For those of you who remember ‘80s pop funk/new wave band Kids in the Kitchen or Uncanny X Men, Boom Crash Opera, Wa Wa Nee or The Chantoozies like I do, life is about to rewind to a time when bands played multiple live gigs a week and were regarded as flesh and bone rock gods.
I’m chatting with St Andrew’s Beach local Scott Carne – lead vocals of Kids in the Kitchen. The band got together in 1983, hit the ground running with songs like Change in Mood, Bitter Desire, Something That You Said and Current Stand (Mushroom Records) and toured with The Models. The ABC’s Aussie Rock phenomenon Countdown was next on the list. “Times were good for bands in the ‘80s”, says Scott. “You had to work hard but at least you could get out there and play. It’s hard to get live gigs if you’re a young band today. Everything is done digitally.”
But it’s not hard for him or the musicians he grew up with performing in front of screaming devotees who are still screaming today. “Kids in the Kitchen reformed at the beginning of 2016. We’ve done a few shows this year including the Australian Culture Club Tour, playing to anywhere in between 3000 to 9000 people. There’s going to be an encore performance in Sydney next year. I’m looking forward to that. The audience really gets into it.” He’s also been playing around the traps in the Absolutely 80’s Party Band for the last 10 years which he promotes through his Popular Entertainment Company POPSHOP.
“We play all the original ‘80s Aussie songs. The rotating list of artists includes Brian Mannix, Dale Ryder, Eve Von Bibra and Ally Fowler, David Sterry, Paul Gray and Fred Lonergren. Each line up is different but the songs don’t change. There’s none of that unplugged stuff. You hear them like they were meant to be sung.” The Absolutely 80’s Party band is playing at The Royal Hotel in Meredith on December 17, Club Malwala in NSW December 30 and New Year’s Eve goes off at the Shoppingtown Hotel in Doncaster. They are also coming down to the Rye RSL on March 24, 2017.
“I love the Mornington Peninsula. My wife and I moved here around 14 years ago when the prices were still doable! St Andrews is a beautiful spot. My two boys love surfing, the beach. There’s nowhere I’d rather be.” Except maybe on stage?
“I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t enjoy it. It’s really fun.”
Get your ‘80s fun on at a Kids in the Kitchen or Absolutely 80’s Party Band gig near you. Check out the links below or go to FB for more info on how to really rock – ‘80s style.
SCOTT CARNE – POPSHOP
Musician and Entertainment Consultant