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Diary of a 60's Cover Band (Blog)

The latest astonishing song we've added is "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.

We've also recently added "Everlovin' Man" by The Loved Ones to our repertoire 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.


60's Videos - Please Note

The symbol below indicates that a video of the original group playing (mostly) live is available from www.youtube.com. Some of these video clips are quite simply sensational and are more or less instantly available by clicking the symbol.

The links for all youtube clips have been validated as at January 21, 2010.

The number in brackets beside some songs, eg (#2), indicates the song's highest chart position in the Australian pop charts. For detailed chart information visit the complete Go-Set Top 40 chart listings for the years 1966-1970 by CLICKING HERE.

A Bit of History: 3UZ Top 40 Charts

October 24, 1965
September 25, 1966

November 27, 1966

May 14, 1967

October 13, 1968

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The 1960's were characterised by the dominance of the group and original songwriting. There were probably 50 artists during the era that contributed an original song or sound to form the foundation of the so-called 'rock music' that has dominated popular music ever since. From that talented field, however, four super talents emerged:

The Beatles
Back in the USSR
Day Tripper (#1)
We Can Work it Out
Nowhere Man  
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (#1)
Eight Days a Week
Hard Day's Night
I'll Be Back
Hold Me Tight
You Can't Do That
You Really Got a Hold On Me 
Norwegian Wood (#1)
Things We Said Today
I've Just Seen a Face
She's a Woman
Please Mr Postman
Lady Madonna
And Your Bird Can Sing
It Won't Be Long
Drive My Car
Bob Dylan
Like a Rolling Stone
Mr Tambourine Man
If You Gotta Go, Go Now
It Takes a Lot to Laugh...
All I Really Want to Do
My Back Pages

Rolling Stones
Paint It Black
Brown Sugar
Jumpin' Jack Flash  (#5)
Under My Thumb
The Last Time
Route 66
Walking' the Dog (#1)
Heart of Stone
Little Red Rooster (#3)
Fortune Teller
Get Off My Cloud
It's All Over Now
Can I Get a Witness
Not Fade Away  
Let's Spend the Night Together
Gimme Shelter
Get Off My Cloud
The Kinks
You Really Got Me (#2)
Sunny Afternoon (#12)
All Day and All of the Night (#18)
Dead End Street 
Till the End of the Day 
Waterloo Sunset   (#6) 
Tired of Waiting
Picture Book 


The         Who British Invasion
Substitute - The Who (#4)
Summertime Blues - The Who
I'm a Boy - The Who (#10)
Pictures of Lily - The Who
Happy Jack - The Who
See Me Fee Me - The Who
Pinball Wizard - The Who
Bus Stop - The Hollies (#2)
My Generation - The Who
Look Through Any Window - The Hollies
Rosalyn - Pretty Things
Don't Bring me Down - Pretty Things
Something in the Air � Thunderclap Newman (#6)
Tobacco Road � Nashville Teens (#4)
She's Not There - The Zombies (#7)
 Tell Her No - The Zombies
Instant Karma - John Lennon
When You Walk in the Room - The Searchers
Needles and Pins - The Searchers
The Animals

Natural Born Woman - Humble Pie 
San Franciscan Nights - The Animals (#18)
Bring it on Home to Me � The Animals
It's My Life - The Animals (#28)
When I Was Young � The Animals (#2)
We Gotta Get Out of this Place � The Animals
House of the Rising Son - The Animals (#1)
Monterrey - The Animals
Help Me Girl - The Animals
Boom Boom - The Animals

Baby Please Don�t Go � Them (#17)
Gloria � Them (#17)
Fire - Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Hold Me - PJ Proby
Wild Thing - The Troggs
Mighty Quinn - Manfred Mann
Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann

Dave       Clark Five Lazy Sunday Afternoon - Small Faces
Tin Soldier � Small Faces (#3)
Itchycoo Park - Small Faces  (#1)
Sha La La Lee - Small Faces
Keep on Runnin' - Spencer Davis Group (#31)
I'm a Man � Spencer Davis Group (#34)
Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five
Bits and Pieces - Dave Clark Five

Catch Us if You Can - Dave Clark Five

I'm A Man - The Yardbirds (#3)
Shapes of Things - The Yardbirds (#7)
For Your Love - The Yardbirds
Oh Well (Part 1) - Fleetwood Mac

Hold Tight - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Go Now - Moody Blues
The Easybeats Australian Rock
She's So Fine - The Easybeats (#1)
Friday on My Mind - The Easybeats (#1)
I'll Make You Happy � The Easybeats (#1)

Sorry - The Easybeats (#4)

Women - The Easybeats
Wedding Ring - The Easybeats (#6)
Everlovin' Man - The Loved Ones (#9)
The Loved One - The Loved Ones (#17)

Sad Dark Eyes - The Loved Ones

Needle in a Haystack - The Twilights

Cathy Come Home - The Twilights

Fortune Teller - The Throb
Undecided - Masters Apprentices
Little Boy Sad - MPD Ltd

Soothe Me - The Groove

Simon Says - The Groove
Something About You Baby - The Vibrants
Jimi Hendrix and friends Flower Power and Roots
Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
Mr Tambourine Man - The Byrds (#4)
All I Really Want to Do - The Byrds
My Back Pages - The Byrds
Light My Fire - The Doors
Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young
Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Woodstock � Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Carry On - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry/Beatles
You Keep Me Hanging On - Vanilla Fudge
Buffalo Springfield Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
Going up the Country � Canned Heat

Summer in the City - Lovin' Spoonful
Last Train to Clarkesville - The Monkees (#10)
Black Magic Woman � Santana
Let�s Get Together � The Youngbloods (#5)
Lies - The Knickerbockers (#6)

Hang on Sloopy - The McCoys
Groovin - Young Rascals
Just a Little - Beau Brummels
On the Road Again - Canned Heat
Woodstock Psychedelia
Crossroads � Cream (#36)
Sunshine of Your Love � Cream
I Feel Free - Cream
Crosstown Traffic � Jimi Hendrix Experience
Living Loving Maid - Led Zeppelin
Black Night - Deep Purple
Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Small Faces


Future Song Possibilities
(Let us know if you have any others)

Eloise - Barry Ryan
Game of Love - Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
I've Gotta Get a Message to You - Bee Gees
So Much in Love with You - Mighty Avengers
Don't Let it Bring You Down - Neil Young
Midnight to Six - Pretty Things (youtube)
Did You Ever Have to Make Up You Mind - Lovin' Spoonful
Night of Fear - The Move
No Matter What - Badfinger
Come and Get It - Badfinger
Little Girl - Syndicate of Sound
Homburg - Procol Harum
Over Under Sideways Down - The Yardbirds
See Emily Play - Pink Floyd
Blackberry Way - The Move
Let's Work Together - Canned Heat
Mary Mary - The Monkees
Heart Full of Soul - The Yardbirds
See See Rider - The Animals
Arnold Layne - Pink Floyd


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