Crying 10.7.14 - There's been such a fuss made about
this version of Roy Orbison's Crying I sang with Jess
Cornelius on RocKwiz back in 2009 that I've had to add
it to the list. It was great fun though and I went on
to do another live RocKwiz show in SA with Jess which
was perhaps regrettably unrecorded.
Man 28.8.11 - You may
have read that the 'launch' for the Breathing Space
As Well EP rather descended into farce when the EP
in question failed to show up. However, the second objective,
to record some footage for Soul Man, was achieved
satisfactorily, largely through the agency of Wrokdown's
Anita Monk and camerapersons Brenden Mason and his wife
Hilary. To them much thanks. I'm going to tool around
with some extra footage and see what comes out, but in
the meantime this will give you the idea. Hooray!
Rudd Is Not My Son
Rudd Is Not My Son 7.8.09
- Thanks to Wrokdown's producer, Anita Monk, there's
a 'bed' of the band performing the song in relaxed mode
at the Wrokdown taping last month, over which the antics
of Mr Morris Nylon, Strathie Bill, Capt. McTubby and Chopped
Liver have been lain. The song's title means that the
clip is rubbing shoulders with yer actual Xavier Rudd
clips on YouTube - I wonder if that'll eventually provoke
a response from the man himself? We've never been introduced,
although we met up with his parents and siblings a few
years ago at the Torquay Golf Club.
Girl 3.4.08 -
For whatever reason,
this never got shown at the Capers' launch. Which is a
shame, 'cause I think it's funny. Well done Mazz Worthington!
(Check out Mazz's YouTube
site). Incidentally, the visually uncredited acoustic
guitar solo by Tim Gaze that I try to mime on the Strat
is pretty damn snappy I think you'll agree!
- featuring Judith Durham
Durham - and Spectrum - perform Summertime 13.10.09
- It's one of those once in a lifetime opportunities,
and I'm really quite chuffed the Wrokdown cameras captured
this beautiful performance by Judith of the Gershwins'
classic with Spectrum doing the back-up. Many thanks to
Wrokdown's Anita Monk for providing the Wrokdown footage
and to Judith's management for giving permission for us
to upload it to YouTube for the world to enjoy.
- I'll Be Gone in stereo at last!
13.1.09 - I could say the original and the best,
but actually this is even better than the original! Some
of you children wouldn't even know what 'mono' (monaural)
is, but the original I'll Be Gone release in
1971 pre-dated stereo, in Australia.at least. So a few
years ago I had the notion of re-striping the stereo edit
of I'll Be Gone onto the original and much-loved
black & white film clip, directed by Chris Lofven
all those years ago. The National Film & Sound Archives
painstakingly interpolated extra frames to bring it back
to true pitch and after nearly two years of struggle and
perseverance I'm sure you'll be happy and possibly a little
surprised with the result.
Be Gone on Move
- I'll Be Gone again - but wth a twist!* 3.7.09 -
This was given to me
by my mate Trevor Leedon, who bought it from the Camberwell
Market. Play it through and see if you notice something
Did you pick it? The reprise was supposed to be the second
verse, (and I actually mime the second verse), but what
is actually played is the first verse. I have
the vaguest memory that the backing might've been from
a tape supplied to Move by EMI, but I don't really know.
Incidentally, a fashion note: Bill's wearing a wrist watch
(!) and it appears I'm wearing socks with my sandals.
*Sherbet plays I'll
original Spectrum - Launching Place Part ll 11.12.08
- I mentioned this a while back but have just got
round to adding it to the assortment of clips on this
page. Simon Kain from ABC Archives mentioned he'd like
to use this clip to introduce their website page of Music
Collections and has given us permission to use it and
a couple of others here. This is a classic performance
from a 1970 edition od GTK featuring a very young Mark
Kennedy and the unique Hammond organ stylings of Lee Neale.
1972 - Everybody's Walking Sideways 27.6.09
- Another contribution from the ABC's Simon Kain,
although the more I look at it, the more I suspect it's
not actually a GTK recording. I'll have to check the original
correspondence and see if there's a hint as to what show
it might be. Everybody's Walking Sideways is
from the Sideways Saga suite on the Milesago
album and it was a curious song to choose. I'll get
back on this..Hmmm. I'm now thinking it was Dick Williams'
Hit Scene on ABC TV. More to come..
plays the GTK theme
plays the GTK theme 24.6.09
- I was making an attempt to tidy up and to catalogue
the CDs and DVDs cluttering up my living space when I
found this particular DVD that the ABC's Simon Kain had
sent me and which I'd intitially turned down because of
It's not that substantial and, frankly, it's not that
good - the anarchic Fugs-type approach I had in my head
doesn't really come off. Still, it's a slice of history..
- Who is Bugging You?
- Who is Bugging You?
- Make Your Stash
- Make Your Stash 14.3.09
- Daz tipped me off about this other Rettrodood
discovery - the second lineup of Spectrum on GTK with
Ray Arnott on drums, and quite a (subtly) different version
to the orginal on the Part One album.
- But That's Alright
- But That's Alright 6.5.15
- Perhaps 1971 or there again maybe 1972 and who knows
what show? But here we are miming the single version of
But That's Alright - drummer Ray Arnott looks
particularly serious. Thanks to nzoz and
YouTube for this, but there might be the odd ad popping
up to spoil your viewing pleasure.
James and Ariel on GTK 2.2.11
- First, many thanks to Adrian Costello and Michael
Hunter for pointing out that this rage/GTK clip was on
YouTube. I taped it on IQ at the time, but I haven't worked
out if it's possible to download stuff from IQ. The funny
thing is I'd completely forgotten that we'd recorded this
- in fact, I'd forgotten that this line-up of Ariel did
any TV at all, although now that I think of it, I think
we played Keep On Dancing (live) on Countdown
when we got back from the UK.
For detail snoops, this version of Rock & Roll
Scars must've been recorded before we left for the
UK as the arrangement is slightly different from the Abbey
Road version. The start is different and the verse tags
were reduced to just the one at the very end of the album
Harvey's facial tics are at an early stage of development
- they later transformed into a sustained grimace - but
his solo is typically exciting even without his usual
delay overload, and his rhythm playing through the rest
of the song perfectly complements my rigid pattern while
remaining tonally transparent. It's a good feel and we
look relaxed in sturdy monochrome. Vale Harvey.
Way To Go
- Hard Way to Go 30.7.14 - Harry Brus stuck
this GTK clip up on FB a little while back as a dedication
to the late, great Bill Putt and sadly it remains one
of the very few live records you can see today of this
fabulous line-up of Ariel. We all look a a bit grumpy
'cause it was raining and we were due in the studio the
very next day to record A Strange Fantastic Dream
with the late Peter Dawkins at the helm. Grumpy or not,
Tim is playing sublimely.
- Jamaican Farewell 16.4.15 - I discovered this
on my iPhone and I guess owe Farkle Berry a big thanks
- I haven't seen this ever I don't think. Probably
catching the band at its ebullient eye-rolling best very
early in its career. There's a comment by someone to the
effect the song got shredded by NME - but they changed
their tune later. It's a shame the band couldn't be held
together - we could've been heavy-weight champeens of
- I got told about this clip being on YouTube last
week and I got pretty excited. I don't have a copy of
the single or the video and I've been thinking we should
incorporate the song in our set list - Disco Dilemma
was our third biggest seller after IBG and Jamaican
Farewell. I put in an unintentionally camp performance, not
helped by the white make-up, as the rest of the band tries
to look enthusiastic. Taragirl101 suggests that Paul Drane
directed the clip and Angie Keith, a friend of ours, did
the classy dance sequence, which mightn't be very disco,
but then neither is the song.
Thanks to RettroDood
for finding this and putting it up.
Road interview 11.12.08
- I'd forgotten entirely
about this interview and the programme (Funky Road) for
which it was recorded for that matter. My sibilant 's'
(that would have to be rectified if I wanted to pursue
a career as a teacher I was told) is prominent, as is
Glyn's discomfort at being asked about our writing together
(we never did that really). I wonder what happened to
Be Gone - The 'B' version
I'll Be Gone..
10.11.08 - I almost forgot - Peter Laffy got in touch
to remind me that we'd been filmed at the New Capers'
lauinch of Breathing Space back in buggered if
I can remember in 2008. This is a particularly pedestrian
version of the B version of IBG, notable for the inclusion
of Nic Lyon on bass and Tim gaze on guitar, but also a
dud reed on my E harp, which only ever gets a workout
on this song. Laff said he was sending me some DVDs of
the whole show, but in the meantime you can go and check
out some more footage on the webite when I remember whatever
the address is..
BTW, there's a James Reyne version live on RocKwiz
Comes As No Surprise
- Mike and Dick's entrant in the Pigdon Five-minute Film
Festival It didn't
win the Oscar, but I believe that it won a lot of friends
in the audience on the night. Unfortunately, owing to
a prior commitment at the Wild Thyme Café I couldn't
be there, but Dick said his daughter Elizabeth wasn't
actually embarrassed by it, so he's deliriously happy.
Incidentally, we owe a debt of thanks to Bill
Dettmer, who added to the reality and drama of
the crucial opening scene by loaning us his ambulance
- and himself. back
to the top
- Lairie Tunnicliffe loves this period of
the band's career.(see the Correspondencepage) To quote: '..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.'
I'd forgottten that we released Laser Lover as
a single. Almost disco/reggae in feel and a cute sci/fi
conceit, but like Laurie now, nobody in the '80s bought
The Heaters' as a pop band either..
Heaters live at the Mushroom Evolution concert
Heaters live at the Mushroom Evolution concert 18.5.09 - Thank goodness! A live clip to balance
the extraordinary silliness of the promotional videos.
Thanks to the indefatigable RettroDood
for digging up another Rock Arena clip.
More to say when I get my breath back..
Heaters - I'm An Animal
Heaters - I'm An Animal 18.5.09 - RettroDood
strikes again! Incredibly, this is an even hammier experience
than the other clips he's unearthed. Our old friend Howard
Gable, who produced this single and The Heaters' The
Unrealist album, had persuaded us that we should
get into putting eye-makeup on (kajal) for our live performances
- so we used it on the clip as well! I seem to remember
the live part was filmed at the Bombay club. I'll think
of something else interesting to say about it eventually..
The Countdown version is much better - see nearlyoutofideas
- I just rang Daz to get a phone number and he was
foaming at the mouth about The Heaters' Australian
Girl clip up on YouTube. Well, I've got the Countdown
'live' version at home, but I'm obliged not to share it
with you, which is a shame, because I have to say it's
a fraction less embarrassing than this version. It gets
one wondering what happened to all those girls - if any
of you are out there from the day we recorded the clip
down in Oakleigh in 1980, get in touch. Incidentally,
that's Ariel's Tony Slavich on keys, Paul Grant on guitar,
(respect), and the ever-affable Manny Paterakis on drums
Girl - Countdown style
Girl - Countdown style 30.8.09
- 3D Radio's Michael Hunter dug this one up for
me, and it provides a camparatively restrained counterbalance
to the official clip - and probably got seen by ten
times the audience. Still didn't do much good for the
sales though.. One of the songs I'm considering revising
for a Liberation Blue-type treatment.
Woman of Steel 12.5.09 - It was Daz (again) who alerted me to
this track on the illustrious RettroDood's
YouTube site. I'm not sure that Tony Fossey actually played
any live gigs with WHY - maybe the short-lived Hey
Hey It's Saturday Night. WHY enjoyed an equally asteroid-like
career, plummeting through the thin Australian atmosphere
before plinking harmlessly onto a Melbourne pavement.
This was the only one John Kapek managed to salvage from
the Present Tense album. Itwas recorded
on analogue, converted to digital and then released on
12" vinyl - go figure..
on the Daryl Somers Show!
on the Daryl Somers Show! 15.6.09
- It must be more than a year ago that I got a data
disk from ex-Heaters/WHY keyboardist Tony Fossey, but
it wasn't till last week that I got around to checking
it out. We used to snigger at Tony for religiously keeping
a record of everything, but now I'm grateful - there are
some real treasures. The Daryl Somers show didn't last
long, but this clip probably demonstrates better than
anything else on record what WHY was attempting to do.
There's a bit of tape wow at the start and guitar hoemorrhaging
in John Moon's solo, but that just adds to the live-ness.
on Hey, Hey It's Saturday
on Hey, Hey It's Saturday 17.6.09 - Even rarer than WHY playing on the
Daryl Somers Show, (below), is this clip of WHY
on Hey, Hey It's Saturday playing Percy Grainger,
a track from the unreleased (in Australia) album,
Present Tense. (It's a long, painful story,that will probably never be told). In an all-too
typical case of failure of imagination, this song is uncomfortably
shackled in its '80s power-pop shoulder pads, whereas
it should have been given the vaudeville straw hat treatment.
By the time we get to the rather childish punchline, you
just don't care. Daryl and the ostrich have fun with it..
Home 4.2.15 - Thanks to Peter
Carolan for preserving this rave from the trio's gig at
The Lomond Hotel (Sat. 24.1.15). The stream-of-consciousness
rave is something I used to do on a regular basis but
a lot less often these days - I guess I have to be in
the mood, but I also suspect the possibilty of people
recording me is an inhibiting factor. I don't want to
offend anybody in the room, of course, but having to consider
a YouTube audience as well is a big ask, so I hope that
you're not offended.
R&B on TV3 9.12.07 -
read my bit in the Chants R&B diaries where I said
I'd not seen the TV3 interview with Trev and me and didn't
know whether it actually had seen the light of day. Mazz
saw it first by accident when it was initially re-broadcast
on Foxtel, and then discovered it on YouTube. So, here
it is, complete with their mistakenly identifiying me
as Mike Judd. (They love a musical dynasty in NZ). Thanks
R&B Wild Things Spectacular
R&B Wild Things Spectacular
I had an e-mail from
Al Parks in Christchurch the other day, still waxing lyrical
about the show we did there in 2007 and wondering if we
might repeat the effort at some stage. It provoked me
into having a look at the DVD that John Baker (Velvet
Tiger) produced of the show we were part of at the Monte
Christo Room in Auckland, along side such luminaries as
Ray Columbus, The Breakaways (who appeared with us in
Christchurch), Pete Nelson & The Castaways and others.
It's raw and loud - but there's something exciting about
- Song for Marilyn 4.2.11 - The
third in Bill's Rosewood trilogy shows the recovery, regeneration
and restoration of Rosemary's Strathewen home and property
since the disastrous Black Saturday fires in 2009.
- This is a very touching musical and visual tribute
by Bill to his partner Rosemary and her property Rosewood
in the fire-ravaged hills and valleys of Strathewen, an
hour or so north east of Melbourne. The first half shows
Rosewood as it was before the fires - then, bookended
with Rose's prescient painting of the hill that overlooks
the property, the mood becomes more sombre as Bill's photos
show the same scenes a week or so after the fires (20.2.09).
You get an inkling of how brave Bill was in saving Rosemary's
house, and how lucky he was to have simply survived
when so many in the vicinity perished.
the goat 4.2.09
- There's really nothing sinister about Bill's relationship
with Pedro the goat, despite Bill being trapped for days
at a time at Rosewood, his partner Rosemary's property
at Strathewen miles away from anywhere. (Scroll down to
see Bill's The Valley of Ewen video below). This
is a charming little song written by Bill and realised
on video with Bill's usual efficiency - not to mention
with the essential complicity of Real Guitar's
all-round nice guy, Brenden Mason
Valley of Ewen
Valley of Ewen 18.6.08 -
Brenden Mason popped
up on my doorstep this morning, thrust a disc into my
hand and fled back to Real Guitars. So, here it is at
last for your viewing pleasure, featuring quite a bit
of me as it turns out, as well as the fiddle-playing Lance
O'Reilly. If you want to see this clip, and any of the
others on this page for that matter, in its pristine condition,
go to our site on YouTube
Blues Everytbody loves Bill,
and everybody seems to love this clip! This is Bill's
unique contribution to the world of advertising - the
Zippo people actually like this a lot. Our mate Brenden
Mason deserves a gong for producing the clip,
and putting the finishing touches on the recording - not
to mention putting up with Bill.