Last week I had the pleasure of attending a tribute evening to recognise the life and times of Melbourne cult artist Peter Lillie. Lillie was a hugely influential Australian songwriter who died only a few months ago.
Peter sang about the world in which he lived like no Australian ever before. His turn of phrase stood alone. He paved the way for Skyhooks to sing about the world in which they lived. Bands like Models and Weddings Parties Anything sprouted from the seeds of Peter’s songs.
From all reports Peter was one of those troubled geniuses and could be difficult. And that was why he never became a household name. But he sure wrote some killer songs such as “The Birth of the Ute”, “There Ain’t No 7-11’s in Heaven” and “Hangin’ ‘Round The House”.
An all-star cast was on hand at Peter Foley’s Caravan Music Club to provide a great night of music, humour and insight into Lillie’s legacy. Featuring The Leisuremasters (Mark Ferrie, Ash Davies, Jon von Goes, Rick Dempster, James Black) and guest vocalists Suzannah Espie, Angie Hart, Sean Kelly and Andrew Duffield (Models), Spencer P Jones, Fred Negro, Mick Thomas, Lisa Miller, Simon Bailey (Pony Face), Dan Warner, Paul Madigan, Jane Clifton, Johnny Topper, Robert Price, Lesley Avril, Brian Nankervis and Gary Adams.
Here are some pictures of the night – all shots by Jim Jacob.