Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Mike Rudd - Week 7

Bec Reid

Hello, my name is Bec and welcome to the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined in 2020. We are very excited to share our next guest with you. That’s right, it’s Mike Rudd from Australia’s progressive rock band, Spectrum. Mike, how are you?

Mike Rudd

I’m great, Bec, how are you?

Bec Reid

Mike, what gives you a sense of peace and place?

Mike Rudd

Well, I think actually where I am right at the moment gives me a sense of peace and place – Mt Evelyn. Heaven in Mt Evelyn.

Bec Reid

And, Mike, what has been your earliest musical memory?

Mike Rudd

I began with a band in Christchurch in New Zealand. They’re called Chance or Chance R&B. A really formative experience. I didn’t know what I was doing. Clearly, I still don’t know what I’m doing but, in those days, I was young as well as stupid. So, look, I had a – I look back on that era very fondly.

Bec Reid

And, Mike, you’ve shared stages with other musical greats such as Bill Putt, Ross Hannaford, Ross Wilson. Who have been some of your musical inspirations?

Mike Rudd

I think you mention one there. Ross Wilson was my chief inspiration, especially early on. I was in his band, Party Machine and then, later on, Sons of the Vegetal Mother. He gave me the incentive to write my own material and put a band together and that’s the basis that I put Spectrum together in the first place.

Bec Reid

Can you tell us, Mike, so far, what one of your musical highlights has been?

Mike Rudd

Oh look, I think every – looking forward to the future is always my musical highlight but, yeah, I’ve done some interesting things. Been over to London, recorded an album at Abbey Road studios, so that was definitely highlight in retrospect.

Bec Reid

And, Mike, when you were at Abbey Road, was that with Spectrum at the time?

Mike Rudd

That was with Ariel, the follow up band and we went there ostensibly to record a rock opera because they were the thing at the time. Didn’t quite come off but we came out with an album called Rock and Roll Scars, which I think sums it up. Being in those hallowed walls – we recorded in the same studios The Beatles had recorded in and a number of other people, of course. Tommy Steele - I actually made a reference to Tommy Steele recording in one of the other big studios, the number 1 studio there in one of the versions of the pre-cursor to I’ll be gone on that album. So, yeah, we had a lot of fun.

Bec Reid

What do you think was the magic of Spectrum?

Mike Rudd

Having a number 1 hit as your first single. So, that was pretty damn good and I think a lot of people were hanging out for something else like that. We did put out a number of singles and some of them were quite ‘single-ly’ but we were really known as an album band in those days and I think our particular audience liked being surprised and getting involved in what I happened to pick as a subject. Some subjects were pretty weird.

Bec Reid

And, Mike, can you tell us a little bit about the song that you are sharing with us at the Victorian Seniors Festival?

Mike Rudd

Well, it’s THE song, “I’ll be gone, some day I’ll have money” but it’s been rearranged for this particular event. It’s what I call the B version because it’s another version and it’s in the key of B but I think you’ll enjoy the change in pace and I thoroughly enjoy singing it. My little moment in the sunshine.

[Mike playing harmonica and singing]

Some day I’ll have money

Money isn’t easy to come by

By the time it’s come by

I’ll be gone

I’ll be singing my song

And I’ll be gone

Some day I’ll have lovin’

Lovin’ isn’t easy to come by

By the time it’s come by

I’ll be gone

I’ll sing my song

And I’ll be gone

 

Lived a life of luxury

Doesn’t seem to be

Be for me

Movin’ around comes naturally

Movin’ around and feeling free

 

Some day I’ll have money

Money isn’t easy to come by

By the time it’s come by

I’ll be gone

I’ll sing my song

And I’ll be gone

 

Lived a life of luxury

Doesn’t seem to be

Be for me

 

Movin’ around comes naturally

Movin’ around and feeling free

Some day I’ll have money

Money isn’t easy to come by

Lovin isn’t easy to come by

Neither of them are easy to come by

 

Bec Reid

Thank you so much for sharing your illustrious career with us and we look forward to hearing much more from Mike Rudd.

Mike Rudd

Thank you so much, Bec

 

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Mike Rudd’s musical journey began when his mother took him to audition for the Christchurch Cathedral choir, but Little Richard changed all that.

Visit Mike Rudd's website: https://www.mikeruddbillputt.com/


Read Mike's Performer Profile.

 

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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Mike Rudd - Week 7

Bec Reid

Hello, my name is Bec and welcome to the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined in 2020. We are very excited to share our next guest with you. That’s right, it’s Mike Rudd from Australia’s progressive rock band, Spectrum. Mike, how are you?

Mike Rudd

I’m great, Bec, how are you?

Bec Reid

Mike, what gives you a sense of peace and place?

Mike Rudd

Well, I think actually where I am right at the moment gives me a sense of peace and place – Mt Evelyn. Heaven in Mt Evelyn.

Bec Reid

And, Mike, what has been your earliest musical memory?

Mike Rudd

I began with a band in Christchurch in New Zealand. They’re called Chance or Chance R&B. A really formative experience. I didn’t know what I was doing. Clearly, I still don’t know what I’m doing but, in those days, I was young as well as stupid. So, look, I had a – I look back on that era very fondly.

Bec Reid

And, Mike, you’ve shared stages with other musical greats such as Bill Putt, Ross Hannaford, Ross Wilson. Who have been some of your musical inspirations?

Mike Rudd

I think you mention one there. Ross Wilson was my chief inspiration, especially early on. I was in his band, Party Machine and then, later on, Sons of the Vegetal Mother. He gave me the incentive to write my own material and put a band together and that’s the basis that I put Spectrum together in the first place.

Bec Reid

Can you tell us, Mike, so far, what one of your musical highlights has been?

Mike Rudd

Oh look, I think every – looking forward to the future is always my musical highlight but, yeah, I’ve done some interesting things. Been over to London, recorded an album at Abbey Road studios, so that was definitely highlight in retrospect.

Bec Reid

And, Mike, when you were at Abbey Road, was that with Spectrum at the time?

Mike Rudd

That was with Ariel, the follow up band and we went there ostensibly to record a rock opera because they were the thing at the time. Didn’t quite come off but we came out with an album called Rock and Roll Scars, which I think sums it up. Being in those hallowed walls – we recorded in the same studios The Beatles had recorded in and a number of other people, of course. Tommy Steele - I actually made a reference to Tommy Steele recording in one of the other big studios, the number 1 studio there in one of the versions of the pre-cursor to I’ll be gone on that album. So, yeah, we had a lot of fun.

Bec Reid

What do you think was the magic of Spectrum?

Mike Rudd

Having a number 1 hit as your first single. So, that was pretty damn good and I think a lot of people were hanging out for something else like that. We did put out a number of singles and some of them were quite ‘single-ly’ but we were really known as an album band in those days and I think our particular audience liked being surprised and getting involved in what I happened to pick as a subject. Some subjects were pretty weird.

Bec Reid

And, Mike, can you tell us a little bit about the song that you are sharing with us at the Victorian Seniors Festival?

Mike Rudd

Well, it’s THE song, “I’ll be gone, some day I’ll have money” but it’s been rearranged for this particular event. It’s what I call the B version because it’s another version and it’s in the key of B but I think you’ll enjoy the change in pace and I thoroughly enjoy singing it. My little moment in the sunshine.

[Mike playing harmonica and singing]

Some day I’ll have money

Money isn’t easy to come by

By the time it’s come by

I’ll be gone

I’ll be singing my song

And I’ll be gone

Some day I’ll have lovin’

Lovin’ isn’t easy to come by

By the time it’s come by

I’ll be gone

I’ll sing my song

And I’ll be gone

 

Lived a life of luxury

Doesn’t seem to be

Be for me

Movin’ around comes naturally

Movin’ around and feeling free

 

Some day I’ll have money

Money isn’t easy to come by

By the time it’s come by

I’ll be gone

I’ll sing my song

And I’ll be gone

 

Lived a life of luxury

Doesn’t seem to be

Be for me

 

Movin’ around comes naturally

Movin’ around and feeling free

Some day I’ll have money

Money isn’t easy to come by

Lovin isn’t easy to come by

Neither of them are easy to come by

 

Bec Reid

Thank you so much for sharing your illustrious career with us and we look forward to hearing much more from Mike Rudd.

Mike Rudd

Thank you so much, Bec