FROM THE VAULT: A VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH MIKE WEILEY OF SPY VS SPY
Spy vs Spy, also known as v. Spy v. Spy, The Drug Grannies and The Spies, are an Australian ska/pub-rock band from Sydney, formed in 1981. They became known for tackling political issues through their music including racism, homelessness and contemporary drug culture.
Aside from Midnight Oil, Spy vs Spy are arguably one of Australia’s most politically charged rock bands. While Midnight Oil’s politics were those of conscience, Spy vs Spy were outspoken representatives of the street. Primarily, they started out as the voice of the homeless squatters of early ‘80s Sydney, but their songs spoke for everyone who felt under the thumb of ‘ The System’. They told stories polite Australia didn’t necessarily want told, and they told them unforgivingly. We caught up with guitarist and songwriter Mike Weiley at one of their gigs, and even captured a bit of live footage.