Episode 10: The One I Know Best

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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 10: The One I Know Best

“It was night by the time we hit Laura. And it’s freezing cold, would you believe, in the tropics. We’ve gone in this Italian restaurant and these people are beautiful to us. They’ve got a fire burning and they’ve given us food next to the fire and they’ve fed us and think we’re going to pay. We just jumped in the car and went for our life. So that’s twice we’ve absconded without the bill. The police can’t be any more than three or four hours behind us. We’ve judged that.”…

The music...

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

Eleanor Rigby by The Zoot

Zoot were a pop rock band first formed in Adelaide, South Australia in 1964 as Down the Line. They had a top five hit on the Go-Set national singles chart with a heavy rock cover of The Beatles' ballad 'Eleanor Rigby' released in 1970. Bass guitarist, Beeb Birtles, was later a founder of Little River Band in 1975. Guitarist singer-songwriter, Rick Springfield, moved to the United States in 1972 where he achieved international fame as a solo artist, songwriter and actor. Here they perform the hit single 'Eleanor Rigby' on Hit Scene in December 1970...

Judgement by Chain

Chain or 'The Chain' were an Australian Blues/Rock Band which began in Melbourne, Australia in late 1968. Judgement released in July 1971 and is Chain's second single release and reached the top forty here and they are seen here performing on GTK which was on the Australian ABC.

I Remember When I Was Young by Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor is an Australian blues musician. He is best known for his work with long-lasting blues band Chain and for the hit song 'I Remember When I Was Young' from September 1973.

The poem...

It was dreamtime
And still is lost
Tossed and turfed
Like driftwood in the surf

It was dreamtime
And all it held
Was dreamtime
The one I know best is my enemy

A man, a person, in love with life
But life, holding fast against him
His road had been shown
And this he had to run
Run for his life
Catch it and go
The one I know best is my enemy

With the wind against him
He ran all the way
All the years
Till the years ran out
A race against people
A race against time
The one I know best is my enemy

The word of a lost soul
Like driftwood in the surf
Figure on the earth
Alone to tell his story
How it was never written
To tell it how nobody knew it
Or imagined it could possibly be
The one I know best is my enemy


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