Episode 4: Preface

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Produced by Blue Trumpet for Radio 2RRR, Hard Boys, a psychodrama for radio, is a uniquely Australian story in 10 parts.

“Joe by this time is turning into a little rat. I think that’s as fair a description as I could give of Joe. He’d been on the road about two weeks. Fifteen or sixteen year old growth on the face and the hair’s everywhere. By the time we got to Mt Isa we were eating coal dust and we were probably near black with filth. We must’ve been a helluva sight. We stunk like all buggery, like rubbish tips. But by this time he’d changed. Everyone changes. I’d already changed. Long ago. I’d been through all that so I was comfortable where I was. But Joe had a lot to learn.”

The music...

Featuring Australian music of the 1960s and early ‘70s in order of play...

Black & Blue by Chain

Chain [ performing on Move ] the hit single 'Black 'n' Blue' (March, 1971), taken from the 1971 album 'Toward The Blues'.

Death of a King by Masters Apprentices

The Masters Apprentices [ performing on Hit Scene ] the hit track 'Death Of A King', taken from the 1971 album 'Choice Cuts'.

The poem...

Men’s deeds are surpassed by imagination
Within the passage of memories

The atomic age was not seen by our eyes alone
But dreamed
By those who gave the past to carve into present

Let us regain what we have lost in our soul’s blindness
Our sin of holiness renounced

The pyramids
The sphinx, with a whisper on her lips
The transcripts of Greece, Egypt and Tibet
All long to cry their songs of creation

It’s hard for a man to resist his blind pursuits
The dark boundaries of his evolution
The unknown places
Lie in his most obscure imagination

An obsession to possess
To acquire
Get knowledge of a future course
Analyse it, dissect it
Reconcile it with the past

Life’s a mystery
And life hereafter


Produced by Blue Trumpet for Radio 2RRR
Written and realized by James Benn
With special thanks to Johnny Boxer in the title role
Original story and poetry by Greg Young
Original tunes by James Benn, performed by Johnny Boxer, James Benn, and Terry Darmody
Voices in order of appearance…

  • Chris Virtue
  • James Benn
  • Johnny Boxer
  • Gas Wylde
  • Sue Liolio

Introductions and credits by Amie Maguire