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The Rock-itt : August 2012
When his song "Mellow Yellow" was first released, it was thought that the song was about smoking dried banana peels. It was eventually revealed that the song was about a vibrator. Was on the short list of artists invited to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival. Unfortunately, he couldn't due to a drug indictment hangin Was on the short list of artists invited to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival. Unfortunately, he couldn't due to a drug indictment hanging over his head in Britain.g over his head in To leave his original record label (Pye Records) in 1966, he had to forfeit any future record royalties for his first two albums and several singles; a total of about 34 recordings. He still collected writer's royalties, though, from the songs he had written while on the Pye label. Britain. .......................Pete. Help us to keep The Rock-itt magazine out there by advertising in our pages The cost is very affordable and the results are impressiv e. Call Pete on 9975 1105 or 0438 7511 01 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Let’s keep the music ROCKIN’ around the Beaches! This Month: The 70s and our own Aussie Rock, Skyhooks and Dinah Lee With Graeme (Shirley) Strachan up front usually naked to the waste, boasting a nice physique and his mop of curly locks and falsetto voice, which had him christened “Shirley” by his peers, Skyhooks rocked and rolled through the 70s with a swag of iconic Aussie penned songs, which had them at the top of the heap and a legion of fans that idolized their rock heroes with a deep passion. This post 60s era was a time of madness in this rock/pop period of the 70s with groups wearing all types of glittering, and at times garish creations, which today are looked upon as more eccentric than pop fashionable. It was also a tim e when Aussie groups were finally beginning to be taken seriously. Not so much with Skyhooks who seemed to be more out to enjoy themselves rather than climb to the giddy heights of fame and fortune, which we will explore a little further down the track with other big names like INXS, ACDC and Midnight Oil. But Hooks, with Larrikin Shirley Strachan out front, were fun and games and their audience knew it and embraced them, knowing that a Skyhooks concert was exciting and fun and not the least bit serious. The 70s was a time when the world was emerging from the swinging 60s. The Beatlemania era, British Invasion and a whole cultural revolution which even today has its presence felt with tribute bands, exciting audiences with the same euphoric rhythm and blues that thrilled audiences five decades earlier. Whereas in the 60s Aussie bands were just beginning to emerge, the 70s saw a more established breed of musos who had been on ‘struggle street’ and taken that journey m ost bands must take down that long and winding road and were now confident and eager to put their own sound across. With Skyhooks, they mixed their sound up a bit with a touch of craziness and a bit of reality. They would create a song like ‘Ego is not a Dirty Word’, which is just a bit of fun, to ‘ All my friends are getting married’, which is more a lament. It is about an artist apparently trapped in the world of entertainment, whereas most of his friends are married with families and settled and here he is still up on stage doing the same old thing with nothing to show for it. Next time you get the chance to have a listen, see what you think. I think that Shirley Strachan was in that position in that point in time and it certainly came out when he sung that song. Skyhooks were certainly a big part of the Aussie music scene in the 70s. Graeme Strachan eventually left the band in 1978 and became a television and radio presenter. In 2001 Graeme was learning to fly a helicopter when it crashed into the side of a mountain and he was killed in the accident. But the music lives on. Discography Australian albums Living in the 70's 1974 Ego Is Not a Dirty Word 1975 Straight in a Gay Gay World 1976 The Skyhooks Tapes 1977 Guilty Until Proven Insane 1978 Live! Be In It 1978 The Best of Skyhooks 1979 Hot for the Orient 1980 The Skyhooks Box 1982 Live in the 80's 1983 The Latest And Greatest 1990 The Skyhooks Roadcase 1992 The Collection 1998 The Lost Album 1999 We will be back again next month with some more great Aussie bands from the 70s see you then...........Pete. SKYHOOKS