Don't need to click the link. I saw him perform it on TV for many years. The man is a dag but he's a genuine talent. One of his tricks was to doing a painting in a couple of minutes before an audience - very skillful!
Don't forget his cover of Stairway to Heaven
Originally Posted by 8Mile
Not sure if you guys know this, but the American perception of Australian culture is quite positive. Of course, what Americans think Australian culture is about is probably mostly ridiculous, but it's perceived very fondly.
The American TV and radio ads for Foster's beer and Outback Steakhouse are great examples. A guy with an Australian accent, promoting "Crocodile Dundee" stereotypes, sells a product. And Americans eat it up, literally.
Oh yeah, the throw a shrimp on the barbie thing. Bear in mind that no Aussie would ever say that - he translated "prawns" into the Americanese term - "shrimps".
Yeah, the idea of the stoic, laconic Aussie is history. In our cities people are just as neurotic, oversensitive, complaining and hair-trigger as people in cities everywhere.
Originally Posted by unfunkyfooted
Skyhooks: the whole Ego album is good. my local AOR station played the whole thing when it came out in '75 and i went to school the next day singing "You Just Like Me Cause I'm Good In Bed". ...
Jeff St. John: great voice. is he wheel-chair bound for life oe was that a momentary occurance ? i could look him up, but...you know...i'm like lazy and stuff.
Ah, there's a story behind You Just Like Me Cause I'm Good In Bed
... it was banned on all the commercial radio stations. Just at that time the ABC (government-funded independent media) started up a radio station for young people to support local product - 2JJ - and that was the first song they broadcast - a nice statement of intent.
Yep, Jeff St John's paraplegic and, yes, he has a great voice.
There was some pretty mean indie going on here too:
The Birthday party, featuring Nick Cave: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5I2vEcVC_I
A similar character was Tex Perkins. I saw one of his bands play, The Beasts of Bourbon ... pretty heavy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IR5DykkpnE
Later he started up The Cruel Sea, who I liked a lot more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmeiqwI6Ejk