… the various ex-members of Clouds had become involved in a variety of new projects. Stuart Eadie was playing drums in Karma County. Jodi Phillis and Raphael Whittingham (drums) had joined forces with Tim Oxley (guitar, vocals; ex-Verys) and Greg Hitchcock (guitar, vocals; ex-Verys, You Am I) as The Dearhunters. The band’s confident debut album, Red Wine and Blue, came out in October 1999 on the Candle label. Just prior to the album’s release, The Dearhunters shared a split 7-inch single (‘Ivy’) with The Hired Guns (‘Blue Sunday’), which came out on the Steady Cam label in August. In October, The Dearhunters toured with the line-up of Phillis, Oxley, Hitchcock, Darren Hanlon (keyboards, vocals; also with Michael Thomas and The Sure Thing) and Dave Aston (drums).
Whittingham had left to concentrate on his other band, Stella One Eleven. Formed by Sydney-based singer/songwriter Cindy Ryan, Stella One Eleven also comprised Genevieve Maynard (guitar, vocals; ex-Bughouse), Bowden Campbell (guitar; from Front End Loader) and Pat Hayes (bass; ex-Falling Joys). The band’s debut CD single, ‘Hard’, came out in late 1998. The second single, ‘Mr Big Car’ (March 1999), was a taster for the debut album, Mr Big Car (April), both issued on Candle. Ryan listed her influences as Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Annie Lennox, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Nicks and Joan Jett, and the album ranged from solid guitar pop to minor key acoustic arrangements. The album produced two more CD singles, ‘Only Good for Conversation’ (August) and ‘She Lies’ (November).