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matchboxAustralia, Australia, Australia, we love you yes we do….. so sang The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band and it opened our show on the day after Australia Day with just the right amount of respectful parody.  The band is based in Melbourne and is centred around singer and multi-instrumentalist Mick Conway (Captain Matchbox) and his brother Jim Conway, who is  widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest exponents of the blues harmonica. Inspired by early jazz and jug band music, their songs stand out for their cheeky sense of humour. A great opener which created the perfect mood for a show which, (like Australians really), doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Yes, I too was over all the nationalistic back-slapping and excuse for a mighty piss-up but, what the hell, I’m ready to jump on the band-wagon if it means I get an excuse to play all my favourite Australian music. The show was a mix of new, old, iconic, one-hit wonders and a tear-jerker thrown in for good measure. And, don’t worry Roy Orbison fans, I even found an Orbison cover to close the show with. The far-sighted Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds delivered a great version of ‘Running Scared’. 

Talking of iconic, I did play some Easybeats and, of course, AC/DC but, as I told my listeners, the first Australian rock’n’roll performer to tour the United States and make the local Top 40 charts was none other than Johhny O’Keefe. He remains Australia’s most successful chart performer, with twenty-nine Top 40 hits to his credit in Australia between 1959 and 1974. His signature tune, ‘Wild One’ was recorded by Iggy Pop as ‘Real Wild Child’ in 1986. It was also used on the soundtrack for the movie ‘Pretty Woman’ and was covered by Jerry Lee Lewis, Everlife, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Glamour Camp and many others. My favourite in his line-up is ‘She’s My Baby’. Here’s some very rare television footage of him performing “She’s My Baby” on Bandstand in 1965.

The other groundbreakers in the playlist were The Saints. Formed in Brisbane in 1974, they are considered to be one of the first and most influential punk groups. By 1975, at the same time as the Ramones, they were  employing the fast tempos, raucous vocals and ‘buzzsaw’ guitar that characterised early punk rock. With their single ‘(I’m) Stranded’, in late 1976, they released a record that was way ahead of better-known punk acts like the Sex Pistols and The Clash. Bob Geldof has been quoted as saying, “Rock music in the Seventies was changed by three bands – The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and The Saints.”

Thanks to the lovely Linda Airey, publicist to the stars, who visited the studio while she was on holiday in Byron. She’s worked with some some fantastic talent having worked for Virgin in London and Roadshow in Australia and she now heads up her own publicity outfit out of Sydney. Not enough time to get all the dirt out of her, but she’ll be back, or so she threatens.

The two h0urs went way too quickly as usual. Here’s the playlist for you:

Australia  Captain Matchbox

Funky Tonight  John Butler Trio

Paper Aeroplane  Angus & Julia Stone

Good Things Come To Me Now  Karma County

Thunderbirds Are Coming Out  TISM

The Bold And The Beautiful  The Drugs

You Sound Like Louis Burdett  The Whitlams

I Need You Tonight  INXS

Where The Wild Roses Grow  Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue

Lighthouse  The Waifs

Banjo & Violin  The Audreys

Bad Luck Everywhere You Go  C.W. Stoneking

Treaty, Radio Mix – Yothu Yindi

Put Down That Weapon  Midnight Oil

Down River  Wllcannia Mob

Let Me Be  Xavier Rudd

Black Betty  Spiderbait

Woman  Wolfmother

Save The Day  The Living End

She’s My Baby  Johnny O’Keefe

She’s So Fine  The Easybeats

Thunderstruck  ACDC

Punks Not Dead  Darren Hanlon

(I’m) Stranded  The Saints

Pussy Town  Machine Gun Fellatio

Cocaine – The Cruel Sea

Don’t dream its over  Crowded House

Somewhere Over The Rainbow  Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs

Running Scared  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Next week is the 50th anniversary of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper’s death by plane crash, so next week’s theme is ‘They Died in a Plane Crash’. Think of a playlist with the famous three,  as well as Patsy Cline, John Denver, Otis Redding, Stevie Ray Vaughan….. 

Tune in to Lyn McCarthy on BayFM 99.9 Tuesdays 2-4pm Sydney time. Also streaming on http://www.bayfm.org

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