To commemorate Bart Willoughby receiving a 2 year fellowship from the National Indigenous Art Awards we are today going back in time to a song from his 1st band, No Fixed Address.
No Fixed Address were an Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal) reggae band that were formed in 1979 and were originally active during the early 1980s. The band formed at the Center for Aboriginal Studies in Music in North Adelaide, South Australia. The original members were from the Koonibba Mission in Ceduna, South Australia. They were the first Indigenous Australian rock band, mixing indigenous musical traditions with Reggae music. In 1980 No Fixed Address were involved in making the movie Wrong Side of the Road with another Indigenous band, Us Mob. The movie is a fictionalised docu-drama and deals with the different reactions that the bands received in different communities and the way they were treated by the Police. They released 2 albums, Wrong Side of the Road (along with Us Mob) and From My Eyes. In 2011 No Fixed Address was inducted into the National Indigenous Music Awards' Hall of Fame.
The original lineup was Bart Willoughby on lead vocals, drums, guitar and didgeridoo; Ricky Harrison on rhythm guitar; Leslie Lovegrove Freeman on lead guitar; and John John Miller on bass. Other performers who have been a part of the band in their original incarnation are: Joe Geia on vocals, percussion and didgeridoo; Les Graham on guitar; Joe Hays on bass; Billy Inda on percussion and didgeridoo; Chris Jones on guitar; Rick Lovegrove on guitar; Louis McManus on guitar; Nicky Moffatt on bass; Veronica Rankine on vocals, saxophone and flute; Peter Meredith on guitar; and Billy Goreham on bass.
Bart Willoughby is an Indigenous Australian musician. He is best known as the founder, singer and drummer on the pioneering Indigenous Reggae band No Fixed Address. He has also been a member of many other bands including Goanna, Coloured Stone and Yothu Yindi. He also starred in the movie Wrong Side of the Road, along with the other members of No Fixed Address and another indigenous band, Us Mob. This has lead to Bart appearing in other films. In 1993 Bart received the Inaugural Indigenous ARIA Australian Music Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to Indigenous music in Australia.
We Have Survived is the best known song from No Fixed Address. It has been described as an “anthem of cultural persistence.” It tells of the poor treatment that Bart, and other Indigenous youths, had received but hold out confidence, having survived attempts at cultural genocide and that there is nothing that can be done to change that. We Have Survived was 1st included in the film Wrong Side of the Road and then, later, on the album From My Eyes. In 2008 it was added to the Sounds of Australia registry kept by the National Film and Sound Archive.
You can buy We Have Survived on iTunes.
You can follow Bart on MySpace. You can buy his music on iTunes as Bart Willoughby, No Fixed Address, Coloured Stone, Yothu Yindi, and Mixed Relations.