Rich in emotion and layers of goosebumps, the Whitlams Black Stump Band’s one-take rendition of “The Day John Sattler Broke His Jaw” with the famed Pub Choir is a beautiful moment that captures the power that music has. to unite people.
‘The Day John Sattler Broke His Jaw’ tells the legendary story of the South Sydney captain’s heroic stance to stay on the pitch in the 1970 Grand Final.
After getting injured in the third minute of the match, he told a teammate: “Hold me, so they don’t know I’m injured.” The rest is history as he played the match, leading Souths to victory over Manly.
“The song is a meditation on how a moment can bring a community together, in this case a famous football game, and how that world has gone or is quickly going away,” said Tim Freedman of the Whitlams.
“Written by Redfern resident Perry Keyes, it was the perfect choice to tackle our new country outfit because country music is great at conveying a sense of place, and that’s what this song captures. so good for Sydney’s inner city suburbs before gentrification.”
Filmed at Pub Choir’s recent concert in Brisbane at Fortitude Music Hall featuring the duo version of the Whitlams Black Stump Band, scenestr are delighted to present the clip today. Enjoy.
“The Brisbane Pub Choir also brings the community together, and there were 1,200 people there the night we recorded this at Fortitude Valley,” adds Tim.
“The sound of their chanting evokes the football crowd that filled the SCG in 1970 on the day Souths won the competition with a captain whose jaw was broken.
“They learned it for ten minutes and then we sang it together once, so it has that irreplaceable energy of a first take.”
The origins of the Whitlams Black Stump Band emerged last year when Freedman was doing a series of regional shows as the nation began to reopen. The enthusiasm he saw from the bush mobs led him to Matt Fell and the task of “putting together the band of your dreams”.
The result is a team of some of the country’s top touring musicians: Fell on bass, Ollie Thorpe on pedals, Rod McCormack on banjo and acoustic guitar, and longtime Whitlams member Terepai Richmond on drums. ; with Freedman in front.
Whitlams Black Stump Band 2022 Tour Dates
Thu 28 Jul – The Metropolitan Hotel (Mackay)
Fri Jul 29 – Mansfield Hotel (Townsville)
Sat 30 Jul – Tanks Arts Center (Cairns)
Wed Aug 3 – Gunnedah Town Hall (Gunnedah)
Thu August 4 – Civic Theater of Orange (Orange)
Fri August 5 – Royal Hotel (Queanbeyan)
Saturday August 6 – Bowral Bowling Club (Bowral)
Fri August 12 – Westernport Hotel (San Remo)
Saturday August 13 – Queenscliff Town Hall (Queenscliff)
Sun 14 August – Burrinja Theater (Upwey)