Australian indie pop legends the Cannanes formed in Sydney in late 1984, originally comprising singers/guitarists Stephen O'Neil and Annabel Bleach, bassist Michelle Cannane, and drummer David Nichols; namesake Cannane left the loose-knit group early the following year, the first in a seemingly never-ending series of lineup changes which became as much a trademark as the band's resolute D.I.Y. defiance and primitivist pop aesthetic. With new bassist Frances Gibson, the Cannanes began writing and rehearsing on a more regular basis, releasing their first single ""Life"/"It's Hardly Worth It" in a limited edition of just 12 cassettes; another cassette, The Cannanes Came Across with the Goods, appeared in 1985. In April 1986 the band entered the studio for its first official session, with the resulting EP, Bored Angry & Jealous, declared "Single of the Year!" in NME.