Deckchairs Overboard

Deckchairs Overboard were an Australian pop music band based in Sydney which formed in 1982 and disbanded in 1985.[1] The early line-up featured Ken Campbell on vocals, guitar, and drums; John Clifforth on vocals, guitar, and keyboards; Paul Hester on drums (later of Split Enz and Crowded House); and Cathy McQuade on bass guitar and vocals.[1] Most of the group's initial members had been in the Melbourne group The Cheks (1980–1982) with the exception of McQuade, who had been a member of The Ears.

Deckchairs Overboard
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active1982–1985
Associated actsCheks, Split Enz, The Ears
Past members
  • Ken Campbell
  • John Clifforth
  • Paul Hester
  • Cathy McQuade
  • Dennis Flattery
  • Michael Hoste
  • Peter Morton
  • Michael Davis
  • Peter Adams
  • Peter Ciobo
  • Paul Maheno
  • Scott Saunders
  • Gordon Sullivan
  • Matthew Wenban

Deckchairs Overboard released the minor hit singles "That's The Way" (1983), with Campbell on vocals, "Shout", (1983) with McQuade on vocals, "Walking in the Dark" (1984) and "Fight For Love" (1985) both with Clifforth on vocals, all of which received airplay on TV and radio. After Hester left in 1983 they had a series of drummers including Matthew Wenban and Michael Davis.[1] Michael Hoste, an ex-member of Flowers and Icehouse played keyboards with the group in 1983.[1]

McQuade and Clifforth were involved in ABC's TV series Sweet and Sour (1984) supplying the singing voice for two of the lead actors, McQuade also provided bass guitar; Deckchairs Overboard also performed "That's the Way" for the soundtrack. The film I Can't Get Started (1985), starring John Waters had two Deckchairs Overboard tracks, "Mixed Low" and "Legion", on its soundtrack.[2]

In 2011, Clifforth released Craven's Pharmacy, featuring work with Hester. Catherine McQuade released a solo album, Perfect Storm in 2019 and an EP, Life is Elsewhere' in 2021.[3]



Year Album details Peak chart positions
1985 Deckchairs Overboard
  • Released: October 1985
  • Label: Regular Records (L38438)
  • Format: LP

Extended PlayEdit

Year Album details
1982 Deckchairs Overboard
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: Regular Records (RRT 603)
  • Format: LP


List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1983 "That's the Way" 86 Deckchairs Overboard (EP)
"Shout" - non-album single
1984 "Walking in the Dark" - Deckchairs Overboard
1985 "Fight for Love" 78
"Teach Me to Cry" -


  1. ^ a b c d Holmgren, Magnus; Warnqvist, Stefan; Davis, Michael. "Deckchairs Overboard". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  2. ^ "I Can't Get Started soundtrack". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 8 August 2008.
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  4. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 85. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.

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