Posted On: Monday - September 7th 2020 7:29PM MST
In Topics:   Music  TV, aka Gov't Media
It's a song from a band I'd never heard of before, Radio Birdman, till a silly exchange of comments on unz yesterday. It's a punk band from the mid/late 1970s from Victoria, Australia.
Hawaii-5-0 was a TV show on for a span of 12 years, 1968 to 1980, about a fictional State law enforcement agency of Hawaii. The star characters, Mr. Steve McGarrett and Danno Williams have been mentioned before on Peak Stupidity here and here (the latter with a nice "Book 'em, Danno" moment). Yeah, I've seen my share of the 5-0.
The show also had a great intro./theme song, which was very common in the 1970s - they really worked on that back then. This one was a trumpet instrumental with good drums composed by one Morton Stevens, played during the great scenes of Hawaii that included the big breaking wave. However, the real guitar/surf-music sound version was recorded by the well-known band The Ventures. A video with their version (really a combination) is here.*
Because of this song, with Hawaii and Australia being arguably being the twin surf capitals of the world - don't argue with me, argue with a surfer - Radio Birdman because of this song became somewhat of a cult-band for surfers, long after they quit playing.
How the Radio Birdmen were able to receive the TV-show Hawaii 5-0 down-under in the first place was the "miracle" of network TV, way before the internet. This was a punk band, which very often means they have a good sound with a fast rhythm, but not really a good melody. I hate to say it, because I like this one, but that's the case here. As for the old video footage, as much as I'd rather see/listen to Radio Birdman than Madonna, most would agree that Madonna has the better choreography as far as the dance routine. Who cares?
In this case, though Peak Stupidity still maintains (see What makes a good song) that, IN GENERAL, the lyrics to a song are the last thing that matters,other than choreography in the video, the lyrics here do make the song. That is, if you are a fan of the 5-0. I first thought these guys were being ironic with it, but from what I read, they really liked the show. The guitarist played the show theme song in his solos, extended it just a bit, and did a great job. The lyrics at the end go on with "Book 'em, murder one."
I'm not a big punk fan, but Aloha, Steve and Danno is just a cool song from an era with lots of cool things still going on. They had a cool name too. As we've heard from commenters Adam Smith and Mr. Anon recently (here and here), Victoria, Australia is now ground-zero of the Kung Flu Panic-fest 2.0 face mask Totalitarianism... along with the rest of the extremely un-cool PC bullshit that goes on all over the Western world.
Take back, Lady Gaga, take back COVID-19!...
Give 'em all some place to go ...**
Got to get a line to Danno.
Got to pick up his gun.
Get out an APB.
Chinn is going to tell you why.
Government says it's high priority.
Washington say's so too.
Tell him to get here fast.
50's on the move.
Steve I gotta say Thank You,
For all you've done for me.
The nights are dark and lonely,
When you're not on TV.
There's an agent in the field.
I want to have him tailed.
He's staying at the Hilton.
He should be staying in Jail.
He's working for the KGB,
And here's his dossier.
The Feds won't be happy,
If this guy gets away.
Don't talk about espionage.
Hands on a bale of White.
Steve is one cool guy.
Danno's gonna tell you why.
Steve and Danno, they made the scene.
The agent had done his deed.
They saw the stiff, They saw the gun.
They said "Book him, Danno, murder one!"
Book him, Danno, murder one!
Radio Birdman was:
Rob Younger – lead vocals
Deniz Tek – guitar, backing vocals
Chris Masuak – guitar, backing vocals
Warwick Gilbert – bass
Ron Keeley – drums
Pip Hoyle – organ, piano
* The confusing part in the youtube clip linked to is that "Music Composed and Conducted by Richard Shores" at the ending credits. I believe that means other songs in that particular episode or the show in general(?).
** Shades of Tom Petty - You're Jammin' Me.