Alot can happen in a few decades


The remarkable thing that often accompanies a film clip is not the music. It is late again and one is writing a letter for Dean, and Rage is playing in the background. A couple of clips are played that that have fantastic backdrops, not for their technical detail, it is where they are filmed. ( one has to mention that Alice Cooper is now on the waves, with his ballad about woman and bleeding, bathed in red, of course )

Saturday Night by Australian Pop Rock outfit Cold Chisel is one of the bands last big singles before they parted ways released in 1984. The song has that book end quality about it with its confident sentimental tones. The clip has that relaxed, the party is over feel, as Ian Moss and Jimmy Barnes cruise through a Saturday night in Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross, and Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

Having once lived in the Kings Cross neighborhood for several years in the 1990s, recent visits to the area after long spells has reminded one that this area has seen dramatic changes. In the back ground of this film clip reveals a part of vibrant street that is all but gone. Darlinghurst Road once had a buzzing retail strip that shared the strip clubs, porn shop and bars, with video game arcades, newsagents, a variety of food outlets, clothing stores, souvenirs stores, film processors, pharmacies and a large variety store. What happened in ten years? As the rents went up, the area got maybe to dangerous for local shoppers, or maybe a bigger shopping mall open up down the road, so departed the little guys that juxtaposed the seedy side of the Cross.

It is also worth mentioning the Oxford Street footage, shot during the Autumn Mardi Gras parade in 1984. At a time when people stood on Oxford Street itself and watched the parade pass through the centre lanes of a four lane street, rather than today where hundreds of thousands people line the footpaths from any vantage point, at least thirty people deep, and the parade itself is covered by a national television network and sponsored by a national retail bank.

In ACDC’s long way to the top clip the little city of melbourne has truly grown up in 40 years, got a lot taller, darker and slicker – and one hasn’t commented about the haircuts yet.