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bonnie bella

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Darren, ahem ... thanks.

And here he is a few years earlier covering Dolly Parton's "Applejack".  You can tell he's a lot younger because he still sounds like Dolly.  This clip comes from the "Keith Urban Superfan" link.  And I thought I had problems.


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Darren J. Ray

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I thought you were joking about him sounding like Dolly.
 

Keith was actually a Brisbane boy, like myself. 

I saw him in a Battle of the Bands in 1990 at the Spring Hill Hotel. He was sitting in with a band whose lead guitarist was AWOL. He did really well.  

He was the young star at a local country music club (Pioneer Village) in the '80s, and when he performed at the Gympie Muster in '91 after his first album, he was the returning hero.  


At this point, I’d like to reminisce about an Air Supply concert at Twin Towns my mother asked me to take her to, back in 1997.

It was marketed as a greatest hits concert and it was apparently their first one in 15 years.

Tickets were expensive.

So what did they choose to do?

New material, from an album nobody bought, for the bulk of the night. Under-rehearsed with THAT many pregnant pauses in the show that people were heckling them.

Early on, one of the two Russells had to unexpectedly go backstage so there was a long pause.

Might’ve been Graham Russell (the really tall blond geek) breaking a string. So Russell Hitchcock (the effeminate main singer who astonished us all in the ‘80s when he produced a wife) introduced us to all the band members (about eight of them) and we had to applaud each one.

Later in the show, the other Russell had to leave the stage so his partner decided he’d pad for time by introducing us to all the band members, obviously not knowing this had already been done, and yet again we were asked to applaud each one. And he took umbrage to our less than enthusiastic applause.

When the audience got restless with all this new material, Graham lectured us that “if there was no new music, there wouldn’t be old music”. Yeah, right!

But the real moment to savour was Graham’s long introduction to yet another “song from our new album”.

According to him, it was about how “the farmers are taking away the aborigines’ land”.

“BULL----!” a guy in the crowd, presumably a farmer, piped up. This resulted in the ensuing song being as pointless as it was vapid.

Out of practice, towards the end of the show, Hitchcock’s voice - the one saving grace about this band - was pretty much shot. So when they finally decided to do the hits we’d all come to hear, there wasn’t much left of his voice.

The last song, ‘All Out of Love’, didn’t sound anything like this….  
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Darren J. Ray

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PS I remember seeing Keith's demo tape. 

It was called Looking for a Deal

You can't get more upfront than that!
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Darren J. Ray

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I just did a Wiki search on Keith. 

Check what it says his real name is. 

Surely someone is having a laugh. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Urban


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Aw, they've changed it back. 

This is what was on his Wiki page....

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Keith Lionel Hulabaloo (born 26 October 1967) is a New Zealand-born Australian-American country musician. As a child growing up in Australia, Keith spoke to his parents and said, "Hey Mom and Dad...someday I'm going to grow up, move to the USA, and be the greatest country music singer the world has ever seen." They smiled and said, "that's sweet, but with a name like Keith Hulabaloo, it'll never happen." Keith thought for a moment and replied, "so then I'll change my name to Urban. Keith Urban. That sounds more country. You'll see, mom and dad, someday, your son Keith Urban will be the greatest American country music singer the world has ever seen."

And the rest is history.

BornKeith Lionel Hulabaloo[1]
26 October 1967 (age 49)
WhangareiNorthlandNew Zealand

Early life[edit]

Keith Lionel Hulabaloo was born on 26 October 1967, in WhangareiNew Zealand,[4]He is the youngest son of Marienne and Robert "Bob" Hulabaloo. At the age of 13, he attended Sir Edmund Hillary College in OtaraSouth Auckland, New Zealand and by the age of 17, he lived with his parents in CabooltureQueenslandAustralia. His father, who owned a convenience store, put an advertisement for a guitar teacher in his shop window.[5] Urban took lessons from his teacher, Sue McCarthy (now Crealey and still a family friend)[6] and began entering local competitions, in addition to acting in a local theater company.[4] Urban has stated that his guitar playing was influenced by two rock players, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and Lindsey Buckingham(Fleetwood Mac).

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Pity. 

I was really looking forward to referring to Nicole Kidman as Mrs Hulabaloo. 

Oh, well. 

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bonnie -- Congratulations on picking a theme that's getting an enthusiastic reaction where themes aren't generally celebrated! 

Joseph & Maia, "Sleep" (NZ)


Lord Echo, "In Your Life" (NZ)


Merk, "I'm Easy" (NZ)


The Systematics, "International Voltage" (AU)


Say Lou Lou with Chet Faker, "Fool of Me" (mostly AU)


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All Quiet on the Antipodean Front

Princess Chelsea, "Morning Sun" (NZ)


Luke Thompson, "Darkness and the Way We Are" (NZ)


Lydia Cole, "Love and Loss and Love" (NZ)


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bonnie bella

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Sorry Deb, for mistaking you for Lisa.  

Darren, brave of you to admit you went to an Air Supply concert.

Prof, it's nice to have a week filled with music. Feeds the soul, don't you think?

Here is some more of the brilliant Cold Chisel, led by Jimmy Barnes.

Flame Trees



Choir Girl



Forever Now





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In actual medal order this week, just to be different...

GOLD Zed- not a fan of punk generally, but this is pretty good
SILVER Swingers
BRONZE Angels  
TIN Jet -  I prefer their other one.

Oh dear, I think it's NZ 2 Australia 0.

Just randomly posting this one.  



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My down under votes:

Gold: Don't Worry Baby - Zed

Silver: Are You Going To Be My Girl - Jet

Bronze: Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again - Angels

Tin: Counting The Beat - Swingers

Here's a favorite from the lovely Aussie Helen Reddy.


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Darren J. Ray

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I saw Helen Reddy in concert a couple of years ago. 

Sadly, she has been diagnosed with dementia recently. 

The guy who co-wrote 'I Am Woman', Ray Burton, lives locally.

I looked him up once and just rang him. I was intrigued that a bloke co-wrote that song.

He's been burned by the industry - and he and Reddy are not in agreement as to who wrote what - but is a survivor.  

Nevertheless, great song...





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Eventually we thought we might as well call it something. Hockey Dad was the most ridiculous name we had.

Hockey Dad, ""I Need a Woman" and "So Tired" (AU)




The Meanies, "There's a Gap" and "10% Weird" (AU)




Beeches, "We Don't Know" (NZ)


The Paper Kites, "Woodland" (AU)


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Crikey! Time to cast my ballot...

GOLD -- Zed, Don't Worry Baby -- A ballsy baby at that! A dingo took that baby nicely. [thumb]  Errm, a NZ dingo?

SILVER -- Jet, Are You Gonna Be My Girl -- The only one I've heard the most but didn't know who it was (Thanks for nothing, radio people who don't say who they played. Not everyone has Shazam). [frown]

BRONZE -- The Swingers, Counting The Beat -- Enjoyable kinda rockabilly meets new wave.

TIN -- The Angels, Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again -- Coulda guessed it's late 70's - very punkish. I can probably also guess without looking what the shouted reply back in the day was...with a word similar to "face" with the vowels swapped out for consonants? [eek]


Thanks for the nice little "vacay" down your way, bonnie!

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Antipodean?    oh...

okay. 

1) 'Don't Worry Baby' by Zed

respectable, if occasionally workman-like rendition of my all-time favorite song.   Does it place up there with the versions by BJ Thomas and The Everly Bros.?   ...not on first listen, but still good.

2) "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?" by the Angels

3) 'Counting the Beat' by the Swingers

this one reminds me of when I was a very big punk/new wave music fan, and my er, antagonistic fellow suburban Dallas high school students would zing me with the devastating put-down: "Whip it...Whip it Good!"  

'yes,' I would respond. 'That IS the chorus of a song by Devo. You don't fancy it, I take it?'

they would then maybe repeat it...or spit Skoal on their shoes or whatnot, while I secretly checked for when moving vans could be booked and dropped off after a long-planned (mandatory for my sanity) move to California...

4)  absolutely hate songs and groups that sound like..."Are you going to be my Girl?" by Jet.  Dated.  archaic.  What aesthetic are they championing, exactly?   1974 cool?   ...as Elaine* said about the soup Nazi's bean soup..."not a fan (poke finger down throat)".







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JB -- "Elaine", not "Diane", but you got the beans and almost all the letters. [smile]


The Saints, "This Perfect Day" (AU)


The Reels, "Return" (AU)


Lydia Cole, "Hibernate" (NZ)


NO ZU, "Raw Vis Vision" (AU)


Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, "Red Right Hand" (AU)


Motte, "Thin Air" (NZ) (Anita Clark of Lyttleton)
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thanks, Prof, what would I do without you?

guess I was thinking of one of my sisters-in-law with black hair. 
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