It 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.
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
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. Hooray!
- 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
Incidentally, you should enjoy the visually uncredited
snappy acoustic guitar solo by Tim Gaze.
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Rudd's Indelibles - Summertime with
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.
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- 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.
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- 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..
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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..
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 it..
- 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.
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