Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Riptides Play UQ Centenary Celebration

The Riptides began life in 1976 when 5 UQ Architecture
inspired by the new punk sounds of the time,
began to dabble
in making music. After name and line-up
changes, the group finally
solidified as the Riptides in 1978
and released their first single
‘Sunset Strip’.
The reaction was instant, with favourable reviews in the
and overseas music media and initial pressings of the
selling out quickly. Constant touring and a follow-up
‘Tomorrow’s Tears’, built on that success and the band
to Sydney in 1980. Renowned for their live performances,
the group built its fan-base
to become one of the most sought
after live acts in the country,

eventually signing to Regular Records. Only a handful of
followed as the inability to fully capture their raucous
live sound
on disc and constant line-up changes let to the band
calling it quits
in 1983. In 1988 the Riptides reformed briefly to
release a live album titled
‘Resurface’ that finally captured the
magic of their live shows
and became one of Rolling Stone
Magazines’ top 100 albums of all time.

As one critic put it “describing the magic of Riptides is,
in the words of the Lovin’ Spoonful, like trying to tell a stranger
about rock and roll”.

As part of the Centenary celebrations of the University of Queensland
Brisbane's famous UQ music export headlined and well I can't miss a
Riptides gig. Mark was his usual brilliant self, the band including his
son Cal and later joined by the original Guitarist on Sunset Strip,
were superb.

The location at the the Uni's Great court was a wonderful place to
see a band. The crowd was diverse and the band ripped thought
a great selection of riptide tunes. Ending on the fab "Shake It"
where the band got all these kids up on stage. At the end Mark
thanked everyone and told the parents they really should collect
their children, best not to leave them with the band.


Darragh Murray said...

Nice! I was there too for a few songs. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay on due to the other commitments, but they were grand. Saw them at Pig City a few years back as well!

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

I was right up the front when they played pig city, but I saw them plenty times when they reformed in the late 80's. Including the (I think) the 1st one which was for the 10th anniversary of 4ZzZ at easts, damn it was packed that night.

Duncan said...

I wish I coulda been there, but I'm the wrong side of the planet, these days!

I saw them at UQ Refec, late 1986 or early 1987, because my house mates were going. I don't think I'd even heard of them before, but it was a brilliant gig.

In fact, the old UQ Refec, as a single great big space, was a good venue, with a natural local audience - I was quite disappointed at the way the space was broken up in later years.

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

Hi Duncan, we may well have been at the same gig, I saw em at the refec and it was so hot. I remeber Mark saying something like "Lets see if we can make it rain off the ceiling"
There was water drop forming up there.
Saw many a band at the refec, it was ZzZ's Joint effort venue of choice for many years, until that fall concert and the odd car in the river.

Darragh said...

I started uni at UQ the same year the old refec closed. A pity, I only have a few memories of the place i.e getting kicked out after trying to sneak in underaged.

A pity that the current UQ bar doesn't seem to promote local music as much as it could. I mean, bands do play there but its not promoted well.