1 November, 2016 17:15
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A weary and dehydrated pub rock band in South Betoota have been forced to sing eight covers of the same Daryl Braithwaite song in a row, it has been confirmed.
The local musical outfit by the name of ‘Silverhair’ is made up of several middle-aged schoolteachers and a landscaper. They have been told by members of the crowd that – if they don’t do as they are told – they will be pelted with glass bottles and bar stools, as the post-Melbourne Cup celebrations reach nightfall.
“The Horses” – a song first recorded by American musician Rickie Lee Jones in 1989, entered Australian folklore when it was covered by former-Sherbet frontman, Daryl Braithwaite, on his 1990 album Rise. Braithwaite’s rendition was later featured on the 1996 Tom Cruise film, Jerry McGuire.
After reaching No. 1 on the domestic charts, “The Horses” was certified platinum in Australia by ARIA and often experiences an annual resurgence in popularity during the Australian Spring Carnival, a thoroughbred horse racing series held annually during October and November.
While the unruly crowd at the Lord Betoota Hotel shows no sign of allowing the part-time musicians off the stage anytime soon, the venue manager says it’s really up to the band to tucker them out.
“This isn’t going to end well for them if they don’t do what they are told” he says.
“If it was any other night I’d just turn on the fire hose and clear the floor, but the TAB is still running hot and the kitchen is making a motza”