When I was a little girl, I looked up at the wall of gold and platinum records I'd pass in the living room of my best friend's house and wonder what they were for. I'd pass the white piano and wish her gold-record-owning dad might just play a tune while I was visiting. Then, when I was a teenager, I played the cassette tape of his musical compositions over and over again, swimming in the fabulous beats, rhythms and lyrics. When I was an adolescent I loved going to his local gigs to hear him play. At my 21st, I was beyond words when he came out of the crowd to drum and sing me a song. I danced my heart out to that song. I hoped this man would be a part of my future for as long as he has been a part of my life. I hoped we would laugh some more, drink some more, dance some more, and enjoy life some more. I hoped this man would grow to be an old fuddy duddy.
This is a hard post to write. So I am not going to write much at all. I will save my words for another time when my heart has not swallowed them and instead, I will give you some legendary. australian. music.
Below I have compiled a collection of music videos spanning the early musical career of Russell Dunlop - legendary Australian drummer, record producer, and dear family friend. Please click on each and every video, be cast back in time, and please enjoy and celebrate Russell's life with me...
Country Road, 1973 by the band mother earth, featuring renee geyer,. Russell is the drummer - this was before I was born, and also when he had dark hair!
Pressure Sway on the album "Esteem" by the Machinations, 1983. I was 5 and going to kindergarten. I made a friend - my very first friend in fact. Her and I were inseparable. Her name was Kane, and our parents became best buddies too. Her dad was Russell, and I thought he was the coolest dad on the planet (excluding you of course, dad). Russ produced this album.
space invaders.1980. what a bloody brilliant song!! Russell was the drummer in this band.
I LOVE THIS SONG. Mental as Anything with their hit single If you Leave Me. 1981. from the album Cats and Dogs which Russ produced.
and then there is this song which is one of my all-time favourites and still gets me jumping around the place - Mental as Anything with their hit single Too Many Times. 1981. from the album Cats and Dogs which Russ produced.
Here's to you Russ. Thank you for keeping it real. We miss you.
**this just in (june 2009): Russell was not just the drummer for the song Space Invaders - he sang all the parts as well, even the falsetto. See? legend. Thank you Glen!
And thank you everyone who has emailed me and told me your connection to Russell, and how much he meant to each of you. You are so very missed Russ. Can you please come back for an encore. px