Episode 8 Season Two: Those Bloody Kids


This episode we look at some of the most visible and wild adolescent subcultures to form in Melbourne - in particular the larrikins who left an imprint on our national psyche and the sharpies who helped spearhead several of Australia’s most successful rock music exports. 

“You’d walk into the city and everybody was wearing a hat, everybody was in grey or blue or brown, and we stood out in colour” Chane Chane, former sharpie and La Femme frontman

This is a two part season finale.


Production Team:

Carly Godden: Host, research, writer, production

Lee Hooper: Host, editor, production assistance

Christian O’Brien: audio production, original music 


Jen Jewel Brown, music journalist 

Chane Chane, musician 

Dr Paul Oldham, University of South Australia 

Dr Melissa Bellanta, Australian Catholic University 

Michael Shelford, writer and historian 

Additional music credits:

Momma - Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs

Slowly Learning How - Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs

Finch - Hey Spunky

Song for Joey Part 2 - The Masters Apprentices

Devil's Disciple - The Coloured Balls

Flash - The Coloured Balls

Can the Can - Suzi Quatro

Sticks and Stones - Suzi Quatro

Leader of the Gang - Gary Glitter

Take a Long Line - The Angels

AC/DC - Shot Down in Flames

Amyl and The Sniffers - Some Mutts (Can’t be muzzled)

Somebody's Watching - The Boys Next Door

Chelsea Kids - La Femme

Doe See Doe - La Femme

I Remember When I Was Young - Chain

Teenage Blues - Daddy Cool

My Generation - The Who

The Butcher and Fast Eddie - Rose Tattoo

Teenage Rampage - Sweet

Changes - David Bowie

Balwyn Calling - Skyhooks

Midnight Rambler - The Rolling Stones

Move Baby Move - Johnny O’Keefe


Carrol Jerrems, Mozart Street, National Gallery of Australia

Girl In a Mirror: A Portrait of Carol Jerrems (2005), Screen Australia, National Film and Sound Archive Website

Michael Shelford’s Melbourne Historical Crime Blog 

Melbourne Sharps 


The Age 

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