Margaret Urlich Profile

Murray Cammick
17 Apr 2016

Margaret Urlich emerged on the scene as co-lead singer of Peking Man, an Auckland band that scored a No.1 single in December 1985 with ‘Room That Echoes’. The following year Urlich joined the part-time, but very successful When The Cat’s Away and in mid-1987, the singer announced that she was leaving Peking Man to pursue a solo career. Using Sydney as her base, the singer sold a massive 240,000 units in Australia of her 1989 debut album Safety in Numbers.

When Peking Man and Margaret Urlich signed to CBS Australia, the company had a new managing director, Denis Handlin, who wanted to prove that an Australian boss was what the company needed. The ambitious Handlin wanted to massively increase the sales by the label’s local repertoire, both at home and abroad. He got the top job at CBS after years of growing frustration by the Australian staff that the CBS bosses were usually flown in from the Northern Hemisphere to gain work experience in the company’s top job.

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A late 1980s Margaret Urlich publicity shot
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Margaret Urlich, 1989
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Margaret Urlich photographed for the When The Cat's Away Live in Paradise tour, 2001
Photo credit: Photo by Anthony O'Dwyer
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Second Nature (1999), with a painting by Justin Boroughs. The album, released by Thom Marketing, covered New Zealand classics.
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Margaret Urlich - Burnt Sienna (1993)
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Margaret Urlich, 1989
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Margaret and Pat Urlich in the January/February 1986 Shake! magazine 
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Peking Man - Room That Echoes
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A Margaret Urlich publicity shot for the Safety In Numbers album
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Margaret Urlich with When The Cat's Away, late 1980s
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When The Cat's Away full length documentary - clip 1
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Margaret Urlich - Guilty People
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When The Cat's Away: Debbie Harwood, Barbara Griffin, Margaret Urlich, Sharon O'Neill, Kim Willoughby and Annie Crummer, with Noel Crombie behind Sharon and Kim
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Margaret and Pat Urlich in the January/February 1986 Shake! magazine
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Margaret Urlich - Boy In The Moon (1992)
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Margaret Urlich
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Safety in Numbers, 1989. Artwork by Polly Walker and Debbie Watson.
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Margaret Urlich - Only My Heart Calling (1990)
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Margaret Urlich, London, May 1988
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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An early When The Cat's Away publicity shot: Dianne Swann, Debbie Harwood, Kim Willoughby (front), Margaret Urlich and Annie Crummer
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Margaret Urlich, Rosanna Raymond, Megan Douglas and Margaret's manager Gilbert Egdell, Brighton, May 1988
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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Peking Man: clockwise from lower left - Tim Calder, Pat Urlich, Neville Hall, Perry Marshall, Margaret Urlich, Jay Foulkes and John Fearon
Photo credit: Photo by Regan Cameron
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Chameleon Dreams, 1992
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Margaret Urlich - Number One (Remember When We Danced All Night) - 1989, NZ version
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The cover of the promo only Four Songs sampler CD, 1989
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Margaret Urlich in a CBS publicity shot, circa 1989
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The CBS press release for the 1989 New Zealand Music Awards
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A 1988 Margaret Urlich publicity shot, taken in the UK by Kerry Brown
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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A 1988 Margaret Urlich publicity shot
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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Margaret Urlich, London, May 1988
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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Margaret Urlich in 1995
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Peking Man - Good Luck To You
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Margaret Urlich, 1989
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When The Cat's Away full length documentary - clip 2
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Margaret Urlich in 1993
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Margaret Urlich at the 1996 New Zealand Music Awards
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When The Cat's Away - Melting Pot
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Margaret Urlich - Escaping (1989)
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When The Cat's Away
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Margaret Urlich on the cover of the June 1986 RipItUp
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Trivia:

Peter Urlich, former lead singer of Th’ Dudes, is Margaret’s cousin.

Margaret Urlich’s Safety In Numbers achieved Triple Platinum sales in Australia, that is over 210,000 albums sold. Two other New Zealand women have achieved this figure – Jenny Morris with Shiver and Lorde with Pure Heroine.