Mushroom Evolution Concert

Mushroom Evolution Concert is a live album and video recorded by various Australian artists at celebratory performances held over two days of the Australia Day (January 26) weekend 1982. The Mushroom Evolution Concert was staged for Mushroom Records' tenth anniversary at the Myer Music Bowl and was organised by label boss, Michael Gudinski. It included a wide range of Australian performers from the label's roster. An estimated audience of 100,000 attended the concerts. In late 1972 Gudinski had been an artist manager and concert promoter when he and business partner, Ray Evans, founded Mushroom Records. The concert was recorded both for audio as a triple-LP and for video on double-VHS and released in 1982 under the same name. Subsequently, these were re-released on 2× CD (2005) and on 3× DVD (expanded with interviews, 2009) respectively. Although a prominent Mushroom Records artist from the 1972–1981 era, Skyhooks did not appear at the concert – they had disbanded in 1980.

Mushroom Evolution Concert
1982 triple-LP version
Live album by
Various artists
Released1982
Recorded26 January 1982
GenrePop, dance, rock
LabelMushroom, Liberation Blue
Various artists chronology
Mushroom Evolution Concert
(1982)
Mushroom 25 Live
(1998)

Background

Mushroom Evolution Concert was recorded at the concert of the same name which was organised by impresario Michael Gudinski for two days on the Australia Day (January 26) weekend in 1982. Gudinski, and fellow music agent Ray Evans, had formed Mushroom Records in late 1972.[1] The label's first album was an ambitious triple-LP live recording of the 1973 Sunbury Pop Festival.[1] In its first few years Mushroom released albums and singles by some of the most significant Australian rock acts of the period, including Madder Lake, Chain, The Dingoes and Skyhooks.[1] Success with Skyhooks' first few albums followed later by Split Enz and Models enabled Mushroom to dominate the Australian music industry into the 1990s.[1] In 1982, Mushroom Records celebrated its tenth anniversary by running the concert at the Myer Music Bowl and releasing the triple live album and a related VHS album of the same name later that year.[2] An estimated audience of 100,000 attended the concerts.[3] Although a prominent Mushroom Records artist from the 1972–1981 era, Skyhooks were not represented at the concert – they had disbanded in 1980.

Billy Miller is a former member of The Ferrets, Mike Rudd represented his earlier band Spectrum (later in Indelible Murtceps and Ariel). Paul Kelly was backed by Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons performing songs from his work as Paul Kelly & the Dots.[4] Both Chain and Madder Lake had reformed especially for the concert. The Fives included members from the original Ol' 55 line-up.[1][3]

In 2009, Liberation Blue issued a triple-DVD of the two days of concert performances. The total time is approximately 420-minutes. Additional interviews are with Joe Camilleri (Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons), Sean Kelly (Models), Billy Miller, Mike Rudd, Kevin Borich, Mick Fettes (Madder Lake), Russell Morris, Matt Taylor (Chain), FJ Holden (Ol' 55) and Red Symons (Skyhooks).[5]

Track listing

1982 Triple-LP, Mushroom Records release
Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Artist(s)Length
1."She Took My Heart"William Miller, Philip Miles[6]Billy Miller & the Great Blokes3:28
2."Nice Legs, Shame About the Face"John Ford, Robert Hudson[7]Dave & the Derros2:10
3."Other Places"Paul Brickhill, Paul Northam, Mark Kellet, Campbell Laird[8]MEO 2453:54
4."Love Comes, Love Goes"Michael David Rudd[9]Mike Rudd & the Heaters3:23
5."I'll Be Gone"Rudd[10]Mike Rudd & the Heaters3:41
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Artist(s)Length
1."Counting the Beat"Phil Judd, Wayne Stevens, Mark Hough[11]The Swingers2:57
2."Don't Let Go"Kevin Nicholas Borich, Garry Paige[12]Kevin Borich Express4:25
3."Can't Help It"Borich[13]Kevin Borich Express4:33
4."Trouble in My Brain"Jeremy Saxon Oxley[14]The Sunnyboys4:02
5."Birthday"John Lennon, Paul McCartney[15]The Sunnyboys2:13
Side three
No.TitleWriter(s)Artist(s)Length
1."Hand Me Down"Paul Kelly, G Gadsby[16]Paul Kelly with Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons4:49
2."Billy Baxter"Kelly, Chris Langman[17]Paul Kelly with Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons2:51
3."Love and Devotion"[18]Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons5:09
4."You Don't Know"Keith Ansley Anderson[19]Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons4:21
5."Happy Birthday I.B.M."Andrew Duffield[20]Models2:34
6."Local &/Or General"Sean Patrick Kelly[21]Models3:56
Side four
No.TitleWriter(s)Artist(s)Length
1."Yes Indeed"Wayne Geoffrey Burt[22]Rock Doctors3:32
2."Goodbye Lollipop"Michael Fettes, Jack Kreemers, Kerry McKenna, John McKinnon[23]Madder Lake3:38
3."Song for Ernest"Fettes, Kreemers, McKenna, Brenden Mason, Andy Cowan[24]Madder Lake4:52
4."12lb. Toothbrush"Fettes, Kreemers, McKenna, McKinnon[25]Madder Lake7:46
5."The Heat of the Night"[26]Russell Morris & the Rubes4:32
6."Roar of the Wild Torpedoes"Russell Norman Morris[27]Russell Morris & the Rubes3:30
Side five
No.TitleWriter(s)Artist(s)Length
1."How Come"Stephen Cummings, Andrew Pendlebury[28]The Sports3:15
2."Stop the Baby Talking"Cummings, Pendlebury[29]The Sports2:47
3."Black and Blue"; "Dust My Blues"; "Blow in D"; "My Arse Is Black with Bourke St"Phil Manning, Barry Sullivan, Matt Taylor, Barry Harvey;[30] Elmore James, J Bihari;[31] Taylor, Manning, Sullivan, Harvey;[32] Taylor[33]Chain8:58
4."I Remember When I Was Young"Taylor[34]Chain6:48
5."C'mon Let's Do It"Glenn A. Baker, James Manzie[35]The Fives2:25
6."On the Prowl"Manzie[36]The Fives3:18
7."Goodnight Sweetheart"Calvin Carter, James Hudson[37]The Fives2:26
Side six
No.TitleWriter(s)Artist(s)Length
1."Sitting in Limbo"G Bright, Jimmy Cliff[38]Renée Geyer & Friends7:12
2."Say I Love You"Edmund Montague Grant[39]Renée Geyer & Friends5:31
3."Heading in the Right Direction"Garry Paige, Punch[40]Renée Geyer & Friends5:29
4."Stand By Me"Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller[41]The Jam (featuring Broderick Smith)5:04
5."Johnny B. Goode"Chuck Berry[42]The Jam (featuring Angry Anderson, Matt Taylor)6:47
2005 Double-CD, Liberation Blue re-release[4]
  1. "She Took My Heart" – Billy Miller & the Great Blokes – 3:28
  2. "Nice Legs, Shame About the Face" – Dave & the Derros – 2:10
  3. "Other Places" MEO 245 – 3:54
  4. "Love Comes, Love Goes" – Mike Rudd & The Heaters – 3:23
  5. "I'll Be Gone" – Mike Rudd & The Heaters – 3:41
  6. "Counting the Beat" The Swingers – 2:57
  7. "Don't Let Go" Kevin Borich Express – 4:25
  8. "Can't Help It" – Kevin Borich Express – 4:33
  9. "Trouble In My Brain" The Sunnyboys – 4:02
  10. "Birthday" – The Sunnyboys – 2:13
  11. "Hand Me Down" Paul Kelly – 4:49
  12. "Billy Baxter" – Paul Kelly – 2:51
  13. "Love and Devotion" Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons – 5:09
  14. "You Don't Know" – Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons – 4:21
  15. "Happy Birthday I.B.M" Models – 2:34
  16. "Local and / or General" – Models – 3:56
  17. "Yes Indeed" – Rock Doctors – 3:32
  18. "In the Heat of the Night" Russell Morris & The Rubes – 4:32
  19. "Roar of the Wild Torpedoes" – Russell Morris & The Rubes – 3:30
  1. "Goodbye Lollipop" Madder Lake – 3:38
  2. "Song for Ernest" – Madder Lake – 4:52
  3. "12lb Toothbrush" – Madder Lake – 7:46
  4. "How Come" The Sports – 3:15
  5. "Stop the Baby Talking" – The Sports – 2:47
  6. "Black and Blue" Chain – 8:58
  7. "I Remember When I Was Young" – Chain – 6:48
  8. "C'mon Let's Do It" The Fives – 2:25
  9. "On the Prowl" – The Fives – 3:18
  10. "Goodnight Sweetheart" – The Fives – 2:26
  11. "Sitting in Limbo" Renée Geyer & Friends – 7:12
  12. "Say I Love You" – Renée Geyer & Friends – 5:31
  13. "Heading in the Right Direction" – Renée Geyer & Friends – 5:29
  14. "Stand By Me" – The Jam – 5:04
  15. "Jonny B. Goode" – The Jam – 6:47
2009 Triple-DVD, Liberation Blue release of original concert footage plus additional interviews.[5]
  1. "This Is Our Time"
  2. "Where Is the Heartbreak"
  3. "Secondhand Woman"
  4. "Addicted to You"
  5. "Save Your Love"
  6. "Who Is That Cat"
  7. "I Cannot Say"
  8. "Domestic Crisis"
  9. "Laser Lover"
  10. Models
  11. "Love Comes, Love Goes"
  12. "Media Mania"
  13. "It's Only Love" (featuring Glyn Mason)
  14. "I'll Take You High"
  15. "Some Good Advice"
  16. "I'll Be Gone"
  17. "We Are Only Human"
  18. "Tomorrow's Just Another Day"
  19. "Necessary Evil"
  20. "Punch and Judy"
  21. "Judge and Jury"
  22. "Demon Man"
  23. "Counting the Beat"
  24. "Don't Ever Let Go"
  25. "Don't Let Go"
  26. "Heartbreaker"
  27. "Full Moon"
  28. "KB's Boogie"
  29. "Getting So Excited"
  30. "Shy Boys, Shy Girls"
  31. "Can't Help It"
  32. "Going Fishing"
  33. "Going Somewhere"
  34. "Going Down Town"
  35. "No Love Around"
  36. "It's Not Me"
  37. "Trouble in My Brain"
  38. "Guts of Iron"
  39. "Leaf on a Tree"
  40. "Pain"
  41. "What You Need"
  42. "This Is Real"
  43. "Alone with You"
  44. "Seeker"
  45. "Happy Man"
  46. "Birthday"
  47. "Truth about Truth about Scientists"
  48. "Tearing Hair Out"
  49. "Cut Lunch"
  50. "Local and/or General"
  51. "Unhappy"
  52. "Happy Birthday IBM"
  53. "Man o' Action"
  54. "A Parallel"
  55. "Pate Pedestrian"
  56. "Atlantic Romantic"
  57. "Only Want a Piece of You"
  58. "Barnyard Boogie"
  59. "Rockabilly Heaven"
  60. "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby"
  61. "Pleasure Cruiser"
  62. "Let's Get Loose"
  63. "So Tough"
  64. "Get It Right"
  65. "In the Heat of the Night"
  66. "Roar of the Wild Torpedoes"
  67. "Thunder Ground"
  68. "Walk Don't Run"
  69. "Hush"
  70. "Real Thing"
  71. "Wings of an Eagle"
  72. "Salmon Song"
  73. "Goodbye Lollipop"
  74. "Who Am I to Say"
  75. "Helper"
  76. "It's All in Your Head"
  77. "Slack Alice"
  78. "Song for Ernest"
  79. "12 LB Toothbrush"
  80. "Don't Throw Stones"
  81. "Suspicious Minds"
  82. "Live Work & Play"
  83. "Black Stockings for Chelsea"
  84. "Perhaps"
  85. "Oh Mama No"
  86. "Strangers on a Train"
  87. "Stop the Baby Talking"
  88. "Who Listens to the Radio"
  89. "Wedding Ring"
  90. "How Come All Night Long"
  91. "Snatch It Back and Hold It"
  92. "Booze Is Bad News Blues"
  93. "Hound Dog Bust"
  94. "Black & Blue"
  95. "Dust My Broom"
  96. "My Arse Is Black with Bourke St"
  97. "Black & Blue"
  98. "32-20 Blues"
  99. "I Remember When I Was Young"
  100. "Summertime Summertime"
  101. "At the Hop"
  102. "Diana"
  103. "This Little Girl"
  104. "Be My Little Schoolgirl"
  105. "Get a Job"
  106. "Little Sister"
  107. "C'mon Let's Do It"
  108. "Teenager in Love"
  109. "Looking for an Echo"
  110. "On the Prowl"
  111. "Goodnight Well It's Time to Go"
  112. "Jam"
  113. " Suburban Boy" (featuring Dave Warner)
  114. "Roll Over Beethoven"
  115. "Heading in the Right Direction"
  116. "Do You Know What I Mean"
  117. "Mighty Rock"
  118. "Stand By Me"
  119. "Johnny B Goode"
  120. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On"
  121. Michael Gudinski Speech
  122. "She Took My Heart"
  123. "Nice Legs Shame about the Face"
  124. "Death to Disco"
  125. "Other Places"
  126. "Wrong World"

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