Photo from www.jonenglish.com.au

In 1979 crazy Molly somehow convinced the VFL to allow “The Countdown All Stars” to run onto the MCG at 3/4 time of the Reserves GF. This was the year of Wayne Harmes and the Colliwobbles. A bunch of us so called “stars” including @Skyhooks’ Shirley, a young James Reyne, Wilbur, Jon English, John St Peters and Molly himself, ran and slipped and slid over the MCG. I dumped Molly in the mud and he returned the favour.

But later in the stands as we watched the game it was Jon English who all the fans wanted to greet and get photos with. The rest of us (except for maybe Shirl) were just dung on the studs of history. JE was a genuine star respected by musicians, loved by fans. He’ll be missed by many and with the loss of the incredible Hannaford still just sinking in you have to feel like there’s a huge gap in Australian music that will take a very long time to fill. Daddy Cool Octagon Theatre circa 1972 a concert that inspired to aspire and made me believe Australians could be as original as anybody in the rock world.


  1. Yes David my Aquinas College school friend of my older brother Ian and rock performer,writer,producer of film and session passionate Australian Rules Football follower it seems to me that just lately the 70’s icons demise is accelerating rapidly.As I woke in Amsterdam when Ross Hannaford passed the other day I went to sleep knowing John English had gone too. I feel somewhat a million miles away from home and have to face the day which takes me to Apeldoorn and a concert by Golden Earring,not know if we will lose another 70’s icon before I fly home tomorrow to a new WAFL/AFL football season.Such are the times we live and apparently die in.Take care my learned friend keep on rocking and hope to see you up on stage again soonπŸŽΈπŸŽΈπŸŽΈπŸ‰πŸ‰πŸ‰πŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸŽ€πŸŽ€πŸŽ€πŸŽ€βœˆοΈβœˆοΈβœˆοΈπŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

  2. It is 50 years since conscription for Vietnam was introduced, tripling by the end of 1966. I think it you Dave, who performed in a short play/musical about the attitude towards Viet vets by their friends attending uni in the 60s. Did you write, perform, direct? I saw it here in Geraldton and would like more info as it relative to this historic milestone year we are thinking of commemorating locals who were in the call up and how it affected their lives.

    • Yes Lorraine you have a great memory, the play was a little musical 6OS AND ALL THAT POP and was enormously successful from its beginning as a little cabaret show at Le CafΓ© in Nedlands thought to Adelaide Fringe. It was one of the first plays I wrote and I fluked an almost perfect structure – one I’ve struggled to replicate. I remember Geraldton with great fondness, especially the Mex restaurant with local crayfish special. Love Geraldton and hope it goes well for you

  3. Thanks Dave you actually came to my house with our mutual friend Cathy Jennings, my husband a muso too part of the popular local band Stunned Mullets whose members were all deckies on crayboats. The mex was called Los Amigos affectionately know to locals as “Los a’memory”! Owned by surfer Leon Norris who is still in town and still surfing.

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