Musicians have always had a strange fascination with surfing. Surf culture exploded into the mainstream in the late fifties after the publication of the book GIDGET and subsequent movie featuring Sandra Dee in the main role. GIDGET was based on the real life experiences of Kathy Kohner and her surfing friends on the beach in Malibu.
Hey there gang! Another week, another issue of Forte, and as usual, another Pulp for you all to get stuck into. It’s been a busy few weeks for me; courtesy of the wonders of tertiary education I’ve been sequestered away in my study frantically revising for exams. At the time of writing I’m about halfway through, so I’m definitely looking forward to the break so I can actually read some damn comics. Speaking of comics, let’s get stuck in – I’ve picked out a doozy for you to check out.
Election time is generally seen as a boom period for Australian comedy, and who can blame them? Politics is one of the few areas of Australian life where comedy still has a toehold – the days of anyone making jokes about sport more sophisticated than the ones of The Footy Show seem long gone – and an election means that for once the general public is supposedly as interested in politics as people in the media are.
Legends of Australian rock and roll come to the Rat frequently and there are few bigger than Diesel – who played two sold out shows at Suttons House of Music recently and rocked the socks of those who were lucky enough to get tickets.
Winter is definitely setting in – even the buskers have muffled bodies as well as muffled sounds. Actually, have you noticed the gear buskers are now using? Large DC powered amps, requiring huge car batteries to run. We will soon see a generation of buskers with great sound and tight physique – a new Olympic sport: carry your entire music kit in one lift!
The ABC’s latest drama series Cleverman was heavily-hyped in the lead-up to its launch last week (new episodes air Thursday nights at 8.30 on ABC1, or you can catch up on iView), and going by the first two episodes the hype was pretty much justified. But it’s been interesting to read the difference between local reviews (where everyone loves it!) and ones out of the US (where it’s seen as ok, but not something that stands out from a pack dominated by various low-key UK supernatural and SF series).