Kim Salmon, born 1957, in Bunbury, W.A. talks about his family background; his developing interest in music; migrants; skin heads in Perth; Bebop era; first punk band in Perth; developing a musical identity; the music press; Charles Sharr Murray; punk rock, trying to recreate it in Perth; music influences, names bands; Dave Faulkner and Neil Fernadez; the Cheap nasties; Perth venues; the first gig for the Cheap Nasties [the band]; Steve's Hotel; Rod Radalj aka Roddie Radar; Boris Sujdovic; the Victims; the early Scientists bands; Rivervale Hotel; punk scene in Perth; James Baker; the Manikins; English influence in Perth; recording; interest in the band outside WA; creating the sound in the studio; touring (1979); Molly Meldrum and Countdown.
Salmon discusses Perth promoters; line up changes; drugs and alcohol; writers in the Scientists; 'Swampland'; Hoodoo Gurus; making a living, days jobs; money to go overseas; potential success in Sydney; overseas experience; touring; opportunities in England; story of the origins of Grunge; the Beasts of Bourbon; the Surrealists; 'Blood Red River'; the Scientists, off to England; Tex Perkins; tour managers; Barrowlands in Glasgow gig; Au Go Go records; living in London; back to Perth; moving to Melbourne, venues and scene; Lucky Oceans and the solo sound; salvaging something; Kim Salmon and the Surrealists; making a living from the solo shows; the Perth experience; 2008 ARIA awards; Triffid's and the sons of Perth; WAMi Hall of Fame; retirement.
Recorded on November 17, 2008 at Brunswick, Vic.
Digital master; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore collection;