We were in Sydney just recently, a wee family holiday before the start of school again. The aim was to catch up with family and friends – Katy was there for work too. That was the catalyst. And then I ended up doing a few work-related things. I saw the Foo Fighters and Weezer. I went to a Marlon Williams showcase gig. I had some meetings and catch-ups, talked shop a bit…
It was a lot of fun. I sat in with Stuart Coupe on his regular Saturday afternoon show, “Dirt Music” at 2Ser.
He played a couple of tribute songs – Hugh Masekala and The Fall and then we talked a bit about Mark E. Smith and Hugh. Then he played a few things by The Necks and we had Chris Abrahams in the studio. He’s the piano player/keyboardist. The Necks, as any even semi-regular reader of my various ramblings will know, are one of my all-time favourite bands. So it was a great thrill to not only meet Chris but lob a few questions his way.
Then we got into my part of the show proper. In that I chose the music for almost the rest of the program.
First up we debuted the title track off Darren Watson’s forthcoming new album (May 1 release I believe). Too Many Millionaires is a song written by Bill Lake, so it seemed only fitting to debut it in the country where the song’s composer was born.
I played a few Kiwi things old and new – something by Chris Armour, a classic from The Front Lawn. Some TEETH and Butterfly P!G…
But it wasn’t all Kiwi stuff, the show is eclectic and wants to promote music that comes from the heart. So I played covers of Bee Gees and Prince songs by Karl Blau and Dump. I lined up some good ole blues (Wee Willie Walker) and gospel-soul (Oscar Toney Jr.) and even a bit of George Harrison.
A Sydney band, Arsenic and Old Lace, dropped by to be interviewed, to play live in the studio and a couple of their recordings were played also.
It was a terrific way to spend a couple of hours and if you want to check it out now, or anytime in the future, click on this link.
My thanks again to Stuart Coupe for having me, for allowing me to pick the tunes. It was a blast.
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