Neon Sunset: Dave “Flick” Faulkner Tells Us What It Was Like Being A Punk In Perth In The ’70s
Growing up in Perth as a young punk kid in the ’70s, Dave Faulkner felt isolated and misunderstood. “There was this music that we were just bursting to be involved with, and listen to, and we were surrounded by people who were completely indifferent to that, and had no interest at all in anything out of the ordinary,” Dave tells Annaliese on Neon Sunset. “They were the dull majority that absolutely frustrated us and we felt like orphans or something in the worst place in the world. We were so far from everybody else and where all the action was in the world.”
Dave went on to become a founding member of iconic Aussie bands The Hoodoo Gurus and The Victims, after becoming infatuated with the likes of Iggy Pop and The Ramones in his adolescence. “The Ramones album came out in ’76. We had to wait for an import copy, which took about six weeks. Of course, we just poured over it and fell in love with it immediately. That’s how we did it, really. That’s when I decided that I was going to play guitar, and so it took me another year to get that together, and then that’s when The Victims formed.”
In this longform interview, Dave discusses how their legendary first recordings came about, the recent reissue of their recordings by In The Red Records, and much more.
Photo: Bruce Baker