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TISM 1988 Live Tape To Drop April 10

TISM 1988 Live Tape To Drop April 10

Date: April 10, 2020

Desk Tape Series Helping Roadies

TISM 1988 Live Tape To Drop April 10

The Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) continues with its Desk Tape Series – live shows by major Australian acts taped for perpetuity by their sound engineers – to raise funding for road crew that may need help before, during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

All costs directly relating to The Desk Tape Series releases will be deducted from gross, after which the balance will be split 20% to ARCA and 80% to the Support Act "Roadies" fund. This fund was formed by Support Act and ARCA.

“The idea of our Desk Tape Series began some years ago for us to help in a small way to help give road crew recognition to themselves and to the public for their contribution to the Aussie music industry,” say founders and co-directors of ARCA, Ian Peel and Adrian Anderson.

“But with the country’s live performance industry estimated to have lost $350 million worth of work by the first week of April, we have to remember that crews are the most at-risk sector and need special extra funding. No crew, no show."

“It is a great honour for us to be able to present these memories to all."

ARCA established Black Box Records as the platform to promote each release, with MGM Distribution providing worldwide distribution.

The next Desk Tape Series is TISM, Live At The Corner Hotel 1988, out for release on April 10.

Here is a link to TISM Live at the Corner Hotel:-

It was recorded by Mark Woods, who also worked with The Models, Men At Work and Midnight Oil.

TISM (This Is Serious Mum) formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1982. Their collision of electro pop, vicious satire and performance art, made them one of the country’s most popular live acts and even saw them achieve mainstream chart success.

Hiding behind masks, pseudonyms and elaborate stage costumes, TISM turned every performance and interview into an art event. In one such interview, journalists were stood at the opposite end of a football ground to the band, and forced to communicate via megaphone. On their first appearance on national TV in Australia, TISM appeared with 28 fully costumed members, performing their latest single, ‘Saturday Night Palsy’.

This track is featured on the 1988 Corner show, along with other singles ‘Defecate On My Face’ and ‘I’m Interested In Apathy’ from their ARIA-winning debut album ‘Great Truckin’ Songs Of The Renaissance’.

TISM would go on to win another ARIA for their 1995 Top 10 album ‘Machiavelli And The Four Seasons’.

TISM shows featured all manner of distractions, including debating competitions, an onstage wedding, a stock market simulation, a full costume performance of Shakespeare, a ‘Save Our TISM’ telethon, and even a show where two TISMs performed simultaneously at either ends of the venue.

The 1988 gig at the Corner was a more stripped-down affair, however it still saw the band revving two lawn mowers onstage during the set, highly dangerous behaviour in those pre-safety-conscious days of overcrowded venues.

More desk tapes will be released over the next few months.

Peel and Anderson point out, “Roadies have amassed a treasure trove of live recordings spanning more than 40 years and made ARCA their exclusive custodian.

“These tapes document the cultural significance of the Australian live music scene and serve as important historical records, requiring a release to ensure they may never be lost.

“Acts including Australian Crawl, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, The Church, Cold Chisel, Crowded House, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, Wendy Matthews, Men At Work, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly have all expressed a willingness to participate, foregoing their performance royalties to assist the crews who have helped them on their journey. Redgum "Live in Amsterdam 1985" was released December 2018”

Sponsors for ARCA Desk Tape Series:-

Sponsor                 Industry Roles

Showtech                Rigging                            

CMI                        P.A and Production                    

Clearlight                Lighting                                      

DSE Trucks  Transport                                   

Scully Outdoors       Outdoor Production          

Gigpower                Crewing and Staging                            

Lock and Load        Crewing                           

Chameleon Touring Lighting                            

JPJ                         P.A and Lighting                                             

Novatech                P.A and Lighting     

Phaseshift               Lighting                                      

Show FX Australia   Pyrotechnics                    

Event Personnel      Crewing                           

Norwest                  P.A and Lighting Production     

N-print                     Artwork

The Desk tape Series will be available through:


Apple Music



YouTube Music

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2019 ARCA update...woo hoo

Annual News Letter:

We at ARCA hope all you magnificent bastards and bastardettes had a great Xmas and New Year. A bit overdue but here is an update.

Welcome 2019

2018 was one hell of a year for ARCA, and there has been much division and fractured relationships because of it. Roadies dont do that to Roadies.

Let’s all hope that this culture does not continue. Totally unnececesary. It is non conducive to the betterment of our collective aim, to help our mates. 

If it wasnt for ARCA the SA "Roadies" fund would not exist. If it wasnt for ARCA a lot of help would not have got out there to those that need it. If it wasnt for ARCA the awareness would not be happening. Lots of rungs on the board for the right reasons. If someone wants to help by contributing their ideas and time for the benefit and help of others, let them and give them support. Anyone receiving help would be grateful that people take their time to do it.

All hail crew !!!

On a sombre note we lost members this year;-

Jimi Bostock

Bill Dart

Chris Deutscher

Tony Ellison

Rick Kidner

Shane Letch

Lee Marsh

Simon Moran

Mark O'Donnell

Richard Pacholski

Warren Peryman

Kevin Richards

Peter Smith

Beau Southey

Jon Summerhayes

Don Tittmarsh

Fred van den Brouke

Derek Watkins

Barbara Williams 

Always remembered. Raise your glass for them...Has anyone made a phone call today ????????

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Read above. A gig to raise money for ARCA. If your in Qld drop in. A great cause and a good night. Thanx to those who put it together. Apparently Stuart Coupe will be attending. Onya Stuart. 

ARCA is and always will be the collective of crew, the collective backbone of the Aussie music industry. The addition to ARCAs list of sponsors and benefactors to assist ARCA and  Support Act (SA), with Clive Miller as the new SA CEO, is nothing short of a miracle of hard work to gain social and welfare support for our members.

There are behind the scenes goings on for Support Act which has been conducted by those that left ARCA. ARCA has not been asked to attend, support or requested to let its members know re Roady4roadies, which was originally a New Zealand initiative to help crew over the ditch. Over $20k was raised in NZ. ARCA supports this Aussie intiative and will help it if asked and we urge all to take part. Any sponsor or organisation who endeavours to raise donations to support crew via the SA "Roadies" fund is welcome. Even if they are not run by "Roadies". Its all a good cause. 

The "Roadies " fund is a great collaberation between SA and ARCA. "A Whole Lotta Love" going out to help crew that need it. ARCA continues to visit people in hospital and communicate in many other ways. Quite often its private and members wishes are respected for privacy. The look on faces when you walk into hospital tells a thousand stories. They are not alone. This is about more than raising money, although that is useful to assist help. Has anyone called in on someone??? ARCA has managed to put in so far over $15k into the fund.

Big thanx to Stuart Coupe for all his efforts getting a bunch of good roadie stories in a book called "Roadies". Stuart’s book is a wonderful piece of history of the Aussie music industry with some great stories from crew’s perspectives. A tribute and sign of great respect for what crew have contributed to the Aussie music industry, and who have helped pioneer the growth of. Incredible effort. The 2 book launches raised over $10k for the SA Roadies fund. Thanx Stuart....

Paul Hawkes is making a fantastic effort in organising the next reunion which will be in Adelaide next year, spreading it around the country. Awesome! Anyone that can help Paul let him know.

A big shout out of thanks goes to Tim Bradsmith for organising the Perth reunion this year, great effort and even made Gruzzle feel his age...

Oh and here is a ARCA CBA bank statement thing that was requested...
Opening balance - Total debits + Total credits = Closing balance

$15,027.19  $          79.72             Nil                 $14,947.47 CR

All sponsors financial support for the Desk Tape Series is safe and is ongoing with their full support. ARCA has raised over $1500 for the Roadies fund from the first release, Redgum Live in Amsterdam. Thanks to John Schumann and Redgum for their support. Fantastic effort. Dave Harding  is onto the series and any help would be appreciated. Its a great idea with a positive outcome. 

We crew are very grateful for the support from so many. Awareness and support is crucial to give crew the recognition that they deserve and some self worth and dignity.

Best regards from all of us at ARCA and thanx goes to all sponsors and all those that have put their hands up to help.

Heres to 2019. Dont be afraid to put your hand up.

“Looking after our OWN with FEELING and a WHOLE LOTTA LOVE”



Our Vision is to bring together the Collective Backbone of the Australian Music Industry, Past, Present and Future Australian Road Crew, and ensure the health and wellbeing of its members


Our Mission is to promote, facilitate and encourage social interaction and wellbeing of its members and associates past, present and future We do this by:-

 Encouraging past, present and future Australian Road crew to join our membership as a collective

 Facilitating social media forums whereby ARCA’s members can openly communicate

 Facilitate social gatherings in each state, whereby past, present and future members can get together

 Facilitate and distribute regular emails, newsletters, social media posts to inform our members of upcoming events, “those in need”, education and mentoring opportunities, fundraising opportunities and the like

 To encourage and promote interaction and contact between our members especially for:- welfare checks, mentoring, mateship, friendship ongoing support, share our stories, knowledge and experience.

 To facilitate and encourage fundraising opportunities so as we can continue to support “those in need” within our Australian Road Crew Community: - through the Roadies Fund via Support Act through ARCA Direct

 To promote ARCA to the wider community and public to enhance more awareness of ARCA and crew

 To facilitate and promote education, awareness and mentorship for those present and future particularly focusing on Health and Welfare.

 To promote acknowledgement, respect and recognition of those past, present and future of Australian Road crew

 To ensure the legacy of ARCA continues to serve its members and the Australian Road Crew as the Collective Backbone of the Australian Music Industry.

It has been said that everlasting friends go long periods of time without speaking and never question their friendship.

These friends pick up the phone like they just spoke yesterday, regardless of how long it has been or how far away they live and they don’t hold grudges.

They understand that life is busy and you will always love them…

We are roadies.
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Incredible book of truth release

Incredible book of truth release
Media Release: 4 September 2018
Chugg Entertainment & Support Act Presents
To coincide with the publication of Roadies – The Secret History of Australian Rock‘n’Roll by Stuart Coupe, Chugg Entertainment & Support Act are pleased to announce two special lunchtime events at The Factory, Sydney (Wednesday, 26 September 2018) and Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne  (Thursday, 4 October 2018).
During the lunches, Stuart will sit down with legends of the Australian road crew world, Nicky Campbell and Ross Ferguson in Sydney and Howard Freeman and Geoff Lloyd in Melbourne to recall various tales of life on the road. The world’s first female roadie, Tana Douglas, is flying in from Los
Angeles to speak on both panels. 
All are featured in Stuart’s book, which covers 60 years of
Australian music, commencing in 1957.
The lunches will run from 12:00pm until 2:30pm and will include acoustic performances in Sydney from Richard Clapton & Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd from Hoodoo Gurus. Phil Manning will be performing in Melbourne with more artists to be announced. All attendees will receive a signed copy of the book with net proceeds to benefit the Support Act Roadies Fund, which is administered in association with ARCA – The Australian Road Crew Association.
“Roadies are the backbone of the Australian music industry. Like everyone else, we were excited to hear that their contribution to Australian music was being documented by Stuart. We are looking forward to re-living the highs and the lows, and of course, to raising funds for those that are doing it
tough.”- Clive Miller, CEO of Support Act.
“ARCA thanks Support Act for their continued support of road crew and this function for getting together an incredible bunch of stories from the ‘Roadies’ that helped build the Australian music industry with their hands, hearts and minds. We acknowledge their contribution and give tribute to the fallen. As we all know no crew, no show.”- Ian Peel, Director of ARCA.
Stuart Coupe is an author, journalist, music commentator, independent artist, publicist and radio broadcaster who has been involved with music all his life. Amongst the books he has written, edited or collaborated on are The New Music (1980), The New Rock'n'Roll (1983), The Promoters (2003) and Gudinski (2015).
Full event details are as follows:
Media Release: 4 September 2018
Sydney - Factory Theatre Wednesday 26 September 2018
Road Crew Panel:
Nicky Campbell-The Rebels, Skyhooks, Rene Geyer, Cold Chisel
Ross Ferguson -Little River Band, Tina Turner, Elton John, Beastie Boys
Tana Douglas- AC/DC, Elton John, Status Quo
Melbourne - Thornbury Theatre Thursday 4 October 2018
Road Crew Panel:
Howard Freeman Sherbet, Dragon, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Geoff Lloyd Crowded House, Jimmy Barnes, Last Chance Cafe
Tana Douglas AC/DC, Elton John, Status Quo
Event Rundown
12:00pm Pre Drinks
12:30pm Artist Performance
12:45pm Lunch Commences
1:15pm Panel Commences
2:15pm Artist Performance
2:30pm Close
Wednesday 26 September 2018
Factory Theatre
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Thursday 4 October 2018
Thornbury Theatre
Book now at:…
Single Entry: $80.00
Tables of 10: $800.00
(Includes entry, hot buffet lunch & a copy of Roadies – The Secret History of Australian Rock ‘n Roll)
For Media enquiries please contact Sue McAullay: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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For Chugg Entertainment enquiries please contact Nick Chugg: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Support Act Fundraising Licence No: BOOK18
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Reunion Wrap-Up

Reunion Wrap-Up
What a day!!! Sunday 22nd April saw 127 members attending the ARCA 2018 Melbourne Reunion at St Kilda Sports Club, all with big smiles on their faces for there was much to smile about…

After the obligatory photo shoot, crew and associates mingled, catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances, with the occasional stroll to the bar. Topolino’s provided their tasty pizzas as sustenance for those who could not wait for dinner.

Once official photographer Greg Noakes had managed to assemble everyone for the group photo (no easy feat!), those present filed in to the club rooms, to be greeted at the door by MC for the afternoon, Brian Nankervis.

brian nicky campbellBrian kicked off proceedings as Rockwiz’s quizmaster with ARCA’s own version of “Who Can It Be Now”, having the audience name the song and artist while Bill McCormick played snippets of songs.

Birthday boy Nicky Campbell was ‘volunteered’ by Brian to keep score.

Ally Dosser was the clear individual champion, but a hotly disputed result saw the men's team gaining bonus points (somewhat unfairly some would say) thanks to Jimmy Murrie's winning Peter Garrett dance!

jimmy murrieIt was then time for the speeches as there was a great deal to tell… ARCA has been undergoing some significant changes and it was left to Ross Fergusson to explain what has been occurring. Fergy began by expressing his passion for the welfare of crew (past, present and future), emphasising the highly technical skills they possess and the groundbreaking Australian crew who are so well respected on worldwide tours.

He thanked Ian Peel and Adrian Anderson, acknowledging their incredible work over the last 6 years as co-founders of ARCA, and went on to explain that others have also been closely involved in helping ARCA over the journey, citing Paul O'Gorman, Sebastian Chase, Howard Freeman, Tony Moran, Prof. Phil Graham and Joanna Cave as some of the many who have given their time.

It was at this point Fergy introduced Robyn Good, David Harding, Irene Enery, Tony and Sharyn Moran, along with himself, as ARCA’s new Steering Committee. Ian and Adrian were brought onstage as the ARCA directors and will work with the committee on ARCA’s future direction.

Fergy advised that a "think tank" will be made available for members to put forward ideas and ask questions to the ARCA steering committee. He noted that the survey had told us what members wanted of ARCA and that now we are creating portfolios for the steering committee to coordinate everything required.

More information on the survey results and the portfolios will be shared with all members in the near future, along with the names of additional volunteers including state reps. Fergy’s speech was received with much enthusiasm and applause.

gaffasIrene Enery’s lighthearted presentation of the Golden GAFA's came next. The awards, provided by Andrew Snow, were in recognition of service to crew, to those who "Give A Fuck".

They were awarded to Jef Risk, Ashley Swinfield, Billy McCartney, Nikki Koumos, Kath Millar, Nicky Campbell and Allan “Puckoon” Anderson.

Irene explained ARCA’s intention for formal awards to be created for future special events, with the Golden GAFA's voted on by the entire membership base in recognition and respect of fellow crew.

ARCA director Ian "Piggy" Peel then got up and thanked everyone, reasserting Fergy's speech. Piggy's speech was a moving and heartfelt contribution to proceedings, about why ARCA had come about and it's reason for being… ”looking after our own".

He respectfully read out the names of those lost since the last reunion and then led us to a minutes silence.

mae parkerNext up the music was introduced with Allan Caswell and Phil Manning playing Allan's tribute song to crew "The Boys In Black" (with all proceeds from his single donated to ARCA).

Mae Parker and band David Bray, Ian Holding, John Arthur Grant and Mark Kennedy then performed "The Load Out" with Piggy and Brian providing superb falsetto backing vocals.
Finally Piggy announced the winners of the donated door prizes, thanking all those who had come.

The evening then slowly dissolved into deep friendships, drifting off into groups of mates. The way it always has been... and the way it always will.

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 ARCA wishes to thank the following for their amazing contributions!
Gaynor Anderson
James Anfuso
David Bray
Allan Caswell
Michael Chugg
Ally Dosser
Peter Evans
John Arthur Grant
Michael Gudinski
Geoff Howard
Mark Kennedy
Neil King
Love Police ATM
Andrew Majewski
Phil Manning
Bill McCormick
Peter McCrindle
Kath Miller
Brian Nankervis
Greg Noakes
Tom Orchard
Mae Parker
Anne Phillips
Pride Events
Andrew Snow
St Kilda Sports Club
Denise Turra
Graeme Webber
Michael Wickow
Peter Wilson
Zap Lightin
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Perth 2018 Reunion

Perth 2018 Reunion

You are all invited to attend the innaugural ARCA Perth Reunion

Tuesday, April 10th
The Astor Lounge, Astor Theatre

659 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley WA
6:30 PM - 10 PM

$25 online or pay @ the door and ARCA Polo's $25 on the day
Discount Bar Price Drinks and Nibbles (and maybe a few surprises)!
CREW & Members are welcome!


or RSVP by 27th April. 2018.

NB: You need to make contact so we know who is coming...
Either website, Facebook or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Come and remember, honour and pay respect to your mates that aren't here with us and give a hug to those that are. Share some love and stories. Leave grudges at the door and laugh about what we can't remember.

Between all of you there should be a few that can offer a bed. Check out if anyone is drivingthere and maybe split the travel costs.

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