Nique Needles

Nique Needles
Cornelius Delaney
OccupationArtist, musician, actor
Years active1981–present

Cornelius Delaney, formerly known as Nique Needles, is an Australian artist, musician and actor. He currently lives in France where he continues to produce and exhibit paintings, and perform with his group Darky Valetta.


In 1981 Needles formed Melbourne band The Curse along with John Rowell, Graeme Scott (both from Models), Nick Barker[1] and Adrian Chynoweth.[2] Needles later went on to front Freak Power with Scott, Barker and Chynoweth. In 1987 Freak Power released a self-titled albums through Rampant Releases. In 1992 Freak Power was re-formed with Needles, Chynoweth, Barker, Stu Thomas, and Peter Jones (drummer). Jones left the band mid 1994 to join Crowded House to complete their USA tour.

In the early '90s, Doghouse followed in the wake of Freak Power; the initial lineup being Needles, Chynoweth, Thomas, Delaney Davidson and David Sanford. The final lineup was Needles, Thomas, Davidson, and Mark Di Marzio.

In 2003 he formed Box Monsters, with whom he played regularly around the Northern Rivers region of NSW until they disbanded in 2006.

Recently (as Cornelius Delaney) in between exhibitions of his paintings, he has been singing, playing guitar and writing for his band Darky Valetta formed in France in 2018.


Needle's first acting role was playing the character Aspro in The Kid written by Michael Gow, performed at The Nimrod Theatre in Sydney in 1983. He went on to play Graham Cummerford with Jason Connery in the film The Boy Who Had Everything, for which he won the 1985 AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.[3] He appeared in the film Bliss (1985 film) and played the character Tim alongside Michael Hutchence in the 1986 film Dogs in Space[4] about the early '80s punk scene in Melbourne. He co-starred with Jo Kennedy as Rex in Tender Hooks[5] in 1987, and in 1988 played Australian athlete John Landy in The Four Minute Mile.[6] For his work on As Time Goes By (1988 film) - aka "L'Australieno" - he received the award for Best Actor in A Science-Fiction Film at the 1988 Fantafestival in Italy.

He was in the film Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em.

In 1988, following an extended period of almost back to back film work, Needles went to India where he wandered alone for several months.

One of his last acting roles was playing Darren Mack in the 1994 TV mini-series Janus.

In 2000 (resuming his birth name Cornelius Delaney) he enrolled at university and in 2008 completed a PhD in Visual Art. Since then he has focussed on his painting practice and making music.


  1. ^ Nichols, David (2019). Dig: Australian Rock and Pop Music, 1960-85. Verse Chorus Press. pp. 452–453. ISBN 9781891241611.
  2. ^ McFarlane, 'Nick Barker and the Reptiles' entry. Archived from the original on 28 August 2004. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Top awards for 'Bliss'", Canberra Times, 16 September 1985
  4. ^ Nichols, David; Perillo, Sophie (15 April 2016), "Friday essay: Dogs in Space, 30 years on – a once maligned film comes of age", The Conversation
  5. ^ MacDonald, Dougal (13 April 1989), "Gritty study of life at the Cross", Canberra Times
  6. ^ Morris, Joan (4 September 1988), "Singin' and dancin' football finale", Canberra Times

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