Melbourne's Flying Saucer Club at Elsternwick was Living in the Seventies on Friday night, when former Skyhooks guitarist, Bob 'Bongo' Starkie, brought his show Million Dollar Riff, to the sold out venue.
Bob was joined by an amazing band, with Stuart Fraser (Noiseworks/Farnham Band) also on guitar, Steve Williams (also from John Farnham's Band) on sax, vocals and harp, drummer Sean McLoud, Paul Gadsby on bass and the lovely Laura Davidson (AC/DSHE) on lead vocals. If you close your eyes and listen to Laura sing, you could be forgiven for thinking that Shirl was back. Her high vocals are reminiscent of the late singer's, yet she makes her own presence very much felt in this band.
Million Dollar Riff pays homage to the Hooks and the show consists of a selection of songs, mostly hits (the band had more hits than you probably realise) but with a couple of lesser known tracks thrown in for good measure. All in all, though, they are pretty much all recognisable and, importantly, easy to dance to.... which, of course, we did.
The first short set kicked off with 'The Other Side', 'Mercedes Ladies', 'Whatever Happened to the Revolution?', 'This is My City', 'Love's Not Good Enough', 'Smut', and 'Party to End All Parties.'
The second set took us on a tour of suburban Melbourne with 'Toorak Cowboy', 'Balwyn Calling' and 'Carlton (Lygon Street Limbo)', 'You Just Like Me 'Cos I'm Good in Bed', (all from the classic 'Living in the 70s' album), 'Blue Jeans', 'Jukebox in Siberia', 'Crazy Heart', 'Million Dollar Riff', 'Living in the Seventies', 'Horror Movie' and 'Ego is Not a Dirty Word', after which ladies, all dressed in various sexy uniforms, made their way to the stage for the last song of the set, 'Women in Uniform'.
For the encore, the band returned (sans the four women in uniform, much to the disappointment of the males in the audience), and performed 'All My Friends are Getting Married', 'Hey What's the Matter' and finished off with another dose of 'Smut'. (Hmmm... that doesn't sound too nice, does it?)
Photos courtesy of Rockins Crib Photography