The songs were about relationships rather than politics.As well as the Clash and the Sex Pistols our favourite bands in 77 would probably have been the New York Dolls/ Heartbreakers, The Ramones and the Buzzcocks. Just like the garage bands' songs, the majority of their songs were invariably about unfulfilled relationships or about the aftermath of a broken relationship, things that happen no matter what environment you are living through. I was also a very naïve, diffident teenager. I didn't have the confidence to write about the political situation and do it justice. As a band, our instinct was to be belligerently facetious, do the opposite of what was expected of us. It just seemed too obvious to write trite slogans about 'the war'Much has been said of your location but the song itself has a universal sentiment and sounds like it could have come from 50s California or a Ramones album.
"Our instinct was to be belligerently facetious ….. it seemed too obvious to write trite slogans about 'the war'"
July 7 - Brisbane at the Triffid
July 8 - Sydney at The Metro
July 9 - Adelaide at The Gov
July 11 - Wellington at San Fran
July 12 - Auckland at the Powerstation
July 14 - Melbourne at the Corner
July 15 - Perth at The RosemountIllustration: Ben Thomson