Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ziggy - The Songs Of David Bowie

Last Thursday night, I headed down to The Palais Theatre in St. Kilda to see Jeff Duff and his band perform a blistering three hour tribute to the unsurpassed rock'n'roll genius of David Bowie. Duffy hit the stage in golden platform boots, and a silvery white jumpsuit adorned with angel wings, and launched into the anthemic Starman.
From there the hits just kept on coming as Jeff and guest vocalists Iota, Brydon Stace and Steve Balbi belted out the likes of Fame, Changes, The Jean Genie, Space Oddity, Under Pressure and Let's Dance.
But in many ways it was the inclusion of lesser known songs like Loving the Alien and Lady Stardust that were the real nuggets for the hardcore Bowiephile.
Among the many highlights of the 26 song set (these boys really earnt their money) were Iota's  impressive vocal gymnastics at the close of The Man Who Sold The World, and the yearning, sweeping melodies of Life On Mars and Absolute Beginners.  

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Out To Launch

Next Friday night I'll be returning to the scene of the crime to launch "Catch a Falling Star" at Readings Bookshop in Lygon Street Carlton.  Come and re-live the era that gave us shoulder pads, "Choose Life" t-shirts and flocks of seagulls. Everybody welcome.

Date: Friday, 19th November 6:15pm
Venue: Readings, 309 Lygon Street Carlton

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Nicky Nova is a Bowie-obsessed young man growing up in Melbourne in the early 1980's.
Nicky moves into a big, ramshackle share house in Lygon Street, Carlton, with a bunch of musician friends.
He forms a band and dreams of becoming a world famous rock'n'roll star.
But is the band as hell-bent on fame and fortune as their singer? Loaded with pop culture references,
"Catch a Falling Star" is part cautionary tale, part travelogue of a recent bygone era of skinny ties, leg-warmers and big hair.
This is a post-punk story about friendship and betrayal, the impossible dreams of youth, and the compromises we must make in order to survive. If you've ever put together a garage band and dreamed of bigger things; if you've lived through the bohemian grunge and fractious ego mix of the inner-suburban share house experience; if you have fond memories of the heady excesses of the '80's, you will love "Catch a Falling Star".

Published by Sid Harta
ISBN: 1-921642-38-6
RRP: $24.95 AUD.