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"Footy Trip" is the first song from the forthcoming album 'The Asphalt & The Oval' by Michael Waugh. Produced by Shane Nicholson.
Michael told Australian Country Radio,
Having grown up in a Gippsland dairy farming community, I understand that football is like a religion in many rural towns. I’m not a heretic disbeliever, but I don’t practice the religion very well. Honestly, the only time I tried to kick a football I slipped and winded myself in the grass. In other undignified tales of my sporting prowess, I once tried to tackle a player who was taking a free kick at the time. It seemed when I was growing up that there were some rules and skills associated with our unofficial religion that I was not privy to.
However, I was once designated driver on a footy trip (well, it was my little brother’s bucks party but it had enough footy players on board the bus for me to get some insight). The camaraderie and fun on the trip was infectious – if but a little out of control. And it struck me what a rite of passage the footy trip is in our culture – and how much rural men need those smelly, loud journeys (especially at a time when it is this difficult to make a living on the land).
The greatest praise that I’ve had for this track was from one of my brothers who said ‘mate, if I didn’t know better, I’d swear you were on the bus with us!’ So, I’d like to say that this song is a little bare-butt-printed window into the great Australian tradition of the footy trip: the annual pilgrimage to the city for rural footy players in a road trip devoid of girlfriends and good taste.
When Sam Zagame (video director) and I started working on this video the brief was: ‘it’s like Wake in Fright in a bus with a soundtrack by AC/DC and a brown-eye out the back’.
Aside from the fun, this video captures the darkness and violence of Australian male culture. And it doesn’t do so in a judgemental way – rather it recognises why men in country towns sometimes need to "Leave the dairy farm behind, Get the boys and let’s get blind"