||C31 9pm 13/6/09
||Some may say he is eccentric, some may say he is weird, but
we LOVE Jeff
Duff, or Duffo to many. He made his mark in the 70's in
Australia, then went to the UK and made headlines! His publicity agent
had a pretty easy job - just sit there and Duffo will get all the publicity
plus more in spades. But to Jeff it was all in a days play.
We caught him while he was in Melbourne doing a Kush reunion gig, and he was
inspiring. He has 9 different acts on the go at once!
karl van est
As radio was such an integral part of the 60's and 70's,
we asked top rating EON FM Jock
Karl Van Est to give us his opinion of
radio over the years. In his heyday, music radio relied on music,
rather than the antics of the presenters. And the jocks themselves
were professional, well spoken, and loved their music.
Those were the days (remember) when if you weren't heard on radio, the odds
were that you weren't heard at all!
We were especially honoured when, after hearing that
Benny Gallagher from the 70's duo
Gallagher and Lyle was in town, we were offered
The duo originated from Scotland and as well as having hits themselves with
'Heart on my Sleeve' and 'I
wanna stay with you', they wrote 'Breakaway'
for Art Gunfunkel. They also wrote
for many other world class acts while they were signed up to
Apple Publishing working under non other than
This is an opportunity to see how artists were treated on the other side of
One of many musicians who took part in the
made the trip down to Melbourne specially.
As Wendy was also on the bill, we thought it was about time we did a proper
Wrokdown interview. It was nice to see the man was still fighting fit,
and his guitar playing as awesome as ever.
He brought down a copy of his latest DVD 'Borich X
Borich + Brus - Live at the Basement', which you can get at his
website. It includes
'Saved by the Blues' which you will see at
the end of this episode.
It was the first shoot in our new studio, and who better
to interview than the first person we interviewed in our old one. Back
to see us was the wonderful Mike Rudd,
and during the interview Bill Putt
joined Wendy and Mike and put in a word or two. Our studio audience
was in for a treat, with
Judith Durham joining with
Spectrum on stage for a rendition
of 'Summertime' which has finally been posted on
Youtube. They also performed their new single
'Xavier Rudd is not my son'.
One of our most beloved singers and famous exports,
of Seekers fame was both witty and
modest as she spoke of her very personal journey through the years.
There are no pretences here, just a lovely girl who happened to join a band
that captured hearts all over the world. A truly memorable interview
by the wonderful Wen, and thoroughly enjoyed by our newly acquired studio
Judith also sang a rendition of
You can enquire about her book, and all her cd's at
bob 'bongo' starkie
Well I, probably like many of you, thought that
Bob Starkie was one of the quiet members of
that infamous Australian band
Skyhooks. Compared to the
post band antics of both Shirley and
Red, Bob has basically kept out of the
limelight. In fact if you saw him walking down the street he wouldn't
be at all recognisable.
But when the band was formed by Greg Mcainish,
the rule was exactly that! Skyhooks took off, and the normally quiet
Bob had a lot to say about those heady days. A very entertaining
interview, and VERY strongly edited. Our studio audience thoroughly
Not forgetting the production side of our marvellous
musical history, we were indeed chuffed to be able to interview the dapper
Bill Armstrong. Still going strong at 80, and forever
busy with media commitments, Bill, who was of course
Armstrong Audio/Video delighted us with his
recollections and of course his famous wire recorder.
He also bought the license for EON FM in
Melbourne, which overtook the AM band as the top rating radio show in the
ron tudor and ernie rose
Ernie Rose, producer
and engineer, promised us he would find some VIP's for Wrokdown, and true to
his word he brought along the remarkable Ron Tudor,
pictured here with Ernie, Wen and Bill Armstrong.
Ron told us the amazing story of the beginning of
Fable Records, which happened in the midst of the radio ban where
radio stations couldn't play music from the big companies unless they paid a
This is a must see, as we were all gobsmacked at the power wielded by those
record companies, and how Ron managed to come through to record and promote
so many wonderful Australian acts. There was so much information
that we have made 2 episodes.
Before Melbourne became the number 1 place for bands in
the 60's, our entertainment venues consisted of coffee shops, town halls and
jazz clubs. Gary Spry had
lived in America for a short time, and when he returned opened up
'Pinocchios' in Toorak Road.
Before long he was booking the cream of Australian talent, and the queues
stretched hundreds of yards down the road. The history of Australian
pop/rock is not only about the wonderful musicians, but the promoters and
managers that accompanied them. This is a story from the other
Garry Spry - talking about
violence in venues and the liquor licensing laws in Victoria.......
Everyone has their favourites, and here at Wrokdown we DO
listen to you when you email us asking about a particular person.
Finally, here he is,
Formerly of 'Stars', Mick (pictured here
with Wen and Gary Young) is a softly spoken humble kind of guy with a voice
you could die for. He is one of those quiet achievers, still writing
and performing to his loyal following.
This is the sort of artist that Wrokdown is all about, so keep emailing us.
ian 'molly' meldrum
The last interview for this season had to be left for
Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, a legend in his own
time. He goes back as far as Go Set magazine,
'Kommotion' and the
'Go Show' before he became the reluctant
host of 'Countdown'. I suppose what
we love about Molly is that he is humble. He is quite happy to take
the mickey out of himself, leaving the door wide open for his peers,
accepting all jibes with grace. He has no tickets on himself, and in
the world of entertainment interviewers with their fancy clothes and
rehearsed questions, he is a breath of fresh air. And he's ours!!.
We all love ya Molly