Jeff Duff and the Japanese sublime, singing Yutaka Ozaki

Posted on 1st August 2016

Was and is Yutaka Ozaki a James Dean and maybe even John Keats of song? All authentic and vulnerable, oceanic blue and alarmed like candle-light?

So Jeff Duff and Yutaka Ozaki must (if there is any law in the universe) connect.

Well—all this magic has happened, in our time, for experiencing and sharing.

No less surprising than everything else in Jeff Duff’s autobiography is the fact of his Japanese career—within which Duff has recorded Ozaki’s "I love you", with a Japanese audience in mind, laden with Australiana, as by kookaburra-harmonica.

Topmost is the art of hyperbole, stuff that Australia shares in spirit with Japan. So Jeff Duff delivers Ozaki with the height of his emotiveness, and perhaps with the highest note he’s put to record.

Also, fluttering out of Duff’s hands, the song gets a full-throated baritone airing.

The keynote, though, is sincerity—Duff sings this song out like it’s the best delight in the world, belling out its meaning like an angel meant it. So, for Duffromantics everywhere, here is Jeff Duff presenting Yutaka Ozaki :

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Duff’s cover of Ozaki’s song is on the streamed album from Laneway Music: Elizabeth Bay, available on iTunes, for example, here.

Thank you to Sachiko W., Duffophile, for her associations and research re Yutaka Ozaki and Jappo-Duffo, without which this blogpost would not have been possible. She is a Noble Fellow of the Institute for Duffological Studies.

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Big Time Operator: Jeff Duff on Sony’s “big bold booming voices” album

Posted on 21st May 2016

43Sony Music Australia has released (this 3rd week of May, 2016) a new Various Artists album entitled Big Time Operators: The Big Bold Booming Voices Of The 60s & 70s.

And, of course, quite fittingly, Jeff Duff appears among the esteemed artists.

Artists include Duff’s own hero, Scott Walker, with the song Duff himself covered on his own latest album: The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore). Walker is also on the album with Joanna. Other artists include Johnny Cash (Ring Of Fire), Long John Baldry (You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’), Leonard Cohen (Suzanne), Blood, Sweat and Tears (You’ve Made Me So Very Happy), and—another Duff hero—Bill Medley (Peace Brother Peace).

It also has the original Seasons of change by Blackfeather, which has been covered by Duff (on the Angels and Rascals album, and live on TV:)

—and of Eloise by Barry Ryan, also covered by Duff—but unfortunately with rotten, static-laden sound quality in this live-on-TV performance:

—and Duff also offers a version of this CD’s Long John Baldry song: from Ray Martin’s midday TV show:

And the Duff song on this 2 CD album? That’s on CD 2, Track 6: Easy Street, with Kush.

See the ARIA page here for details of the release. Seen to be available at all the usual outlets, including iTunes, Amazon, EBay, JB HiFi, etc..

And lest you assume this is just an album full of fellas, it’s got at least one sheila on it too: The Aussie Alison MacCallum, best known for her politically arousing It’s time, but here with Excuse me (as one youtuber comments, sounds like a James Bond theme song, and with impressive Bassey-like touches too).

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Jeff Duff’s Santa song

Posted on 24th December 2015

Santa-Rocket-Sleigh-Space-Classic-Christmas-Card-02Could this Russian Xmas card—from the US/Soviet Space Race era—have been the inspiration for Jeff Duff’s merry tune "Santa is an astronaut"?

The perfect antidote to the supermarket sound-track this season—preview via iTunes here or via GooglePlay here—off Duff’s "novelty" album Cyril Trotts to Bogna.

Here’s a small sample of the lyric …

Santa is an Astronaut

Intro announcement:

Hey! Look up into space, it’s a cosmonaut!
No, it’s an astronaut!
No! Oh, it’s only Santa’naut —
Hi Santa!

Chorus:

Forget what ya been taught
‘cos Santa is an Astronaut.
Don’t believe all ya hear
‘cos Santa rides a rocket not a real reindeer.

#1:

Space! — he’s got space in his head
for a turkey instead
of a brain.

Mars! — he’s a sucker for Mars Bars,
his stockings are all chocolate stained.

[…]

#3:
Bells! — he wears bells on his head
and scrap-metal instead
of a beard.

Sing! — he can’t sing, he can’t dance,
Xmas carols — fat chance! —
this guy’s weird.

There’s a swag more of these Russian space-themed Xmas cards, all copyright–free, at crazywebsite.com.

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Digital Duff: Lots more to sample on Google and Amazon now

Posted on 9th November 2015

At least 17 Jeff Duff albums + extra tracks now available from Google and Amazon for MP3 preview/purchase—including albums only previously available in vinyl, and hard-to-find CDs.

For samples/purchases, go the links on the Jeff Duff Stuff TRACKS page. Just note that (1) Amazon MP3s are not generally available for purchase via Australia; (2) Google Play links are fine for both ample preview and purchase.

The two Kush albums Snow White and the Eight Straights and Nah, Tellus Wh’t Kush Means Yer Great Sausage are there (via Amazon and Google Play):

Kush album Snow White and the Eight Straights featuring Jeff Duff Kush album Yer Great Sausage featuring Jeff Duff

There’s also Jeff Duff Orchestra’s Alone & Paranoid album, and the two albums with Joseph Calderazzo.

Jeff Duff Orchestra: Alone and Paranoid Jeffrey and Joseph Holiday in Transylvania

The two late Duffo UK albums are finally available: that’s Bob the Birdman and Lexicon.

Duffo: Bob the Birdman Duffo: Lexicon




No more boxes for puss as Duff's all digitalSadly, only, as Duff goes streaming, cats will need to find another source of boxes to go strange in.

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Kate Ceberano, this is how to Advance Australia

Posted on 3rd October 2015

ceberanoHear Jeff Duff singing the Australian National Anthem, Advance Australia Fair, here:

Jeff Duff sings Advance Australia Fair

This is off the Wacky Live album by Ed Wilson’s Big Band featuring Jeff Duff.

This comes up for blogging given Ms Kate Ceberano‘s unfortunate slip-up in delivering the Australian National Anthem at the AFL Grand Final on this day, as reported all over the country, e.g., on news.com.au: Kate Ceberano messes up the Australian National Anthem at the AFL grand final.

Jeff Duff’s version is a cake of national enthusiasm, a true rendition of national character, all-Australian in its glam, bombastic way, expressing a sincere but innocent nationalism—no "Oi–oi–oi’s" required.

See band-master Ed Wilson’s site for more samples of Duff and the Big Band.

And so let us also advance Judith Durham’s own advance on the anthem, setting all that’s cheap and Ceberano aside:

It just remains to mention that Australians have long had to suffer stuff-ups by their supposedly professional singers of the National Anthem, come some important day. The wonderful David Campbell (as linked to by Ceberano in her own passing reference to this misfortune, on her FB) tells us something about it here, by way of the Daily Telegraph.

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