Episode 8: Pagans

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Hard Boys ... a psychodrama for radio

Produced by Blue Trumpet for Radio 2RRR, Hard Boys, a psychodrama for radio, is a uniquely Australian story in 10 parts. Starring Johnny Boxer of the long-running Australian TV show, Fat Pizza, he brings the same uniquely Australian voice to this production.

Episode 8: Pagans

“I’ve gone to get a pie or something. I was with Sheree, this gorgeous young sheila. It’s eight o’clock and we’re walking back. I wanted to slip into her jeans you know, get her off on her own somewhere. So anyway, I’m stepping over a railing and these two characters pass by. She’s a few feet in front of me and one says something to her. She’s turned around and said…”

The music...

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

Looking forward, Looking back by Slim Dusty

Slim Dusty, AO MBE, was an Australian country music singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. He is an Australian cultural icon and one of the country's most awarded stars, with a career spanning nearly seven decades and producing numerous recordings. He was known to record songs in the legacy of Australia, particularly of bush life and renowned Australian bush poets Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson that represented the lifestyle. Dusty recorded and released his 100th album, Looking Forward, Looking Back, in 2000 and became the first artist in worldwide commercial recording history to do so. Looking Forward Looking Back won the 2001 ARIA Award for Best Country Song...

Boogie parts 1 & 2 by Carson

Carson was an Australian blues rock and boogie rock band, which formed in January 1970 in Melbourne as Carson County Band. They had a top 30 hit single on the Go-Set National Top 40 with 'Boogie' in September 1972. It is now widely regarded as one of the classics Australian rock Singles of that period. Their performance at the second Sunbury Pop Festival in late January 1973 was issued as a live album, On the Air, in April but the group had already disbanded.

The poem...

Pagans on the winds of time
Blown forth by a strange land
Your future lies scattered before you
Like dust in a dry wind

Soul tormented
All mercy now forgotten
Dreams of a black mass

The touch of the master
Mind screams with fever
Skin drips

Old mother sin with yellow slit eyes
Lick her breasts with blood and teardrops

The stone is cold Bennoeath the spine
Touch of a kiss by the mother of sin
Flesh parts
Demons make love beside you

The touch of the holy prince
The slash of a blade

No ears can hear the chant
But your mind opens
Pray to His presence


Produced by Blue Trumpet Productions for Radio 2RRR
Written and realized by James Benn
With 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