When my friend Danny Johnson and I left Adelaide in 1978 and moved to Melbourne to form the power pop punk band 'The Aliens', we saw a band at the 'Paradiso Cafe' in Lygon St. Carlton. They were called "The High Rise Bombers". They were excellent. Paul Kelly was the main singer songwriter. I can still picture him up on stage singing a song called "I See Red". I saw him later that night at a party in St. Kilda.
I was new in town and felt I really should extend myself, meet some new people and make myself known. I saw Paul there and decided I to introduce myself. Not being particularly gregarious by nature, I kind of worked myself up to it. I figured, how hard could it be. He was from Adelaide; I'm from Adelaide. He's a songwriter; I'm a songwriter. We would probably really hit it off. We might even become good friends and write some songs together. I could break the ice maybe by letting him know how impressed I was by his performance that afternoon and then we could work our way round to topics like what I was up to etc. Finally we would probably exchange phone numbers and the like, then take it from there.
feeling some trepidation but fortified with a couple of beers, I respectfully
approached him and complemented him with some gravitus,