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In the 70s and 80s Australia had a fantastic live music scene, full of dynamic, gig-hardened bands. Many at the forum would know little about Oz rock so, for them, it's a brief primer - for Aussies, a trip down memory lane:

Early clip of Midnight Oil - this one was on their debut album. They were the best bar band I've ever seen. Later they went on to play stadiums:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISKjA22k_m4

Another band that grew into stadiums, Cold Chisel. This tune was a hit for them:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XklVahMDm1A

Shock rockers, Jimmy and the Boys - one of the most outrageous bands on the circuit in the 80s. The singer is now into events management and disparagingly describes his period in the band as "an aberration" ... I thought they were awesome ... and they did a great version of Zappa's I'm the Slime too :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2VqDy4hAIA

Ayers Rock ... singer was dodgy but the musicianship was great http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGi6JwY658U

The only time I saw ACDC was at a local school dance ... they were killer and they did ok for themselves later on :) It was around this time:
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If you'd like an encore with some more classic Oz rock bands, yell out MOOOOOOORRE!!!
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Thanks for the connection Pol. Loving Jimmy & the Boys, very Tubes - esque. My first glance at the Ayers Rock clip, holy tom angles!!! But then I worked out it was another kit behind :) Some great bands there Pol, & you're right, under exposed for sure.
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I missed em all.. ( including ACDC ).. Men at Work on the other hand...
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Cheers Andy - I saw all these bands live and they all put on a great gig. Never saw Men at Work live, Abe. Some others ...

The Angels in this vid have aged and don't have the energy of old but the chant after the chorus was happening way back - we Aussies are classy, eh? hahal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmur7-xjSCs

For something more sophisticated, Renee Geyer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T3ffYpaVjs - she always had studio players in her band.

Now a bit of soul with the Dynamic Hepnotics including Continental Robert on vocs and harp (a guitarist in one of my old bands played with Robert for a while in recent years): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJwNe6qvmMk ... we had a lot of good blues and funk playing the traps.

I was Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons many times - a killer blues, RnR and RnB band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC7GboypOhQ(sorry the sound on this vid is very low). Gary Young, the drummer, had formerly played with Daddy Cool ... you might have heard of them? Eagle Rock?? The tall baritone player, Wilbur Wilde, went on to be a well-known personality in a variety show band.

For something less mainstream, I saw Ed Kuepper's band, Laughing Clowns play a memorable gig at the Musos's Club ... ugly and cacophonous, but what a vibe! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9-Ut4FWwR8. EK originally hit the big time with a punk band, The Saints but then he branched out.
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Another ... Rupert B, formerly Robert B Funkafied Filth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSvo-w6xKZo

This link is from when they tried to "make it" so the music is less adventurous than usual. First time I saw these guys play they were soooo young ... and these, these ... damn children playing James Brown type grooves brilliantly. Ouch ...
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Do you remember the Valentines? Funny seeing Bon Scott in that role! Everyone starts somewhere!

I always liked Midnight Oil.
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Do you remember the Valentines? Funny seeing Bon Scott in that role! Everyone starts somewhere!

I always liked Midnight Oil.
Oh - my - God ... I was a fan of that song as a young 'un but I never knew the name of the group ... or that Bon was in it! Good one, Mike!

How about some very early Accadacca in glam mode? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biaGJ_4rEzE

Yeah, the Oils were one of the best live bands I've seen, locally or touring acts. Did you hear the Oils' first two albums? I'm not normally big in indie/punk but their early stuff was special. They had a great rep around the raps before they hit the big time.

Did you ever hear of Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs in the US? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtJq56cp_dk
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Ooh! Look what we can do in the studio! Nice smoke, man ... heeeey, listen to this! weeeooo boing ... whoa heavy man ...

Keep 'em coming :)

Another bit of Aussie psychedelia ... this track hit No 1 in 1970 ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ8d2EB435Q
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This was the Holy Grail for a long time. saw this when it originally aired on The Smothers Brothers show and heard it on the radio shortly afterwards. of course a 9 year old doesn't remember the name of groups and stuff. spent the next 30 years trying to find out who it was.

thank God for the interwebz and the E! Channel. and thank God for 80's people (friend) who recognise the INXS / Jimmy Barnes connection.

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Ooh! Look what we can do in the studio! Nice smoke, man ... heeeey, listen to this! weeeooo boing ... whoa heavy man ...

Keep 'em coming :)

Another bit of Aussie psychedelia ... this track hit No 1 in 1970 ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ8d2EB435Q
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This was the Holy Grail for a long time. saw this when it originally aired on The Smothers Brothers show and heard it on the radio shortly afterwards. of course a 9 year old doesn't remember the name of groups and stuff. spent the next 30 years trying to find out who it was.

thank God for the interwebz and the E! Channel. and thank God for 80's people (friend) who recognise the INXS / Jimmy Barnes connection.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-4Qb8K9xn0
Good grief - those Utah Mormon sisters rocked! lol

And The Easybeats's Friday on My Mind was covered by David Bowie.

But it wasn't all commercial. Never forget the first time I heard Mackenzie Theory on TV ... yes, they used to put music like this on TV once http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcfGFykxdjs ... the band included the talented Cleis Pearce on viola. She later on formed an amazing band called The Magic Pudding which I saw a couple of lines. I'll never forget the way she introduced one of the songs ... "This song is dedicated to the clouds ... because they are so wonderful". Cracked us up :)

But she can play like a demon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vnXZwzDLDo
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Good grief - those Utah Mormon sisters rocked! lol

And The Easybeats's Friday on My Mind was covered by David Bowie.

But it wasn't all commercial. Never forget the first time I heard Mackenzie Theory on TV ... yes, they used to put music like this on TV once http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcfGFykxdjs ... now you only get the ethereal stuff in soundtracks *sigh*
i like Peter Frampton's "Friday On My Mind" - great album too that no one cared about in 1981. side one is a killer.

in the early 90's a DJ from back in the day (i took his Radio class) tried to tell me it was by Josie and the Pussycats. i like Josie too, great drumming...but that ain't who it were.
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Good grief - those Utah Mormon sisters rocked! lol

And The Easybeats's Friday on My Mind was covered by David Bowie.

But it wasn't all commercial. Never forget the first time I heard Mackenzie Theory on TV ... yes, they used to put music like this on TV once http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcfGFykxdjs ... the band included the talented Cleis Pearce on viola. She later on formed an amazing band called The Magic Pudding which I saw a couple of lines. I'll never forget the way she introduced one of the songs ... "This song is dedicated to the clouds ... because they are so wonderful". Cracked us up :)

But she can play like a demon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vnXZwzDLDo
the first Mackenzie song sounded like the prelude to something good.

and yes... clouds are wonderful. : ) she's right.

have you ever heard the Have A Good Day album ? it's a monster all the way through. not only "White Bird", but it's loud and raucious and jamming and mellow too. reminds me of the Mackenzie Experiece.
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Keep 'em coming :)

Another bit of Aussie psychedelia ... this track hit No 1 in 1970 ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ8d2EB435Q
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the first Mackenzie song sounded like the prelude to something good.

and yes... clouds are wonderful. : ) she's right.

have you ever heard the Have A Good Day album ? it's a monster all the way through. not only "White Bird", but it's loud and raucious and jamming and mellow too. reminds me of the Mackenzie Experiece.
And the second link IS something good!

Yes, of course clouds are wonderful ... but it's like saying water is wet lol

Nope, haven't heard of the album. Is it on da Tube?

The Mackenzie Experience? Is that like the Jimi Hendrix Theory?? hehehe

You mentioned Jimmy Barnes ... my favourite Cold Chisel song was One Long Day, tho it was mostly guitarist, Ian Moss, singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP2pgx6iMi4

Before they were well known I was hanging out with some muso friends deciding what band to see and we saw Cold Chisel in the gig guide. We were saying "Cold Chisel? What sort of name for a band is that?" ... little did we know ...
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And the second link IS something good!

Yes, of course clouds are wonderful ... but it's like saying water is wet lol

Nope, haven't heard of the album. Is it on da Tube?

The Mackenzie Experience? Is that like the Jimi Hendrix Theory?? hehehe

You mentioned Jimmy Barnes ... my favourite Cold Chisel song was One Long Day, tho it was mostly guitarist, Ian Moss, singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP2pgx6iMi4

Before they were well known I was hanging out with some muso friends deciding what band to see and we saw Cold Chisel in the gig guide. We were saying "Cold Chisel? What sort of name for a band is that?" ... little did we know ...
sorry, should have utilised the small e.

wet water is also wonderful. (3 times fast)

i love band stories.

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Nope, haven't heard of the album. Is it on da Tube?

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sorry. i got the title wrong. should be It's A Beautiful Day. i was gonna link you (there are live performances of White Bird as well as the some studio cuts), but you and i are from the generation where album and flow was important.

do yourself a favor. pick it up after work.

one of the best album covers too.

i will personally refund your money if you don't like it. (do you accept Paypal ?)
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sorry. i got the title wrong. should be It's A Beautiful Day. i was gonna link you (there are live performances of White Bird as well as the some studio cuts), but you and i are from the generation where album and flow was important.
The album flow isn't a big deal for me - I have a pretty modern attention span, I guess. Just checked out this song of theirs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdLluzeiWUY ... great music but it's the Child in Time riff ... amazing they didn't take Deep Purple to court over that!


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My guess is that INXS, ACDC and Little River Band would be our best known exports.

Have you guys heard of Hunters & Collectors? Their drummer, Doug Falconer, was probably my biggest influence in the 80s. They were pretty big here for a while ... started out very indie quirky and ended up more slick and commercial (but still good)

Early H&C: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjIZwthWnlA (I can imagine DrumEatDrum liking this)

Later slick pop H&C: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e69wQsfrbSU
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kk3_FsqH3w hoodoo gurus, love these guys still, they did a smart thing by letting surf fil makers put their music in movies, so surfers all over the world rock out to gurus, also Richard Clapton ( byron ) blue bay blues is a beautiful song. yeh love oz rock.
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I didn't know the Gurus were known in the US! Great band - love their retro hippy drippy tracks like Like Wow Wipeout and Miss Freelove 69.


A digression but Oz also had our own version of Weather Report, a band called Crossfire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ji32gcXyZE ... I once saw their drummer playing in another fusion band at a tiny bar. I counted nine people in the audience - all looked like musos. He was incredible, playing Billy Cobham fills verbatim ... amazing to see world class musicians in such an intimate close-up environment.
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My guess is that INXS, ACDC and Little River Band would be our best known exports.
Midnight Oil were much bigger in the USA then Little River Band.

And Midnight Oil didn't quite the get the explosion of mass hysteria Men At Work got in the early 80s, although Men at Work was a short lived hysteria.

Funny though, Men at Work tends to only get radio play on 80's New Wave revival shows, while Midnight Oil gets on as part of classic rock stations. Which is only funny because Men At Work weren't really New Wave, at least not compared to Berlin, Missing Persons and the like.

EDIT: Maybe not, per wikipedia, Little River band has 13 US hit singles, which would make Polly correct. Funny though, I can't think of any song by them.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMSyumchMWA ....NEVER get tired of this song/vid so glad youtube exists.
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The MOST Australian musical performance evah: http://youtu.be/d1YlviwvrxQ

Speaking of Midnight Oil, my buddies and I used to have a lot of fun with the video for Beds Are Burning. That guy's dancing-without-moving-his-feet bit was hilarious. We used to impersonate the dance and also his voice during the verses of that song. Also, the way his silhouette would creep into the side of the frame when he'd let out those growls during the second verse. Awesome. http://youtu.be/ejorQVy3m8E
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Midnight Oil were much bigger in the USA then Little River Band.

And Midnight Oil didn't quite the get the explosion of mass hysteria Men At Work got in the early 80s, although Men at Work was a short lived hysteria.
I forgot Men at Work. Only saw them play once. Tight band.

LRB attracted a different scene ... I found that normal people at work were into them but the musos and other reprobates I hung out with found the music too generic, but respected their musicianship. Their vocalist was a gig of ours earlier this year and had a chat with us afterwards. Nice guy.

It should be said that a bunch of guys are in the US playing under the name LRB through some arcane legality, but the heart and soul of the band - Glenn Shorrock and Beeb Birtles - left the band long ago. The real LRB ended up playing as Birtles Shorrock Goble http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49aBfO8MHRc. Maybe a lot of the sales happened after they essentially became an American band?


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMSyumchMWA ....NEVER get tired of this song/vid so glad youtube exists.
The Divinyls got noticed overeas too! This thread's been a big eye opener for me.
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Ah, you guys know our Jimmy! (actually he's Scottish but we claimed 'im) ... we claim everyone who's any good as our own, especially expatriate Kiwis (New Zealanders). Fir instance, Split Enz who were freaky in a proggy neo-vaudeville kind of way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cOSoKONZfo but later they went to bland pop (and got rich).

Actually, the most Aussie performances you'll see would be by Yothu Yindi, a fantastic Aboriginal band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib7hcWboRDM


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Speaking of Midnight Oil, my buddies and I used to have a lot of fun with the video for Beds Are Burning. That guy's dancing-without-moving-his-feet bit was hilarious.
Haha yes, everyone loves his dancing. About 8 years ago Peter Garrett, the singer, went into politics and he's now Minister for School Education. Sadly, no more of those crazy moves :(
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Me too. Didn't know so many had any US presence.

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Plenty of "crazy moves" Pol.....just on a different stage. As a politician, he made a hell of a rock singer. ;-)

Great thread.....like a walk down memory lane.
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Haha yes, everyone loves his dancing. About 8 years ago Peter Garrett, the singer, went into politics and he's now Minister for School Education. Sadly, no more of those crazy moves :(
Yeah, I recall him always being political, even back in the band's heyday.

More Aussie fun: http://youtu.be/IFx3WX4DES0
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yes. and let us not forget Jet who saved my life once.

every now and then i have become despondent over the state of Rock and Roll. one time...i saw no future...and then i heard this:

Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkVyC...eature=related

re: Divinyls (one of the best band names ever) "Make Out Alright" is always on my listening / learning radar. "Boys In Town" was another life saver back in '82. unfortunately, they are most known for "I Touch Myself". yuck.

Divinyls - "Make Out Alright" Live In NYC 1991
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Divinyls - Make Out Alright - (video proper)
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Forgot about Kylie - she did well in the UK. The only song of hers that I enjoyed was Confide in Me. One band that made it in Europe (but not the US, as far as I know) was The Hard Ons ... totally not my style http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BpPiuEsXAw. I remember playing a support for them at some fleabag little pub in the 80s before they went OS. Didn't care much for them much back then either ...

We also did a support for a haircut band, The Venetians http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNKXl-0oulU ... their road crew sabotaged our sound, leaving a loud bassy hum howling through the PA and then walking out ... so we had to put up with it for the whole set.

The best of our 80s glam bands were Pseudo Echo, with their scorching cover of Funkytown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X6BbfCdtWM and The Models http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9seGsUGvMU. The Models's sax player is now a radio host for middle aged people :)

8 Mile, the other links were blocked but I could access the Jet link Unfunky gave - it's a great little rocker. I know nothing about them lol - keep teaching me, guys :)

Yes, the Oils were always political. Refreshing when almost everyone else is singing about lurve or the LOTR or whatever :)

PS. Hey DED - did you listen to the early Hunters and Collectors link?

PPS. PFOG, I'm enjoying this little potted history too!
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Forgot about Kylie - she did well in the UK. The only song of hers that I enjoyed was Confide in Me. One band that made it in Europe (but not the US, as far as I know) was The Hard Ons ... totally not my style http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BpPiuEsXAw. I remember playing a support for them at some fleabag little pub in the 80s before they went OS. Didn't care much for them much back then either ...

We also did a support for a haircut band, The Venetians http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNKXl-0oulU ... their road crew sabotaged our sound, leaving a loud bassy hum howling through the PA and then walking out ... so we had to put up with it for the whole set.

The best of our 80s glam bands were Pseudo Echo, with their scorching cover of Funkytown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X6BbfCdtWM and The Models http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9seGsUGvMU. The Models's sax player is now a radio host for middle aged people :)

8 Mile, the other links were blocked but I could access the Jet link Unfunky gave - it's a great little rocker. I know nothing about them lol - keep teaching me, guys :)

Yes, the Oils were always political. Refreshing when almost everyone else is singing about lurve or the LOTR or whatever :)

PS. Hey DED - did you listen to the early Hunters and Collectors link?

PPS. PFOG, I'm enjoying this little potted history too!
Kylie: Can't Get You Out Of My Head. a Sandy Dennis song, yes ? Sandy shure knows what she's doing. that girl can write a song / hook / groove.

Jet: I don't know how the vocalist keeps his voice. every song i've heard by them is like that.

Hard Ons: Foculate Them. Jealousy is a terrible thing. unless, erm...did you guys P them Off before hand ? either that, or your band was DAMNED GOOD. i'm inclined to believe the latter.
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Good one, uniin. Someone had to cover the new stuff.

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Hard Ons: Foculate Them. Jealousy is a terrible thing. unless, erm...did you guys P them Off before hand ? either that, or your band was DAMNED GOOD. i'm inclined to believe the latter.
The Hard Ons were fine, I just wasn't into their music. It was the other mob. Good pickup, though, because there was a disagreement. They were paying us a lousy $50 and expected us to lug their stuff in and out as well. Then they told us we couldn't use our own amps and would have to use theirs but ... DON'T TOUCH ANY OF THE SETTINGS! Ja vol!

Needless to say we could see we'd been sold a crock and the vibes weren't great. It was worse after our sound was sabotaged (pity the poor audience). After we finished playing we left without lugging their gear out, which burnt our bridges with the booking agency. Stuff happens ...

Not sure if Skyhooks was known overseas. Hot live band and their drummer, Freddie Strauks, was great http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb4AdU6rbFc
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yea that's just some of the heavier stuff... some more softer/electronic like stuff...

parades
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mahT-lYsiM8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP2Zw...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxYEJ...eature=related

Sparkadia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERUZ5CPHPUg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUif1Xzaze4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sZibV9QNMM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csvAk2BfEXk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h_F8r08w1E

Gotye
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ARm8ajFoXQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRC--2qC_Qs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvbSiQZfACQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY

Hungry kids of hungary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKw7G6n7U9M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUQGmFKiMPU

John steel singers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpeqfsfH2b4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxWM8z_OVT0

seabellies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OelgV...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHka0...eature=related


some others that i cant be bothered to link: the jezabels, faker, gyroscope, kisschasy, the living end,

reallly all pretty good music. there's still so much out there but thats just a gist of what i listen too :)
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The Hard Ons were fine, I just wasn't into their music. It was the other mob. Good pickup, though, because there was a disagreement. They were paying us a lousy $50 and expected us to lug their stuff in and out as well. Then they told us we couldn't use our own amps and would have to use theirs but ... DON'T TOUCH ANY OF THE SETTINGS! Ja vol!

Needless to say we could see we'd been sold a crock and the vibes weren't great. It was worse after our sound was sabotaged (pity the poor audience). After we finished playing we left without lugging their gear out, which burnt our bridges with the booking agency. Stuff happens ...

Not sure if Skyhooks was known overseas. Hot live band and their drummer, Freddie Strauks, was great http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb4AdU6rbFc
pfft. i can dig it. i usually don't play games i'm not allowed to win. and i'm not gonna s*ck enough d*ck to be in position to look down on others. i won't be sucking any d*ck, actually.

Skyhooks: i LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Skyhooks. great drum sound too. good production too. i am so remiss that i never picked up Ego Is Not A Dirty Word.
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Onya uniin - we're getting quite a catalogue going here.


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pfft. i can dig it. i usually don't play games i'm not allowed to win.

Skyhooks: i LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Skyhooks. great drum sound too. good production too. i am so remiss that i never picked up Ego Is Not A Dirty Word.
Yeah, that was the worst gig ever. Much more fun having residencies at small, fleabag bars. As for the "exposure" you receive playing a prestige venue with a name band ... it doesn't necessarily mean good exposure ...

I usually find Skyhooks songs too repetitive but they worked great live because they were so tight and had such great energy. Ego is a great little number.

Going back to 1972, this was a classic by excellent vocalist, Jeff St John http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgWGQTcDFLk ... a million miles from from the formulaic singer/dancer bimbo and himbo pop stars on the record company mass production line!

We even had our own precursor to Boy George - Jeff Duff - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUFeKIaVFP8 ... I went with friends to see a more recent band of his in a city venue. They knew Jeff and we sat and drank with him and the band after the gig. The fruity shtick is such a game - he's a really grounded, likeable guy :) ... and he's still gigging http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQtNSSFfvwc
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8 Mile, the other links were blocked
this work?
Rolf Harris: Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport http://youtu.be/vGCiYDWGZv4
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