♫ Reminiscing ♫

I wanted today’s music post to be something Australian, in keeping with my earlier tribute to Australia, but the only song I could think of that was Australian was …

Well, that was certainly a fun one, but perhaps I can do better with one by an Australian group, like Reminiscing by the Little River Band.

This song, first released by Australian rock music group Little River Band in July 1978, remains their greatest success, having peaked at #3 in the U.S.

The song is about a couple reminiscing about their past, recalling favorite songs and memories.  Along with AC/DC, the Little River Band was one of the first Australian rock groups to see commercial success in the US, selling over 25 million records and scoring 13 American Top 40 hits.

Reminiscing
Little River Band

Friday night it was late, I was walking you home
We got down to the gate, I was dreaming of the night
Would it turn out right?
How to tell you girl, I want to build my world around you
Wanna tell you that it’s true
I wanna make you understand I’m talking about a lifetime plan

Well that’s the way it began, we were hand-in-hand
Glen Miller’s band was better than before
We yelled and screamed for more
And those Porter’s tunes made us dance across the room
It ended all too soon
On the way back home I promised you’d never be alone

Hurry, don’t be late
I can’t hardly wait
I said to myself when we’re old
We’ll go dancing in the dark, walking through the park
And reminiscing

Friday night it was late, I was walking you home
We got down to the gate, I was dreaming of the night
Would it turn out right?
Now as the years roll on, each time we hear our favorite song
The memories come along
Older times we’re missing, spending the hours reminiscing

Hurry, don’t be late
I can’t hardly wait
I said to myself when we’re old
We’ll go dancing in the dark, walking through the park
And reminiscing

Songwriters: Graeham George Goble / Graham George Goble
Reminiscing lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

36 thoughts on “♫ Reminiscing ♫

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  2. Jill, LRB had a number of great songs, this being one of them. Since I am headbanger I also like AC/DC, but they are quite the different experience from LRB. Check out Men at Work who had a few big hits, and although they grew up in Great Britain, those Bee Gees folks have Aussie roots. And, the lovely Olivia Newton John had several big hits. Two of my favorite movies are Aussie films – Breaker Morant and Phar Lap. With that all said, let’s go have Veg-a-mite sandwich, although I likely spelled it wrong. Keith

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    • I agree … I always liked the Little River Band, but I’ve found through this post that none of my UK readers ever heard of them, so apparently they really didn’t play at all well ‘cross the pond. I vaguely remember Men at Work, but will check them out … perhaps I’ll find an old favourite! I do love the Bee Gees, and also Olivia Newton-John. Being a cultural throwback, I haven’t heard of either of those movies. Um … you can keep your vegemite (all one word) sandwich, and I’ll just have my usual peanut butter sandwich … I’ve heard things about vegemite!

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  3. I’ve not heard of the Little River Band before, probably because they never reached the charts here, but on this evidence to compare them with AC/DC as a ‘rock’ band seems to be stretching the term a bit! I note David’s comment on Rolf Harris: not the most felicitous of choices from a Brit perspective! And to add to the comment on the Easybeats, who I loved, they were all children of families who had emigrated from Europe. One of them, the late George Young, was the older brother of Angus and (the also late) Malcolm, of AC/DC.

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    • I’m guessing they didn’t play well in the UK, for none of my UK readers had heard of them! I always liked Little River Band, but AC/DC was a bit too much for me, though my son loved them back in the day. (Sometimes being near-deaf has its advantages)

      Yes, as I told David, if I had known about Rolf Harris’ background, I would not have played that song! Mea culpa, for I should have done a bit of research first. Wow … I didn’t know all that about the Easybeats, but then, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of the Easybeats until last night. Fascinating! Thanks, Clive!

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      • It’s odd how they travelled to you but not to us, isn’t it? A bit twee for my tastes, but I’m a huge AC/DC fan – and they’re still going, despite the loss of Malcolm Young. Best rock band Australia has ever produced!

        There have been several cases like Harris’ here in recent years. His was one of the most high profile, along with Jimmy Saville, a radio and tv presenter. Both did shows aimed at kids – it’s scary, knowing what we know now. Treat yourself to a trip to YouTube for the Easybeats, you’ll enjoy them. Friday On My Mind was their biggie but there are others too.

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        • It is odd … perhaps they didn’t market well enough over there. I thought that between David, Roger and Jack, I had learned most of the Brit terms, but admittedly ‘twee’ stumped me, but thanks to Google I now know it means “excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint” 😊 I imagine I can find a use for that one before too long!

          I will never understand what makes a person have any desire to hurt children, especially sexually. We’ve had a few high-profile cases, as well, including one member of Congress who didn’t molest kids himself, but turned a blind eye to it when he was in a position to stop it. And then, of course, there was the controversial Michael Jackson who rg and David are discussing in the comments.

          I did make the journey to the Easybeats songlist, listened to “Friday on my Mind” and a couple of others. Not bad, but likely not destined to become a favourite.

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          • Glad to have expanded your vocabulary!

            I don’t understand that either, both in terms of the desire and of those who cover it up and thereby enable it. I’ve never been entirely sure about Jackson: he was weird in so many ways that the accusations against him came easily, I think.

            Pity about the Easybeats – I loved them when I was growing up, and the family connection to AC/DC is a good one.

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            • Me too, and it wasn’t a painful lesson, nor an embarrassing one as a few have been, such as the time I mentioned to David that I had ‘bonked’ my head! Here, that word simply means ‘hit’, but I learned to be very careful about using it with my Brit friends!

              I agree with you … I’m not saying Michael Jackson was a saint, for her surely was NOT, but I think many jumped on the bandwagon for the sake of profit, and in a few cases, at least, he was set up.

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  4. Tie me Kangaroo Down was a fun song, meant purely to entertain.
    And you probably didn’t know these guys were Australian, but they were:

    But while talking Australia, and while I wasn’t into punk, the best band name I ever heard, except the Cold End of the Bathtub who appear in my teenage angst novel, are the Lime Spiders. That is a name for all time.

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  5. I don’t know this band but for something Australian, INXS, Men at Work, or even anything by The Seekers would have given you plenty of choices. In the UK we don’t mention Rolf Harris as he served a sentence for child sex abuse over a number of years. He may have served his sentence but forgiveness for a crime like that comes slowly if at all.
    Cwtch.

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      • I never saw proof of Jackson’s guilt but with Rolf Harris and the group he was with there was no doubt. Children came forth to speak of this, not parents who were hoping to profit from the situation.I acknowledge Jackson was silly in what we know he did, in sleeping (and I USE THAT WORD WISELY)with the children but I think he was a child making up for the childhood he didn’t have, sleepovers etc. I cannot see him convicted in a court of law so I choose not to convict and instead remember him for the musical genius he was.
        Hugs

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        • While I may seem a hypocrite, after saying I won’t play Rolf Harris’ song again, I agree with you regarding Michael Jackson. I find that I can separate the person he became from his musical talent in much the same way I could separate Pete Rose’s (baseball player) well-deserved hall of fame position from the insider trading he engaged in, a criminal act. Many of the world’s most talented people have some pretty significant character flaws, but I can still appreciate their talent, though I may despise what the person is or has done.
          Cwtch

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          • It may be because I live on the other side of the pond but those children have never spoken to me. With Rolf Harris, Jimmy Saville and others of that group, I heard the children, many of whom are now adults and I also heard the court’s decision. Guilty. Maybe I didn’t follow Michael Jackson’s trial as closely as I should, but two things stood out to me. 1. I don’t remember a guilty verdict 2. It seemed (to me) some parents were coaching their children what to say in order to get a payout from Michael. Some parents achieved their ain and the case was forgotten which I wouldn’t expect from caring parents.
            Hugs

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            • The parents agreed to let their children go to his bedrooms In the first place, and were very well paid to do so for very short periods of time, often just weekends according to the documentary I saw. The didn’t deserve the right to be called parents, they were living off the avails of their crimes. The children that had agreed to be interviewed a number of years after their experiences were all suffering depression and mood disorders, as well as poor communication skills. It was a Canadian investigative program I saw, but I don’t remember which company, channel or show it was.
              Did the case even go to court, so he could be found guilty? I have no memory of that? I know there were a lot of accusations being thrown both directions, but I don’t remember. What I do remember were the children’s eyes, how gaunt and haunted they were. You can’t fake that.
              But maybe this documentary was never shown anywhere but Canada. Our broadcast journalists tackle issues that no one else is willing to touch. And Mikey was used to buying his way out of anything, for huge sums of money. Seems to me he was supposed to go to trial in Italy, or some Mediterranian European nation, but he died either before or during the trial, and it never finished, if it even started. He was too powerful in the States for anything to be done there.
              But maybe I just dreamed everything…

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    • I think they didn’t play well in the UK, for several of my UK readers hadn’t heard of them. I wasn’t aware of Rolf Harris’ background, else I would not have played that song! It’s one I’ve always thought of as a fun song, and … sigh. It’s like walking a mine trap when you don’t know everything about a country and its people, its history. I shan’t play anything by Rolf Harris again … promise! No, that is not a forgivable crime … not at all. If there is any single crime that might deserve the death penalty, it is child sex abuse. I’m sorry …
      Cwtch

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