Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Billy Baxter & The Big Fans Of Jesus - 3RRR Bedlam Simulcast

For someone who has had a song written about him, Paul Kelly's Billy Baxter,  there is surprisingly little information about Billy Baxter or Billy Baxter & The Big Fans Of Jesus available on the internet.

I am now in touch with Billy and will hopefully add more information as I get it. 

This is a live recording done on the 13/4/85 in the Great Hall at Melbourne's Art Gallery.

The recording was broadcast on 3RRR as part of the Bedlam series of simulcasts.

Personally this one surprised me... great 60's songs done perfectly in the 80's.

Those that like the 60's sound you will love this one.

Billy Baxter & The Big Fans Of Jesus were together as a band from 1984 to 1985.

Billy Baxter then went on to be part of the Aussie band the Hollowmen in 1986 until 1989.

Billy then joined Jeff Richardson, Greg Champion and Ian Cover to form The Coodabeen Champions, the originators of satirical, irreverent and unconventional sporting commentary in this country. 

The Coodabeen Champions chalked up 30 years on the airwaves in 2010. 

It’s an incredible record for a program created by a group of mates who met at university and decided there was a need for presenting a show from the fan’s perspective. 

Info pages on the Coodabeens follow :-and Billy Baxter


ABC Radio Coodbeens Page 

Wikipedia - Coodabeen Champions Page

Coodabeen Champions

Billy Baxter & The Big Fans Of Jesus had the following members :-

Billy Baxter - Vocals
Alan Brooker
Kelvin Fleming
Steve Watson
Ian Hill

Tracks on this live recording are : -

Let's Go
Hey Little Mama
Let Her Dance
Little Bit Of Soul
California Sun
Let's Dance
Do Ya Wanna Dance
Keep Your Hands Off Of It
Farmer John
All I Want
It's A Happening

Cassette rip / Live sound desk recording / 320kbps MP3 format

Download Link :- Billy Baxter & The Big Fans Of Jesus - Live - 13/4/85

A HUGE thanks to Mindi, AKA Paisley Vespa for loaning me her recording of this great performance.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Dynamic Hepnotics - Live Prospect Hill Hotel - 20/3/84

No matter where I saw the Dynamic Hepnotics the guys were consistently great to hear live.

This recorded via the sound desk on 20/3/84 at the Prospect Hill Hotel in Kew, Melbourne. 

Mark Sydow was the FOH engineer and manager of the band and as usual for Mark, did an excellent job.

Info below is from Wikipedia, 

The Dynamic Hepnotics were a successful Australian soul/blues/funk band during the 1980s. 

They had major success with their chart topping song Soul Kind Of Feeling in 1984 and 1985, followed up by Gotta Be Wrong (Way To Love) later that year.

Frontman "Continental" Robert Susz went on to form the band The Mighty Reapers after the split of The Dynamic Hepnotics in 1988. 

Susz still performs today in the group Continental Blues Party.

Robert Susz and members of The Dynamic Hepnotics came back together in 1998 to perform at the Mushroom 25 Live concert, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mushroom Records.

The band won the APRA award for most played song on radio in 1986 with the song Soul Kind Of Feeling which stayed in the Australian Top 10 for 6 months.

The band broke up in 1986 after releasing 4 albums. Most of the band members went on to play with other well know Australian bands

Robert Susz has his Facebook page HERE

Dynamic Hepnotics Discography

Shakin' All Over 7" EP (1980)
Strange Land 12" EP (1982)
The Dynamic Hepnotics Live (1984)
Take You Higher (1985)


"Hepnobeat" (1981)
"Hepnobeat" 12" remix UK & USA (1982)
"Gotta Be Wrong" (1984)
"I'll Make You" (1984)
"Soul Kind Of Feeling" (1984)
"Believe Me" (1985)
"Whenever You're Ready" (1985)
"On Our Way Now" (1986)

Band Personnel

Robert Susz (1979–1986)

Andrew Silver (1979–1985)
Dave Brewer (1985–1986)

Manuel Patty (1979–1980)
Allen Britton (1980–1986)
Lloyd Swanton (1986)

Richard Ruhle (1979–1980)
Robert Souter (1980–1986)
Duncan Archibald (1986)

Tim Martin (1979–1980)
Bruce Allen (1980–1985)
Mark Simmonds (1985–1986)

Peter Bishop (1985–1986)

Mike Gubb (1985–1986)
Chris Pascoe (1986)

Many, many thanks to Mindi, AKA Paisley Vespa for her cassette copy of this recording and her fan club flyer images.

The band members on this tape were :-

"Continental" Robert Susz  - Vocals
Andrew Silver - Guitar
Alan Britten - Bass
Robert Souter - Drums
Bruce Allen - Sax

Guest Harmonica player on the track, I'm Ready was Justin "KingBee" 

The 20 tracks on this live recording are :-

Out Of Control
Push & Pull
Ting A Ling
You Don't Love Me
Soul Kind Of Feeling
Funky Broadway
Knock On Wood
Whenever You're Ready
I'm Ready
Trouble In Paradise
There Is Something On My Mind
Who's Been Talkin'
Don't Start Me Talkin'
I'll Make You Mine
Good Good Lovin'
Everybody Needs Somebody
Louie Louie
Can't Turn You Loose

Cassette rip / Live sound desk recording / 320kbps MP3 format

Download Link :- The Dynamic Hepnotics - Live, Prospect Hill Hotel, 20/3/84

Turn this up loud and enjoy!!