In a flamboyant and often controversial music career Jeff has released twenty-seven albums including a recent album with members of legendary british rock band Deep Purple. When Duffo took refuge in England in the eighties, he had, as they say, worn out his welcome in Australian rock. He was simply too much of a handfull, this ‘waif with a wharfie’s voice!’ camping it up out front of his trail-blazing rock ensemble ‘Kush’at the time, Jeff’s androgynous stage persona, dressed in leotards, garish make-up and a touch of the operatics was considered far too outrageous for many Australian audiences…
Jeff quickly established himself in the UK and became the darling of london’s new wave movement during the eighties staying one step ahead of his peers with his flamboyant performances. The exhibitionism and visual assault so integral to british punk culture could have been a sequence from Duffo’s own fertile imagination. Soon Andy Warhol was issuing forth his oft-quoted utterence: ‘Sinatra, Presley, Jagger, Popeye…and now Duffo. Duffo returned to australia in the late eighties to re-introduce his powerful voice and unique style to the local scene. His recording and accompanying video of Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the wildside’ helped re-establish his career in oz and has become an Australian classic.
Jeff’s leading role in the sc-fi movie ‘sons of steel’ also won many plaudits for his comical portrayal of ‘secta’, a space-age scientist . The movie has become a cult classic and is still being screened at major film festivals. A theatrical extravaganza called ‘Ground Control to Frank Sinatra’ which Jeff created and starred in, fused the music of Bowie with the music of Sinatra, became a huge hit with fans, selling out a season at the Opera House studio in 2005. Jeff’s recent lead role in ‘Genius’, the Ray Charles gospel show staged in Melbourne was acclaimed by critics. “Duff was truly magnificent!…How such an extraordinarily soulful voice can come out of such a skinny white guy is beyond me” [pbs fm radio melb] Jeff’s longtime admiration for David Bowie eventually led him to staging the first ‘Ziggy’ show in Australia in the nineties.