Episode 1 - Mike Rudd and
Legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist
Mike Rudd features in our first episode. A performer in past
bands Spectrum, the Indelible Murtceps, Ariel, and the Heaters, Mike is
still writing great music. Wrokdown is pleased to feature one of his new
songs, "Rocket Girl"
the show. Mike talks about his earliest experiences in bands, associations
with people such as Ross Wilson and Ross Hannaford, and his long lasting
musical relationship with Bill Putt. So long, in fact, that they are still
joined at the hip.
Visit their website http://www.mikeruddbillputt.com
They are regularly playing around town. Check them out!
|Sherryn Love, our roving reporter, interviews Peter
Robinson from The Substitutes, arguably the best 60's band
currently playing around Melbourne.
Peter, originally from
and Peter Reed from
New Dream", form the rhythm section of this exciting act.
Visit their website at
episode 2 - gavin carroll
|As Derek Guille said to Wendy on the ABC, "What a shame that
this program wasn't on 2 years ago".
But 2 years ago we were blase and indifferent about our rock legends, until
the untimely death of Billy Thorpe, and also that of our infamous guitar
hero, his friend Lobby Loyde.
Gavin Carroll was Lob's bass player on and off from 1978 till last year, and
talks about the innovative and progressive style of Lobby's songwriting, and
his dealings - somewhat questionable - with the entertainment industry.
But Lobby was a gentleman, and anyone who knew him wanted to be his friend,
as shown by the number of people in the band room on any one performance
Unseen before footage of his second last gig, when in some spots he was
obviously having trouble, show what a trouper Lobby was to the bitter
Charles, lead singer of "The
Groop" with hits like "Such a lovely way" and "Woman you're breaking
me" is interviewed by Sherryn Love. He has a band called the "Retrobandits"
and you can catch them at both the
Elwood and Kew RSL's. They also perform at many private
episode 3 - the pardoners
Glyn Mason and Sam See are
and they are a couple of funny guys! Having played in bands
such as Stockley, See and Mason,
John Farnham Band, and Flying Circus, these two are a dedicated and
professional duo from a very important era of Aussie music. They
live in the studio "Say a Prayer" from their recently released self
Visit their website
http://www.pardoners.com.au They are regularly playing around
episode 4 - trevor young
Often when groups disband
for one reason or another, drummers seem to be left on the shelf. Well not
has established a
very successful career in the music industry since leaving the Coloured
With the contribution of
many well known musicians of the same ilk, Trevor has put together a
compilation cd/dvd package of original songs by these artists, and he has
also released a cd of his own original material, titled "Some
Trevor is an innovative musician and truly an inspiration to many.
passed away after a long illness 2/2/14
episode 5 - brian mannix
This 80's Aussie pop star
has had an eventful career following the huge success of Uncanny X-Men.
Brian Mannix has been making short films whilst continuing to write
songs. Join us as he talks to Wendy about his up-coming feature film, which
is dark, humorous, and VERY VERY Brian.
We wish him the best of luck as he breaks into the film business.
Also featuring in this episode is a new song from
- ex Town Criers - After the Town Criers disbanded, Barry went on to
form "The Fabs" who did exceptional business around town. Barry
fantastic vocals are now featuring in
Mid Life Crisis
MLC are a great Melbourne cover band and Barry looks like he’s heading for
more success with this talented group of musicians
episode 6 - jimmie sloggett
Describing someone as a legend can be used a bit loosely
these days, but Jimmie Sloggett is
exactly that - a legend! He has been Max Merritt's saxophone player
on and off for over 40 years, and we were overawed at this man's pedigree.
While we would have loved to have the great Max
Merritt himself on Wrokdown, due to
circumstances Jimmie stepped up the the plate admirably. We feature
footage from the last big concert Max and the Meteors played at the
plus a new track Max called "Say you Will" which Max wrote for his
If you are interested in a copy of the dvd/cd, go to
episode 7 - neale johns
very forthright in this interview as he talks about the music industry in
its infancy, and the disenchantment
experienced by him and many others over the years. Musicians in other
countries during the 60's and 70's had the advantage of learning from
other's mistakes, and as a result hired outside parties to look after their
interests, whereas, many of our artists were left at the end of the day,
with no money and large debts.
It may sound like sour grapes until you drink in the fantastic new songs
Blackfeather are now writing and performing
and you realise that it is,
instead, a well rounded, full bodied wine..
episode 8 - dutch tilders
If we judged a musician by the amount of awards they had
won, then Dutch Tilders would probably be heads above the rest. One of
our most enduring legends, Dutch did his first paying show in Australia as a
young boy playing 'The Happy Wanderer' on the harmonica! He bought his
first guitar at 17 and the rest is history.
Dutch Tilders lost his battle with cancer 24th
April 2011. I'm sure your thoughts and best wishes made his last days that
episode 9 - bob valentine
Wrokdown is primarily about the music. Good music,
written by great songwriters. So this particular show is about
probably the best song ever written about our town. Penned by
Valentine, "That's Melbourne", sung by Bob with the divine Rhonda
Burchmore, is a fantastic big band swing number. They gave us
permission to make a clip using some of their own footage, so we hope you
love it too.
Bob also tells some great anecdotes from the Roxy, where he performed for
ten years with the "Lonely Boys".
episode 10 - debra byrne
We finally are able to have a female guest, which excited
our mostly female cast and crew! Debra Byrne is a much loved
all-rounder from the original cast of "Young Talent Time", and she talks
about the transitional pitfalls of going from a child star to a working
adult entertainer. Her own experiences should be a lesson to all, as she
made it through!
Debra also tells why she wrote her book, plus many other things about her
life in general. She can be contacted via
episode 11 - swanee (john
Early in John's career he was a drummer with both
Lynne Randell and Blackfeather. Despite practically burning himself out by
the time he was 17, he came back fighting in the eighties, and has now done
it again. We feature his self penned song 'Trouble' wonderfully
produced by Mark Moffat, from his new CD 'Have a Little Faith'
You can catch up with all things swan-like at
episode 12 - ken murdoch
Back in the late 70's a very young band came on the the
scene. The name was
'Taste' and it was on everyone's lips. With four
of the best musicians Melbourne had to offer - the youngest being
Joey Amenta at 15 - they wrote and played like seasoned veterans. With a
sound much like the 'Who', they had one hit record - 'Boys will be Boys' -
before disbanding and each going off to have their individual careers in
To the delight of all followers 'Taste' have reformed, and
Ken Murdoch talks
about the good old days, and the new cd.
episode 13 - russell morris
One of our most enduring legends,
has continued performing, writing and recording. He has been
consistent with his quality over the years, and even when denied radio
airplay he kept up the flow, while playing with people like
Jim Keays, Darryl Cotton and most recently Brian Cadd.
He regales us with his stories of early recordings with
Ian "Molly" Meldrum,
specifically about the long hours spent on 'The Real Thing', and how Molly
came to be one of the most innovative producers of the time.