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SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE NUMBER 38

3rd November 1999 [edited 2nd November 2009]

The South African Rock Music Digest
is a free, subscription e-mag, edited
by Brian Currin and Stephen “Sugar”
Segerman and delivered direct to your
e-mailbox.

Established January 1999

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INTRODUCTION
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This e-mag is a discussion forum for rock and pop music —
South African and International — past, present and future.

…and in the third millennium, the crowded madness came…
— It Started Out So Nice, Rodriguez, 1972

As we hurtle towards the end of the year / decade / century / millennium
(pick one or all of the above), the Digest will become more erratic,
less regular, still irreverent and always éRocking!

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SA MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD

The SA Rock Digest now has subscribers in the following countries…

Australia
Belgium
Botswana
Brazil
Canada
Central African Republic
England
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
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Holland
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Ivory Coast
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New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Russia
Scotland
Sweden
Switzerland
USA
Zambia
Zimbabwe

If you live in a country not mentioned above, please let me know.

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NEWS
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KING OF THE CASTLE

The Castle label (not to be confused with the beer!) is well-known among collectors in SA and abroad for their extensive re-issue programme.

Sony Music SA recently announced that they will be distributing Castle CDs in South Africa.

Rock collectors can look out for old classic Uriah Heep, ELP and Black Sabbath albums, all remastered with updated cover art, new detailed sleeve notes, lyrics and even bonus tracks in some cases.

For pop collectors there are wonderful compilations by Sandie Shaw, The Tremeloes, Petula Clark and Elkie Brooks. Also Justin Hayward and Mike Batt’s collaboration ‘Classic Blue’ which includes reworkings of various pop and rock standards.

A CD of Black Sabbath’s first album, creatively titled ‘Black Sabbath’ and including a bonus track ‘Wicked World’ (previously only available on the American release), to the first person to name the first 4 Black Sabbath albums.

And a CD of Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s first album, titled…you guessed it… ‘Emerson, Lake and Palmer’, to the first person to give us the first names of the band members.

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AMERSHAM SPLIT

Amersham, who have been one of the top performing bands in South Africa over the past few years, have announced that they will be “disbanding”. The reason given is that their drummer, Tim Trotter, has decided to return to the UK. Amersham have been one of the more interesting SA pop/rock bands during the ’90’s and have toured constantly around the country supporting their four albums, the most recent of which, ‘Revolving Doors’, was a ‘Best Of’ collection.

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ORIGINAL EVERGREENS

Those wacky “multi-genre-lists” The Original Evergreen, have announced the imminent arrival of ‘Addictive Personalities’, their third release and first on the MELT2000 label. This CD is expected to hit the SA shelves within the next three weeks and closes off the ‘Puff The Magik/Burn The Evidence’ trilogy of singularly unclassifiable dub rap-hop sounds.

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IAFRICA.COM

Iafrica.com, the biggest web portal in South Africa, has launched Local Beat, a site dedicated to South African music in their entertainment site.

Here you can check out the featured band of the week as well as the featured celebrity, and learn some things about SA muso’s you would never have dreamed possible!

Also get well know music journalist Dave Chislett’s assessment of the gig to go to in your city in the recommended gigs section. If you disagree, you can link from here to the Powerzone to see what else is on in your area. You can also link to some of the coolest SA band sites and read South African music CD reviews.

Check it out at:

HOME

and head into the entertainment section

Dave Chislett

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NEW RELEASES
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INTERNATIONAL

LED ZEPPELIN – THE EARLY DAYS
a best of Led Zeppelin (part 1) for anybody who doesn’t already have every note ever laid down by these Legends of Rock.

http://wallofsound.go.com/news/stories/ledzeppelin102899.html

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ERIC CLAPTON – CLAPTON CHRONICLES – THE BEST OF 1981-1999
a compilation from Eric’s years with the Warner Brothers label including ‘Tears In Heaven’, ‘Layla (Acoustic)’, ‘Blue Eyes Blue’ (a new song from the “Runaway Bride” soundtrack) and many others from this master guitarist.

Also released on video.

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GENESIS – TURN IT ON AGAIN – THE HITS
A compilation of hits and including ‘The Carpet Crawl 99’ featuring guest vocals from Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins.

Track list at: http://www.genesis-web.com

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DAVID BOWIE – HOURS
includes the haunting ‘Thursday’s Child’

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SOUTH AFRICAN

PIET BOTHA – JAN SKOPGRAAF

The second album from South Africa’s cross between Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen is out now on Wildebeest Records. Haunting and humorous, this Afrikaans album tells stories about life and living in South Africa. Not as good as his 1995 outing ”n Suitcase Vol Winter’, but well-worth a listen.

http://pietbotha.com
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FAMOUS CURTAIN TRICK – LAND OF NO CADILLACS

New album from the Durban-based band who opened for Bryan Adams earlier this year.

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THE HONEYMOON SUITES

The Honeymoon Suites have finally released their debut full-length album, ‘Five Star’, the follow-up to their so-called ‘Greatest Hits’ EP from 1998. The Suites have been gigging relentlesly over the past two years, honing their exuberant and energetic stage show and style. As live acts go, there cannot be many SA bands who can match the invention and sheer entertainment of the songs from their legendary live sets. On ‘Five Star’ they have delivered a good-time album that does well to illustrate the band’s sound, songs and ensemble chemistry.

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BIG SKY

One of SA rock’s unsung heroes, Steve Louw, has just released his ‘Best Of The Decade’ collection. Louw has been playing under the name ‘Big Sky’ since the dissolution of his first band, All Night Radio, late in the 1980’s. Although he performs as Big Sky, Louw is essentially its only permanent member, recruiting musicians specifically for certain tasks. Louw wrote all these songs, which were recorded in America under the watchful eye (ear?) of some well known LA studio producers. The second Big Sky album, ‘Horizon’, won the 1997 SAMA award for “Rock Album of the Year” (highly deserved) and the band grabbed the prestiguous support slot for Rodriguez’ 1998 tour to SA.

See review below.

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VARIOUS ARTISTS – A NAARTJIE IN OUR SOSATIE

During the early ’80’s, Shifty Records was the home to many of the SA rock fraternity’s most ‘alternatief’ artists. Many of these tracks appeared on a vinyl compilation called ‘A Naartjie In My Sosatie’, including the Kalahari Surfers (‘Prayer For Civilisation’), National Wake (‘International News’), Bernoldus Niemand (‘Hou My Vas Korporaal’) and Roger Lucey (‘Storms And Fires’).

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FETISH – SO MANY PROPHETS

The new Fetish is album out – you can go listen to sound samples from it on
http://www.fetishmusic.co.za

thanks

Stefan
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WHATS ON
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JUST JINGER
Just Jinger are currently on their national tour to promote their new album ‘Here’s To You’. For more info and all those dates, see http://www.justjinger.co.za or http://www.bmg.co.za

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FESTIVAL OF LIVING TREASURES

More than 30 000 people are expected to attend the ‘The Festival of Living Treasures’ which will be held concurrently in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park on December 15 & 16 and in the Shongweni Resources Reserve on December 16, 17, 18 & 19. The combined festivities will present around 80 performances in more than 60 hours of music and dance over five days.

The projected line-up of acts reads like a “who’s who” on the national and international music scene. It includes Ginger Baker (UK); Oliver Mtukudzi & Mahube (Zimbabwe / SA); Yungchen Lhamo (Tibet); Sergio Dias (Brazil); Bob Brozman (USA); Joel Gonthier (France); Phil Manzanera (UK/ Cuba); Young Ba Cuba (Republic of Congo); Simba Morri (Kenya); Nestor Kornblum & Michele Averard with Patricia Almeyda (Spain / Peru); Lamine Konte (Senegal); Gito Baloi (Mozambique); Miriam Makeba; Ray Phiri & Stimela; Jimmy Dludlu; Mathew Van Der Want & Chris Letcher; Paul Hanmer and McCoy Mrubata; Wendy Oldfield; Landscape Prayers, and “Guitars For Africa” (all from SA) to name but a few.

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ELAINE PAIGE

Elaine Paige is also coming to SA in November for a few performances, try http://www.ticketweb.co.za for info and tickets.

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ALANIS MORRISETTE

Alanis comes to SA in December…
more info at http://www.air.org.za

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PIET BOTHA

DIE SKOPGRAAF TOER – PIET BOTHA

NOV 4        DORPSTRAAT THEATRE, STELLENBOSCH
NOV 5        DORPSTRAAT THEATRE, STELLENBOSCH
NOV 6        DORPSTRAAT THEATRE, STELLENBOSCH
NOV 8        THE GRANGE THEATRE, BELLVILLE
NOV 9        THE GRANGE THEATRE, BELLVILLE
NOV 10 MELKBOSSKERM (WEST COAST)
NOV 11 WHAMMY BAR, TABLE VIEW
NOV 12 ROYAL HOTEL, RIEBEECKKASTEEL
NOV 13 JUFFROUSHOOGHTE, VREDENBURG

Hannalie Coetzee

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OBLIVIOUS ROCK

The Hangklip Hotel in Pringle Bay are hosting Oblivious Rock from 10 – 16 December 1999. This is an opportunity for young and upcoming bands/talent to present and promote themselves with Hangklip as a venue. Bands like Springbok Nude Girls, Valiant Swart and Akkedis had the same opportunity and developed to what we know and respect today. For more information contact Jacques at (028) 273 8448 or mailto:hangklip@iafrica.com

Oblivious Rock will be the appetizing build-up to the Mainstay Hangklip Rock Festival on 18 December. Watch relevant spaces for details.

Best regards

Jacques Rossouw

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REVIEWS
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BIG SKY – BEST OF THE DECADE
Stephen Segerman

When Big Sky won the SAMA award for Best Rock Act in the mid-’90’s, beating off a strong challenge from the younger turks of the SA rock scene (Urban Creep, Squeal), many folks’ reaction was “Who?”. A typical response towards an artist who has worked consistently since the early ’80’s to establish himself as one of SA’s foremost rock musicians. Steve Louw began his career with All Night Radio before creating Big Sky in 1990. With no other fixed band personnel involved, Louw worked with an assortment of producers and musicians, usually international, to create his ’90’s body of work. He worked with Kevin Shirley on the first album, ‘Waiting For The Dawn’, and then used the legendary producer and arranger, Shelley Yakus, for his second, ‘Horizon’, which was the album that won the SAMA award. The third album, ‘Going Down With Mr Green’, completed his trilogy of exceptional ’90’s rock albums.

But despite the quality of the material on these three albums, Steve Louw remained SA Rock’s “Invisible Man”. He popped up with a full band as the support to Rodriguez on his 1998 SA tour and caught the attention of a host of SA rock fans who then went looking for some of these albums. Now Steve has released a compilation of the best tracks off these three albums, and ‘Best Of The Decade’ is a worthy title and damn fine album. Besides the older hits like ‘Waiting For The Dawn’, Diamonds And Dust’, ‘Slow Dancing’, ‘One Cut With A Knife’, ‘Run To Me’, ‘Wasted’, and ‘Strange Room’, there are two new tracks – ‘Destiny’ and ‘Skin Deep’. Steve Louw is a no-frills rocker with an ear for elegaic melodies and intelligent lyrics. He deserves far more attention then he has received and hopefully this strong collection will achieve just that.

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FORUM
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ON THE EDGE

I have taped episodes 2,3 and 5 of “Edge” on the then TV1, directed by Cliff Graham for the SABC (MCMLXXXVII). The script was by Gus Silber and reflected the history of South African pop music (Hawk doing Orang Otang on stage and early Rabbitt at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, sponsored by GAP jeans – fights and all!). In one of the episodes Cindy Alter of Clout was interviewed and the following comes out of that interview.

“Graham Beggs actually knew Glenda. Glenda was our keyboard player and Graham had managed Glenda’s band that she was with before. She told us there’s this manager, he’s got a record company, he’d like to see you. Can I bring him around one Saturday afternoon when we’re rehearsing? And that led on to another thing. Graham came to a few rehearsals – he liked what he saw . He saw some potential there and said “Look I’ve got a good song I’d like you to record”. And that was ‘Substitute’.”

“Mike Fuller and Clive Calder also approached Clout and said, “Please come with us we’ll make you famous” and Graham also said, “Come with me I’ll make you famous. At that stage we went with Graham because we were going overseas the next day. He said, “Sign the contract girls and we’ll go overseas – so we did.”

On the fact that “she hasn’t got millions and doesn’t drive a BMW or a Mercedes,” Cindy mentions that they, “–didn’t read the fine print and what ensued was not what we had expected.” She further states that, “It did become a bit of a puppet show with the grand master puppeteer raking in all the money and the poor little puppets getting put in the box at the end of the day.”

It is also interesting to note that according to the narrator, the fact that it came out that none of the members of Clout had actually played instruments on the single (‘Substitute’) and their places were secretly taken by an all male session band (Circus), helped lead to the “downfall of the group”.

Is there somebody out there who can pull a few strings to get “the Edge” series broadcast again or if that is not possible, to get it released on video tape?

Greetings
Dave Malherbe

For more info on ‘Substitute’ visit http://www.rock.co.za/files/sa_classic_songs.html

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PSYCHO REPTILES

Being a 80’s local music fan – I was wondering if you have any news re. Psycho Reptiles? Are they still around, my vinyl is getting played up!
Later Barfly

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FINCH AND HENSON

Would love to know if Brian Finch & Kenny Henson still make albums and where are they now. Used to have most of their albums but cannot remember the names. Can you please let me know the names of their albums and if these are available on CD. Can their albums be ordered on the Internet?

Maureen McKinnon

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PEDRO THE MUSIC MAN

I am based in CT and very well known by children, those who used to be
children when the Kideo series were shown and their parents of course.
I see myself as a music teacher who uses story-telling as a way to
introduce children to African musical instruments and the pleasure of
making music with self-made instruments.

I am not appearing on TV at the moment but my music is playing every
morning on School TV (sung by the Pezoulies puppets). Of course nobody
watches these programs at the moment since the intended audience is at
school!!!
I do my own recording at home with Cubase VST on a Mac platform and been enjoying it. The Pezouli songs have come out all kinds of flavours (I believe in exposing children to as wide a variety of music as possible.). Many SA musical forms such as Kwela, Marabi, Mbaqanga and then the whole African diaspora stuff such as Blues, Bossa, Salsa with quite a lot of the material turning out quite “rocky”. I even have a song on transport with the Jew’s harp which sound a lot like J.J.Cale.

Also, if you have an advertising section, I am probably the only musician in SA who is not yet “booked” for the great millennium bit. Not sure I want to be working on that day either…
Somewhere somehow there must be some very rich parents planning the mother of all children parties.

Stay well

Pedro

http://users.iafrica.com/m/mu/musicman

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BLUE WATER

Can anyone help with the official original lyrics for the song (TAKE ME BACK TO) BLUE WATER by Julian Laxton Band? It was a hit in SA and Zimbabwe as a single but I have never been able to decipher all the lyrics. Perhaps someone has the sheet music with the official lyric? Would appreciate the help.

Many thanks in advance

Chris Kimberley

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JEREMY TAYLOR
Rod Currin

Editor’s brother (in case you didn’t guess from the name): I listened to that LP [Spike Milligan and Jeremy Taylor, issue #37 – ed] so many times you could almost hear the other side playing!
I actually met Jeremy Taylor when we were videoing a conference that he and Malie Kelly were performing at. (Sorry for the grammar!). No, they
appeared one after the other, not together.
While my colleagues buzzed around Malie like flies around – well, you know – I had a great chat with Jeremy (well, I DID address him as “Jeremy”). He was most amazed how many of his songs I knew from the LP, since those songs were never released in SA. As he says on the LP: “I wrote a lot of songs while in SA, many of which were recorded, all of which were banned!”
He even sang one song to me (just me!) and we both agreed it would not go down well with the specific audience that night, so I guess I can say I was a music consultant for him, albeit VERY briefly and unofficially!

No, it’s not my fault that he advertised tea-bags on TV. That was BEFORE I met him…

Cheers

Rod
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HIDDEN GEMS
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PRISONERS OF WAR – DAVID KRAMER (from KLASSIC KRAMER) and
GOEIE NAG GENERAAL – PIET BOTHA (from ‘n SUITCASE VOL WINTER)

2 very different songs about the border war in South Africa. David Kramer sings in English and is very serious when he asks “what were we fighting for?” Piet Botha offers the answer; “die OK bazaars and die hele bladdy spul by die SAUK”. Piet’s song is thunderingly powerful with a stunning guitar solo.

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ON THE NET
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MUZE
http://www.muze.com

Incredible online music database and completely searchable.

Their Top 1000 albums list is particularly interesting and very detailed with cover scans, track listings, release dates, musician info and sound files.

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KOOS KOMBUIS

For a while now, the only website dedicated to the world, words and music of Koos Kombuis was Bomskok Babbelaas (http://www.lia.net/agrobler/Bomskok.htm). Now Mr Kombuis has decided to do it himself and you can find his new site at: http://www.kooskombuis.co.za

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MUSICA ROCKS THE NET
Yvonne McDonnagh

Musica hits the World Wide Web and cyber space will never be the same again. The focus is on entertainment and on the cutting edge of new technology, but most of all it’s fun! Check out the funkiest designs ever seen on the Web in this country and click through to a multiplicity of rooms offering news, reviews, chart updates, flashbacks, live chats, live Web radio, links, sound bites, video clips and the latest gossip about what’s happening in music, both local and international.

http://www.musica.co.za

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From The Vaults: SA Rock Digest, this week 10 years ago

SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE NUMBER 37

[24th October 1999 – edited, 22nd October 2009]

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The South African Rock Music Digest
is a free, subscription e-mag, edited
by Brian Currin and Stephen “Sugar”
Segerman and delivered direct to your
e-mailbox.

Established January 1999

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INTRODUCTION
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This e-mag is a discussion forum for rock and pop music —
South African and International — past, present and future.

As we hurtle towards the end of the year/decade/century/millennium
(pick one or all of the above), the Digest will become more erratic,
less regular, still irreverent and always éRocking!

Please note: All e-mail contributions to the SA Rock Digest need to be in plain
text, and with no attachments. Also, all e-mails in HTML format, in lowercase, or
all in CAPITALS, tend to take quite a while to fix, so will often be ignored.

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APOLOGIES
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Sincere apologies to the Rage website for the wrong address last issue.
Here’s where to find them:
http://www.rage.co.za
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REVIEWS
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FOUNTAIN OF TEARS

As promised last issue here is some info on US prog-rockers, Fountain of Tears.

I’m writing about this band and their new independently released CD for 3 reasons:
1. They sent me their CD and I really like it.
2. To show South Africans that excellent bands all over the world struggle to get recognition, its not a uniquely South African malaise.
3. To show Digest readers that self-promotion through the Net is a viable proposition.

WHO ARE THEY?
Jeff King

From its birth, the vision of Fountain of Tears has been to write original music that is refreshing, inspiring and stimulates the creativity and imagination of the listener. Founded in 1995 by Erik Ney and Jeff King, the success of this vision would require the perfect blend of personal, creative, and musical elements. This blend was achieved through the additions of Joe Daub and Mike DiDonato. While the music was initially written as instrumental, the members believed that by adding the right vocalist they would be able to reach a broader market. It wasn’t until December of 1997 that Anna DeRose was found as the voice that would compliment their sound.

Although the success of their former bands, Believer, Sacrament and Sardonyx had won them world-wide recognition in the thrash and metal genres, the members of Fountain of Tears had not fully tapped their musical potential. In order to retain creative control and to work at a relaxed pace, they began to write for their first independent release. This unique album features not only the vocal versions of the songs, but also the instrumental versions as they were originally written.

Like many groups consisting of talented and driven individuals, dedication to the project was tested through periods of hardship and uncertainty. Family commitments, careers, school, circumstances of life and conflicting schedules prevented the members from meeting more than once per week, and set-backs had considerably lengthened the writing and recording process. Final editing and mastering for the album was completed in early 1999, and the band, relieved and somewhat exhausted, held a listening party for a very enthusiastic audience.

As Fountain of Tears promotes its self-titled CD, Erik is married and in medical school; Joe is married, has a two year old son and races on a pro mountain bike team; Jeff holds a degree in Philosophy and is a provider of web and music services; Mike builds computers, manages a specialty printing shop and plays ice hockey; and Anna pursues her degree in textile sciences. Together they continue to write music that is emotional, powerful and memorable.

WHAT DO THEY SOUND LIKE?
Brian Currin

Their sound is 90s progressive-rock/metal with female vocals. Haunting atmospheric keyboards swirl around the soaring vocals of Anna DeRose and are punctuated with sizzling guitar work. My only complaint is that the vocals seem a bit subdued in the mix, I really would have liked to hear Anna’s voice more clearly.

This CD has 10 tracks, the last 5 being instrumental versions of the first 5.

Album opener is ‘Survive’. Fans of SA band Fetish will love this one. Strong vocals and even stronger instrumentation.

‘She Wants To Be’ is a thundering piano-driven rocker with some stunning guitarwork.

‘The Sleeper’ is the poem by Edgar Allan Poe, narrated by Sheree Kunkle over a perfectly matched aural soundscape (the atmospheric keyboards I spoke of earlier). The tolling bell adds to feeling of eerieness. Don’t listen to this one late at night on your own.

‘Carousel’ starts with some gentle guitar then picks up speed and races along with no apparent end in sight…and then it ends far too soon (after 5 and a half minutes). Anna sounds very like Kate Bush on this track.

‘Real’ is a powerful rocker with determined drumming and pounding piano, similar in places to early Renaissance.

The instrumental versions also sound great in their own right. Jeff King’s piano is really incredible. Fountain of Tears are a group of talented musicians who deserve to do very well.

Listen to MP3s and buy the CD on their website:
http://www.fountainoftears.com

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R.A.H. IN PURSPECTIVE
Roger Glover

Last issue we posted Garry Smith’s review of the Deep Purple and Friends concert at the Royal Albert Hall on the 25th September.

Here is an insight from Deep Purple bassist, Roger Glover, reprinted here with his kind permission…

It has been a few weeks now, and time enough to put some perspective on
things. The two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall were, in a word, bloody great.
(yes, I know, that’s two words, so there’s no need to start threading about it, I’m a bass player, and Welsh, so I don’t know any better!) None of us could really have anticipated the feeling that we experienced together on those nights. What a joy. Thank you all, the most loyal and intelligent bunch of bananas any band could ask for. To stand there on that stage and be given the welcome that we received was truly unforgettable. We do love you, especially all you that work so hard on our behalf on the Net.

As you know, I am a fan of IP, SM, JL and IG, and I think that everyone
put in a stellar performance. I loved all the solo pieces. Working with
Ronnie [James Dio] after all these years was such a treat as well. In particular I would like to say how proud I am of Jon, who was not only inspired enough to write the Concerto in the first place, but to devote all his time and energy over the months before these dates to ensure that it all went swimmingly, as they say. Great job.

The five days of rehearsals were super; a lot of concentration, laughs,
nerves, memories, old friends, new friends, pizza. Big accolades for our trusty crew, along with various unsung heroes, all part of the team; Charlie Lewis deserves a special mention, a giant among men, talk about grace under pressure. Colin Hart, who has been with us since 1971, did a superb job under intense stress. Alison Hussey was indispensable. Moray and Louie, our sound and lights, and Rob on monitors, all did wonderful things. We stand in the spotlight but all the crew, every single one of them (including the ones that weren’t there but were with us on the tours over the last couple of years) deserve your applause. If it wasn’t for either you or them we’d still
be in a rehearsal room somewhere.

The other day I was recounting the events that led to the Concerto being performed again thirty years on, to someone who doesn’t know much about us, and as I related it I realized what a fantastic tale it is. The circumstances and coincidences that culminated in the shows on 25th and 26th September 1999 are quite magical; the manuscript for the Concerto being lost for all those years and then Marco De Goeij approaching Jon in Rotterdam last year after having spent two years of laborious detective work on the score and writing it out again; Paul Mann, Colin Hart’s nephew, who as a young boy grew up listening to the Concerto and dreaming of one day becoming a conductor; the LSO, one of the busiest orchestras in the world, having a free weekend; The Royal Albert Hall, just as busy, finding a free weekend; Ronnie Dio, Sam Brown, Miller Anderson, Graham Preskett, Steve Morris, Eddie Hardin, Dave LaRue, Van Romaine, all the singers, the Kick Horns, all being available and willing to offer their services in the name of the charity; and Deep Purple, a band in need of a special event to round off this touring season and a kick off towards the next album. Serendipity, a word that was invented for such occasions.

Anyway. When’s the next one?

Good luck,

RG

{Editor: boy, I wish I had been there…
Maybe DP will come to tour South Africa again sometime?}

Visit The South African Deep Purple Website at:
http://www.deeppurple.co.za

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FORUM
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SPOKEN WORD SONGS (CONTINUED)

I think WE SALUTE YOU by Reg de Beer was a spoken word song.
Trumpeter Murray Campbell (normally known for instrumental tracks) also roped in various people to record spoken vocal parts for his songs.

Chris Kimberley

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CONNECTING PEOPLE

A number of people have told me about meeting up with old friends, and making new ones, thanks to the Internet, e-mail and in some cases, this Digest.

Stephan Forster and Nigel Walsh got together in London and swopped LPs, CDs and tapes.
Stephan also met up again with Craig Ballen in San Diego recently. And Rene Mullenders and Bas Mollenkramer have met in Holland. Read on…

GOING DUTCH

Last weekend I went to visit Bas Möllenkramer, the guy with the Flames website. He has quiet an amazing record collection including LP’s of Freedom’s Children, Hawk and Otis Waygood. On his Flames site he mentions the different pressings of each Flames album, he in fact owns a copy of each pressing. He has different pressings of various other LP’s as well including about 8 copies of Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. He moved from the then Rhodesia in 1975 so he missed the whole Rabbitt hysteria though he’s quiet an admirer of Trevor Rabin’s guitar work. He actually saw him perform on stage with Yes (with the complete line-up). Well, I brought my ‘Rabbitt – The Hits’ CD along and introduced him to Rabbitt and he was impressed. I also brought along my ‘Best Of SA Pop’ CD’s and that brought back a lot of memories. He’s been looking for the Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ for years. He was also impressed with Lesley Rae Dowling’s first LP with ‘Grips Of Emotion’ on it. Another interesting LP he has is one of Jeremy Taylor with Spike Milligan. We didn’t listen to it but it must be quite something. I can go on and on and on about what I saw (and I didn’t even go through all his LP’s, that would take days).

Rene Mullenders

{Editor: I have that Spike Milligan and Jeremy Taylor LP. It was recorded at Cambridge University in December 1973. The funniest part, among a double LP of very humourous songs, stories and poems, is Jeremy explaining the words of ‘Ag Pleez Daddy’ to his English audience.}

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RADIO FAN – POLAND

I love the music from Africa. I have all the albums by Johnny Clegg,
I love Trevor Rabin (as I am Yes fan)…I love Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Oyaba.
Lately I ordered soundtrack from the TV series Shaka Zulu…

I told you already about my Treasure Island on the radio, it would be great if I could have news about music from South Africa weekly.

Thank You
Lukasz

{Editor: Now thats the type of “may I subcribe” letter we really like! Lukasz is a DJ on a radio station in Poland and he plays “beautiful music from all over the world”}

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DOG DETACHMENT

For my money, “Dog Detachment” and “Asylum
Kids” were THE business in the early 80’s.

Any idea of what ever happened to the Armstrongs? I’m sure Barney Simon would know. I used to work with them at CSIR in Pretoria. One of them was an MSc aeronautical engineer, and the other was working on a PhD in radar technology….if I remember correctly.

I’m in SA every 6 months or so. Do you know if their albums have been
re-released on CD? I would certainly buy!!

Mark Pratz
Prague

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THE DYNAMICS

After numerous requests for info on the Dynamics, the Digest made contact with keyboardist Jimmy Florence (thanks to Jonathan Handley).

Jimmy is not yet on-line, but as soon as he is, we should receive some e-mails about the Dynamics, Extremist and all the other things he has been involved in. Watch this space!

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NOSTALGIA RULES, OK?

During the past weekend I went on one of my regular nostalgia trips and came upon a recording I made of an interview which, after the re-release of ‘Astra’, Robin Clark of the then Radio 5 had with Julian Laxton. In it they play tracks off the album and Julian gives some very interesting information regarding the recording of ‘Astra’. After Julian’s mention of Mel, Mel and Julian, I just had to listen to the album again and as always found it a very good early Simon and Garfunkel (‘Wednesday morning 3:00 AM’ era) imitation. It is difficult to imagine Julian walking out of M. M. and J. into Freedom’s Children.

During the interview Robin Clarke mentions that he met Colin Pratley at a Hawk/Freedom’s Children concert at Durban City Hall and that by pretending to be the drummer of a fictitious band, got access to the concert via Collin. The mention of Colin Pratley in turn triggered Wildebeest and I was compelled to listen to the whole of ‘Bushrock 1’ recorded live at Upstairs (Sunnyside, Pretoria) on 28 Feb and 1 March 1981. One tends to forget the great sounds Wildebeest produced with the interaction between the frentic violin of Dave Tarr and driving lead guitar of Boet Faber. Can someone tell me where Dave and Boet were/are before/after Wildebeest? I couldn’t believe that I had forgotten that ‘Bushrock 1’ features ‘Slowly towards the North’ (as ‘Pofadder’), ‘The kid he came from Nazareth’ (as ‘Russian and Chips’) and ‘Tribal Fence’.

I often find myself using the stereotyped expression *they were well before their time* when referring to some SA talent in general and Freedom’s Children and Hawk in particular. But then what time would have suited them best to have entered the spotlight?

Greetings

Dave Malherbe

Visit the Freedoms Children website at:
http://www.rock.co.za/legends/freedomschildren/

and Hawk is at:
http://www.rock.co.za/legends/hawk/

and just to round it all off, Otis Waygood is at:
http://www.rock.co.za/legends/otiswaygood/

All part of the SA Rock Legends website
http://www.rock.co.za/legends
Where South Africa’s rock legends still live

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JOHNNY CLEGG

I didn’t know Johnny Clegg is South African. I’ve heard (not seen) him & Savuka live back in 1988 somewhere in France while interrailing with Maarit (my wife). We were outside a big tent where he was performing, so we couldn’t see him, but the music was really relaxing. There were lots of people outside that tent, so the atmosphere wes great there, too.

And Trevor Rabin. I know Yes, too.

Heikki Heino
Finland

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FALLING MIRROR

Now the good news is that I have been in touch with Tully McCully about the Mirror and he given me the go ahead to remaster the ‘Zen Boulders’ album for a release in early 2000…if this goes OK then it will see the emergence of ‘Storming of the loft’, ‘Fantasy Kid’, ‘Johnny calls the chemist’ and hopefully sometime in the not too distant future a new version of ‘Shattered’ (perhaps a title change) on CD.

One of the most pressing problems that I have is accessing the original album artwork, I’m going to try my old compatriots at Tusk (Gallo) but I’m not holding out too much hope. If I can’t find it I’m going to have to rescan a virgin cover (if that is possible….lets see…)

I’m also desperately trying to get hold of my fellow Brakpanian Lucien Windridge of éVoid in London.

Benjy Mudie
mailto:fresh@icon.co.za

Fresh Music
http://www.freshmusic.co.za

Falling Mirror on the web at:
http://www.rock.co.za/legends/fallingmirror/
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REQUESTS
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SPIRITS REJOICE

Let me introduce myself. My name is Paul Petersen. I am from Cape Town, South Africa but currently living in Kentucky, USA. I came across your website last night and decided you might be the person to help me.

In the early 80’s, I was a member of the band Spirits Rejoice. I sang the song ‘Shine On’. I am now looking for a copy of the video that was made of this song by the SABC. Would you happen to know where I might get a copy? I tried the SABC a while back, and they were not able to help me.

Please let me know if you can help. I would appreciate it very much.

Paul Petersen
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HIDDEN GEMS
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SHE – McCULLY WORKSHOP

This superb Beatlesque track, recorded by the reformed McCully Workshop in 1998, would not be out of place on any Oasis album. That begs the question why Oasis sells millions of CDs and this track is ignored? Even by South African radio programmers!

‘She’ is one of 6 new songs on the 12-track ‘Buccaneer’ compilation CD released in 1998. The McCully brothers (Mike and Tully McCullagh) decided to rework some of their classic songs and record some new ones. They went into Tully’s renowned Spaced-Out Sound studios in Cape Town in 1998 and a while later they emerged with a freshened-up ’98 version of their 1978 chart-topper ‘Buccaneer’. The original late 70s band members, Richard Black (lead guitar and vocals) and Rupert Mellor (keyboards and vocals) were recalled to help flesh out these songs. Mike McCully played drums and Tully handled the guitar, bass and vocals while Kevin Gibson (drums) and ex-Falling Mirror guitarist Allan Faull helped out as well.

McCully Workshop have lost none of the spark that made them one of SA’s greatest pop/rock bands and ‘She’ is a great example of how good they still are at writing and playing catchy, listenable pop/rock songs.

Visit the McCully Website at:
http://www.mccullyworkshop.co.za

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ON THE NET
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PROMOTE YOURSELF!
Brian Currin

Think you can’t afford to have your own website? Think again!

It is actually very easy to design and host a website for very little cost using Internet magazines (like OTI and .Net) and some superb websites.

I am not a computer genius and basic HTML is about my speed, so I need all the help I can get. Here are some of the websites that supply free hosting of different web resources, if you don’t mind a banner ad or two.

Free Vote
http://www.freevote.com
Voting booths with very easy-to-use functions for both the booth owner and visitors.

BeSeen
http://mysearch.looksmart.com
a website search engine…brilliant…

Inside The Web

Inside The Web


message boards…you choose the colour scheme so it matches your site

The Counter
http://thecounter.com
free visitor tracking, even invisible counters are available

Crosswinds

Hosting Solutions


webhosting – free and unlimited space…no pop-ups or adverts on your pages…I read about this in .Net mag and its really great. The SA Rock Digest back-issues are archived at Crosswinds.

Angelfire
http://www.angelfire.com
another great host site…adverts only appear on index page, not like those horrible Geocities pop-ups…ugh!

Listen.to
http://listen.to/
redirect addresses for those of us who can’t afford our own domain names.

Examples:
http://welcome.to/sarock
http://talk.to/glorydays

Arachnophelia
http://www.arachnoid.com
a superb HTML editor

Hotmail
http://www.hotmail.com
Free e-mail…and you can even check your normal POP mail through them.

There are a lot of others, but these are the ones I use the most…

Also Internet Cafés are great and reasonably priced so you don’t even have to own a computer or have a dial-up connection.

Café Vodacom in Milnerton Cape Town charges R15 an hour and the staff are very helpful and friendly and I go there often.

And don’t forget…

Backstage
http://www.backstage.co.za

Gareth Sherwood, SA musician and computer nut, offers a design and hosting service for a very reasonable fee.

Use the Web, it’s the future of self-promotion…
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SEETHER RETURN TRIUMPHANT

(Brian Currin was at The Mercury to watch Seether on their 2004 SA homecoming tour)

I had the privilege of seeing power trio Saron Gas play at the Jam in Cape Town on the 14th December 2001 on the eve of their leaving for the US to try, as Judas Priest sang, ‘Take On All The World’. Reviewing that show I wrote: “Saron Gas seemed to have mastered the elusive art of combining the energy and attitude of nu-metal with superb tunes and even sing-along choruses…”.

On the first weekend of this new year, I had the privilege of seeing them again, though a number of things have changed. The Jam is now the Mercury Live, Saron Gas is now Seether, the 3-piece is now a 4-piece, and the drummer has changed (a few times!). The current Seether lineup consists of Shaun Morgan (nee Welgemoed) taking guitar and vocal duties, Dale Stewart (the other original member) on bass and vocals, Pat Callahan on guitars and John Humphrey (from the Nixons) on drums.

Barney Simon introduced the band by reminding us that, “if it’s too loud, you’re too old” and then Seether roared in with ‘Gasoline’ which is currently in the Billboard top ten Modern Rock Tracks chart (and was the SA Rock Digest Song of the Year in 2002). They ploughed through all their hits and popular tracks including ‘Hang On’ from the ‘Daredevil’ soundtrack. ‘Fine Again’ (Billboard’s number 9 Modern Rock Track of the Year 2003) was dedicated to the late Dave Williams of fellow Ozzfest touring partners, Drowning Pool.

Morgan keeps his face hidden almost all the time behind a mane of hair, and he doesn’t talk much. That’s OK as we are not here to see his face or hear him speak, but rather to listen to the anger in his singing as he includes us in his healing process from his lack of acceptance as a teenager. In his solo spot during the set (‘Take Me Away’ with just him and his electric guitar) he looked like Andrew WK (without the bloody nose) and sounded like Kurt Cobain, tortured and alone. As he is quoted on the Seether website, “This, I suppose, is the only way I can purge, but it is therapeutic.”

On the side of the stage sat lead singer from Evanescence, Amy Lee, Shaun’s current girlfriend who he has described as “the girl he’s been looking for his entire life”. Amy Lee joined the band onstage for the closing number and though she may be small in size she has a huge voice, which soared above the grinding rock like the offspring of a banshee and an angel.

When Saron Gas left in January 2001 we wished them all the best as they plunged into the unforgiving US market. Now 2 years later they return home, acclaimed as new Rock Gods.

As the chorus of the anthemic ‘Out Of My Way’ from the ‘Freddy vs Jason’ soundtrack says; “Nobody’s gonna stand in my way, give it up, son, I’m doing it my way”. You better believe it.

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