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Sally Seltmann

Sally Seltmann was born as Sally Mary Russell on 11 September 1975 and grew up in Sydney as the fourth of six children. As a child she had piano lessons learning classical music and later “used to love singing in little jazz ensembles, ’20s and ’30s style songs”.[3][4] One of her inspirations was listening to Marilyn Monroe’s show tunes.[5] In the early 1990s, she was the vocalist and founder of power pop group Lustre 4 alongside Lara Meyerratken on guitar. Other songwriters for Lustre 4 included Nicholas Devenish and Richard King. The band’s six-track extended play, Double Happiness had “significant airplay” on national radio station, Triple J, where the group’s music displayed “[s]himmering guitars and songs of young love”. While still a member of Lustre 4, Seltmann briefly replaced Liz Payne on guitar in indie rock band, Spdfgh, in mid-1995. She had co-written the track, “You Made Me” with Spdfgh’s Tania Bowers (aka Via Tania) for their album, Leave Me Like This (1995). Seltmann continued her work with Lustre 4 and was replaced in Spdfgh by Christina Hannaford.

In 1996, for her 21st birthday she shared a party with fellow indie singer, Ben Lee (ex-Noise Addict), who turned 18 on the same day (11 September): each had a special cake made by Meyerratken with icing as a painting of each individual. In 1997, after Lustre 4 disbanded, Seltmann moved to Melbourne where she attended an art school and worked as a photographer and waitress. In early 1999 she worked with Bowers again to compose a track for the latter’s debut solo EP, Sunday.[10] Seltmann provided backing vocals on “Electricity” for Melbourne-based electronic band, The Avalanches’ 1999 single – it was later on their debut album, Since I Left You (2000).

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