Moving Pictures frontman Alex Smith will play with the band at Twin Towns on Friday night
Moving Pictures frontman Alex Smith will play with the band at Twin Towns on Friday night Contributed

Moving Pictures in town to get their share at Twinnies

"WHAT about me, it isn't fair, I've had enough and I want my share ..."

Being able to belt out the lyrics to this classic Australian anthem should be a question posed in the naturalisation test.

After all, there are no excuses for dinkum Aussies not knowing the words.

The song was a massive hit for the Sydney band Moving Pictures off their multi-platinum album Days Of Innocence which went to No. 1 in 1982.

More recently Shannon Noll revived the classic track ensuring its now on high rotation on every commercial radio play list and karaoke bar from Broome to Brisbane.

But Moving Pictures vocalist Alex Smith, who has been staying with friends in Mullumbimby ahead of the band's gig at Twin Towns on Friday night, reveals that in the USA the band was more famous for another song.

Despite What About Me charting in the US they were better known for Never which was the soundtrack to Kevin Bacon's epic dance solo in the cult movie Footloose which sold by the truck-load around the world.

Alex, who lives in London these days where he works in music education for special needs children, says it's friendship that has prompted his return to Australia for a 10-date tour with the classic band line-up.

They had a blast on a previous reunion tour in 2011 and it was time for the mates, including Andy Thompson, Charlie Cole, Garry Frost, Ian Lees and Mark Meyer, to catch up the best way they know how - by hitting the road.

The band disbanded in 1987, and while there's no new music at this point, they will be selling the CD of a live recording made on the 2011 tour during this string of dates.

But Alex hints that some members of the band were in favour of going into the studio in the future and laying down some new tracks.

Twin Towns is truly an old-stamping ground for the boys.

In the 1980s, they even did a whole week of shows at the venue such was the band's popularity in the halcyon days of pub rock.

So the boys must have cleaned up from all the royalties from that Footloose soundtrack, right?

Um, no.

Thanks to internal politics and the tyranny of distance they were royally duded by both the recording and film company.

It truly isn't fair.

Moving Pictures' are playing Twin Town Services Club on August 9 as part of a 10 date tour of the country. They will be supported by MASK.



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