Artsound’s 60’s night was a good example for those who love to reminisce; do it with like minded people, so you don’t have to explain anything. Especially why you remember Crash Craddock, love but one Bob Dillon song, saw the Beatles at the old Sydney Stadium and did have a blue surfboard.
Of course the 60’s is where today’s baby boomers find in their long term memory bank an almost mystical place worth a nostalgic visit for the good the bad and the OMG of that decade that foisted momentous change on a generation.
Artsound’s gathering at the Eastlakes Football Club, with the décor of album covers from the vinyl era on the perimeter walls and some patrons dressing in clobber of the era, produced a night of nostalgia where the juke-box playlist was a source of many a sigh, cheers and plenty of singing to songs where we did remember the lyrics. And lots of opportunities to recall all manner of things.
It was the era when mini - skirts, flares, Mary Quant, long hair, hippies and Bill Haley were what distinguished us from the 50’s. Sadly most 60’s bodies haven’t maintained that youthful look, except in our memories, but as ageing hippies we are a generation gone but not forgotten.
John Fanning of Artsound, in conversation and reminiscing about his years as a roadie to the British 60’s stars, was a wonderful interlude to the harmonizing of Credo, a band of blokes who remember the era and know the songs. Then it was almost time to go and the familiar strains of ‘Dancing Queen’ filled the dance floor and showed many a weary hippy finding new energy to finish off with a burst of ABBA moves. A great night!