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IZZY FOREAL’S FUNERAL SERVICE NO 2

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OUT OF THE VAULT 3

Izzy Foreal and Glynn Mason doing the dog’s boogie, some time in the late 1980s, I reckon. That’s the Fender Precision with the maple neck I bought from Dave my soundman. What about the Eureka flag on the front of my Marshall quad? The overalls came in originally to promote the Zarsoffs ‘Handyman’ single.

Izzy Foreal and Glynn Mason doing the dog's boogie, some time in the late 1980s

Glyn Mason, during his short stint with The Zarsoff Brothers, being one of the Cuban Armpit Trio, circa late 1980s.

Glyn Mason, during his short stint with The Zarsoff Brothers, being one of the Cuban Armpit Trio, circa late 1980s. 

Glyn Mason and his black tele, grooving with The Zarsoff Brothers, circa late 1980s.

Glyn Mason and his black tele, grooving with The Zarsoff Brothers, circa late 1980s.

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OUT OF THE VAULT

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IZZY HAS UNDERTAKEN THE SOUTHERN JOURNEY TO FETCH PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE OF A PAST WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND IN ITS FULL FOLLY.  EVEN WITH NEWSPAPER EVIDENCE, HIS CHICK REMAINS STUPEFIED AT THE VISUAL REMAINS OF 20TH CENTURY LOONY.

BACK IN RALEIGH, IZZY IS SCANNING AND PRESENTING THIS DUBIOUS VIEW OF THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC SCENE TO HIS FACEBOOK CROWDS WHO APPEAR TO BE AS VAGABOND AND RUFFIAN AS IZZY HIMSELF. CHECK THE FACEBOOK PAGE AND THE CHICK WILL ADD ILLUSTRATIONS TO THIS SITE. BEAR WITH HER AS A LITTLE IZZY FOREAL TRULY TAKES SOME DIGESTING.

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Izzy Foreal at Narara Festival, 1983 with The Zarsoff Brothers. This was the first of my Washburn basses – it was inherited by Jimmy Bongwater some years later.

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More of The 69ers on tour in Perth, 1973. Beethovens sacked us from a supposed residency, but the local promoter and supportive punters pulled together a week’s worth of gigs so we could pay our way out of town. Those cobbled together gigs were hugely successful – I think the ‘stripping school teacher’ at Beethovens makes the story clear.

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Izzy Foreal sings a high harmony at Sunbury Festival, 1973. You can see the stuffing I’d put in the f-hole of the Magtatone bass to stop feedback at high volume on a big stage.

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 1973s obviously
 I can’t tell you the year (probably 1973), but I think this is the gig where Frank Butler took his Les Paul out of its case from the back of the truck, and it was in two pieces: The neck had broken just back from the headstock. He borrowed a Strat from one of the other bands, and the show went on as scheduled (then, if I remember rightly, we headed straight back to Melbourne in Chuggy’s Subaru for the late spot at – I can ‘t remember the name of the gig, but I can picture it clearly). What guitar Frank used at the later gig is now possibly lost to history. sundowner 1973

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 I sure loved that Maton Magnetone short-scale bass – bought it from a hock shop in William Street, halfway up the hill from town towards the Cross. Cost me something like $85, and I had to lay-by it! You sure could bend the strings on it! rosedale

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BIRTHDAY GREETINGS

Just to give you an idea of the kinds of people who follow the Foreal Feel.

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first up – TRY THE CLARENCE THIS WEEK.

THURSDAY. SOUTH GRAFTON EMPORIUM MUSIC NIGHT IZZY MC.

FRIDAY – SQUATTER’S REST AT TUCABIA. IZZY MC.

SATURDAY – THE BIG ONE. FLAME TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL AT GRAFTON SHOWGROUND. IZZY MC.

NOW BACK TO THE BDAYS GREETINGS !

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Clay Djubal Hi Izzy, happy birthday for yesterday. We’re a behind here in Queenland, so I’ll toast your future happiness tonight.. Cheers, Clay.

from UK

Richard Soloway Happy birthday, Izzy.

from USA

Dennis McKenzie Sending b’day greets from the Big Apple!
Ellen Derek Happy Birthday, Izzy- have a wonderful weekend!

from Canada

Terry Wilkins Happy B’day Izzy.

 

AUSSIES

Peter Jam Hey Izzy, hope ur enjoin ur DAY!!!☮
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Ken Voiselle Happy Birthday Izzy ..

Robin Baker

And I bet you don’t Know me, but I was always in the background.

 

Robin Baker I go back so far that I knew your once girlfreind, Pam Bridegefoot and a beautiful lady she was.

 

Jon Rolfe *ahem*
Happy Birthday to you…
Happy Birthday to you…
Happy Birthday dear Izzy…
Happy Birthday tooooooooooooooo…
Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…

 

Ellen Jacobsen happy birthday

 

Yvonne Selbach hope you had a wonderful birthday and hope you have lots more. 🙂 ♥
Joharri Richard Derschow Happy Birthday Izzy, Rock ON!
Rock Box Happy Birthday big guy hope its a fantastic day.
David Hall Happy birthday Izzy….have a great day mate.
Dave Brown Jnr Happy Birthday Izzy!!! Have a fun day mate!!! Cheers – Dave (Gotta get a copy of Star Search off ya)
Paul Culnane hippo, birdy, two ewes IZZY. make it a good ‘un!
David Le Roy Happy birthday Izzy …. Hope you have a blast mate 🙂
Annalisse Morrow Happy Birthday Mate!
Tom McLeod Happy Birthday From Me and all at Australian Music Scene !
Have a Good one Mate !

Warren Sparke

onya mate..happy birthday..Cheers..sparksy..

Colleen Margaret Obrien

Have a great Izzy birthday all.

Sandy O’Sullivan Hi beautiful, hope you have a fantastic day! Happy, happy birthday!
Buzz David Humphrey Happy bday izzy hope you have a great day
George Bennett Happy Birthday Izzy
Tracy Spry Happy Birthday, Hope you have a great day.
Narrell Brown ah … such a survivor – Happy Birthday Izzy, we miss your sarcasm and wit on the south coast! all the best for this one and many more from Naz & JB xxxx
Doug Jansen Happy Birthday
Geoff Dundon Izzy Foreally 61? Happy birthday Pete and many more..
Steve Skinner Have a good one mate
Phil Dracoulis Happy Birthday Izzy
Alistair Johnson Happy Birthday Izzy!
Marc Daley Happy Birthday Brother !!!!
Scot Mercer ava goodone Pete, u dont look a day over 61 lol ;-}
Rob Rock happy birthday young man from me and all the other trouser snakes
Noel Selway Happy Birthday have a good one

Steven Guy Happy Birthday Izzy, You can’t have too many white goods especially on your birthday, ot sure why but it seemed kind of relevant at the time.

Keven Munro All the Best Izzy ! how are you celebrating?

Peter Head Looks like a birthday….Have a good one Izzy. Best wishes from Smokey

Clare Loh Happy Birthday Izzy ;o)

Ron Montague  Hey bloke, happy birthday, hope you had a great day.
I told my mate that i dragged to see you at the "Guv" that I had caught up with you and he said "Holy shit is he still around?" and then started pissin’ himself laughin’ as he remembered that night out to see the Zarsoffs at the Guv. I reckon if I rang him now, he’d be still laughin’!!!
cheers   Ronnieboy

Norm Alberts Happy Birthday Izzy, have a great day
Pete James Happy Berfday mate….how old are you ?…i wouldn’t have picked it Izzy!
Terry Meaney Happy birthday 2 u happy birthday 2 u happy birthday dear izzy happy birthday 2 u ! Hey mate hope you have a great day stay safe much love too ya party on!!!!!!

Bill Carroll Happy Birthday Izzy

Peter Doyle Hey Iz, it’s just ticked over to Sunday here in China so hopefully I can be the first to say Happy Birthday on the day! Hope it’s a great day for you – Who knows… If you were of South African origin – your monicker may have been Rudy Zarsoff! I’m sure you’ll find an appropriate way to commemorate the anniversary of your arrival!
Tricia Bates Happy Birthday Izzy, I hope you have a great day….xx
Rob Judd Izzy ancient? Happy Birthday ma-a-ate!!
Hamish Danks Brown Happy LX+Ist birthday M. Izzy Foreal and here’s hoping that the Tea is not too High tomorrow! Have a great time and may all your loved ones Raleigh round you!
David Rowlands All the very best for your birthday. ’49 was a good year:)
Ma Baker have a great day on sunday cheers

ARTICLE ON KAHVAS JUTE SITE WRITTEN BY IZZY FOREAL

I was there then and I was there again.

I was there in 1970 at Festival Studios in Paternoster Row when Kahvas Jute’s seminal album Wide Open was recorded, and I was there again thirty five years later at The Basement gig where the band revisited and reworked some of the material from that first album, as well as showcasing new songs that somehow fitted seamlessly with what had gone before. At the same time, these new songs offer a logical and natural evolutionary movement into a second album, as if the intervening years were merely a glitch in the creative timestream.

Kahvas Jute came together from the remnants of Mecca (Bob Daisley and Dennis Wilson) and Tamam Shud (Tim Gaze and Dannie Davidson), and in 1970 they were the first of their kind in Australia, maybe the world. In 2005, they are possibly the last of their kind and, though a series of heavy, guitar-based rock genres has existed in the years between, I would describe Kahvas Jute as one of a kind. Though they started in 1970 with intentions of emulating the music coming out of the UK at the time – The Hendrix Experience and Cream in particular – what they ended up becoming was something as unique as, yet apart from, those major influences.

The Kahvas Jute rhythm section began its journey as Bob Daisley and Dannie Davidson in 1970, experimenting with and extrapolating on Hendrix and Cream power pop constructions. In 2005 it is Bob Daisley and Mark Marriot, invested with a whole new set of influences and experience. This rhythm section exists in a parallel engine room universe of their own making, inhabited only by themselves.

When Kahvas Jute stepped out of the Tardis in 2005 and started playing “Free” from the Wide Open album, my skin tingled. The freshness, the enthusiasm, the clarity of intention, the shear joy of executing a creative vision, poured from the Basement’s little stage. In 1970, the songs on Wide Open represented a departure for Dennis Wilson from the power pop of Mecca, apparent in songs like “Black Sally” and “Side Street Man” from Mecca’s final single.

In the years since, Dennis has performed with numerous bands of his own (Dennis Wilson Band, Deltoids, Catch 22) and other people (Le Bop, Doc Span Band, Under Rapz with Steve Gilpin) as well as writing and recording material with Chariot and Swanee, and releasing two solo albums and singles. He features on recordings by Loaded Dice, Screaming Tribesmen, Electric Pandas, Ol’ 55, Jackie Orszaczky and Olivia Newton-John. His songs have seen live performances by the likes of ex-Steely Dan members Elliot Randall and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter. His music appears in the Cannes award-winning movie “Going Down,” as well as the ABC TV series “Four Corners”, and episodes of Steve Irwin’s “Crocodile Hunter” and “Croc Files”.

Tim Gaze’s adventures since 1970 are no less spectacular. He has enjoyed a long career as one of Australia’s pre-eminent and most sought after session guitar players/vocalists. His music features on the surf film soundtracks “Morning Of The Earth,” (1972), “Band on the Run” (1982), “Sultans 2 – The Power Strikes Back,” and the subsequent “Sultans” 3, 4 and 5. He has written for, recorded and performed with Miss Universe, Ross Wilson, Ross Hannaford, Ariel, Stevie Wright, Tim Gaze Band, Rose Tattoo, Skin Game, Brothers of the Bell, Big Secret, Gyan, the Peter Wells Band, a re-formed Tamam Shud, The Bushwackers, The Blues Doctors, The Hoochie Coochie Men and Jimmy Barnes.

For Bob Daisley, his song “Ascend” represented the beginning of a songwriting journey that has taken him around the world, and his songs onto the albums of artists such as the patriarch from the reality TV sitcom The Osbournes, Widowmaker, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, Mother’s Army, Warren DeMartini, Stream, Gary Moore, and of course his twenty first-century Australian projects, The Hoochie Coochie Men, Living Loud (not to mention guesting on kazoo and melody bass on a track on The Zarsoff Brothers 2005 album “Mixed Business”) and – full circle – the fresh-from-the-Tardis version of Kahvas Jute.

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