Audiophile Natalia Fan#1 shows off more of his collection with Wattsie and Martin at The Maylands Town Hall with the two unaccountably popular and universally terrible 1970s Perth radio Stars. The album is beyond appalling. Idiotic and unfunny. All I can remember is “Shaving Cream”. I don’t know if they did Bang Bang Lulu, but I expect so. There is a joke book too where some really lovely Paul Rigby illustrations/cartoons underscore further – if that’s possible the lack of humour in the text. (Does anyone else find the insert to be reminiscent of The Legend 101’s banter?) Even TWOP’s favourite doctor, Peter Harries ( PhD WC) gets stuck into the Wattsie and Martin of this era, saying in his thesis no less, ” In the 1970’s, radio ‘stars’ Barry Martin and John K. Watts were given a Tonight type show, which followed the usual format of guest artists, gags and a small musical combo. ‘…Wattsie and Martin did a series of Tonight shows which was an abomination. Just so bad.’”
Two abominable characters best forgotten. Such a pity Paul Rigby died and Wattsie and Martin lived on.
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Try recorded live to Tape at Martin Clake’s Studios in North Fremantle which were later sold to Will Upson and are still in business today – though not by will.
They lifted a Single off this their version of Chattanooga Choo Coo with lyrics changed to Indian Pacific backed with their version of The Marrow Song which was a hit in the East for Fantasy, who were Johnny Farnham’s Band. This single didn’t chart as it only got airplay on 6PM and I believe that there were stil boxes of singles when they moved to 6PR which thney were still trying to flog off in the 80’s.
Wattsie has got this Album transferred to CD which he uses when appearing as a guest on radio.
Of Course the Maylands Town Hall is now the Maylands Public Library.
He never tried to flog them off. Just a few were made and they were for give aways on their breakfast show (6PM). He does have it on CD but it has never been played on any other station. Yeah you are right about the Maylands Town hall
Speaking of Barry Martin, Here is a video of him renewing his vows bu his Best Man and former General Manager of 6PM George Chapman.
Kenny rgers eat your heart out.
And Here’s Wattsie:
The Kingsize Menswear Blooper Reel.
Nice one, Frank. As an actor, Polly makes a superb handballer. Anyone else remember the footage of him handballing through car windows ?
Speaking of sharp contrasts, this is a great post, TLA. Farmer, Clarke, and Rigby were all as brilliant in their respective fields as Wattsy and Martin weren’t.
Is this a new play?
And for Manhattes Barkeep interest, I think the cartoonist Paul Rigby worked on Murdoch New york papers in 80s.
Speaking of Rigby, I treasure my complete set of The Bunyip (all two hilarious issues)
Makes Max Kay look like a comic genius.
Watties and Martin – fond memories of a simpler time when Perth was even more fucked than it is now. Only we didn’t realize it.
They should reform. Eoin Cameron is still doing the same show he was doing when these morons were on air. If Doc Harries thought you were shit in the day, and he loves all that crap, then you know you were bad.
I did my 6PR slot this morning – and someone sent a text to Millsy saying I was a lefty wanker.
No doubt it was someone from here…
I doubt it. We would have dispensed with the prefix surely?
6PR’s token pinko he was…maybe it’d be him only on the pretext that he’s whingeing about someone on Perth Racist being more of a lefty than him!
I wouldn’t text 6PR with someone else’s doodle.
then you would use your own?
nice story on Inside Cover this morning about Sattler accusing his former producer of bullying. Sattler being bullied, that’s karma that is.
Heh, fun new game for Wednesday mornings.
It’s a cruel, cruel world.
You know a place is truly fucked when the local pollies and personalities (most of whom we’ve never heard of) keep telling us how wonderful it all is.
Sadly for them low cost air travel has allowed many of us to compare it to other places and confirm what it really is….
“Watt’s an ex copper to do,
cept try a stand up coup
Cause in sleepy Perth town
There’s just no place for a comedian”
Apologies to Jagger and Richards.
I’m sure that Wattsie and Martin would sound no better if their show was recorded on a cheap mono cassette recorder to get that lo-fi effect as per “Street Fighting Man”.
What’s going on at T_E PUB this morning? ross’s Auctions all over it…
I thought T_E PUB had been Vanish Worsted and renamed La Brasserie?
They’re probably ripping out all of the fittings, putting Asahi on tap and giving it a makeover ala Eighteen 98 or the Rangeview.
It’ll probably end up being called Wave or WVE in the great Perth tradition of BLVD, Joondalup, and LDV, Leederville.
(I always thought the Maylands Library was always the library.)
The only thing more depressing than Perth- Perth history :(
Dunno. I find holes in the ground pretty depressing myself.
Can anyone please tell me where I can buy/get a copy of Wattsie & Martin doing The Marrow Song; Day Trip to Rotto; Indian Pacific; and Shaving Cream. Thanks
I would hope nowhere.
Have you tried 1978?
Please elaborate? Try 1978 what, where. Thanks
Wouldn’t Frank have Wattsie’s ouevre? Or at least know where it is on teh ‘Tube?
I have the Single of The Marrow Song/Indian Pacific, but no working Cartridge at the moment – but your best bet is Bower Bird Records in Nnorth Perth, or the Record Finder in Fremantle
Frank! Don’t encourage these abortions of songs to soil the soundscape of Perth again!
It deserves a Mainie Memorial Prize. In fact , I think Benny Cousins also deserves one.
Thanks, I’ll try both those outlets. If it is of interest to anyone, I have mp3’s of:
Perth DJ Lionel Lewis performing ‘Yesterday When I Was Young’ and ‘Amy’
Peter Harries performing ‘Aussie Rules King of the West’ and The Ballad of Ocker Ramsay’.
Bill (Moon Man) Renfrey performing ‘Moon Thing’ and ‘Dig That Crazy Didgeridoo’
Best troll ever.
The Moonman single actually went Top 3 in 1969 – The B side Moon Thing isn’t that bad – a sort of Jazzy type Rap of his moon man type speak
Now that’s a name I haven’t heard for a while, Ron. And yes, that is Max Kay at 4:29.
Oops. Link fail. Take two.
You mean, of course, Dr Peter Harries (PhD).
Unsure if the same character. The recording Peter Harries owned the Knight Klub along the Freeway between the Narrows & Canning Bridges. Does that help?
tt is indeed one and the same person.
I can even get you a signed copy 😃😃😃😃
Mmmmmm ended up here on a search of the net for Day trip to Rotto. Those where the days LOL. As for breakfast shows nothing has and I think ever will beat the eagle morning zoo in Perth in the late 80’s. It’s a shame they chucked a mental when they couldn’t get the FM spot just look at them now it’s just sad IMHO!
I’ve just bought a copy of Day Trip to Rotto at the Record & CD Fair last weekend. It’s the B-side to Bazza & JK’s Shaving Cream single. The record label shows Day Trip To Rotto as being by T.C. and the Moonshine Band. TC would be Trevor Carlson
Let me ask you some questions! Have you every done a city radio station Breakfast show? Did you ever score 51% over all demographics in the WA radio surveys? Have you ever been on TV. Have you ever helped anyone, like donating your time for nearly 20 years on TVW 7 Telethon or STW 9 Appealathon? Were you under contract to write comedy for Bob Hope ( I suppose you are happy that he is dead too) for over 15 years? Did you every record an album? Have you ever written a book? Have you written footy league songs for 3 different clubs and still today they are the clubs songs? Did you ever write a proposal that is now in place, oh they are call the West Coast Eagles? Have you ever owned businesses like a network of stations. I could go on but I can tell this does not interest you. Anyway mate, 51% of Perth enjoyed them and in future its really not to cool to wish someone dead. Lets see in another 40 years what you have done, maybe you might even have people saying you were “The Worst of Perth”!
Have I written footy league songs for three different clubs? Is that your question？
Did Yorkie ever tell you “Don’t be such a dick”. Wait, bad example.
Well we can really tell you are a great rainmakerr. You should stick to sucking up to Jenny Seton. YeAh I am a good friend. Russel Goodrich was the best man at my barbecue. I gave Peter Waltham his first Winnie red. So when I defend Wattsie that means He authorized me to.
Rainmaker has 1 r dude.
you know he just came out of hospital?
You are the one reviving an old post.
You suppose I’m happy Bob Hope is dead? What. The. Fuck? You are pure evil. I don’t understand your hatred of Perth. Yes i’m glad that Howard Sattler is dead – ok the husk is still being supplied with serum, but you know what I mean. I like how you assume I have never written a WAFL club song. Get fucked. Prove I haven’t.
Temper temper. Come on be a big boy… you were the one that said ” Two abominable characters best forgotten. Such a pity Paul Rigby died and Wattsie and Martin lived on.” Not cool. If anything you are pure evil and you say stuff and talk about stuff you dont even know. I dont hate Perth, its a great city but when it comes to dumb fucks like you, then this is what gives Perth a bad name.But at least your cool, nobody knows you :-) But we know that you could not write anything intelligent :-) Have a great Friday night
Too much detailed knowledge. I call Wattsie.
I’d call Ken MacKay
and are you working on his obituary Ken ?
Bob Hope is dead?
His big mistake was not having a best man at his barbeque.
I would rather he just stuck his head in the bar b q.
Strange how people who like to think they are either talented or funny (or both) find it impossible to see talent or humor in other forms. The true mark of the parochial minor personality.
That’s what she said. And when I say she, I mean Jenny Satan. And I guess People who like to think they are either talented or funny (or both) find it impossible to see the shaving cream in their own eyes.
There can never be enough renditions of ” Shaving Cream” in the world
I wish you could hear the record so you can hear what national treasures this vile pair were.
I think I get the general idea from reading the litter from A. Fanny.
Oops, again, “A. Fan.”
Ha. Ha. Ha.
Mind you, I always thought Bob Hope was dead, even when he technically wasn’t, so I suppose it counts towards proof that some forms of humor are universal.
Bob was never doing A.Fanny jokes.
He never recovered after telling one of Wattsie’s jokes.
So to recap, 49% of Perth didn’t rate them.
Seems a right shame.
So close and yet so far.
Totally agree!! Who is this lazy uninformed aussie anyway?
Barry, some people think he’s a gerbalist, but I can assure you he is not.
He thinks that he’s an upstanding comedian.
…and the lies became the truth…
Politics, too ??
I don’t think he’d find you funny even if he was informed Barry.
Let’s settle the matter of Wattsie writing for Bob Hope. “In 1978, Bob Hope jumped at the opportunity to have the Channel Seven [Perth] crew and facilities free of charge to produce his annual NBC special.” To this end Wattsie supplied approximately 30 jokes for local colour inlcuding an unfortunate one about Balga.
Was Bob Hope funny ?
Bob Hope was great. Wattsie. Not.
When Mal Brown sits around the house..?
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I’m vale-ing Wattsie on this holiday, remembering when the great man stooped to be baffled by The Worst of Perth. Did you ever write a club song???? Well did you?
They were the greatest
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Fucking jealous aresoles