It had to happen - and
now it has. Here are all the video clips I can muster for the moment
on two pages. If you want you can check them out on YouTube but you
probably won't get the historical (and occasionally hysterical) overview.
- Everybody's Walking Sideways
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..
- 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..
- 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.
Heaters - 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..
Rudd & The 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
Rudd & The Heaters - Australian Girl (Countdown)
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.
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.
- 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.
now - I'll Be Gone ('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
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
Rudd - Wrokdown interview
14.2.08 - Wendy Stapleton does her best with Rambling
Mike Rudd, but he just rambles on and on till the collective
snoring almost drowns out the interview. Anita Monk's
worthy agenda with Wrokdown is to track the latter-day
careers of active musicians and artists from the sixties
and seventies and apprise the great unwashed of the same.
This particular episode has been shown twice on Channel
31 and may even have helped our crowds (Wendy played the
previous Sunday) at the Mordialloc Sporting Club. Or not..
R&B - interview (TV3)
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
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
Putt - Pedro the goat
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
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.