Posts Tagged ‘Status Quo’

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photos: courtesy Bob King

Not too many photos of Tyrone (or The Bombers in fact) exist. Shame really, cos back in the day they were a phenomenal live unit, with a rock solid line up of Alan Lancaster (Status Quo) and John Brewster (The Angels), and Tyrone on vocals out front. This photo was taken by Bob King. The date was May 11, 1990 and the were supporting Skid Row at Sydney’s Hordern Pavillion at Moore Park.

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surely Lita is deserving of larger venues than these !

Tell you what, you could blow some serious money at the moment on the live rock circuit here in Australia. I cannot recall a time when there are so many bands announcing tours – a far cry from those days in the mid-8o’s when we had only the likes of Purple, or Queen, or Dio etc to cater for the rock hordes…..not that I mean ‘only’, I mean sheesh, I would give my right arm to see Queen or Dio nowadays, but the touring rock and metal acts who visited the Oceania region, were few and far between. It seemed like there was only one big show every few months…that’s my point….. But now ? Is the super-strong Australian dollar the reason behind so much touring activity ? I mean, I cannot remember a year where so many acts are touring downunder……here are some of the names locked in:

Deep Purple, Journey, Status Quo, Lita Ford, Joan Jett, The Darkness, Van Halen, Guns n Roses, Kiss, Thin Lizzy, Deniz Tek, Motley Crue, Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Robert Plant, Slayer, Anthrax, Santana, Blue Oyster Cult, Flamin Groovies, Buzzcocks, Steve Miller, Neil Young, Iggy and The Stooges, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, Rose Tattoo, Angels, Bryan Adams, Steve Stevens, Bruce Springsteen and the great Wilco.

If money is no object – you could see some great shows…..

Is there really an audience still out there for GnR ? You be the judge, but having the bearded Texans on the bill, along with the might Rosie Tatts could make me think not….me thinks Axl and his cut-outs are in danger of being wiped off the stage. Another visit from Iggy ? Sheesh, go see Deniz Tek instead….better yet, just have Tek in the Stooges !  Surely this must be the last time Kiss will be here…please – make it the last time. Take your unsold ice-blocks back with you and leave us with our 70’s memories.

Damn shame that Aerosmith are playing a large venue in Sydney like the Olympic Stadium….oh and shit like Grinspoon should bless their lucky stars they are opening the bill for legends.  My only advice is to arrive after the opening acts have done their ahem ‘thing’ and just see Boston’s finest. Joe Perry back in Australia – it will be great to have him back…..

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What: Status Quo – John Coghlan and Alan Lancaster Sew-On Patches
Winning Bids: (Coghlin – 4.99 GBP) (Lancaster – 5.71 GBP)
Starting Bids: 4.99 GBP
Sale Dates: 26 April 2012 (J.C) and 8 May 2012 (A.L)

Descriptions:

An unused Status Quo, fabric, sew on patch, featuring drummer John Coghlan. Issued around the late 1970’s, early 1980’s. It has red wording and border and has a colourful illustration of J.C. on a white background and measures 67mm x 84mm. Has slight mottled marks along top otherwise in good as new condition.

An unused Status Quo, fabric, sew on patch, featuring bass guitarist Alan Lancaster. Issued around the late 1970’s, early 1980’s. It has blue wording and border and has a colourful illustration of A.L. on a white background and measures 67mm x 84mm. In good as new condition.


As the years slide by we really forget what giants in the world of rock n roll Status Quo were. The fact that sew-on patches were produced for all band members speaks volumes (ahem) of just how popular they once were. I recently found these on eBay and thought they look tres cool. I must admit (being a regular Sydney Bombers gig-goer from day one) that I do have a fondness for Quo’s blood curdling rhythm section – John and Alan. I bet the denim clad Quo Army member who once had these sewn on to their jacket in the 70’s has some great live memories to tell their kids !

The Parfitt-Rossi Band. That's time gentlemen, please...

Well here we have the latest recommendation for band’s ‘being put out to pasture’. And this is one very tired sounding outfit – who really should’ve call it a day by now. So at great risk of being physically injured by an elderly, denim clad limey – may I suggest
Status Quo pulls up stumps and head for the pavilion, once and for all. What has given Mr Rockbrat the inspiration to put forth the once mighty Quo in this unpopular category ? Well, I was given a 4CD set recently called ‘The Best Of’, and believe me, it was anything but. It was in fact one of the worst compiled compilations albums you will ever have the misfortune to hear (i.e. a pile of shit). Some of the tracks on this thing made me cringe and I felt genuine pity that a band whom I once loved, could only offer up so many sub-standard tunes on a so-called Best Of. When a band of this calibre covers Elvis Costello’s Pump It Up or Canned Heat’s On The Road Again, well, it is a clear indication of a band sadly out of ideas. In The UK at least, Quo have become something which is akin to a national treasure, like the Queen Mum, ‘sunny’ holidays down at Bournemouth-by-sea, Chocolate Digestives or dare I say it – Cliff Richard. Now when I think Quo, It is three chords, heads down boogie – of Lancaster growling through Roadhouse Blues, of Big Fat Mama being played loudly to hungry, early 70’s rock audiences all over Europe ! THAT is Status Quo. Much like Kiss, who refuse to call it quits, Quo once embarked on an End Of The Road Tour back in 1984 ! What a shame they did not call it quits back then. But let’s call a spade a spade. It has been the Parfitt-Rossi band since Lancaster departed anyway. Quo continue to survive on their glorious past, but in my humble opinion, any man on the street could have trouble naming anything of quality which they’ve released in the past 25 years. I saw them live in 1991 and they were great. Good fun. So too in around 1998. Good fun. Grab a beer, take in the nostalgia, have a good time right. Why don’t they go out on the road and play On The Level or 12 Gold Bars back to front ? It would make more sense. Quo must be closing in on 50years right ? F&#k me dead. End it already. This album could’ve been packed with some seriously lethal, early 70’s Quo power – stuff like Roll Over Lay Down, Backwater Road etc. But tell me how stuff like All The Reasons, or Big Fata Mama gets overlooked in preference for a lame take of J Geils Band – Centrefold ? ! Or even a lightweight interpretation of Born To Be Wild ? Plod, plod, plod.  You gotta be kidding me ! The inclusion of the Beach Boys tune they did with the evil ginger wizard Mike Love, is always best forgotten and should never, under any circumstances make a best of album. The addition of a track by some UK DJ rapper called ‘Scooter’ where he samples Whatever You Want, made me cease listening and is in fact no different to that Mr Blobby children’s novelty tripe from 1994. Very, very sad. This album could’ve been so great, yet ended up sounded like a hastily thrown together K-Tel compilation catering only for the musically retarded.

Howdy Rockbrat disciples. You know Mr. Rockbrat and Cowboy Col began collecting records in 1979/80. I remember Mr. Rockbrat buying Slade’s –‘Sladest’ LP, I remember catching buses all over Sydney in search of  second hand book and record stores in that eternal search for those early KISS albums. I remember buying 45’s of KISS’ Talk To Me’, (and plastering the sleeve with KISS cards), and Queens’ ‘Another One Bites The Dust’.  I remember Mr. Rockbrat buying singles by the Vapors and Billy Squire. Anyway, the point is, we started buying records at a relatively young age.  The Rockbrat gave me copies of Devo’s ‘Live’ EP and Adam & The Ants – Kings Of The Wild Frontier’ LP and the record collecting bug had well and truly begun to bite.  After 25 years of collecting records, I amassed a collection of over 2000 LPs, purchased from stores all over the globe. Anyways, as I was out riding the range the other day, I got to thinking about the old ‘Desert Island Discs’ scenario, and if I was on that desert island, which 20 albums would I take?  How do I select only 20 from over 2000? After a lifetime of rock n roll, how do I sift out the gold? What this exercise has shown me is that after all these years, my musical tastes have diversified, grown even, from my days as a teenage metal head. This is evidence by the fact that there are actually very few metal albums that make the final cut. I also struggled to find one Australian album that I’d take. Although Birdman’s ‘Radios Appear’ and the Tatts debut album or Assault & Battery’ came close. I guess my main qualifier was that these albums are the ones that I consistently select when rifling through my album collection looking for something to play. They sound great at any time of the day. Well here are my top 20 (in no particular order) with ten ‘in reserve’. 

DAVE EDMUNDS – REPEAT WHEN NECESSARY – Dave Edmund is one of my faves. This is his 1979 album and it features all the Rockpile guys, Nick Lowe, Billy Bremner and Terry Williams.  I could have gone for Tracks On Wax, but I never get tired of tunes like ‘Crawling from the Wreckage or ‘The Creature from the Black Lagoon’.

 DESMOND CHILD AND ROUGE – RUNNERS IN THE NIGHT – This album came out in 1979 and followed up the debut S/T album. This album stands out – almost 30 years later – for the same reason as it stood out then. It has a distinctive theatrical edginess and a unique ensemble sound – one guy and three girls – shot through with hard rock guitars. Songs like ‘’The Truth Comes Out’, ‘The Night Was Not’ are catchy, melodic and well written. This album (I think) is the blue print that Child used for all his later successes. The three brunettes in Rouge are all smoking hot too. Ahead of its time.

JEFF DAHL – WICKED- I have great memories of blasting this out from the small Bromley flat we were living in, in the London summer of 1994. As I’ve said previously and elsewhere, after Thunders died in 1991, the one guy who filled that musical void for me was Dahl, and this album in particular. I own pretty much every Dahl album, and it was hard to select one over the others. Yet when you look at these tracks, ‘Lisa’s World’, ‘Face of an Angel’, ‘Radio Babylon’, ‘Real High School Romance’ you can’t really go wrong. This album features Melanie Vammen of the Pandoras / Muffs on keyboard.

 FACES – A NOD IS AS GOOD AS A WINK…TO A BLIND HORSE- This album was stuck on my turntable for most of 1990, what an album, with no ‘styli lifters’ anywhere. The booze and blooze of early 70’s Faces, with the swagger of Rod n Rod in full flamboyant flight. This was the Faces’ only major commercial break-through, and the success was well-deserved. The band proves itself to be as loud as the loudest (the bluesy “Miss Judy’s Farm”; the catchy “Too Bad” and “That’s All You Need”), and pumps out a couple of great ballads (“Love Lives Here”; “Debris”). How can you go past “Stay With Me,” a great, anthemic rocker that is possibly the Faces’ high point.

 GEORGIA SATELLITES – IN THE LAND OF SALVATION & SIN  One of the great lost albums in rock history, only appreciated by the few fans that purchased it. Every track here is a winner with a few being among their best. “Days Gone By”, and the cover of Joe South’s “Games People Play” are all great songs, containing memorable choruses. “Bottle O’ Tears”, “Crazy”, and “Bring Down the Hammer” are all great, and “Six Years Gone” is probably my favourite all time Satellites song. “Another Chance” is very much The Faces, and “All Over But The Cryin’ is one of the best that Dan Baird penned. I could have taken any of the Georgia Satellites albums, but ‘In the Land of Salvation and Sin’ is just stellar.

 HEART – DREAMBOAT  ANNIE The debut album from Canada’s Heart, released in early ’76, a unique combination of hard rock and folk rock and amazing Ann Wilson vocals. ‘Magic Man’, ‘Dreamboat Annie’, ‘Crazy On You’, so many great songs on this album. I have great memories of spinning this one with the Rockbrat. I also could have chosen the Bebe le Strange LP.

 BUCK OWENS – THE BUCK OWENS SHOW LIVE IN LAS VEGAS The creator of the Bakersfield sound, Owens is rally in fine form here on this 10 track LP from 1972, Tunes like ‘Big In Vegas, ‘Cold Cold Wind’ and ‘Lodi’ really bring it home. Buck also released a live at Sydney Opera House LP in 72 that fetches big big bucks now.

 IAN HUNTER – Welcome To The Club Sheesh, trying to pick my favourite Ian Hunter album is akin to asking whether you prefer your Mum or your Dad. I REALLY dug Ian Hunter’s 2004 ‘Rant’ album, but I’m going to go for the  double live LP ‘Welcome To The Club’, recorded during his record- breaking seven night sell-out at The Roxy in L.A. Co-produced with Mick Ronson, this album has many highlights of those shows: solo gems & hits from his days with Mott The Hoople, including ‘All The Young Dudes’, ‘Once Bitten Twice Shy’, ‘All The Way From Memphis’, ‘Cleveland Rocks’ and ‘Slaughter On Tenth Avenue’ . Ellen Foley on back up vocals, Ronno on guitar, crank this sucker up ! If you need an intro to Ian Hunter, this is probably the best place to start.

NEIL YOUNG – TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT If I thought it was difficult selecting one Ian Hunter album, then choosing one Neil Young album has also proved difficult, but I’ll go with Neil’s eighth album, his 1975 effort, ‘Tonight’s The Night’. Recorded in 73, but not released until 75, the album is full of fire and brimstone and a musical tribute to Neil’s friend, roadie Bruce Berry and Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten. Both died of drug overdoses. Whitten’s guitar and vocal work highlight on ‘Come on Baby Let’s Go Downtown, simply shreds, while tunes ‘like ‘Speakin Out’ and ‘World On A String’ are also great. No fillers here. There’s light and dark and anger and emotion and one beautifully messy musical message that has the overdubs kept to a minimum – and it features Nils Lofgren (one of my 4 favourite guitar players), the others being Ron Wood, Randy Rhoads and Johnny Thunders, for your interest.

OZZY OSBOURNE – DIARY OF A MADMAN / BLIZZARD OF OZ – What can I say about Randy Rhoads that hasn’t already been said ? Ozzy Osbourne can thank the musical wizardry of people like Rhoads and Bob Daisley for reinventing his career – and basically giving him the profile that he has today – such was the significance of these first two ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ albums. These two albums are landmark albums in terms of heavy rock guitar innovation / playing and hard rock song writing. Osbourne never bettered the brilliance of these two albums, and that speaks volumes about the quality and calibre of Rhoads’ work on these two albums. Whilst Rockbrat was playing KISS’ Animalise’ album, I was still locked into these two Osborne albums. Sure I dug the ‘Bark At The Moon’ album from 83, but it was standard HM fare. Like I said, these were the best two albums Osbourne ever did and I couldn’t get enough. I had posters of Rhoads and Ozzy on my walls. Rhoads’ legacy speaks for itself. If you ain’t got these two albums, well, you know where to start.

 NANCY SINATRA – MOVIN’ WITH NANCY – I’ve got an old scratched copy of this soundtrack LP for Nancy Sinatra’s hour long 1968 network television special. Out of all Nancy’s albums I own, this is the one that ranks as my fave. Movin’ With Nancy was not the standard variety-hour special customary for stars of the time. Some pretty cool songs here, like “Some Velvet Morning,” “Jackson, and “Friday’s Child”. Also includes Rat Pack guest appearances by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis. The duet with Deano, ‘Things’ is pretty neat. Deano was one cool cat.

STATUS QUO – THE BEST OF 1972-1974 – The obvious Quo album I reached for was ‘Whatever You Want”, with it’s apt tune “Living On An Island”, but for the same reason I’m not bringing my copy of Robinson Crusoe, I don’t need to be reminded I’m stuck on this island !  I’m marooned like Gilligan, and there ain’t no sign of Ginger or Mary-Anne anywhere! Only my trusty turntable and some pina colada I made, so sit back and listen. Early to mid 70’s Quo just flat out rocks, and sometimes I just wanna boogie, heads down Lancaster/Parfitt/Rossi style. I was going to take ’12 Gold Bars’, but I went for a Dutch compilation album I have which captures the bluesy, no frills boogie of a band on the cusp on worldwide success. ‘Paper Plane’, ‘Roll Over Lay Down’, ‘All the reasons’, ‘Big Fat Mama’, ‘Blue Eyed Lady’, Backwater’, ‘Drifitng Away’ – so many great songs here, and it’s an album I often throw on the turntable and crank.  As the cabbie king was said, you can’t really go wrong with any of those classics.  Where’s my jeans jacket ? 

KISS – DOUBLE PLATINUM – I simply cannot go to a desert island without a KISS album to the island, because they have been a part of musical life since that 1980 tour. Mr. Rockbrat was an absolutely devoted kiss freak  when it was not cool to be into Kiss, i.e.: after the hysteria (or be it kissteria) of the summer 1980/81 Australian tour died down. Each new album Rockbrat found brought new joys of discovery and musical wonder. It just didn’t get any better. I have fond memories of listening to Double Platinum on cassette on Rockbrat’s old portable cassette player. Kiss will always be remembered as a 70’s band, despite anything else they did post 1980, and that’s why I’ve selected Double platinum, cos it selects the best cuts of the band of that decade.  ‘Cold Gin‘, ‘Strutter’, ‘Detroit Rock City’, ‘Doctor Love’. The unadulterated joy of hearing these classics for the first time on a cassette you bought from the second hand record store, or watching grainy video clips of ‘I Want You’ on a hot summers day are forever etched in my mind. Great days Mr. Rockbrat. Even though I’m selecting a KISS comp, I couldn’t get by without this. 

LOFGREN  NILS  – NILS LOFGREN – Nils is one of my four favourite guitar players, and his body of work has always been critically acclaimed, but he’s never been a household name. Better known as sideman to Neil Young or Springsteen, his solo work however is very good and very underappreciated – but not by the Cowboy. If I had to select one of his albums, it would be his self titled effort from 75 (although Crooked Line runs a close second). This was his first solo album, following the breakup of his group, Grin. The album was critically praised at the time of its release, most notably in a 1975 Rolling Stone review, and 35 years later it still cooks. The acrobatic Nils was hot property and is guitar playing was aces. No wonder he was considered as a replacement from Mick Taylor in the Stones. Tracks like “Be Good Tonight”, “Back It Up” “If I Say It, It’s So” and “Keith Don’t Go” are all killer, and if you are just discovering Nils for the first time, go check this out.

CHEAP TRICK – ONE ON ONE  – I owned every Cheap Trick album, coloured vinyl, picture discs, posters etc etc. I still remember the first time I saw them at Sydney’s Tivoli. Zander was so cool, so many great songs, great pop, great rock, great ‘memorable’ songs. ‘One On One’ is probably my favourite CT album. Classic HRPP (hard rock power pop)- Hey, I coined an acronym Rockbrat. It has great songs and it’s very well produced by QUEEN master Roy Thomas Baker. An album of tight, well constructed tunes, all with the wonderful melodic Cheap Trick sound. Like its predecessor, “All Shook Up,” Zander really stretches his vocals. Stuff like “One on One,” and “Oo La La La” are just great, and of course, the ballad “If You Want My Love”, is an out and out classic. “She’s Tight” and “Looking Out For Number One” are also very underrated. No styli lifters present anywhere. Cheap Trick did far better songs than “Surrender” and ‘Dream Police”, check out this classic album and prove me wrong. I still have a copy of this on picture disc.

JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS – DTK LIVE AT THE SPEAKEASY –I’ve been a lifelong disciple of the often copied, but never bettered Johnny Volume, and have owned all his albums. How to pick a highlight ? Well, what I dig about this album is the fact that it’s loud, sloppy, and laden with bawdy introductions. The between-song abuse Johnny hurls at the “boring” kids in the crowd for not wanting to dance just adds fuel to the fire. The Heartbreakers are so real on this recording you can smell the danger. This was recorded before the band signed to track Records and released LAMF, and as such, the performance rivals the studio album in intensity, but also in terms of sound–the production is almost flawless. Classic rock and roll the likes of which we’ll never see again. Thunders at his most magnificent.

ROLLING STONES – ROLLED GOLD – Yeah OK, it’s a Stones Best of, but the Rockbrat and I used to play this to death in his car tape player. Released In November 75, sheesh, 35 years ago, it’s one you need in case the SS Minnow lands on your island and you wanna party. Rolled Gold reached #7 in the U.K chart and was a strong seller over the years. How can you go wrong with a bunch of Chuck Berry covers, Little Red Rooster, Paint It Black, Honky Tonk Women, Gimme Shelter etc. Yep, there all here. Essential

ROAD VULTURES  – RIDE CD – I gotta take a Kevin K CD, but which one ? I’ve gone for a CD by the band he had with his late brother Alan, the Road Vultures ‘Ride’. The Road Vultures were one of the most criminally ignored rock n roll bands of the 90’s. Released in 1995, ‘Ride’ was the Vultures second and final album, following hot on the heels of 1993’s ‘Fire It Up’, which was surely the album the Dead Boys never made (and incidentally featured Cheetah Chrome on guitar). ‘Ride’ was again based around the writing and singing talents of Alan and Kevin K, and it’s full of fire and brimstone guitars with Beatles-esque harmonies. The combination of trashy riffs, heavy on the melody and layered with those soothing vocals – man the appeal is irresistible, you just can’t help tapping your foot or getting up and dancing. Kevin K spells rock n roll. The last in line my friends.  

BEATLES – ABBEY ROAD   – Harrison wrote a number of songs during the time the Beatles were together but he was always in the shadow of Lennon and McCartney. With Abbey Road he came up with the song ‘Something’ which would be rated as highly as anything the Beatles had done. Even Ringo Starr contributed a reasonable song with ‘Octopus’s Garden.’ I can do without Macca’s reminiscing and vaudevillian like ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.’, but that aide, this album is gold. ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ , ‘Sun King.’ ‘Because.’ ‘Golden Slumbers’ ‘Come Together’. All classics. ‘The End’ would have been a great finish to the last album recorded by the Beatles yet was poisoned by a little bit of McCartney nonsense called ‘Her Majesty.’ No wonder Lennon wanted out. Many of the songs on Abbey Road are dominated by McCartney’s virtuoso bass guitar parts. It is noticeable that the bass became increasingly prominent on the later Beatles albums as McCartney wielded his influence in the studio. All aside, this is my favourite Beatles album, though I could have also taken any of ‘em. I have great memories of listening to this album over and over and over late at night in 92.  

PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS    – BAND ON THE RUN – Did Macca ever pen a better album than this one ? I doubt it, though ‘Red Rose Speedway’ also comes close.  1974’s top-selling studio album in the UK and Australia, this album revitalised McCartney’s critical standing. For the Beatle freak, of which I believe there are one or two, this was the last McCartney album issued on the Apple Records label. Along with Macca and Mrs Macca, the much maligned Denny Laine really shines on this album, with his rhythm, lead, acoustic, flamenco and bass guitar playing a standout. He also played keyboards, percussion, and backup vocals. For a hired employee, his efforts are sterling. It was a pity Macca treated him with such contempt as the years went on. “Helen Wheels” was released as a non-album single which went top 10 worldwide, whetting the appetite before the album’s release. “Jet”, “Band On The Run”, “Bluebird”, “Mrs Vandebilt”, the awesome “Let Me Roll It” – no styli fillers here. Did you know that the 8-track tape version of this album has the distinction of being one of the few 8-tracks that is arranged just like the record album. Has anyone seen my argentine ants?  

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR (THE 10 RESERVE ALBUMS)

ROD STEWART  – NEVER A DULL MOMENT

BANGLES – EVERYTHING

ROSE TATTOO – ROSE TATTOO (or Assault & Battery)

ALICE COOPER – LOVE IT TO DEATH

THE DUBROVNIKS  – CHROME 

JUDAS PRIEST – BRITISH STEEL

LYNYRD SKYNYRD – SKYNYRD’S FIRST AND…LAST

RADIO BIRDMAN – RADIOS APPEAR        

SAXON – WHEELS OF STEEL

THIN LIZZY – BLACK ROSE- A ROCK LEGEND          

PHANTOM BLUE – BUILT TO PERFORM

Just over twenty years ago, Eddie Vedder and Kurt Cobain were sucking the ends of pencils at junior high schools somewhere in Seattle. The word ‘grunge’ had yet to be invented and America was rocking to the sounds of Kiss, Alice Cooper and Suzi Quatro, whilst England was being shaken by the likes of T-Rex, The Sweet and Slade. Much the same time in Australia, an energetic young Sydney band called Hush were churning out hit singles, and undertaking exhaustive nationwide tours. By far their two biggest selling hits were ‘Boney Moroney’ and ‘Glad All Over’, with ‘Boney Moroney’ shooting to number one and eventually becoming the biggest selling single for 1975.At their peak, they rivalled the likes of Sherbet and Skyhooks as kings of Australian pop. Hush consisted of Keith Lamb (vocals), Les Gock (guitar), Rick Lum (bass) and pounding the skins was Chris ‘Smiley’ Pailthorpe. Chris grew up in the Sydney suburb of Earlwood, and at seventeen started playing drums because he wanted to be a rock n roll star. He grew up listening to The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Vanilla Fudge, and as a drummer admired Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Carmine Appice and Keith Barber from the La De Da’s. In late 1972, Chris was told of an ad in The Sydney Morning Herald, for a band requiring a drummer. After landing an audition two days later, he packed his kit into the back of his kombi and was on his way. “Keith and Robin (Jackson-original guitarist) shared a great love of British music and we jammed on several Equals numbers. ‘Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys’ was among them” recalls Smiley of that first audition. Eventually beating over sixty other applicants, he played his first gig at Fairfield the following night, and every night after for the week following ! 

Opening support slots with The Jackson 5, and Status Quo in 1973 helped expose the band to larger audiences. They’d often play three shows a night at dances all over Sydney, but the constant gigging was starting to reap some rewards. The success of  ‘Boney Moroney’ and ‘Glad All Over’, coupled with appearances on Countdown, resulted in tours to all parts of Australia. “We toured for like eleven months of the year, and that other month was spent in the recording studio. We were one of the most intensive touring bands around” remembers Smiley. Whilst in the process of recording what was to be their last album ‘Touché’, Hush hooked up with Alice Cooper, supporting him around Australia and New Zealand. (Interesting to note that ex Vanilla Fudge member Mark Stein, who was touring with Alice played keyboards on Touché) The album didn’t sell as well as they’d hoped and in 1978 Hush decided to call it a day. They reformed briefly in 1979, and performed at 2SM’s ‘Concert Of The Decade’ on the steps of The Sydney Opera House, which eventually turned out to be their final performance. (‘Glad All Over’ was included on the double live album of the concert, which was released not long after). Smiley then played with King Dog, an outfit which also featured Phil Emmanuel. The last few years have been filled with study, study and more study. Smiley now divides his time between working at an architect’s office, and completing an architecture course at university. “There’s more late nights in architecture than there are in rock n roll” he laughs. Smiley still enjoys music, and lists The Cranberries, Enya, Sheryl Crow and The Black Sorrows as current favourites. As for favourite Hush songs ‘Something Tells Me Something’s Wrong’, ‘Everywhere I Go’ and ‘Walking’ are his personal faves. “I think ‘Walking’ has stood the test of time, and still sounds relatively fresh today” he adds. For mine though, you can’t go past ‘Man Eater’, ‘Rocking Gypsy King’, ‘9 to 5er’, and the beautiful ‘Nothing Stays The Same Forever’. With so many fond memories of a very special time, it’s hard to single out just one highlight, but Chris Pailthorpe breaks into a ‘smile’ and chuckles. “I guess when I was driving along New South Head Road one time and I first heard us on the radio. ‘Get The Feeling’ was blasting out and I turned it up real loud ! That was quite special.” For some, Hush hold a special place in their rock n roll hearts. They produced some sizzling rock n roll and if you ain’t heard ’em, hunt down their albums and GET ROCKED ! 

Note: Article originally appeared and was printed (after interviewing Smiley) in Vicious Kitten Fanzine – 1995

What: John Coghlan Drum Stick

Whilst searching recently for my Bun E. Carlos drum stick, I also unearthed this great find. Obtained at a Bombers at Crows Nest in Sydney on 21 Feb 1989 (it pays to date things my friends), this drumstick was used by former Status Quo skinsman – the great John Coghlan at that evening’s gig. Have a good look at the enlarged image which highlights the damage done. Just shows you what a genuine hard-hitter Coghlan is.