Photographer: Carbie Warbie
It is with much sorrow that we share the news of the passing of James Freud.
James Freud passed away this morning. 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 taken his own life this morning.
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.
Photos: Carbie Warbie
“This was the last time I photographed James. It was the last concert he played with The Models. He was so happy to be playing with The Models at the Prince Of Wales (Melbourne) with his then 20 year old son Jackson on rhythm guitar. The date was 25th Sept 2008.” — Carbie [Carbie Warbie]