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Sunday, 9 November 2014 |
One Electric Day
One Electric Day turned out to be a spectacular day of weather, eight thousand punters descended upon Werribee Park for what promised to be a highly entertaining lineup of Australian bands and artists from the Eighties and early Nineties. With lots of families in attendance and the majority of the crowd being of ‘a certain age’, it was heartening to see people that had grown up on the music of the artists playing today passing that music on to the next generation, namely their children.
Boom Crash Opera kicked off proceedings in a rocking fashion. A band that had a string of great songs in the late Eighties and early Nineties, they got the early arrivals at Werribee Park up and moving to songs like “Great Wall”, “The Best Thing” and “Hands Up In The Air”. The band and their charismatic lead singer Dale Ryder were in wonderful form, really getting the crowd pumped for what was to follow.
Next up was Daryl Braithwaite. The former lead singer of Seventies band Sherbet really struck a chord with this crowd, who were singing along with his solo hits from the late Eighties, such as “As The Days Go By”, “Rise” and “Higher Than Hope”.
The best was saved for last in the form of his cover version of “The Horses”. Written by American songstress Rickee Lee Jones, over time Braithwaite has come to own this track. It was incredibly joyous and exciting to see and hear an incredibly passionate crowd singing along with every word on this one. A great set from a veteran of the local industry.
Mr Braithwaite was followed by Diesel. This was a straight up, no bullshit set of blues influenced rock. The set concentrated on his debut release from back in the day, 'Johnny Diesel and The Injectors'.This set was a big hit with the crowd, sprinkled with great tracks like “Come To Me” and a blistering, epic version of “Cry In Shame”. Again, a really welcome choice that went down brilliantly with the crowd.
After a short break, the assembled masses were greeted by Mondo Rock. Performing with their original lineup, Ross “The Boss” Wilson and the band proceeded to collectively take the audience back to their misspent youth.
This was a very well-chosen and played set, featuring the likes of “We’re No Angels” and “A Touch Of Paradise”, two songs that were covered later in time by John Farnham. The set was also big on the best known songs from the band like “Primitive Love Rites”, “No Time”, the wonderful “Cool World” and, of course, their best known track, “Come Said The Boy”. This was an immensely enjoyable set that, again, went down an absolute treat with the audience.
James Reyne, singing the songs of his former band Australian Crawl, put in quite possibly the most popular and polished set of the day, going by the audience reaction. Looking great for his age, Reyne and his band put in a corker of a set, featuring tracks like “Downhearted”, “Indisposed”, “Things Don’t Seem”, “Errol” and a real surprise in the form of a song that’s rarely played live, the haunting “Hoochie Gucci Fiorucci Mama”, which sent the crowd right off, singing every single word as if their life depended on it! Another really well chosen act for the day.
Closing out One Electric Day were headliners The Hoodoo Gurus. Celebrating thirty years since the release of the debut album, ‘Stoneage Romeos’. The band absolutely ripped it up on stage, tight as a drum and showing absolutely no signs of age wearying them.
One fantastic track after another was the order of the day with this set, featuring killer tracks like “My Girl”, “Tojo”, “I Want You Back”, “Bittersweet”, “Kamikaze Pilot” and the still utterly brilliant “1000 Miles Away”. Again, the energy between the band and the crowd was truly something to behold.
One of those rare bands that, back in time, appealed equally to both those that loved their alternative music as well as the more mainstream punter, The Gurus, finishing off the day with a sensational encore of the rarely played lived “Axegrinder”, followed by one of their all-time greats, “Like Wow Wipeout”, were the perfect choice as far as a headline act was concerned.
In what was a truly wonderful and immensely enjoyable day, full credit must go to the crowd. Considering the day sold out, with eight thousand people milling about Werribee Park, there was an incredibly positive attitude and vibe that ran through the day, with not one single dickhead in sight. With this becoming something of a rarity these days, the local music scene needs more days like this.
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