The Naked City

THE NAKED CITY – MEAT LOAF, PRINGLES AND FLUFFY TOYS

The lasting memory that many Australians will have of the late American singer Meat Loaf is his disastrous performance at the 2011 AFL grand final at Melbourne’s MCG. The ‘Loaf’ was so far off key, he could have been in the adjoining suburb. Like many famous and infamous celebrities his death saw a rash of […]

THE NAKED CITY – It’s Vive la République Day

With Australia Day looming we are being asked to “respect, reflect and celebrate” as we trot out the usual grab bag of ferry races, face painting, pop concerts, vintage cars and citizenship ceremonies (oh yeah, and the inevitable fireworks). The pandemic has certainly put a dampener on the festivities in the last two years and […]

THE NAKED CITY – REALITY REINVENTED

When television began in Australia back in 1956 it was all very innocent and polite – a technological and entertainment novelty rather than a force for social change. We had variety shows, the Three Stooges, Our Gang, Disneyland, a bunch of American sitcoms, a nightly news service and the ‘epilogue’ at midnight when stations shut […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE GRUMPY AFTERMATH TO NYE

During WWII, the Nazi regime in Germany found a convenient way of maintaining the vibe around its villainous onslaught, not only within the military and its upper echelons but with the public at large. To put it crudely they became a nation of meth heads, supposedly from the Fuehrer right down to the frontline cannon […]

THE NAKED CITY: The Grumpy Best – but Mainly Worst Of 2021

Most welcome news of the year: Chris Martin has announced Coldplay will stop writing music as a band in 2025. A few years to wait but the anticipation will excite The Guardian in the UK who once described the group as “music to wet your bed to.” Sorry Coldplay fans! Most arrogant act by a […]

THE NAKED CITY – BLACKBIRDING IN THE MODERN ERA

If you've ever had the misfortune of watching the long running Australian TV series Border Security you will be familiar with the scenario of a border force officer interrogating a potentially illegal worker. What a cheek these foreigners have, trying to sneak into Australia on a tourist visa, when their real purpose is to work illegally […]

THE NAKED CITY – 2022 – A PSYCHIC FORECAST!

As I have bemoaned before there was once a time when psychics, soothsayers, tabloid hacks and even legitimate futurologists made all sorts of predictions for the coming year. Yet with the uncertainty over COVID and the volatile state of politics worldwide few are prepared to stick their neck out for 2022.    I’ve always been […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE MEANINGFUL GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS GIVING

Christmas gifts are usually given as a sign of affection or friendship and chosen to suit the particular recipient. Not everybody likes what they receive and some gifts find their way back to a department store or are creatively rewrapped and regifted. Yes, there are some ungrateful bastards out there, as it’s supposedly the thought […]

THE NAKED CITY: THE HITS AND MISSES OF OZ MUSIC

The last 20 years have seen a multitude of books devoted to the Australian music scene, many of them tell-all biographies peppered with anecdotal apocrypha. Whilst most are entertaining and often quite revealing, much of our music history has gone undocumented and sadly neglected. It’s a big positive then that Clinton Walker’s new book Suburban […]

THE NAKED CITY – WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT!

There was once a time when demonstrators shouting ‘Freedom’ were synonymous with the Civil Rights movement in America, the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and the solidarity of captive nations to shake off the shackles of the Soviet Union. These days the cry still resonates for many people around the world, faced with the widespread […]