PLAY­ING TRIB­UTE TO PAST

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD PLAY -

Long be­fore Don Walker started writ­ing songs and pound­ing keys for Cold Chisel, he may have danced the Hully Gully.

This popular 1960s line dance lends its ti­tle to Walker’s lat­est solo record and its open­ing track.

“I can re­mem­ber do­ing it be­cause a lot of other peo­ple around were do­ing it,” he says.

“Every­body danced with somebody in their arms and then there came a point where you had to stand back from who­ever you were danc­ing with and sort of free-form body ex­pres­sion.

“In a place like Carrs Creek, that did not come nat­u­rally, so we needed some­thing to do and that’s where the Hully Gully came from.

“I just wanted to write a real bone­head song for the Suave F---s to play.”

The afore­men­tioned Suaves, as they are called in po­lite company, is his other band – Glen Han­nah, Roy Payne, Gar­rett Costi­gan, Michael Vi­dale and Hamish Stu­art.

Walker, like all of the men of Chisel, has main­tained his own mu­si­cal iden­tity along­side the revered Aus­tralian rock band for more than 25 years.

His first “solo” out­ing in the late 1980s after Chisel had called it quits was re­leased un­der the Cat­fish pseu­do­nym.

It wouldn’t be un­til 1994 that he put out the We’re All Gunna Die record un­der his own name, also re­leas­ing al­bums with col­lab­o­ra­tors Tex Perkins and Charlie Owen as Tex, Don and Charlie.

Many of the Hully Gully songs have ges­tated for almost a decade, evolv­ing through live air­ings when Walker gets to­gether with his Suaves.

By the time they have been recorded, ev­ery­one nails it quickly and the re­sults sound like they have been ripped from the stage rather than pieced to­gether in a stu­dio.

“The al­bum is a sam­pling of what we have been do­ing over 10 years.”

Don Walker

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