Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

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Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby fange » 27 Oct 2017, 04:22

What do you think of this Aussie Rock classic?



wiki wrote:"The Real Thing" was the debut single by Australian singer Russell Morris, released in 1969. His version, which was produced by Ian "Molly" Meldrum and written by Australian singer Johnny Young, was a huge hit in Australia and has become an Australian rock classic. It also achieved some success in the United States of America, reaching the top of the charts in Chicago and New York City.
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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby The Modernist » 27 Oct 2017, 09:48

I really enjoyed it and I don't think I'd heard it before, which is surprising given how much of this stuff I've listened to over the years, so thanks!

It's funny that psychedelia was still considered a commercial genre in Australia in 1969, when it was pretty much washed up in the US and UK by this stage. But I've said before that often the most appealing psychedelia is the inauthentic "bandwagon" stuff put together by session musicians and producers in studios for big labels, rather the authentic, organic sound of the SF bands say. It's like they're not afraid to use every sonic gimmick available to make the record stand out and it can result in truly evocative and memorable records.

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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby fange » 27 Oct 2017, 12:26

I think it's pretty special too.

Here's an interesting article that gives a fuller picture of how the song came about...

https://www.google.com.hk/amp/s/amp.the ... delia-opus
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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby jimboo » 27 Oct 2017, 12:53

The Modernist wrote:I really enjoyed it and I don't think I'd heard it before, which is surprising given how much of this stuff I've listened to over the years, so thanks!

It's funny that psychedelia was still considered a commercial genre in Australia in 1969, when it was pretty much washed up in the US and UK by this stage. But I've said before that often the most appealing psychedelia is the inauthentic "bandwagon" stuff put together by session musicians and producers in studios for big labels, rather the authentic, organic sound of the SF bands say. It's like they're not afraid to use every sonic gimmick available to make the record stand out and it can result in truly evocative and memorable records.


This is why I like listening to Japanese bands from the seventies , they throw the kitchen sink in all the time.
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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby Deebank » 27 Oct 2017, 17:09

Was every Australian song ever written written by a Young?

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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby Jumper K » 27 Oct 2017, 17:27

Typical 60’s z division tripe. There are a million examples of this sort of thing. I am not in favour of any of them.

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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby Deebank » 27 Oct 2017, 18:51

Reminded me of Listen To The Flower People
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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby Jumper K » 27 Oct 2017, 18:54

Deebank wrote:Reminded me of Listen To The Flower People

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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby Neige » 28 Oct 2017, 10:56

A bit slight, don't need to hear it ever again, but I really enjoyed it.

A yay from me.
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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby never/ever » 28 Oct 2017, 13:30

Deebank wrote:
It's no Howzat.


Thank Christ for that.
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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby OCT » 28 Oct 2017, 13:56

The Modernist wrote:But I've said before that often the most appealing psychedelia is the inauthentic "bandwagon" stuff put together by session musicians and producers in studios for big labels, rather the authentic, organic sound of the SF bands say. It's like they're not afraid to use every sonic gimmick available to make the record stand out and it can result in truly evocative and memorable records.


G’s dead right.

It’s great. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it before - if not this version, then a cover.
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Postby Goat Boy » 28 Oct 2017, 14:01

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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby OCT » 28 Oct 2017, 14:17

Christ I fucking HATE Spinal Tap
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Postby K » 28 Oct 2017, 14:32

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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby fange » 28 Oct 2017, 15:53

The Spinal Tap references are amusingly understandable, but totally off the mark. 'The Real Thing' is in no way a cheap cash-in, a novelty song or a pisstake - it's a genuine attempt to create a great psychedelic record. And one that succeeds, too.
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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby Deebank » 28 Oct 2017, 15:56

fange wrote: it's a genuine attempt to create a great psychedelic record.


Well yes, that’s why it’s funny.
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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby fange » 28 Oct 2017, 16:01

Deebank wrote:
fange wrote: it's a genuine attempt to create a great psychedelic record.


Well yes, that’s why it’s funny.

Ooooooh, how very droll.
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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby Deebank » 28 Oct 2017, 17:26

fange wrote:
Deebank wrote:
fange wrote: it's a genuine attempt to create a great psychedelic record.


Well yes, that’s why it’s funny.

Ooooooh, how very droll.


No I’m serious. It’s funny because it’s sincere.
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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby Mike Boom » 28 Oct 2017, 20:53

Deebank wrote:No I’m serious. It’s funny because it’s sincere.


It was a major Number 1 hit in Australia and New Zealand, so I guess Russell Morris and Johnny Young were laughing all the way to the bank.

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Re: Russell Morris - The Real Thing: Yea or Nay?

Postby fange » 29 Oct 2017, 02:05

And why not? If you make a great record you deserve a nice payday.
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