Dianne Swann Profile

Amanda Mills
Published: 26 Oct 2013
Updated: 6 May 2020

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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When The Cat's Away, Bowl of Brooklands, 1988. Margaret Urlich, Debbie Harwood, Dianne Swann.
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection. Photo by Kerry Brown
Dianne and Brett on the cover of NZ Musician, February/March 2013
Boom Boom Mancini - Brett Adams, Geoff Hayden, Dianne Swann, Nick Yeatman
Dianne Swann.
Dianne Swann - 'Show Your Heart' (2020)
The Bads - Drop In The Ocean (2009)
The Bads' 2017 album, Losing Heroes

Pink Flamingos 2009 - Dave McArtney with Dave Khan, Dianne Swann, Earl Robertson
The Bads - So Alive (2009)
Everything That Flies - As The Sun Goes Down
Dianne Swann, 2021.

Photo credit: Si Moore
Dianne Swann - Something Good
Boom Boom Mancini, late 1990s, London
The Bads in 2017: Dianne Swann and Brett Adams

Dianne Swann - The War on Peace (2021)
Dianne Swann - Losing the War on Peace of Mind (2021)
Tim Finn with The Bads, September, 2013
Everything That Flies - Bleeding Hearts (1985)
The Bads, 2017
When The Cat's Away - Melting Pot (1988)
The Julie Dophin, London
Setlist for The Julie Dolphin, Radiohead support, Portsmouth, 4 October 1994
Dianne Swann and Brett Adams
The Bads
When The Cat's Away doing the 60s theme
Photo credit: Dianne Swann Collection
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
Dianne Swann, 1986
The Bads - California (2013)
Dianne Swann with The Julie Dolphin, Bedford, UK, 1995
Photo credit: Photo by by David Rose
SJD, The Bads and Mulholland at The King's Arms, March 2014
Dianne Swann, The War on Peace tour poster.


South Recordings


The Bads

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