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2019 Barfly Top Tens: Joey Bedlam

joey bedlamTen bands Joey saw live in 2019 - or wishes she did and watched online:

  1. Bigger Than Jesus (Australia)
  2. The Heinous Hounds Blues Band (Australia)
  3. The Sick Rose (Italy)
  4. The Stems (Australia)
  5. Rough n Tumble (Netherlands)
  6. Radio Birdman (USA/Australia)
  7. The Casanovas (Australia and in expectation of their album launch cos I know it will blow my mind)
  8. Jeff Dahl (USA)
  9. Sonny Vincent (Testors)
  10. The Laissez Fairs (Ireland/USA)

Joey Bedlam was the leader of Melbourne's Doll Squad and will be releasing a new recording in 2020. 

 

BARFLY TOP TEN: Melbourne garage rocker Joey Bedlam of DollSquad

joey bedlamFavourite 10 Frontmen she listend to in 2018:

Dave Aguilar - Chocolate Watch Band
Rod Stewart - Faces
David Johansen - New York Dolls
Wally Tax- Outsiders
Steve Lucas - X
Greg Prevost - Chestetfield Kings
Rudi Protrudi - Fuzztones
Smokey Robinson - The Miracles
Jim Keays- Masters Apprentices
Joey Ramone - The Ramones

Getting loved up with Steve and Joey

jetaimeJe T'aime Moi Non Plus b/w Je T'aime Instrumental - Steve Lucas & Joey Bedlam (Radio Rocks)

This is the I-94 Bar Singles Bar, isn't it? "Je T'aime Moi Non Plus" (translated: "I love you no more") is a lovingly-crafted cover of the Serge Gainsborough song he wrote for for Brigitte Bardot, sung by X's Steve Lucas and his better half Joey Bedlam, most notably of Dollsquad.

Everybody from Kim Salmon and the Surrealists to Nick Cave and Anita Lane, TV siren Abigail and Bob Downe has had a lash at "J T'aime", so it would be a pity if you had to self-isolate and not have the chance to sing along with your own nearest and dearest and steam up some windows. 

It's a faithfully-rendered version and a million miles from X, but it's also a bunch of fun. Flip the sucker over and there's an instrumental version that you can karaoke with or record along to. Grab a copy at Bandcamp and see the uncensored cover that Facebook banned.

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Kinda blue and cooking, X man Steve Lucas pushes his own boundaries

cross that lineCross That Line – Steve Lucas and The Rising Tide (Aztec Music)

Steve Lucas, last man standing from Australia's mighty underground legends X who, back in the day, I expect would have thought of themselves as a powerful rock band. Live, no-one would want to follow them... and like The Saints and even Radio Birdman, they got called "punk" anyway. Pigeon-holing is for pigeons and gugs. I'd love to have been able to see X and Rose Tattoo in the same week.

Like many veterans of the music industry, Lucas has an unavoidable musical legacy. Which I expect can be both a blessing and a curse. So, for those expecting X Mark 32 and won't take no for an answer... "Cross That Line" ain't for you. I always thought 'punk' was a state of mind about expressing the individual, not everyone wearing the same uniform and going to the same gigs. My approval or t'otherwise of any record is irrelevant, no matter what the genre. Remember, I'm a big fan of (among others) Gzutt, Peg Leg Sam, Thelonious Monk and Jon Wayne.

Love takes Steve Lucas back to his single beginnings

steve lucas brisbaneMainstream media’s full of stories about the re-birth of vinyl, but anyone with half a clue knows the format never died. What’s glossed over in all the breathless reportage about black platters is the Art of the Seven-Inch Single. Consider the facts…

Back in rock and roll’s heady days of the ‘60s - long before FM radio and the LP format took hold - singles were the deatyh or glory, one-shot-at-the-prize for many bands. The A side of a 45 was a distillation of a band’s essence. The B side was for experimenting.

Melbourne musician Steve Lucas is a big fan of the 45 and acutely aware of the place in music that the format holds.

Top Tens for 2021: Joey Bedlam of DollSquad

Top Ten albums from Joey Bedlam, vocalist for Melbourne-based garage band DollSquad.

  1. Shutdown 66 – ‘’Come on girl gimme half a chance’’
  1. Le Beat Bespoke V9 (compilation by New Untouchables)
  1. Rough n Tumble – ‘’Eyes on the Road’’
  1. The Smoggers – ‘’Funeral’’
  1. The Laissez Fairs – ‘’Curiosity Killed the Cat’’
  1. The Seeds – ‘’Butterfly Child’’
  1. Calidoscopio – “Get Ready’’
  1. The Chevelles – ‘’Steve McQueen (I wish I was)”
  1. Sonny Vincent – ‘’Snake Pit Therapy’’
  1. Steve Lucas – ‘’Joshua Tree’’ (because it’s a great song about The Joshua Tree and because it’s a Christmas song!!!)

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