Before things get too serious here at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song / album at the end of each month, that could be categorized as being either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny.
As a football player, "Jacko" was a full forward of great potential. He started his senior career in the West Australian Football League with South Fremantle in 1979. Then, after a short stint with Richmond, Jackson moved to the Melbourne footy club for the 1981 season.
Here, despite having one of the strictest taskmasters and legends of the game in Ron Barassi as coach, Jackson released his bag of tricks on the Melbourne fans. One of the most famous was the handstand in front of the Hawks full back, Kelvin Moore. Moore told Jackson that he "wouldn't be a full forward while his arse pointed to the floor", so Jackson did a handstand to point it to the sky. He was also famous for twirling the ball on his fingers like a basketball and doing an impersonation of a ballerina to celebrate kicking a goal.
Jacko continued these antics throughout his football career, playing next at St.Kilda and then finally with Geelong. He ended his career with 308 goals from 82 games, leading his club's goal kicking on 3 occasions.
Now, don't you just love it when a celebrity, like a film or TV star, makes a pop record? Some are quite ok, usually they are tolerable, but at worst they can be unlistenable. (We're not naming names here Warrick!)
In Australia, footballers usually have larger than life personalities, but the idea of the larrikin footballer is dying out, with outrageous behaviour being frowned upon now. For my money, NRL (rugby league) personalities are just plain awful. The VFL/AFL ones are much more hilarious, but no less stupid than their NRL equivalents.
Enter Mark "Jacko" Jackson, former St Kilda, Melbourne Demons and Geelong AFL player. The man made a splash outside the field with a few records in the mid-80s. The biggest of which was "I'm an Individual" from 1985.
Later on, Jacko went on to great fame as the guy in the Energizer Battery advertisements, which were a stroke of larrikin genius back in the day.
A few years later he released another musical travesty, with the aforementioned Wazza Capper in tow; a techno track called "Rippin' Undies" which is so bad that even YouTube doesn't have the video for (thank heavens!!!) and Wikipedia doesn't even acknowledge it's existence.
01 - I'm An Individual
02 - Our Relationship Is Giving Me The Creeps
* Released on the Raw Prawn label, this month's WOCK on Vinyl selection is nothing short of being a WOCK Lobster - and perhaps the C not only stands for Crazy but also Crustacean !
[various extracts taken from http://thesoundandthefurypodcast.blogspot.com.au with thanks]
Music & Artwork: I'm An Individual Link (16Mb)