Real Wild Child: An insider's tales from the rage couch

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HarperCollins Australia, Feb 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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From the ABC's iconic music show, 'rage', comes a rock biography about what happened when the world's biggest musical acts sat down on Australia's most famous couch. Packed with backstage anecdotes and music industry gossip! What happens when the world's biggest musical acts sit down on Australia's most famous couch? the answer: drunkenness, dark introspection, mania, hilarity, incoherent rambling, sharp-edged commentary and fiery 'artistic differences'. And the occasional food fight. Real Wild Child is the story of a music obsessive who landed the job of her dreams programming rage. What followed were constant close encounters with the world's most popular bands and music artists. Narelle Gee and the rage couch have shared many secrets. Over more than twenty years of rage, the couch has seen it all: the famous golden bottom of Kylie Minogue and the partly leather-clad, mostly bare buttocks of KISS rocker Gene Simmons; the contortions of Courtney Love; the tattooed muscles of Henry Rollins; the dark and light sides of Nick Cave, trent Reznor, Gwen Stefani, Billy Corgan, Marilyn Manson, Michael Hutchence, Jack Black, Lily Allen, Green Day, Beastie Boys, Silverchair, Public Enemy, the Prodigy, the Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Powderfinger, Coldplay, New Order, the Strokes, Sonic Youth, Kings of Leon and many, many more. Its fabric has been marked by cheap wine, fine Champagne, cocktails, beer, coffee, pizza, hamburger, cigarette ash, and other substances. Once, it was touched by fire. (Some electronic artists have a fondness for arson.) With the biggest names in music and juicy backstage anecdotes, Real Wild Child is packed with real wild moments, rock and roll tales, and plenty of secrets from the couch ...
 

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Contents

AN INTRODUCTION TO RAGE
THEY SAY YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER
MIKE PATTON AND FAITH NO MORE
I DIDNT WANT TO DO IT BUT I COULDNT HELP MYSELF
HAND OVER THE LIST AND NO ONE GETS HURT
MUSICAL DIFFERENCES AND A BANDS RIGHT TO CHOOSE
A LITTLE PORNO FOR PYROS AND SOME JANES ADDICTION
PRINCE OF DARKNESS
BECK MAN WALKING
PAVEMENT HIT THE COUCH
OUR HIGHLY STRUNG GUEST
AN UNACCOMPANIED MINOR
MR E IS ALONE AGAINNATURALLY
COLDPLAY KEEP THEIR COOL
IT WAS THE BEST OF GUESTS IT WAS THE WORST OF GUESTS
ON HIS OWN HAPPY MONDAYS PLANET

DESPITE ALL THEIR RAGE
HOLE LOTTA COURTNEY
NEVERMIND YOUR EGO ITS THE FOO FIGHTERS
A GREEN DAY ON THE COUCH
NAUGHTY BOYS GO WILD
TONIGHTS RAGE IS RATED MAIT CONTAINS STRONG COARSE LANGUAGE SEXUAL REFERENCES AND NUDITY
ITS ALL GOOD UNTIL THE COPS SHOW UP
THE DEVIL IN JACK BLACK
CHRIS ISAAK AND HIS ATTORNEY
CROWDED HOUSE COCACOLA PEPSI MERRICK ROSSO AND THE CHASER
KISS ALICE COOPER MARILYN MANSON AND SLIPKNOT
WELCOME TO THE BLACK PARADE OF EMOS
NOT IF YOU WERE THE LAST DANDY WARHOL LEFT STANDING
BOHEMIAN MOMENTS WITH THE FLAMING LIPS
A PRISONER OFRAGEAND A HOSTAGE CRISIS
WEEZER IN COUCH 22
JON SPENCER EXPLODES AND ANDREW WK PARTIES HARD
DONT PANIC TALLYS HERE
A COUPLE OF TOOLS?
SOUNDGARDEN AUDIOSLAVE AND RAGE VERSUSRAGE
KORN ON THE COUCH
THE LIVING END AND ASH FALL OFF THE COUCHAND THE WAGON
THE COUCH THE COUCH THE COUCH IS ON FIRE
THE VINES COME UNRAVELLED
FROM SCHOOLBOYS TO DISSOCIATIVE MOMENTS
KINGS OF LEON
THE BIG GUY FROM QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
NEW YORK CITY BANDS THEY AINT TOO SMART
TALES OF KOOL THINGS
A BUTTHOLE SURFER ON THE POOL TABLE
STEFANI DOWN THE STAIRS
GARBAGE ON THE COUCH
THE PLACEBO EFFECT
THOSE EARNEST YOUNG MEN FROM ELBOW
AN APOLOGY FROM TRAVIS
STONE ROSES BLACK EYES AND BROKEN TEETH
NEW ORDER IN BIZARRE COUCH TRIANGLE
JARVIS COCKER GETS INTIMATE
ITS THE PRODIGY
GOMEZ AND SUPERGRASS
COCKTAILS WITH FATBOY
BETH ORTON IS UP
GOSSIP GIRLS AND BOY GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
NENEH LILY DEBORAH CYNDI MISSY RÓISÍN CHAN AND A COUPLE OF BETHS AND KIMS
SAYING YEAH YEAH YEAH TO THE YEAH YEAH YEAHS
HYPERVENTILATING WITH THE STARS
IDENTITY CRISIS ON THE COUCH
HIPHOP HOORAY
PUBLIC ENEMY BUM RUSH THE SHOW
THE DRUG OF A NATIONHIPHOPRISY AND FRANTI
AN OUTKAST DELIVERS
A FUGITIVE HIDES WITHIN THE BLACK EYED PEAS
THE HILLTOP HOODS RISE UP
HANGING OUT IN PUBS WITH ESKIMO JOE
HOWLS FROM DEEP WITHIN THE ORIGINAL WOLFMOTHER
GRINSPOON ON A COUCH WITH BROS
TEX TEX TEXAND MORE TEX THAN EXPECTED
TEX AND TIMMISSING IN ACTION
A LITTLE BAND CALLED POWDERFINGER
AS I RECALL THE GOBETWEENS
THE DOORS LIGHT OUR FIRE
CUT SNEEZE ME AND OTHER BLOOPERS
HEY YOU GET OFF OF MY COUCH
THE RAGE GUEST PROGRAMMERS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX
About the Author
Picture credits
Copyright
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About the author (2011)

NARELLE GEE was the rage head programmer for fourteen years, and has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘Australia’s foremost authority on music video’. Prior to working in TV she was a print journalist. She lives and works wherever her laptop is. This is her first book.

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