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.