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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

SPIN Doc­tor had a call this week from 78-year-old Aussie muso John Greenan, for­mer sax player in rock le­gend Johnny O’Keefe’s band the Dee Jays, but more im­por­tantly the co-writer, 53 years ago, of the song that gave O’Keefe his nick­name, The Wild One. Greenan has re­cently hung up the mu­sic teach­ing boots he has been wear­ing in Syd­ney for decades, but in­forms SD that he is still play­ing in a lo­cal big band. If that gig isn’t a great payer, at least he has his ‘‘su­per’’, as he calls it, to rely on; not some­thing that most work­ing mu­sos can look for­ward to. Since 1987, when Greenan dis­cov­ered his name had been left off the song­writ­ing cred­its of a com­pi­la­tion al­bum fea­tur­ing The Wild One, he has been col­lect­ing roy­alty cheques from across the world. The song has been used in a mul­ti­tude of movies, tele­vi­sion shows and ads for TV and ra­dio, as well as be­ing recorded by many artists. It was used re­cently in the John Len­non biopic Nowhere Boy. All of this has be­come a nice and reg­u­lar lit­tle earner for the mild-man­nered horn player, who penned the song with fel­low Dee Jay David Owens, in a half-hour fu­elled by bour­bon and Coke, in 1958. Its lat­est ex­po­sure was par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing to Greenan. Iggy Pop, the grandaddy of punk petu­lance, per­formed his ver­sion, reti­tled Real Wild Child when he re­leased it in 1986, just a few weeks ago on Amer­i­can Idol. Given that about 30 mil­lion peo­ple watched it, it would be no sur­prise to see the Ig­g­ster’s treat­ment go­ing the way of Fleet­wood Mac’s Ru­mours in its post-Glee chart frenzy. That, in turn, will keep the roy­al­ties flow­ing in for the man who wrote it. Nice one, John. SPIN Doc­tor was amused last week, as were many, to dis­cover rather com­pro­mis­ing shots on the net of Crowded House supremo Neil Finn ogling near-naked pop diva Lady Gaga at one of her shows last year. The pics weren’t real, but were gen­er­ated dig­i­tally by a cer­tain Liam Finn as a prank. This be­came clear when, on his Face­book page, Neil’s mu­si­cal son placed him­self in an­other shot of the Gag­ster, with her in a sim­i­lar state of un­dress. Wacky, those Finns. In fur­ther de­vel­op­ments Finn dad and mum, Neil and Sharon, are about to take the stage to­gether in their new ven­ture, the Pa­jama Club. This combo, named af­ter the cou­ple’s late-night jam ses­sions at their stu­dio in Auck­land, has just recorded an al­bum, due for re­lease in Au­gust. It fea­tures the Crowded House man on drums as well as gui­tars, key­boards and vo­cals, while Sharon takes on bass and vo­cals. The live line-up, which also in­cludes multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Sean Don­nelly and for­mer Grates drum­mer Alana Skyring, plays a hand­ful of Aus­tralian dates be­fore head­ing off to the US where, among other shows, they will be play­ing at their friends Wilco’s Solid Sound Fes­ti­val in Mas­sachusetts. Also on that bill is Liam Finn. Wacky.

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