L’Art de Duff: Visual artists portray Jeff Duff: #1

Posted on 8th June 2014

duff_portrait_basement_2Visual artists have espied a lot about the Duff, in their visuo-intelligent ways. Like that portrait greeting goers-down to The Basement, once bled for delight and goodwill, to see him in silken blouse, against a warm cabaret drop, coolly fitted against a soporific wall of blue – now here before it in striking creams, with a watch about his otherwise nubile left-wrist, his right-arm in frozen salute to rest his countenance upon; and a winking eye where once eye-fulls of reflection did floweth. All as he art-masters the situation. But who these artists?

Yes, the Walk on the Wildside faces of Duff by Richard Sharah, soon after he crafted Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes face. Yes, award-winning music-vids by Lew Keilar of Duff songs. But as for still artists …

Justin Pearson paints Jeff Duff: 1994. oil on wood, 90 x 65 cmJustin Pearson – painter-most-prized of Australian opera – gives Duff in angelic mode – brushing him down on wood in oil with wings – about the time (1994) of Duff’s Angels and Rascals album. Is this not the most transliminal of Pearson’s subjects? By setting Duff against a wood grain, Pearson accentuates Duff’s über-naturalness – whorls-n-whirls well setting off the Duff without containing his wonderousness. Maybe this painting recoups but surpasses a theme of that Wim Wenders movie “Wings of Desire” (Himmel über Berlin, 1987); that amongst us, there are angels with human biographies, in our very own necks of the wood. Yep, proving the point, here’s a pic of Duff like a Wenders angel, but smiling over human traffic, and smiling back to any kid rising over it.castlehill_a
The painter, Justin Pearson, has kindly informed us of the following inspiral thoughts, with more pix from the Duff-Pearson Experience:

"In 1994, Surry Hills, I meet Jeff at an art exhibition in Sydney. At that time i was looking for a good subject to portray at the Archibald. He said yes and i was thrilled to paint such a great singer and charismatic figure. I did two portraits of him in oils. One small one on wood (i thought the grain of the wood was a bit psychedelic and so matched him). He asked me if I could put Angel wings on him (angels were the thing at that time, like vampires are now) so wings it was. The other painting oil’s on canvas was very big, so big I had to do it in two parts (not a good thing to do for an art comp), one on top of the other, portrait size.
 
"He and I spent a lot of fun time painting the portraits, Me splatting colour on canvas and him singing and posing. Sorry to say the large painting did not get in the Archibald. I understand now, it’s not the way you paint and the techniques of painting but also the way you present the painting. Some might say it’s the subject matter or who you know, but I think Jeff is an Icon and a great benefit to the music world and Australia." – Justin Pearson

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Justin Pearson’s Duffodyssey



Jeff Duff by Catherine Hourihan

Catherine Hourihan’s New Wave Ghost

Art-photographer Catherine Hourihan shows Duff amid a series of Phantastical Portraits that featured in many of Duff’s 2013 publicities. The collection was exhibited recently at m2 gallery in Surry Hills. Ms Hourihan kindly writes the following for us Duffophiles …

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"I conceived and directed the shoot, it was shot in the tunnel at Museum Station and it was a lot of work liaising with the Downing centre and organising the lights etc. I thought of Jeff because I met him briefly in the early 90s when my friend Mark Chochrane made that amazing video for Jeff’s version of walk on the wild side. Not long after that I went to NY for over a decade but I guess I never forgot him; I loved the clip and his singing. When I returned to Sydney I began a serious photographic practice and I thought of Jeff.
"The portraits are about combining the mythical and other worldly with mundane reality, how there is a magical element to existence just beneath the surface of everyday life.

I called the portrait of Jeff ‘New Wave Ghost’. I think he embodies an era but also he has a whimsical, other worldly quality. My direction to him was imagine you are from the past and you found yourself here and that you can see the future. He just went with it and we got a beautiful evocative image.

"I'm very excited that Jeff is using the pictures on his next album "Walking on Eggshells." I can't wait to hear it."

Catherine Hourihan

Hourihan's photos remind of Bowie on the escalators of "Ricochet," to the tune of doubt and dog-howled "Heroes"; and the "hours ..." shoots, as below. But as opposed to Bowie's exhaustion, and invitation, Duff's stance is, in part, puppet-like, inspiring by bald curiosity as he goes into a Frankenstein walk, still wanting back his brain; a frozen-momented street-mime; a rabbit at the end of a shot-gun, caught out for being curious; a neo-über mainman in a late Space Odyssey.

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Penelope Beveridge does Jeff Duff, Fragile SpacemanPenelope Beveridge's photos for Duff's Fragile Spaceman give off, momentarily, a gasp; and then a reverie, and then a storm. Babes just think of the morbid; those who've walked some miles are mystiqued, walk its wharf, fall off its plank, and enter its world; dance not with death but tear off their skirts to excite Querelle, the man who kills the thing he loves, lost at the precipice of human touch, in love with Duff songs, submitted to heavenly ends. Da-ti-dah, l'art de Duff. Beveridge's Duff could be the antithesis of Fassbinder's Querelle, but strip away lust and loss, and we end up with similar eyes upon the seas, meditating over the waves of the world in blind wonder.Brad Davis in Fassbinder's Querelle



grace_garton_jeff_doll_1From quizzical starts, we now end the same: to a donkey-doll called Jeff. Is this our Duffo? Here's how the artist, Grace Garton, describes the doll:

"Jeff is a most entertaining donkey, singing and dancing to 20's vaudeville and 80's music! Jeff would make a lovely addition for collectors of vintage dolls and toys. Jeff a wears a red and white polka-dot pair of britches detailed with vintage cloth covered buttons. He also sports a racy little red checked scarf and a little rusty pin and bell. ... His eyes are made from two vintage chocolate brown buttons. Jeff has been distressed using coffee to give him a vintage look [but he has] a warm layer of varnish to protect him from the elements. He measures 9 inches high and 6 inches wide from ear to ear." – Grace Garton

This doll was a featured work in the Spring 2013 edition of Stampington and Company's Prims magazine, a deluxe publication of contemporary doll-art rivalling painting itself, and older than photography. Still, if this is Duff, it is a non-representational, impressionistic, take on the artist; us 'philes don't remember Duffo ever appearing in polka-dot pants. (We understand that the artist might be working on a more associative representation of the Duff, in a doll; let's keep our buttons peeled.)


Meanwhile, let's look over, again, how an artist of the moving (and still) image, Lew Keilar, has captured The Mighty Duff:

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Buffet de Duff

Posted on 24th May 2014

Jeff Duff at Dee Why RSL May 2014No "dining on Einstein’s mind", at Duff’s up-coming supper-show; not even Polish bison; it’s more savoury than savant: Sushi with Pickled Ginger and Soy, a Mediterranean Antipasto platter, Semi-Dried Tomato & Mushroom Frittata, followed by Chicken in White Wine and Mushroom Sauce, Braised Lamb with Rosemary and Root Vegetables, Mediterranean Vegetable Lasagna, topped off with Old English Trifle, Apricot Bread-and-Butter Pudding with Vanilla Custard, Lemon Meringue Pie … all fare for a rare reprisal of Ground Control to Frank Sinatra, the Jeff Duff musical extravaganza previously shown at the Sydney Opera House, this coming Saturday at the Dee Why RSL.
That’s the songs of two legendary pop-crooners spliced over each other: Frank Sinatra songs rock-dramatised à la Bowie, and the songs of Bowie jazz-coolified à la Sinatra, as realised by Jeff Duff, hot from his Bowie “Unzipped” shows about Sydney. By the end of this fabulous night-of-nights, from your seeded bread rolls & butter to your Double Chocolate Cake with Cream, you’ll be smoking like Hockey till dawn, and happy as a rainbow-parakeet on Sunday.

Meanwhile, you can preview the tracks off the two studio albums related to this show, e.g.:

But back to Duff-dining. While ensconced in his European career in the ’80s, Jeff Duff was invited to dine with Andy Warhol (the man who rated Duff on top of Sinatra, Presley, Jagger and Bowie). Duff had this to insouciantly say about it:

I subsequently learned that his dinners involved having people to the Factory, and he’d send out for McDonalds, and you had to find your own way over there – like flying to New York for dinner. So I didn’t take him up on that. Besides, I’m a vegetarian. [Sun-Herald, May 5 1987]

Taking up Duff’s invitation to dinner in DY this last day of May is more accommodating.

Start spreading the news … It’s only a drive-in Saturday away … Tickets here.

Vid of Duff’s Ground Control to Frank Sinatra at the Sydney Opera House: [7194 views as of May 1 2014]

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Sun-Heralded return of Duff to Oz, 1987

Posted on 19th May 2014
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Noticed the Bowie-theme surrounding Jeff Duff of late – the Daily Telegraph front-page mag-article on Duff and Bowie as neighbours, on top of Duff’s Bowie Unzipped show …? It’s been a dominant theme throughout Duff’s career: as evidenced by this Sun-Herald article of May 5 1987 re "the ever-changing face of the elusive Jeff Duff". Amid its report of Duff’s return 6 months earlier to Australia from his decade-long European career, and the release of his video-single of Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wildside, it espouses many Bowie-esque traits of Duff … adjectives of elusiveness, ch-ch-changes, mercuriality … even a gratuitous controversy re “publicity-seeking” … although the note about Duff on Oz-TV at age 10 with a self-made drum-kit is pretty idiosyncratic. Highlights:

Over the last 15 years this Melbourne-born singer not only has welded flamboyant visuals to every aspect of his music, but has gone through myriad changes of style and direction. … "I was forever changing my image, " says Duff, leafing through his scrapbook.

On the 1970s band Kush: a seven-piece … band of serious musos fronted by an outrageous Bowie clone. … With Kush he blossomed not only as a singer, but as good copy – in the Bowie/Boy George mould – for chat shows and media.

On his UK incarnations: "I guess it was a token punk thing," says Duff candidly. "A bastardised Jonny Rotten – I wasn’t singing properly." … Having arrived in the late afternoon of Punk, he threw himself into the cocktail hour of the New Romantics with alacrity … He even had his own club – Duffo’s Dive.

Pondering Duff’s quicksilver identity, one could do worse than compare him with Warhol – that sense of controlled simplicity, a sophisticated naivety.

Richard Sharah paints Bowie

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Note: The Australian make-up artist Richard Sharah mentioned in this article as having worked Duff’s face for the Walk on the Wildside video is the same bloke who did Bowie’s face for the Ashes to ashes vid. Colour-blind (!) Sharah also worked the faces of Madonna, Jerry Hall, Faye Dunaway, Steve Strange (Fade to Grey) …, even Bing Crosby and Betty Ford. See A More Beautiful Makeup for more info re Sharah.

+ Psst – the parody album mentioned in this article includes a parody by Duff of Bowie’s "Heroes" – in mega-operatic mode. The whole album, including parodies of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Relax, is available on itunes: Cyril Trotts to Bogna.

See also: a 1982 article in the Australian Women’s Weekly (!) on Duff’s Euro career; a post re the Warhol quote; much more re Reed/Duff; and a 1975 newsreel of Duff in Kush at Sunbury.

  Duff’s main Bowie-themed albums:
cds:
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Duff-Bowie neighbourly digs

Posted on 8th May 2014

cenralsyd_2014.05.08_1Duff and Bowie as neighbours in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, in the late 80s/early 90s: Read all about it in today’s Daily Telegraph Central Sydney News Magazine front-page article. It includes quotes from Duff, a pic of Duff at the very café where they quaffed tête-à-tête, and even an aerial pointer to Bowie’s waterfront apartment. Apparently Bowie and his Tin Machine gang also came crowding Duff’s gigs at Round Midnite at the time.

Bowie’s Sydney sojourn late 80s/early 90s was so secretive it’s not even mentioned in a 2010 “definitive biography” of Bowie. But trawling through the archives here at the Institute for Duffological Studies, we do indeed find a contemporary report: A 1990 (Jan 17) article in Pix magazine re Bowie’s mysterious Sydney life. It kicks off like this:

David Bowie sneaked into Australia, unnoticed and unannounced. Within days, Sydneysiders phoned up newspapers and radio stations to say they had seen him in the street … but no one knew for sure if it was really him.
He was spotted in rowdy rock pubs and smoky clubs while soaking up the atmosphere. And he was seen in Kings Cross cafes, drinking early morning coffee and catching up with the newspapers. [... and Duff]
Soon there was no doubt. The man cruising around town in the red Holden Commodore was definitely David Bowie. He was sighted travelling from his harbourside apartment to a recording studio and also appeared at chic restaurants and backstage meetings with fellow superstars like U2. [... and Duff]

Not breathless enough? Self-suffocating for more?

Well, after staking out Bowie’s apartment for a couple days, Pix magazine’s paparazzi caught up with Bowie in a Surry Hills music-shop, buying up some ware for Hunt Sales, Bowie’s Tin Machine drummer at the time. While offering a hand-of-peace to the vigilant photographer, and inviting him in to take some pix [scans pending], Bowie pleaded: “Whatever you do, don’t reveal where I live in Sydney. It’s the one city where I feel really at home without needing security guards 24 hours a day.”

Bowie also offered high praise for the live music he’d seen about the town: “The bands playing in clubs are actually exhilirating. But then I think the arts over here are generally very healthy.”

… Duff again!

How grand to get that exhilirating stuff first-hand this May all about Sydney all over again as Duff presents his new Bowie-themed show, “Bowie Unzipped” …

+ Keep up-to-date, on-the-pulse, and always wired re Bowie-Oz via bowiedownunder.

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Bowie “Unzipped” tool-kit

Posted on 3rd May 2014

How to keep inspired ahead of the Duff-Bowie quest this May, as Duff offers 5 Bowie-themed performances across Sydney? How to keep the spirits up beyond the Budget and the winter? What to talk about with Sally and Harry all the way to Cronulla? Well hey man, let’s keep storming and clicking through the tubes and tracks …

Duff’s Bowie live performance tubes

From among about 1/4 million views of Duff-tubes, here are the latest stats (3rd May 2014) for tubes of Jeff Duff performing Bowie songs (as per the Duff-Rover) – from his Vanguard shows in 2007, to his 2013 show at the Sydney Opera House: sorted by views per days online:

Duff-Bowie youtube statistics

(The more clicks per days online, the bigger/higher the bar.
Actual view-counts shown next to the bar.
For links, check-out the Duff tubes database here.)

Duff’s most popular Bowie concert performance to date: Wild is the wind, 2012, Sydney Opera House (1140 views as of posting):

planet_earth_is_blue"Planet Earth is Blue": a Duff-at-the-Enmore Odyssey (403 views as of posting). See Jeff Duff also performing Space Oddity on 2UE radio and 10 News. More Duff tubes here.

Duff blogs re the Ziggy shows

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[Oops ...! We neglected to pick up this piece of Duff-Bowie stuff: A partial pick of Duff performing "Ziggy Stardust" as part of his Alien Sex Gods gigging. It mostly features Peter Northcote on guitar, rather than the Duff. But go for rare! It has 3,916 views after 2,825 days online, for a 1.39 ranking in 4th place up above.]

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Duffo, Ono, Leo and Frack: One of these things doesn’t belong …

Posted on 1st February 2014

DFNYWhat do Duffo, Ono and Leo have in common — apart from what they obviously share with Eno and Bono?

Each being legendary? Sure, but here’s Yoko Ono with a hint of more; about what’s ruining New York. And here’s Jeff Duff and Leo Sayer (among other legends) with an Aussie punch about it all – makes Leo Sayer sound like Bon Scott:

Testy, eh?

This vid summons the Lock the Gate campaign: “a national coalition of community groups from across Australia who are uniting to protect our common heritage – our land, water and future – from reckless coal and gas expansions” – i.e., fracking (or “CSG” to be polite, and dumb.)

FACT CHECK: [from New Scientist, 10 Aug 2013:]

… Studies are suggesting fracking [pumping water at high pressure into shale beds to release trapped gas] could accelerate climate change, rather than slow it. … benefit is illusory. … [A] recent study [showed] that substituting gas for coal increases rather than decreases the rate of warming for many decades. … [S]witching from coal to gas could only bring benefits this century if leakage rates get below 2%. If rates are at 10% – the top end of the current US estimates – the gas would deliver extra warming until the mid-22nd century.
A recent review by the UN Environment Programme agreed that emissions from fracking and other unconventional sources of natural gas could boost warming initially, and would be comparable to coal over a 100-year timescale. [p.6]
[T]he worry is that, seduced by a false promise of cheap, plentiful energy from shale gas, we will cut back on investment in truly green, renewable alternatives. If so, as the costs and emissions associated with shale gas rise in the future, as they inevitably will, we will end up on a costly bridge to nowhere. [p.36]

+ Then it’s not just about climate change, as Yoko Ono explains here.

+ For another Duffo-Ono connection, try listening to Mindtrain on Yoko Ono’s Fly album of 1971 without trains of Duff-Duff going through your mind.

We’re all such prescient beings, c’mon.

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When Duffo played the Factory between Joy Division and The Fall

Posted on 1st February 2014

Factory_1979Duffo played at the legendary Manchester Factory on July 17 1979. Other artists who played that month at The Factory were Joy Division, The Fall, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Adam and the Ants.

Scour songkick.com for notes about other Duffo gigs at the time, like at London’s legendary Lyceum.


See Duff’s UK/Euro-hits at the time, live on the Old Grey Whistle Test: Tower of Madness, Give Me Back Me Brain

~ also on the awful Russel Harty Show:

~ and superlatively on Kraut T-Pfau:

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The Hanging of Jean Lee – with Jeff Duff

Posted on 20th November 2013

The hanging of Jean Lee as originally reported in The Argus

Jeff Duff performs in the “post-punk rock opera” on Jean Lee, the last woman to be hanged in Australia – for crimes of extortion, slow torture and murder, Pentridge Gaol, 1951 – at the ArtsHouse, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, Dec 7-8 2013.

+ Jeff Duff in the 2006 Sydney Opera House show:

+ Feature article about the opera in The Age (Nov 30, 2013), where Duff is noted as playing the part of “the lecherous Pop Kent”.

+ ABC Radio National’s interpretive blurb about the poetry and history behind the opera (23 Nov 2013). There even seems to be some Jeff Duff singing in here, about ¼-way through, on top of hints to the aesthetics of the show.

+ ArtsHouse blurb, tickets: "Post-punk music genres infuse a score that evokes a dark underworld and exposes raw emotions, … music veers poignantly from erotic charge to sharp lament, combining pop, impro and jazz forms to create a unique theatre of music … backed by a seven-piece band …"

+ Interview with composer Andrée Greenwell (& map to the venue) : "… a concert version of the version first performed in Sydney in 200[6] … performed together with visual projections that give the production a documentary emphasis"

+ Live stuff from the Sydney Opera House production, 2006

+ About Jean Lee’s life, the murder, execution, etc. Wikipedia

+ Biography of Jean Lee in The Australian Dictionary of Biography.

+ News of Jean Lee’s execution in The Argus, 19th Feb 1951 and 20th Feb 1951, including the latter eye-witness report describing how the trio walked up to the gallows:

The two men met their deaths calmly and steadily. The woman appeared to be unconscious.

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Bundanon Niteworks

Posted on 18th November 2013

Duff on the celestial yacht, Bundanon, 2013Duff’s most wondrous gig ever?

The event was held at the Arthur Boyd/Bundanon Trust property, Riversdale, on October 12, 2013 – mixing astronomical education, demonstration, art, Ufology, and … Jeff Duff, the sole performer. He was billed as the Starman, wearing his golden jumpsuit with angel-wings, and sang mainly Bowie’s space songs, keeping with the astronomical theme of the event. With about 500 riverside campers, Duff’s performance involved “Celestial Radio”, upon a yacht covered with 60,000 mirrored tiles, with live-broadcasted soundscape.

It was previewed by the Trust here, and by the Illawarra Mercury here. You can also hear Duff himself talking enthusiastically about the up-coming event in an ABC radio interview. Reviews, post hoc, are rare, but astronomer Frank Gross writes the following about it at ABC open, with a vid that includes a tiny (unrepresentative) bit of Duff on the yacht, voicing the “serious moonlight” phrase from Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”. Gross reports:

Then it was time for Jeff Duff to begin his musical show standing on the deck of a boat covered with thousands of mirrors. Music from the 60s and 70s filled the air for the next hour. A group of at least 500 people gathered on the shore just next to the boat and gyrated to the music.

It was spectacular for the performer, too. Duff has written that it was "one of the most truly amazing events I’ve ever performed at … a surreal evening … under the evening glow of the moon and the stars … it was sublime." Note also Duff’s September blog preview. Seems like one of those occasions when Bowie would have penned something like “We scanned the skies with rainbow eyes and saw machines of every shape and size – We talked with tall Venusians passing through …”

Some pix of the event by Adrian Wiggins at flickr too, including Duff by the water and seemingly chasing a UFO (“beam me up, ET” …?).

Want to know more about Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon? See drawings by Jacqui Stockdale.

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Warhol, Popeye and the Duffodoll

Posted on 17th November 2013

andy warholWhy did Andy Warhol, after shaking it with Jeff Duff, at some ’70s London party, report that he’s not been so moved about music since he got off on Sinatra, Presley, Jagger and Bowie (“popeye”) …? Maybe it was this song that clinched it – one off Duff’s The Disappearing Boy album, for which Warhol wrote his famous blurb: “Sinatra, Presley, Jagger & Popeye – now Duffo“. Check out the youtube here.

By the way, when Warhol mentions “Popeye” in this blurb, let’s note that he’s referring to Bowie, as in Bowie’s “popped” pupil, and also for the purpose of happy-slapping Bowie for the quizzical way he (Bowie) wrote about him (Andy) in his (Bowie’s) song about him (Andy) – being just a “cement (semen?) fix”, “another standing cinema”, “friends just for show”, etc. (off the Hunky Dory album). So Warhol says, in a syllable or two, how Duff’s the latest head off the best of popular songsters – from Sinatra to Presley, from Jagger to Bowie – but surmounting Bowie, who could only affront and confront and mimic the man (Andy). Warhol saw Duff as an Internationalist of great art-historical import. No Aussie artist or other has ever had it so bling.

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Reed on the Wildside

Posted on 31st October 2013

reed with cokeDon’t mind aliens melancholically meditating about Lou Reed. They’re recovering after reading news of Reed’s mortal dashing off. They’ve done the same for centuries about Coleridge, and been depressed ever since.

May humans, instead, keep listening to and watching Reed’s work. Not all of us here in the Dumb ‘n’ Nasty Age, just whoever keeps their head above the trash that aristocrats let idiots dispose upon us. Those who’ll survive any Martian Invasion – those liking Lou Reed making Coke and all our earthling stuff kind of beautiful – minus guns, meat and McFries, and the fact that pop-art has had its perfect day.

Planet Duff had only just noted HMV’s “naked” video of Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wildside into its online tube catalogue when news was heard of Mr Reed’s mortal perishing. Reed had (as any Duffophile can tell you) himself extolled Jeff Duff’s version of Walk on the Wildside as “the best”. There have been several recordings and mixes by HMV of Walk on the Wildside, including the following.

There’s also the following live stuff from the Jeff Duff Orchestra on Oz TV: the sound-quality is appalling, but, filtering the audio for bliss, walk on the wildside with JD as your guide into Erebus right here:

Then there’s the video hit Duff had after coming back to his Mother Country after a decade across Europe as the punk-cabaret star “Duffo”, and well after he hit Oz-media (The Paul Hogan Show, Countdown, …) as a bright, strange and talented voice, a “star is born”.

Then there’s this spare analog version, with its generous stills, and its build-up à la “Heroes”, the version Lou Reed probably had himself in mind when he said Jeff Duff did the greatest ever version of his song (rapping “Candy on the wildside, Joe on the wildside …”):

Thanks to ABC-TV Rage for showing last night just about every unadulterated camera pinch of Lou Reed in Oz. (Didn’t see the Charlie Pickering interview in there, though, maybe that’s to come …). But what really drearified this week were the sub-human drones by the Australian Federal Education (!) Minister when asked on a national TV panel show to comment on the passing of Lou Reed – an international artist who had, throughout his career, given much to Australian culture by his frequent tours to a willing public, media interviews with more or less intimidated and embarrasing journalists, and, lately as an arts festival organiser. So Minister Christopher Pyne complained that he would rather celebrate Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and ABBA than a heroin-addicted transgressive who never figured in his own ’70s. How broke the split between world culture and Oz, Reed and NOW, can be – in this offering on ABC-TV’s Q&A show where Minister Pyne, true to his nasty ilk, spits out his ignorance about Reed. As if there is no place in commercial culture for a person who writes and sings up the musicality and poetry at once of his own time and place. Just thanks to Q&A and that lady for putting up the question.

So it’s easy/hard not to feel angry/sublime over this time, with so many Logical questions to God. May aliens offer a meaningful alternative to what we human souls, for all our arts, can merely intellectually, by our still primitively afflicted forebrains, reflect about ourselves.

Then there are these 100 books, all authored by humans, as commended by Bowie. And this pic offered by Bowie under his news headline: “R.I.P. Lou Reed”. It shows how two people can perfectly coincide with each other, to make a perfect album, “Transformer“.

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Puff stuff

Posted on 21st October 2013

The Grande Dame of Australian TV, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, introduces the Jeff Duff Orchestra doing “Puff the Magic Dragon” live for the nation:

"We don’t quite know what to expect from him, but we always love it. A wonderful performer. And his latest group – it really is an incarnation. It incorporates a string section. They’re playing some support shows for Dionne Warwick, who’s just wonderful (dates up on your screen …). And possibly, I reckon, the only man in Australia who could get away with singing this song in the ’90s – please welcome the Jeff Duff Orchestra!" – Kerri-Anne Kennerley

Kerri-Anne Kennerley


Like K.K. says, this is a Jeff Duff Orchestra performance, recorded on their Alone and paranoid album – catalogued on this site here.

Only 12 views on this youtube as of posting – how high and fancy can Duffophiles go?

Anyway, no true Duffophile goes past a chance to witness Duff, as also intro’d by Kerrie-Anne, doing “Spinning Wheel”, in full-pound, on midday TV:

Read all the youtube comments here, too … You want to get excited, don’t you, and be a rebel with a cause? e.g.:

Amazing voice! He ->must<- be inducted into the Australian Musos Hall of Fame. I remember my older siblings had his records and have since youtubed all Kush's stuff. He (and Kush), is/are just awesome.

man he’s got a good voice he should have tried out in the USA

saw this one early morning, and have never forgotten!!

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ABC of JD

Posted on 17th October 2013
Michael Cathcart interviews Jeff Duff on Australia's public broadcaster, ABC radio, for 19:05 minutes

Michael Cathcart interviews Jeff Duff on Australia’s public broadcaster, ABC radio, for 19:05 minutes

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