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James Randall Freud (born Colin Joseph McGlinchey on 29 June 1959) is a former Australian rock star, member of Models and author of the tell all autobiographies I Am The Voice Left From Drinking and I Am The Voice Left From Rehab detailing the highs and lows of his career in music entertainment.


Early life

The ride to Freud's career started before he had even begun school, when he was introduced to music for the first time. "From the time I was five, I realised that was what I wanted to do. My uncle gave me all Frankie Avalon records and I just loved them. That was it, that was all I wanted to do."

Despite his passion and musical talent, Freud's mother was against the concept. At age 17, Freud left home to pursue his career and did not communicate with his mother for over two years.

Early career (1976-1982)

At the age of 16, Freud formed his first band, Sabre, with high school friend and guitarist Sean Kelly and drummer Ian McFarlane. Their first performance was at Freud's younger sister's slumber party.

After hearing the Sex Pistols song "God Save The Queen" in 1977, Freud formed The Spred with Kelly, and three others. When the opportunity came to record a single ("I Wanna Be Your Baby"), later covered by Uncanny X-Men, two members were fired and the band changed its name to James Freud and the Radio Stars. They signed with Mushroom Records and their debut single, "Modern Girl," was released in 1980, peaking at number 12 on the Australian national charts. The same year, they supported Gary Numan during his Australian tour. Their debut album Breaking Silence was released in June 1980, and so impressed Numan that he invited Freud to record an album in the UK. Neither Freud nor Numan were happy with the result and the album was never released.

A name change to James Freud and Berlin followed, thanks to a UK band that was already called The Radio Stars. In March 1981, James Freud and Berlin released the singles "Enemy Lines" and "Automatic Crazy", produced by Gary Numan. One month later Freud disbanded James Freud and Berlin.

Models (1982-1988)

In 1982, Freud joined Models as bassist after the departure of Mark Ferrie, reuniting with old collaborator Sean Kelly. Freud shared lead vocalist duties on some songs, beginning with one of his compositions, "Facing The North Pole In August" off the The Pleasure of Your Company album, recorded in 1983. In 1985, Two Freud-penned hits, "Barbados" and "Out of Mind, Out of Sight", took Models to numbers #2 and #1 on the Australian top-ten charts respectively. He remained in the band until they split up in 1988.

Post-Models solo career (1989-2008)

In 1989, Freud went solo again, releasing Step into the Heat, the most expensive album produced by the Mushroom Records company up to that point. However, it was not successful, a fact that Freud blamed in his autobiography on average songs. He then teamed with Martin Plaza of Mental as Anything as the dance group Beatfish, releasing an eponymous record in 1992.

In 1995, Freud canned his next solo album, BigMouth, but some of the material made its way onto the Hawaiian surf-themed Postcard from Hawaii album released by Moondog, of which Freud was the lead vocalist. Others in Moondog included Phil Ceberano and Martin Plaza.

In 1999, he performed the song "One Tony Lockett" at the Sydney Cricket Groundmarker, and released Today's Legends of AFL football as James Freud and the Reserves.

In 2008, he released See you in Hell, his first solo studio album since 'Step Into The Heat'. Up to August 2008, it has sold very well for an independent release.

Personal life

Freud has documented his personal life in two autobiographical volumes I Am The Voice Left From Drinking (2002), and I Am The Voice Left From Rehab (2007). The titles of both books refer to a lyric in the hit song "Barbados", written by Freud and recorded by Models. The books chronicle his descent into alcoholism, and his subsequent recovery. He became clean and sober late in 2004.


During the peak of his success, Freud married real life love and current wife of 18 years, Sally. Together they have two children, Jackson Freud and Harrison Freud, both of whom front their own rock band, Attack of the Mannequins, managed by Freud. Freud, his wife and two children currently reside in Melbournemarker, Australia.

Alcoholism and Rehab

According to his autobiography, Freud's life as a rock star was "not without a few old-fashioned rock'n'roll excesses."

During his life in the public eye, Freud struggled with substance abuse, eventually seeking medical attention to address his battle as an alcoholic in rehab. Freud later went on to document his battle in two tell all autobiographies.

Current Projects

Attack of the Mannequins

He is currently working as manager for the band of his two sons, Attack of the Mannequins on developing an LP entitled "Freaks".



  • Breaking Silence - Mushroom (June, 1980)
  • Step Into The Heat - Mushroom (1989)
  • See You in Hell - Independent (February, 2008)

with Models

with Beatfish
  • Beatfish - RCA (November, 1991)

with Moondog
  • Postcard from Hawaii (1995)

with James Freud and the Reserves
  • Today's Legends of AFL Football - Sony Music (1999)


  • I Am The Voice Left From Drinking (2002)
  • I Am The Voice Left From Rehab (2007)

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