My Kyle & Jackie O story – one door closes…

My Kyle & Jackie O story – one door closes…

The weeks after our wedding were a whirlwind. We honeymooned in Port Douglas and were amazed at the amount of people who would come up to us at the resort or on the street and talk about it. Read Part 1 of my Kyle & Jackie O Show story. After we returned to Sydney there were a bunch of media interviews to do. We did newspaper features and TV interviews, even with the ABC’s flagship current affairs show 7:30. In Canberra senator Lyn Alison of the Democrats spoke about us in federal Parliament and put up an ill-fated bill to legalise gay marriage. At the time public support was not as strong for marriage equality, so the bill she proposed didn’t even have the support to get a chance in parliament. My Kyle & Jackie O Show story – part 2. But something had changed. The issue of marriage equality was now firmly on the public agenda. Back at 2DayFM it was never dull. Kyle & Jackie were ramping up my Scare Geoff segments which included me skydiving while reading the news! Amazingly I land on a target where the Australian Idol contestants and listeners were waiting to welcome me. I also read the news from a shark pool, a dunking machine, was dropped in the middle of the desert (and had to find my way back to Sydney) and even had crocodiles let loose in my studio in the middle of a news bulletin! I also remember one morning my news bulletins were sabotaged. My script had been secretly changed with wrong words added and mismatched audio grabs. I stumbled through – ‘what was...
My Kyle & Jackie O story – part 1

My Kyle & Jackie O story – part 1

After getting back with Kyle & Jackie O for a one-off reunion earlier this week it feels like a good time to remember all the years I had working with them. So I’ve written a 3-part blog on my Kyle & Jackie O story. I first became friendly with Jackie in about 2001 when I was working the drive shift with Jamie Angel at the old 2DayFM studios in Bondi Junction. Jackie and Kyle were on after the drive show with the iconic Hot 30 Countdown and just about every teenager listened to hear the latest hits. Remember, this was before the internet had become popular and there was no iTunes, You Tube or Spotify! I can remember getting my hands on a copy of Kylie Minogue’s hot new song “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” and racing it into their studio so they could play it first in Australia – that really got our friendship going! I love the musicals and I started inviting Jackie to shows like Mamma Mia and Priscilla. Kyle had no interest – haha! I’m sure Jackie will remember the Priscilla after party where one hit wonder Charlene was flown in to perform her one and only hit – the sugary and corny “Ive Never Been To Me”. There was also the time when we met Ben Elton, Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen after We Will Rock You. A certain newsreader spilt an entire glass of champagne over one of their Armani suits, thankfully Mr. Elton acted like nothing happened and continued the conversation! Things really started happening when one day I got to work with virtually no voice after...
INXS: Never Tear Us Apart (Part 2)

INXS: Never Tear Us Apart (Part 2)

After last week’s stunning debut, focussing on the formation and rise of INXS, I was fascinated to see how Part 2 would play out, especially given the tragic ending we all know about. Thankfully the final episode does not disappoint, and while it looks at the decline of the band and the personal problems of Michael Hutchence, it’s engaging and like last week you know you are watching Australian rock n roll history. The way Michael’s ended his romance with Kylie is quite surprising, and the way he moves on to Helena Christensen and finally Paula Yates is fascinating viewing. While Part 2 focuses more on the decline of Michael we still get to see some of their masterpieces including a stunning clip of “Suicide Blonde” from their 1990 “X” album. By this stage, Luke Arnold not only channelled the lead singer, he physically could almost be mistaken for him. When you watch the “Suicide Blonde” clip you could be forgiven for thinking you’re watching the real thing. His relationship with British TV host Paula Yates is magnificently portrayed and shows just what an intense spotlight they had to live under, with no privacy and 24/7 intrusion by a hungry press pack. Michael’s love for Paula and his child Tiger Lily is beautiful, but as you will see it also contributes to his death at the Ritz Carlton in Double Bay in 1997. Part 2 has a totally different feel from the previous episode, but the real story had to be told, complete with it’s awful moments and ultimate tragedy. I’m giving the second episode 4.5...
Review of INXS: Never Tear Us Apart

Review of INXS: Never Tear Us Apart

I grew up listening to the music of INXS. They remind me of my years in Wollongong, when I first heard the haunting sounds of “To Look At You” as I was driving up to Corrimal Beach in the early 80’s. I followed them right through their extraordinary career, through the ups and downs and became a fully fledged INXS fan. Highlights of that time for me include DJ-ing at the Dapto League’s Club before INXS came on stage and played their single, “Original Sin”, to a screaming packed audience. I also remember seeing them play live at Heathcote in the mid 80’s when they had as string of hits including “Burn For You”. So you now get the picture, I was obsessed by this band and when I heard they were making a mini-series last year I was over the moon with anticipation. In recent weeks all those ads we’ve been seeing about ‘the TV event of 2014’ have raised my excitement levels even higher, but the icing on the cake was when I received a much sought after preview copy of the shows first episode. I slid the disk into the player and waited. The opening scenes dazzle with that iconic INXS performance at Wembley stadium – its stunningly shot and  leaves you feeling like you are there in the crowd! But the story of INXS couldn’t have started more differently; withing minutes we’re transported back to the late 70s when the band was called ‘the Farriss Brothers’ and they play covers to unappreciative fans in country towns.  Despite being pelted with beer cans, their musical brilliance shone through, and the...
From Video Hits to The Loop

From Video Hits to The Loop

Remember Video Hits? It debuted back in 1987 and often became the first way we could watch the film clips of emerging artists like Kylie, Madonna, Mariah and Whitney. The Channel 10 show also supported pop music and heavily promoted the cheesy but memorable songs of the late 80’s and early 90’s like Ring My Bell, Read My Lips, Ice Ice Baby and U Can’t Touch this. In the mid 90’s it showcased artists like Take That, Five, Steps, Aqua and of course the biggest selling female band in the world the Spice Girls. In the naughties Video Hits championed a lot of Australian music from the likes of Silverchair, Vanessa Amorosi, Powderfinger and Delta Goodrem. It also leapt onto dance songs like Crying At The Discoteque, Nasty Girl, Shaggy’s hits, Rhianna and the the Veronicas. It was a sad day when it finished in July 2011, after entreating millions of Aussies for so many years. Good luck to the only free to air music show “The Loop” on Eleven, which I’ve noticed has become slicker and a return to the tradition of Saturday morning pop music shows. Of course “Rage” continues with it’s unique mix of retro and alternative clips, but for me, I will always have a soft spot for Video...
Embrace your inner-Spice!

Embrace your inner-Spice!

You could hardly have missed the fact that we have a Spice Girl working with us at 2Day FM! The fabulous Mel B was part of the biggest band since The Beatles and I reckon that achievement needs to be recognised. The Spice Girls were a powerhouse hit machine. Not only did they sell 100-million records and became the biggest selling female group of all time, they also dominated radio and the clubs for about five years. Their debut hit Wannabee was pop magic, combining catchy melodies with rap and super vocals. After that they had a string of million selling singles including the haunting ballad Viva Forever and the 60’s inspired pop gem Stop! Fast forward to today and Mel B is also a judge on America’s Got Talent, while Emma Bunton co-hosts a top rating breakfast radio show in London. I saw Mel C wow the audience in the arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar last year, and Geri has had a bunch of projects including a bikini range and a visit to the Melbourne Cup last year! As for Posh, last I heard she was involved in fashion, but was spending most of her time with the family and kids. No matter what they’re doing now The Spice Girls are bona fide music icons. So go on, embrace you inner-spice and download a track from them...