PUB BLOG #3: 9th August 2018

…in which Producer/Director ANDREW LEAVOLD attempts to establish a reliable chronology of Fred’s band I Spit On Your Gravy and its various offshoots for his PUB: THE MOVIE Fredumentary…

Ask the Gravies for a concrete timeline of those beer-and-acid-soaked Eighties and you’re met with a sea of blank faces and “Fuckin’ hell, I can’t even remember last WEEK!” But, since the doco spends a fair chunk of time on Sin Kilda’s gloryhole days, I put on my Deerstalker hat and have reconstructed a Gigography from faulty memories, photos, flyers, newspaper clippings, and good old-fashioned detective work (with a few beverages as a reward). Of course it’s far from complete, so PLEASE send any additions and corrections to me via andrewleavold@gmail.com and I’ll make sure you get a credit in the doco!

You’ll also notice this weekend (11th August) is the Gravies’ Brisbane show. I’ll be filming them – naturally – as well as getting my own boots dirty on stage fronting The Vaginabillies. Full report next blog…

Luna Park promo shoot, c.1985 (photo by Joe Holzer)

GRAVIES/OFFSHOOTS TIMELINE

10/11/83 – jam at party, I Spit On Your Gravy formed

21/11/83 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW The Venue, St Kilda w/The Corpse Grinders

05/12/83 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW The Venue, St Kilda [the Gravies appeared as panel members only]

20/12/83 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Venue, St Kilda w/The Johnnys

02/01/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW The Venue, St Kilda

09/01/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW The Venue, St Kilda

01/02/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Seaview Ballroom w/Depression

??/02/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY [West Coast of Victoria]

26/02/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Seaview Ballroom w/The Johnnys, Corpse Grinders

05/03/83 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW The Venue, St Kilda w/The Milk Rock Band, Liquid Ice [the Gravies performed as an act with Darren Boyce as “Nutty Gravy”]

16/03/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Helter Skelter Club, St Kilda w/Tombstone Hands, The Gas Babies

24/03/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Helter Skelter Club, St Kilda w/The Gas Babies, Shindiggers

28/03/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Venue, St Kilda w/The Johnnys

30/03/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Seaview Ballroom w/Sacred Cowboys, The Gas Babies

??/04/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY [The Gong Show – already listed?]

06/04/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Helter Skelter Club, St Kilda w/Depression, Civil Dissident

09/04/84 – THE TOMBSTONE GRAVY EXPERIENCE/THE GONG SHOW The Venue, St Kilda

10/04/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Venue, St Kilda w/Corpse Grinders

13/04/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Helter Skelter Club, St Kilda w/Depression, Psychotic Maniacs

03/05/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Tombstone Hands, The Gas Babies

14/05/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Painters And Dockers

19/05/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Seaview Ballroom w/Permanent Press

21/05/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW The Venue, St Kilda

24/05/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Tote, Collingwood w/Tombstone Hands

26/05/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW Helter Skelter Club, St Kilda w/Crushed Budgies

??/06/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY [various venues in Melbourne and Sydney – Uno Ariba, The Venue, The Venetian Room, Latrobe Uni]

09/06/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Murder Murder Suicide, Psychotic Maniacs

SYDNEY 05/07/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW Mona Vale Hotel w/Tombstone Hands, Bum Steers

SYDNEY 06/07/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW Players, Paddington w/Tombstone Hands, Bum Steers

SYDNEY 07/07/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW San Miguel, Cameray w/Tombstone Hands, Bum Steers

SYDNEY 08/07/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW Strawberry Hills Hotel w/Tombstone Hands, Bum Steers

SYDNEY 10/07/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW Di Di’s, Brookvale w/Tombstone Hands, Bum Steers

SYDNEY 11/07/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW St James Tavern w/Tombstone Hands, Bum Steers

13/07/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW Seaview Ballroom, St Kilda w/Tombstone Hands, Bum Steers

[21/07/84 – front cover photo of “St Kilda’s Alright” taken on the front steps of the Esplanade Hotel]

24/07/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Venue, St Kilda w/The Saints, The Gas Babies

25/07/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Latrobe Uni [free lunchtime gig]

26/07/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Lynching Party, The Wet Ones [Thursday Crawl gig]

27/07/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Seaview Ballroom, St Kilda w/Grong Grong, Young Offenders

30/07/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Venue, St Kilda w/The Johnnys, Little Wiggly Bits

31/07/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Commercial Hotel, Northcote w/Bum Steers, Pizza Sluts

[August 1984 – record “St Kilda’s Alright, interview in Soft Option fanzine]

23/08/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW The Venue, St Kilda

25/08/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Helter Skelter Club, St Kilda w/The Wet Ones, “Done To Death”

01/09/84 – THE GRIZZLYS [first show] Helter Skelter Club, St Kilda w/Shower Scene From Psycho

14/09/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Seaview Ballroom, St Kilda w/Young Offenders, Permanent Damage

??/09/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Fitzroy St Festival

[October 1984 – “Violent Fluff” and “Done To Death” appear on Greville Records’ “Eat Your Head” compilation LP]

02/10/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Bum Club, Northcote

18/10/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GRIZZLIES The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Civil Dissident

02/11/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Seaview Ballroom, St Kilda w/Celibate Rifles, The Wet Ones

??/11/84 – “THE GRAVY CATS” (I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY acoustic) Missing Link Records, Melbourne [to promote the release of “St Kilda’s Alright”]

21/11/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GONG SHOW The Venue, St Kilda w/Mr Pharmacist

22/11/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Vicious Circle, Bum Steers [technically “St Kilda’s Alright” launch, but the records may have been stopped at the Festival Records pressing plant due to the “Suck This Fred Nile” track]

CANCELLED ADELAIDE 29/11/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Lark & Tina’s w/Grong Grong [Tour bus crashed, Scott and Jason in hospital]

CANCELLED ADELAIDE 30/11/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Princes Berkely w/Grong Grong

CANCELLED ADELAIDE 01/12/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Princes Berkely w/Grong Grong

21/12/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Seaview Ballroom, St Kilda w/Depression, Mad Flowers

24/12/84 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Venetian Room w/Ron Rude, A Flock of E.M.U.S.

??/01/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Prince Of Wales, St Kilda [“St Kilda’s Alright” record launch]

01/02/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY “Polyester Party” at The Prince Of Wales, St Kilda w/Shower Scene From Psycho, The Bastinardos, The Wet Ones

16/02/85 – NEVER MIND THE GRAVIES, HERE’S THE GRINDERS Seaview Ballroom, St Kilda w/Beasts Of Bourbon, Cattle Truck

17/02/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GRAVYBILLYS/THE GRIZZLIES “Beat The Bust Benefit” Seaview Ballroom, St Kilda w/The Johnnys, Corpse Grinders, Bum Steers, The Wet Ones, Mr Bum & Ms Ruby, Bastinados, Barbecue Bob & Fred Tombstone

??/03/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Moomba Festival [riot afterwards]

22/03/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Central Club Hotel, Richmond w/The Wet Ones, Vicious Circle

23/03/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Duke of Edinburgh w/The Wet Ones [Phil “Grizzly” Myles joins on 2nd guitar]

24/03/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY St Kilda Festival

31/03/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Chapel Street And Prahran Festival w/Painters And Dockers, Electric Pandas, Black Coffee & The Beans

06/04/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Seaview Ballroom, St Kilda [is this the infamous “Little Dick Competition” gig that closed the Ballroom? Or is there a missing gig listing from May ‘85?]

02/04/85 – THE GRIZZLYS The Grosvenor [April residency]

04/04/85 – THE GRIZZLYS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/The Wet Ones, Mr Bum & Ms Ruby

09/04/85 – THE GRIZZLYS The Grosvenor [April residency]

13/04/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda w/The Roaring Mongrels

16/04/85 – THE GRIZZLYS The Grosvenor [April residency]

23/04/85 – THE GRIZZLYS The Grosvenor [April residency]

26/04/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Prospect Hill Hotel, Kew w/Murder Murder Suicide, Foot & Mouth

30/04/85 – THE GRIZZLYS The Grosvenor [April residency]

ADELAIDE TOUR 02/05/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Producers [Fitzroy?]

ADELAIDE TOUR 03/05/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Princes Berkeley

ADELAIDE TOUR 04/05/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Princes Berkeley

ADELAIDE TOUR 05/05/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Lark & Tinas

13/06/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Sydenham Hotel, Richmond w/Vicious Circle

Fred in Adelaide, date unknown

ADELAIDE – 12/07/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Flinders University

ADELAIDE – 13/07/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Princes Berkeley w/Fear And Loathing

01/08/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Caf Lawn, Prahran Student Union [midday gig]

26/07/85 – THE GRAVYBILLYS Venetian Room w/Slaughtermen

03/08/85 – THE GRIZZLYS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Be Wicked, Fungus Brains, The Tackybillys

ADELAIDE – ??/09/85 THE GRAVYBILLYS/CORPSE GRINDERS [dates and venues unknown]

22/09/85 – THE GRAVYBILLYS The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda w/Hi Ball Flyers, AP Johnson

02/10/85 – THE GRAVYBILLYS The Grosvenor, St Kilda w/Feral Dinosaurs

09/10/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Grosvenor, St Kilda w/The Wet Ones

26/10/85 – THE GRIZZLYS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/The Screaming Tribesmen, Inner Sleeves

02/11/85 – THE GRAVYBILLYS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda

04/11/85 – THE GRAVYBILLYS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Slaughtermen, Hoi Polloi

09/11/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE QUIVERING QUIMS [debut show] The Grosvenor, St Kilda

10/11/85 – THE GRAVYBILLYS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, The Tex Nobody Show, A.P. Johnson, Keith Glass and others

13/11/85 – THE GRAVYBILLYS/THE GRIZZLYS The Grosvenor, St Kilda

14/11/85 – THE GRAVYBILLYS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Be Wicked, Behind The Magnolia Curtain

26/11/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Grosvenor, St Kilda

30/11/85 – THE GRIZZLYS/THE QUIVERING QUIMS The Grosvenor, St Kilda

06/12/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY [as “The Thursday Crawlers”] The Prince Of Wales, St Kilda w/Anti-Nowhere League, X, Tex Perkins’ Bush Oyster

07/12/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY [as “The Thursday Crawlers”] The Prince Of Wales, St Kilda w/Anti-Nowhere League, X, Tex Perkins’ Bush Oyster

09/12/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY [as “The Thursday Crawlers”] The Prince Of Wales, St Kilda w/Anti-Nowhere League, X, Tex Perkins’ Bush Oyster, Eastern Dark

14/12/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY [as “The Thursday Crawlers”]/THE QUIVERING QUIMS The Prince Of Wales, St Kilda

The Gravybillys

26/12/85 – THE GRAVYBILLYS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Be Wicked, Behind The Magnolia Curtain

27/??/85 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Venetian Room w/The Wet Ones

??/??/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GRAVYBILLYS outside Dizzy Spinners, Fitzroy w/The Wet Ones [daytime gig]

02/01/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY [as “The Thursday Crawlers”] The Prince Of Wales, St Kilda w/Dog Food, The Delightfulls

10/01/86 – THE GRAVYBILLYS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda

23/01/86 – THE QUIVERING QUIMS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Weddings Parties Anything, Be Wicked, Alligator Parade

07/02/86 – THE GRAVYBILLYS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Psychotic Turnbuckles, TISM, Venom P. Stinger

ADELAIDE 21/02/86 – THE QUIVERING QUIMS Princes Berkeley w/The Silly Symphony

ADELAIDE 22/02/86 – THE QUIVERING QUIMS Princes Berkeley w/Happy Porpak

ADELAIDE 23/02/86 – THE QUIVERING QUIMS Koklub

14/03/86 – THE BAND WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE The Club

05/04/86 – THE BAND WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE/THE QUIVERING QUIMS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda

SYDNEY 18/04/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY 243 Club w/The Justice Brothers

Tattoo Removalists’ debut gig, 01/05/86

01/05/86 – THE QUIVERING QUIMS/TATTOO REMOVALISTS [debut gig] The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/The Fergies

02/05/86 – THE BAND WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE Users Club

16/05/86 – THE BAND WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE The Venue, St Kilda

07/06/86 – THE BAND WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Wet Taxies, Screaming Believers, The Flies

13/06/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Sydenham Hotel, Richmond w/Vicious Circle [Vice Squad arrest]

27/06/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE QUIVERING QUIMS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/The Justice Brothers

26/07/86 – THE GRAVYBILLYS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/The Reggies

01/08/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/TATTOO REMOVALISTS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/The Wet Ones, Foot And Mouth, Too Much Hair For The BBC [POW flyer also lists LSD]

14/08/86 – THE BAND WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE “Polyester Launching Party” at Chasers Go-Fast Club w/The Zimmermen, The Wet Ones, Broken Hearts, Turnaround, Psyche 59, Slaybells, Cabaret 69, The Reggies

ADELAIDE ??/08/86 – THE GRAVYBILLYS Meccano’s w/Lubricated Goat

29/08/86 – THE GRAVYBILLYS Old Melbourne Hotel w/The Stems

Recording “Fruit Loop City”, 1986

[September 1986 – record “Pork”, later titled “Fruit Loop City”, at Powerplant Studios]

24/09/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/The Johnnys, The Screaming Tribesmen [Narelle replaces Di as Spitette while Di goes overseas]

03/10/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Cracked Jaffas, Pontiac Conspiracy, Anal Polyp & The Toilets

25/10/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Central Club, Richmond [also Narelle]

03/11/86 – TATTOO REMOVALISTS Musician’s Union w/Cosmic Psychos, Mental Health, Death Sentence, No Remorse

SYDNEY 08/12/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Petersham Inn

SYDNEY 09/12/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Piccadilly

SYDNEY 10/12/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Mosman Hotel

SYDNEY 11/12/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY St James Tavern

SYDNEY 13/12/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Royal Hotel, Sutherland

SYDNEY 14/12/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Trade Union Club w/Hang ‘Em High, The Mothers, Tall Tales And True

Brisbane’s Time Off magazine, 1986

BRISBANE ??/12/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Outpost, Fortitude Valley

18/04? 07?/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The No Name Club w/The Justice Brothers

16/01/87 – THE BAND WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, Cosmic Psychos

17/01/87 – THE BAND WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, Cosmic Psychos, Southern Fried Kidneys

15/02/87 – THE QUIVERING QUIMS St Kilda Festival on Fitzroy St

20/02? 03? 11?/87 – TATTOO REMOVALISTS The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Lobby Lloyd’s The Dirt, The Mist

SYDNEY 27/03/87 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Trade Union Club [“Piranha” launch]

SYDNEY 28/03/87 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Seven Hills [“Piranha” launch]

SYDNEY 29/03/87 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Petersham Inn [“Piranha” launch]

[April 1987 – “Fruit Loop City” released]

??/04/87 – THE GRAVYBILLYS The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda [recorded for their live cassette release on Polyester]

25/04??07??/87 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Mentone Hotel

05/06/87 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Venue, St Kilda [“Fruit Loop City” launch]

24/07/86 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/The Justice Brothers, Funhouse

28/07/87 – THE BAND WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE Roxy Hotel, South Melbourne w/The Justice Brothers & Every Tuesday

SYDNEY? 29/07/87 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Piccadilly Hotel w/Johnny Teens And The Broken Hearts

11/09/87 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Venue, St Kilda w/Olympic Sideburns, The Jackals

12/09/87 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY/THE GRAVYBILLYS Mentone Hotel

25/10/87 – THE QUIVERING QUIMS Roxy Hotel, South Melbourne w/T. Bones

06/11/87 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/X, Johnny Teen And The Broken Hearts

08/11/87 – THE QUIVERING QUIMS Fitzroy St Festival w/Hairy Cossacks, T-Bones

08/11/87 – THE GRAVYBILLYS Roxy Hotel, South Melbourne w/The Gordons, Rex Buzzard

22/11/87 – THE QUIVERING QUIMS/THE GONG SHOW Roxy Hotel, South Melbourne

??/??/87 – THE GRAVYBILLYS Roxy Hotel, South Melbourne [residency every Tuesday with Dust On The Bible]

01/01/88 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Prince of Wales, St Kilda [listed as “200th gig”]

30/01/88 – THE QUIVERING QUIMS “3PBS Benefit Weekend” at the Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Vicious Circle, Honeymoon In Green, Extremes, Thing, Blackburn, Whole Damn Thing, Killjoys

14/02/88 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY St Kilda Festival w/Cosmic Psychos, Macho Clowns, Global Death Orgy, Your Momma, Leech Woman

26/02/88 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY “3PBS Benefit” at the Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Arm The Insane, G.A.S.H., Dead Zone, Extremes, S.I.C., No Remorse, Bastard Squad, Trash

The Band Who Shot Liberty Valance

05/03/88 – THE GRAVYBILLYS/THE BAND WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda

25/03/88 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda

26/03/88 – THE QUIVERING QUIMS Duke Of Edinburgh w/ Aardvarks Afterbirth, Seminal Rats

23/04/88 I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY [official last show before the slew of reunion gigs] The Prince of Wales, St Kilda w/Intoxica, Alloi Head And The Victor Motors, Rod Squad

18/05/88 – “THE CREDIBILLYS” Duke Of Edinburgh w/Rod Squad

??/??/89 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY venue unknown w/Funhouse, GOD, Blackjack

01/06/90 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Prince of Wales, St Kilda

13/07/90 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Tote, Collingwood w/Cosmic Psychos, Poppin’ Mommas

14/07/90 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Tote, Collingwood w/Mr Floppy, The Dirty Lovers

21/04/91 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Tote, Collingwood w/Spiderbait, Poppin’ Mommas, The Affected

13/10/00 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda

01/07/16 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Tote, Collingwood w/Destrends, Aberration, Dukes Of Deliciousness, Poppin’ Mommas

03/07/16 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Lost on Barkly, St Kilda

18/12/16 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Lost on Barkly, St Kilda

ADELAIDE 24/02/17 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Gaslight Tavern w/Perdition, Fear And Loathing, Soberphobia

ADELAIDE 25/02/17 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Gaslight Tavern w/Perdition, Psycho Green

17/12/17 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Brightspace, St Kilda w/The Peptides [stripped down four-piece – Fred, Mark, Jason and Jessie – to celebrate the closing of Fred’s art exhibition]

ADELAIDE 07/07/18 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY Enigma Bar w/Psycho Green, Soberphobia

BRISBANE 11/08/18 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY The Zoo, Fortitude Valley w/Blowhard, The Vaginabillies

 

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PUB SHOOTING BLOG #2: 12th July 2018

…in which Producer/Director ANDREW LEAVOLD introduces his two cinematographers (that’s “DOPs” in film-speak!) on his PUB: THE MOVIE Fredumentary…

These two guys, Jarret Gahan and Matthew Victor Pastor, are my left and right hands on this project, almost completely responsible for how the interview and fly-on-the-wall footage is going to appear in the finished film. I met former Brissie boy Jarret Gahan when he was a teen Troma fan renting VHS from my Trash Video store in Fortitude Valley in the Nineties and found in him a perfect partner for ratbaggery – and, weirdly enough, our very first collaboration almost two decades ago was Fred-related! Jarret is also a filmmaker in his own right – shorts, music videos, his own feature-length documentary GONE LESBO GONE (2015) – as well as working for Melbourne’s Monster Pictures, filming and editing their bonus features and internet content.

I then ran into Matthew Victor Pastor, aka “Baby Face” – also a Melbourne-based director – during a shoot in Manila, where I helped the half-Filipino set up his VCA graduate short I AM JUPITER, I AM THE BIGGEST PLANET (2015). Since then Matthew and I have run amok on several continents as he tours the globe with his most recent feature film MELODRAMA/RANDOM/MELBOURNE! (2018). This week I asked both of my hugely talented DOPs about working tirelessly with me since 2016 on PUB: THE MOVIE…

The crew outside The Tote before filming the Gravies’ reunion gig, July 2016

Andrew: How would you describe our first collaborations together, prior to PUB?

Matthew: It’s been great. Over the years Andrew has been integral to my filmmaking. We first worked together as he helped me produce one of my short films in the Philippines where a lot of his work is made. In fact during some of PUB’s shooting Andrew made a cameo in my film MAGANDA! in a hilarious performance as a tweaking ‘Meth Mystic’. Other than collabs, he’s inspired me as his contribution to the history of Filipino cinema is incredible, and essential.

Jarret: Epic. Funnily enough it all began with a music video for your crossover band with Fred Negro, THEY MIGHT BE NEGROES, back in 2001 I believe. I had envisioned it would be something like Bjork’s ‘Big Time Sensuality’ or AC/DC’s ‘Long Way to the Top’ music videos with the band on the back of ute playing around Brisbane city but ultimately we shot the bulk of it in a chicken coop. To this day that is my favourite music video I’ve ever produced. Following that there was the feature, LESBO-A-GO-GO, on which I served as the DOP for all but maybe seven minutes of the finished film. Unfortunately I’d moved to Melbourne before production wrapped on that one. We shot that over the course of a year from memory, in pocket of spare time where everyone was available. That was the first feature I’d ever shot so it was hard to believe that all the insanity we captured over the course of a year would cut into an actual film but it did and it’s gone on to cult infamy. That was a big learning curve as it was the first thing I had shot for someone else where I didn’t have complete creative control so it was a lot of lets shoot it this way for you and lets shoot it this way for me and see which works out better in the edit. It was great actually as had it been anyone but you there’s a good chance we would have only shot it one way, the director’s way. So while my way wasn’t necessarily always the best way, it was great to work with a director who had trust in that maybe we should shoot it my way also. Since then we’ve gone on to produce a number of things together but they were the formative years and have lead to a great deal of trust between us on-set, Hell, it’s what lead to me being cradled in the mouth of a tractor, twelve-foot off the ground at 2am in country Queensland during winter for one shoot down the track.

Fred shows Matthew where he saw his first porno mag…

What drew you towards working on PUB?

Matthew: I want to work with friends, I want to work with interesting stories, and I want to work on stories which capture Australian identity in some way or form.

Jarret: It’s Fred, I’ve seen this guy perform countless times in a variety of bands and his showmanship is second to none, he’s as endearing as he is crazed. The first time I saw Fred simulate sex with a cantaloupe on-stage is forever seared in my retina, I had never seen anything quite like it before as a nineteen year-old at the time. His music and antics are legendary and through you I got to know the man behind the legend. He’s not only the nicest guy in rock n’ roll, he’s the most multifaceted, a talented illustrator, incredible storyteller and true advocate of community. To be a play a part in telling his story is a true honor.

What’s it been like, sharing camera duties with someone else?

Matthew: It’s been enjoyable, and Jarret is a friend. Normally there’s a lot of pressure on me because I DOP my own films, my own personal projects that I direct. In this case the pressure is off, its shared and more of a collab.

Jarret tries to get HANKSAW in focus, Surabaya Johnnys, 2017

Jarret: It’s been surprisingly easy. Since I’ve been working on marketing and home entertainment assets for films over the last few years, I often edit end product that’s a combination of my own post-shoot interviews along with on-set b-role or interviews captured by other camera operators. Subsequently this has lead me to more collaborative with other artists in delivering a singular vision. In the instance of PUB: THE MOVIE, I’ve got to work with Matthew Victor Pastor as a fellow cinematographer. Matt’s not only a talent behind the camera but also a gifted filmmaker in his own right, with several award-winning features and shorts to his name. Funnily enough I even produced an episode of the independent filmmaker series, RUNNING ON EMPTY, entirely about him. So it’s been a true pleasure getting to work with him in this capacity. He’ll often go for the creative shots while I’ll ensure I get the master shot, so there’s a great dynamic between us.

How would you say you and your co-DOP’s styles differ?

Matthew: Actually I’m more a run and gun kinda guy. When we were shooting at the opening gallery event I was zipping and zagging around, trying to create some sort of 90’s music video kinda style. I really hope the footage matches Jarret and the direk Leavold is happy…

Jarret: Like I mentioned prior, Matt’s got a flair for finding that creative shot, in fact probably around ten in the space of a few minutes whereas I’m a little more old school and will find that perfect master shot. I think that may be what defines us, Matt’s definitely more a narrative filmmaker whereas I’ve become more a documentarian over the years, with a predilection for talking heads.

Matthew filming Fred at work on his Pub strip…

What’s been your favourite PUB shoot so far?

Jarret: Easily the I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY reunion back in 2016, there were three of us filming that night at The Tote and the entire place was chaos but in the best way possible, it was a positive buzz. We’d set up Joe to grab the master from the back of the venue while Matt & I went straight into the pit to capture both the bands and the fans. My monopod has battle scars from the night that never fail to bring a smile when I bust it out and remember that shoot.

Matthew: Fred’s house was amazing. So many gems, so much of history and colour and life. It was a giraffe heaven, soft toys, cups and tea pots, all giraffe everything!

What are your thoughts about Fred as a documentary subject?

Jarret: He’s a fascinating character. As I mentioned prior he’s multifaceted and I’m not sure that greater public realize how much he’s been responsible for that we should be grateful for. He’s ripe for celebration and what better way to do that than in a documentary dedicated to him.

Matthew: He’s magic. The thing about someone like Fred is with the amount of creativity bursting through him everything surrounding him becomes more colourful. He encapsulates a creative energy that I feel is rare in Australia. It’s great that a film is being made, as he doubles as a time capsule of a time forgot.

Jarret filming at the 2017 Community Cup

Tech question: what kind of equipment do you prefer using?

Jarret: Presently the Sony A6300 set to 4K.

Matthew: I’m Panasonic GH series. I’ve had from 2, 4, 5s. I shoot using natural lighting, and prefer it this way.

What do you think audiences will take away from their PUB viewing experience?

Matthew: I’m not sure at this point to be honest, but hopefully people learn some history, I sure did.

Jarret: Appreciation. Appreciation beyond myth or legend, appreciation for the man himself. I also think they’ll be thoroughly entertained through every step of the film, it would be impossible to tell a story of Fred and it not be.

Fred’s view from the mike, Gravies practice, early 2017
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PUB: THE SHOOTING BLOG #1: Hellooooooo Pubbers!

…in which Brisbane filmmaker ANDREW LEAVOLD discovers talking to himself about his new fillum project is the best therapy

So you’re making a movie about Fred?

You bet! It’s been in the works for several years now, and hopefully shouldn’t take TOO much longer to see the light of day.

What’s it called?

PUB: THE MOVIE. For several reasons. It’s a celebration of Australia’s disappearing Pub Culture as much as it celebrates Fred, his life and work, and the changing St Kilda he personifies. Plus there’s the Pub strip connection. Oh, and “Pub” by the Cosmic Psychos.

Filming the Gravy gig, Loop, July 2016

Why is it taking so long to finish?

One word: MONEY. After years of compiling materials and thinking about its structure, we started proper filming in mid-2016 just as I Spit On Your Gravy reformed for Robbie Rocket’s ten year passing. Since then we’ve amassed an incredible treasure trove of fly-on-the-wall footage, gigs, Fred happenings, old videos, photos, articles, you name it. We’ve done as much as you can without a budget. Now that the interviews require a paid crew, and post-production costs a small fortune, we need to go on the money trail. That means going cap-in-hand to investors and funding bodies. So if there’s anyone reading who fancies themselves as a producer, message me. I’ll even do a little dance for you in a sailor’s outfit…

Why a movie about Fred?

Because it NEEDS to be made! For me, no-one could be a more perfect focal point for a documentary about the evolving face of St Kilda via its unofficial Sheriff, about punk kids growing old disgracefully, about dedicating oneself to their art to the point where their life and their work are indistinguishable… Jesus that’s a great $2 word, I might have to use it in the fillum.

Andrew, Coral Outcrop and Fred, Pint On Punt 2009 (photo by Tim C)

Why you? Why a Queenslander and not a Melbourne filmmaker?

That’s a legitimate question. I’ve been listening to Fred’s bands for more than thirty years, collecting his strips and flyers, touring him to Brisbane, playing in bands with him, drinking with him, appearing in countless Pub strips, even shooting him for my first feature film LESBO-A-GO-GO back in 2003 (Fred makes an appearance as a grotesque Vision of Hell!). I know Fred and his world, and I think I can tell his story more effectively than most. Fingers crossed I’ll do a good job of it.

And this is the official shooting blog?

Absolutely. Let’s keep the conversation going. As I shoot it, you’ll hear about it right here. And you’ll see it take shape in real time.

Fancy a beer?

Cheers, don’t mind if I do. My shout next time?

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