Band on the Run

EM 1070CD EM 1070CD

Made with the assistance of Coca-Cola Bottlers Australia and the Australian Film Commission, the film Band on the Run appeared briefly and then vanished, as did the accompanying soundtrack LP earmarked for release by Festival Records in mid-1982. However, Festival Records "jumped the gun" somewhat and pressed up a limited number of "promotional" copies, some of which were distributed before the release was cancelled. Of the 13 selections included on the soundtrack LP, eight were supplied by The Tim Gaze Band who also appeared in the film performing their material. The remaining tunes were all by American J.J. Cale, a Tulsa, Oklahoma musician renowned for his "soft yet rasping voice" and "weirdly haunting guitar style." As for the Australian content of the package, ex-Tamam Shud lead guitarist Tim Gaze and his group (Robbie France-Shaw on drums, Harry Curtis on bass, Peter Bolton on keyboards and Annette Henery on backing vocals) provided an assortment of vocal and instrumental tunes, most of which contained direct lyrical affinity with the surfing lifestyle. Of their eight contributions, Gaze wrote five outright and collaborated on two with the film's producer/director Harry Hodge (who supplied the lyrics) and one with Suzanne Petersen. Of these, Gaze sang the lead vocal on all except the Petersen-Gaze collaboration "Lazy Day Fever" which instead featured co-writer Petersen in the vocal spotlight. Petersen, who also played flute and guitar, performed live with The Tim Gaze Band at its inception. The connection that brought The Tim Gaze Band together with the film's director/producer Harry Hodge came via group member Peter Bolton's friendship with Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew, one of the "stars" of the film. "Rabbit" introduced Bolton and Gaze to Hodge and a deal was struck, the result of which was the group's contributions to Band on the Run.