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Men At Work--Elric Reference?

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  • Men At Work--Elric Reference?

    The other day on the radio I heard "Down Under" by Men at Work, and it made me picture the video, which some of you may recall. I wonder if there is an Elric alusion here? Remember the scene when they are driving in the "hippie" van and there are some words written across the front, which I believe are:

    "Tanelorn Rolls"

    The suggestion being that the van is Tanelorn on wheels rolling along....

    Something like that?

  • #2
    I remember that video.
    I always thought it said Tanelorn Run.

    I wonder if there is a place to get hold of Colin and ask him if he is a MM fan and why he wanted that in the video.

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    • #3
      I'm sure it was "Tanelorn Rules".
      The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Berry Sizemore
        I'm sure it was "Tanelorn Rules".
        I seem to recall it saying Tanelorn Rules too. Around the time that song came out Michael's books were very popular - at least amongst my friends. :D
        Ken
        (Aussie now living in Canada)
        Ken Boorman
        ************
        Purveyor of the Runestaff and Stormbringer Legends
        ************

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        • #5
          It's been discussed by the community at least since 1998.

          http://groups.google.com/groups?q=me...att.net&rnum=1
          The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

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          • #6
            Here's a little info I found which might have something to do with the Tanelorn reference in the Down Under video.

            In October 1981, the three-day Tanelorn Festival of Transition (held near Stroud, NSW) drew 28 000 fans but still lost money. As well as featuring Redgum, The Church, Moving Pictures, Kevin Borich Express, Men at Work, Sunnyboys, Broderick Smith's Big Combo, Midnight Oil and Split Enz, the festival saw the return of Billy Thorpe, then based in the USA.

            The video/song came out in 1982 and may have been filmed in 1981 sometime around the Tanelorn Festival.

            Artist: Men at Work
            Title: Down Under
            Year: 1982

            Info on Tanelorn with Men At Work from:
            http://www.whammo.com.au/encyclopedia.asp?articleid=593


            Ah who knows, just a theory. :?
            When they had advanced together to meet on common
            ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
            and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
            each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
            mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
            killing, and the ground ran with blood.

            Homer, The Illiad

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            • #7
              i saw that and was curious too.
              was wierd to see that, and be the only one in the room who had any idea of what it meant.
              but then again, not many around here even know of these books...

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              • #8
                I looked at Colin Hay's site but there is not a real contact to him - just a press kit.

                The domain for Men at Work looks like it was purchased by a real service company in AU.

                I'll keep trying to find some contact. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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                • #9
                  I'm sorry to hear the Tanelorn Festival still lost money and am rather glad I wasn't able to make it, since they were going to pay my fare and so forth to be there! I'd have felt very guilty about taking their dosh.
                  It sounded like a great festival, though. I always assumed that Tanelorn or Bust stuff from Men at Work was related to the festival, but I don't know if they were readers of my stuff. Quite a lot of Australian bands were at one time, according to the Aussie performers I've met in recent years.

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                  • #10
                    I've just found lemec's post on the Tanelorn forum:

                    [broken link]

                    I've never noticed the sign before but the strange thing about the song is that it was at number one in the music charts in the UK when I was born. I guess it's no surprise that I really like Mike's work.
                    Last edited by Rothgo; 04-08-2010, 11:23 AM.

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                    • #11
                      There's subliminal programming for you... :lol:
                      \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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                      • #12
                        Not sure why I'm reviving this thread. Here's more on the Tanelorn Festival:

                        [Powderworks] tanelorn festival 1981
                        http://midnight-oil.info/powderworks...st/005427.html

                        Hi all,
                        regarding the Tanelorn festival in 1981,
                        I was there!
                        I was 10 years old. My parents were into the whole post hippie festival
                        thing.
                        I found this info:

                        In October 1981, the three-day Tanelorn Festival of Transition (held near
                        Stroud, NSW) drew 28 000 fans but still lost money. As well as featuring
                        Redgum, The Church, Moving Pictures, Kevin Borich Express, Men at Work,
                        Sunnyboys, Broderick Smith's Big Combo, Midnight Oil and Split Enz, the
                        festival saw the return of Billy Thorpe, then based in the USA.


                        I remember sitting on my dad's shoulders during the oils and steam was
                        pouring off Pete's head. I also remember seeing Split Enz and Mi-sex.

                        Nathan.

                        -----Original Message-----
                        From: [email protected]
                        [mailto:[email protected]]On Behalf Of Mandonnet Jeremie
                        Sent: Wednesday, 14 August 2002 1:03 AM
                        To: PowderList
                        Subject: [Powderworks] Midnight Oil Live Review


                        G'day all.

                        First I wanna thank all the people who sent me corrections and
                        informations. (page updated)
                        I always need additional informations (exact date) for the following
                        gigs :
                        Early 78 - Studio 221, Sydney NSW, Australia
                        Sep 1978 - St Leonards Park, Sydney NSW, Australia
                        Apr 1979 - Stagedoor Tavern, Sydney NSW, Australia
                        1981 - Tanelorne Festival, Australia (where is exactly this
                        festival/town?)
                        1984 or 1983 - El Mocambo Club, Toronto ONT, Canada
                        Nov 1990 - Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, Adelaide SA, Australia

                        Has someone heard of "Breaking Of The Dry Tour" (with Crowded House +
                        Hunters & Collectors) ?
                        date : 24 Jan 1995 - Entertainment Centre, Sydney NSW, Australia.

                        In the last hours, someone talked about shows in Byron Bay october 3rd &
                        4th 2002.
                        Can this person give me more infos please?

                        I will try to keep this review updated (with your help please!).
                        I'm not specialist in HTML & Web development, so if someone is
                        interested in producing a better interface : just do it!

                        Jeremie.


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                        Powderworks mailing list
                        [email protected]
                        http://www.cs.colorado.edu/mailman/listinfo/powderworks

                        This all brings to mind another shonky operation run by yet another ex Nambassa worker, Fred Alder, who went to Australia in 1980 and organised the Tanelorn Festival out of Newcastle. According to the reports the festival was quite enjoyable; however no one turned up and the thing went to the wall purely out of miss management.
                        source: http://www.artscalendar.co.nz/forum/read/22/23/18Vf
                        Infinite complexity according to simple rules.

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                        • #13
                          While trying to screen capture the following attached images, I listened to the lyrics and am convinced of a couple of things:

                          1) The lyrics are about the Tanelorn Festival:

                          A combie is Australian slang for van and zombie is slang for marijuana:

                          Traveling in a fried-out combie
                          On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
                          I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
                          She took me in and gave me breakfast
                          Source: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/m/men+at+..._20091747.html

                          The screen captures were grabbed from this Youtube video and another:
                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd1AT7V4-E8

                          2) The combie with "TANELORN ROLLS" appears within the first 10 seconds of the video. It looks like Carter was right.

                          tanelorn2.png is dead wrong: The pop up says an annual festival, but as far as I can tell, it happened once in 1981.







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                          Last edited by Reinart der Fuchs; 07-29-2006, 02:40 PM.
                          Infinite complexity according to simple rules.

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                          • #14
                            The way I see it, if we want to know more about the origin of the Tanelorn Rolls combie, we'll need to contact someone on the the Men At Work video production team or the members themselves.

                            To find out why the Tanelorn Festival is called that, someone needs to talk with one Fred Alder:
                            Nambassa worker, Fred Alder, who went to Australia in 1980 and organised the Tanelorn Festival out of Newcastle."
                            Anyone up to the challenge? Fred seems to have fallen off the planet, and I can't imagine it would be impossible to contact someone from Men At Work.
                            Infinite complexity according to simple rules.

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                            • #15
                              I remember it as Tanelorn Rules, and that's still what I make of it reading the van in the clip. The flute player/utility guy in the band was doing a big house gig somewhere a few years ago...hmm, where did I read that?

                              a few minutes later...OK, Collin Hay, the x-lead singer for Men At Work is performing at the Stanwood Washington Stanwood Camino Fair on August 5th, someone in the area go ask him
                              Last edited by Talisant; 07-29-2006, 02:47 AM.
                              "A man is no man who cannot have a fried mackerel when he has set his mind on it; and more especially when he has money in his pocket to pay for it." - E.A. Poe's NICHOLAS DUNKS; OR, FRIED MACKEREL FOR DINNER

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