I just don’t get it, ya know? Why on earth would he play Groovin the bloody Moo for a bunch of kids who have probably only heard How To Make Gravy after that snarky little punk band did a cover on the wireless. What about his back catalogue? It hurts my soul to even think about a master songwriter such as Mr Kelly sitting down on stage, looking out over a sea of drunk tweens swaying about yelling at him about gravy it’s just not…
Look the above is just all too familiar, and it’s nothing to do with Paul Kelly, or Groovin the Moo, or the amount of mid strength beer an 18 year old can drink before proclaiming he is “f**ing lit”. This is about the generational divide that exists in the perfect universe that is tastes in music. Music has, and probably always will, be an outstanding sore point set to push generations apart just for the hell of it. I mean, why do we think the Sex Pistols were really that successful? You probably hated them, but not as much as your teenage self hated your parents so you gave it a red hot go and now you’re a self confessed superfan.
With the Groovin the Moo lineup having been announced this month, anyone born before 1980 has basically decided to take to the streets to protest and question exactly why Paul Kelly is on the bill. Firstly, Paul’s music is, and always has been, timeless. Surely those who are first to be up in arms about the whole shebang can remember that it was the one CD you could sit and listen to with your parents? Paul Kelly is like the mystical middle ground, where music really does bring people together. Regardless of age or demographic, every single time ‘Love Never Runs on Time’ hits the radio waves whilst you’re bouncing around in the back seat of the car you’re singing all the way to the border in unison with every person around you regardless of how old you or they are.
And so what if 98% of punters at Groovin only know about a third of how to make gravy, and probably have no idea who or what the song is really about. Who. Flipping. Cares. So let’s all take a deep breath and remember a) Life is Fine (Paul’s words not mine) and b) musicians kind of need basic necessities too like, I dunno, money for food, rent and electricity. Playing gigs pays, and since it’s their job to play gigs, why would they turn such a lucrative opportunity down?
So before you, or anyone you know gets all up in arms about Paul Kelly playing Groovin the Moo, why not have a listen to that cover of How to Make Gravy by Luca Brasi, and know just how much this generation really appreciates Paul Kelly for the artist, musician and songwriter he is.