Snack Chips wrote:More than anything, it comes down to heavy Iggy/Stooges worship.
Are there any Australians on these forums who can explain why that band resonated so strongly in your land? Besides the obvious (they were one of the greatest rock bands ever)?
What about Iggy in particular seems to touch such a nerve with your people? I've always wondered.
my take on this:
1/ feedtime were not big stooge/iggy fans. i saw the band lots & they never played any stooges covers ever. in fact when they were asked to do a track for that comp they didn't even know any stooges songs & had to learn 'ann' off a borrowed lp. they asked the people putting it out which track nobody else wanted to do thats why they chose to do 'ann'.
2/ the main purveyors of stooge/iggy mythology in aus were the 'radio birdman' crew. or "the local chapter of the hitler youth" as chris bailey from the 'the saints' once refered to their followers. those bands did stooges covers & talked about them in interviews etc. there were a lot of 'birdman' copycat bands in the 80's. these detroit worshippers got a lot of credo at the time, but most of that stuff doesn't stand the test of time. unlike the far less popular bands at the time like 'feedtime'
3/ australia has a small population (even smaller back then) the loud mouth 'detroit bands' talked themselves & their influences up way beyond any real popularity in the wider music loving population thusly distorting outsiders perception of their importance here.
4/ iggy's only breakthrough in aus was with the 'new values' lp when the 'i'm bored' & 5'1" singles which got some mainstream radio airplay. mainly off the back of a legendary iggy performance on a sunday night prime time 'pop' music t.v. show. when he appeared completely off his head on coke or something & went ape shit while miming to 'i'm bored' in front of a live audience of teen age girls. people who'd never heard of him before were talking about it the next day. scandalous! http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4zQpFSYCJ0
p.s 'radio birdman' & a couple of the aus 'detroit' bands are pretty good, but nowhere as original as 'feedtime' 'saints' 'fungus brains' venom p stinger' 'x' or a bunch of other more little bands that were around at that time.
the good old days are only good 'cause they're gone.