The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23513   Message #1841852
Posted By: Bob Bolton
24-Sep-06 - 04:56 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Give Me a Home among the Gum Trees
Subject: RE: Req/ADD: Give Me a Home Among the Gum Trees
G'day Dave,

Back on (or just after ...) my 14th birthday, back in nineteen mumblety-nine, my parents took me out for a day at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. As we wandered about, we came across a crowd gathered around the Kangaroo Enclosure. Inside the pen was this bearded bloke waving about a rectangular slab of Masonite (a particle board) and singing about kangaroos (... or smoking and drinking - since the 'B' side of the record he was flogging was "My Two Amigos - Nick O'Tine and Al K Hole").

I climbed a tree and took some photos with a miniscule "spy' (16mm) camera I had wanted for my birthday ... and, after the promotion for his 'novelty record' Rolf sought me out to ask about the little camers (he is a keen photographer). He gave me a souvenir 'wobble board' - and I sent him very small prints of his promotional gig!

Rolf has always been an approachable bloke: some years back, my wife was regularly booking "bush bands" to perform in Sydney;s historic "Rocks" area ... and Rolf, when he was in town, liked to amble up and join in with them ... That is, until his agent found out - and demanded that he immediately cease to be seen performing free ... or looking as if it was all fun - and not something for which the agent could demand an astronomical fee!