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Morning of the Earth
Morning of the
"Don't ask me what year it was that I worked on the film. I can vaguely remember
John French the engineer at TCS recording studios recommending me (I think) to
sing on the track.
TCS was a studio at the back of Channel 9 in Melbourne right next to the props
department where Great Train robber Ronald Biggs worked as a carpenter.
I had never surfed and came from a bush/factory suburb background. The closest I
had ever got to the surf was the industrial foam coming down the local creek!
Back to the song.
Taman Shud had already cut the track with Lindsay Bjerre or Tim Gaze singing it
but the vocal apparently didn't quite capture what they had in mind. This can
happen sometimes when you've cut a track and maybe the vocalist's voice isn't
suited to that key. I was called in to sing the track which I had'nt heard. I
can remember instantly hitting it off with the members of Taman Shud, especially
Lindsay and the bass player. Thinking back on it ,it was probably hard for
Lindsay ( or Tim) to accept another singer on the track but believe me there was
no animosity, and I still see Lindsay and Tim occasionally over the years.
I liked the track and did it, and seem to recall that it wasn't quite my key
either, but somehow they accepted it.
I saw the film and the village scene, I believe, where the song is placed, some
years later. At the time I was doing a lot of sessions and I didn't think a
great deal about it. It didn't hit me until many years later when new
generations of surfers would treat me with some awe when they found out that I'd
sung on it.
The film to me now has a great historical importance, not only to surf culture
but to Australian youth culture as a whole. It will always be a fine example of
a surfing historical document.
Last year I played at the National Folk festival in Canberra and the organisers
had booked " The Atlantics" as a musical example of sixties surf culture. I felt
it was a bold but correct recognition of the beginnings of a local folkdance
In closing I will say that it still mystifies me why there is no strong,
continuous surf music scene out there. Surfing is such a strong, positive, (and
to a lot of surfers), spiritual activity.
Fuck Divas, Fuck techno.
Thank you Alby and thank you Taman Shud
— Broderick Smith