Thursday, June 03, 2010

#195: Return To Sender

The things you find when you buy a lot of stuff without seeing. In a recent lot of what was otherwise garbage these little historical artefacts emerged. The first is a letter of thanks to the Adelaide band The Macmen. According to Dean Mittelhauser’s excellent article from the The Livin’ End #3, “The In-Sect originally formed in Adelaide around 1961 as Dave Thunder & The Macmen (although there was no one in the band called Dave Thunder.) The band’s early members included Tony Martin and Simon Paul (who later wrote their two classic punkers.) The band played the local dance scene for the few years, and by late 1965, their line-up had stabilised at: Frank Sebastyan (vocals), Geoff Pretty (drums), Phil Wooding (guitar), Allan Sands (bass) and Peter Manuel (organ). They released their first 45 in February ‘66, the dire “CLAP YOUR HANDS“. I say dire because it really was pretty bad and it gave little hint of the wild tracks they were later to cut. It was about this time that they became the In-Sect, a pointed reference to the Beatles.”

You wouldn't want to lay odds on finding such documents in their purest form, as most of them would now be destroyed over time. But, here it is.

In the same bunch were these two documents relating to the Boomerang Club in Brighton. I'll be the first to admit that I know absolutely nothing about the Boomerang Club, other than the fact that Ivan Dayman ended up running/owning it (as can be seen from these two documents) and that he ended up moving it to Brisbane.  I expect that someone, somewhere, would love to get these items, if so, if someone actually has a proper historical society going, then feel free to make contact and we'll take it from there.  Glenn A Baker need not apply.

More to come.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fascinating stuff. I've been researching and writing a book on the Adelaide music scene for the last 8 years. I'd love to have access to the other material you have oicked up on the Adelaide music scene. BTW, shortly after Ivan Dayman's letter to the Brighton Council, the Boomerang Club became the more up-market West Point, a sister dance to Princeton, but it didn't last.

Kind Regards,
Peter Millen