Doug and Tom

Doug flew to the Gold Coast from Sydney then traveled with Tom from Murwillumbah to the reunion venue at Wayne’s place in the hills of Northern NSW. It had been around 40 years since we last saw each other face to face. We needed more time, perhaps another day or two, to catch up on events that had shaped our lives. In hindsight we could comfortably accommodate up to 10 people maybe more at the reunion venue. Read more about accommodation here.

Warm Up Band

Everyone seemed to arrive at around the same time. The equipment was quickly set up. Tom and Wayne had already set up and tested the PA the weekend before. With in twenty minutes or so the warm up group fired up and the surrounding forest rustled along with the music. I think we should all congratulate ourselves for making this event happen. Around twenty entities were able to extract themselves from the daily routines they had forged for themselves over the past 35 to 40 years and come together to celebrate the bond that was created during those wondrous times on the road in the seventies. If you have a video or pics you would like to post on this site then go to the “Upload Media” page by clicking on the Upload Media link in the menu bar at the top of this page.

Standin’ on Shaky Ground

This is a classic example of how a four piece band might sound with one member down. The band starts playing without Michael (lead guitarist). Hang in there because he soon makes up for his absence. Around the halfway point at about 03:30, Michael plugs in, gets into gear and nails it with a brilliant guitar solo. Ken is still pumping out a strong vocal just like he was 35 years ago. Or was it 40 years ago? Tom pops in for a few seconds to tweak the PA.

Music has been the medicine that has kept our brains young. If you want to keep your brain fit throughout the aging process then listening to or playing music can provide a total brain workout. Four very fit brains on stage here. The day didn’t seem to last long enough. Let’s have another one in 2017 before any of us fall off the perch. Want to join the next reunion discussion? Go to the FORUM.

Blues Jam

Just love this. Three in one. Guitarists I mean. Mike, Ray and Dwight.

Cripple Creek

What can we say here? This song is a real foot tapper. Graeme performs a cracking version of this song written by Robbie Robertson of The Band, sung by the drummer Levon Helm and released in 1969. We could change the lyrics to “Up on Websters Creek”. Whoops I just had a flashback to a Chinese restaurant in Coffs Harbor. I wonder what Ray Brown is up to. I could watch this video many times and still enjoy it. Frankly I prefer Graeme’s version. It just seems to move your body and sole, more. What a great day it was at “the creek”. Discuss another reunion in 2017.

Lyrics: Up On Cripple Creek


This video is a compilation of several shoots made during the reunion gig at Wayne’s. We didn’t have a song list or schedule of what was to follow hence some songs like the Hi-Revving Tongues hit “Rain and Tears” were shot in bits and pieces probably because the cameraman was taking a break or swapping SD cards. If we come together for another reunion in March 2017 we will try to persuade the bands to prepare song lists and maybe rough cue sheets. There will be accommodation available at the venue and close to the venue. Click here to join the 2017 reunion discussion.


Hey Chris well sung mate.

The Shape I’m In

Can anyone comment on this video? During the seventies Caboose toured Australia from Adelaide to Darwin. This song was played nightly. They were the frugal days when we learned how to survive on a mug of muesli, a lid of lentils, tempting thighs and herbal wraps. We were all in good shape.

Photos From the 70’s

Here they are. Nostalgic photos from the past. Bruce emailed these pics to me just before the reunion in May 2014.


John’s Pics

The HR Tongues possessed an enthusiasm for onstage pyrotechnics arranged and engineered by the bassist John Walmsley. Mock up amplifiers and prop guitars would be ignited in mid performance along with loud sound effects, smoke bombs and other unexpected pyrotechnics that would keep the audience keyed-up. Here are some of John’s pic’s from the Tongues era.
On returning to New Zealand John Walmsley decided to leave the Hi-Revving Tongues and head back to Australia. Bassist Graeme Thompson took over from John Walmsley and at around the same time Richard Sinclair replaced Rob Node on drums.