Saturday, February 5, 2011
Am I Ever Gonna See The Biff Again
To those of you south of the border you may have no idea who Reg Reagan is Reagan is the alter ego of Matthew Johns (born 27 July 1971 in Cessnock, New South Wales) is an Australian rugby league football commentator and former professional player. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative five-eighth, Johns played his club football primarily with the Newcastle Knights, alongside his younger brother, Andrew Johns.
Matthew Johns' first foray into entertainment began in 1999 when he adopted the persona of Reg Reagan in a low budget film, In Search of the Holy Grail, which appeared at the Newcastle Film Festival. The film also starred fellow Knights players Andrew Johns, Matthew Gidley and Robbie O'Davis. The Nine Network showed excerpts of the film on The Footy Show.
The Reg Reagan character was developed further in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald in 2000 where Johns described the character as a late 1970s Australian (or ocker) who smoked only Winfield Reds and drank KB beer. Fans of Johns' new side Cronulla started wearing copies of the t-shirt worn by Reagan, with the slogan "Bring Back the Biff", to games.
Johns' father commented on his son's hobby of dressing up in various costumes as a child in an interview with The Footy Show in 2001. He commented that thanks to professional Rugby League his son "would probably have become a cross-dresser". This was in reference to a photo of Johns dressed in a female leotard.
In 2004 Matthew Johns released Reg Reagan's 'This Is My Life' through Pan Macmillan.
In 2002, Johns became a regular on The Footy Show with Reagan and a new character, Trent, a gay flight attendant from San Francisco. After his retirement as a player, Johns signed deals with the Nine Network and Sony Music Entertainment. He appeared on The Footy Show and as a commentator on Nine's broadcasts of rugby league matches. He has recorded a DVD titled "All of Me", released in June 2004, featuring skits by Reg Reagan and Trent the flight attendant. Since then he has released a follow up entitled "Blood, Sweat and Beers" and also features on The Footy Show's 'Best Of' DVD collection from 1994-2002.
In 2004, as Reg Reagan, Johns recorded a song called "Am I Ever Gonna See the Biff Again?" sung to the tune of The Angels' 1977 hit "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?". The song is a humorous lamentation of the decline of onfield violence in professional rugby league. His backing band, The Knucklemen, featured John Brewster of the Angels and Kevin Borich of the Kevin Borich Express on guitars, Paul deMarco of Rose Tattoo on drums and Paul Christie of Mondo Rock and The Party Boys on bass. Released in June 2004, it made a top twenty debut on the Australian singles charts on 5 July 2004. The song was so successful it was nominated for an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) award.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Rock 'n' Roll Love Letter/Ring Ring/Dah Doo Ron Ron/High Hopes/Ma He's Makin Eyes At Me/Let Your Love Flow/Somewhere Over The Rainbow/Jeans On/Heartbeat It's A Lovebeat/Calendar Girl/That's Rock 'n' Roll/Anything You Can Do/I'm Your Little Boy/When I Kissed The Teacher/Ben/Everybody Needs A Rainbow - Everything Is Beautiful.
Tina Arena grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Moonee Ponds and made her television debut on Young Talent Time (YTT) in 1976 at age 7 where she was a regular until she left the show in 1984.After leaving YTT she went on to finish her schooling and starred in the theatrical productions of "Nine", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat", as well as many jingles and support gigs before releasing the Albums "Strong as Steel", the Multi ARIA-winning "Don't Ask" and "In Deep", as well as contributing to the motion picture soundtrack of "Zorro".
John (Johnny) Bowles was with (YTT) from (1977-1981) after his tenure with the show he headed into cabaret and musicals, including Cats and Phantom of the Opera. He wrote and toured with The Peter Allen Songbook in 2000, and in 2001, wrote and directed the documentary Young Talent Time Tells All and recently finished touring with Cats in Greece.
In 1977 they released "Tiny Tina & Little John" Tina was 8 years old and John 10 years old. The album was released on the Pisces label tried to find out why the album was released on that label and not L&Y label. While having a poke around on the Young Talent Time site I noticed that from 1977 onwards the (YTT) albums started to appear on that label. Ross Burton seems to be the common denominator as he produced "Tiny Tina & Little John" and started producing the (YTT) albums as well.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
( Col Joye And The Joy Boys ) Oh Yea Uh Huh / ( Johnny O'Keefe ) She's My Baby / ( Lucky Starr ) I've Been Everywhere / ( Little Patti ) He's My Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy / ( The Delltones ) Hangin' Five / ( Judy Stone ) 4,003,221 Tears From Now / ( Ray Brown And The Whispers ) Twenty Miles / ( The Seekers ) I'll Never Find Another You / ( Normie Rowe ) Que Sera Sera / ( Johnny Young ) Stepback / ( The Excutives ) My Aim Is To Please You / ( Johnny Farnham ) Sadie / ( The Flying Circus ) Hayride / ( Russell Morris ) The Real Thing - Full Version / ( Doug Parkinson In Focus ) Dear Prudence / ( Liv Maessen ) Knock Knock Who's There
The novelty of this album from 2SM is that it has interviews by each artist or group member at the beginning of each track and has sixteen tracks by a cross section of some of the best stars over the decade 1960-1970. The album doesn't have sectioned songs as such just one continuous track on each side. I have split the album into separate songs but have not inserted a gap between each song so the album stills plays as it was meant to. I thought that this was the better option as the tracks run into each other with following artist talking over the ending of the last song most of the time. All of the songs on this album are just the usual renditions all except Liv Maessen's "Knock Knock Who's There" which starts out as promo for 2SM then awkwardly changes to the original.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Cheryl Mona Marie/Hush Not A Word To Mary/What A Greater Love/If I Only Had Time/ Salty Tears/ I Must Have Been Out Of My Mind/Massachusetts/You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling/Ain't It Amazing/Looking For A New Love Story/Lay Down Your Love/Pearls/Bedtime/When The Lights Go Out/Sand/We Can't Do This To Love/After Love/Tahiti/I'm Not The First To Say I Love You
John Rowles O.B.E (born 26 March 1947) is a New Zealand singer. He was most popular in the 1970s and early 1980s, and most famous for his song "Cheryl Moana Marie". He was styled as something of a "New Zealand Elvis", complete with big hair and overblown design sense.
John Rowles was best known in New Zealand and Australia, though he also performed in the U.S.A, particularly Las Vegas and Hawaii. In the UK he was most well known for the hit "If I Only Had Time" which reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in Spring 1968 and stayed in the charts for eighteen weeks. This compilation titled Now and Then is exactly that first side his early recordings from the Sixties and early Seventies and the second side later tracks from the Eighties as the Now is 1985 the year of this albums release.