STUPIDITY is how Australian pub-rock legends The Choirboys came to be according to lead singer Mark Gable.
“It’s always stupidity, we were Northern Beaches boys and we hung around basically goofing off,” he said.
“It depends if you’re a positive thinker, who would have thought six guys would become so famous?”
The group became famous for the 1987 hit song Run to Paradise that has since become an inherent part of the Australian psyche.
Mr Gable believes Australian pub-rock invented the A chord.
“Australia invented pub-rock, I’ve got a lot of memories I’d like to forget and a lot of stories I can’t tell,” he said.
One story deemed newspaper-appropriate was the time the Choirboys played at Bombay Rock in Victoria.
“We were playing Bombay Rock and I decided to make a grand entrance, ran off and leaped in front of the crowd and they just went absolutely wild,” he said.
“I then twisted my knee and wound up unconscious, but when I got up and came to I finished the set.
“The crowd just totally lost it.”
Mr Gable said crowds at rock gigs were notoriously weird.
“Audiences do really weird things, a lot weirder than what bands do,” he said.
“Once we were playing and the audience threw beer at us, not bottles, just threw straight up liquid on us.”
A self-confessed narcissist, Mr Gable has had his fair share of weird experiences while Googling himself.
“Of course I Google myself, anyone who says they haven’t Googled themselves is lying,” he said.
"Actually I Googled myself once and this mugshot of an American guy came up.
“I ended up adding one Mark Gable on Facebook and I told him who I was and what I had done and he said, ‘Well it’s good to see at least one of us ended up famous.”
Mr Gable said he was stoked to play alongside a bill of great performers.
“I taught them everything they know and they deny this, but I tell them all the time,” he said.
“To know the backstage version of them, without personas, is the best part.”
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