Mar 10 2008, 2:58
The location was Melbourne, Australia. More specifically, the University of Melbourne sports fields. The date was April, 1988, meaning it was autumn and the leaves were changing colors. I was 19 years old.
I was on campus with a buddy of mine that played professional rugby in New Zealand and was meeting a few other like-minded, hard-hitting, friends for a quick game. Seeing how this was just my second attempt in playing rugby, and some of the guys had actually earned money playing the sport, I lasted five minutes, max.
Instead of risking life, I chose to sit in the car and a write a few letters to family and friends back home in the States. I scanned the radio for something decent and came across a program on Triple J featuring new Australian acts. Perfect. I began my writing, which started with the usual...send more money. I occasionally took note of an artist being played, but nothing was jumping out at me.
An hour or so later, the rugby comes to an end and just as I begin getting out of the car, a song comes on that keeps me in my seat. The song was "At First Sight
" by The Stems
, a 60's influenced garage rock band out of Perth, the largest city on the country's west coast.read more