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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.

Please note:
The Substitutes are based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

 

Birthdays & Parties

We are genuinely the best 60's band in Melbourne. We are the real deal. You will not be disappointed.

  • We are expert at making 40/50/60th birthday parties come to life. If you want to recreate the 60's for your friends, we know what buttons to press. 

  • We can play a mixture of quiet acoustic music at the start of the evening and then move into the electric R&B of the early British Invasion, get all psychedelic for a bit and end up with the rock anthems of the late 60's.

  • We specialise in Australian and Melbourne '60s rock - think The Loved Ones, The Twilights, The Easybeats, The Throb...

  • Along the way we will celebrate the West Coast folk rock boom and pay tribute to Bob Dylan.

  • We can also run a small TRIVIA COMPETITION is you're so inclined.

  • We are happy to negotiate to fit in with whatever schedule or theme is required. We all have dark suits if a more formal approach is desired.

  • The main thing to note is that we are not your average bunch of hack musicians eg. we do not play 'Nut Bush City Limits'! We are all very experienced musicians with credible musical careers, we're passionate about the music we play and we'll make your party truly memorable.

  • Sound advice in regard to venues : when you are looking for a venue for your party, try to stay clear of polished floors, lots of glass windows, concrete and  tin roofs if you want to hear us play clearly. Instead try for rooms with carpet (not on the dancefloor!), drapes or textured surfaces.

  • Check out what other people have said about us. CLICK HERE. 

Weddings

We are genuinely the best 60's band in Melbourne. We are the real deal. You will not be disappointed.

  • We have done quite a few weddings for younger couples doing for it for the first time but also for older couples doing it for the second time. 

  • Particularly for younger couples, we find that a fantastic party atmosphere develops because often 60% of the guests are 40+ and they tend to not be familiar with 80's & 90's music. On the other hand, most younger people are fully aware of the impact of 60's music on the trends of today eg. the successive waves of Brit pop, the melodic US indie scene and the numerous remakes of 60's songs.

  • We are able to play a fully acoustic unplugged set if an outdoors setting is to be used.

  • We can play a mixture of quiet acoustic music at the start of the evening and then move into the electric R&B of the early British Invasion, get all psychedelic for a bit and end up with the rock anthems of the late 60's. 

  • We are happy to negotiate with a couple to fit in with whatever schedule or theme is required. We all have dark suits if a more formal approach is desired.

  • By the way, if you're looking for a good Wedding Photographer, we recommend Elise Gow.

  • The main thing to note is that we are not your average bunch of hack musicians eg. we do not play 'Nut Bush City Limits'! We are all very experienced musicians with credible rock music careers, we're passionate about the music we play and we'll make your wedding truly memorable.

  • Check out what other people have said about us. CLICK HERE. 

We are genuinely the best 60's band in Melbourne. We are the real deal. You will not be disappointed.

So for a no obligation quotation, please address your email to :

bookings@thesubstitutes.com.au

or phone Peter on 0419 306 454 anytime.

What do people say about us? CLICK HERE.

Costs

Performance fees are negotiable relative to the venue's distance from Melbourne, the nature of the performance and the duration of the gig.

We normally play 5 x 30 minute sets but this is also negotiable.

Interstate bookings can be arranged.

What do people say about us? CLICK HERE.

     
   

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