Hey Mum, I’m on the radio!

As a long-term fan of the ABC radio’s Coodabeen Champions, it was a real pleasure to chat on air with the guys last week.

The Coodabeens is one of the ABC’s longest running and most popular national programs with a quirky focus on sport and popular culture.

We talked about my photography in general and more specifically about the work I did photographing the Adelaide music scene in the 1970s and 80s.

This all stemmed from me posting some of these photographs on a Facebook group page called Great Adelaide Bands of the 70s and 80s.  It featured a number of bands of which Greg Champion (Champs), one of the Coodabeens, was a member.

What has been interesting while sourcing all the negatives of my band photos was finding out just how many I had taken, not just in the 70s and 80s but up until quite recently, of Adelaide acts. I have scanned many but still have many more to go and, once complete, I aim to produce a book.

Watch this space . . .

If interested, you can hear the interview here – http://www.abc.net.au/coodabeens/podcast.htm

The date is December 14 and I come on at about 36 minutes into part two.

A lot of these photographs will also be appearing in an upcoming documentary called Rock in a Hard Place. You can view a trailer here http://vimeo.com/58080423

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The Bank Of France, 1978 with Greg (Champs) Champion second from left.

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Jimmy Barnes, Cold Chisel, 1980. One of Adelaide (and Elizabeth’s) favorite sons.

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Ground breaking indigenous band No Fixed Address 1980.

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One of my personal favorite pics from the era. July 14 playing in what looks like someones living room but is actually the Union Hotel. 1985.

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The highly talented and unique(!) band Vitamin Z 1981.

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Another of Adelaide’s favorite sons, Doc Neeson of The Angels, 1981.

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The Exploding White Mice 1986, with the very popular venue The Tivoli Hotel in the background. These guys really understood what rock and Roll bands should be like.

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Doug Thomas, right, seen here guesting with highly regarded guitarist Rod Ling and July 14, 1985. Doug was an important player in the Adelaide scene with his record label Greasy Pop.

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Liz Dealey, one of a few (but not enough) talented women involved in the Adelaide rock scene, 1986.

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Oils ain’t Oils (no more)

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Peter Garrett 1983

For a number of years I worked for Roadrunner, an Adelaide-based rock music paper. It was a great time for photographing all the major shows that came through town as there was not the ‘three songs and you’re out’ rule that applies today.

I was a big Midnight Oil fan – I believed them to be one of the greatest live bands anywhere. They rocked!

I have just read Oils drummer Rob Hirst’s highly entertaining book, Willie’s Bar & Grill: A rock ‘n’ roll tour of North America in the Age of Terror.

Midnight Oil had a tour of the US all ready to go when the horror of 9/11 occurred. They decided to go ahead with the schedule and Hirst’s observations of the US at that time are very insightful and quite poignant.

There is also a great deal of humour. Describing Las Vegas, Hirst says “it’s like the audience from the Jerry Springer Show let loose on the set of a James Bond movie”.

Midnight Oil are, sadly, no more. Peter Garrett found a new career in politics but the remaining band members, along with Brian Ritchie  (ex Violent Femmes) as replacement bass player, formed The Break, a surf instrumental band.

We saw them play at the Espy in Melbourne. They not only rocked, they were having an absolute ball, all of them smiling away with Rob Hirst grinning the most (as you’d expect a drummer in a surf band would!)…

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Midnight Oil, Arkaba Hotel Adelaide 1980