Do that dance – a vibrant Australian Post Punk music story

Voit 465 playing at the Darling Harbour express way building site in the late 1970s

Voit 465 playing at the Darling Harbour express way building site in the late 1970s

Kangaroos, blow flies, koalas… if you want to discover an Australia that is beyond the tourism clichés, information can usually can be found on the edges, like in the libraries, the internet and on the radio.

This site features many posts that explore music. Music is a vital part of our studio environment, as well as being a constant source of inspiration. Our music play list tries to diverse, alternative, trashy, odd, seminal, kooky and noisy at all time – from Terry Riley, John Cage, Ian Dury, Warsaw, The Faces, Eddy Current, Townes Van Zandt to the Runaways. Any insights into the making and dreaming up of music is a constant source of ideas and inspiration.

It is a rare and real treat to encounter radio documentaries that explore the lesser known, yet highly revered corners of the Australian creativity. Do that Dance, is a two part radio documentary that explores that music that rose out of the inner suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne from 1977 to 1983.

Pel Mel live

Pel Mel live

Surry Hills venue Side FX in action

Surry Hills venue Side FX in action

Do That Dance – part 01 uncovered the Sydney scene and players. It inspiring 54 minutes highlighted a vital and exciting creative scene living, making and playing music post the Punk era. Inner Sydney at the time was a hub for a raft of new sounds with act the include The Severed Heads, Voit 465, Pel Mel, Tame O’Meares, Systematics to name a few.

The next installment is – Do That Dance – part 02 exploring the Melbourne scene and players. 2.30pm Sunday 25 July 2010, Radio National AM 631, in Melbourne or visit the ABC Radio National Hindsight website here for podcasts and details

Do That Dance
Australian Post Punk, Sydney and Melbourne 1977-1983.

visit the ABC Radio National Hindsight website here

Photography courtesy of the Hindsight gallery: Peter Nelson, Annette Jones, Janis Lesinskis, Anne Maree Rourke, Paul Doogood, Kate Buck and David Chesworth.

All credit to the production team at the ABC:
Presenter – Michelle Rayner, Producer – Sean O’Brien, Story Researcher and Producer – Sean O’Brien, Sound Engineer – Steven Tilley

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