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Mike Rudd Interview- Founder of Spectrum

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On this episode of Vinyl Vibes, Jack is joined by Mike Rudd, founder of Spectrum. Mike grew up in Christchurch New Zealand, finding a talent for singing early on. He would join his first major group in 1964, The Chants R&B. After becoming popular around New Zealand, the group moved to Australia in 1966. Soon after their arrival, the band would split leaving Mike without a group. Luckily he came to join Ross Wilson's Party Machine as bass player, despite never having played bass prior. It was while in this group Mike was inspired greatly by the songwriting craftsmanship of Ross Wilson. After leaving Party Machine in 1969, Mike had the idea to create his own group around his own songs. This band would become Spectrum, and the first song he would write would be called "I'll Be Gone". This would become Spectrum's first single and would reach number one in Australia in 1971. It would be the group's biggest hit, and today remains an icon in Oz rock.

1972 would see the beginnings of pub rock with events like The Sunbury Pop Festival taking place. Much of Spectrum’s music was multidimensional and arguably intellectual, a very different sound to the straight forward rock and roll that groups such as Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs were finding popularity with at the time. This lead to Mike forming Spectrum's alter ego, The Indelible Murtceps. This band was devised by Mike to connect with the mainstream pub rock audiences. The band's fourth album would be credited to The Indelible Murtceps and Spectrum. It was called Testimonial and would come out in July 1973 just after the band broke up. It would be the band's last album for over 20 years until the band went back into the studio in 1999 to record their album Spill. The band recorded their latest album, No Thinking, in 2004. Today Spectrum is still avalilbe for gigs and Mike is also gigging with his band The Indelibles. 

Jack zoomed Mike to talk about his early music beginnings, his first professional band The Chant's R&B, his time in Ross Wilson's Party Machine, how Ross Wilson inspired Mike, the writing and recording of Spectrums hit "I'll be Gone", the "I'll be Gone" music video, the innovativeness of the group's first album Spectrum Part One, the first rock double album in Australia Milesago, his memories of playing the Sunbury Pop Festival, the formation of the band's alter ego The Indelible Murtceps, the differences in recording as the Indelible Murtceps, the band's fourth album Testimonial, the band's two recent albums, and his work today with The Indelibles

"After we had demoed it for the first time unsuccessfully, it had been rejected by EMI. Then we somehow found ourselves in the studio with Howard Gable...and recording...I wrote two songs 'Launching Place" part one and part two - first part was an instrumental and the second part was the angry sounding song...so we recorded those...well, I look back on it now and think Howard was clearly unimpressed so he said 'have you got any other songs?', so I said 'we've got this one'...and when we played "I'll be Gone" he said "that's the one". - Mike Rudd on this episode of Vinyl Vibes talking about recording Spectrum's number one hit "I'll Be Gone"

Episode Hosted and Produced by Jack Hodgins

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