from L to R, Bill Putt, Peter Robertson and Mick Rudd
A complete change of pace from last night’s show was the lunchtime performance of old Melbourne pub rockers, Spectrum. They have been around from the year dot as far as the history Australian music is concerned. I remember seeing them way back in the 60s and 70s in one or other of their incarnations, be it Spectrum or Ariel.
The occasion for their In Store was the re-issue of the record “Spectrum Part One” on CD, which naturally they drew upon in their performance at Basement Discs this afternoon. It included the band's most popular song “I’ll Be Gone” which everyone, in Australia at least, knows by heart.
It was a wonderful performance - psychedelic rock with quirky lyrics sung by Mike Rudd in his distinctive voice. There were four in the band today, Mike Rudd, Bill Putt, Peter “Robbo” Robertson and a keyboard player whose name I can’t, at the moment, recall. The music was great to hear – live – from a few feet away. There was quite a crowd there. It was an ideal way to spend a chilly lunchtime in Melbourne and all were very appreciative of the rare opportunity to see a legendary band perform for free.
Mike & Bill have a very entertaining, though oddly constructed, website, maintained by Mike. You can find it here.