to the 1997 Australian comedy Idiot
Box, which stars Ben Menelsohn
and Jeremy Sims as westies
Kev and Mick.
The soundtrack was produced by Tim
Rogers and Nick Launay,
and Tim was also responsible for choosing the bands and
some of the classic Aussie covers that appear on the album.
(Caesar, writer/director) contacted
me through some insidious little racket and showed me the
draft of the script." explains Tim. "We talked
a bit over a couple in a pub in Leichhardt. I sent a couple
of bands a copy of the script, told them who was involved
and they all jumped at it. Either it was a mixture of respect
for the people doing the film, or they wanted to see their
names on credits. And all the bands get on personally as
well. It was a friendly little project."
Rather than choose the obvious westie
athems from bands such as AC/DC,
The Angels or Cold
Chisel, Tim wanted to cover lesser known Aussie Rock
gems. "Songs that didn't really make it past 500 singles
at your local indie rock store. And songs that were what
the characters were about."
Tim talks about the songs:
Boy was an X song. X
was a band from Sydney in the late '70s early '80s, a very
aggressive three piece and a huge influence on Mark
of Cain - and You Am I, actually. I suggested the
X song and John (from MoC)
said they loved it. It is just a classic song. You Am I
have wanted to do it for a while but have never got off
our arse to do it."
"There was a song on the last Hoss
record called The Bullshit Never Ends,
which was the first song that I knew had to be on the record.
I kinda wanted it to be the central theme for the film,
because it fits in so perfectly. The filmmakers didn't actually
agree; I wish it had a bigger part in the film. And I just
think that Joel (Silbisher)
is one of the more talented singers, rhythm guitarists and
composers in the land basically."
is a classic God song. That
was the only song that I didn't have a lot of involvement
with, I had to be in America when Magic
Dirt did that. So we just talked a little at a pub
and (co-producer) Nick Launey
went down and did it with them."
"Love in Motion
is, of course, an old Icehouse
song, which Ross from Snout
really wanted to do. Television Addict
was by The Victims - Dave
Faulkner from the Hoodoo Gurus'
first band. Simply on of the great early Australian punk
rock singles. Second Language
was by a band called Tactics,
an early '80s new wave band from around Sydney, which Crow
perform. Simple Love (covered
by Hoss) is by The
Saints, and then You Am I do a Beasts
of Bourbon song, and a few other things that will
probably end up as B-sides."
Degenerate Boy by The
Mark Of Cain was the only single released from the
album and You Am I cover The Beasts
Of Bourbon track Dropout
as the B-side.