Rock Of Ages Radio – Playlists for 5th & 12th November 2009

  • Playlist – 12th November 2009
    Benjy Mudie
    12 Nov 2009


    Artist Track Album Label Year
    Motley Crue Kickstart my heart Dr Feelgood Universal Music 1984
    Europe Gonna get ready Last look at Eden Next Music 2009
    Chickenfoot Turning left Chickenfoot Edel Records / Next Music 2009
    Mountain Mr Tambourine Man Masters of War Big Rack Records 2007
    Mastodon Crack the skye Crack the skye Reprise Records / Gallo Music 2009
    Living Colour What’s your favourite colour? Vivid Epic Records / Sony Music 1988
    The Isley Brothers Climbin’ up the ladder Go for your guns Epic Records / Sony Music 1977
    Eric Gales Cut and run The story of my life Blues Bureau Records 2009
    Jon Butcher Axis Writing on the wall King Biscuit Hour Live King Biscuit Records 1987
    The Headpins Breakin’ down Turn it loud Solid Gold Records 1982
    Coverdale / Page Shake my tree Coverdale / Page Geffen Records / Universal Music 1993
    Rush Limelight Moving Pictures Universal Music 1987
    Scatterbrain Down the road Scamboogery Elektra Records / Gallo Music 1991
    Wishbone Ash Vas Dis Wishbone Ash MCA Records 1970
    Big Brother & The Holding Company Joseph’s coat Be a brother Evangeline Records 1970
    Cream World of pain Disraeli Gears Polydor Records / Universal Music 1967
    Atomic Rooster I cant take no more Death walks behind you Sanctuary Records 1970
    Rhinoceros When you say you’re sorry Rhinoceros Elektra Records / Gallo Music 1969
    Otis Waygood Blues Band Fever Otis Waygood Blues Band Fresh Music 1970
    Humble Pie I don’t need no doctor Rocking the Fillmore A&M Records / Universal Music 1971
    AC / DC The Jack If you want blood you got it Epic Records / Sony Music 1978
    Blodwyn Pig See my way Getting to this BGO Records 1970
    Wild Turkey Butterfly Battle Hymn Mason Records 1971
    Jethro Tull Nothing is easy Stand Up Chrysalis Records 1969
    Blossom Toes Kiss of confusion If only for a moment Sunbeam Records 1969
    The Moody Blues Legend of a mind In search of a lost chord Decca Records / Universal Music 1968
    Caravan C’lu Thlu For girls who grow plump in the night Decca Records / Universal Music 1973
    Boys Club A whiter shade of pale Live from California Next Music 2008
    Creedence Clearwater Revival As long as I can see the light Cosmos Factory Fantasy Records / Universal Music 1970
    Dan Patlansky Namaste / Love City Move my soul Next Music 2009
    John Lee Hooker Funky Mabel Face to Face Eagle Records 2006
    Jeff Beck A day in the life Live at Ronnie Scotts Eagle Records / Next Music 2008
    Farryl Purkiss Man of alibi Fruitbats and crows Sheer Music 2009

  • Playlist – 5th November 2009
    Benjy Mudie
    5 Nov 2009


    Artist Track Album Label Year
    King’s X Looking for love Ear Candy Atlantic Records / Gallo Music 1996
    Deep Purple Bloodsucker Deep Purple in Rock Harvest Records / EMI Records 1970
    Led Zeppelin Whole lotta love Led Zeppelin 2 Atlantic Records / Gallo Music 1969
    Mountain Mississippi Queen Climbing Columbia Records / Sony Music 1969
    Jericho Featherbed Jericho A&M Records / Universal Music 1972
    Budgie Crash course in brain surgery In for the kill MCA Records 1974
    Buckcherry Highway star Rock Songbook Vol.2 Classic Rock 2009
    Lynyrd Skynyrd Skynyrd Nation God and Guns Roadrunner Records / DGR 2009
    Skunk Anansie Tear the place up Smashes and Trashes Just Music 2009
    Frost Welcome to nowhere Experiments in mass appeal SPV / Inside Out Records 2008
    Dream Theater A rite of passage Black Clouds and Silver Linings Roadrunner Records / DGR 2009
    Pink Floyd Money Dark side of the moon Harvest Records / EMI Records 1974
    Vanilla Fudge Shotgun Psychedelic Sundae Rhino Records 1968
    Triumph Be my lover In the beginning Universal Music 1978
    Freedoms Children Seahorse Galactic Vibes Fresh Music 1972
    Iron Butterfly In-a-gadda-da-vida In-a-gadda-da-vida Rhino Records 1968
    Badlands High Wire Badlands Atlantic Records / Gallo Music 1989
    Cinderella Shake me Rocked, Wired & Bluesed Universal Music 1986
    Fastway Misunderstood All fired up Columbia Records / Sony Music 1984
    Rainbow All night long Down to earth Polydor Records 1979
    Ted Nugent Cat Scratch Fever Great Gonzos Epic Records / Sony Music 1984
    Soundgarden Spoonman Superunknown A&M Records / Universal Music 1994
    The Black Crowes Hard to handle Greatest Hits Sony Music 1990
    The Rolling Stones Brown sugar Hot Licks Universal Music 1970
    The Fixx Saved by zero Greatest Hits MCA Records 1983
    Harry “The Hipster” Gibson Who put the Benzedrine …. Chemical Components Mojo Music 1946
    Ronnie Montrose Heads Up Open Fire Warner Bros / Gallo Music 1978
    Mike Slamer Perfect Circle Nowhere Land Frontiers Records 2006
    Proto-Kaw Melicus Gladiator The Wait of Glory SPV / Inside Out Records 2006
    Camel Sahara Rajaz Toff Records 1999
    Anthony Gomes Music is the medicine Music is the medicine Adrenaline Records 2006
    Dion Hoodoo Man Blues Son of Skip James Verve Records 2007
    The Hootchie Kootchie Men Lonesome traveller blues Live at The Basement Next Music 2008
    The Steepwater Band No good for me Brother to the snake Evangeline Records 2005
    Fairport Convention Meet me on the ledge Unhalfbricking Island Records 1969
    Santana Europa Amigos Columbia Records / Sony Music 1976

McCully Workshop Inc.

McCully Workshop Inc
McCully Workshop Inc


1. Why Can’t It Rain [4.12]
2. Hardcase Woman [2.34]
3. Ice Lover [3.05]
4. Four Walls [2.40]
5. Stargazer [2.48]
6. Rush Hour At Midnight [3.42]
7. Jackin’ Around [2.04]
8. Head For The Moon [4.00]
9. The Circus [4.00]
10. Years Of My Life [3.19]
11. Fast Car [3.41]
12. Séance [3.05]

Release information:
LP: June 1970, Trutone, STO 727
CD: February 2003, Merry-Go-Round Records,
a division of Beatball Music (Korea), BMRC-0001
CD: October 2009, Fresh Music, freshcd167


  • Tully McCully: Vocals, bass, guitar
  • Mike McCully: Vocals, drums
  • Richard Hyam: Rhythm and acoustic guitars, vocals
  • Glenda Wassman: Organ, vocals
  • Ian Smith: Trumpet, flute, flugelhorn

Additional musicians:

  • Allan Faull: Lead guitar on ‘Why Can’t It Rain’, ‘The Circus’, ‘Hardcase Woman’ and ‘Stargazer’
  • Alan van der Merwe: Vocal harmony and organ on ‘Why Can’t It Rain’ and ‘Stargazer’
  • Melanie Hyam: Vocal harmonies on ‘Why Can’t It Rain’ and ‘Rush Hour At Midnight’Produced by Billy Forrest

Buy this album from:
Rhythm Online - South African Online Music Store
Rhythm Online Music Store

Buy this CD from:
Fresh Music
Fresh Music

Sleeve  Notes:

“Of all the albums we’ve heard from South Africa this one scores top What a beautiful masterpiece. Pepper-influenced underground music with great songs, lovely vocals, strong harmonies, great distorted guitar work.” — review on website.

The McCullagh brothers, Tully (born Terence on 31st May 1953) and Mike (born Michael on 7th April 1947), have been an integral part of the South African music scene for five decades now.

In 1965 they started as a folk-rock trio with Richard Hyam and called themselves the Blue Three. Richard had been in a folk duo, Tiny Folk, with his sister Melanie. After a few personnel and name changes, like The Blue Beats and Larfing Stocke, the line-up settled down (for a while) in 1969.

“I had my own studio in the garage since I was 12” remembers Tully. It was a single garage in the garden of their home in Plumstead, in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. The brothers’ father, radio personality Michael Drin (his stage name), painted the name “McCully Workshop, Inc.” on the garage wall. “McCully” was an easier-to-spell version of McCullagh and the “Inc.” was a tongue-in-cheek addition. “We had been playing music for 6 years” remembers Mike McCullagh. “In 1969 I was 22 and Tully was 16, along with Richard Hyam, his sister Melanie and Allan Faull the group started.”

“We all wrote our own songs”, continues Mike, “and we just took the best ones for the album. Tully wrote ‘Why Can’t It Rain’ in the middle of the night and this became a hit single putting McCully Workshop on the charts for the first time.” This song went to number 12 on the Springbok Radio charts in July 1970 and also reached number 13 on the LM Radio charts.“Why Can’t It Rain” drew the attention of the Gallo label, and they said they wanted an album. McCully Workshop signed probably the first independent licencing deal with a major label in South Africa.

Billy Forrest (born William Boardman in Kimberley in 1940) was the “top guy” at the time and was appointed as producer. He had recently had chart success with The Staccatos ‘Cry To Me’ and many others including The Dream Merchants and Quentin E Klopjager (one of his many pseudonyms).Tully remembers Forrest’s catchphrase at the time was “could happen”.

The “Inc.” album shows a variety of styles and influences including The Beatles, Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd. “’Sgt Pepper’ was very important, as were the pop charts at the time”, recalls Tully.Another big influence, according to Tully, was The Moody Blues ‘Threshold Of A Dream’ which was released in April 1969. Echoes of Graeme Edge’s poems can be heard in Mike McCully’s spoken words during the moon landing-inspired ‘Head For The Moon’. A photo of the garage was used as the album cover. The photo was taken by Sigurd Olivier from the Argus newspaper and the cat’s name was Sirikit.

When asked to name his favourite song on the ‘Inc.’ album besides ‘Why Can’t It Rain’, Tully says without hesitation, ‘The Circus’. This song is an up tempo psychedelic pop-rocker with strong vocal harmonies, distorted guitar sounds from Allan Faull and great flute playing from Ian Smith. Asked about an interesting studio story, Tully remembers feeling a few tremors and stuff falling off the walls one day during recording. “Everybody got a fright and rushed outside”, says Tully, “we thought it was a passing train.” Turned out to be the Tulbagh earthquake of 29th September 1969. The sessions were done, but another song was needed to complete the album, so a studio jam called ‘Jackin’ Around’ was added. Great organ sounds from Glenda Wassman, and a drum solo play-out from Mike McCully.

Alan van Der Merwe was a music teacher friend of Mike’s and was responsible for the vocal harmony arrangements. Tully cites South African band ‘The Sandpipers’ as an inspiration. This folk quartet, which consisted of two girls and two guys, and not be confused with the US folk trio, released an album titled ‘A Bird in Hand’ in 1967.

After “Inc’

McCully Workshop, with the McCullagh brothers always at the core, released a number of albums over the years including “Genesis” and “Ages” and of course are best known for their big 1977 hit ‘Buccaneer’ . 40 years after those first recording sessions in late 1969, Tully is still involved in recording and runs his successful Spaced-Out Sounds Studio in Cape Town. Mike regularly packs out concert halls with his various nostalgic revue shows including ‘Sixty Something’, ‘Station 70’, ‘Music Of The Millennium’, ‘Country Classics’ and many, many others. McCully Workshop still perform live on occasion and their first hit ‘Why Can’t It Rain’ is almost always included in the set list.

Glenda Wassman later married Richard, and they formed the pop band Pendulum and had a big hit with ‘Take My Heart’ in 1976. Glenda then went on to major success worldwide with the all-girl group, Clout, who had a huge hit with ‘Substitute’ which went to number 2 in the UK in 1978. Allan Faull formed Falling Mirror in the late 70’s with his cousin Neilen Mirror (nee Marais).

The legends of South African pop and rock live on…

Brian Currin

Cape Town, September 2009

Ian Smith Glenda Wassman Mike McCully Richard Hyam Tully McCully

Family Tree
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McCully Workshop Family Tree - click for more info

Click here for the complete Family Tree
at the South African Rock Encyclopedia website.

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