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Adelaide Fringe '19 Review: My Dad Brainwashed Me With 60's Music


Adelaide Fringe '19 Review: My Dad Brainwashed Me With 60's Music

Cale Matthews

The music your parents played for you as a kid leaves an unshakeable imprint on your life.

For me, hearing the songs of Billy Thorpe, James Taylor, and Supertramp evoke nostalgic memories of long car rides and camping trips. For Peter Combe’s kids, Emily and Thomas, it’s the works of The Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles and Peter, Paul & Mary that elicit memories from their heavily musically influenced childhood, growing up in recording studios and travelling on the road with their Father.

In My Dad Brainwashed Me With 60’s Music Peter Combe trades out Mr. Clickety Cane for Cat Stevens, and Newspaper Mama for Joni Mitchell. Performing a plethora of 60’s acoustic music, Peter and his kids provided heartwarming anecdotes to the their memories of each song. It was Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” that was played at Tom’s wedding and The Eagles “Hotel California” that Emily declared “The best song she has ever heard”.

With Peter singing and playing in a pair of jeans and a John Cleese t-shirt, it felt like we were taken into the Combe’s family home, reliving each song with them. From the first song, The Beatles “Blackbird”, we appreciated exactly how talented a guitarist Tom was, and it was Emily’s rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “I Don’t Know Where I Stand” that left us absolutely wowed by her powerful vocals.

Gazing around the room as the three of them strummed out The Beatles “Here Comes The Sun” I couldn’t help but notice a smile on everyone’s face. During the show you could sense everyone reminiscing on some of their memories growing up and the imprint their parents music had left on their lives.

This was quite simply put a nice evening spent with the Combe’s. The hour long show was a wholesome reminder of one of the most important things in life: the music and memories we share with our family.

4 stars out of 5.