Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything)
Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything)
Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer and poet, Mick Thomas is best known as the song master of pub-rock icons Weddings Parties Anything. His ever-evolving talents as a writer and performer define a career as intriguing as it is enduring.
2017 sees Mick Thomas release his new retrospective double CD These Are The Songs, a companion album for his new autobiography, These Are the Days, the story of an inspired and uniquely Australian creative force that covers his life in music from his days in Weddings, Parties, Anything until now.
The Album titled ‘These Are the Songs’: is a lovingly crafted compilation album spanning the past eighteen years and more of Mick Thomas’ creative life. From the wry and laconic observations of ‘The Lonely Goth’ to the wit and whimsy of ‘You Remind Me’, the soaring growl of ‘Hard Currency’ to the pure joyous on-the-road fun of ‘Sleep on Your Floor’ and ‘The Last of the Tourists’, this is a classic set of tunes performed by a loose but lovingly selected bunch of players. The album is the companion to Mick’s new book These Are the Days, a joyous autobiographical tale of an inspired and uniquely Australian creative force.
The Book titled ‘These Are The Days’: is a book of stories that all starts with the songs. How they got written, where and why they got written, and why they still get played. And its about the people – in the various line-ups of the various bands, the people in the studio, and in the audience at the countless shows. And its about when Weddings, Parties, Anything first called it a day back in 1998 when Mick quickly realised there was no good night to go into. The book follows the stories of 31 songs, each including stories and a song chart.
“Mick Thomas has some secret magic to his writing… he surely can write great songs that make you say “Why didn’t I think of that?” but of course we never do. He writes about mates, ratbags, races, places, weddings, parties, funny stuff—anything—but they are really good stories and great songs. Mick is truly a legend around the best of fair-dinkum roots venues and festivals around the country. He is a character! He is funny! He can roll up to any crappy stage and make it the centre of the universe to any audience. He will talk the leg off an old chair and play the arse off a guitar, sweat the shirt of his back and lay you in the aisles. Mick Thomas and his bands, notably ‘The Weddos’ or ‘The Sure Thing’ or MT himself are all something to behold and have been huge favourites at Port Fairy and many other festivals.
At the end of 2012 when Mick announced that Weddings, Parties, Anything would be using the Melbourne Age Hall of Fame induction as a farewell platform there was an understandingly large outpouring of emotion on his facebook page as the fans struggled to come to grips with the finality of the occasion. And amongst this litany of loss and professed loyalty came one solid voice of reason (and acerbic wit) from Melbourne percussionist Ray Pereira telling Mick to ‘get over it and to stop living in the past’. It was brutally funny and somehow appropriate in terms of the gravity which many attached to the situation.
And when the dust had settled from the awards night ultimately all that was left was the knowledge that there are new projects to go to, tours to plan and songs to write. Music to be made. The awards were fantastic and it was great to have so many people wish the band members well but the real accomplishments of a career such as Mick’s are often less documented but just as important: the regional tour to obscure country halls in late 2012, the regular tours of Europe in the years prior to this. The album Last of the Tourists recorded in Portland Oregon and released to great acclaim early 2012. The Monthly Music Club—his own subscriber based monthly web broadcast—showcasing his prolific and multifaceted talents and formidable work ethic. The constantly evolving, but always effective line-up of the Roving Commission is testament in itself to the respect commanded within the industry and forms an intriguing and refreshing distraction for the ardent long time supporters of Mick’s music.
His ever evolving talents as a writer and performer and racontuer continue to define a career as intruiging as it is enduring.
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