Scream­ing Jets take flight

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Greig John­ston

MEL­BOURNE gui­tar slinger Jimi Hock­ing’s in­tro­duc­tion to The Scream­ing Jets was hot… lit­er­ally.

Hock­ing drove north from Mel­bourne to Syd­ney to au­di­tion for the band in 1993, hav­ing lis­tened to its songs in the car.

At that point, on the back of hits such as Bet­ter and Help­ing Hand, the Jets were one of the biggest acts in the coun­try.

When he ar­rived at the stu­dio on a “stink­ing hot, 40-de­gree day”, he, singer Dave Glee­son and the rest of the band ripped through three tracks in quick time.

“Af­ter that Dave just stopped and said to me ‘That’s enough, I trust you’,” he said.

It is that trust and respect that un­der­pins Hock­ing’s re­la­tion­ship with Glee­son, one of Aus­tralia’s

most charis­matic front men.

“He is highly in­tel­li­gent and very artis­tic,” Hock­ing said.

“He’s a car­ing guy, so good to tour with, but he’s also this foul­mouthed lar­rikin. “There’s a huge di­chotomy. “We room to­gether when we’re on the road – we could prob­a­bly do it other ways, but we like each other that much.”

The road is where they will spend much of the next two months as the Jets em­bark on a na­tion­wide tour with the Baby An­i­mals that will see them per­form dates in Fre­man­tle and Perth.

Hock­ing said the bands were con­tem­po­raries dur­ing their com­mer­cial peaks in the 1990s and he could not wait to be re­united.

“I find it highly amus­ing, and kind of de­light­ful, that we’re 25 years down the track and here we are about to do a tour to­gether,” he said.

“It’s a good thing that we’re vi­able enough to make this thing work.

“I’m just happy to be hold­ing a gui­tar and do­ing what I love do­ing.”

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