By Neil Gill
It’s Friday night. The Gluepot is packed to capacity, the lights dim and Hello Sailor walk out on stage. The tension building first notes of Organisation an anthem from Graham Brazier’s first solo album, blast out of the speaker stacks.
Graham Brazier spins across the stage, microphone in hand, belting out a dose of what has now become classic kiwi rock. He dives down to the floor and proceeds to do clapping press ups. The audience loves it. This one guy can project charisma and stage presence never seen on New Zealand stages before.
During Billy Bold, he leaves his cigarette to smolder behind his ear till near the end of the song, leaving the audience to wonder whether his hair will catch fire. He then throws it into the air and claps it out with his hands sending sparks flying, as the song builds to a crescendo. Dave McArtney and Harry Lyon bounce guitar riff’s off each other as only musicians who have played hundreds of gigs together can. When these
three Kiwi’s play on stage together the sound that emerges can not help be recognised as Hello Sailor.
The First Single after the 1985 Reunion Gig