am no expert when it comes
to Dig Richards, to me he is an almost a unreal, mythical
character. Partly because he is (a) A legend (b)
He only really lives on the internet and a handful of books
Digby Richards grew up in Narooma,
and moved to Sydney, and met A guy called Jon Hayton in a music
store. Jon thought Dig was (a) Good looking (being a dead ringer
for James Dean, as you can see) and (b) had a voice, so signed
him up as a singer in the band, the
the R'Jays, then later the Rajahs).
They took off and Dig and the
R'Jays were the third act signed to Festival Records (after
Johnny O'Keefe and Col Joye), hitting the charts with their
single I wanna love you.
Initially he sung a bit flat (Am I the first person to ever
but got his act together and produced some fantastic, rip-roaring
tunes, and really honed his vocal skills.
He become one of the most prolific artists of the era, touring
nationally (hilariously documented in Behind
the Rock, in our Reading section)
and made many TV appearances (even having his own show) well
in to the late sixties.
He went over to America (sans R'Jays) and the UK in the seventies
and re-invented himself, as 'Digby' Richards, complete with
beard, and wrote
some pretty good country-rock tunes (six albums), to moderate
success. So what did happen to Dig Richards?
Tragically, Dig died in Royal North Shore hospital on the
16th Feb 1983 of Pancreatic Cancer.
It does beg the question, how does a pioneer like Dig, disappear
from history? And more importantly, why doesn't anybody care
about the legacy of such a man, and care so much about Angelina
Jolie's fucking kids.
dig some Dig:
We have decided to build
a Dig Richards site, which can be viewed as a demo by
us if you
have any informtion about Dig you feel like you would
like to share with the rest of the world.
The great man himself hamming it up with
the R'Jays, circa late 50s.
happened to Splayds?
on God's great green earth happened to Splayds. I
mean, things were so Hep in the fifties, even the cutlery
Splayds were in a great
Australian piece of innovation, invented by William McArthur
in the forties, and sold in his wife's cafe in Sydney. They
were finally realised as a great piece of design in 1960,
when they were a hot item. Almost five MILLION have been
sold worldwide, which pretty much proves the Legend Feel
Co's suspicions, that once again your Grandmother is
a damn site Hepper than you probably are.
are some morons out there who think these things are called "sporks",
but then again, some people eat sushi.
[Photo courtesy of The Powerhouse
Museum, but don't tell em' we've nicked it.]
happened to Golden Fleece Service Stations?
the Golden Fleece, the great Golden Fleece. A
symbol that is proud and strong, that represents Australian
prosperity and style. Well, it was until it was wiped of
the landscape by Caltex in, or around , 1981.
As far as we can ascertain the Golden
Fleece began in 1913, by H.C.Sleigh Pty. Ltd.
In those days fuel was sold in
four-gallon drums until the first Golden Fleece pump
was installed in 1920. Sleigh pioneered the concept of single
outlets in times when the norm saw multi-brand service stations
throughout Australia. In 1947 H.C.Sleigh Ltd became a public
company, and remained so until 1981.
we can do now is look at the Golden fleece with quiet affection,
but luckily collecting Golden Fleece memorabilia these days
is about as Hep as you can get. the best place to go would
be www.ebay.com.au There is usually a wide variety of stuff
up for grabs at any one time. So lets get it into private collections,
and out of the rubbish tips and second-hand stores as soon
as we can. It is part of our heritage, and aught to be saved.
Objects worth looking out for include:
Petrol-pump 'globes' (shown below) that used to sit on top of
the bowsers; Bowsers; Plates and other crockery; clothing; 'oilers';
drums and tins; cufflinks; ashtrays; calendars; maps; brochures;
toy cars; stickers; badges and plenty of other promotional and
happened to having sleepy Mexicans on your house?
did happen to these things? You still see these around the
Hepper suburbs of Australia, but how do you actually get your
wanking-spanners on one of these without nicking one off someone
We didn't know either. We have
never seen one for sale in any antique shops or junk-stores
So we came up with the solution!
The Legend Feel Co. has sleepy Mexicans available right here
on our website. The
of Hep is this: There is no point in even having a house,
unless it has a sleepy Mexican on it, even if it does a
custom-line in the driveway.
Click here to see our fantastic
range of sleepy medians!
happened to Paul Wayne?
1964, Paul Wayne had it all: A successful career, a powerful
gutsy singing voice, an enormous quiff, the ability to share
the stage with J O'K, Dig Richards, and Johnny Devlin in an
infamous medly/sing-off; and a big stick to beat off the screaming
He recorded some rocking tunes,
such as: Don't do that,
Movin' Day; I like it like that; Bye baby bye bye; Carol
and Keep a walkin' to name but a few.
As I said, he could really belt
these songs out too, even as he was pigeon-holed as a bit of
a teen-idol, he was no slouch in the singing department.
So the question begs What
Happened to Paul Wayne?
We have absolutley no idea, and
neither does it seem the internet, anyone have any ideas, we
would love to know. We really hope things turned out OK for
you buddy, cause you were one rockin' cat.
We have heard from a reader that
Paul Wayne is alive, well and touring Australia with his
"Kenny Rogers Experience" show. He has been doing this act
for a number of years in clubs Australia-wide.
He also has a recording studio
which records demos for up-and-coming acts. If I can
give us an exact time and place that Paul is performing,
we'll post it here.
happened to Sunnyboys?
Sunnyboys? The triangular-pyramid-shaped ice block of the 1970s?
Well they still exist in a fashion. You can buy them in Coles,
but they are more elongated in shape, but are, in essence,
the same old Sunnyboy.
Another thing that is still around
is Fizz whiz, remember that stuff? You can still buy Fizz Whiz,
pretty much anywhere,
you don't get the spoon with it like you used to.
They still have the clown on the
front, but it has hade a make-over since the 1970s. The clown
now looks like it
is on drugs. Which
it probably is.
happened to Chocburgers?
lot of people never reckoned that these even existed, and even
though these technically had nothing to do with the 1950s,
we reckon they belong in here, as a forgotten part of Australian-culture.
Chocburgers came out in 1981, the
same year as the Australian one-dollar coin. Chocburgers cost
one dollar, which in those
days, was hideously expensive, I guess about four or five dollars
I'm pretty sure that Streets made these, but even they know
nothing about them, and can't even recollect ever making them.
because they were not a success, barely lasting the year out,
they whole concept was swept under the carpet.
They have disappeared from history,
and ours is the only reference we know of for the Chocburger
happened to The Newtown Jets?
Bluebags were one of the original teams to join the Rugby League
(in fact the first) in 1908, and the rest is rugby League folklore...
Newtown were runners up in the
NRL grand final in 1981 (beaten by Parramatta), and by 1982,
were broke, done and dusted. As
far as most people were concerned disappeared into obscurity.
However, The Newtown Jets (as they
have been called since 1976) are still with us, still playing
and training at
(Marrickville, in Sydney), and still literally, kicking goals.
In fact, since 1982, The Jets have been playing in the Metro
cup, Jim Beam Cup, and eventually the New South Wales Premiere
League. In 2006 they were once again runners up (to Parramatta,
Whilst not the best, certainly
the Heppest, as the Jets have a great range of clothing and
merchandise available, and
slowly but surely the Jets are becoming a huge part of
In fact, 8972 locals come out in
support of the team ever home-game (long story).
And even better, they sell KB at
Check out all the fixtures, and merch at www.newtownjets.com
happened to wearing hats?
happened to hats? We live in an age and time where people die
of skin cancers with alarming regularity, the ozone layer is
diminishing, yet everyone still walks around with their faced
exposed to the sun all day.
I mean, sure, you might wear a hat to the beach, or a hat to
the cricket, but what about during your every day existence?
i.e. getting to the train, walking to the bottle-shop or working
on the EK?
We're not talking about baseball
hats either; they don't protect your ears.
In his 1998 book How to
be a man, John Birmingham wrote "Don't
wear hats, only Americans wear hats due to the breakdown of their
education system". Well the Legend Feel Co. does not endorse
this point of view, quite the opposite. Buy a hat. Wear it. Don't
get skin cancer.
Ben Chifley (left) never died of
skin cancer. No sir-eee. He had a massive heart attack due
to all the smoking, but
skin cancer he-did-not.
happened to a six-pack of KB for the garbo's at Christmas?
happened to leaving beer out for the garbage-men at Christmas?
Does anybody still do that?
When I was a kid, my folks always
used to leave a six-pack of KB out for the garbage-men. Has
this stopped? Or have
failed to see any beer on top of the bins on the last garbage
night before Christmas.
A friend of mine, Roger, was a
Garbo in Canberra during his Uni days, he reckons every Christmas,
he would take home
eight cases of beer at Christmas, not bad.
These days, I reckon our Garbos
get sod-all. Scant thanks for having to put up with our garbage
all year I reckon.
Having said that, I reckon an unattended
six-pack of beer would last as long as a snowflake in the desert
Christmas or no Christmas.
happened to Avon ladies?
calling! Remember the Avon lady? One of the stitches in the
fabric of Australian suburban life.
Our Avon lady was hot. Where did
all they all go? Did they all jump-ship to Amway, or see the
future coming and realise
the days of 'personal service' was going to the dogs.
Somewhere out there in the ether,
are Avon ladies and milkmen all talking about the old days.
Do people still hold Tupperware
happened to having flying ducks on your wall?
was a time when every house in Australia had a bunch (what
is the collective noun for a bunch of ducks called? team?)
of ducks flying up the wall. This was so popular (not unlike
Tretchikoff-prints and tyre swans) that it was an icon for
the 50s Australian lifestyle.
Flying ducks were a metaphor for
an entire culture Goddamn it, and their absence is another
happened to concrete Aborigines?
great shame of the whole 'concrete aboriginal' issue, was that
for many Australians it was about as close to meeting an Aboriginal
they were ever going to get.
It's really hard to comment on
the 'concrete aboriginal'. In one way they were very endearing,
lovely, and naive
embracing our native culture, yet on the other hand an extremely
offensive-rendition of it.
At the end of the day, they played
a strange part of out nations culture, and should probably
remain where they
are now, in
There is a house in Balmain (in
Sydney), which has a few concrete aboriginals lying around
in the front lawn, next
to a few concrete
koalas. I'd hate for anyone to be offended by them.
happened to tyre swans?
on the wrong page here, you know one of the principle aims
of The Legend Feel Co. is to make sure every house
in Australia has a tyre swan in its front lawn by 2010.
We will make Australia Hep again.
Click on our Hep
houses page to see how you can make your very own tyre
swan, tyre chicken and tyre pterodactyl.
happened to Hep laminate?
are people so conservative? Why does everyone buy Ikea kitchens,
but more importantly does everyone have the same kitchen?
Kitchens are the cultural centre
of a house, sure they are beautiful, but are they interesting?
Laminex and laminates
were a wonderful
invention, still with us today of course, but for god's sake
choose interesting ones, not black and white, or 'wood veneer.
Another thing missing these days
are hep kitchen tiles, you know, good black and white checks.
Also, crock-pots, fondue
happened to Bev 'Cindy Ray' Robinson?
What a gal.
For those of you who don't know
her, she was widely celebrated as the 'tattooed lady', ran
her own tattoo parlour in Melbourne,
and even invented her own capillary-action tattoo gun. I
think. She was a true pioneer for many things in many ways.
These days, everybody has a' body-modification'
of some kind, including most of the spice girls and Princess
But back in the early sixties being a tattooed chick must
full on. Everyone (no one) harps on about Germaine Greer
being a pioneer of sexual equality and independence, well
tell you, she pales in comparison to Cindy, and Cindy doesn't
an over-self-inflated view of her own importance.
Anyway. The good news is, that
Cindy Ray is alive and well, and still tattooing. In fact,
She was admitted to the
Hall of Fame very recently AND also has been listed in
the list of fascinating Australians that the Australian
(Canberra) exhibited a few years back.
Sneer if you must, but I don't
remember seeing you on the list.
happened to good advertising?
standard of modern advertising and graphics, was one of the
main reasons that the Legend Feel Co. came into existence,
a back-lash against the ugly high-voltage visual world in which
we are all forced to endure.
The lunatics took over the asylum
in the late-sixties, and we have been suffering from it ever
When you look at some of the original
commercial artists, their vision, talent and aesthetics were
beyond anything that a graphic
designer can do these days with fifty apple-Macintoshs’ and
a million software programs, and a gazillion typefaces. And I
should know, as I am one.
If you see a starving man in the
street, there is a very good chance he is an out-of-work illustrator
a smart-arse spiky-haired, feet-on-the desk, smarmy shit-head
in the latest grunge-look T-shirt, with ecstasy-habit and mobile
phone with polyphonic ring tone of Moby is probably raking
in a Hep hundred-grand.
It's beyond the pale I tell you.
happened to white dog-pooh?
might be pretty-much irrelevent to anything at all, but just
out of curiosity why do you never see white dog-shit anywhere?
Well this question was answered to
me by Jeremy Lagan (see the big trout on our big
things page). He told me that dog-food companies used
to put chalk into dog-food as a filler, and it used to go
right through the dog, and remain even after the nautural
bits of the dog-pooh all wasted away.
As far as we know, all dogs are no
Hepper than they were in the fifties, although lassie was
pretty Hep when you think about it.
happened to the 'green-ladies'?
largest-selling poster design of all time is this poster.
They are back as strong as ever,
and if you're hep, you wouldn't be concerned, because you've
got one of these in your house
Check out our Hep
house page to
see what else you might need to Hep-out your house.
happened to 50-50s?
there were Bacardi Breezers, before there was fragranced sparkling-pink
champagne, before there was Jim Beam with cola, pre-mixed in
a can, there was beer --and the best cold beer was 50-50.
Even when I was a teenager, you
weren't Hep unless you were drinking 50-50s. A 50-50 was very
simply half a glass of
and half a glass of Tooheys Old.
These days if you went into a bar
and asked for a 50-50, the barman/bar woman (bar kid) would
just give you his or her best
dumb-and-stupid look, as if to say "we haven't got one of
them grandad" . Actually let's try it, lets all get together
and have national 50-50 day, in which we confuse all the bar-staff
by ordering nothing but jugs of 50-50s from sun-up to sun-down.
Might take this one "right
to the minister" Alan Jones-style.
happened to doing stupid-shit for no reason at all?
example: Stuffing you and all your mates into a telephone booth
or Volkswagen; wearing rockets on your heads; putting as many
people on the wing or an aircraft, or on a motorbike as possible;
or my personal favourite, getting a kangaroo and a man to have
Anyway, the point is there was
no real victim -- unless of course you consider the Kangaroo,
actually what am I saying,
-- And all was fine and well. THEN some sadist, who was obviously
German, invented Candid Camera and it all went to hell quick
Have any of you ever-watched Australia's
funniest home video show? well let me tell you it is awful.
The whole show consists
of watching people do serious injury to themselves while the
audience applauses! This isn't a million miles form what the
fricken Romans got up to!
Anyway, then we found out about "Flash
gangs"? In which
hundreds of people hook-up over the internet (of course) and
organise to get together at a place in time (say Melbourne Town
hall, midday, 12th June), and just start howling like dog (for
example) while onlookers wonder what the hell is going on. Then
a minute later all the flash gang wander off as if nothing has
happened straight faced. How Hep is that?
Doing stupid-shit for no reason
at all? The Legend Feel Co says, "Go
happened to Fondue Parties?
and I mean nothing, is as Hep as having a boiling pot of oil
on your dining table. Technically there is something very "seventies" about
fondue sets, but hear us out.
Fondues originated form Europe,
(where nothing of any cultural significance has ever happened,
not even music), and soon permeated
into Australian society some time after the second world war,
probably something to do with mass-European-migration.
The idea is brilliant, you dip
otherwise fairly bland food into a boiling pot of Gruyere cheese,
(bread for example)
Chocolate (Strawberries, rock melon) or oil (anything you
a few wonderful things. Firstly make the food tastier, a
damn site more fattening, and far more dangerous.
When I was a kid, we had fondues
all the time, and I miss them enormously. Actually now I think
about it they have
been banned. Anyway, the facts are as follows: (1) Everyone
has a Fondue Set (2) No-one has Fondue Parties.
happened to a good old-fashioned fisticuffs?
in the fifties, everyone was tough and learned boxing at school,
people were a lot more courteous and civilly responsible. However,
for some reaon, people used to beat each other up all the time.
If you went in to a pub in which
you were not a regular, and could read and write pretty well,
or possibly not wearing a Singlet,
there was a 100% chance that someone would "go-you" as
quick as look at you (have you read The Glass Canoe, by David
But after a few clean punches and a bit of "fair enough
punchy, you win", the winner, would shake hands with you,
slap you on the back and buy you a beer. Nice.
These days you WILL get punched
in the head four hundred times by at least seven people, most
likely stabbed somewhere fairly
important, kicked in the head enough to do some serious, serious
damage, all while not a sole comes to your defence.
Quite frankly, this sucks. The
problem really is how do you reverse the clock on this modern-day
protocol. As we all
is a dish served cold" -- do something that these modern
day arse-hole ninjas least expect -- when you get out of hospital
and the court case is over, urinate in the air-vent on the bonnet
of their Subaru for as long as they live, and impregnate their
about the Decline of Australian Culture, or simply want
to know what where to pick up a set of flying geese for
the sitting room?
more importantly maybe you can help us out with some things.
What happened to that absolutley ridiculously gorgeous
too-good-to-be-true barrel girl Panda Lisner?
What happened to Phyllis Donnelly, who was doing the wild-thing
with Ben Chifley? When did she die?
Why was Kingswood Country taken off the air?
Why don't they ever repeat BJ and the bear on
If you want to know
what ever happened to something, just contact us and we'll
try our darndest to find out what did happen. Either that
or we'll just ignore you and add you to our mailing list
without telling you.