posted on November 9, 2009 at 8:34 am

ricky is in w.a. for a while
hanging out n producing a record
he bumps into richard lane
keyboard player with the stems and sometime promoter
tho promoter is a silly term to apply to richard n fambley
who are total hippies
they drive around in a truck with a portable little cabin on the back
kind n nice and helpful n dreamy people
anyway richard books me 3 gigs in wa
ricky picks a band n rehearses em
n blow me down with a feather
they are tight
they are “on the money” as we showbiz types say
they already know all the songs by the time i get there
they made hardly any mistakes
shaun hoffman on drums is like a controlled explosion
or hes as exact as a drum machine
his hi hat work is great
he locks it down n he doesnt wander
no extra malarkey
hes like a full back in a team
and he doesnt let the timing slip
his son adrian 18 is playing bass for the 1st time
normally that would probably disqualify him for being in my band right there
but i saw adrian sing a song with the triffids
and hes got a lotta soul
his bass playing was
exact tight and almost error free
he was not nervous at all
a very matter of fact guy
someone should study the hoffmans
cos their kids are gifted and kind hearted
thats right
gifted AND kind hearted
i kept waiting to see this kids darkside
cos boy he was pretty good on the old bass
i heard him play guitar
he can sing in tune EVERY time
and i heard him tinker on the piano n it was
pretty good too
now the hoffmen were verily team players
and they did their jobs well
ricky of course was doing exactly the right thing
so we immediately had a good band going
and we acquitted ourselves well
considering we had 1 rehearsal
freo was a good gig for me
i enjoyed myself thoroughly at the fly by night club
a great venue indeed
easy going
fremantle is very easy going
not really in any rush or anything
i rarely say nothing went wrong
but nothing went wrong
i now have ricky n the hoffmen as my band when im solo
(when in season)
we got good houses in perth n freo
every single person i met was laid back n nice
no one laid any unpleasantness upon me
and i in my turn was fairly cordial
the freo crowd are really the coolest bunch
no pretenses no bullshit
the kids are all playing music
the airs fresh
the seas blue
the houses are quaint n great
i had me a real good time
ricky did a huge job as MD
the hoffmen were a dream rhythm section
richard was not yer run of the mill promoter
and the audiences were very very nice
maybe the west is the best after all..
how strange….

20 Responses to “looking just like perth”

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    Anonymous | 9 November 2009 at 9:43 am #

    so does it look like wisconsin?

    sorry, had to ask.

    What a lovely scenario; so un-biz. Maybe the new age of reason is apon us. Would love to see the gig if anyone has footage….


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    princey | 9 November 2009 at 10:02 am #

    WOW, a great set you played in WA! Life's Little Luxeries would have awesome to hear, "oh lord, go forward, to Melby here we go here we go here we go-oh", yeah:)))))

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    melissa | 9 November 2009 at 10:57 am #

    thankyou for a lovely blog, I'm so glad the shows went well 🙂

    I really love Freo too, always been a fave place of mine. Everytime I visit Perth, I always find that as soon as you touch down , you instantly chill out and relax .. such a great place to escape the rat race 🙂

    all the best SKxx

  4. avatar
    Richard | 9 November 2009 at 11:14 am #

    helluva setlist Mr Ricky posted yesterday

    thought that I was over you, nothing inside, invisible!!!

    Hey Ricky – been to Darwin?

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    SweatyWheels | 9 November 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    Enjoyed Freo gig Steve, glad you did too. Great to hear a few olde tracks like Neverness Hoax. The reason Freo types go to Melbs rather than Sideney is pretty simple – Melbs is great! Sideney is just … ok. Loved Ricki's fingerwork.

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    Freddie | 9 November 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    Awesome! 🙂
    The West seems to do you good.

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    Celticat | 9 November 2009 at 2:02 pm #

    Dunno if the west is best, but they'll only take me out of here in a box!

    Really happy to get up close n personal in Busso, glad freo and perth were better for you!

    See you in December at The Amp, by all accounts a great place to see a concert! And it's THE CHURCH, doesn't get much better than that!

    Lily was here, you are most welcome. It was THAT good!

    Love to killer, fambley and friendss

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    Damien | 9 November 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    Move over here, Steven!

  9. avatar
    Ellen | 9 November 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    Ahhh, there's nothing like having a great gig, eh? It's so satisfying when it all comes together nicely. And how refreshing to see that there ARE young adults who are both gifted and kind-hearted. There's hope after all…

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    davem | 9 November 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    Sounds great.
    How much is a place there?
    It's always nice to hear about decent young people. Despite what you read there are a lot of nice kids about. Often they just lack nourishment of the soul.

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    bc | 9 November 2009 at 6:06 pm #


  12. avatar
    Jasperina | 9 November 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    Describing yourself as cordial! Grew up on the stuff. Brightly coloured beverage for the children of the 70's! The easy breezy days wafting over you in WA are coming through the ether and breathing some sweet relief to my weary Eastern soul.

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    cazziem | 9 November 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    So pleased to hear thinks went so well for you ALL. As for the young Hoffman, shame on you SK, music doesn't recognise age, only what's in the heart and soul!

    I do hope us poor souls out here, who weren't and aren't able to experience these no doubt awesome gigs,(especially those of us on the other side of the planet) will get to hear something by this collection of talent?

    Maybe it's time to re-visit good old blighty????

  14. avatar
    RockyJStar | 9 November 2009 at 11:14 pm #

    Hope to see it on youtube soon, "happiness is a warm gig"

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 November 2009 at 1:59 am #

    It was a great gig and about bloody time – we have had to endure a long Church drought over here in the west.

  16. avatar
    matt davison | 10 November 2009 at 2:23 am #

    What was Rick doing pretending to be me ha???


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    Tim_G | 10 November 2009 at 2:33 am #

    Great to hear the gigs went well, and a wonderful bit of praise for Ricky and the Hoffmen – just wish we could've been there!

    Will just have to console myself with The Church gig in Sydney next month – can't wait!!!

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    Andrew | 10 November 2009 at 12:09 pm #

    Great great gig at Fly by Night. Not sure what I was expecting but what I got was an energetic engaging funny rocky poppy gig not too burdened with the church but a little taste here and there and some loving GW Mclennan memories. Best gig for some time for me!

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    Jen Jewel Brown | 10 November 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    Aha, sounds like a great WA gig SK. I signed The Stems to Mushroom and worked closely with them. What a great band. Say hi to Richard if you see him. They still flog "At First Sight" on radio in Melbourne.

  20. avatar
    Homermonkey | 11 November 2009 at 5:00 am #

    Great show.

    I managed to catch 4 poor quality videos on a crappy old Nokia but sound is clear – enough to get the idea for the interstate and overseas fans.

    thought that I was over you – complete

    Nothing Inside – complete

    Under The Milky Way – complete with about 4 mins stage banter

    Unguarded Moment – almost complete, phone actually ran out of memory just before the end

    copy and paste URL's or youtube search for user 'homermonkey'


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