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
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
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.
Recreating the best sounds of the 1960's with bass,
drums, guitar, blues harp, piano and organ instrumentation.
If you add the soaring vocals and
astonishing guitar work of
Neil Scott (who played in legendary
British band Chalice) and the punk energy provided by
a great night of rock entertainment and dancing is guaranteed.
The Substitutes have
been around for about ten years recreating that 60's excitement
and rawness that often gets lost with 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.
We play the songs that 'bar bands'
avoid - the really complex songs, the lost gems, the ones in
difficult keys, the ones with odd arrangements and
instrumentation - in fact we make it bloody hard for ourselves
But, we really are the best 60's band
playing in Melbourne.
to see the wide array of 60's songs we play.
boldly go where no (cover) band has gone before"
play rock and pop music recorded between January 1964 and December 1970 ie. the years
commonly referred to as The Sixties.
predominately play music recorded by British artists with a smaller selection of
comparable US and Australian artists.
specialise in the ‘lost gems’ ie. the genuine one-hit wonders, the obscure
should-have-been-hits, and the great songs that are too complex for most ‘bar’
bands to play.
We avoid songs that are 'cheesy', twee or 'naff' and the Sixties suffered from
songs of this type like all decades.
attempt to faithfully replicate the original arrangements, instrumentation,
harmonies, keys and production values of the songs we choose to play.
what we do and we love the music that we play – it is a humbling experience to
be able to play such great songs and show respect to the original artists and