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Diary of a 60's Cover Band (Blog)

We have now added an incredible new song to our repertoire from one of the most influential US psychedelic bands of the 60's, Vanilla Fudge. It's their 1967 upside down version of the hit by the Supremes "You Keep Me Hanging On". Check it out!

Last year we added the astonishing song "Something in the Air", recorded in 1969 by the one hit wonder band Thunderclap Newman. They were put together by Pete Townsend around a drug addled drummer (Speedy Keene) and an eccentric jazz pianist (Thunderclap Newman). The song has a killer middle instrumental section.

Our most requested song is "Everlovin' Man" by The Loved Ones. We added this song in 2006 in honour of the late great Gerry Humphries. Dennis does the most astonishing version you've heard bar the original. See him in action here. 

Remember the 60's?

The 60's were an exciting, revolutionary, turbulent time of great social and technological change: assassination, unforgettable fashion, new musical styles, Camelot, civil rights, women's liberation, a controversial and divisive war in Vietnam, the first manned landing on the moon, peace marches, World's Fairs, flower power, great TV and film and sexual freedom.

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"THE SPECIAL SHOWS" DVD - $15

 
HIGH QUALITY
audio and video live recordings from
2015

 

This is Volume 6  of a series of DVD’s charting the evolution of Melbourne ’s (the World’s?)  best ‘60s band. If they are not the best they certainly have the most number of video clips on Youtube!

This DVD covers the period when the band moved away from simply playing pubs and clubs to presenting themed shows in concert conditions. The concerts on this DVD come from the following shows:

  • Classic American '60s Folk Rock Show (featuring The Byrds, CSNY and Bob Dylan)

  • Giants of '60s British Rock Show #1 (featuring The Kinks and Cream)

  • Maximum R&B: The Best of The Who (featuring British '60s R&B, and The Who)

  • Giants of '60s British Rock Show #2 (featuring The Hollies, The Kinks, Small Faces & The Who)

A number of guests musicians participated in these wonderful shows, namely:

  • Gil Matthews - drums  (ex Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs)

  • Steve Lucas - vocals (ex X)

  • Dan Robinson - vocals (ex Wild Cherries)

  • Paul Wookey - vocals

  • Nikola Shaw - trombone

  • Risto Pikkarainen - blues harp

 This is a fantastic and diverse collection of '60s music from a group of excellent musicians.

1. So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star - The Byrds 12. Where Did All the Good Times Go - The Kinks 23. Oh Well (Part 1) - Fleetwood Mac
2. All I Really Want to Do - The Byrds 13. You Really Got Me 24. All or Nothing - Small Faces
3. I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better - The Byrds 14. Days 25. Lazy Sunday - Small Faces
4. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - The Byrds 15. Apeman 26. Tin Soldier - Small faces
I5. It Won't Be Wrong - The Byrds 16. Well Respected Man 27. Underture - The Who
6. Wheels on Fire - The Byrds 17. Over Under Sideways Down - The Yardbirds 28. I Can't Explain - The Who
7. Helplessly Hoping - Crosby, Stills, Nash 18. Tobacco Road - Nashville Teens 29. I Can See For Miles - The Who
8. Till the End of the Day - The Kinks 19. I'm a Man - The Yardbirds 30. Magic Bus - The Who
9. Dead End STreet - The Kinks 20. Go Now - Moody Blues 31. The Seeker - The Who
10. Autumn Almanack - The Kinks 21. Jennifer Eccles - The Hollies 32. You Better You Bet - The Who
11. Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks 22. She's Not There - The Zombies 33. That's Life - Wild Cherries


"CAPTURED ALIVE!" DVD - $20

 
HIGH QUALITY
audio and video live recording from December 3, 2012

 

This is Volume 4  of a series of DVD’s charting the evolution of Melbourne ’s (the World’s?)  best ‘60s band. If they are not the best they certainly have the most number of video clips on Youtube!

This DVD  manages to capture some truly great  moments from a performance that was  recorded at Carnegie Hall on December 3,  2011 with new bass player,  the laconic Paul Gadsby.  It also features songs from guest vocalists Paul Wookey# and Jenny Goldsmith* along with lots of crowd sequences and a bonus special feature set of backstage interviews with band and fans.

Remember, short of a time warp, the closest you can get to experiencing the power and shock of  ‘60s  rock music is to see The Substitutes live in action.  The Substitutes have been  around  for over five years recreating that ‘60s excitement and rawness  that often gets  lost with cover bands. Listen to a Dave Davies guitar  solo or a Keith Moon drum roll and know that the ‘60s were about experimentation and risk taking, not just good pop melodies.

Please note that Carnegie Hall (also known as the Abel Tasman Dutch Club) is  a hall in Carnegie ,  Victoria ,  Australia .

1. Sorry - The Easybeats 12. It's All Over Now - Rolling Stones 23. Rosalyn - Pretty Things
2. All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks 13. The Loved One - The Loved Ones 24. She's a Woman - The Beatles
3. Back in the USSR - The Beatles 14. I Just Want to Make Love to You - Rolling Stones 25. She's So Fine - The Easybeats
4. For Your Love - The Yardbirds 15. Lazy Sunday - Small Faces 26. See Me Feel Me / Pinball Wizard - The Who
5. Do it Again - The Beachboys 16. (Let's) Get Together - The Youngbloods 27. She's Not There - The Zombies
6. Friday on my Mind - The Easybeats 17. Light My Fire - The Doors 28. Tobacco Road - Nashville Teens
7. Undecided - Masters Apprentices 18. Little Boy Sad - M.P.D. Ltd 29. Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
8. Get Ready - Dusty Springfield* 19. Little Queenie - Rolling Stones 30. Wedding Ring - The Easybeats
9. Hold me Tight - The Beatles 20. Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf 31.Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan#
10. I'm a Man - The Yardbirds 21. Summer in the City - Lovin' Spoonful 32. I'll Make You Happy - The Easybeats
11. Hold Me - PJ Proby 22. Psychotic Reaction - Count Five  


"LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL" DVD - $15

 
HIGH QUALITY
audio and video live recording from July 17, 2010

 

Short of a time warp, the closest you can get to experiencing the power and shock of  ‘60s  rock music is to see The Substitutes live in action.  The Substitutes have been  around  for over five years recreating that ‘60s excitement and rawness  that often gets  lost with cover bands. Listen to a Dave Davies guitar  solo or a Keith Moon drum roll and know that the ‘60s were about experimentation and risk taking, not just good pop melodies.

With the gob smacking vocals and superb guitar work of Dennis Millar (ex seminal 70's band Buster Brown),  the rock solid rhythm section of Pete Robinson (ex The Strangers) and Peter Reed (ex New Dream,) and the punk energy of Peter Summers (ex Strange Idols), The Substitutes faithfully produce the sounds of the '60s,  just like the record,  but with a spirit,  a dry humour and passion.

 This DVD  manages to capture some truly great  moments from a performance that was recorded at Carnegie Hall on July 17, 2010 to celebrate gig number 200.  Please note that Carnegie Hall (also known as the Abel Tasman Dutch Club) is  a hall in Carnegie ,  Victoria ,  Australia .

1. Itchycoo Park - Small Faces 8. When You Walk in the Room - The Searchers 16. Everlovin’ Man - The Loved Ones
2. Picture Book - The Kinks 9. Soothe Me - The Groove 17. I’m a Boy - The Who
3. Birthday  - The Beatles 10. Black Night  - Deep Purple 18. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
4. Take A Heart - The Sorrows 11. Needle in a Haystack - The Twilights 19. Hold Tight - Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich
5. Tin Soldier - Small Faces 12. My Generation - The Who 20. Substitute - The Who
6. Bits and Pieces - Dave Clark Five 13. These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ - Nancy Sinatra 21. Going Up the Country - Canned Heat
7. Hang on Sloopy - The McCoys 14. Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones 22. Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five
  15. Step Back - Johnny Young  

 

"ALIVE AND KICKING" DVD - $10

 
live performances 2006-08 Volume 1

 

The Substitutes formed in 2005 and specialise in recreating the '60s excitement and rawness that often gets lost with mere cover bands. Listen to a Dave Davies guitar solo or a Keith Moon
drum fill and know that the 60's were about experimentation and shock, not just good pop melodies.
With the gob smacking vocals and superb guitar work of Dennis Millar (ex seminal 70's band Buster Brown), the rock solid rhythm section of Pete Robinson (ex The Strangers) and Peter Reed (ex New Dream,) and the punk energy of Peter Summers (ex Strange Idols), The Substitutes faithfully produce the sounds of the '60s, just like the record, but with spirit, a dry humour and passion.
This DVD manages to capture some truly great live performances over a two year period but the 
footage was filmed by a variety of roadies ('best endeavors!') and the sound mostly comes directly from the camera. It nevertheless has some magic moments. Buy!

1. Baby Please Don't Go - them 10. Happy Jack - The Who 20. Sha La La La Lee - Small Faces
2. Black Magic Woman - Santana 11. Help Me Girl - The Animals 21. She's A Woman - The Beatles
3. Black Night - Deep Purple 12. I'll Make You Happy - The Easybeats 22. Sorry - The Easybeats
4. Bus Stop - The Hollies 13. Itchycoo Park - Small Faces 23. Substitute - The Who
5. Catch Us if You Can - Dave Clark Five 14. Lies - The Knickerbockers 24. Summer in the City - Lovin' Spoonful
6. Everlovin' Man - The Loved Ones 15. Mr Tambourine Man - The Byrds 25. The Loved One - The Loved ones
7. Fire - Crazy World of Arthur Brown 16. Paranoid - Black Sabbath 26. Tin Soldier - Small Faces
8. Girl - The Beatles 17. Pictures of Lily - The Who 27. Undecided - Masters Apprentices
9. Go Now - Moody Blues 18. Rosalyn - Pretty Things 28. Wedding Ring - The Easybeats
  19. San Franciscan Nights - The Animals  


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