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dedicated rock 'n roll music collector or fan, featuring news,
reviews, interesting facts & humour from the perspective of Hogan
(who believes there are only two types of music, rock and roll).
Music News, Views and Reviews
If you would like to email Ray
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Hoges' Famous Music Catalogue
Here it is folks - the famous music catalogue
(not as extensive as it once was!), which can currently be
viewed online, sorted by artist, then album title.
Eventually, the catalogue will be converted to database format,
where anyone who is interested can perform searches by title or artist.
The collection contains LP's,
cassettes, videos, CD's and more recently DVD's. My original
CD collection of a few hundred CD's (neatly filed in alphabetical
order by artist) was severely diminished during the Great Norwood
cd Heist of '92, when burglars ripped off all CD's from A to S.
Not sure why they left T to Z, but my prized Zappa collection was
fortunately left untouched.
Drop me an email if you want to
chat or are interested in any of the albums these pages.
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All the good music has already been written by people with
wigs and stuff........Frank
I'm glad there
are a lot of guitar players pursuing technique as diligently
as they possibly can, because it leaves this whole other
area open to people like me..........Richard
It's funny how most people
love the dead. Once you're dead you're made for
We don't like their sound, and guitar
music is on the way out." ......Decca
Recording Company rejecting the Beatles, 1962
Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep
hard, grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em!" ......The
Webb Wilder Credo
"Wes Montgomery played impossible
things on the guitar because it was never pointed out to him that
they were impossible. " -
Ronnie Scott - Jazz
"... guitarists shouldn't get too
riled up about all of the great players that were left off of
'Rolling Stone Magazines' list of the Greatest Guitar Players of
all Time' ... Rolling Stone is published for people who read the
magazine because they don't know what to wear ..."
- Joe (Sach)
"I would advise you to keep your
overhead down; avoid a major drug habit; play everyday and take
it in front of other people. They need to hear it and you need
them to hear it."
- James Taylor
Rock 'n Roll News, Views and Reviews
31.3.07 Most People He Knew Thought He Was Crazy
music legend, Billy Thorpe, died of a massive heart attack on
February 28. He was just 60 and entering a new phase of a
successful career which spanned 5 decades.
blues/rock band The Aztecs, not to be confused with his earlier
surf music band of the same name, Billy brought new meaning to
the word "loud". He spent some time overseas and played with
Mick Fleetwood's Zoo. He also wrote two autobiographical books,
Thugs and Rock'n'Roll" and "Most People I Know Think That I'm
Crazy". As the artist I've seen most in concert, I'll always
remember Billy as the guy whose long gigs for the Jazz, Rock and
Blues Club at Adelaide Uni in 1971 caused me to miss more than
one chemistry class!
be sorely missed
18.1.07 Jimmy Barnes to have open-heart surgery
Vocalist Extraordinaire Jimmy Barnes is to undergo open-heart
surgery to fix a condition that has been with him since birth.
Cold Chisel frontman, renowned screamer and vodka consumer will
undergo surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve on February 22.
said to otherwise be in good health and remains in good spirits,
(probably not vodka), and will honour all of his commitments
until he enters hospital on February 20.
nothing less than a miracle that Jimmy hasn't already burst a
valve with his onstage antics over more than 20 years and the
Pope should be taking a close look at his survival.
Appropriately, considering the amount of exercise they've had,
his mighty lungs are in perfect working order and Jimmy is
expected to make a full recovery. Unfortunately, he will not be
recuperating at The Star Hotel. Maybe he could manage on some
Cheap Wine and a three-day growth.
Zappa's last project has been released 13 years after his death.
Trance-Fusion is a collection of unreleased live guitar solos
from 1977 to 1988 and apart from a little Dweezilling on a
couple of tracks, they feature Zappa and his band mates.
The music is
instantly recognisable, although most of Zappa's solo workouts,
each of which has been given a title, are short. As a rabid
Zappa fan I instantly felt it was worthwhile having after all
I've missed new music from FZ. It's very enjoyable and should
be of interest to guitarists and fans of this musical genius.
Chicks Go Off!
After what seemed a lengthy support set from
Peter Yorn, the Dixie Chicks followed after a break of about 30
minutes, unlike the first Brisbane concert where the break was
closer to 90 minutes! Their Accidents & Accusations Tour
presented a 2 hour concert the highlight of which was "Not Ready
To Make Nice", their response to the Bush controversy.
The real highlight though was the backing band, a
bunch of multi-instrumentalists (mostly strings) who really
drove the show along. All in all a thoroughly entertaining show.
Audio Rules OK!
probably not often that a music/hi-fi buff gets to sit down
with the people producing world class stuff in their modest
factory surroundings, but I was recently privileged to spend a
few hours listening to the exquisite Redgum Audio components at
the factory in Melbourne. Ever since I bought my Redgum CD
player I have been intrigued, not only with the Redgum products,
but also with the team behind the products, designer Ian and his
I was more
than impressed with what I heard from my preferred CD
player/amp/speaker set up and also the innovative Redgum
surround sound system. I was even more pleased to meet, and
spend time with Ian and Lindy, whose hospitality I really
appreciated. Hopefully, I will visit again, but I'm definitely
aiming to have the "preferred"' system sitting in my listening
room the next time I listen!
The Lobby Loyde
was the very antithesis of my musical morning at
Redgum, but what I should have expected. At "The Palace" it was
very crowded, hot, smoky, and heavily populated by males
consuming large amounts of alcohol and smoking. A constant
stream of people pushing through on their way to/from the
bar/toilet during the acts just added to the excitement. This
without mentioning the poorly set up, but too loud PA, various
under-rehearsed bands form the 60s and 70s making mistakes,
with their volume controls seemingly glued to "11" as if they
were playing an outdoor gig in the 70s . Need I go on?
most of the first half,the where Brian Cadd/Axiom were
reasonable, I departed the main arena early, but waited to see
my favourite band "Spectrum". They were very good, as being a
working band they knew their stuff and they played at a level
which allowed the music to be appreciated without overloading
the dodgy PA. I don't know if following bands achieved this feat
as I was no longer in attendance and I thus missed the highlight
of the night, Lobby Loyde, the Aussie rock legend, who is dying
of cancer. He played well apparently, still with his trademark
cigarette! I guess he was setting the example for those blokes
in the crowd!
10.08.06 One Day
at a Time!
not often that I'll watch a music DVD let alone buy one, but I
made an exception for The Eagles' Farewell 1 Tour from
Melbourne's Tennis Centre. I can't say that I'm a great fan of
The Eagles, but Joe Walsh is something else.
a fantastic guitarist, a good singer and can write a tune or
two. During this concert he played a new song written about his
problem with alcoholism called "One Day At A Time".
said he only ever got drunk once - for twenty years! Anyway the
song is great and obviously heartfelt. Perhaps something only
Joe would have the courage to do. For me, the highlight of the
11.07.06 Vale Syd
-- Syd Barrett, the troubled Pink Floyd
co-founder who spent his last years in
reclusive anonymity, has died, the band
said Tuesday. He was 60.
spokeswoman for the band said Barrett
died several days ago, but she did not
disclose the cause of death. Barrett had
suffered from diabetes for years.
surviving members of Pink Floyd -- David
Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and
Richard Wright -- said they were ''very
upset and sad to learn of Syd Barrett's
the guiding light of the early band
line-up and leaves a legacy which
continues to inspire,'' they said in a
co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with
Waters, Mason and Wright, and wrote many
of the band's early songs. The group's
jazz-infused rock and drug-laced,
multimedia ''happenings'' made them
darlings of the London psychedelic
scene. The 1967 album ''The Piper at the
Gates of Dawn'' -- largely written by
Barrett, who also played guitar -- was a
commercial and critical hit.
suffered from mental instability,
exacerbated by his use of LSD. His
behavior grew increasingly erratic, and
he left the group in 1968 -- five years
before the release of Pink Floyd's most
popular album, ''Dark Side of the Moon''
-- to be replaced by Gilmour.
released two solo albums -- ''The Madcap
Laughs'' and ''Barrett'' -- but soon
withdrew from the music business
altogether. An album of previously
unreleased material, ''Opel,'' was
issued in 1988.
to his real name, Roger Barrett, and
spent much of the rest of his life
living quietly in his hometown of
Cambridge, England. Moving into his
mother's suburban house, he passed the
time painting and tending the garden.
His former bandmates made sure Barrett
continued to receive royalties from his
work with Pink Floyd.
He was a
familiar figure to neighbors, often seen
cycling or walking to the corner store,
but rarely spoke to the fans and
journalists who sought him out over the
brief career, Barrett's fragile, wistful
songs influenced many musicians
including David Bowie -- who covered the
Barrett track ''See Emily Play.''
in a statement posted on his Web site
that Barrett had been a ''major
on my thinking was enormous,'' Bowie
write. ''A major regret is that I never
got to know him. A diamond indeed.''
members of Pink Floyd recorded the album
''Wish You Were Here'' as a tribute to
their troubled bandmate.
the song ''Shine On You Crazy Diamond''
-- ''Remember when you were young, you
shone like the sun.'' The band also
dwelt on themes of mental illness on the
albums ''Dark Side of the Moon'' and
spokeswoman said a small, private
funeral would be held
Guitarist Awarded $330,000
Crawl lead guitarist Simon Binks has been
awarded $330,000 by a Sydney court after
suffering brain damage in a car accident.
Binks was almost
three times over the drink-driving limit when he
hit a power pole in his Mercedes-Benz in July
He sued North Sydney
Council in the NSW Supreme Court for negligence,
claiming the council was liable for the crash
because road works in the vicinity were not
properly lit or sign-posted.
Binks, 49, claimed
the accident left him brain damaged and unable
to make a normal living.
Hoeben today found in his favour, saying the
council had breached its duty of care.
"The combination of
the configuration of the road works with the
inadequate signage created a confusing and
ambiguous situation," he said.
"Confusion in the mind of a
motorist could lead to serious
injury or death."
However, he also found that
Binks, who recorded a
blood-alcohol concentration of
0.133 just after the smash, had
substantially contributed to the
judge calculated that the former
musician would have been
entitled to almost $918,000 in
damages, but reduced it by 65
per cent for contributory
negligence, awarding Binks
damages of $330,235.
Binks, who lives in Melbourne,
was not in court for today's
From AAP 25th May
Excuse Me Just One Moment While I.......
turntable has now proved to have magical properties. No sooner
had I completed a play through of the Spectrum/Indelible
Murtceps catalogue than up pops an email message from Mike Rudd
himself advising of a gig to be played by Spectrum Plays The
Blues at 5.30. pm on Friday 19.5.06 at the famous Broadbeach
Blues Festival. Less than two day's notice to find the blue
And what a gig
it was! First, I arrived early to hear the familiar sound of
Worm Turning Blues and thought they'd started without me! Only
tuning up and doing a soundcheck, at the end of which I
introduced myself to Mike Rudd whose songwriting and
musicianship I have admired for over 35 years after first seeing
Spectrum at The Myponga Pop Festival in 1971.
I was privileged
to then chat with Mike for about 20 minutes during which time
Robbo, the drummer, recorded the moment for posterity and Bill
Putt, bass player and Mike's long-time musical partner,
The band kicked
off with Bill on down-tuned nylon-string slide guitar, Mike on
vocals and harmonica and Robbo on drums. They played material
drawn from their two albums - Spill and No Thinking. Songs like
Baby Please Don't Go, Hoochie Coochie Man, Sitting On Top Of The
World, Spoonful, and Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - all made
distinctive with Mike's trademark quirky vocals.
switched to Bill on bass and Mike on electric guitar and wound
up in overtime with their own classic I'll Be Gone. And they
were! After a brief but very entertaining set enjoyed by the
small, but appreciative early crowd. I now look forward to
catching them again either in their native Melbourne or on one
of their limited jaunts to Adelaide. You can check them out at
www.mikeruddbillputt.com or read more on Spectrum's bio
Analogue Is Good!
visit by an English friend prompted the playing of some 60s and
70s music such as "The Best Of The Pirates" and The Who - "A
Quick One", and even Frank Zappa's - "The Best Band You Never
Heard In Your Life". All very nice. On cd of course.
A request for
The Green Manalishi by Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, (Yes there
was a Nicksless FM), led to the dormant vinyl collection. No,
not that sort of vinyl - LP records and singles!! Unfortunately,
turntable set-up has been a work-in-progress for some time and
we could not play the track.
But no more!
The Thorens is up running again and sounding great with the new
moving coil cartridge, Vibrapods and cones, and a few other
performance enhancements. The Green Manalishi and Oh Well! Parts
1 and 2, Rory Gallagher's Tattoo all sounded superb, as did The
Indelible Murtceps' - Warts Up Your Nose - A most irreverent
Australian album by My Crudd (Not available on cd due to record
detailed sound made me wonder again why cds were invented! One
reason is you don't have to be a mechanical engineer to set up a
cd player!! Also, in this fitness era, a portable LP player
would be extremely cumbersome and likely to lead to severe
injuries while jogging. Sound quality/continuity would be
though, while I appreciate a fine cd player (The Beast Lives!),
I would never have had the opportunity to spend so much money to
accumulate an extensive array of gadgets, tools, cleaning
systems and other enhancements were it not for the turntable.
Fine tuning my main turntable (I have three) over the years has
provided immense satisfaction, particularly when I extract yet
more musical information from the humble vinyl groove with the
One Out Of The Box!
"RT" - 5 cds and almost 6 hours of Richard Thompson's more rare
and obscure tracks plus a comprehensive booklet and a bonus
Vincent Black Lightning Motorcycle catalogue make for a
rewarding tour of "The Life and Music of Richard Thompson".
Organised thematically rather than in tedious chronological
order, the set showcases RT's songwriting, singing and guitar
playing of his own material as well as covers of songs by such
groups as The Who and UK Squeeze. The set is probably for
dedicated fans, not for newcomers to RT and is only let down by
the somewhat inconsistent sound quality one might expect from
the various sources of the recordings.
Richard Thompson played The Tivoli in Brisbane on Wednesday,
March 15 and proved to be a consummate entertainer. His
songwriting, singing and guitar playing are considerable taken
separately, but in combination they move him into another realm.
If that weren't enough, his sense of humour
enhanced his easy rapport with the audience. So impressed
were we at the power and delicacy of his playing and singing
that we called him back for two encores. One man and a guitar -
If you're interested in more info
on Richard Thompson, check out our
Bon Scott Love Letters To Be Sold
An interesting read in today's Herald
Scott's wife from 1972-74 is set to
auction Bon's love letters, which reveal him as a lovestruck,
ambitious and, after AC/DC conquered the world, a lonely and
Click here for more on this. Be interesting to see what
fans are prepared to pay!
I found this during one my
regular motorbike browsing sessions on the web.
It's a very cool story about Tom Truskolaski who rides a
Ducati 916 and a 749, and has also played guitar for 24
years. The concept of the Ducati 999 guitar was first
realised when Tom decided to marry one of his greatest
passions to another. He started with a box of high quality
guitar parts that were just sitting around then contacted
Sean Philbin, an artist who also paints bikes, to get the
very difficult Ducati logo painted.
Click here to read
more, this guitar really rocks!
This section is still a work in
progress, but one source of rock 'n roll news from yours
truly was the "Southport News". Originally written as
a monthly newsletter to family and friends in Adelaide, it
evolved into news and views with a humorous flavour and I'm
told was much sought after by all recipients. The "Mudge
News" (we now live in Mudgeeraba, not Southport) has often
been considered, but so far has not started up again.
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read some excerpts which might give you a laugh. Most
are music-related, generally related to the latest CD album
purchases, live concert or additions to the hi-fi system.
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