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Newsletter No.107
February 15th - February 21st 2004

Well, I sat through some of the Australian Idol concert broadcast on Channel Ten during the week, begrudgingly I might add. Now, before I begin my rant it's fair to say that I'm an old cynic when it comes to the whole music industry caper and have seen enough to make it difficult for me to be any other way. So yes, I did approach the telecast with plenty of anti-Idol sentiment. Long time subscribers will remember my anti-Popstars dribble and this is likely more of the same.

Some good singers of course, personally I felt that (could get the names wrong here) Rebecca and Paulini were the standout vocalists of the competition. I have my own conspiracy theory on the whole Cosima thing, but that's another story. From the night I flicked onto the Australian Idol series and watched Shannon really murder a Bon Jovi song I wasn't able to enjoy anything he did. (Not that I enjoyed the whole series much at all as it was such a karaoke contest that at times it was laughable). Guy is OK but I still say that's not an afro, the Jackson 5, now they had afros :) Back to the point; Guy is a talented singer but I felt his arrangement of the Louis Armstrong classic missed the mark. His performance in the World Idol showed that.

My major beef is with BMG. They signed what I think are four or five singers on the strength of the Australian Idol series. This means that four or five struggling Aussie bands will miss out on signings, or at least miss out on any promotional budget BMG may have. Perhaps further on from that, a disproportionate amount of marketing and promotion budget will be channeled into these Australian Idol signings, leaving current signings even more to their own devices. So it's a sad day for original Australian music. Record companies, of which BMG is one of Australia's largest, only have so much to spend on artist development and promotion. A significant amount of that money is going to be spent on artists that will have no significance in the future of Australian music. No disrespect to those who worked hard to get to the position they attained as a result of the Australian Idol series. Unfortunately their futures are out of their hands, everything from the way they look to the songs they sing.

Let's just see where Guy and Shannon and co. are in eighteen months. Most thirteen year olds and below only have enough money to buy a couple of albums a year, and I can tell they aren't buying their albums on the strength of the material and the importance of the artists body of work. They're buying whatever has had the most money spent on it's promotion, pure and simple. Reminds me of a Scatterbrain song from eight or nine years ago (maybe more, hmmm). Anyway, the lyric sort of went along the line that people will sing along to a dog food commercial jingle if they hear it enough times. Have that dog food commercial coming out of the mouth of someone on television who's had a zillion dollars spent on their marketing and that dog food commercial jingle will hit number one.

End of rant - bring on the comments, pro or con. I'm up for a healthy debate :-)

This week marks the first anniversary of The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island in which 100 people were killed, there for the performance of Great White. A year on and the band have played a number of benefit shows for the victims of the fire, however it was difficult for them to obtain insurance for these shows in the wake of The Station fire. The owners of the club have already been fined US$1 million for some breaches of workers compensation rules. They have also been accused of fitting unsafe soundproofing, and the band of unsafe pyrotechnics use. All parties have pleaded not guilty to the charges. A trial is expected to start soon with lawyers for all parties attending pre-trial meetings a week or so ago. Civil suits also loom that could result in billions of dollars in claims. In the US there is a three-year statutory deadline on such civil suits so the legal fights could go on for many years to come.
The band and it's management have understandably kept very quiet in the face of all the legal proceedings surrounding the tragedy. Rumours abound but there is very, very little confirmed news from that camp.

Shannon Noll, apparently one of Australia's best singers (read sarcasm) inspired this week's Where Are They Now. All the other regulars including Hot eBay Sightings, Feature Article, The Week Ahead in Music History and more are also inside Issue 107 of the bmusic Newsletter.

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  • Where Are They Now? - Moving Pictures
  • Hot eBay Sightings of the Week
  • This week's Music Quote
  • Featured Product - Godin Now Available at
  • Vintage and Items of Interest Available
  • This week's Specials
  • This week's Feature Article
  • This week's Feature Artist - Dungeon
  • Musicians Wanted
  • Gear Wanted
  • Band Links
  • The Week Ahead In Music History
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    Despite the song most people remember Moving Pictures for, the stirring Australian classic "What About Me" from 1983, the band formed in Sydney in 1978 as a rock and roll, R & B band. The group included singer Alex Smith, formerly of Bilgola Bop Band and This Side Up, guitarist/keyboardist Garry Frost from The Harps, keyboardist Charlie Cole, saxophonist Andrew Thompson, also of Bilgola Bop Band, another This Side Up former member Ian Lees on bass, and drummer Paul Freeland.

    The band's live show was all about their rock leanings but, after signing to super manager Glenn Wheatleys label, they their first album, 1981's "Days Of Innocence", which featured strong ballads that belied that live act. The albums biggest single "What About Me". The single had been written by Garry Frost who, at the time, was working with autistic children in his day job. He'd literally gone out to get lunch at his local shop in the Sydney suburb of Annandale and seen a small boy not being noticed waiting at the counter. Hi was moved by the vision sufficiently to pen the tune. It was rarely played live by the band, when it was it was in a modern country style, and it was destined to never be recorded had their debut album's producer Charles Fisher not heard Frost and Smith tinkling around with the tune on the studio piano during a break in recording. Fisher had Moving Pictures record the song and the rest is history.

    "What About Me?" stayed at the top of the Australian music charts for seven weeks & won the Best Single Award at the 1982 Count Down Awards. It also reached #19 in the American Top 20. Moving Pictures were signed to the Elektra distribution label in the U.S. and just as the song started to chart very successfully there Elektra went bust. This was also on the eve of their planned U.S. tour to capitalise on their phenomenal success there. The tour included support slots with REO Speedwagon, Tom Petty and Hall & Oates as well as their own headlining shows. That was it, in hindsight this was Moving Pictures only chance and it was shot. Paul Freeland left the group and was replaced by ex-Stylus, Richard Clapton and Mark Gillespie drummer Mark Meyer.

    Their second album, "Matinee", was released in October of 1983. The release captured more of the band's live show feel and rock leanings. Of the four singles lifted from the album only "Back To The Streets" was able to crack the Australian Top 40. Garry Frost then left the group in 1984, to be replaced by Kevin Bennett. The group continued to tour domestically and gained a strong, loyal following but it wasn't until 1987 that they were able to release a new studio album. "Last Picture Show", based on their "Live Picture Show" tour that took place earlier in 1987, was released at the end of the year. Soon after the group disbanded.

    So that was Moving Pictures, short and sweet and probably one of Australia's biggest "so close yet so far" music stories. ALEX SMITH
    Smith toured with The Party Boys for a short stint before going on to form Alex Smith and the Volunteers, which was later known as Alex Smith and DBM, in 1989. The line up included guitarist Ben Little, ex-Pink Slips and Scribble keyboardist Lee Borkman bassist Dave Carter and drummer Mark O'Shea. In 1991 Alex next fronted The Blues Liners and released a single with the group, "This Time Tomorrow", recorded in the UK. Smith also contibuted vocals to the "Footloose" soundtrack, the hit movie featuring the music of Kenny Loggins. After the Blues Liners know nothing of Smith's movements.

    Garry left Moving Pictures feeling the group had lost direction. One would think the disappointment of the U.S. label falling over at the worst possible time would be a major contributing factor to the implosion the group experienced around that time. He holed himself up in his Mosman home with his wife and started concentrating on his writing and piano playing. He concentrated so much on his piano, in fact, that he developed tenosynivitis in his wrists.

    When he started thinking about building a vehicle for his new music he saw one Eric Weideman performing a cover of "Roxanne" on "Hey, Hey It's Saturday's" Red Faces talent/no talent segment. And so began Frost's new band 1927 with Weideman. One-time Moving Pictures producer Charles Fisher, together with Michael McMartin and the Hoodoo Gurus Dave Faulkner set up Trafalgar Records so that 1927 could record their first single "That's When I Think of You in 1988 and debut album "...iSH" released in 1989. The band cleaned up and Frost remained with 1927 until just before the release of their second album, to which he was a major contibutor and co-producer.

    While with 1927, Garry also worked with Gyan co-writing her 1989 hit Wait, also released on Trafalgar. "Wait" was the first single from Gyan's self titled ARIA award winning, platinum debut album.

    Post 1927, Garry is a co-partner in a Sydney post production studio, he continues writing, performing and producing. Some of Garry's most recent work has been with Sydney singer/songwriter Djamel.

    After his work in LA on the sound track of Footloose with former bandmate , Alex SmithCharlie Cole joined the 1927 line up in 1990. His more recent works outside of 1927 include recording in America with members of the Blues Brothers Band, recording in Nashville with Australia singer/songwriter James Blundell and doing session work for many individuals and bands including legendary Aussie singer/songwriter Ed Kuepper.

    Cole returned to Australia and, in 1999, joined the Australian based 'new age/swing, rhythm & blues band' The Shuffle Kings in which he plays trumpet, recorder, keyboards and the piano accordion.

    1927 played the 80s Here & Now tour throughout Australia in 2003 with Paul Young, Go West, Belinda Carlisle, Kim Wilde and Mondo Rock and were thought to be reforming to write and record new music in 2004 but that's not happening now.

    Andrew Thompson took up session work during the demise of Moving Pictures, a notable contribution he made was the sizzling sax solo on Elton John's 1984 album "Breaking Hearts", on the track "Li'l 'Frigerator"". He worked with Australian Crawl in 1983 for their classic "Semantics" album after a year earlier joining Mark Gillespie following his return from Bangladesh. He too contributed to the "Footloose" film soundtrack. Thompson's sax is readily identifiable on Jenny Morris' hit album "Body And Soul" from 1987. Thing is, after that we don't know what became of Andrew.

    After Moving Pictures Ian and fellow former Moving Pictures member Kevin Bennett formed the blues band Chasin' The Train. Nowadays Ian is a sought after session bassist and has had long term gigs with Mal Eastick and Lee Kernaghan. He's played for The Wild Colonial Boys, Tommy Emmanuel, Tania Kernaghan, Mondo Rock, Phil Emmanuel, Gina Jeffreys, Matt Taylor, Kevin Borich, and many more.

    No news on Freeland after his departure from the band around 1983.

    Meyer also joined Chasin' The Train with Ian Lees and Kevin Bennett. He has been one of Australian rock's most prolific drummers, both session and in groups. He was in Wendy Matthews touring band for her most successful release "Absent Friends". He and fellow former Moving Picture Ian Lees have both been long term rhythm section for James Blundell. When off the road for James the pair back Australian guitarist/singer Lawrie Minson. He and Ian have also worked together with Lee Kernaghan. Together the pair have probably been the most prolific of Australian session rhythm sections and collectively have played on literally hundreds of recordings.

    Kevin has contributed to many recordings since his time in Moving Pictures. After forming Chasin' The Train he formed blues/roots band The Flood and the band continues to this day. They are touring now and you can check them out at The Empire Hotel in Annandale, Sydney next Sunday if you're nearby.

    Drop us an e-mail if you'd like us to track down some of stars of the past for you and feature them in Where Are They Now? or if you have anything to add or correct from one of our features.



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    Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Head - seller says it includes standard Australian warranty. I very much doubt it. The seller is NOT an authorised Australian Mesa Boogie dealer and simply can not give buyers an official warranty. And what's a "standard Australian warranty" anyway? He buys things from retailers in the States after you pay him. I know a bloke who's had three wrong snare drums supplied to him and is still waiting for the right one - been going on for close to six months. This is the seller that the authorised Zildjian dealer was having a thinly veiled crack at a couple of weeks ago with their listings. Let's see if, in a few days time, this auction still says "includes standard Australian warranty". My guess is once the Australian importer gets wind of it, it certainy won't. By the way, Mesa Boogie in the US restricts it's dealers from listing on websites let alone on eBay so they too would frown upon such listings. They can't prevent Australians from doing such things thanks to ACCC laws but if a dealer did break an unwritten law that wouldn't be a dealer for long, if you catch my drift. Regarding feedback in general, note that it says 100% feedback on this one for instance but one should always examine the actual feedback left. Neutral feedbacks don't count for a negative to the percentage, and also take note of how many feedbacks earnt by a seller were for buying. You want to know what sort of a seller they are, not how well they buy if you want to buy from them:;=3703352529&category;=10171



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    - Bono



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    This week's Feature Article is from Bob, the Tube Guru of In installment two of his Valve Amplifier series Bob gives valuable tips on how to care for your rig, and how to maximise the tone from your valuable valve amps. Any tube amp owner or enthusiast should follow this series from Bob religiously. And Bob is more than happy to answer any of those curly valve amp questions or queries.

    To read Care and Feeding of your Valve Amplifier click HERE.



    This is not the first time Australian power metal heavyweight Dungeon have been bmusic's Feature Artist, and if they keep announcing news like they did last week it will likely not be the last. Friday Dungeon announced they'd scored the support slot for Swedish metal band Opeth at the Enmore Theatre in March. They were also offered the Brisbane gig but were unable to get up there due to other commitments. The group have been hard at work writing and rehearsing for their forthcoming CD which is now in pre-production and I'm reliably informed that some of the new materila will be trotted out at the Opeth support.

    Check out the Official Dungeon Site for plenty of info about the group, MP3s, and a unique bunch of fans on the very active Dungeon bulletin board.

    Each week's Feature Artist is selected from the Band Links page, so get on and list your favourite group at the Band Link page and they could be the Feature Artist at



    Our 'Musicians Wanted' pages are getting more and more listings every week with musicians from across the country (and the globe) looking for singers and instrumentalists of all types.
    Get on over to Musicians Wanted to see all the new listings. Check back regularly as new listings are received almost every day.

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  • Another seemingly desperate plea for a piece of gear comes from Chirs. Here's his story:
    I'm really really in desperate need of a Fender Roc Pro 1000 guitar amplifier head. They're a valve preamp/solid state hybrid amp which only sold in relatively few numbers, they were only made for a few years. If you know of anywhere I could find one or if you could include something to say I'm looking for one on your newsletter that would be great thanks.

    So if you can help Chris out get in touch with us and we'll pass on whatever assistance you may be able to offer.

  • Here's the message we received from a bassist desperate to find a specific Ibanez bass model:
    Hi I am a mad keen aussie who just wants 2 play his bass and do it well. In order for me to do that I must find my first love, my dream bass and yes I am referring to the one and only Ibanez SR5005 5 string bass. Made only in small quantities from about 1994 to the year 2000 this bass is extremely hard to find so I am open to dings and minor scratches. As long as it hasnt been used as a baseball bat???
    My e-mail is Thanks muchly

    Well, if you can help out Matt drop him an e-mail.

  • Second-hand saxes, clarinets and flutes. The new school year is fast approaching. We are looking for good quality, good condition, saxophones, clarinets and flutes for the approaching year to help out those parents who are a little dubious about their child's level of commitment to their chosen instrument and, subsequently, don't want to spend a bomb on what might turn out to be a fad. If you or your kids have taken up the horn but chucked it in, don't take it to Cashies. Brands like Yamaha, Yanigasawa, Selmer, Buescher etc. are always welcome at bmusic.

  • Marshall JCM800's. That's right, we STILL want 'em. JCM800 2203 and 2204 models. Mainly after heads but will consider combos.

  • Fender Silverface Bassmans. Now two guys are after heads and cabs from the 60's and 70's. AB165 heads more particularly. Later AB135's may also be of interest. Of course, if you have an early Blackface you'd like to sell for the price of a Silverface then we'd be more than happy to entertain those too!

  • If there's something you've been trying to get your hands on, let us know and we will list it here for you. You never know.

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  • Events
  • In 1968, George and Patti Harrison and John and Cynthia Lennon flew to India for two months of transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Ringo and Maureen Starr, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Mia Farrow and Donovan joined the fun three days later. Within a fortnight the whole lot had returned to England, blaming the spicy food for their premature departure from India.

    In 1968, U.S. city Atlanta, Georgia declared February 16th Aretha Franklin Day.

    In 1968, Guitarist Dave Gilmour joined Pink Floyd replacing founder Syd Barrett. Barrett checked into a psychiatric hospital before going into seclusion. He continues to lead a life of seclusion to this day.

    In 1969, singer Lulu and Bee Gee Maurice Gibb were wed at St. James' Church, Gerrard's Cross, Buchs, England.

    In 1969, Florida woman Vickie Jones was arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin during a concert. Her act was so convincing that nobody at the venue at which she was performing, supposedly as Franklin, asked for a refund.

    In 1971, Alan David Pasaro, the Hell's Angel who was tried and later acquitted for the stabbing death of Meredith Hunter at the Altamont Speedway in 1969, sued the Rolling Stones, charging an invasion of privacy because the Maysles brothers' film of the event, "Gimme Shelter," showed the stabbing.

    In 1972, Pink Floyd began a 4-night stand at London's Rainbow Theater during which they premiered "The Dark Side of the Moon" a full year before it was released as an album.

    In 1974, Elton John released "Bennie and the Jets."

    In 1974, KISS released their debut self-titled album. The album barely cracked the Hot 100. It would take the band three more attempts to establish itself.

    In 1974, Cher filed for separation from Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage.

    In 1975, John Lennon released "Rock n' Roll," his final album before a self-imposed five year exile from the music business.

    In 1976, one-time Tower of Power lead singer Rich Stevens was arrested and charged in the murders the previous night of three men in San Jose, California. Police believed the reason was drugs. Stevens and another were found guilty on two counts of murder that November.

    In 1977, Warner Bros. released Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours." The album was recorded in Los Angeles when the two couples (John and Christine McVie & Linsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks) were breaking up.

    In 1977, bassist Sid Vicious joined the Sex Pistols, replacing Glen Matlock.

    In 1980, Bill Wyman announced he would leave the Rolling Stones in 1983. He was persuaded not to and stayed another nine years, eventually leaving in 1992.

    In 1982, Pat Benatar and her guitarist, Neil Geraldo, were married on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

    In 1985, Mick Jagger released his first solo album, "She's The Boss" featuring appearances by Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend and Vernon Reid (who went on to become a member of the band Living Color).

    In 1988, a 12-year old Hollywood, Florida, Motley Crue fan set his legs on fire while trying to imitate a stunt in the group's "Live Wire" video. The boy suffered burns over ten percent of his body.

    In 1990, Ike Turner was sentenced to 4 years in prison on cocaine charges.

    In 1992, Vince Neil quit as lead singer of Motley Crue, after 11 years with the group.

    In 1995, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married Pamela Anderson on a beach in Cancun.

    In 1996, London police arrested singer Jarvis Cocker of the group Pulp for allegedly attacking three children performing on stage with Michael Jackson at the Brit Awards. Cocker admitted he walked on stage but denied he touched any children.

    In 1996, rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and a bodyguard were found not guilty of first-degree murder. The jury were deadlocked on voluntary manslaughter charges and a mistrial was declared.

    In 1997, a New York judge dismissed a US$7 million lawsuit a fan filed against Motley Crue for hearing loss suffered at one of their concerts. The judge said the fan knew the concert would be loud going into it.

    In 2003, the Station Nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island burned to the ground after pyrotechnics set fire to staging during a Great White performance. 100 people were killed in the inferno.

  • Births In 1933, John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono was born.

    In 1935, the late Sonny Bono.

    In 1942, singer Gene Pitney.

    In 1944, Mick Avory, drummer for The Kinks.

    In 1946, Jerome Geils, guitar player for the J. Geils Band.

    In 1947, Dennis DeYoung of Styx.

    In 1948, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

    In 1949, Jerry Harrison, keyboardist and guitarist with the Talking Heads.

    In 1951, Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor.

    In 1953, Robbie Bachman, drummer with Bachman Turner Overdrive.

    In 1967, the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.

    In 1972, Green Day singer/guitarist Billie-Joe Armstrong.

  • Deaths In 1965, Nat "King" Cole died of complications following surgery for lung cancer. He was 48 years old.

    In 1980, Bon Scott, born Ronald Belford Scott, lead singer of AC/DC, died in London at the age of 33. The band had been on tour in London when Scott choked on his own vomit after an all-night drinking binge. His death came just months after the band scored its first big American success with the album, "Highway To Hell."

    In 1982, Jazz great Thelonious Monk died after a long illness. He was 64 years old.

    In 1984, Ethel Merman died of natural causes at the age of 75.

    In 1995, Bob Stinson, a founding member of The Replacements, died in Minneapolis of complications from drug and alcohol abuse.

    In 1996, Walter Brownie McGhee died at the age of 80 from stomach cancer. McGhee did "Living With The Blues" and "Baseball Boogie" and worked extensively with Sonny Terry.

    In 1998, songwriter Bob Merill suicided. He wrote many hits including "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?" and Barbra Streisand's "People".

    In 2000, Live manager Peter Freedman died of acute bronchial pneumonia complicated by staph infection at the age of 39.

    In 2001, Theophilus Beckford, credited as the originator of ska by many, was stabbed during an altercation in Jamaica.

    In 2001, John Fahey, known as the Godfather of New Age guitar, died after undergoing open heart surgery. Fahey established the Takoma Records label and had worked with Leo Kottke, Jo Ann Kelly, Skip James and Sonic Youth. He wrote the book, "How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life".

    In 2002, Daniel Pearl, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal was officially reported as dead after being kidnapped by terrorists in Pakistan. It's believed Pearl's captors murdered him between January 29th and January 31st, 2002.
    Pearl played fiddle, bass and keyboards for The Ottoman Empire and Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band.

    In 2003, Great White guitarist Ty Longley was killed in the Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The fire was caused by the band's pyrotechnics. 100 people were killed in the inferno.

    In 2003, bassist Keith Mancini died in The Station night club fire. He was a member of Nightfall, Skyhigh and Fathead, the opening act for Great White on that night. His cousin, Steven Mancini also died in the fire.

    In 2003, a member of Fathead who opened The Station nightclub show for Great White, Steve Mancini, was killed in the fire. His wife Andrea was also killed.

    In 2003, Scott Griffith, guitarist and songwriter who had played for Nightfall, Jagged Edge and Step Child, was killed in The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

    In 2003, composer, guitarist and songwriter for Shryne, Nicky O'Neill was killed in The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

    In 2003, drummer for Ball And Chain Dale Latulippe was killed in The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island

    In 2003, drummer and sound technician Jeff Rader who toured with Great White, Ted Nugent and Alice Cooper died in The Station nightclub fire.

    In 2003, folk singer, songwriter and guitarist Tom Glazer died at the age of 89. Glazer worked with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Josh White. His songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Perry Como and The Kingston Trio.



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