I've been getting so many interesting
e-mails of late, it seems a shame not to
share at least some of them with you. So,
now we have a correspondence page. I'll
only print the most complimentary, the most
abusive, or the most bizarre, (and the occasional
lame one from somebody famous), so knock
yourselves out. Scroll down for some famous
Xmas greetings, raves on Spectrum records
of all vintages and some nice things on
the website itself. (The most recent offerings
are at the top)
Guitar Horror page
There was an item in
Stop Press earlier in 2005 featuring correspondence
about one or two of my old guitars that
have since moved on or are deceased. It
seems to be an ongoing saga, so you guitar
afficienados should make an effort to check
out the Guitar
Scott waxes lyrical after steamy SA gig..
was on during our recent SA tour with Matt
It was great to meet you, and to hear some
of those songs again…especially my
personal Spectrum favourite, The Sideways
Saga, as well as the Murtceps tunes.
Seeing you guys up their with Matt and Chain
was a highlight, and I know many in the
audience were equally delighted. Didn’t
see any CD’s though. Perhaps it was
I’ll put some video on Facebook for
Warwick to see. He may become a fan…
Sometimes I like to write silly rhymes…this
one dedicated to Spectrum, and all your
fellow warriors of the 70’s and beyond.
How many years it has been since we
last heard those chords
In the heat and the crush of your
In pubs and clubs, and under the
great southern sun
Your tunes were our joy; with you
we were one
Decades passed quickly, our time
on the move
It just got too hard to remain
in the groove
We made way for disco and glamorous
Giddy love anthems sung by pretty
We grew wise, we grew sensible,
then we grew grey
But that majestic music aged not
one single day
We place the needle on vinyl and
relive the times
Discos and parties, dressed to
We drift back to our past, when
life was a blast
When your music was loud and the
future was vast
We connected, we related, by your
From a world turning sour; it was
more than just sound
It was binding and aligning with
those of our kind
Through the gift of your talent
they were easy to find
They stood next to me as you played
on the stage
The sound of your songs now the
sound of that age
And you still play on when our
time is not long
Soon to be summonsed to sing the
As the reaper drags me kicking
towards death’s morbid doors
I hope you wont mind if I go singing
Stephen Scott (SA) 24.2.15
was that again..?
Nije shares some thoughts on failing
Your observation about hearing aids and
devices is of great interest. This is something
that has become a point of discussion and
scrutiny in the High End Hi Fi industry.
Many of us are involved in the business
of selling, playing with and listening to
the world’s finest state of the art
audio componentry. It is always worth $thousands
and more frequently $tens and $hundreds
of thousands as we strive to recreate recorded
music as perfectly as possible.
Inevitably the greatest proportion of traditional
audiophiles willing to invest in this equipment
are predominantly male and of an age where
they can remember when there was only one
form of cricket and were quite able to produce
flowing running writing using a pen with
a knib and ink in an ink well accompanied
by blotting paper.
Blokes of our age who are, as you say, requesting
that their partners repeat everything 3
One of the concerns of this group is the
ability to listen to $50k - $100k loudspeakers
driven by magnificent $$20k - $50k amplifiers
through hearing aids that sound like shite.
Plenty of potential for future work to be
done by our smart young consumer electronics
designers and technicians to make the ultimate
High End audiophile hearing aid
Former Ariel drummer, Nigel Macara
answer to everything..
a response to the Quo Vadis P&W (May
Firstly, there is no such thing as 'universal.'
This is an archaic term, once used to denote
everything in the world. Monsewer Gatezz
would like to own or control, it, enough
Secondly, perhaps the correct term is "Cosmos"
or "Cosmic." Some erudite entities
might consider the term "Cosmologic
or Cosmologically" or even worse "Astro-."
Third, there be already a "Cosmic language,"
this arrr me hearties is Beer or to use
another term alcohol, arrr.
Fourth, it is a known constant, the most
prevalent molecule in "The Cosmos,"
Fifth, If there was no beer their would
be no civilisation, no pyramids, no great
wall, no relief from the media, who most
certainly arrr high on their own astro-gender,
as it were.
Sixth, As an adjunct there might not even
be any "Pink Floyd."
Your humble servant,
The Mahatma of the Cosmos. 20.5.14
painful commission from Laurie..
I was intrigued by your recent recount of
you visit to the proctologist. (I love that
word. Can you please put it in a new song
?.....what would rhyme with that ?) Now
I hope you asked him to use two fingers.
It doesn't hurt to get a second opinion
!!! Oh wait.....maybe in this case it would.
You know, never in my wildest dreams, would
I have thought at 18, I would one day be
listening to Mike Rudd discussing a rectal
examination. It just goes to show that life
is best understood back to front, but we
have to live it front to back. Anyhow, please
keep us all informed about the state of
your prostate (pictures will help), and
if you are at all interested, I can let
you know about mine, and the doctor with
very short fingers.
Your Bum bling correspondent
Laurie Tunnicliffe 20.4.14
Roll Scars passes the longevity test..
For the 1 millionth time I am listening
to Rock and Roll Scars, and I regard this
as one of the great albums from a band,
not only Australian, but anywhere. The production
and engineering are absolutely fantastic.
The music, unique, and wonderful. I worked
at EMI Studios in Sydney in the 70's, listened
to this album, always, and I am always amazed
that this does not get the recognition it
deserves. I actually had the privilege of
working some gigs where you performed (sound
mixing and general roadie work) and the
memory of Ariel is ever present. I did a
bit of work for Sherbet and thought Harvey
was a legend, but it his work on Rock and
Roll Scars that shows how good he really
was. Bill Putt, such a beautiful bass player,
and you, a great song writer, with an amazing
guitar style that is so unique, something
that all guitarists aspire to, uniqueness.
I bump into Nigel Macara every now and then
and reminisce, "no you did not write
that song, but perhaps wish you had",
although a bit MOR for you, about the great
days of Aussie rock in the 70's...
Anyway, just words of appreciation from
a long time fan. I use the drum sound at
the beginning of "I'll be Gone"
to test speakers and amps, because it is
such a great sound. On day I would love
to know how you came up with your chord
Again, so unique, so you, and I try to work
them out but can never capture the same
bite that you get. Thanks for your contribution
to Australian music.
David Carey 10.4.14
Disco Dilemma partially
We had another enjoyable night at the Vesbar
on Saturday night with you guys. As opposed
to your first gig there this set was much
more blues oriented which was good. We had
hoped to hear Red Hot Momma and
Heidy Ho (?) but with such a large
catalogue of tunes it must be nice to mix
As promised, here are the photos I took
of you and Ariel at Dallas Brooks Hall back
in 1977. I borrowed my dad’s Voigtlander
camera and snapped a few at the gig. I also
have some of the support band but I can’t
recall who they were. I was surprised that
I actually found them as I thought they
would be loose in one of my many old photo
packs. They had in fact been placed ‘properly’
in an album!
I always thought that they were taken at
the farewell concert but in looking at the
shots on the Aloha and More
From before LP’s this can’t
be the case. Perhaps it was during the Goodnight
Fiona album tour.
Anyway, hope you enjoy them. I wish they
were a bit clearer but for an amateur 15
year old using a ‘proper’ camera
they’re probably not too bad.
All the best, hope to see you at the Vesbar
again sometime in the future.
Glenn Lamb 13.1.14
Caravan Club with Ross Wilson
Great show on Sunday. It was great to hear
you out front of Ross Wilson's band - the
sound was fantastic as was the song selection.
The blues numbers featuring Ross Wilson
were outstanding - great to hear you exchanging
guitar licks with Eric McCusker. Thoroughly
enjoyed hearing The Party Machine numbers
played live - hope you get another opportunity
to do a similar show with Ross in the future.
Also admired your shoe selection - I had
been to Rivers during the week and just
happened to be wearing my red boat shoes!
I'm sure if there were more men in the world
wearing red shoes the world would be a less
confusing and more harmonious place! All
Andrew Smith Krome Plated Yabby Show
99.3FM 3NRG Sunbury 6.11.13
former Lost Soul reminisces..
I offer my condolences to you and Bill’s
loved ones over his recent untimely death.
I was genuinely shocked and upset when I
heard the news… all my old memories
of him really came flooding back. A few
I would like to share with you I hope you
will find interesting.
I met Bill in grade 5 at the Springvale
primary school. For some reason we clicked
and became best friends… we did all
those things that 11 year olds do with their
best mates.. riding bikes, playing footy
(yes Bill did play a couple of game) etc.
Somehow we decided it would be a good idea
to learn to play the guitar, so our families
bought us a cheap acoustic guitar each and
we started lessons at the Victorian Banjo
club in Oakleigh.
It was initially a struggle but we persevered
and we got a few chords under our belt.
The VBC put on a talent quest so Bill and
I decided to enter as a duo. We learnt an
old Johnny Horton song, “The Mansion
you stole”. We picked the one because
it was on the B side of the “North
to Alaska” 45 that Bill had and it
was slow enough that our chord changes would
not be too diabolical.
We actually won that talent quest and a
couple of others with that song.
I can proudly say that I was there for Bill’s
first public appearances.
We both went to the Noble Park Technical
school and hung out for a couple of years
(still learning those ratty old guitars)
until Bill started his panel beating apprenticeship
and I stayed on at school. I lost track
of him for a couple of years.
During this period we both were involved
in bands unbeknown to each other. We caught
up one Saturday afternoon, when we were
both going to gigs. In those days everyone
in a band had a small cardboard sign in
the back window of their cars. We spotted
each other and pulled over and had a conversation.
He was playing Bass in his band and I was
playing the guitar, badly. One thing led
to another and Bill turned up to gig we
had in Clayton. He stood there and watched
us for a while then disappeared. I thought
we must be bad.
The following Monday Bill appeared at my
door insisting that we needed a lead guitarist
and that he was going to be it. You could
never argue with him and because none of
us knew what we were doing it sounded like
a good idea.
So Bill, Robert Woff, Les Wilkins, Alan
Gregory and I started our journey as the
“Lost Souls”. It was Bill that
provided the glue for this band.
We got better at it and started gigging
regularly, won a Battle of the Sounds, recorded
our one and only 45. They were exciting
times and Bill grew musically throughout
this period. It was obvious to me (probably
in hindsight) that he had the drive and
temperament to succeed.
Bill and I lasted through two iterations
of the “Lost Souls” until it
came to an end around 1968. After that you
know the Bill Putt story better than anyone.
I caught up with Bill from time to time
over the years, even went to some of Spectrum’s
shows. Whenever me met it was just like
old times the conversations were resumed.
Bill had that knack.
He was a gentleman, had a wicked sense of
humour and became a fine musician.
I will sorely miss him, even though I haven’t
seen him for a while. He will always be
Thank you for being there for him for the
last 40 odd years.
Terry Paul 18.8.13
Dear Rosemary, family and friends
I'm writing this from Georgica in the Northern
Rivers in New South Wales, and regret that
I'm unable to be present to pay my respects
in person. I was privileged to know Bill
in the early 70s and even more lucky to
play with him - albeit briefly- in those
heady days in Melbourne.
Just like Bill's musical soul mate and life
long friend Mike, I'm an extremely rusty
Kiwi. But some things stick with you, no
matter how long it is since you've been
In New Zealand, there is a wonderful and
evocative Maori expression called 'Mana'.
Mana refers to personal qualities such as
honesty, integrity, wisdom, fearlessness,
strength of character, compassion and power.
Mana cannot be assumed: it is by comment
assent that individuals and the wider community
agree that a person possesses 'mana' and
confer this honour on him or her.
Bill had 'mana' in spades.
In my mind's eye I picture him now as a
gentle Forest Giant - which would be Eucalyptus
grandis in botanical terms, I believe. That
I choose to believe that, as in life, Bill
is towering over us with a wry smile and
a gleam in his eye. He is much loved, hugely
respected and will be sorely missed.
Go well, Bill
Stephen Nelson 14.8.13
Laurie speaks for a lot of us..
I didn't get to speak at your funeral,
or even attend. If I had, this is what I
would have said.
I was around 14 when my adult awakening,
and more importantly my musical awakening,
happened. I had watched "Herb Alpett"on
TV when I was about 10 and started learning
the trumpet, ascending to the lofty heights
of Victorian junior trumpet champion (under
12 division) in the brass band eistedfed,
but when reaching adolescence, realised
that "chicks dig the bass player"
more than they did the trumpet player.
So of course I switched to bass guitar.
It was around this time that Springvale
town hall held a concert for the local high
schools featuring Spectrum/Murtceps. This
was a revelation for me. Probably the first
time I saw live music from what was the
coolest band in the world. Bill, you immediately
became my hero, and Spectrum my obsession.
I collected all the albums, and started
reading GoSet, and watching GTK.
I saved all my money from working in a petrol
station after school to buy a bass guitar
and a Strauss valve bass amp advertised
in the Trading Post. Of course my gear HAD
to look like yours Bill, so I built a replica
of the Strauss 2X15 JBL box you had, and
some cheap copy speakers. They HAD to have
the silver dome dust caps because yours
looked SOOO cool. I would drag the amp and
speakers from my bedroom into the lounge
room every afternoon after school and put
on a Spectrum album on my Fathers AWA stereogram
and I learnt to play all your bass lines.
As I got closer to 18 and pub age, I was
able to see more of Spectrum/Ariel and attended
more gigs. I remember seeing the "strange
fantastic dream" Ariel, and I creamed
my musical jeans. Satin costumes, smoke
machines, pyrotecnics and stupendus music
and lyrics. Bill, for me you where an Icon.
If god made the perfect human to wear a
fender precision bass, you would be the
prototype. Nothing shouted bass player more
than you, wearing satin flares, a woodgrain
60's precision bass, and a Strauss valve
amp with 2X15 JBL's. I stood in front of
the mirror for hours with my bass, just
trying to look like this. To me this image
of you IS art.
Of course Ariel 1.0 broke up and when I
was reading the local paper I came across
an advert for bass guitar lessons by who
else but Bill Putt. Do you think I wasted
any time booking in for that !!! So Bill,
for a short while we did cross paths, and
I was able meet my hero. You were living
in Paxton st Caulfield I think, with Mal
Logan (from every band at the time) Shortly
after, I played you a demo tape of the garage
band I was playing with, that include Gavin
Robinson who you worked with as a panel
beater in your early days. You "kind
of" said we were going nowhere, and
put me onto a carlton band that needed a
bass player (Bleeding Hearts). So not only
did you inspire me, but you coached me,
and help me find my first "real"
Of course as soon as I could afford a proper
bass, I bought a genuine fender precision,
stripped the paint off, and stained it wood
grain. I have owned a number of basses,
and all have been stripped and stained...."just
like yours" I spoke to you not too
long ago at the Mulgrave country club, were
you told me the story of your new, old wood
grain precision bass. The serial number
was only a few digits away from the one
you played in Spectrum. That must be karma?
To this day, I have not recaptured the feeling
of that first time seeing Spectrum live,
and seeing Bill Putt the perfect bass player.
You have affected my time on this planet
and I wish you the best for whats next for
Laurie Tunnicliffe - 12.8.13
other, other Mike on Spectrum at the Burrinja
Just to say it was a great show last night
and I know everyone really enjoyed it.
Playing with Bill for 45 years does shine
It was an interesting journey through some
of Australia's music history.
It was funny you talking about the wizard
at Sunbury as I was there and remember it
I had never known the real reason they talked
about the wizard flying to New Zealand...now
I've often thought that you and Bill must
hold the record for the most number of gigs
played in Australia...do you think that's
Look forward to catching up again soon
Mike Swan (Low Rent) 27.7.13
gets the CDs and relates a couple of pertinent
Your CD's arrived Thursday, thanks.
I have 2 stories for you if you don't mind.
My wife and I drove to Adelaide on Friday
to attend our first grandsons christening,
an enjoyable trip as it turned out. At 07.00
on the Monash freeway I put Milesago
disk 1 in the player and turned it up. To
my surprise I sang along with every song,
it was the same with disk 2! and it was
fantastic. My wife and I worked it out I
have not listened to that album for around
35 years ( the reason for that is another
story). This raises 2 interesting points
the 1st being, I remembered all the words
and the riffs to all the songs, so this
proves I haven't killed off too many brain
cells, and 2, how much your music influenced
me through out my musical career. R&R
Scars was the next to be played and
I was suddenly 18 again, I had to ask the
wife to drive.
I can now see why I have liked and studied
Pink Floyd for many years.
When we arrived in Adelaide the kids took
us to Rundle Mall for dinner and we passes
a record shop, so we dropped in. The first
thing I asked for was Warts up Your
Nose and to my surprise he pointed
and said its very rare. I followed his gaze
and saw a originally packaged copy of the
record. It was $150.00, I didn't buy it,
but I had a good look at it and it looked
in good condition, only one small blemish
on side 1.
So all in all I had a very Spectrum day.
I'm pleased I walked past the Vesbar that
cold and wet day and saw your poster..
Martin 'Woody' Woodward 8.6.13
appreciation of Mike & Bill's show at
just want to say thankyou to you both, Mike
and Bill for taking the time to remember
us country folk and coming down to play
at Auburn in the Clare Valley last night.
It was a fabulous performance and it seems
you two just get better and better..
Hope you come back another time!!
Rod and Judith Dawson.
(I actually wrote this as I sat listening
to you guys that night!)
Auburn evening observations....
Timeless magic of the night
All else slips away
By miracle of blues and candlelight
Dawn of reborn day
Sounds rise enfolding wrapping holding
Ether composed of
Essence seeps from stirring strings
As Rudd and Putt find things
But unknown to common man
Defining delicacies of the night
Revealing things unplanned
The heartbeat of this evening,
Languid air now finding life
In sounds of beach and sand and peace
In gentle hands
Waves slap on strings
Holding back but
Judith Dawson 25.4.13
waxes lyrical re' St Andrews
I saw Spectrum at St. Andrew's this arvo.
I'm the bloke with short grey hair who said
I had not seen Spectrum since the '70's
just before you set up your gear for the
gig. I have to say it was a blast!!!!! Anyway
on the way home I was reflecting on Spectrum
1970's and Spectrum 2013 and I came to the
realisation that today was the first time
I was sober at one of your gigs. Sure I'd
heard of some of your recordings but the
real deal is in the flesh and it helps if
yer not off ya face too.
So any attempt at a comparison is pointless.
Suffice it to say today was thoroughly enjoyable
with a good mix of old, more recent and
the blues set. I particularly enjoyed your
tribute song to Max Merritt. Max and the
Meteors were the first rock group I ever
saw live. I was about 12 y.o.They were playing
at the Melbourne Show in the late '60's
and they became one of my favourite Oz groups
along with Thorpie and the Aztecs and Spectrum.
Thanks to Spectrum for a memorable afternoon.
Kieron Lynch 10.2.13
drove a Wolseley too..
Just noticed you had
the Wolseley emblem on your home page. The
first car I drove was a 1958 Wolseley (one
of my brother's lent it to me when I first
got my licence) lovely wooden dash and when
you went around a corner it felt like it
was going to roll over. I complained about
this and it was taken away and it come back
all hotted up, better suspension, a Mazda
motor under the bonnet, mag wheels, and
a very long plastic (?) radio antenna.
Nancy Robertson 28.11.12
remembers a magic interlude
Just a note to say that I enjoy your ‘Pith
and Wind’ column. Very much so. I
always read it in full and it always makes
me smile, sometimes in a sad way. You have
quite a way with words.
A few months ago I turned 60 and I suddenly
realized that life is not going to roll
on forever. I like the way you touch on
this notion in your column.
Anyway, I used to go to Sebastian’s
every Friday and Saturday night during 1970
and 1971. Typically I’d meet up with
friends at the nearby Inter (international)
pub on the corner nearby. You remember it?
We’d sit around for a few hours getting
sloshed, then make out way up the gentle
rise to the front door of the club. If Spectrum
(and later Murtceps) were playing it was
‘must get in’ night. And if
‘Daddy Cool were also on the same
bill (and they frequently were) it was a
night not to be missed. Absolutely.
Usually we’d (a few male friends of
mine always looking for girls) make our
way up those narrow, rickety stairs to the
top floor and try to find somewhere to sit
and get a coffee. Then after a while we’d
go our separate ways and I’d head
back down to the music on the ground floor.
I was always more interested in the music
than my mates.
I’d stand at the back watching Karvas
Jute or Tamman Shud or Healing Force for
what seemed like an eternity. Then they’d
finish (at last) and the roadies would go
to work. Man, those guys were fit and fast.
They’d have the stage cleared in 10
minutes and be bringing in Spectrum’s
gear in a flash. Gaffer tape was liberally
taped onto everything in sight, and at last,
Spectrum would suddenly appear on stage.
Some unknown and unseen party would turn
the volume up several notches and that Leslie
speaker would start spinning. So would my
head. And the gig would commence and then
I was truly in rock heaven.
Long, tall Bill would mooch around in the
background all arms and walrus moustache,
Mark Kennedy would attack the drums with
great touch and finesse (later Ray Arnott);
the older looking balding guy on the organ
who’s name I’ve never quite
remembered (Lee?) would put his head down
and go to work and Rudd would stand proud
and centre striking his sunburst Strat with
robot-like precision. The operatic vocals
would fill the room then the lead break
would come and that Strat would pierce my
booze fug and penetrate my brain. Ecstasy.
So loud. So beautiful. I was mesmerized.
It was my way to get high every weekend
without taking drugs (which I never have,
I’d go home, usually alone, and usually
in a taxi which always seemed far quieter
than normal cars; I’d hear the whoosh
of tyres on the tarmac but that Stratocaster
would still be buzzing in my brain.
I did this twice a week for two years and
then it, one day, suddenly, it was over.
Terry (Elwood) 27.11.12
reflections from Batemans Bay
Hey Mike, Bill and Robbo,
Thanks for the welcome and thanks for a
great night and I agree it was a pity there
was not a bigger audience to enjoy the fine
tunes of the evening, sadly with a bit more
promo from the local guy I feel it would
have got a few more in. But hey I want to
stay positive as I personally was chuffed
and just to get the opportunity to be up
close in a small room was just fantastic,not
to mention gettin a few piccys and a handshake.
Having been a fan since I was a teenager(now
55) I was just wishing that my buddies of
those days were there with me on the night
as they would have been just as stoked as
me I'm sure.
We used to party on like we all did back
then with adjusted brains and no cares and
put on " warts up ya nose"and
"testimonial"albums and jive along
to songs like," be my honey" "
homesick valium blues" and crack up
over, "excuse me just one minute",
and " in the bog", what a trip.
Cant thank you enough for those tunes back
then. You can sure write em Mike .
Anyway fantastic memories and Im still a
fan,its just great to see you guys play.
With mileage comes a polished performance,
I listened to a couple of young guys talking
and they were commenting on the musicianship
I reckon they dug it too.This is the real
legacy of your influence on aussie music,
Its great to see a new young legion of fans
enjoying real music unlike some of the crap
they serve up today,Crikey, there I go sounding
again and old goat again. Anyway thanks
again and I am glad I made it and I will
make the next opportunity too. Keep on playin.
Tom Marsh 24.10.12
Purdam at The Brassey
Thank you all for such a fun gig. I arrived
late (trying to get stuff finished before
a NZ visit starting this Wednesday) so only
got the last two songs of the first set
(I joined my brother on the front centre
table - I think we'll be in one or two of
your photos of the audience. He chatted
to you about digitising Terminal Buzz).
I liked that "You play the guitar like
you make love" one (jiggling the whammy
bar so much conjures up interesting images!)
Was such a nostalgic trip to hear all the
old tunes again in the second set. I sang
along to all of them (never knew the "yeah
yeah yeah yeah" in Jamaican Farewell
was so bloody high!), hope you didn't
mind. I was sorry you didn't do the whole
Terminal Buzz spiel for Going
Home, but I guess that would blow the
piece out another five minutes, and it probably
needs a more concert audience than a pub
audience. (Nice crowd by the way. Apart
from the kids, I think I was the youngest
Nice to hear the bluesy set too. Was fun
to see you go to town on - agh! I've forgotten
which song it was. Near the end. Some very
nice harp playing. I really like the sound
of your lower pitched ones.
Was listening to Sp Part One later
that evening, and wondered whether Fiddling
Fool would be a fun addition to the
trio. There's that big Mark Kennedy build
up that Robbo could really go to town on.
Of course, would benefit from having keys.
Well, better get to work now.
Thanks again for visiting Canberra.
Andrew (and my brother, Craig) Purdam
heart-warming gig review - from WA!
Hi Mike, Bill and boys
Just have to drop you a quick note to say
a HUGE thankyou for a cracker of an afternoon
of music (still bringing a nostalgic tear
to my eye a week later!!) at the quite special
venue of St. Andrews Hotel.
As a boy raised in the eastern suburbs of
Melbourne my formative and wayward years
included Saturday night bludging a lift
to various venues(remember Piccadilly at
Ringwood Town Hall) to follow Spectrum/Murtceps
and Ariel and up until recently, all I had
were distant memories of great times, the
ability to play 8 chords quite poorly and
original vinyls of the farewell "Terminal
Buzz" and Ariel "Aloha" to
remind me of those heady times (here come
those tears again....sniff!)
Then by chance, we happened to see Mike
on ''RocKwiz" playing a solo "I'll
be gone" and followed up with that
outstanding duet with the gorgeous Jess
Well the pilot light of Spectrum memories
was now a raging flame. A few emails to
and from Mike (thanks!), and a check of
the latest gig guide suggested that if you
boys were not coming to Perth, then we would
come to you!!
Fast forward 6 weeks (and a 5 hour flight)
and on Sunday 10th June we sauntered into
the bar at St Andrews Hotel (hiding my copy
of 'Terminal Buzz' that I desperately wanted
signed - like the nervous little groupie
I was!!), ordered the appropriate sustenance
(fine,cold Melbourne beer and superb steak
sandwich) and perched ourselves very comfortably
a few metres from the stage. The crowd was
a real mixture.We spoke to quite a few as
if old neighbours or schoolmates and shared
a few ''did you ever go to?" stories.
The venue was also a real treat. Couple
of log fires, busy but not packed, great
view of the band from almost all points,
sound quality was very good I thought....and
a dance floor!!
And the music!! I might check how old you
guys really are!! You started just after
3pm and were still going strong after 6pm
with only one break!!
As the famous song goes "...there's
always one more customer to go... and where
she gets the strength from, I don't know".....seems
REALLY enjoyed the mixture of old and not
so old. And did you notice how many of us
knew the words?? Plenty of nostalgia and
delivered so tight and so smooth that you
make look so easy and yet we all know that's
'cos you guys are soooooooooo damn good.
To get so many (relatively sober) people
on the dance floor at 5pm the afternoon.......
you must be good!!
And then you finish us off with some old
blues standards....and then some Cream (including
"Strange Brew") and Fleetwood
Full dance floor, pub is jumping and very,
very happy punters. You still got it in
But wait there's more... you must have been
pretty buggered after the drive from Warracknabeal
in the morning and the afternoon show, and
you STILL made the time to chat to us, sign
my vinyl and take a few photos!! Thank you
so much. Great end to a wonderful afternoon.
And even if you don't come to Perth (you
have our address!!), we look forward to
seeing you again soon wherever we find you.
Enjoy your 4 weeks break, stay well and
......Yes..... you ARE Indelible ....we
Peter de Groot and Marie Leggat 18.6.12
to the top
sends some feeeeeedback
- and a dissenting view
Well, you said you liked feedback, so
What I meant to say was, enjoyed your pith
and wind (hmmm, now that I've said that,
I'm not sure that I DO want to say it...).
Anyway, I've just started reading a book
called "Guitar Zero", which is
by a cognitive psychologist called Gary
Marcus who, at the age of 40, decided that
despite a life-long lack of musical ability,
he was DETERMINED to learn the guitar. So
of course he used himself as a guinea-pig
and wrote a book on the psychology of learning
in general, and, more specifically, learning
a musical instrument later in life.
I find it fascinating (as obviously he did)
that despite, in my case, not hopeless,
but nonetheless limited ability, some of
us just can't NOT play music. These days,
possibly more than ever, it's simply the
most important and enjoyable thing in my
I really do wish I'd had the balls in my
teens to say "no, I'm not going to
give up playing guitar to concentrate on
my "studies" and go to fucking
uni!" But I didn't. And I lasted a
year at uni, hating it. Spent most of my
time depressed, sleeping, playing guitar
and going to see incredible bands, such
as Spectrum (heard of them? Might be before
your time), Daddy Cool, Max Merritt, etc.
at the union nights. So was uni useful?
Nup (except to introduce a county kid to
amazing bands and foreign fillums). Am I
still playing guitar? Yup.
Oops, got side-tracked there with pointless
lost opportunity regrets prompted by getting
The point of this email - what I actually
wanted to say - was that one of the reviews
on the back cover of the book says, in part,
that the book "...reveals that the
fountain of youth very well may be made
of wood and have six strings". (Not
sure where that leaves bass players...).
Sounds good to me. And believable.
So keep on rocking and rolling!
(Although that did briefly conjure up images
of rocking- and wheel-chairs)
It's doing you good. But you know that.
ps I LOVED Hugo. I thought it was a fabulous
modern example of the magic of film, which
is what the film was about. Best use of
3D I've seen (well, apart from Avatar).
And just gorgeously, sumptuously beautiful!
I did think that Sacha Baron Cohen was the
weakest thing in the film. But I blame the
director... I don't really think that Martin
Scorsese gets humour.
Stuart Beatty 9.2.12
feedback on Breathing Space As Well
Just to let you know I've received the CD
Absolutely love it. I'm possibly going to
wear it out before November though, I've
played it 4 times already this evening.
Good to hear Max, and about time Bill put
his Jenwah to CD.
Keep up the good work and look forward to
not only catching you guys in November,
but also the next Breathing Space.
Stephen Rees 11.10.11
Like all good trilogys (Star wars, Lord
of the Rings, Revenge of the Nerds) the
third is the most anticipated and the best.
And in your case that is well true !.
What a great great album. The only negative
is that its too short.( But I will put the
three onto my iphone as one album!!!!!!)
Sounds more spectrummy to my ears than the
other two as well!
I will play it continuously until you release
the fourth installment of the trilogy.
Ken Murdoch 22.9.11
It's fabulous !
Four stars from me !
Seriously - it has a much more produced
sound - with the added instruments voices
etc, but also in the sparse instrumental
sounds as well (you know I love a cool instrumental)
I have only heard it once (and a half spin)
I hope it goes well and wish you all the
best with it.
Roger Pyke 14.9.11
got the e.p.
Another job well done. Disparate output
indeed. And why wouldn't you? If you're
not playing what you love why bother? What
else is there to do in life? Lots of sax
these days. Great! I was wondering what
happened to the recorder and then comes
along a song with it or is it flute?
..Keep up the great work.
Larry Hoofs 9.9.11
Hi Mike & Bill,
Just to let you know I love the new EP (ordered
it straight away!). It sounds great and
has a great feel to it - I definitely won't
tire of it.
thoughts on Spectrum at the Myeloma benefit
Hi Mike and Bill.
I was at the Jim Keays Myeloma benefit last
night (18th) at the Hi Fi bar. I just wanted
to say you guys were the clear highlight
of the evening, really a breath of fresh
air. I did enjoy Madder Lake, Daryl Braithwaite
was inexcusable, Russell Morris and Jim
kind of massacred their songs. But you guys
were just exceptionally clean, simple, fresh
and I have to say, blew me away with how
great the songs are. I do remember a few
from way back but haven't sought you out
since then. More fool me, the songs are
just so good. I loved Second Coming and
will be ordering some CD's from you ASAP.
I wish you'd played more. I am 53 y.o. and
have Myeloma myself. Treatment etc. has
been pretty awful at times but I have enough
energy to get back into playing some music
myself (used to play in the 80's). My wife
plays drums and we have been playing 70's
covers etc. at country halls in Gippsland
for a few years. So much fun and we don't
even have to be good ;-) Anyway, as a guitarist
myself I really enjoyed the way you played
Mike, love your technique. OK I will be
hunting you down next time you play live
near the Northern Suburbs. I want more !
thanks again for making the night for me,
Peter Webb - 19.8.11
the kids to The Lomond
Bill and Mike - caught you at the Lomond
Hotel last Saturday. An awesome night of
music. We were able to introduce our daughters
and their boyfriends to your work. You have
another generation of fans. Your skill,
sound and integrity are much appreciated
Tim White - 16.8.11
words r inadequate. i had the absolute joy
of being just feet away from two of the
four guys i worshipped in the 70s when u
played semaphore in december. i was scared
to go, cos i attended dom polski as a kid
when u said "the tide is coming in
and my feet are getting wet" before
tony slavic went crazy on keyboard.
as an adolescent, u, bill, harvey and john
helped me through those confusing early
years; helped me understand; helped me be.
how could you still "have it"?
Well, you are even better. yeah, i was the
idiot in the front row who knew all the
words..... but returning to the past,,,
when i was a teenager, i saved enough money
to buy a stereo. i also bought rocknroll
you guys let me sing "not much fuck'n
use" at the top of my voice, in the
name of art.
so then i bought all i could afford, backwards
and forwards from the ariel/spectrum discovery
point, and agreed with the question "mumma,
did jesus wear makeup?" and was equally
challenged by the riddle of putting "my
precious cat out with a bucket full of sand",
as the time seesaw did its thing. i also
didn't get why radio stations and so called
music lovers DIDNT get it; but it was, and
is, what it is.
"i'll be gone" will be played
at my funeral, with john asking whether
"does anyone want a count in?".
when i looked up at the tv on the weekend
and saw the SHERBET clip of HOWZAT.. i was
initially excited, screaming "look
Harvey's on TV!!!!!!!" then they said
he was dead. part of me died. i named my
first car after harvey. it was called harvey.
we carried our amps and guitars and pizza
and shit in that damned volkswagon, which
snapped clutch cables and ran out of fuel.
ignorant, idiot me didnt event know he was
sick. i looked on your website today and
saw harvey's benefit gig pictures. this
disease sucks giant dogs' balls. i'm raving
on, but you and bill were such refreshingly
good people at the semaphore gig to a middle-aged
tragic who's young son is still talking
about "how good was spectrum?"
and he will always, i just wanted to say.
thanks and oh heavy hearts for a great musician.
we were actually listening to the abbey
road album in the car on the day harvey
left us, without even knowing it.
harvey james was my favourite guitarist
and always will be.
i cannot begin to imagine how much you and
bill must be gutted to the core. my heart
and ariel soul goes out to u. to quote a
dear friend who died from leukemia last
year, "that's all".
Mark Smith - 18.1.11
New Year's message from Addlebrain
It was most enjoyable having you at our
place again and I had to pinch myself mentally
about the opportunity of having two blokes
over who have been a part of the scene for
so many years - you know.... rock stars!
I didn't think I'd have the chance to catch
you playing and was most pleasantly surprised
when the leave pass was granted. From the
moment you started playing I was transported
straight back to my darkened bedroom where
I would play along to your vinyls over and
over again and the reason for my initial
interest became patently obvious - it's
the bloody music! (surprise surprise!) The
structure, rhythm, weird chords, storytelling,
silliness, solid delivery.......on and on!
All power to ya for writing the stuff, keeping
up with the technology (I particularly enjoyed
the gig at the Bridgeway (when Tony F was
playing with the Heaters and you interviewed
punters as they came through the door with
the camera equivilent of the brick mobile
phone and playing the tapes back during
breaks - brilliant), keeping your own marketing
going, keeping on the road, and keeping
sane (I presume!).
Geoff Miller 1.1.11
scent of Sebastians recalled
In 1970 I used to go to Sebastians every
Friday and Saturday night. I was 18 then.
When Spectrum played it was always a good
night. The big white Ford Transit van would
arrive and park right out front and I knew
we'd be in for a great night of EXTRA LOUD
I remember sweaty bodies cramped in that
tiny downstairs room and the piercing sound
of the hammond organ and strat guitar, you
couldn't hear yourself think. It was bliss
to my drunken brain.
What I remember most about Sebastians is
the smell. A heady, extoic mix of sweat,
coffee, smoke, marihuana and petulia oil.
Man, those were the days, eh?
Terry (Elwood) 23.7.10
I am glad that South Oz was a great success
and I must thank you for the "Some
Good Advice" dedication to me at Sunbury.
It was very nice and much appreciated.
Since your email below I have dome a lot
of navel gazing and annoyed the shit out
of friends, fire brigade members work bods
and a huge array of acquaintances including
ambushing people at the two funerals I attended
with the last weeks. After your comments
about the formula not being right
for the Sunbury thing I must now add that
this formula was only maybe 70% of the issue.
Price would have been a good slice of the
"Why pay $85 to sit in a paddock to
see these bands?''. You were right about
this as well.
People like me that just are musically minded
and like a vast array of music and prepared
to make sacrifices to ensure I get my fill
of the best music in the world which is
our own local home grown music, I have now
learnt are increasingly rare.
Chain, Madder Lake Spectrum on the one bill
too me is great to miss. Many I canvassed
(Harassed) just have the ' Oh yea, I could
just put the cd's on and were there' attitude.
One of the things I asked was whom would
drag you out?. The array of replies was
Unbelievable. From The Stones to Led Zeppelin
to The Eagles. ( Billy Thorpe was a big
one on the list. Doh!).
The big surprise also to me was the radio
stations that these punters listen to and
what music they tune to...... Stuff me,
3AW!, nothing else?. A little Gold FM. maybe.
I have now learnt that we baby boomers the
upholders of the right, economy, keeping
our kids afloat and grandchildren now have
become lazy whinging T V sooks!.
I have travelled widely and appreciate the
very high quality of talent that we have
here but when I asked about newer music
apart from 'golden oldies'
"No it is shit, won't last, No beat
or words and poor quality". Well, How
good is that young bloke Jarrah Thompson
There in the "If its' to loud - your
too old" club.
Even my dear wife now dislikes going out
to a venue now unless it is someone she
really likes like Doug Parkinson. She is
just not interested anymore and so are her
friends. " Just put on the CD dear".
So I have had my rant and am at a loss for
my withering age group ( I did go to two
funerals as mentioned). Loosing their perspective
of talent and gaining a certain loss of
perspective in their own lives on just how
to have a good time.
My late Grandfather always said 'time is
the most precious thing you have, your here
for a good time, not a long time'. The older
I get at 57 years I can see he was certainly
right. Pity about the rest of our age group.
Any how I hope this all makes sense.
Mick Newman 28.4.10
interesting feedback from northern Italy
I got an order for A Strange Fantastic
Dream from Euro Isersi and asked how he'd
come across Ariel
I'm a collector of psych-prog-hard and heavy
music of the 70's with particular regard
to Vertigo and Harvest label stuff.Since
the Ariel was issued originally on Harvest
I was curious to know what it sounded like
and searched for infos online.When it came
out that Ariel was an aussie rockband I
told myself "I'm gonna get it".I
really freak out for downunder rock! With
the engine search I came across your nice
site and the game was made! .Here in this
part of northern Italy there are many freaks
about KAHVAS JUTE, BLACKFEATHER, BAKERY,
BAND OF LIGHT and others (not to mention
the huge RADIO BIRDMAN and related side
projects, with fan clubs and fanzines).Got
..and then later..
By the way I saw on the "Dreams,fantasies
and nightmares" book of Vernon Joynson
that you were the guitarist (along with
the great Tim Gaze) and vocals of Ariel,
so is a pleasure for me to be in touch with
you."Il giardino dei Finzi Contini",
I remember that movie of italian master
Luchino Visconti, and you all made a nice
choice for a song title.If you have two
minutes I would like to make you know that,
in the small town of Chiuduno from the mid-80's
till 2000 there was a strong core of aussie
rock die hard fans,with a monthly fanzine
(mainly focused on 80's bands) named "ROLLIN'
DOWN FROM AYERS ROCK".Those people
were so loud (I was one of them) that the
australian bands on tour in Italy at those
times (Celibate Rifles, Lime Spiders, Hoodoo
Gurus, Lipstick Killers, New Christs, Screaming
Tribesmen, Howling Commandos etc.), becoming
aware of such a scene, all came to play
in the small clubs around here.After those
crazy days the fanclub called it a day,
but the love for aussie rock never faded.
And never will...
......and right now I saw, on the booklets
of Spectrum-Part one and Milesago that you
both were the driving force of this great
band. I'm absolutely astonished!
Euro Isersi - Bergamo Italy 10-13.3.10
Ariel fan says thanks - from France..
It is a real pleasure a privilege for me
to receive a message from one of my heroes.
I cherish since a long time the Spectrum
records you created and I have tried for
years to find the Ariel ones - impossible
to get them in France or Europe in general,
even in the record Collectors conventions.
Therefore, I was even happier to see that
I can purchase them from the artist directly
and avoid paying bootleggers or persons
who will never return a part of the money
to the real creators of the music. I know
very vell the stylistic difference between
the Spectrum and the Ariel sound but one
of my friends who lived for a while in Australia
made me listen the vinyls and I loved them
too. I am delighted to have my own official
CD copies now. If I'm not wrong, there are
also other Ariel records which are still
not available in CD format; if so, you maight
find a remedy to this.
Thank you for your message and lots of luck,
Keep the fire burning.
Mihail - Gentilly France 8.2.10
still got it..
Thank you for a wonderful, intimate evening
at Minya. I was a Spectrum virgin, so to
speak, as I had not seen you play live prior
to that night, even though “I’ll
Be Gone” is an all time favorite of
Had it not been for my gorgeous brother
and sister-in-law presenting my partner
and I with tickets as a Christmas gift,
I would not have known that you playing
down this way.
Hopefully it won’t be the last.
Again thank you……just brilliant
Sandy Wemyss 28.1.10
I've been browsing the interweb thingy and
discovered midoztouch.com that has mp3 of
70's rock. Now a bit of background......as
Ive mentioned to you before, everyone knows
that music reached its zenith by the end
of the 70's and I stopped listening (married
with children) about that time (rock and
roll scars was when I tuned out). Well I
discovered and downloaded a band called
"mike rudd and the heaters The unrealist".
Now Mike I hope you are sitting down because
I have to tell you that these guys are using
your name to sell themselves. I hope you
download this and contact your "people"
immediately because its a disgrace that
this 80's electro-pop group is trading on
your name. This group obviously set the
drum machine to 120 beats per minute and
recorded one long song with all the typical
synth/keyboard sounds/lines, and carved
it up into 12 tracks. This so called Mike
Rudd could only muster "I want a head
job" as a hook and I know that could
not possibly be you since you have a wit
far exceeding this. And I know it cant be
Bill on bass as all I could here is those
chromatic runs using octaves like Ive heard
in so many disco tunes. If I were you mike
I would contact your lawyers straight away
and see if you can get this "feckless
gorm" mascarading as you off this website
before people think its actually you. I
can only imagine that these guys listened
to some record company executive who told
them to "move with the times",
"disco the new thing", "get
the punters dancing","Ill make
you big stars". I know the real Mike
Rudd makes real music with light and shade,
humour/wit, mood and intelligence so Im
convinced this cannot possibly be you. I
dont think I heard a guitar on this impostors
record so it cant be you. Anyway I hope
Ive alerted you to this travasty of justice
and you can take the appropriate action.
see you at a gig sometime.
Laurie Tunnicliffe 15.8.09
don't we do it in the road?
Hi Mike and Bill,
Do not take the above literally, unless
you really want to (but you'll be on your
own). Now after such a tasteful start, I
would like to continue with some Beatles
thoughts and observations - you're a man
after my own heart Mr. Rudd!
Without trying to sound a bit on the you-know-what
side, one of the earliest concerts I remember
going to was in fact The Beatles at the
old Centennial Hall in Adelaide. As my father
was the manager of Radio 5AD, we obviously
went to many, many shows plus he knew Ken
Brodziak fairly well, so the rest is history!
That concert, if I remember correctly, was
on a Friday and we later went down to the
airport on the Sunday to see the Fab Four
off, my father doing a live cross etc. George
Harrison actually took a photo of a few
of us and, after getting some details, finally
sent a copy some months later (alas, I know
not where mine is...). And as fate would
have it, I formally met George some 20 years
later at the Adelaide F1 Grand Prix: I was
working for Shell and lived with the McLaren
Team for some 5 days each year, with George
being their special touring guest. He was
a lovely man, wonderfully dry sense of humour
and on several occasions we sat down for
a 4 hour lunch mainly talking about music
( he surely hadn't always been dealt the
best hand by messrs. Lennon & McCartney
- however, when you listen to his "All
Things Must Pass" album, the picture
becomes much clearer).
And just to really make it a family affair,
my mother actually spent an afternoon at
Apple records in Saville Row while the "Let
It Be" film was still in the can. She
was given a private showing by the cameramen
plus Michael Lindsay-Hogg in Apple's theatrette,
'ran' into George H. in the lift and came
back with a dozen or so Beatles and all
the solo albums released at that time -
you can imagine how thrilled I was! So,
that's little bit of inside information
about my family's 'association' with the
Beatles with the conclusion being that all
of my adult children have the whole Beatles
catalogue on their iPods (as do Adrienne
and I). If I ever get on to Rockwiz, you
now know what my favourite topic would be!
(By the way, I do realise that you guys
recorded at Abbey Road and that is a BIG
...See you whenever and glad the EP is heading
to a second pressing - see, you're never
Richard Moore 22.8.09
Read your Beatles article, which I enjoyed.
The Beatles got me into music at 13, and
kept me enthralled all through my teens,
as they continually changed and progressed
in huge leaps and bounds, which wasn't the
norm for pop bands.
Then spent many years not listening to them
- bit sick of it - but recently have listened
to all the albums again on my iPod, and
thoroughly enjoyed them.
By the way, U2 played Beatles over the PA
before the show when I saw them, and it
worked really well. I can't really remember,
but I'd guess it was the earlier poppy stuff.
Had a great energy.
And Oasis' latest album is slathered in
blatant Beatles influences (as, apparently,
all their stuff is). I love it.
Stuart Beatty 20.8.09
Space thirty years too late?
I just read your P & W from your site
and I think Matt Croke himself is thirty
years still wet behind the ears!. As you
know I dearly love your music and I have
always been a fan and I have a deep passion
for good music particularly live.
Since our last meeting almost a month ago
I have seen Joe Camilary, Lucinda Williams,
Russel Morris, The Who, last tuesday night
was a guest at the Ultimate Tribute show
at the Palm Room Crown casino, and this
arvo Phil Manning. I got drowned on the
The amount of young faces that are right
into the Who last week and in 2004 is simply
amazing. Like Spectrum, they take a lot
of care to present to the punters a very
polished professional sound not nessesarily
as per the recordings either as like you
have learnt to diversify arrangements. I
even remember telling you once after a gig
at the TF Much ball room that your sound
was out that night. You did not give a shit!.
I do remember your grumpy attitude at times.
(maybee it was related to you fuzzy beard!).
Spectrum and a number of bands could come
up with a string of potential No 1 hits
next week and as you know would hardly get
airplay. I think this situation will change
as the hard core buying public (not the
kidds that get free stuff that is gone forever
within 30 days), are slowly having an influence
on radio and cd sales. Getting back to Matts
coments, If it is anything like Breathing
Space it will be as fresh and exciting to
hear like "living on a Volcano"
which I think was way ahead of time. It
is a fickle market as you say but people
remember the good stuff and the trashy stuff
will be well gone into oblivion in thirty
I would think the Ep would be better called
"More Breathing Space".
Sorry for the rant, but I see a little envy
there somewhere. I look forward to catching
up and I also have pulled out my '"
The Unrealist" album for you to sign
if you would not mind. Yep you still had
fuzz on your face!!!.
P. S. I wonder what Ed Nimmer will think
about the new Ep??.
Mick Newman 4.4.09
feedback for The Studio gig of the year
Dear Mike and Spectrum,
Hope you had a great Christmas! Just received
a letter from our Japanese exchange student,
Momoko who we took to your concert at The
Studio , Geelong. She writes
'' Dear Miller Family, I really had a good
time with you. Above all, I was so moved
when you took us to Live concert. I have
never listened to such beautiful music before''
So, we knew she enjoyed herself , but obviously
you were the highlight of her trip above
Sydney Harbour , Melbourne Zoo etc etc.
Have you ever performed in Japan? They seem
to be crazy for the 70's. Our previous student
was mad on Jimmy Cliff (Reggae)
So there you are. Have a great New Year
and hope to catch your concerts in 2009
Judy & Andrew Miller 29.12.08
I was so disappointed and very sad that
I was unable to get to your gig on Saturday
night at the Lomond Hotel. See, I went to
see the marvellous MSO at Hamer Hall with
my girlfriend, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
This concert finished at 10pm, so I thought
we would zip up to East Brunswick and see
the remainder of your performance, which
would've been the perfect cap to an excellent
day. Unsure of the address we rang my girlfriend's
mum to look it up, which was all very well
and we got on the 96 tram up Nicholson St
with our faces pressed to the black windows
counting up to 225. We overshot it and got
off at about 415, then walked back down
to find the right place. I was brimming
with excitement as we approached 231, 229,
227, 225 oh shit where's the hotel! Number
225 Nicholson St was a house!! I thought
the address must be wrong, so we called
my girlfriend's mum again to doublecheck
with the same result. Frustrated and upset
we walked up and down the street aimlessly,
until we jumped on the next tram back to
the city. I had to console myself with iPod
Investigations the following day showed
me that indeed the address was correct,
but some smart bottomed person had cleverly
numbered the lots in Nicholson St up to
about 900 and then started again back at
1 when the suburb changed from Fitzroy to
Brunswick East!! We had stupidly assumed
that numbers along the same road remain
consistent between suburbs, maybe something
to do with past experience. We also hadn't
realised that we were indeed in Fitzroy
and not Brunswick East, I can't tell the
difference and thought it would've been
irrelevant anyway. Either way I was sorely
disappointed at our seeming incompetence
and the fact that I've only been able to
get to one of your lauded gigs (empty Royal
Park Hotel), and I haven't got my girlfriend
along to any, and it was the last one for
the year that you have listed that we would
be able to get to. Next year will be a much
more effortful Spectrum-gig-going time for
me I think.
I hope you enjoyed the show as much as we
weren't able to.
I'm sorry for writing you such a long uninterestingly
verbose email, but I feel obliged to perform
tautologous acts and take up your time.
After all, that's what fans are for!
Sincerely in fanity
Spectrum - A Spanish Milesago fan
tells his story
Thanks again for the reply, it's a privilege.
I´ll wait for the albums to come,
though I´m so anxious to listen the
restored material. "Warts" in
particular is one of the highest favourites
of mine. And when "Milesago" and
the others arrive, I´ll let you my
feedback, if that helps a little. All this
is very exciting to me: the great, timeless
Spectrum/Murtceps personally at the other
end of the line! I just can't beleive it.
Finally: no, I´ve never been in Australia.
But I've been a r'n'r freak since my childhood.
In 1973, I spent a couple of months in Cambridge,
England, learning english. There I met a
hippie in his twenties, another music lover,
who showed me the likes of completely unknow
bands in Spain, like Curved Air, Skin Alley...and
an Aussie prog-psych outfit that was his
primal atraction by then, with an album
just released called "Milesago".
I got relly impressed, and he recorded for
me a C-60 tape that didn´t take the
whole album. I listened to that till it
got literally demolished. I wonder now what
that guy thought of a skinny, beardless,
spectacled 14 year bloke that showed him
the Grateful Dead for the first time and
came from the land of the bullfights and
In the 80's the search of the original albums
came -they never were released in Europe,
except some in England I think, let alone
Spain-, which proved to be a cumbersome
task, years before the internet. And some
of them cost me a little fortune. But all
of it was worth the effort.
Sorry about this long chat, I just let myself
go . We´ll talk soon again. And I
want to get into the Ariel stuff, which
I don't know.
Thanks to you and Bill for keeping the flame
All the best
Francisco Escolano (Madrid) 14.10.08
of the Earth -
a couple of reactions
I want to let you know how much i enjoyed
the Morning of the Earth gig. It's
been 3 days since i was there now and i
think i've managed (in my mind) to edit
this email down from what was probably going
to be about 10 pages of gushing adoration
of yours and the rest of the musicians performances
Friday night at the Palais was one of the
most moving experiences of my life. Being
in my late 40's now i often feel like i'm
fast heading for 'over the hill'. Friday
night had me re-experiencing some of the
best days of my life in a very real way,
i genuinely felt (and still do to some extent)
like i did back in the 70's and i must say
it's been quite an emotional time since
then. The mixture of feeling oldish but
young at the same time is strange in a way.
Feeling 16 but knowing i'm 47 and that i
can never be 16 again feels sad but at the
same time anything that can make me feel
16 again must be good and is like gold to
This is all due to the quality of the concert.
EVERYTHING about it was exceptional. Every
note was perfect, i was mesmerized from
start to finish.
Your vocals fitted in so well it was as
if you were in the original recordings and
Lior and Old Man River seemed to understand
the feeling of it all even though (i imagine)
they weren't even born when it was originally
made, and their performances (like yours)
also conveyed a passion for what they were
On Saturday morning a couple of the surf
report websites mentioned the gig in their
surf reports and the good turnout and high
quality of the night. Everyone i've spoked
to who was there was equally impressed.
You guys have certainly set the surfing
I was wondering how it would turn out with
so few of the original artists there but
the quality of Australian composing and
performance shone through again. It is at
least the equal of anything from around
Thank you Mike for one of the best nights
of my 'old' life. I'd like to send this
to each person who performed but i guess
you'll be able to pass on the general message.
Karl Thielmann 6.10.08
Good Morning Mike
Congratulations !! What a fucking Show
and What a Fine performance from YOU ……………I’ll
bet your cock was that hard you could’ve
cracked fleas on it after the Show…………..Sarah
and I were in the third row……We
caught up with lots of old faces……….The
love and respect between you and Geeeee
Wayne singing together at the end was…..
Mwaaaa Magnificent…….This show
certainly made up for the ONE song at Long
Way To the Top………….Mate
you were like the cat that ate a shitload
of Cream……….When you walked
off stage each time after you performed
a song ……….Head down ……..Beaming
with Pride ………..Sarah
and I just looked at each other ……….It
brought a tear to the eye……………..And
Congratulations on the Hawks for kicking
the crap out of the “Fat Head Cats”…………One
flag is enough for them, for now
Stephen Ramsay 6.10.08
- this P&W
was made to last..
Advice from a former shoe repairer, get
Topy soles put on your leather soled footwear.
Protects the leather sole, much better wearing,
better grip, and none of the disadvantages
of "plates", tips we used to call
'em in the trade. Might be wise to get a
price first though, gotta weigh up cost
versus benefit. You're right about shoe
repairing being a dying trade, that's one
of the reasons I'm no longer in the trade.
Reg Loe 24.7.08
..Read the latest
P&W. A cobbler has enabled my famous
Blue Suede Shoes to last 20 years. I had
him cover the original soles with something
more long wearing - not that I wear them
everyday!! My grandfather made shoes that
were like diving boots - very heavy soles,
built to last, but not exactly foot friendly.
Ah! They don't make 'em like they used to!
Ray Hogan 17.7.08
on other planets - Mike cops it suite..
re: probability of other planets.Let X be
the probability of other life. Let y be
the estimate of the number of other planets.
Then X*Y is the actual number of other planets.
Now even if Y is very large, say approaching
infinity, if X is very very small then there
is likely no life. Now if we integrate the
equation and do a double derivative setting
the result to zero and add the einstein
cosmological constant, as long as we allow
for the hysenberg uncertanty modifier then
the resultant equation PROVES that if there
was other life, that they would be in a
parallel universe with 11 dimensions.......I
think you can see where im heading with
this and by now you will have jumped ahead
to include the angular momentum of the universe
as a whole to the resultant poly-othorgonal
Athiest ???? "There are no Athiests
in fox holes"
P.S. Why are all the people in the photo
pages so old ???
Laurie Tunnicliffe 8.3.08
the audience at The Soundgarden
Dear Mike and the boys,.
As always your performance was very enjoyable
even though it was rather rowdy from people
towards the rear of the venue.
I have never been there before even though
I only live 15 mins away. I have been a
'fan' of Spectrum / Murtceps from the beginning
and I live your unique music ability's.
During your first break I was talking to
a 20 year old that came as his old man had
told him what a great band Spectrum is and
he came to see. He seemed disappointed as
he did not know any of the tunes. I have
seen him at the Willy RSL before. I told
him just to relax and listen to the music
and don't have a pre conceived thought about
I told him in the early days in the festival
eara that you guys would be on stage for
an hour and a half and only play three numbers.
he was amazed, so I convinced him to get
down to basement discs and grab some of
the earlier cd's.
Anyhow thank you for the email and I really
enjoyed the show including some "out
of tightness" parts which was a good
larf and enjoyable. I look forward to the
new cd as well.
Mick Newman 4.3.08
bass guitar story resonates..
Hi Bill and Mike,
Great to catch up and read the latest on
I just had to write and say how great it
is to see that Bill and Paul caught up after
so many years and re united Bill with the
old P Bass. I sold it to Paul way, way back
and its great to see that its looking like
it should once more.(see story in Guitar
I wish I had been at the Manhatten to see
Bill playing the old girl again....maybe
Take care guys
McNally has some things to say about
Spectrum - from China
My Spectrum experience.
As a young man and semi-professional
musician in 1971, I had a short-list of
fave and “most influenced by”
bands and artists of the day. There were
the giants like Purple, Tull, Zeppelin,
the Allmans and a few others, but on home
turf in Melbourne, Spectrum reigned supreme
in my mind as the penultimate Australian
With Spectrum, it was about the mood of
the music, the way that 4 players played
together like one great machine, the perfection
of the arrangements, the slightly haunting
melancholy of Mike Rudd’s voice and
songs. A certain simplicity. But, depth
and subtlety as well. At one time I remember,
whilst still being at school, having managed
to see Spectrum 13 times in a year. I knew
Spectrum better than any other group. I
totally ‘got’ what they were
The shock departure of organist/pianist
Lee Neale created a vacancy in the keyboard
chair. I was brave enough to put my hand
up for the audition process and I remember
arriving home one day to see “Mike
Rudd 80 2576” on the telephone pad.
Mike had returned my call, regarding an
audition. The excitement / fear was palpable.
I do not, now, remember the conversation
we had, but I was left with the understanding
that I was “too young”, at 17.
Should I have lied? Plenty of folks have
blustered their way into situations with
bravado, forgetting the truth along the
way, to later arrive at some very successful
position or situation. It wasn’t my
way to work like that. I’ll never
know if I may have “nailed it”
had I gotten that audition, but I know my
musical instincts and ability well enough
to know that, had my nerves been under control,
I would have at least gotten pretty close.
I’d never even played a real Hammond
then, but I was already good with the electric
piano and I had such a love for the genre,
such a love for Spectrum’s music,
such a studied understanding of
“what was needed”, plus an ability
to simply copy what Lee Neal had already
done, anyway, and with ‘feel’.
I believe I could have made an impression,
at least. It would have been a pivotal moment
in my musical growth.
26 years later I’m sitting in an apartment
in Shenzhen, China listening to the beautifully
re-mastered, re-packaged “Spectrum
Part One”, that same album I gazed
at, at “Lee’s Sound Lounge”,
Mentone, in 1971. It was a “strange
fantastic” experience listening to
it thru headphones. The sound, by todays’
standards, was as basic as an FE Holden,
but wonderful as well, charming in its simplicity
and yet richness of ideas. Well recorded
on analog tape naturally, but “simple”.
The power and majesty of the songs was still
there. Hearing that album all these many
years later was some very unusual experience.
Mike and Bill are still doing their thing,
to their great credit. So much has changed,
but thanks to the enthusiasm of a small
group of good people, it’s now possible
to get re-mastered re-issues of those landmark
Australian pop rock albums such as Spectrum’s.
This is music, this is art, that is outside
the mainstream by a long margin. And yet,
thanks largely to the unique stroke of luck
“I’ll Be Gone”, Spectrum
were and are known as a major Australian
rock group of the 70’s. IBG was perhaps
the exception to Spectrum’s rule,
but what a fortunate freak song it was -
Mike Rudd insisted on leaving I.B.G. OFF
that album when it was released! Which says
lots about the mood of the times - the hippy
ethos of ‘protecting the art at all
costs’, including what any sensible
record company exec would consider utter
lunacy. That uncompromising attitude was
part of why Spectrum were as great and unique
as they were, like the times themselves.
McNally, keybpard-player/producer - 6.12.07
been a long time comin'.. but
persistence pays off in the end
Mike & Bill,
I have been searching for your material
for a long time. I used to (attend) NSW
Uni in Sydney and used to see the Murtceps
performing in the Round House at lunch times
- Sensational. No one ever used a recorder.
(That) was when you had Ray Arnott I think
it was on either keyboards or drums.
I had all of your Vinyls including Milesago,
Cortinas, Warts, Part 1, Strange Fantastic
Dream, Rock & Roll Scars and the others.
Unfortunately the vinyls have been well
& truly lost. What a shame. Warts was
the only Vinyl I had with a brown paper
bag sleeve. We also saw you & Bill at
Long Way to the Top. I saw you as Ariel
in Hyde Park in the 70's when Jamaican Farewell
was charting and Tim Gaze was with you.
We now live in Dubbo, and one day the Bushwackers
came through .
I played in the support band for the Bushwackers
at the Zoo with the Far Cry Bush Band (a
bit of a Graeme Kennedy). Dobe was a pot
head but his brother in law was a detective
in Dubbo. He let it be known over the PA
that his brother in law had the best drugs
Anyway when I saw the Bushwackers perform
again at the Macquarie Inn, I watched their
guitar player and realised that it was Tim
Gaze from his style. I saw him in a break
and told him that I had seen him playing
in Ariel with you & Bill. He was amazed
that anyone would recognise him, particularly
in Dubbo. I also told him that he used to
play with Francis Butler & the 69'ers.
I was in a Sydney band that one night supported
Francis Butler. Stevie Wright, the main
act never showed - he was too stoned, so
we all had to do additional sets. I asked
Tim whether he still had his pure white
custom double cutaway SG Gibsonwith triple
pickups and gold plated hardware. He said
'Hey Man where have you come from. I even
forgot that I owned that guitar'.
Anyway, all that I have been able to find
from your past career was a few bad downloads
of a couple of songs, so I am pleased to
find your early releases and some of the
material that I have never heard. Could
you keep me on your database and if you
ever release more of your earlier material,
please let me know. Warts up your Nose,
Milesago and Garden of the Frenzied Cortinas
would be nice but I know what major recording
companies are like and the battle you go
through to get this material out there.
Cook, Dubbo 17.9.07
unmemorable night in Castlemaine 1997 -
Heckler one, Mike zero..
Long ago I had a dual autographed copy of
Living on a Volcano but a marriage break-up
saw the ex get the album. I would love a
new one but am having trouble getting one.
If you could Email me with some details
of how to get one, that would be great.
I met you and Bill in Simpatico's restaurant
in Castlemaine where you signed my old vinyl
copy of Strange Fantastic Dream.
Haven't seen you since the Northern Hotel
in Castlemaine about 1997. It was an interesting
night with a very small crowd and it ended
with a classic scene from a heckler. You
might even remember.
Heckler says, "Play some blues."
You say, "Gonna play one of my own."
You play, "I'll be Gone."
At the end he says, "Thought you were
gonna play one of your own."
You look over at me and my ex as if to say,
"Just what's a fella gotta do in this
town to get some recognition." Then
start packing up without even acknowledging
It still makes me laugh. Hope you've done
All the best to you and Bill. Hope to hear
from you soon.
resign! - we get about
one person a month politely peeling off
the e-mail list - this is my fave..
Mike I hate you so sotp sending me emails
because i am not interested in you so buger
LWTTT Chrissie messages -
well, I had to write to them first..
You're very thoughtful!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Best Wishes and Love to you and yours.
Little Pattie 24.12.06
HI MIKE AND GUYS,
HAVE A GREAT XMAS AND NEW YEAR. HOPE TO
SEE YOU ON 2007.
(shouting as always) 22.12.06
Reciprocal Greetings for Xmas & New
All the best
Thank guys, a lovely thought!
The same back to you. All you wish yourselves.
and Lonnie Lee 22.12.06
Mrry blah blah and happy blah blah to you
and the lads too as well
Mike 'n Bill
and a very merry chrissie to you all too
about those elves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday makes contact
Hey Mike, glad to see you on Sunday.
and musically, Darryl's keys did provide
an 'authentic' sound to the Spectrum tunes.
I was pleased that you had elected to leave
these songs more or less intact - and still
captured the spirit. have spent most of
the evening delving through your archives
and the related milesago database - fascinating
stuff! Melbourne was the faraway tree for
me back in the days of the TF Much Ballroom
and the likes - I used to watch it on TV
(Happening 70 and Go show) and read GoSet.
I'm from Adelaide - but, I was at the Myponga
Festival - just reminiscing over that one
- wow, what a line-up. And I saw as many
Spectrum concerts as I could - Adelaide
Uni lunchtimes and similar - when Mark was
playing drums. Underground music was very
important to me then, still is. Anyway..
don't know how much space I have here so
I'll give you my virtual contact details
take a look www.ash-wednesday.com www.myspace.com/ashwednesday2006
and hopefully communique soon and hi to
Bill, although we've never met adios for
& Roll Scars -
some thoughts inspired by Nicky Campbell's
Where to start?? Firstly, Rock n Roll Scars
received in tact by Aussie Post today 14/09/06
with thanks. A mutual acquaintance of ours,
namely Nick "Curley" Campbell
e mailed me your web address last week,
which enabled me to browse RuddPutt history
and products available. You would probably
have wondered who and where on earth did
an order for the album come from??
Growing up in Melbourne's eastern suburbs
1/2 mile from the Matthew Flinders Hotel,
the early seventies were a smorgasbord of
great bands, musos and music. I decided
to get amongst it and went to a lot of gigs
in '72, and 73.
I got my start as a roadie after a gig at
Festival Hall in Melb, not unlike the notes
on the album sleeve by Ian McFarlane. Sherbet
were on the gig as part of their Slipstream
tour, Road Manager Jim Murrie called me
over to give him a hand while i was hanging
around some chicks chasing autographs.
That day was the start of a 12 year stint
as a "roadie", with, and for some
of the best people I've ever known, a lot
of who, are today still my friends, and
still stay in touch. eg Nick Campbell. I
noted back then many Melb bands in those
days used Strauss Audio amps and Nova PA's,
so i went there looking for a part time
gig, to learn the ropes and maybe set myself
up for a full time gig after i left school
in Nov 75, The guys at Nova,
Al Butler, Merton Ciddor, Rick Brown, Jim
Mac and Jim V were very accepting of my
inexperience and taught me shit that helped
me hold my own. I remember the B404 Bass
amp and new reflex bin (with red trim) Nova
built for Bill Putt, and i was fortunate
enough to be on hand the day he came in
to give it
a work out. Ariel were back from the UK
to "tour" and promote Rock N Roll
Scars. An offer by Billy "Clover"
Rowe and Mick Wickow one day at Nova, to
join the Bloodshed Crew ensued. You may
not recall me as a young 17 year old lugging
Ernie Roses' red PA boxes around and helping
set up and pack up at Ariel gigs, but i
was there, during the summer of 74, 75 Ariel
lot of gigs, including the dreaded triples
on Saturdays, say Matthew Flinders in the
arvo, Sth Side 6 in the evening and then
Hard Rock Cafe late, and that would've been
on top of a double on Friday night. Billy
Rowe and Mick Wickow were doing plenty of
other gigs with Ernies' PA as well, which
the learning curve, i was like a sponge,
i couldn't get enough gigs, Billy and Mick,
treated me with dignity and gave me a great
start, I still have my Powewart tour "T"
shirt, you Mike, Bill, Harvey and John were
always accepting of me, and said Gidday,
which i appreciated very much.
Sunbury 75 is a stand out in my memory as
Ariel played there on Friday night in the
rain, did a double from Sunbury into the
Croxton Park i think, and were back at Sunbury
on Monday at lunchtime, to welcome the sun
and play the anthem (I'll be gone) to open
the set to the thousands of drowned rats
had persisted through "Launching Place"
like conditions all weekend, standing side
of stage hearing the harp folding back off
the ridge top, and seeing all those mud-caked
music freaks appearing from under their
soaking shelters was something i'll never
forget, the reception for Ariel was phenomenal.
I graduated roadies school during summer
75, 76, and tackled all
forte's of the road crews brief at one time
or another during my career, FOH, monitors,
stage, lights, rigger, both PA and Lights,
truck driver etc,.
Mycrudd? you say, i worked for Sherbet in
1976 and of course came face to face with
Harvey at rehearsals prior to Howzat, a
reunion of sorts. I noticed that the words,
"Hi Harvey" or something similar,
"Mycrudd" had been written in
texta on the side of the pantec of Sherbets'
truck one day at a gig, i'm sure it was
at Festival Hall, brought a smile to my
There is too much to tell here, but i attended
the funeral of my old friend Gerry Georgettis
in Melb in February this year and caught
up with a lot of the old firm of road dogs,
all drawn together by a common bond, to
pay tribute to GG. I traveled down and back
to Melb from Newcastle with Nicky
Campbell, who i have known since 1975, we
met when he was working for Ron Blackmore.
He called in to visit me a few weeks ago
on his way home to Coffs Harbour from a
trip to Sydney, as usual we had plenty of
"road raging" to do, and said
our see you laters' with a hug and a tear
in our eyes. He is a legend, a true gentleman,
and it is an honour to know him, and it
was a real buzz to see his life and times
acknowledged on your web site, he also,
along with many others taught me values
that have been the cornerstones of my life's
experiences. Ariel, Spectrum, Murtceps etc
havebeen a part of my life for the best
part of 35 years now, and i am enjoying
your music as much today as i ever did.
Not a day passes when i don't recall
a roadie mate, a gig, a muso or band, or
even a tune from that "golden era"
of my time on the road. Old roadies never
die, they just do other gigs.
Mike, it's been great to receive the cd,
dribble some shit, and give the album a
spin a few times while writing this e mail,
i will be ordering some more stuff in the
Edwards - 14.9.06
What a night, what a night, eh? I trekked
down from Canberra for the night and was
damn glad I was there. Man, if they do put
the show on up in Sydney I'm definitely
going back for a second bite of the Wild
Cherry, and this time I think I'll fork
out the $200.
You're right about the crowding (glad I'd
found myself a hole up n the balcony, although
see of the action was blocked by a bloody
mirror ball) and the sometimes unnecessary
volume, which in some cases detracted from
some of the performances I reckon. Good
to see Spectrum put in a good solid small
set and I look forward to catching up with
you're down in the nation's capital early
Le Roy 3.9.06
i read your write up on the lobby loyde,
night and i certainly have to agree with
you some of the bands were very loud and
yes the smoke was terrible.myself and diane
was right up the front and when rose tattoo
played we couldnt understand a word angry,
was singing or barnsey for that matter because
simply too loud.chain,brian cadd,the maters,russell
morris,wendy saddington and spectrum,were
my pick for the night.see you at st andrews
in a couple of weeks mike.
..I was privileged to hear I'll Be Gone
Like A Fly Without It's Wings at the Lobby
thing. Nice to hear thinking musicians who
play within the limitations of the PA instead
of going at it like it was Sunbury in the
70s. I'm afraid it was not a pleasant experience
being treated like a sardine - heated and
smoked and constantly being buffeted by
other, sometimes drunken, sardines on their
way to/from the bar/toilet...
WOW Man what a fuckin Night!!!!!!
and you 3 were shit hot. Spectrum had a
much better sound then at Long Way To The
Top, Even allowing for the fact that the
"little fella" had the PA tuned
for the Aztecs. You just did not sound like
The masters need to change their name to
the Masters and the Apprentice (Wheatly
give it a rest its time to retire- but good
on him for paying his dues).
So the question on most peoples lips is
............ Was Jack Thompson in character
or was that not an act the audience was
getting from him?
Thanks again to you Bill & Robbo for
what I believe was Spectrums BEST EVER Performance.
Lets hope the three of you never require
a night like that, but rest assured the
same people will be there with the same
amount of love in the air should it be required.
My respect to you all for helping out my
Peace, Love Happiness and Good Health to
each of you
should point out that we were in fact a
four-piece on the night, but Mal's view
of the stage may well have been obscured..
Talbot and Alana Galea on 20 to 1
i was absolutely compelled to pen this diatribe(or
letter) when i saw the top 20 songs list
from channel 9...they didnt have 'i'll be
gone' so i'll be buggered. at least i didnt
see it.....should have been about number---oh,
plus they had kylie singing locomotion which
is not an aussie song and it's a cover yo
boot and they had i honestly love you which
i think was john farrar so that's all right
but it was kind of an american production
thing i think but i let that pass, and they
had you're the voice by JF but that was
written by the procul harem guy which is..debatable..
and they had ' good in bed' by skyhooks
which wasnt even one of s/hooks better songs.
luckily the show was pretty stupid so it
didnt really matter... still, it makes one
think there should be a real list.
well, i guess i've really made you think.
it made me think when i remembered seeing
party machine in 1968 by windsor railway
station in a joint in a parking lot with
'youve all got to go' and some song about
animals, and you i read was in the band...sorry,
were in the band.
there you go.
as i always say (or will try to from now
on) keep on rockin snf hi to bill.
seeing your little article on the 20 to
1 compilation of Australian songs I thought
I'd send you the article posted on my website.
Let me know what you think of it and enjoy
I watched “20 To 1” last night,
and although it was a nice try, it was obviously
compiled without as much consideration as
it should have been given. All in all, I
consider 11 songs to be correctly placed
and I have no complaints about their inclusion.
However 11 out of twenty is a bit pathetic,
to say the least. At number 20 was placed
“Shout” by Johnny O’Keefe
and “Bye Bye Baby” by Col Joy.
This is the first of many misplacings. It
shows contempt for Johnny O’Keefe
and Col Joy’s contribution to Australian
music. These are the grandfathers of Australian
music and should be placed below a lot of
the artists considering what they have given
and how good their songs were. In the words
of Peter Garrett “Shout” is
“the spirit of Australian Rock”
and the spirit of our own brand of music
deserves to be placed lower than a cover
song sang by an actress on a TV show, otherwise,
we’re just dismissing the very thing
we are trying to celebrate – Australian
Alana Galea 26.5.06
Me Just One Moment While I... Ray
Hogan's back with a gig review!
The refurbished turntable has now
proved to have magical properties. No sooner
had I completed a play through of the Spectrum/Indelible
Murtceps catalogue than up pops an email
message from Mike Rudd himself advising
of a gig to be played by Spectrum Plays
The Blues at 5.30. pm on Friday 19.5.06
at the famous Broadbeach Blues Festival.
Less than two day's notice to find the blue
And what a gig it was!
Gaby and I had a great time, a truly memorable
night. I'm taken aback that you guys thought
it was a special night, too. Aren't they
always like that or was the night different
to your normal gigs??
We drove around Warburton yesterday listening
to the CDs and reliving the music from Saturday
night. Whatever it was that delivered you
guys to Wild Thyme we are grateful. We reckon
you guys are fair dinkum legends!
My older brother, John, who is a genuine
fan of many years (and apparently just a
few days ago watched your contribution on
the "Long Way To The Top" DVD,
having also seen it live in Melbourne) is
in town next weekend so I reckon we'll come
and see you again when you play at the Lomond
Looking through your website, it is a gem,
congratulations. Very straight up and honest.
Thanks again and I look forward to the 'bootleg'
edition of the Volcano CD in due course.
to hate - some thoughts
inspired by the April Pith & Wind
Great to read your latest musings re' fear
& love. I think there are different
types of both - surely the 'useful' types
of fear are the ones that preserve our life
when confronted by mortal danger etc. -
in contrast to the fear of the unknown or
poorly understood (as in Howard's view of
For me the sustaining version of love (as
well as companionship) is the sort you just
let happen; that is, I have to sweep aside
all my baggage and prejudices and remind
myself of how we are all connected.
An ongoing debate!
Hicks (occasional Spectrum drummer) 9.4.06
out Dave's excellent drum tutor book at
I'm up early writing an assignment on families
and mental health and your comments on depression
were timely. Globally one in two will suffer
from it and I wonder how we address the
fastest growing illness in the world. Maybe
reconnecting with music and art, poetry
and literature will take us back to the
that mystical experience without drug affecting
The tour with Max and co would be amazing.
I had to laugh as I went to a Catholic girls
school in Heidelberg and we convinced the
head nun that a lovely band would play at
our school formal in 1973. We knew if we
got Chain we'd have all the hot boys from
the surrounding secondary schools. (Catholic
of course as the protestants would have
contaminated us as was the awful culture
of the day.)
It was so incredible that we had multiple
gatecrashers from the local skinhead group,
the police and girls getting caught having
sex in a cubby hole under the stage! We
were banned from organising another Social
and the head nun's final comment was"They
were NOT just like the Seekers, Karen."
They rocked the hall and our world and it
remains a pivotal point in my life as I
had my first kiss!
Music and memories of time, people and place.
Maybe that is our problem, not enough time
to consistently connect with that ethereal
feeling in our heads or in reality. We rely
on substances to transport us. On the discussion
with Max; you all look happy and enthused-transport
that passion for your music and magic happens
for all of us.
The rest of the "Do what you do do
well" song is, I think, "feed
your love and honour your heart". My
Dad sang it to us but I can't remember any
more. Good enough anyway. Have a great day.
Karren Burgess 7.4.06
Gambling is great isn't it? A state
sanctioned activity that makes addicts of
thousands of people many of whom can least
afford it. Problem is the state itself is
now addicted. Anyone who did Psych 1 in
the early 70s would know poker machines
operate on the strongest reinforcement schedule
(the most addictive) - variable ratio. Is
it any bloody wonder they're a blight on
society? Radars, speed cameras and other
devices used in the game of chance the state
calls road safety are just different tools
in yet another revenue raising enterprise.
I look forward to the day all the radars
and speed cameras are inside the pubs and
clubs and we motorists can enjoy the odd
win from the occasional roadside poker machine
as we sail past at the correct speed.
Ray Hogan 17.3.06
this is why you do it..
...I have been a huge Spectrum/Murtceps/Ariel
fan since I saw 'What the World Needs..........
on GTK in 1971, and saw Ariel when they
supported Deep Purple at the Hordern Pavillion
in Sydney and also at the 2JJ Studio at
Clapton St. I don't know where you rate
Disco Dilemma amongst your many great songs,
but I just loved the melody and lyrics,
as they were so relevant to me and a lot
of other guys at that time. I should also
tell you that I recently saw Mondo Rock
in Sydney and after the concert had finished,
the DJ played 'I'll Be Gone'. It was great
to see and hear the whole crowd break into
song and remain in the hall until the song
had finished. Maybe you guys should come
I look forward to the release of the two
live albums (I have 'More from Before')
as I particularly enjoyed that line up.
The inclusion of Glyn Mason and Tony Slavich
seemed to the song writing and live performances.
Glyn is another one of my favourite musicians.
Anyway, I hope that you and Bill continue
to do what you are doing and hope to see
you in Sydney in the near future.
All the best,
van Reyk 26.11.05
read some article this week. It was about
50 things you should do to make you happy,
or something like that. "Write to someone
who inspired you" was one of them.
So that is why I'am writing to you. You
inspired me to play and write music. You
had a great influence on me. The first band
I formed played your songs. I was 15 at
the time. And I'm still 15 now. Thank you.
how'd you do dat?
pics of 14/9 & 12/9 on your news page
- you have EXACTLY the same expression &
head tilt !!!
Seeing you with Kevin reminded me of the
times we had to get him down from the roof
of a block of flats in Bondi Junction -
he was convinced he could fly in the sixties.
Once he told me he could fly across the
road and land on 'that roof' (police station).
Fortunately they were blissfully unaware
of his intentions,(or his existence,probably).
A lot of great times otherwise, with him
and Phil. He never did return my Traffic
and Small Faces records either.
I hope you will work with John Schumann
- long story, I'll tell you another day.
Do you know your demographic? My five year
old grandson, Jake, visiting from the Gold
Coast, came shopping with me. He said 'Ah,
that's better Nan' when I put Spill
on, 'Much better than Dad's music'(hip-hop
& rap). Long way in a car for a child
with good taste in music.
Other end of the spectrum,(clever eh ?),
my eighty two year old mother wouldn't let
me turn the car off because Summertime
was half-way through. When it finished she
just said 'Wow'. When she gets her breath
back I might let her listen to Manuela!
I read your report on the Tsunami Benefit
on your site and
felt compelled to write to ya.
I saw the show and loved it and have been
subsequently raving about delighting in
Thorpie's ebullient spirit. I really appreciated
his including Phil Manning in proceedings
(and PM played like a man 're-possessed'),
and I loved that he incorporated you and
Bill into the set, in what was a tribute
to the halcyon daze of Oz Rock. He has such
generosity of spirit, or spirit of generosity,
....whatever it is, Thorpie's got it like
no-one else. Which is kinda unusual for
someone with Thorpie's own ego (or level
of self-confidence, or self-assuredness),
Anyway I'm reminded that I said to my friends
on the night that the performance of "I'll
Be Gone", complete with vocal harmonies
from Thorpie, and the 'kiss' (!!!), was
a moment to savour, and I'm glad I was there.
The absolute highlight of the day, I thought,
was Daddy Cool's
performance, which was just sublime. While
not wishing to wallow in nostalgia excessively,
I was in Teenage Heaven!
They've never sounded so good. Well, they've
never played through a sound system that
good, or been mixed that well, and obviously
their collective musicianship has gotten
better and better these last 30 years. I
felt proud of the four of 'em.
Loved Cold Chisel too, and agree wholeheartedly
with your summation of Moss as guitarist
and singer. Let's hope the MIMF finds its
feet and sense of direction next year.It's
gotta become a 'festival' more than just
a concert at the Bowl.
Keep up the great work on your website.
It's so nice to have someone in music who's
articulating an intelligent non-mainstream
viewpoint, while documenting an interesting
..nice pic lol Poor Dave he doesn't look
at all well!
I read what you said about the night and
I agree with you. I said to Dave during
the night that NYE must be so hard because
young people just want to go out and get
drunk and see friends, they don't seem to
really care much about the music. Dave and
I actually went there because you were there,
and we had a really good time. I thought
you were great, and I'm glad you don't look
or sound like Britney Spears :-)
There were two other couples there that
we met who also went there because you were
there and they enjoyed it too. One of Dave's
mates from the jail was really annoyed because
they are Blues fans too and his wife is
learning Blues guitar (she used to play
classical) and he is learning Harmonica
and they have been to Marlo every year for
the past few years and not much has been
on so they decided not to go this year.
We all went on the Blues train together
in Queenscliffe last year and had a great
I hope we do get to see you again soon,
we do try to get to a few things during
the year. 2004 we went to see Taj Mahal,
Mavis Staples and Dr John and the Prince
of Wales and we have being saying for ages
we will get to Nighthawk and Jimis in Mentone,
so who knows! Dave used to see you years
ago at clubs in Melbourne like Berties and
The Biting Eye, so he's a fan from way back.
Anyway, don't be depressed, it's a whole
Dave said to say he was sorry he didnt get
to say happy new year to you guys but we
had to catch the bus back to Orbost. As
it turned out we sat on the bus for over
half an hour waiting for everyone to come
out. We had a quiet trip back to Sale the
next day and listened to our new CD's in
the car.. one was nice and mellow for our
sore heads and the other one kept us awake
between Bairnsdale and Sale :-)
Happy New Year..
in the past..
If $5 today is worth around $1 in
days of yore (probably worth less) then
Andy Baylor's Xmas party is this week's
Wilson 22.12.04 www.rosswilson.com.au
Hi Mike & Spectrum.
Dinah Lee wishes you all a very merry christmas
and a happy new year......looking forward
to catching up.............I go on the road
starting Feb 18 2005 with Max Merritt &
The Meteors our show is called "Rockin
Is Our Business".......
a very happy Seasons Greetings to you too
Ray Columbus 17.12.04
raves about records
I've discovered your great music thanks
to internet. I'm
enjoying a lot "Superbody", "Drifting",
"I'll Be Gone", "Make Your
Stash", etc, altought I don't understand
why such an awesome band it's so unknown
out of Australia.
Do you have any plans of doing a lyrics
section? It's difficult to me tounderstand
the lyrics because of the language problem.
See yo and long life to Spectrum!
Marco Spain 6.12.04
I had a chance to have a good, uninterrupted
listen to the CD on the way home from Falls
Creek today. Man, all I can say is Congratulations!!!
It's awesome!!! Apart from being great driving
music, I just loved it so much, when it
finished I hit play again & I haven't
done that with an album in years. I particularly
liked the treatments of "She's a Woman"
(one of my all time favourite Beatles tunes
AND I get very precious about reworkings
of their songs) "Summertime" &
the walloping you gave "Heartbreak
Hotel". Your voice is sounding fantastic,
with even greater range & versatility
than ever. Great work, please pass on my
heapings of praise to Bill & Robbo.
Peace & Love Bobby V
makes all the pissing round on the website
I think people are quick to complain when
they're not happy, so conversely, I think
it doesn't hurt to make the effort to comment
when we like something.
I was put on to your site by a mutual friend
a while back and it has become somewhat
ritualistic cathing up with what's going
on. It's informative and eclectic, and I
love the way it is written. I'm not sure
who writes it but it really appeals to my
probably warped sense of humour - the use
of irony, sarcasm, not afraid to have a
go at some bastard who deserves it - speaking
which, I love the Alan Jones tapes.
I guess it can probably be a bit disheartening
at times to put stuff out into"the
ether" and not know who's reading it
- well, lots of us are and for some of us,
it's a bright spark in an often dull day.
Keep up the good work.
I agree wholeheartedly with your comments
on 9/11 Not only does most of the thinking
world understand it is September the Eleventh,
I along with thousands of other petrol sniffing
drummers am annoyed that it has smeared
the memory and reputation of the greatest
and most iconic product Dr Ferdinand Porsche
ever designed and built. Someone needs to
drive a Porsche four wheel drive into the
side of the Corvette Stingray factory.
Macara (Ariel's extant drummer) 16.12.04
I am really pleased to see your website.
I've been a fan
since about 1974 when I was 13. got milesago
off a mate on loan and never gave it back.
worked at the ABC as a sound engineer for
12 years with Paul Petran(musi deli etc.)
and always wanted the ABC to reissue milesago.
they didn't. then i CD'd my vinyl copy and
I listen to it all the time (along with
Strange F.Dream and Warts up your nose).
So.. its great to see you're remastering
your old records (but where's milesago?)
I am gonna buy them. also great that you
are doing new stuff (gonna buy that too).
I've only seen you once (eltham pub, mid
You guys cannot underestimate your value
as musical geniuses. I am amazed by the
stuff you did in 1970's and 80s and hope
to see you live real soon. (i had no idea
you were playing this much) I live near
apollo bay so I'll check your gigs and turn
sorry to rave like a dickhead .