Brian Canham – Pseudo Echo
What were you doing in the 1980s (your job/where you were living, etc)?
Fronting Pseudo Echo and living in Melbourne’s inner city South Yarra.
What are your strongest impressions of the 1980s?
The fashion & music.
What historical event of the 1980s has most resonance for you? Why?
Death of John Lennon… was driving down the coast for a holiday with a group of friends (including my, now, wife), and heard the announcement on the radio… seemed surreal.
What was an event/party/pub session/nightclub of the 80s that stands out?
Inflation, The Jump Club (inner city Melbourne), and Benny’s (Kings Cross) Sydney.
Any memories (fond or foul) of what you were wearing in the 1980s?
Pointy suede boots with lots of buckles, studded belt, frilly shirt, and headbands.. . sandblasted leather jacket… Chinese (kung fu) slippers.
What music/movies/TV engaged you in the 1980s (and did you takes sides on VHS versus Betamax), and now?
Music produced by Trevor Horn.. The movie ‘Blade Runner’… VHS for me… well Betamax was a better format… but the good guy doesn’t always win.
What were you listening to – and was it on a Walkman?
Simple Minds, Spandau Ballet, Durran Durran, Human League, Ultravox, Jean Michel Jarre, Japan. Etc… I think mainly in the car, or on my ‘Silver’ ghetto balster.
What did you do for entertainment/leisure then and now? (Did it include computer games or the Rubik’s Cube?)
There was an arcade game (in Bondi) called Astron Belt… (a Star Wars knock off)… loved that… and also in a venue in called The Jump Club – Collingwood (Melbourne) there was an arcade game called Moon Patrol, had the coolest electro 12 bar sound track… I also rode trail bikes too.
These days I still ride motorcycles, and I scuba dive any time I can too.
What do you think are the main differences between the 80s and how the world and/or your life is today?
Technology has changed (among other things) how our youth are entertained.
I don’t think kids are that excited over a ‘pop star’ these days… seems like it’s no big deal… they see ‘Joe Average’ become a star overnight on things like ‘Idol’.
What was a prized object you owned then (and do you still have it)?
My black suede boots (I still have), and also my father’s car (Datsun 280ZX) had a huge impression on me… I own a beautiful original 280ZX these days.
What event (personal or public) in the 1980s would you either revisit or undo if you could?
Definitely Lennon’s assassination would be something I would undo.
I’d also rewrite all of my lyrics to say something worth saying.
Anything else you’d like to share with us about your 1980s?
I was a teenage rock star! I had hit records, was chased by screaming girls, toured the world, met the Prime Minister, Bob Hawke (and hung out with him in his office)…
I married my true love and had our first child. It was fun, if not a bit of a blur…