti-Gueira on guitar.[3] Clinton Walker described the group as "lighter, bouncier (rather than funkier) and more infectious than other like-minded bands such as Models".[3] They issued a double A-sided single, "Newspaper"/"Miniskirts in Moscow".[3][4] The Jetsonnes, Models, and International Exiles were "the first bands to rise out of Melbourne's hothouse punk, new wave explosion playing an exuberant brand of neo-pop".[4]

1981–1998: Hunters and Collectors[edit]

In 1981, Seymour formed Hunters & Collectors from the remnants of The Jetsonnes with Archer, Falconer, and Tosti-Gueira.[3] According to musicologist, Ian McFarlane, this was "a far more radical and unremitting concept" and Seymour, with his "blue labourer's singlet, bulging biceps, introspective angst and impassioned vocals" became the "thinking woman's sex symbol".[3]

Between 1981 and 1998, The Hunters and Collectors released nine studio albums, and were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2005.

In 1992, Seymour released his debut single, "Hey Boys" with Paul Kelly from the Garbo (soundtrack). The song peaked at number 71 on the ARIA Charts.

Seymour wrote the Hunters and Collector's song "Holy Grail", which although not intended to be about sport, has been widely used in television broadcasts of Australian Football League matches, especially the AFL Grand Final. It was also used by the Queensland cricket team in the years leading up to its first Sheffield Shield win in 1995.[citation needed] Seymour has performed at several AFL Grand Finals.

1997–2010: Solo career[edit]

In May 1997, whilst still officially part of Hunters and Collectors, Seymour released his first solo single, "Last Ditch Cabaret". The song peaked at number 85 on the ARIA Charts. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1997, the song earned him two nominations; Best Male Artist and Breakthrough Single. "The Ghost Of Vainglory" and "Home Again" followed and Seymour released his debut studio album King Without a Clue in September 1997. The album peaked at number 53 on the ARIA charts and earned Seymour another nomination for Best Male Artist at the ARIA Music Awards of 1998.[5]

In March 2001, Seymour released his second studio album, One Eyed Man, which peaked at number 61 on the ARIA Charts and won Best Adult Contemporary Album at the ARIA Music Awards of 2001.

In April 2004, Seymour released Embedded. The album did not chart. In September 2005, Seymour released Daytime & the Dark, an album, featuring acoustic versions of mostly Hunters and Collectors songs. The album peaked at number 99 on the ARIA Charts. In September 2007, Seymour released Titanic, a second album of acoustic versions of mostly Hunters and Collectors songs.

2011–present: Mark Seymour & The Undertow[edit]

In 2011, Seymour formed and began recording and with a band again. The band, titled Mark Seymour & The Undertow released Undertow in May 2011.

In 2013, Mark Seymour & The Undertow released Seventh Heaven Club, an album which paid homage to love songs, featuring tracks by Bob Dylan, Dave Dobbyn, Otis Redding, Neil Young, Tom Petty and Lucinda Williams.

Mark Seymour & The Undertow released the album Roll Back The Stone on March 24, 2015. It was recorded live at Melbourne's Bakehouse Studios and featured 24 tracks from Seymour's back catalogue from 1985-2017 reinterpreted by The Undertow.[6]

In 2020, Seymour announced the release of his tenth studio album (and fourth as Mark Seymour & The Undertow), titled Slow Dawn.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Seymour married his wife Jo in 1994; they have two daughters Eva and Hannah.[8]

Both of Seymour's parents and his two sisters were teachers, so following on from their careers Seymour became a teacher for about ten weeks but decided to focus on becoming a musician.[9]

In 2008, Seymour released the memoir, Thirteen Tonne Theory, which was published by Penguin Books, detailing his experiences with Hunters and Collectors.[9]

Seymour suffered an Achilles injury when he was 23 and has accumulated scar tissue on both knees.[9]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[10]
King Without a Clue
  • Released: September 1997
  • Label: Mushroom (MUSH33040)
  • Format: CD
53
One Eyed Man
  • Released: March 2001
  • Label: Mushroom (333432)
  • Format: CD
67
Embedded
  • Released: April 2004
  • Label: Liberation (LIBCD6092.2)
  • Format: CD
Daytime and the Dark
  • Released: March 2005
  • Label: Liberation Blue (BLUE075)
  • Format: CD, Digital download
  • Re-released in June 2012 under the title Greatest Hits Acoustic
99
Westgate
  • Released: June 2007
  • Label: Liberation Blue (LIBCD9241)
  • Format: CD, DD
Titanic
  • Released: September 2007
  • Label: Liberation Blue (BLUE156)
  • Format: CD, DD
  • Re-released in June 2012 under the title Greatest Hits Acoustic 2
Undertow
(credited to Mark Seymour & The Undertow)
  • Released: 27 May 2011
  • Label: Liberation Blue (LMCD0142)
  • Format: CD, DD
Seventh Heaven Club
(credited to Mark Seymour & The Undertow)
  • Released: 1 March 2013
  • Label: Liberation Blue (LMCD0215)
  • Format: CD, DD
Mayday
(credited to Mark Seymour & The Undertow)
  • Released: 29 May 2015
  • Label: Liberation Blue (LMCD0268)
  • Format: CD, DD
43
Slow Dawn
(credited to Mark Seymour & The Undertow)
  • Released: 29 May 2020[8]
  • Label:
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Ballad of the One Eyed Man – Live at the Basement
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Warner Music Australia (BASE002)
  • Format: CD+DVD
From Bondi to Bedlam
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Liberation (LIBDVD1083)
  • Format: DVD+CD, DD
Roll Back the Stone: 1985–2016
(credited to Mark Seymour & The Undertow)
  • Released: 24 March 2017
  • Label: Liberation Music (LMCD0310)
  • Format: 2×CD, DD, streaming

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Closest Living Thing
  • Released: 2008 (Sweden)
  • Label: Promising (LPCD-44)
  • Format: CD
  • Compilation of tracks from Daytime and the Dark and Titanic

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[10]
"Hey Boys"
(with Paul Kelly)
1992 71 Garbo (soundtrack)
"Last Ditch Cabaret" 1997 85 King Without a Clue
"The Ghost Of Vainglory"
"Home Again" 1998
"Do You Know Me?" 2001 One Eyed Man
"The Ballad of the One Eyed Man"
"A Shoulder to Cry On" 2004 Embedded
"Westgate" 2007 Westgate
"The Whole World Is Dreaming"[7] 2020 Slow Dawn
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards[edit]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Seymour has won one award from five nominations.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1997 "Last Ditch Cabaret" Best Male Artist Nominated
ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist – single Nominated
1998 King Without a Clue Best Male Artist Nominated
2001 One Eyed Man Best Adult Contemporary Album Won
2011 Undertow Best Adult Contemporary Album Nominated

References[edit]

General
  • McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 3 October 2013. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
Specific
  1. ^ "Family Notices". The Argus. National Library of Australia. 1 August 1956. p. 12. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Artists :: Mark Seymour". Australian Music Online. Archived from the original on 20 December 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e McFarlane, 'Hunters & Collectors' entry at the Wayback Machine (archived 29 August 2004). Archived from the original on 29 August 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b McFarlane, 'International Exiles' entry at the Wayback Machine (archived 3 August 2004). Archived from the original on 31 August 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Winners by Year: Search Results 'Seymour'". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  6. ^ "MARK SEYMOUR: THE 'ROLL BACK THE STONE' INTERVIEW". Australian Musician Magazine. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Mark Seymour & The Undertow Announce new album Slow Dawn". Bloodlines Music. 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  8. ^ a b Rocca, Jane (23 May 2020). "Mark Seymour: 'In retrospect I would never conduct my artistic life in that way again...'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "Mark Seymour on Therapy, Fitness and Backstage Riders". Rolling Stone Australia. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  10. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.

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