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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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Picture Library

 

The Substitutes with new bass player Paul Gadsby at the Nighthawk on June 11, 2011.

Paul Gadsby, bass guitar, Nighthawk June 11, 2011.

New look facade for Nighthawk Live - an excellent venue for live music (114 Nepean Hwy, Mentone)

The Substitutes are joined by Jenny Goldmsith at the Nighthawk on June 11, 2011.

On stage in 2010 with The Substitutes: Rockin' Ronnie, Jenny Goldsmith, Jeff Weiner

The Substitutes with new bass player Nigel Thompson and frequent addition, Jenny Goldsmith.

With Pete Newson from MLC at the Bentleigh Club end-of-night jam, May 17 2010.

Barry Smith of MLC at the Bentleigh Club end-of-night jam , May 17, 2010.

Jenny Goldsmith with The Substitutes at Carnegie Hall, May 1, 2010 during 'Gimme Shelter'.

The Substitutes and Mid Life Crisis do the end-of-night jam together at the Bentleigh Club on 15/05/2010.

 

Kate & Judy joined The Substitutes to sing 'Instant Karma' and 'Happy Xmas - War is Over' for NYE 2009 at Khyats Hotel in Brighton.

 

Jenny Goldsmith singing 'These Boots Are Made for Walking" with The Substitutes @ Carnegie Hall, 1/5/10.

Jenny Goldsmith belts it out with The Substitutes @ Williamstown 24/04/10.

Peter Summers, the Serious Young Insect @ Kew RSL 28/6/09 (pic courtesy of Jenny Jones)

Pete "Robbo" Robinson, spine (!) of the band @ Kew RSL 28/6/09 (pic courtesy of Jenny Jones)

Dennis IS Mick Jagger @ Kew RSL 28/6/09 (pic courtesy of Jenny Jones)

Dennis is operatic at Kew RSL 28/6/09 (pic courtesy of Jenny Jones)

Dennis mimes "I'm a Boy" @ Eltham RSL 13/6/09 (pic courtesy of Jenny Jones)

Current TV star but genuine rock musician, Geoff Cox, joined us on stage at the Nighthawk Blues Club on 25/5/09.

Peter Summers age 16 playing a terrible guitar very badly!

Peter Summers on stage with the Riverina Playboys 1978.

The Substitutes sing
April 2009 (photo courtesy the Crew)

Peter S raises a finger
April 2009 (photo courtesy the Crew)

The 'Subbbies' in action at the Sandbelt Hotel (photo courtesy  the Crew)

Peter Reed at Elwood May 2, 2009 (photo courtesy the Crew)

Dennis engages with the audience at Carnegie Hall April 2009 (photo courtesy the Crew)

Rockin Ronnie (with wig) is Paranoid! - Carnegie Hall April 2009 (photo courtesy the Crew)

Peter S on keyboard at Khyats, 5/9/2009 (photo courtesy of Rockin' Ronnie)

Peter S on guitar at Khyats 5/9/2009 (photo courtesy of Rockin' Ronnie)

Peter Reed, backbone of the band @ Kew RSL 28/6/09 (pic courtesy of Jenny Jones)

Pete Robinson bass solo?
Greyhound Hotel 9/5/08

Dennis in action at the Sandbelt Hotel 22/3/09 (photo courtesy of Ann O'Houlihan)

Peter rambles on at the Sandbelt Hotel 22/3/09 (photo courtesy of Ann O'Houlihan)

The Substitutes at radio station 2AY (Albury) function 24/10/08

Three Substitutes
Greyhound Hotel 9/5/08

 

Three Substitutes
Greyhound Hotel 9/5/08

 

Pete Robinson (R) with (L-R) Thorpie, Pat Carroll, Olivia Newton-John

A big crowd @ Kew RSL 17/03/2008

 

The Substitutes @ Kew RSL 17/03/2008

Dennis & Pete sweating it out at Kew RSL on NYE 2007

The three Peters in a row at NYE Kew RSL 2007

PS with special guest, Paul Wookey belting out the blues, NYE 2007 Kew RSL

Ormond Hall 6/10/07 with Hugh McSpedden's amazing lightshow (photo courtesy of Mike Rudd)

Ormond Hall 6/10/07 with Lulu from DollSquad (photo courtesy of Mike Rudd)

Ormond Hall 6/10/07 : Joey and Lulu from DollSquad (photo courtesy of Mike Rudd)

Joey from DollSquad at Ormond Hall  6/10/2007 (photo courtesy of Rockin' Ronnie McIntosh).

Joey & Lulu from DollSquad at Ormond Hall  6/10/2007 (photo courtesy of Rockin' Ronnie McIntosh).

Marcie Jones singing at Ormond Hall with us 6/10/07.

Lulu from DollSquad at Ormond Hall  6/10/2007 (photo courtesy of Rockin' Ronnie McIntosh).

Peter, Pete & Dennis  at Stella Maris 7/7/2007 (Photo courtesy of Rockin' Ronnie McIntosh)

Peter S playing with The Rockinghams in New York 22/9/2007.

Dennis practices harp at Ormond Hall  Oct 6 2007.

"I, Me Myself, He, Him & Hill Six" (1969) - Paul Gluyas, Peter Summers, Peter Kitchen, Neil Robinson, Owen Hill.

Peter S rehearses for Ormond Hall, Oct 6 2007.

Dennis at Mount Dandenong 13/1/2007.

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Pete Robinson (right) at Festival Hall 1958 with Johnny Chester and  Charlie Gauld.

Live at the Nighthawk 28/4/2007 (Photo courtesy of Rockin' Ronnie McIntosh).007

Ronnie Charles (of the Retro Bandits) @ Opus Downtown 12/10/07

Mike Rudd from Spectrum @ Last Hurrah 25/6/2006

Mike Rudd and Wendy Stapleton on Channel 31's "Wrokdown"  (screening Dec)

The New Dream (1969) - L-R John Du Bois, Peter Reed, Jack McGrath, Jenny Jonstone, Alex Kadell, Roger Treble

Pete Robinson with his famous friends!

Pete S, Peter R and Dennis at Mount Dandenong unplugged 13/1/2007.

Peter, Pete, Dennis & Peter P7/7/2007  @ Stella Maris (Photo courtesy of Rockin' Ronnie McIntosh) 

'Bandicoot' 1976, L-R, Mick Fetts, Bruno DiStanislo, Tony Wickens, Peter Reed, Shane Bourne, Mick Elliott 

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David Flint, owner/promoter of famous '60s venue, The Thumpin' Tum spends NYE 2007 with us at the Kew RSL.

The HiTones 1987 L-R Sherlie Matthews, Robert Price (centre), Peter Reed (moustache!)

Live at the Mountain View Hotel 20/05/2006.

Peter Robinson in the 60's.

Peter S at Ormond Hall 2004.

Peter S with Strange Idols 1982.

Paul Wookey with The Substitutes 2003.

Airwaves early 1979, L-R Peter Summers, Ron Kousal, Vic Kater, Mat Morris, Brian Gamble.

Airwaves late 1979 L-R Brian Gamble, Vic Kater, Mat Morris, Ron Kousal, Peter Summers

Strange Idols live 1982, L-R Peter Summers, Howard Croft & Brian Gamble (hidden), Robert Price, Mat Morris, Vic Kater

Strange Idols 1981 L-R Robert Price, Vic Kater, Howard Croft, Gravy Harris (RIP), PS, Brian Gamble, Matt Morris, roadie .

Sunbury 1974 (Linda Summers in foreground)

The Tremors 1981 L-R Kerryn Tolhurst, Alex Burns, Peter Reed, James Gillard

PS @ Opus Downtown 12/10/07

Peter Reed @ Opus Downtown 12/10/07

Peter Robinson, Peter Summers, Dave Dixon @ the Nighthawk 19/10/07

     
   

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