29 June 1959 to 04 November 2010

James Freud passed away on Thursday November 4th.

Members of the ARIA community would like to express their sadness over the passing of James Freud.  Freud was lead singer and bassist of influential Australian 80’s band and 2010 ARIA Hall of Fame inductees, Models.  ARIA would like to extend deepest sympathies to friends and family of James Freud.

From Mushroom Group:  James’ battle with alcoholism has been well chronicled. His two books on his recovery and five years sobriety were bestsellers and gave a lot of people who were suffering the same affliction comfort and hope.    Unfortunately, James has succumbed to his disease and took his own life.

James Freud commenced his music career at the age of 17 as a member of the Teenage Radio Stars who had their first Australian hit with ‘I Wanna Be Your Baby’.  He signed with Michael Gudinski’s Mushroom Records label and had a successful solo career with the hit ‘Modern Girl’ from the album ‘Breaking Silence’ in 1980.  James joined The Models in 1982 and wrote their smash hits ‘Barbados’, ‘and ‘Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight’ from their hugely successful ‘Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight’ album.   Always a dynamic and energetic performer, James got a rousing reception each night of the 2006 Countdown Spectacular when he performed ‘Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight’ to the sell out crowds across Australia.


James was signed to Mushroom Records and was a close family friend of Michael and Sue Gudinski; Michael Gudinski was devastated to hear about James’ passing this morning.


“James was a true pioneer – he successfully crossed over from Australia’s burgeoning punk scene in the early 80s, to then create some of the most played tracks in Australia’s recording history.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, the industry, and music fans everywhere.”


He should be remembered as one of Australia’s shining lights in the music industry.

His family is devastated and would appreciate privacy during this difficult time


James Randall Freud is survived by his wife Sally, and sons Harrison and Jackson. 


Sally, Harrison & Jackson Freud wish to thank everyone for their very kind thoughts and wishes during this extremely sad time.   


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