Bob Hudson was essentially a folk singer, although the comedy monologues he incorporated into his act proved too much for the purists. Hudson came to the attention of ABC musical director Chris Neal who arranged for him to record the in-concert album The Newcastle Song. Chris Neal produced and played on the album. The album spawned the national #1 hit single `The Newcastle Song’/`Ventriloquist Love’ (March 1975), which had been edited down from the ten-minute album version.
The album is available for purchase from Press Play Music. The song was also previously available for purchase as one of the tracks on the compilation album triple j – Archive Range: 1975 available from the ABC Shop.
The songs lyrics describe the actions of novocastrian males driving along Hunter Street Newcastle. The car of choice is of course, the FJ Holden with “drive down Hunter Street in their hot FJ Holdens with chrome plated grease nipples and double reverse overhead twin cam door handles”.
Aside from its topical humour and catchy chorus, the song was an incisive piece of social commentary. Hudson had been performing the song for several years before recording it. Hudson wrote a straight novelty sequel to `The Newcastle Song’ called `Rak Off Normie’, which Maureen Elkner recorded. The single reached #6 in June. Folk/blues singer Margret Roadknight covered another of Hudson’s social-observations-set-in-song, `Girls in our Town’ (from The Newcastle Song) and scored a minor hit in the process. Hudson and Roadknight later toured together.
Hudson was reluctant to become a full-time performer, however, opting instead to concentrate on his job as producer/announcer for Sydney community radio station Double J (the precursor to the national youth radio network Triple J). Meanwhile, as a follow-up to `The Newcastle Song’, Hudson issued the album After Me Cat Left Home and the single `Waltzing Matilda Rock’/`Heartsmasher’. Hudson issued his third album, Party Pieces, in 1980. Since then, he has concentrated on writing and DJ work.
Update: 12/6/2007 Hear the song online at esnips.com. The song will surely be receiving a takedown notice before long, so get in quick!
Update 2: 15/12/2010 Here is a great video of Bob Hudson performing the song live on the Paul Hogan show
Posted on February 3rd, 2007 in Artists