had to happen - and now it has. Here are all the video clips I can
muster for the moment on two pages - this page and Videos
2. If you want you can check
them out on YouTube but you probably won't get the historical (and
occasionally hysterical) overview.
plays Red Hot Momma at the Sooki Lounge
at the Sooki Lounge with Madder Lake 24.7.18 - The
opening salvo in a series of double bill shows with Spectrum
and Madder Lake at the Sooki lounge in Belgrave. It can only
get better of course, but a satisfying night for nostalgia buffs
with the two bands relatively on song. I thought we were chancing
our arm a bit having an evening show going on to (gasp!) 11.30
- I know a lot of our crowd struggle with poor night vision
- but it was a good sized and good natured crowd on hand and
augers well for the up-coming shows for Spectrum and Madder
Lake, one of which must be heading your way. You can check out
the dates on the Gigs page, of course.
Rudd and Madder Lake play Bill Putt's It's a Lottery at the Memo
joins Madder Lake - and Brenden films that too! 13.4.18 - This
swapping bands business could get confusing! Back on Sunday
the 11th of March (those were the days) I joined Madder Lake
for a few numbers, among the songs being Bill's It's a Lottery.
The Madder's Brenden Mason can't help himself - he films anything
that moves - and he got very good coverage on the day with some
extra volunteer cameramen at his disposal, including Nick Carrafa,
Samson Hall and even Peter Lamont.
Bren and Bill were great mates and the clip features some very
amusing vignettes of Bill drawn from Bren's vast catalogue of
out-takes - Bren was Bill's go-to guy when he wanted to video
any of his songs, some of which appear on these pages.
The band sounds good too.
with Brenden Mason - Play a Song / Make Your Stash
Mason joins the band - and films the gig as well! 31.12.17
- It was perhaps a bold experiment but the rehearsals suggested
all the musical and personality elements fitted perfectly so
the gig on Sunday the 10th of December
at the Satellite Lounge in Wheelers Hill should've been fun
for the band and the audience. Which is the way it turned out
too, only not too many people outside the audience that turned
up on the day would've ever been able to work that out for themselves
had not the latest Spectrum inductee, Madder Lake's Brenden
Mason, done the sensible thing and taken it upon himself to
plant four cameras about the stage and record the entire show.
I think you'll get an inkling of what the band's about from
the opening couple of tunes - you can tell the band's enjoying
themselves and the arrangements are as quirky as they were when
they first arrived on vinyl (Play a Song That I Know from
Milesago and Ross Wilson's Make Your Stash from
Spectrum Part One) all those years ago.
to Ariel - I'll Be Gone
Films captures Spectrum to Ariel at the Semaphore 13.11.17
- Most of the videos
on these pages go back quite a long way, so this video
of I'll Be Gone at the Semaphore Workers Club
in South Australia is (almost) like a breath
of fresh air, having been recorded as recently as 2017.
They are in niftly monochrome and look crisp and as new
as tomorrow, a bit like GTK in that respect. At the very
least they're a record of the Spectrum to Ariel outfit
that includes the former Ariel stalwart Glyn Mason - not
to be confused with the SPECTRUM*plus
combo featuring that other Mason, Madder Lake's ace guitarist
Some Good Advice
Films captures Spectrum to Ariel at the Semaphore 13.11.17
- All of the above, but this tune's the full metal
jacket version of Murtceps' Some Good Advice,
which Akaroy has incorrecttly, but understandably titled
Blow Your Mind.
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.
- Xavier 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.
Rudd's Indelibles - Rocket Girl
Girl - the sequel
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! For better
quality, go to Mazz's YouTube site.
Incidentally, you should enjoy the visually uncredited
snappy acoustic guitar solo by Tim Gaze.
*See more Spectrum now videos on Videos
- Summertime with 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.
*See more Spectrum now videos on Videos
- 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.
- I'll Be Gone (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.
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.
- Make Your Stash (GTK)
- 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.
*See more Spectrum then videos on Videos
- 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
- Disco Dilemma
- 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.
- 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
Rudd & The Heaters - Laser
- 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..
more Mike Rudd & The Heaters videos on Videos
Woman of Steel 12.5.09
- It was Daz (again) who alerted me to this track on the
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..
R&B live at the Wild Things Spectacular
25.6.09 - 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
- 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.
Putt - Rosewood + Song for Marilyn
- 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.
Putt - Zippo Blues
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.