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Stranded podcast #216

September 19, 2014

* Featuring the space-rock opera ‘Children Of The Sun’ by Billy Thorpe *

One of my favourite things to do is to purchase an Australian vinyl record on my travels here in Canada, that I can then play on ‘Stranded’.  I recently discovered a record I’d never heard of but have since discovered it’s regarded as somewhat of a classic – ‘Children Of The Sun’, by rock legend Billy Thorpe.  Billy began his musical career at the tender age of 9 and went to front a 60s British-invasion style pop group, The Aztecs, which morphed into a loud, bluesy beast of a band that is most famous for the hit ‘Most People I Know Think That I’m Crazy’.  In 1976 Billy made the plunge into the US market and found himself initially ignored by a country who had no idea that he was more-or-less the king of rock n roll in Australia.  The resulting record, ‘Children Of The Sun’ (1979), actually ended up charting in the US.  You can hear some of the wild ‘space rock’ sounds of this concept record on the show today.  MG

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