"RocKwiz" is Australia's premier live music trivia quiz TV program featuring an entertaining mix of celebrities, chat, music, and comedy.
Hosted by Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis, each program features up to four musical celebrities and four contestants who play off for nothing more than the honour of winning. Guests perform a song with the RocKwiz Orkestra before joining together to close the show with a duet or ensemble song.
RocKwiz is traditionally shot in The Gershwin Room at St Kilda's historic rock venue, The Espy, in Melbourne. RocKwiz also performs live at larger venues and festivals and have staged three successful national tours, each featuring an array of special guests.
Runtime: 60 minutes
RocKwiz - Sweet Guy - Netflix
“Sweet Guy” was the first single released by Australian rock group Paul Kelly and the Messengers from their 1989 studio album, So Much Water So Close to Home. The song was written by Kelly – his first from a woman's point of view. He co-produced the track with Scott Litt. The single was released in June 1989 on the Mushroom Records label. It reached No. 53 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and the Top 40 in New Zealand. The song was later covered by Renée Geyer on Difficult Woman (1994), Adalita Srsen on Before Too Long (2010) and Vika Bull on RocKwiz National Tour (2010).
RocKwiz - Background - Netflix
Paul Kelly had formed Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls in 1985, named for Lou Reed's “Walk on the Wild Side”. The line-up of the Coloured Girls was Michael Barclay on drums and backing vocals, Peter Bull on keyboards, Steve Connolly on lead guitar and Jon Schofield on bass guitar. For international releases from 1987 they used the name Paul Kelly and the Messengers to avoid possible racist interpretations. The group released Gossip in 1986 on Mushroom Records in Australia and in 1987 on A&M Records for international release. A second album, Under the Sun, was issued in 1987 in Australia and in 1988 internationally. Their next album, So Much Water So Close to Home was released in August 1989 as by Paul Kelly and the Messengers in all markets, it peaked at No. 10 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The entire album was recorded in the United States with Scott Litt, best known for his work with R.E.M., co-producing with Kelly. Litt had re-mixed some of Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls' tracks from Gossip for its US release as by Paul Kelly and the Messengers. So Much Water So Close to Home was released on Mushroom/White Records in Australia and A&M Records in the US and Europe. “Sweet Guy” was the first single from the album, which reached No. 53 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and in September 1989 it peaked in the Top 40 in New Zealand. The video for “Sweet Guy” was directed by Claudia Castle, who had earlier directed Kelly's “To Her Door”, which won 'Best Video' at the ARIA Music Awards of 1988. The video is shot in black and white and switches between Kelly and his band, and a couple fighting and making up. Kelly later wrote that he was disappointed in the video, “this one looked like an ad for coffee or sheets... [Castle] had worked with us on a couple of videos previously ... that had turned out really well. We'd talked this one through and made a plan ... but when I saw the rough cut my heart sank. And there wasn't much I could do to change it”. In 2004 Paul Kelly and the Boon Companions performed the track for the DVD, Ways & Means, in the section subtitled Live in Boston. Kelly and his nephew Dan Kelly recorded the song as part of Kelly's A – Z Tours from 2004 to 2010, it was issued on the 8× CD album, The A – Z Recordings (2010). It was later covered by Renée Geyer on Difficult Woman (1994) – Kelly produced her album, also wrote the title song, “Careless” and “Foggy Highway”. Adalita Srsen (ex-Magic Dirt) sang both “Sweet Guy” and “Everything's Turning to White” for the Kelly tribute show and related album, Before Too Long (2010). Peter Bull's daughter, Vika Bull performed “Sweet Guy” on the RocKwiz National Tour which was recorded on a DVD and CD of the same name (2010).