Dianne Swann Profile

Amanda Mills
26 Oct 2013

Playing live to 85,000 people. Signing to two international labels. Recording with Radiohead. Having her song ‘Birthday’ chosen as NME single of the week. These are just some of the highlights of Dianne Swann’s career as a vocalist, songwriter, and performer. 

They are career highlights that most artists would sell their soul for. However, the karmic universe can be cruel, and these highs were balanced by crashing disillusionment with the London music scene; enough to sent Swann back home to successfully re-establish her career.

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Setlist for The Julie Dolphin, Radiohead support, Portsmouth, 4 October 1994
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When The Cat's Away - Melting Pot (1988)
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The Bads - California (2013)
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Boom Boom Mancini - Brett Adams, Geoff Hayden, Dianne Swann, Nick Yeatman
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Dianne Swann, 1986
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When The Cat's Away doing the 60s theme
Photo credit: Dianne Swann Collection
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The Bads in 2017: Dianne Swann and Brett Adams

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The Bads - Drop In The Ocean (2009)
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The Bads, 2017
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Boom Boom Mancini, late 1990s, London
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The Bads - So Alive (2009)
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The Bads
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Dianne Swann and Brett Adams
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Dianne Swann - Something Good
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SJD, The Bads and Mulholland at The King's Arms, March 2014
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Everything That Flies, 1986. L to R: Wayne Bell, Clive Sheridan, Peter Harrison, Dave Manning, Bruce Sheridan, Dianne Swann
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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Everything That Flies - Bleeding Hearts (1985)
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Tim Finn with The Bads, September, 2013
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When The Cat's Away, Bowl of Brooklands, 1988. Margaret Urlich, Debbie Harwood, Dianne Swann.
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection. Photo by Kerry Brown
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Pink Flamingos 2009 - Dave McArtney with Dave Khan, Dianne Swann, Earl Robertson
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Everything That Flies - As The Sun Goes Down
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The Bads' 2017 album, Losing Heroes

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Dianne Swann with The Julie Dolphin, Bedford, UK, 1995
Photo credit: Photo by by David Rose
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The Julie Dophin, London
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Dianne and Brett on the cover of NZ Musician, February/March 2013
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