Friday, September 15, 2006

What's Australian for glam?

Stevie Wright - Collection

The new Ugly Things has an article in it about 1970's Australian rock. The author tries to define a new genre of "Grillfat Rock", with this being a prime example. Me, I think the last thing we need to do is retroactively define a new genre, especially one with a name that don't make no sense.

Instead, I'll choose to think of this record as the halfway stop between the Easybeats and AC/DC. If you don't know the Easybeats, you should. They made impossibly complicated (try to play along to Friday On My Mind sometime) and catchy pop songs. Little Stevie Wright was their singer.

Like everyone else, at the dawn of the 70's, he decided to get heavy. These songs stretch out, but they retain that blue-eyed soul voice that this fella was known for. Evie was the hit, I think.

After a few solo records, Stevie got more wasteder than a jobbing musician can get away with. His guitar-playin, songwritin, producin buddies Vanda and Young took George's little brothers Angus and Malcolm to the bank with a stripped down and solo'ed up version of the sound on this CD.

Thanks for this. Why can't I get "Lisa" out of my mind?
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