Last Wednesday Babble hosted the third volume in the Liner Notes series. Liner Notes is a series of readings I founded which are spoken word tributes to iconic albums of our time.
It began in 2006 for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the first volume of Liner Notes was in tribute to David Bowie's Hunky Dory album.
Then in 2007, again for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Velvet Underground's 'Banana Album' was given the Liner Notes treatment.
The nights have been so successful I've decided to run them more often than just once a year for Fringe.
The concept is simple, match a writer to each track on the album and ask the writer to respond in any way they like.
Mostly the responses are in a poetic form, but there's also monologues and comedic approaches.
I'm pleased to say that this last volume of Liner Notes was the best ever!
The quality of work was astounding. Not just from the writers but also from the house band for the night, The Heavy Cases. Their unique takes on Madonna classics were brilliant.
The host of the evening, Michael Nolan, was in excellent form and educated us about Madonna in ways I didn't think were possible.
In the past Liner Notes have always been one night only, but Vol 3 was such a great success that I am thinking seriously of a return performance of this one sometime in the near future.
In the meantime we do have another Liner Notes booked for early May.
Well, I have a few in mind, but I'm keeping it under wraps... for now.
Michael Nolan our glorious host.
Phil Norton responding to Material Girl
alicia sometimes takes on Angel
Chloe Jackson reclaims Like A Virgin
Ben Pobjie turns Over and Over on its head.
Sean M Whelan does Love Don't Live Here Anymore
The Heavy Cases and Michael Nolan sing up a storm
Steve Smart reinterprets Get Into The Groove
Emilie Zoey Baker takes us through Material Girl, on tape!
Dan Lee tells it like it is - Shoo-Bee-Doo!
David Prater is the Pretender
Terry Jaensch takes us home pleading us to Stay.