Broome al­bum im­mor­talised

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Robert Dougherty

An al­bum cre­ated by five leg­endary Broome mu­si­cians has been im­mor­talised as a na­tional trea­sure.

The Kuck­les formed in the 1970s fea­tur­ing the late Jimmy Chi on vo­cals, gui­tarists and vo­cal­ists Michael Mano­lis and Stephen Pi­gram, bass gui­tarist Pa­trick Bin Amat and drum­mer Garry Gower.

Their sub­se­quent al­bum — Brand New Day — Mil­liya Ru­marra — was one of 10 record­ings to be in­ducted into the Na­tional Film and Sound Ar­chive Hall of Fame for 2017.

Mr Pi­gram said it was the first record­ing ever made by a Broome band of orig­i­nal mu­sic that was ac­tu­ally put on a cas­sette.

“Peo­ple had been recorded be­fore but it was all cover mu­sic,” he said.

“We put it to­gether at the ABC in Adelaide in Oc­to­ber 1981 as a live record­ing, di­rect to eight-track tape.

“We took the mas­ter tape and made a cou­ple of hun­dred cas­sette copies with a black and white cover de­sign by Ge­off Buchan and the Broome Arts Group.

“We hand-coloured it with pen­cil, to make it saleable, then walked around town and sold it for about $10 each,” he added.

Mr Bin Amat said the record­ing was part of an au­di­tion in or­der for the band to per­form in Ger­many at Cologne in March 1982, un­for­tu­nately the mas­ter copy was lost on that same trip.

“It was a mash­ing to­gether of Broome cul­ture, re­flect­ing Abo­rig­i­nal and pearling her­itage — there was a lit­tle bit of po­lit­i­cal stuff as well,” he said.

“We were play­ing mu­sic be­fore that any­way, at the Roe­buck Bay Ho­tel as teenagers for four or five years but Jimmy gal­vanised us into a proper play­ing band. He said, ‘come on, fill these forms and we’ll all go down (to Cen­tre for Abo­rig­i­nal Stud­ies and Mu­sic, Adelaide)’. I think he’d have loved it (be­ing in­cluded in the list), he was re­ally re­spon­si­ble for get­ting the group mo­ti­vated rather than just slog­ging away in the pubs.”

Other beloved sounds of Aus­tralia to be im­mor­talised in­clude the song Our Don Brad­man, by Len Mau­rice, the Play School theme, Frank Ifield’s I Re­mem­ber You, and the Louie the Fly Mortein jin­gle, writ­ten by au­thor Bryce Courte­nay and recorded by Kingswood Coun­try ac­tor Ross Hig­gins.

Mod­ern clas­sics such as Love Is In the Air by John Paul Young, Don’t Change by INXS and Kasey Cham­bers’ Not Pretty Enough also made the list.

Mr Pi­gram said he could see a hu­mor­ous side of be­ing in­cluded in this year’s ar­chiv­ing along­side the fa­mous Mortein ad­vert be­cause Louie the Fly was a nick­name for the Fa­ther Bene­dic­tus char­ac­ter in Bran Nue Dae.

“It was the be­gin­ning of Broome’s orig­i­nal mu­sic his­tory and its an hon­our to recog­nised in the na­tional sound ar­chives,” he said.

Pic­ture: Na­tional Film and Sound Ar­chive

The hand-coloured case of a Kuck­les' Brand New Day tape.

Michael Mano­lis, Stephen Pi­gram and Pa­trick Bin Amat.

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