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.




'60s music attracts a diverse range of people but the majority are in the 45+ age group. This group is looking for:

  • a clean and well presented venue that has good food

  • a large dance floor and great live music for dancing 

  • the opportunity to have fun and meet people. 

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The Substitutes are Melbourne's best '60s band bar none and we actively encourage dancing - we love dancers!

Help us recreate the atmosphere from the Thumpin' Tum, Berties, The Catcher, Opus, etc. 
So if you enjoy '60s music and would like to see it played by a seriously good band, and you'd like to meet people of similar age and interests, and you like dancing, please come along. 
See below for the dates. 

"It will be worth it, if not for the sake of this song, but for the sake of your own peace of mind" [from the song "San Franciscan Nights recorded by Eric Burdon & the Animals in 1967]



Saturday November 17, Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party, 8pm

Green Gully Soccer Club, Keilor
Bookings (Rhonda):
0418 132 532


Saturday November 24, Darebin RSL, 8pm

Greatest Hits of the '60s Show
402 Bell St, Preston


Saturday December 8, The Pearl, 8pm

ROCK 'N' BRASS XMAS PARTY featuring BARRY SMITH & Brass Attack
95-97 Drummond St, Oakleigh
. Tix available soon.

Saturday February 2, 2019, Hampton RSL, 8pm

Greatest Hits of the '60s Show
25 Holyrood St, Hampton
Table bookings:  9598 0460

Friday February 21, 2019, Ariette's Concert Lounge, 8pm

Greatest Hits of the '60s Show WITH BRASS ATTACK
212 Mt Dandenong Rd,

Friday March 15, 2019, Kastoria Club, 8pm

219 Elizabeth St,
Coburg North.

Sunday March 24, 2019, Essendon Bowls Club, 3pm

Greatest Hits of the '60s Show
50 Raleigh St,

Saturday March 30, 2019, Kingston City Hall, 8pm

The '60s Girls Pop & Rock Show
featuring Kelly Auty, Andrea Lees and THE REBELLES
979 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin


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