Anyone who knows me well, will know who my main musical obsession was when I was a teen.
I enjoyed listening to a lot of bands including many of the more outlandish ones in the New Romantic movement, plus I liked a good dose of Eurythmics, Pat Benatar or Bruce Springsteen rock
My uncle tried to give me musical guidance by taking me to a Black Sabbath concert for my 13th birthday and playing his extensive record collection to me, including The Runaways, Patti Smith and the obligatory Deep Purple. And he was also learning to play the guitar so I heard the rifts of Smoke on the Water so many times….
The eighties were the era of Aussie pub rock. The Divinyls, the Angels, Cold Chisel, INXS, QED, Uncanny X-Men, Dynamic Hepnotics, Koo de Tah, Hoodoo Gurus. I listened to them all. If it was on Countdown, I knew about them.
But the band that became my obsession was one that I could dive through the audience and dance at the front of the stage, a band I could reach out and touch (or photograph badly)
A band that was more accessible than just a video clip on television or an appearance on Countdown.
A band that played gigs at the local rissole (RSL) so I could con various adult family members to sneak me in to see them play.
A band that did outdoor concerts that were free for all, perfect for my meagre pocket money budget.
A band that did under 18’s concerts that I could attend without adult chaperones guarding over me.
Their records rarely came off my record player, much to my younger brother’s dismay. He had the room adjoining my bedroom.
At 16, I met the lead singer Alex Smith at one of the free all-day concerts at Birkenhead Point, Drummoyne.
Then 21 years later, when Alex Smith and Charlie Cole did a reunion acoustic tour including Coffs Harbour, I caught up with Alex again. Being at the reunion gig made me feel 16 again. And my meeting with him afterwards was the catalyst for a manuscript, I’m with the Band.
If I’d had my head together before the gig, I would’ve printed the first photo and asked Alex to sign it. Instead the second photo was taken without reference to the first. 21 years have passed and we still have the same pose. Eerie.
Moving Pictures are known today only for ‘What about Me?” which is a shame, because there was so much more to their music. But only three albums were made due to contractual problems in the U.S and many of the fabulous songs I heard live over the years were never recorded. So I offer you a different song and a sample of Moving Pictures live in concert. Enjoy “Wings”.