|Origin||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Years active||1989–2000, 2009–present|
|Labels||ABC Music, rooArt, BMG|
|Associated acts||The Go-Betweens, Robert Forster, The Titanics, C.O.W, Miami, Computor, David McCormack and the Polaroids, Beachfield, The Boat Show, Adele & Glenn|
|Past members||James Straker|
1989-1993: Formation and early EPs
The band was originally known as Custard Gun and featured David McCormack on vocals and guitar, Paul Medew on bass (McCormack and Medew both ex-Who's Gerald?), James Straker (later in The Melniks) on guitar and Shane Brunn (who later formed Hugbubble and Vanlustbader) on drums. After a few shows and line up changes (namely Straker being replaced by Matthew Strong) Custard Gun morphed into Custard in early 1990.
Custard's debut album, Buttercup/Bedford, was recorded in 1991. It was meant to be released on CD in March 1992, but things went awry. Unfortunately, the CDs never turned up on time for the album launch - forcing them to give away copies of the album away on cassettes to keep the audience happy. It was not until the end of 1992 that the band finally got their hands on the elusive CDs. By this time Custard had signed to Ra Records and had released their first "major label"release, an EP called Gastanked. Gastanked was followed in 1993 by another EP, Brisbane, and two singles - "Casanova" and "Singlette". By this time the band was onto its third drummer - Shane Brunn had been replaced by Gavin Herrenberg, who had subsequently been replaced by Danny Plant.
1994–1995: Wahooti Fandango and Wisenheimer
Custard's debut major label album Wahooti Fandango was issued in 1994. The video for the album's first single, "Aloha Tambourinist", was set on a beach, featured male models pretending to be Custard, while scantily clad women roll around in the sand.
The band's "breakthrough hit" didn't come until October 1995, when they released "Apartment", the first single lifted from their third studio album, Wisenheimer. "Apartment" received a high rotation airplay on triple j, and was voted in at number 7 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 1995. Wisenheimer was recorded in San Francisco, being produced by Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart, PJ Harvey, Pere Ubu et al.). The album also spawned the singles "Sunset Strip", "Lucky Star" and "Leisuremaster".
After Wisenheimer, Danny Plant was replaced by Glenn Thompson.
1996–1999: We Have The Technology and Loverama
On 24 November 1996, Custard performed on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House as part of Crowded House's Farewell To The World concert, alongside You Am I and Powderfinger. Estimates of the audience in attendance range from 100,000 to 250,000 people.
1996 and 1997 were big years for the band, touring Australia with Weezer, Frank Black, Beck and the Presidents of the USA, and venturing back to America (where Wisenheimer had been recorded) to play more shows with the Presidents. While in the USA the band also recorded album number 4, We Have the Technology.
"Nice Bird" was the first single to be lifted from We Have the Technology, followed by "Anatomically Correct". However, it was the final single, "Music is Crap", that captured the public's attention and became their first single to peak within the ARIA top 100. The song was written and sung by Thompson, and reinvigorated public interest in Custard.
The next single, "Girls Like That (Don't Go For Guys Like Us)", became the band's biggest hit. It peaked at #52 on the ARIA singles chart, and came in at 3 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 1998. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1999 they won ARIA Award for Best Video for Andrew Lancaster and David McCormick. The album that it was featured on, Loverama, went on to become the band's most commercially successful.
Custard went on a six-month "hiatus" at the end of 1999, before eventually disbanding.
2000-2008: Dissolution of the Band, Other Projects
After the split, lead singer and guitarist, McCormack, formed The Titanics with drummer, Thompson, also on guitar. Joining them were McCormack's then-wife, Emma Tom, on bass and Tina Havelock-Stevens on drums. The Titanics did not last long, releasing two albums, Size Isn't Everything and Love is the Devil, before the group disbanded.
McCormack released a series of solo albums with The Polaroids, featuring his brother Dylan (Gentle Ben and his Sensitive Side) on bass, Shane Melder (ex-Sidewinder) on drums and Cameron Bruce (Paul Kelly). Releases include "Candy" (2002), "Save Dave" DVD (2003), "The Truth About Love" (2004) and "Little Murders" (2009).
Thompson joined The Go-Betweens in 2001, having previously played with Robert Forster and Grant McLennan in 1995. In addition to appearing on many of Forster's solo albums, Thompson played on The Go-Betweens' final two albums, Bright Yellow Bright Orange and Oceans Apart; and toured with the band until McLennan's death in 2006. Thompson then released his first solo album, Brighton Bothways, under the name "Beachfield" in 2007. In 2010, Thompson formed a duo with Adele Pickvance from The Go-Betweens, called Adele & Glenn, and launched a debut album in April 2012.
In 2008, Medew was a member of The Purple Hearts.
Since reforming, the band have played one or two gigs per year. In 2010 they appeared at the Meredith Music Festival. They also performed as a headliner act for Float On: A Brisbane Flood Relief Benefit in February 2011, a show to raise money for the victims of the floods in Queensland. In 2011 Custard were featured as part of the Brisbane Festival.
2015-2019: Come Back, All Is Forgiven and The Common Touch
In 2017, Custard released The Common Touch, featuring the singles "In the Grand Scheme of Things" and "2000 Woman".
In August 2018, to promote a short tour the group undertook that September, the group released The Band: Live in the Basement, a recording of a concert performed on 9 November 2017 at the Basement club in Sydney.
2020: Respect All Lifeforms
|Title||Album details||Peak chart
|We Have the Technology||
|Come Back, All Is Forgiven||71|
|The Common Touch||
|Respect All Lifeforms||
|The Band (Live in the Basement)||
|Title||Album details||Peak chart|
|Wacked Not Wacky||
|Goodbye Cruel World||
|"Pack Yr Suitcase"||—|
|"Nice Bird"||1997||—||We Have the Technology|
|"Music Is Crap"||73|
|"Girls Like That (Don't Go For Guys Like Us)"||1998||52||Loverama|
|"Ringo (I Feel Like)"||—|
|"The New Matthew"||98||Goodbye Cruel World|
|"We Are the Parents (Our Parents Warned Us About)"||2015||—||Come Back, All is Forgiven|
|"Rice & Beans"||2016||—|
|"In the Grand Scheme of Things (None of This Really Matters)"||2017||—||The Common Touch|
|"Funky Again"||2020||—||Respect All Lifeforms|
|"The Min Min Lights"||—|
ARIA Music Awards
The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Custard have won one award from three nominations.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1995||Wahooti Fandango||ARIA Award for Best Adult Alternative Album||Nominated|
|1996||Wisenheimer||ARIA Award for Best Independent Release||Nominated|
|1999||Andrew Lancaster & David McCormack for "Girls Like That (Don't Go For Guys Like Us)" by Custard||ARIA Award for Best Video||Won|
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