LIVE at the FAIRFIELD HOTEL, 1982 was recorded when TMG were becoming a heavier band. It includes hits as “Jump In My Car”, “Darktown Strutters Ball”, “My Little Girl”, “Lazy Eyes”, “Heart Of Stone” and “(You’ve Got) The Devil In You” and The Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women”.
Herm Kovac says that TMG were always a working class pub band who fitted in with their record company Alberts’ famous sound, which included AC/DC, The Angels and Rose Tattoo. In fact Herm Kovac and Les Hall earlier played in a band with AC/DC’s Malcolm Young.
“But all four of us in TMG loved The Beatles and melodic pop songs,” Herm explains. “In the early days we’d dress up like Rod Stewart & The Faces and The Rolling Stones, scarves and all. “So some may have thought of us as a pop band. But they changed their minds after they saw the live show. ‘We didn’t know you rocked so hard!’ they’ tell us.”
That LIVE at the Fairfield Hotel, 1982 got recorded and was released by accident. Garry “Squirt” Brokenshire was 17 years old when he joined the TMG crew as a lighting designer in 1978. He met them when he crewed for Sherbet as a 15-year old and the two bands toured together. In fact, Brokenshire used to join TMG onstage each night playing congas on “The Devil In You”.
By the Fairfield show he was no longer in their crew. But he was interested in sound, so he and their sound engineer Steve Donkin worked it out he could set up in a truck and record the show. The resulting cassette was “lost” for 40 years in a box with other cassettes in a storage space, and he found it quite by accident. “They were a great solid band, very nice guys, and Ted was a charismatic guy who wrote great songs. Going on the road with them was such an adventure for a 17 year old!”
It is only appropriate that LIVE at the Fairfield Hotel, 1982 is released on September 1st, 2021, the date of Ted’s passing. That month features a lot in TMG’s history. Ted Mulry was born on September 2 (1947) in England and died from cancer on September 1 (2001) in Sydney at the age of 53. TMG played their first show on September 2, 1972. “Jump In My Car” reached #1 in September 1975 and stayed there for six weeks.