Friday, June 1, 2012
Don't Cry/Jesus/Sarah (I Miss You)/The River Of Love/Get Down On Your Knees/Better Ways/I Hate Love/Cracks/Why Can't You Love Me/It Won't Be Long/Come To Bed
Richard Arnold Pleasance is an Australian rock musician and producer. He was a founding member of Boom Crash Opera on guitar, bass guitar, vocals and as a songwriter in 1985; they released three albums before Pleasance left in 1992. Their hit Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) singles, "Great Wall" (No. 5, 1986) and "Onion Skin" (No. 11, 1989) were co-written by Pleasance, who also co-produced their second album, These Here Are Crazy Times (No. 10, 1989). His debut solo release, Galleon received four nominations at the ARIA Music Awards for 1992. Pleasance composed the theme music for Australian television series, SeaChange (1998–2001) and for 2006 feature film Kenny. Pleasance is married to Michelle and, as from May 2009, he was living in Hepburn Springs, Victoria where he has a recording studio.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Tremble M's - We Wish You A Merry Christmas/ Dr. Dan - The Triple M Theme
A bit late for Christmas or early for the next one. I came across this a few weeks ago so thought I would post it anyway. The A side is christmas ditty put together by the Triple M crew for 1985 and the B side is the Triple M theme.
Mike Heffernan, the creator of Dr. Dan, tells the story of the 1980 birth of our rocking mascot and his first starring role - Triple M's first TV ad for the Sydney station.
'The commercial was a sensation in 1980, it knocked everyone's socks off,' Heffernan told us. The strobe lights in the ground-breaking ad also caused havoc with viewers suffering from epilepsy.
Triple M: Tell us the story of the birth of Dr. Dan, the ‘Spirit of Aussie Rock 'n' Roll.’
Mike: 'It started with me deciding that the new station needed a rock god, the 'Spirit of Australian Rock 'n' Roll,' to represent it.
Angels came to mind, representing the god aspect, then I had a brainwave when I saw a centaur in a Dr. Strange comic I was flipping through and it all came together! Swap the horse part of the centaur for a kangaroo, stick half an angel on top, make him bald so he looks tough and edgy, give him a lead guitar and call him, what??
The Dr. Strange comic stared me in the face again. That's it, I'll call him doctor... something... Hmmmm, maybe a name which starts with D. I looked at my bookcases for more inspiration, a precious DAN DARE annual I got when I was a kid waved back at me and the problem was solved. DOCTOR DAN! Cool.'
Triple M: Where did the Dr. Dan theme tune come from?
Mike: 'I decided that I wanted a hot guitar solo, so I went through all my albums and on Mike Batt's Tarot Suite I found exactly what I was looking for, a 25 second solo played by Rory Gallagher.
Jimmy Sloggett rearranged so it lasted 60 seconds. Then Kevin Borich did his thing at the legendary Paradise recording studio and the rest, as they say, is rock 'n' roll history.'
Sunday, May 27, 2012
City Streets/Newsboy/Jimmy Blacktown/Lament For Chile/Losing Lady/Woodturner's Lovesong/Broadmeadow Thistle/Old Sydney Town/Westgate Widow/Seasons Of War/Love Is Like A Swallow/Past Carin'/Find The Sun/Ship Of Fools
Phyl Lobl began writing and then performing songs in the late Sixties as Phyl Vinnicombe. Her early songs were heard by Glen Tomasetti and others who encouraged and involved her in Folk Concerts and linked activities, including the then burgeoning Anti-Vietnam War Movement. She sang at Traynors, The Workshop, and most other Melbourne folk venues operating at that time.
Along with Martyn Wyndham-Reade. Phyl featured on the Score LP 'Bullocks, Bushwhackers & Booze' (produced by Peter Mann), and she released her 'Dark-Eyed Daughter' EP at fundraiser for the Aboriginal Advancement Movement in Victoria. Along with Glen Tomasetti, Wendy Lowenstein and Shirley Andrews and Norm O'Connor and others including Geri Lobl, Phyl served on the committee that instigated the National Folk Festival Movement. Marriage to Geri Lobl saw a name change and city change when they moved to Sydney. She continued to write, perform and teach.
"When Phyl Lobl toured Australia for the Australian Folk Trust, the posters read simply 'Phyl Lobl Songmaker'. I thought that was a fine way to describe just what this woman does. Song making is Phyl's craft. She shapes words and music the way a woodturner works the wood, expressing the heights of joy in 'Love is Like a Swallow' or baring the depths of human frailty in the riveting song that gives this album its name. Sometimes her songs express universal themes and at other times have a razor's edge contemporary relevance. In short, these are the essential works of one human being who has spent a lot of time, thought and feeling mastering her chosen craft of song.
Reluctant though she is to admit it her songs frequently transcend the folk idiom in which she chooses to work. These songs have something to say to a lot of people and a lot to say to some people. They will outlast the mindless trivia with which the media of our mad world continually saturates us. For some of us this record has been a labour of love and that is the spirit in which it is offered." Graham Seal 1980
( Graham Seal is now a Professor of Folklore at Curtin University wrote these liner notes for the LP 'Broadmeadow Thistle'.)
Engineers: Geri Lobl, Ross Mcgregor
Produced by: Geri Lobl
Guitar: Graham Seal, Dave Madden, Dick McEvoy, Michael Buliak, Phyl Lobl; Bass: Eric Gyors, Michael Buliak; Keyboards: Chris Neal, Ross McGregor; Banjo: Chris Duffy, Phyl Lobl; Mandolin: Don Hopkins; Drums: Ettore Cipolloni; Concertina: Dave de Hugard; Flute: Bronwyn Evans, Paul Adolphus; Recorder: Don Hopkins, George Halay; Voice: Justin Murphy, Denis Tracey, Phyl Lobl.
Additional Arrangements: Chris Neal, Ross McGregor.
Once again we have a contribution from RAM another great album from his collection.