Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Spectrum - Week 9

Bec Reid

Here we are with Spectrum, one of Australia’s most beloved, progressive rock bands. We’re joined by Brenden and Robbo, Daryl and Mike and Broc. Gentlemen, you’ve played on many lands under many skies. Can you tell us what’s it like to have such a vast connectivity in your career over 50 years?

Mike Rudd

Have we been together for 50 years? No, not really, but the name has been around for 50 years. I’ve been around for, well, 75 years tomorrow.

Brenden Mason

Wow.

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

Yeah.

Mike Rudd

Scary.

Brenden Mason

Happy birthday.

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

Happy birthday for tomorrow.

Mike Rudd

Thank you but I’ve been around with these guys for quite long enough, thank you, and we all get along really well. It’s – you can be a great player and have a shocking personality. If that doesn’t work, you can be a - have a great personality and not be a great player and that's not going to work either. We struck a happy medium.

Brenden Mason

My initial connection with Spectrum was Bill Putt. Bill and I became really good friends in the early ‘70s and anytime Spectrum or Madder Lake played together - and then I played in Black Feather for quite a while and Spectrum and Black Feather did quite a few gigs together. Daryl also played with Black Feather as well as Spectrum. So, we got to know each other pretty well through the years.

Bec Reid

Can you share a bit of a musical highlight so far in your respective careers?

Brenden Mason

I reckon one of the highlights we’ve - we’ve had in the past couple of years, since I’ve been incorporated in Spectrum is the fact that – and I play in Madder Lake as well – is Madder Lake and Spectrum doing double gigs together. It’s - both bands have got on absolutely fantastic.

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

Long way to the top tour 2002 was probably one of the – my highlights in my musical career. A great national tour and playing with a lot of people that, when I was growing up, I idolised.

Brenden Mason

I supported The Rolling Stones [laughter].

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

Kooyong?

Brenden Mason

1974.

Bec Reid

Pray tell.

Brenden Mason

That was pretty good at Kooyong, yeah.

Mike Rudd

I was in the audience there.

Brenden Mason

Were you? Oh, you were the guy that was clapping. [laughter]

Bec Reid

Can you share with us the alchemy that makes Spectrum so special?

Brenden Mason

No. [laughter] Probably this guy.

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

It’s a secret.

Broc O’Connor

We just draw on life's rich and varied pageants and extract the essence of our interpersonal relations and try and express them as musically as possible?

Mike Rudd

I just draw from all sorts of different places. I never – we never had that kind of formula that we could reproduce from song to song. It was – I tend to cast my net wide as far as styles are concerned. I just pick up a phrase that I enjoy and thrash it to death.

Bec Reid

What would you say, gentlemen, for Spectrum is its biggest musical influence for the band?

Brenden Mason

In the early days, Madder Lake and Spectrum really did play a fair few gigs together, didn’t we?

Broc O’Connor

Every pub had a band like 3 or 4 nights a week and, for a working musician, you just - there was plenty of work and plenty of pubs.

Daryl Roberts

The thing was, you could see the top recording bands were on the charts at your local pub. So, everybody could just go out and experience the songs they used to hear on the radio.

Bec Reid

Can you tell us a little bit about the song that you’ve shared with us from Rock & Roll Scars?

Mike Rudd

It was actually released as a single when we got back from the UK and - and I thought it was – it’s kind of like a series of paradoxical questions and - but the essence of it is that I invite people to keep on dancing with me and that’s what it is. Keep on dancing with me, in brackets.

[Spectrum singing]

If you want to feel my world

Touch my

Close your eyes and you will see

Keep on dancing with me

Trust me as I pull you through

Broken dreams are overdue

Grit your teeth and stand at ease

Keep on dancing with me

Keep on dancing

Be unconscious of your fear

First admit the fear is there

Every man is

Keep on dancing with me

Keep on dancing

With me

Keep on dancing

Keep on dancing

Keep on dancing with me

Bec Reid

Gentlemen, it’s been our great pleasure to have you with us at the Victorian Seniors Festival and we look forward to hearing much more music from you. Thanks again! It’s Spectrum!

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

Thank you very much.

Mike Rudd

Good on you, Bec!

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

See ya.

Brenden Mason

Mwah!

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‘Music’s really great like that, it always takes you back to a place or time. You can see a lot of happy people singing along to I'll Be Gone.’ says Peter ‘Robbo’ Robertson of Spectrum. 

 

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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Spectrum - Week 9

Bec Reid

Here we are with Spectrum, one of Australia’s most beloved, progressive rock bands. We’re joined by Brenden and Robbo, Daryl and Mike and Broc. Gentlemen, you’ve played on many lands under many skies. Can you tell us what’s it like to have such a vast connectivity in your career over 50 years?

Mike Rudd

Have we been together for 50 years? No, not really, but the name has been around for 50 years. I’ve been around for, well, 75 years tomorrow.

Brenden Mason

Wow.

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

Yeah.

Mike Rudd

Scary.

Brenden Mason

Happy birthday.

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

Happy birthday for tomorrow.

Mike Rudd

Thank you but I’ve been around with these guys for quite long enough, thank you, and we all get along really well. It’s – you can be a great player and have a shocking personality. If that doesn’t work, you can be a - have a great personality and not be a great player and that's not going to work either. We struck a happy medium.

Brenden Mason

My initial connection with Spectrum was Bill Putt. Bill and I became really good friends in the early ‘70s and anytime Spectrum or Madder Lake played together - and then I played in Black Feather for quite a while and Spectrum and Black Feather did quite a few gigs together. Daryl also played with Black Feather as well as Spectrum. So, we got to know each other pretty well through the years.

Bec Reid

Can you share a bit of a musical highlight so far in your respective careers?

Brenden Mason

I reckon one of the highlights we’ve - we’ve had in the past couple of years, since I’ve been incorporated in Spectrum is the fact that – and I play in Madder Lake as well – is Madder Lake and Spectrum doing double gigs together. It’s - both bands have got on absolutely fantastic.

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

Long way to the top tour 2002 was probably one of the – my highlights in my musical career. A great national tour and playing with a lot of people that, when I was growing up, I idolised.

Brenden Mason

I supported The Rolling Stones [laughter].

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

Kooyong?

Brenden Mason

1974.

Bec Reid

Pray tell.

Brenden Mason

That was pretty good at Kooyong, yeah.

Mike Rudd

I was in the audience there.

Brenden Mason

Were you? Oh, you were the guy that was clapping. [laughter]

Bec Reid

Can you share with us the alchemy that makes Spectrum so special?

Brenden Mason

No. [laughter] Probably this guy.

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

It’s a secret.

Broc O’Connor

We just draw on life's rich and varied pageants and extract the essence of our interpersonal relations and try and express them as musically as possible?

Mike Rudd

I just draw from all sorts of different places. I never – we never had that kind of formula that we could reproduce from song to song. It was – I tend to cast my net wide as far as styles are concerned. I just pick up a phrase that I enjoy and thrash it to death.

Bec Reid

What would you say, gentlemen, for Spectrum is its biggest musical influence for the band?

Brenden Mason

In the early days, Madder Lake and Spectrum really did play a fair few gigs together, didn’t we?

Broc O’Connor

Every pub had a band like 3 or 4 nights a week and, for a working musician, you just - there was plenty of work and plenty of pubs.

Daryl Roberts

The thing was, you could see the top recording bands were on the charts at your local pub. So, everybody could just go out and experience the songs they used to hear on the radio.

Bec Reid

Can you tell us a little bit about the song that you’ve shared with us from Rock & Roll Scars?

Mike Rudd

It was actually released as a single when we got back from the UK and - and I thought it was – it’s kind of like a series of paradoxical questions and - but the essence of it is that I invite people to keep on dancing with me and that’s what it is. Keep on dancing with me, in brackets.

[Spectrum singing]

If you want to feel my world

Touch my

Close your eyes and you will see

Keep on dancing with me

Trust me as I pull you through

Broken dreams are overdue

Grit your teeth and stand at ease

Keep on dancing with me

Keep on dancing

Be unconscious of your fear

First admit the fear is there

Every man is

Keep on dancing with me

Keep on dancing

With me

Keep on dancing

Keep on dancing

Keep on dancing with me

Bec Reid

Gentlemen, it’s been our great pleasure to have you with us at the Victorian Seniors Festival and we look forward to hearing much more music from you. Thanks again! It’s Spectrum!

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

Thank you very much.

Mike Rudd

Good on you, Bec!

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robertson

See ya.

Brenden Mason

Mwah!