Friday, May 21, 2010
Funky Friday - Big Down Under
Amongst Australia's collection of evolutionary curiosities - black swans, the Duck-billed Platypus those extravagantly toxic spiders and snakes - came and went, within a single decade, another unique breed. Sharpies.
An Aussie-only sub-cult of the seventies, Sharpies were platform boot-boys mixing and matching mod, glam and skinhead styles creating a look that's a distant cousin to London's Jesse Hector. The movement first reared its feather cropped head in Melbourne, with new groups of Sharpie dressed men appearing in Perth and Sydney shortly after.
Lobby Loyde & The Coloured Balls became the mascot band of the Sharpie scene. Hammering out rough 'n' ready rockers built around stripped down riffing and bovver boy beats (not unlike Dr Feelgood's industrial rhythm and blues). The band's signature sound: close mic'd, hand-sanded attack is a template still replicated by ongoing generations of Australian and New Zealand guitar bands: Radio Birdman, Jet, The Datsuns, The D4 and The Powder Monkeys. Although for today's post I'm picking one of Lobby's poppier tunes from the album *gulps* 'Ball Power' .
The Sharpie sound is the thread connecting The Easybeats R 'n' B buzz and AC/DC's earliest stompers.
Lobby Loyde and the Coloured Balls - Love Me Girl
The Easybeats - Sorry
And while we're upside down how about some Kiwi pysch-pop
Human Instinct - Rich Man
The soundtrack to this clip is more typical of Lobby's mulleted mod-rock.
For more Sharpie history click on the pic ..
For a When Sharpie's Attack mix click here