"Onion Skin" is a top-ten song by Australian band, Boom Crash Opera. The song is from the band's most successful album, These Here Are Crazy Times!, released in 1989. The song reached the Top 10 nationally in Australia and #8 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart. In the song, the singer tells how he has many layers of skin, like an onion.
Boom Crash Opera released seven albums and an EP in the thirteen years of their recording career, and continue to play occasional shows. They formed in Melbourne in 1985. Initially based around the songwriting partnership of Richard Pleasance (guitar/bass/vocals 1985 - 1992) and Peter Farnan (guitar/bass/keys/vocals). Fronted by Dale Ryder (lead vocals), Peter 'Maz' Maslen (drums/vocals), Greg O'Connor (keyboards/guitar) and Ian Tilley (bass/vocals 1992–present).
Boom Crash Opera were quickly signed to WEA records Australia and in 1986 released their debut single "Great Wall". The single reached number 5 on the ARIA National charts. Their self-titled debut album, released in 1987, went Gold and also featured the follow-up singles "Hands Up In The Air", "City Flat" and "Her Charity".
Following on from the success of their debut in 1989 they released the top 10 single "Onion Skin" from what would become their most successful album 'These Here Are Crazy Times' which spent more than 12 months in the Australian National Top 40 and achieved double platinum sales. "Onion Skin" was followed by the top 20 singles "Get Out Of The House", "Best Thing", "Dancing In The Storm" and "Talk About It".
In 1990 they released 'Look! Listen!!'. The album featured remixed versions of songs from their first two albums plus two new songs. In 1991 they released the EP 'Dreams On Fire'. The EP featured the single "Holy Water".
In 1992 they travelled to Los Angeles and began work on a new album. Ian Tilley joined as the permanent replacement for Pleasance. In 1993 they released the single "Bettadaze". It was followed by their third album, the L.A. recorded 'Fabulous Beast'. "Bettadaze" was followed by the singles "In The Morning" and "This Isn't Love". Though the album went Top 40 it didn't perform as well as 'These Here Are Crazy Times' and soon dropped down the charts. In 1995 they released a new album called 'Born' and in 1997 'Gizmo Mantra' came out. In 2009, Boom Crash Opera released an acoustic album entitled "Dancing in the Storm", as part of the Liberation Blue series.
As a part of Toyota AFL Grand Final Week at Federation Square, in the heart of the Melbourne city.
Telstra's It's My Call featuring live musical performance by Even, Harry Hookey, Zoophyte and Boom Crash Opera.
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