November 29


On Sunday the 29th of November, 2020 I was lucky enough to attend a preview screening of the HBO documentary The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? at New Farm cinemas and I got to take Karen with me.

Just another milestone that things were pretty in our neck of the woods while case numbers continued to rise astronomically abroad. 

I enjoyed the documentary, it rang very poignant for me given Barry Gibb’s advancing years. I can tell you there were quite a few people of Barry’s and my parent’s age in the audience. I even floated the idea of taking my Mum but she had to decline. Maybe in the audience there were people who had known the Bee Gees from their days in Redcliffe. They certainly laughed and nodded at points like they were flicking through the pages of a photo album. Your culture remains your’s for life – it takes hold you of for life.

I grew up in a household of The Beatles and The Bee Gees. I heard The Rolling Stones and David Bowie but they weren’t in the house. I’m prety sure at one point there was a copy of every Bee Gees album on at least LP, tape or CD.

I enjoyed the documentary of which you can read the review here https://scenestr.com.au/movies-and-tv/the-bee-gees-how-can-you-mend-a-broken-heart-film-review-20201201

Produced by Eyeball Media Enterprises Scenestr is an online national magazine with local offices around Australia. Having started in 1993 they’ve excelled at moving into the digital realm but they remain at heart from the streets. They still publish magazines in print for Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland every month.

It sent me down a bit of rabbit-hole of Youtube clips.

I would urge you to listen to a live acoustic performance they did of one of their lesser singles Blue Island from one of their strongest later albums from the early 1990s. The thing is, it’s not a bad song but something magical happens when the harmonies those brothers had together sing it. It is something special.

There is an interview Maurice Gibb had in the wake of doing rehab for alcoholism, (I thought he got clean well before Andy Gibb’s death not after) and Barry Gibb talking about his brothers, his wife – his family to Piers Morgan.

There are personal favourites here like The Nights on Broadway (I had no idea they were that broke when they recorded that album), and younger hits like You Win Again which is soooo 80s, their last hit single This Is Where I Came In which I will defend to the death is proof they were still crushing it in 2001, their first big hit as they left Australia in the 60s – Spicks and Specks which is a personal favourite and maybe lesser known to Americans and even Brits I think.

Songs like Alone and Immortality from 1997 which resonates even more now. Absent are the disco hits which I loved as a kid but have listened to a lot more than these gems and I suspect you have too.

Anyway enjoy. 


-Lloyd Marken




  1. I quite liked them back in the day, especially the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. But I do prefer Al Green’s cover version of ‘How Do You Mend A Broken Heart?’ Good review of the documentary, Lloyd.
    Figures released here today show now almost 100,000 deaths have been attributed to Covid-19. Per head of the population, we have the highest death rate in the world. Officially.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Last Thursday I think there was an article i read that said the same 100,000 dead in the UK. I thought I just 70,000 last week on the WHO! But I think their numbers are lower. Either way it’s horrible and now people are debating masks here and we’ve been wearing them the past week! Thanks for reading the review. I love Al Green and listened to his cover. It’s great but there’s something about their version that I love and am used to. I feel the same about Al Green singing his other hits. Its such a great endorsement of their music to have had their songs covered so well and so much down through the years. Yes I guess you walked those same London streets and wore that same 60s fashion when they broke there. Best wishes Pete.

  2. Excellent review, Lloyd. One of the major acts that I never worked. I heard them a lot because my wife was a big fan.
    Tomorrow, Biden takes over, and we will have leadership to do something about COVID and getting us the vaccines.
    Stay Safe.

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