PLAYING TRIBUTE TO PAST
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.”