Jan 122015

HVB, 2000 Man, and other ass-kickers in the Halls of Rock: Game On!

If anyone can direct me to a Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs collection, or better yet a collection of late-’60s and early-’70s Aussie rock, I’m all ears. I’ve got tons of Easybeats stuff, and enough late-’70s/early-’80s Aussie and Kiwi rock for my tastes. I want more of this MANLY ROCK that never made it to our shores, in some cases for good reason. Thanks.


  12 Responses to “Mach Schau! Go Ahead, Try Kicking Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs’ Ass!”

  1. H. Munster

    They’re not as heavy as these guys, but if you’ve never heard Daddy Cool, you should check them out:

  2. Yes, I’ve seen and heard some of this band. This is a band I’d like to find collected on some Australian Nuggets. Thanks.

  3. 2000 Man

    There’s something about that guy I don’t like. I always hated Children of the Sun (that’s the same guy, right?) and this really sounds like Steppenwolf with Ronnie Wood until halfway through when he starts being Rory Gallagher.

    You’d think that I’d love this, but It’s just like Light Beer, I guess. The idea seems good, but what comes out of the can is kinda like piss.

    Thinking about Rory Gallagher, ya know he was trying to make it with manly Rawk when Punk and New Wave were the thing. Even a New Wave Punkhead back then like me understood that Rory was twice the badass Joe Strummer or Elvis Costello would ever be. I mean, look at this. Rory’s vocals are twice as manly as Billy Thorpe, Rory looks like he was born with a guitar in his hands and he’s got a real nice, fat sound. His drummer looks like he’s serious enough that he’s not going to be the cause of any fuckups, and his bass player has unparalleled stance. That’s the stuff that makes facial hair come in, right there.


  4. diskojoe

    Mr. Mod, there’s actually an Aussie Nuggets available, which is pretty expensive.

    Anyway, here’s my contribution, the Masters Apprentices & their big 1970 hit “Turn Up Your Radio”:


  5. hrrundivbakshi

    At about the 3:00 mark, I was about to call bullshit on this turgid, sounds-like-“Heavy Rock” track — and then I noticed the track is actually nine freaking minutes long! No thank you.

    For me, Aussie/NZ rock never got any better than… no, wait, I’m going to call you out in more dramatic fashion elsewhere.

    In the meantime… 2000Man, we REACH. I have my issues with Rory Gallagher’s songwriting and occasional excess wankery, but both he and his band are so much more important, entertaining, and ass-kickin’ than these posers will ever be. And +1000 points to you for correctly ID’ing Gerry McAvoy as the possessor of the greatest stance in rock bassist history.

  6. ladymisskirroyale

    I’d like to put a wee-little plug in for Aussie Pop/Rock of the 80’s and early 90’s…

  7. Definitely, Rory wins hands-down, but we need to keep this Battle Royale of Mach Schau-ness on the Aussie continent.

  8. You rock, diskojoe. Thanks for the tip. I may invest in that and then see if there’s a Vol. 2. This one seems more rooted in the kind of ’60s music I already like. I need to learn more about the bongwater-soaked generation that followed.

  9. misterioso

    Mod, you might be interested in this, too: it’s called Google, http://www.google.com. It helps you look for stuff. In fact, it’s something of a search “engine.” Heh, heh.

  10. 2000 Man

    I don’t think you’re gonna find much. worthwhile down there. I’m pretty ambivalent towards AC/DC and I don’t dislike The Easybeats but outside of The Hoodoo Gurus and DiVinlyls, the best thing that ever happened musically to Australia was The Stones 73 tour. I think the rockers in Australia do better at bringing boyish playfulness than manly Mach Schau.

  11. Absolutely — Split Enz — dance til sweaty.

    I just remember the “rockers” sounding like AC/DC — Midnight Oil and Angel City (AKA The Angels?)

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