What Cooda that song have been?

We were sitting in the car on the way to the supermarket on Saturday morning, listening to the Coodabeens on the radio.  The Coodabeen Champions is a comedy sports show which features Greg Champion’s parodies of popular songs, with the reworked lyrics often submitted by listeners.  So there we were, humming away and laughing to a song from the 1970s, and when we turned to each other and asked “What was the name of the original song?” neither of us could remember. I hummed it, he whistled it (because I can’t whistle) but the chorus just wouldn’t spring to mind.  I had a feeling that it was an Australian group (I had Black Sorrows lurking around there somewhere), although it sounded a bit like Jethro Tull’s ‘Thick as a Brick’.

Ah Google- what did we do before you? I downloaded a podcast of the second hour of the show, having deduced that we were listening at about 11.30 am.  When I listened to it again, all I could remember was the line “the season goes so quickly” (which also featured in the parody) and that was enough for Dr. Google – the answer is:  Seasons of Change by Blackfeather.

Blackfeather was a band that had many, many changes in lineup and in 1970 it recorded their album ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ with Infinity Records.  According to the Australian Music History website

On this album was a song that was to become not only a hit for two different bands, but also proved to be the catalyst for another major problem within the band. The song “Seasons of Change” was recorded using a couple of musicians from the band Fraternity, Bon Scott and keyboardist John Bissett. Bon had sung some backing vocals and had played recorder on the track. He loved the song and asked could he record it with Fraternity. A deal was eventually struck that allowed Fraternity to record it and release it as a single on the understanding that Blackfeather would not release their version in competition. Unfortunately, against the bands wishes, the record company reneged on the deal as soon as they saw how popular the song was. This caused a major rift between the band and the record company which eventually led to more lineup changes.

I was only aware of the Blackfeather version:

So the Fraternity version, headed by Bon Scott (of later AC/DC fame) came as a surprise to me. It’s much slower, with a rather gentler Bon Scott than we’re used to seeing:

Well, well. The things that can be dragged up out of the past from a Saturday morning listen to the Coodabeens!

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