Q& A Scene: Scott Carne

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

A Tribute to the King 20 August at MEMO Music Hall Featuring Priscilla’;s Nightmare. We are getting together for a reunion show, our first in five years to celebrate the 39th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing. We will be playing a retrospective of his music, ranging from the hits to more obscure album tunes and movie songs, around 50 songs …yikes mind you they all go for around two minutes each!

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

Pretty much everything I am personally involved with –I live for live shows, Priscilla’s Nightmare, Kids in the Kitchen, the Absolutely 80s show featuring Australian Aussie icons Brian Mannix, Dale Ryder, Sean Kelly, Paul Gray, David Sterry, Mark Gable and many more all on tour around the country. Let’s face it … the recording industry is dead due to digital domain ..unless you fit into JJJ or Nova play list its really tuff out there, so for me it’s the stage. I was lucky to have my roots in the 80s …. as I say to my kids, I was one of the lucky ones …

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Wot goes on the road stays on the road … !

scott-carne-smWhat, or who, inspires you?

I’ve gotta say it’s pretty much music, my wife and my family. They actually complement each other quite well … no time for procrastinating in music business if you don’t have the time ….

Which song do you wish you wrote?

So many to choose from, if we are talking about Elvis, I would say ‘If I can dream’.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Deep fried peanut butter sandwiches …..we are talking Elvis here!

What’s next for you?

After the Pricilla’s Nightmare reunion at MEMO it’s a Kids in the Kitchen Reunion show. It will be our first full show since the 80s and its on 22 October @ The Corner with DJ Ian Molly Meldrum and 80’s band Cattletruck!

What’s your scene?

I’m always touring, I don’t have another life, my wife is a rock ‘n’ roll Widow


About Scott Carne

Scott Carne was the frontman for Melbourne Band Kids in the Kitchen that formed in 1983. The band stood squarely within the New Romantic movement that dominated mid-1980s pop, showing influences of “New-Rom” groups such as Ultravox in its use of synthesisers, its angst-ridden lyrics, and the tendency of frontman Scott Carne to pronounce words such as “too” and “do” as if these had two syllables.


The band’s original line-up when it formed in 1983 was: Scott Carne (vocals), Greg Dorman (guitar), Craig Harnath (bass), Greg Woodhead (keyboards), Bruce Curnow (drums).

The band’s debut single, “Change In Mood“, reached No. 10 on the Australian national charts in November 1983. A second single, “Bitter Desire”, hit No. 17 in May 1984, after which Dorman and Woodhead quit the band and were replaced by Claude Carranza (guitar) and Alistair Coia (keyboards).


The first single released under the new line-up, “Something That You Said”, another Top 20 hit in May 1985, followed by a belated debut album, Shine, which was a big seller nationally and topped the Melbourne charts. Their next single release, “Current Stand” became the band’s signature song and was a hit overseas as well as peaking at No. 12 in Australia.

Carne joined as guest vocalist with The Incredible Penguins in 1985, for a cover of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”, a charity project for research on Fairy penguins, which peaked at #10 on the Australian Kent Music Report in December. A second LP, Terrain, was released in 1987 with several accompanying singles, but the band could not repeat the success of their debut. They broke up the following year.

Following the split, Carne formed a band called Priscilla’s Nightmare, who released one self-titled album, then he embarked on a solo career. Carne’s solo single “All I Wanna Do” was a minor hit in 1990.

Gig details

Sat 20 Aug, 8:00pm
‘A Tribute To The King’ – Elvis Anniversary Show
Memo Music Hall

‘A Tribute To The King’ – Elvis Anniversary Show


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