Sunday, July 29, 2012
Interestingly in 1973 Slade toured Australia with Lindisfarne, and a still largely to be discovered Status Quo.
In this issue of Go-Set the dates of the tour had not been set, but Go-Set announced they were coming. The article is almost a history piece on the band. Slade were one of the most successful rock acts England was to produce. Yet in America they made little impact.
Ed Nimmervoll asked the industry to look at itself with this editorial. It was obvious to him that there was much to be corrected in the way the Australian rock music industry worked.
He picks on two specific areas, the "hustlers" who have taken advantage of the musicians and who "ripped them off, degrading the,, controlling them", meaning the musicians, and that these "artists" have been "satisfied with the hollow promises of the hustler They put up with lousy conditions and equipment."
Ed Nimmervoll ten goes to savage the record companies who "don't help the acts in the slightest and the acts don't help the record companies AT ALL."
Then Ed gibes it to the radio stations though the lines that "what's crippling this industry most of all is the radio, with its singlew rock network, turning down records left and right, having the scene wide open to one set of radio programmers pointing the scene wherever they see fit, to whoever gets closest to them"
The finger points at the issue of perhaps corruption, but does not actually say it.
Finally, Ed appears to be frustrated by the whole thing, "It's becoming increasingly difficult to feel patriotic, no matter how worthwhile we might think our local performers are."
Go-Set's charter was to make the issues of musicians and its readers known. The be an iconoclast on the Australian scene, and this editorial makes it clear that Go-Set doesn't like it.
The songs on this singles chart seem surprisingly soft, in terms of the lack of twangy guitar songs.
Relatively speaking, the albums chart is way more progressive with Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rick Wakeman, Yes, and Focus in the top 20.
One might say, "what a strange time it was"!!!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
However the cover made the announcement that the Groop had won the Battle of the Sounds competition.
The other mention of note is that Johnny Young was still in England, and would never return???
The first Australian song in the charts is at number 14, Easybeats: Heaven and Hell; followed at 15 by the Twilights: Young Girl; and then at 16 by Normie Rowe with But I Know.
The top 5 songs show the diversity of the music of the period with Procol Harum - Whiter Shade of Pale at 1; Scott Mackenzie with San Francisco at 2; Silence is Golden by the Tremeloes at 3; Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks at 4; and finally Petula Clark at 5 with This Is My Song; At 40 is the Groop with Woman You're Breaking Me. The highest debut is by the Beatles with All You Need Is Love which debuted at 9 on the chart.
There's probably a great deal to be said about this chart that is interestingly so representative of the hippy period and the beginnings of Haight Ashbury and also the slowly developing soul music which took a while to get going in Australia, except for the bigger hits and Max Merritt's interpretations. But Australian pop at this time was just beginning to mature, thanks to the help of Go-Set.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
|The girl with the cigarette seems quite happy!! Is she looking at the cameraman, or just to his side? Where was Long Johns, and how popular was it? Finally, who were they dancing to?|
|Who were the Two By 2? What songs did they play?|
Just had a quick look, and no Two By 2 on Mileago. So who knows anything about them. Notice the way the guitarist plays his guitar. Typical of the period, following the style of the old blues players. So what kind og music did they play, and they played at the Rendezvous in Mitcham, in Melbourne Victoria.
Who can help with this one? Also does anyone recognise the dancers in the top 2 pictures? If you do, who were they, and what are they doing today?
Monday, October 31, 2011
|Go-Set: 2 January 1971: Page 2|
Ronnie's move to England follows the fact that he made good contacts when the Groop had won Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds, and had learnt a bit more about the London music scene.
During my thesis Ronnie had been very helpful on background to Molly Meldrum, and the changes in his personality as a result of going to London, and of the way that Go-Set worked in the early days of 1966.
I will write more about Ronnie Charles once I find my interviews with him.
|Go-Set Australian charts: Section: Page 23|
At the top of the column is the actual Australian content of the National top 40 chart, which in some cases shows Australian content that was too low on the National top 40 chart to actually make it. So we see for example that Sherbet is at number 12 (National top40 (NTF) at 43) with Free The People, and perhaps on its way out. Billy Thorpe is at 16 (NTF69) with The Dawn Song, and the lowest Australian song is by Allison Gros at 20 (NTF88).
The broader implication is at the end of 1971, only 11 Australian artist songs were in the National Top 40. Quite good considering that Number 1 was Rod Stewart's Maggie May.
An interesting omission from the Australian Top20 is Olivia Newton-John, whose "Banks of the Ohio" is located at Number 2. Australia was proud to have Olivia back as an Australian when she saw fit to return, yet her omission as an Australian artist, begs a question or two!!
Ricky Springfield is included on the Australian Top20 with "Speak To the Sky" (NTF8). Mind you Ricky had not been long in the United States.
Could it be that Australian artists resident overseas for a certain period were denied entry on the Australian Top20?
Another interesting omission is The Mixtures, on the NTF and debuting at 31 with Captain Zero; and lastly Barry Crocker sits at NTF39 with "Love Is A Beautiful Song". Neither of these are included on the Australian Top20.
Perhaps they were missed, or maybe there is another reason. Ed Nimmervoll must be applauded for his means of highlighting the singles of groups SCRA, Healing Force, Flake and Freshwater. Songs that were powerful enough to make national sales, yet not strong enough to make the national top 40.
In future posts I will examine the charts in more detail.
|19740817: Page 10: Keyhole News|
His work has been described as a 'stream of consciousness" by some, and in my thesis I determined that in some respects, Meldrum's contributions gave no intrinsic value to the magazine, except that they provided readers with an insiders view on their stars doings.
By this time, the only two contributors left from Go-Set's main years were Phillip Morris, who contributed the "Scene" photographs, and Ian Meldrum who wrote the gossip column. By this time Mitch had left, and Ed Nimmervoll had decided to stay in Melbourne, rather than go to Sydney, where the magazine was to be edited.
The last issue was the one after this, dated 25 August 1974. There was no Keyhole News. The issue would be made up from items drawn from other magazines from the IPC stable.
Like the Beatles last released album "Let It Be", the last Go-Set was a sad reflection of what it had been. The spark was finally gone!!
Next posting will go back to a more happy period!!
Monday, September 12, 2011
|Go-Set: 10 January 1970: Page 15: Melbourne|
|Go-Set: 10 January 1970: Page 16: Sydney|
Another issue of significance in the Sydney page is that some venues have multiple locations.
With the Melbourne page, although the heading of the column is the tradition "Know Where", it is part of a larger page called "Go-Set Disco Guide". Whether this is a reflection of the audience expectation or is a standard set by Go-Set management is unknown at this time. I will have to go back and look at when the page heading was first used. The more common use of the word "disco" is more generally association with middle to late 1970s.