July 23

GOD, BORED AND THE POWDER MONKEYS

Winners are grinners

Winners are grinners

The Melbourne Rock fraternity turned out at Victoria Park on Sunday to down a couple and commemorate the life and music of Tim Hemensley, frontman of The Powder Monkey’s, GOD and Bored! He died 10 years ago of an overdose after a long battle with heroin. The tribute was twofold, the annual Hemensley Cup footy matches, and rock concerts. Tim loathed the AFL preferring the Community Cup. We braved the chill to watch the Ratbags take on the Rockdogs.

At half time The Powder Monkeys original guitarist John Nolan and drummer Timmy Jack Ray welcomed a different singer for each song to the stage. It was a simple musical gesticulation toward the friendship and respect felt toward Tim and his fellow Monkeys. True to the history of flying by the seat of their pants, punters were urged to purchase a ten buck stubby holder. Funds to cover the cost of the P.A. for this special gig.

After a touch more footy it was back to the Tote for music, beer and sausages on white bread with onions and sauce. This coincided with the reissue of the band’s re-mastered 1993 debut album, Smashed on a Knee.

There’s a lot of air-time given over to community projects within the art scene. I reckon muso’s do them better. Not that it’s a competition.

Natalie Thomas

Pudgy

Pudgy

Mary

Mary

Ally Spazzy

Ally Spazzy

Breakfast

Breakfast

John Nolan and Roman Tucker

John Nolan and Roman Tucker

Rock Dog fan Louisea

Rock Dog fan Louisa

Jack Davies

Jack Davies

John Perring

John Perring

Michelle Pittman-Williams

Michelle Pittman-Williams