It’s high school and it’s in Brisbane. I am not ashamed to say that I cried on my first day at Corinda High. Not knowing a soul, a new boy in town and not wanting to be a Brisso. (A Brisso was a surfer that come to the coast on the weekend. They usually weren’t very good, and they brought crowds.) It was just not a good place to be in my mind.
We moved to our first ever brick home on one of the busiest roads and just six months later moved to the family home in Chelmer. My eldest brother had moved to join the airforce and the weekly calls home became a family event. At that time in my life, M had released Pop Musik, threatening another style of music on the world. It stuck in my head and the memories of that small brick home and waiting to talk to my eldest brother comes to mind whenever this song plays.
We moved into our home at Chelmer, big back yard, close to the footy field, and a bedroom each. This was luxury for us. The next door neighbour wasn’t a fan of our music, and we always let him have it when we got home from school. It was not a surprise that we never got our footy or cricket balls that landed over the fence. It wasn’t the best neighbourly relationship, but we were just teenage boys. A favourite trick was to load up both my stereo and my brothers stereo and give him a double blast of AC/DC Hells Bells. It was loud and it was fun.
During Grade 9 I discovered KISS. Hanging out behind the Science block with Jarain, Simon, and the Douglases. We would bring our cassette players (doesn’t that now sound old) and listen to KISS cassettes. It was a great time with the only concern really was to make sure we didn’t lose our cassette players.
My favorite song at the time was “Tomorrow and Tonight” off Love Gun. We can rock all day, we can roll all night. Great song, great times, great memories.
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