Bryan Brown - A.O., Antopodean Thespian, and Producer
Laaadies and Gentlemen! Tonight, flown directly from NYC and the set of The Good Wife, (by Two Paddocks Virtual Air first class -- "you only imagine that bed is flat.") a very special Dayglo guest, arguably the Prop's closest friend, The Nipper from Panania, and latterly the Bodgie of Balmain; one of the greatest Leading Men of Australian Cinema of all time, a menace to himself and to his peers, an adornment to Australian Society, an advertisement for a good Catholic Education, an example to the fathers of Oz, a disgrace after 6 pm. Why he has been selected as DJ at all is a mystery in itself, the man is tone deaf (what little he can hear at all) and we have proof of his tin ear a recording of him butchering a version of his mate Billy Thorpe's great anthem Mashed Potato Yeah at the last big birthday bash. But here he is, he's dusted off the old 45's, he's got the winklepickers on, plus he's raided the old brylcreem jar, he's looking good, the crowd loves him .. .give him room please. Security he's fine he's with us bring him up to the stage, he's got his records on... A big Dayglo roar if you please for the one and only...MR BRYAN BROWN!!
Part 1: The Beginning
Top 10 Tunes
Heartbreak Hotel - There was always music. A piano being played during childhood. She loved Bing Crosby and White Christmas. But real music started with Elvis Presley and .
Good Vibrations - I became a rocker. Had the best haircut and the tightest pants. Thirteen inches at the ankle. Stovepipe. Then a summer holiday by the beach and it all changed. No more grease just the Beach Boys and
Hey Jude - And a moment later music exploded and the word was The Beatles. And I sat up until midnight because they were going to play it straight after. , the greatest seven minutes of song I'd ever heard.
Under the Boardwalk - The Hordern Pavillion. Roy Orbison opened for The Rolling Stones. His set ended and the roof lifted. No way The Stones could do better. They walked on stage and the roof was sent to Mars. "On a blanket with my baby' could a lyric be more sexy. , that's where I wanted to be.
Baby Love - Sex, sex, sex. What else was there? And Diana Ross was the sexiest woman ever with the Supremes and I wanted to be her .
You're So Vain - The '70s and troubled and creative and Carly Simon sang
Fire and Rain - and James Taylor answered with .
Heart of Gold - And I brooded and brooded and the poets arrived and Neil Young had a
I'm Your Man - and Leonard Cohen spoke for me to every women when he breathed .
The Times They are a-Changin - The world that we were born into was no more. A new world had arrived and some of it would be good and some of it bad. As Dylan spoke it
And so begins Part 2...
Bryan, mate ... you rock.
Do we get a Part 2 one day, let's hope...?
One of the Prop's favourite ever chansons is Dexter and Sinistraby Karma County, which features Bryan on vocals. A heartbreaking story from a marvelous band. There is a surprisingly cheerful clip of it on YouTube, with BB in some vile shirts do not miss it.
Speaking of Bryan's greatest hits (yeah we know you're going to say The Thorn Birds, A Town Like Alice, Breaker Morant, etc.) the Prop's fave is Two Hands, with a very young Heath Ledger. And who can forget Bryan's vast hat in Australia? Baz put the scene where David Wenham treacherously feeds Bryan to the crocs back in the Director's cut. Please!
Bryan don't go yet, we will be dancing til 5:00 am tonight. Oh well, toddle off then, you old fart. See you back at the Dayglo next year!