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Diary of a 60's Cover Band (Blog)

We have now added an incredible new song to our repertoire from one of the most influential US psychedelic bands of the 60's, Vanilla Fudge. It's their 1967 upside down version of the hit by the Supremes "You Keep Me Hanging On". Check it out!

Last year we added the astonishing song "Something in the Air", recorded in 1969 by the one hit wonder band Thunderclap Newman. They were put together by Pete Townsend around a drug addled drummer (Speedy Keene) and an eccentric jazz pianist (Thunderclap Newman). The song has a killer middle instrumental section.

Our most requested song is "Everlovin' Man" by The Loved Ones. We added this song in 2006 in honour of the late great Gerry Humphries. Dennis does the most astonishing version you've heard bar the original. See him in action here. 

Remember the 60's?

The 60's were an exciting, revolutionary, turbulent time of great social and technological change: assassination, unforgettable fashion, new musical styles, Camelot, civil rights, women's liberation, a controversial and divisive war in Vietnam, the first manned landing on the moon, peace marches, World's Fairs, flower power, great TV and film and sexual freedom.

Please note:
The Substitutes are based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.




'60s music attracts a diverse range of people but the majority are in the 45+ age group. This group is looking for:

  • a clean and well presented venue that has good food

  • a large dance floor and great live music for dancing 

  • the opportunity to have fun and meet people. 

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The Substitutes are Melbourne's best '60s band bar none and we actively encourage dancing - we love dancers!

Help us recreate the atmosphere from the Thumpin' Tum, Berties, The Catcher, Opus, etc. 
So if you enjoy '60s music and would like to see it played by a seriously good band, and you'd like to meet people of similar age and interests, and you like dancing, please come along. 
See below for the dates. 

"It will be worth it, if not for the sake of this song, but for the sake of your own peace of mind" [from the song "San Franciscan Nights recorded by Eric Burdon & the Animals in 1967]



Saturday May 12, German Club Tivoli

FINAL SHOW!!! The '60s Girls Rock Show featuring KELLY AUTY
8pm, 291 Dandenong Rd, Windsor. Table bookings:
9529 5211


Tuesday June 26, Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre

The '60s Girls Rock Show featuring KELLY AUTY and ANDREA LEES
95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac. Online bookings here.

Saturday July 14, Eddie's Band Room

Psychedelic '60s Rock Show
8:30pm, 168 Chesterville Rd Moorabbin, Table bookings:
9532 2775


Sunday July 15, Essendon Bowls Club, 3pm-6pm

Psychedelic '60s Rock Show
50 Raleigh St Essendon. Table bookings:
9375 2522

Saturday July 28, Sandown Park Hotel, 8pm

The Giants of '60s Rock Show
Corrigan Rd, Noble Park. Life's a Ball Bookings:


Saturday August 4, The Pearl, 8pm

Giants of '60s Girls Rock & Pop Show featuring The Rebelles, Kelly Auty and Andrea Lees
95-97 Drummond St, Oakleigh
. Tix available soon.


Sunday August 19, East Malvern RSL, 3pm-7pm

Psychedelic '60s Rock Show
Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern.


Saturday September 1, Satellite Lounge, 8pm

Rock 'n' Brass '60s Show featuring Rob Price & Brass Attack
Village Green Hotel, cnr Springvale Rd and Ferntree Gully Rd, Mulgrave. Tix available soon.

Saturday September 22, Bentleigh Club, 8pm

The Giants of '60s Rock Show
Yawla Rd, Bentleigh. Life's a Ball Bookings:

October 5, Ariette's Concert Lounge, 8pm

Psychedelic '60s Rock Show
212 Mount Dandenong Rd, Croydon (Croydon Bowls Club). Table bookings:
0418 131 489

October 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The Giants of '60s Rock Show
Wedderburn, Castlemaine, Stawell, Broadford - details TBA.


Saturday October 13, Wonthaggi Club, 8pm

Psychedelic '60s Rock Show
16 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi. Bookings available soon.


Saturday October 20, Thornbury Theatre, 8pm

Giants of '60s Girls Rock & Pop Show featuring The Rebelles, Kelly Auty and Andrea Lees
859 High St,
Thornbury. Tix available soon.


Saturday October 27, Hampton RSL, 8pm

The Giants of '60s Rock Show
25 Holyrood St, Hampton
Table bookings:  9598 0460

Saturday November 3, the Pearl, 8pm

Rock 'n' Brass '60s Show featuring Rob Price & Brass Attack
95-97 Drummond St, Oakleigh
. Tix available soon.


Saturday November 24, Darebin RSL, 8pm

Giants of '60s Rock Show
402 Bell St, Preston


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