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UPDATE. Non-milkshake AC/DC memories!

Posted by Tim B. on 05/25/2006 at 06:27 PM
  1. It looks as if Angus can’t quite believe it himself!

    Posted by WeekByWeek on 2006 05 25 at 07:00 PM • permalink

  2. Many would be shocked to know that the strongest thing Angus drinks is Earl Grey tea.

    Posted by Henry boy on 2006 05 25 at 07:28 PM • permalink

  3. Angus drinking a milkshake is not as shocking as Bon’s denim overalls…

    Posted by anthony_r on 2006 05 25 at 07:36 PM • permalink

  4. Angus is saying, “Fuck. Hershey’s-fucking-goddamn-Syrup. This blows.”

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 05 25 at 07:44 PM • permalink

  5. Speaking as someone who not only worked in the music biz for a long time, but also has a teenage son, I can safely say that milkshake containers should not always be assumed to contain milkshakes!

    Posted by Gibbo on 2006 05 25 at 07:45 PM • permalink

  6. At least he’s having a ciggie with the shake.

    Posted by Islam/cancer-Chuck Norris/answer on 2006 05 25 at 07:48 PM • permalink

  7. Goddam they were a rough band. Seriously, look at them, they were like the distillation of the quintessential Australian bogan essence. Man, that takes me back

    Posted by Amos on 2006 05 25 at 07:57 PM • permalink

  8. Ahhh, remember when 2SM and 3XY ruled rock? Gee, AM stations for crisakes.

    Posted by Nic on 2006 05 25 at 08:47 PM • permalink

  9. It all went pear-shaped after Bon Scott passed on….

    Posted by closeapproximation on 2006 05 25 at 08:52 PM • permalink

  10. ``Startling’’ doesn’t begin to describe these pictures, Tim.  Aside from the flashbacks triggered by the sartorial horrors, the Easybeats (the guys with the Qantas flight bags) all look about 14 years old.  And Angus Wright looks like he’s about to be sick.

    And thanks to Amos for ``.. the distillation of the quintessential Australian bogan essence.’’  Wasn’t sure up ‘til now exactly what `bogan’ meant; now I know. 

    ::Lies down on couch with cold compress on forehead::

    Posted by Sonetka's Mom on 2006 05 25 at 08:58 PM • permalink

  11. What the hell?

    Just who is Sherbert , and is it a safe wager that they werent quite in AC/DC’s league?

    Posted by Thomas on 2006 05 25 at 08:58 PM • permalink

  12. Sorry; Angus YOUNG.  Having trouble keeping these names straight.

    Posted by Sonetka's Mom on 2006 05 25 at 08:58 PM • permalink

  13. O/T - In the interests of religious harmony I should remind everybody that today is International Hug a Muslim (H.A.M) Day.
    Non-Muslims are encouraged to hug all Muslim persons they encounter during H.A.M Day.

    (Dont forget to wish your new Islamibuddy a Happy H.A.M.Day - this is done by muttering ‘Happy H.A.M.Day’ three times while administering the hug).

    Thank your for your co-operation.

    Posted by Islam/cancer-Chuck Norris/answer on 2006 05 25 at 09:05 PM • permalink

  14. I wore the devil horns at their last concert!

    Speaking of devilish…..In this week’s Science article, researchers from Cameroon, England, France and the U.S. provide definitive evidence that HIV made the jump from chimpanzees to people in the forests of southeastern Cameroon.

    Yes, they do rude things there.

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 05 25 at 09:07 PM • permalink

  15. Why aren’t we talking about the football?

    One Niiiiillll, One Nilllll, One Nill!

    Josip Skoko for president!

    Posted by Tasman on 2006 05 25 at 09:18 PM • permalink

  16. #11 - NO ONE is in AC/DC’s league…  Especially Sherbet.

    Posted by anthony_r on 2006 05 25 at 09:27 PM • permalink

  17. You can call Thomas Dolby a “synth droid” all you like, Blair (especially since it’s kinda true), but Dolby’s blog is a fun read. I like his writing a lot better than I like his records.

    Posted by P. Froward on 2006 05 25 at 09:57 PM • permalink

  18. Oh. Mah. Gah.

    It’s a very young David Letterman.

    Posted by P. Froward on 2006 05 25 at 09:58 PM • permalink

  19. Speaking of 80s Aussie bands, I got talking to Jon Stevens out on the piss on the Gold Coast a few nights back.  He’s actually a quite a nice bloke.  One thing’s for certain, he f%ckin’ hates the Farris brothers (INXS).

    Posted by murph on 2006 05 25 at 10:07 PM • permalink

  20. Hey Oz…pics of Little River.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 05 25 at 10:25 PM • permalink

  21. #11 asks “Just who is Sherbert?”

    Answer: A 70’s glam rock band that just wont die

    PS. Aging Sherbert lead singer is the guy in the bottom left of the photo. I seriously didn’t need to know there was a nude shot out there

    Posted by Zoidberg on 2006 05 25 at 10:48 PM • permalink

  22. #21 Lets try that link again

    Posted by Zoidberg on 2006 05 25 at 10:50 PM • permalink

  23. #14 off-topic and wrong. AIDS got to humans from EATING chimps, not… whatever you’re suggesting.

    Posted by daddy dave on 2006 05 25 at 10:53 PM • permalink

  24. That’s a fabbo picture, but where are The Divinyls in those pictures?

    Greatest Australian band fronted by a woman ever.

    By the way, weren’t Sherbet shy little flowers? I suppose their nakedness is better than those satin jumpsuits they used to wear.

    Posted by Miss Anya on 2006 05 25 at 10:58 PM • permalink

  25. “You ‘shake’ me all night long!” LOL LOL

    Posted by Jim Treacher on 2006 05 25 at 11:14 PM • permalink

  26. #7. They were rough but sublime as well and not in a raw punk way. Way tighter than any punk outfit. Keith Ricards might rightly occupy positions 1-3 in the greatest opening riffs of all time list but ACDC would have about 14 in the top 25. Brilliant rock ‘n roll band. I’m a Bon Scott era man myself but I’ve heard that’s just an age thing.

    Posted by James Hamilton on 2006 05 25 at 11:22 PM • permalink

  27. I had to Google “jon stevens INXS” before I even knew they had a lead singer between Hutchence and the reality show.

    Posted by Jim Treacher on 2006 05 25 at 11:23 PM • permalink

  28. Man that 70s milkshake cup is bring back falshbacks from my youth.

    Anyone else remember that tasteful orange and yellow pattern?

    Posted by bad templar on 2006 05 25 at 11:52 PM • permalink

  29. Falshback…as opposed to a flashback… something vastly different.

    Posted by bad templar on 2006 05 25 at 11:56 PM • permalink

  30. They were fun and naive times for us Aussies - I remember standing in Hong Kong airport during a stopover to London being absolutely shocked to be surrounded and outnumbered by all these different looking people.  Now of course they come to us :)

    But some things never change, also remember stopping over in Lebanon and being surrounded and outnumbered by men with guns!

    Posted by spyder on 2006 05 26 at 12:38 AM • permalink

  31. Where’s the piccie of William Shakespeare? Or Hush- possibly even uglier than Motorhead.

    Posted by Habib on 2006 05 26 at 12:44 AM • permalink

  32. Brings back an old joke. 

    Q.  What’s the best thing about drug flashbacks?

    A.  They’re free.

    Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2006 05 26 at 12:49 AM • permalink

  33. Jim

    As far as I’m aware, they’ve had two fillers: Stevens and Terrence Trent Darby.

    Posted by murph on 2006 05 26 at 12:51 AM • permalink

  34. My mate Simmo used to call him Terrence Trent Tarbaby.

    Posted by Habib on 2006 05 26 at 01:22 AM • permalink

  35. The “before” and “after” photos of the Easybeats are a real study.Almost impossibly respectable,not even trying to touch-up the QANTAS hostie in the first one,and then,after 3 years in the UK,looking nicely wasted.

    Posted by Lew on 2006 05 26 at 01:24 AM • permalink

  36. Hush is pictured there too, Habib.

    Far left - coolest man in rock.

    Posted by C.L. on 2006 05 26 at 01:34 AM • permalink

  37. It’s nice they were an equal opportunity employer.

    Posted by Habib on 2006 05 26 at 01:50 AM • permalink

  38. What about TMG? I’m awaiting someone to issue a posthumous single from Ted, titled “Jump In My Coffin”.

    Posted by Habib on 2006 05 26 at 01:53 AM • permalink

  39. Another glaring omission.

    Posted by Habib on 2006 05 26 at 01:55 AM • permalink

  40. GREAT pic of Bon and Angus. God rest his soul. I won’t listen to anything they did after he died. Sad, but true.

    Posted by CraigC on 2006 05 26 at 01:57 AM • permalink

  41. With the possible exception of “You Shook Me.” When I saw Sheryl Crow’s “C’mon C’mon” tour at the Shoreline here in the Bay Area (don’t bother slagging me, it’ll fall on deaf ears), they did a very cool thing. When they were ready, they blacked out the amphitheater and played “You Shook Me” on the PA at TOP VOLUME. The whole place was singing along to it. When the last notes faded, they hit the opening lick to “Steve McQueen,” and then BAM! Four banks of floodlights came on in a blinding flash, and they hit it. It was tres chic.

    Posted by CraigC on 2006 05 26 at 02:07 AM • permalink

  42. Considering his age Darryl Braithwaite can still hold a bit of a note in Howzat. Poor Jon English has gravelled up further than ever but for his day he did have a few good songs.

    I think Doug Parkinson is still doing the rounds. Richard Clapton’s “Girls on the Avenue” gets plenty of air play even now. Carpenters Apprentices…remember them?

    It’s a long way to the shop, if you want a sausage roll (apologies to Acca Dacca)

    Posted by Spag_oz on 2006 05 26 at 02:16 AM • permalink

  43. Oops..should have previewed. Masters Apprentices.

    Posted by Spag_oz on 2006 05 26 at 02:17 AM • permalink

  44. Lol Habib, Who could forget the rock luminaries from Hush such as Les Gok and Rick Smiley? Where are they now?

    Posted by Nic on 2006 05 26 at 05:04 AM • permalink

  45. Where’s Thorpie and the Aztecs? I’ve got that ABC documentary “Long Way to the Top”. I always get a laugh when they show the shots of the clean cut rocker before he discovered acid, pigtails, and the joys of playing a screaming Les Paul through a ten foot wall of Marshall amps.

    The Radio Birdmen are also one of the great Oz bands worthy of a mention.

    Posted by EliotNess on 2006 05 26 at 05:43 AM • permalink

  46. Rocker is both one of my favorite AC/DC songs and one of my favorite songs of all.  Bon Scott was awesome.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 05 26 at 06:06 AM • permalink

  47. It’s Radio Birdman, EliotNess.

    And I like the Carpenter’s Apprentices: We’ve Only Just Begun to Turn Up Your Radio.

    Posted by ilibcc on 2006 05 26 at 06:19 AM • permalink

  48. Oops.

    Posted by EliotNess on 2006 05 26 at 06:26 AM • permalink

  49. I recall being taken on a date to see Hush at some venue in the Miranda area in the early 70s. They were pretty good. My ears were ringing all the way home.

    The date drove an old Holden, with a spotlight on the back. Driving up the hill on the other side of the river from Jannalli/Como some bloke on a bike was right up his tail so he shone the light at him. He was a bikie. He had mates. They boxed the car in and asked him to get out of the car. They told me it was OK, I’d be OK, but my friend needed to be taught a lesson. They punched him in the mouth. Then they left.

    Never saw that date again. Prolly a good thing, his feet were rank.

    In high school at Bankstown (mid 70s), Kush played at the school. A couple of the girls were too soppy to approach the lead singer, Geoff Duff (?), but wanted to give him a gift. I said I’d do it and what was their problem? I presented the gift, which was appreciated, we all (me and the girls with the gift), got a peck on the cheek. He seemed OK.

    I saw John English on “where are they now” or something recently. He is one of those unfortunate people who hasn’t aged very well.

    Posted by kae on 2006 05 26 at 06:28 AM • permalink

  50. Best band I saw was called Afrika. They played at a Bondi pub in around 1975ish. They were fantastic. Two sax players, drums, guitars, singers.

    I used to go to the Sydney Muso’s club (opposite Sydney Uni) in the 70s. Leon Berger used to play there, with others. He was pretty good.

    Posted by kae on 2006 05 26 at 06:31 AM • permalink

  51. Oh, and I saw Cold Chisel in Perth in 1981 at the Regatta Pub, I think.

    Posted by kae on 2006 05 26 at 06:32 AM • permalink

  52. I agree with you, #40 - they were never the same without him.

    Posted by EliotNess on 2006 05 26 at 06:38 AM • permalink

  53. # 28, bad templar

    Anyone else remember that tasteful orange and yellow pattern?

    I do.  And it’s so long since I’ve had a milkshake that I didn’t know the pattern had changed.

    Posted by Janice on 2006 05 26 at 06:39 AM • permalink

  54. #9 - commercial FM did not start until 1980 (3EON) - we were very backward in that respect, since it was invented just prior to WW2.
    #49 - Jon English might have become prominent after appearing in Jesus Christ Superstar, but I think he did gigs before that as Count Copernicus? Anyone know?

    Posted by blogstrop on 2006 05 26 at 07:31 AM • permalink

  55. Sorry - #8 not #9

    Posted by blogstrop on 2006 05 26 at 07:33 AM • permalink

  56. I remember the Bon Scott biography made mention of his habit of taking LSD before visiting the dentist.  If true this magnificent feat sets the gold standard for idiocy.

    Impressive strine mullet he is sporting in that photo.

    Posted by lemmy on 2006 05 26 at 08:43 AM • permalink

  57. ilibcc

    Book him Danno Murder One

    Posted by Inurbanus on 2006 05 26 at 09:13 AM • permalink

  58. And while I’m at it, who can forget Bon Scott’s lead break with bagpipes on the back of that truck in ‘It’s A Long Way to the Shop if You Want A Sausage Roll’?

    Posted by Inurbanus on 2006 05 26 at 09:17 AM • permalink

  59. oh for fuck sakes CraigC!  what about BACK IN BLACK!!!! Duh, dunanah, dunanah, dunanah, dndnudndnd!

    Posted by murph on 2006 05 26 at 10:01 AM • permalink

  60. AC/DC were, are and always will be my favorite Rock and Roll band.

    Back in the 80s (I’m a geezer, obviously) I went around in a home-made black tee that read “In Rudd We Trust.” One hippie-chick asked me excitedly if I meant Mark Rudd from the Weather Underground movement. I told her politely that I meant Phil Rudd, the bloody fucking genius on the AC/DC drums.

    Posted by Bill Spencer on 2006 05 26 at 10:11 AM • permalink

  61. So it should have been “You SHAKE Me”?

    Posted by SoberHT on 2006 05 26 at 10:19 AM • permalink

  62. You’re right, Murph. My bad, as the kids say.

    Posted by CraigC on 2006 05 26 at 10:46 AM • permalink

  63. Tim ... doesn’t look like a Tooth KB can that Bon Scott is holding, they were gold in colour in the late 70s ... KB or “Kid’s Beer” as I called it was the biggest seller of canned beer back then, more popular than Tooheys New, the next best seller.  Fosters and VB wasn’t sold in NSW back then.  Hotels were tied to the brewery that supplied them, but that changed in the 80s.  Victoria Bitter (VB) is probably the biggest seller now ... I haven’t found VB here though, I’m now having a Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer at home.  It’s cheap, after having several Coronas at a nearby Bar with my work team.

    Posted by Stevo on 2006 05 26 at 10:48 AM • permalink

  64. I met Angus and the boys at Albert Production Studios in 1977 after a meeting with George Young and Harry Vanda who were, [and I think still are], running the company].

    Absolute gentlemen the lot of them and very aware of their commercial responsibilities. They went to great pains to assure me that when they performed it was a tightly regulated act. After costumes and make up were removed they became what they really were, quite normal, if extremely wealthy, family men.

    Probably the reason they still sell out venues around the world 30 years on.

    Posted by LaoHuLi on 2006 05 26 at 12:19 PM • permalink

  65. jeez, did we need to be reminded what an ugly little weed bon scott was?  mind you, his replacement with the stupid cap was equally charmless. the best thing about acker dacker was the bagpipes

    Posted by KK on 2006 05 26 at 12:20 PM • permalink

  66. Yes, but we’re still trying to ponder Mr. Tim’s question. Did the bagpiper have his own groupies? And if so, were they called bag ladies? Or just baggies?

    Posted by SoberHT on 2006 05 26 at 03:12 PM • permalink

  67. Back in the seventies I was living (in a fashion) on Bondi Beach with a bunch of local mates. Yet we were too cool and too stoned to get off our arses to go see AC/DC or INXS at the Bondi Lifesaver.

    We reckoned AC/DC were a bunch of headbanging westies and INXS were North Shore wankers. Especially that singing poofter imitating Mick Jagger.

    Guess who had the last laugh ?

    Posted by JAFA on 2006 05 26 at 04:19 PM • permalink

  68. The year was 1975. I was 14. I’d brought my radio along to the school Cadet camp. (Being a cadet was compulsory.)

    On the bus there, during the week-long camp, on the bus home, all you heard was…

    I said high -

    I said high -


    Posted by David Morgan on 2006 05 27 at 01:10 AM • permalink

  69. Uh oh, italics.

    Are they gone now?

    Posted by David Morgan on 2006 05 27 at 01:51 AM • permalink

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