29 November, 2016. 12:23

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact

“THE FIRST TIME THAT I heard Lee Harding, I was in the car with my muse and we were listening to, I think, Triple M 105.1 and on came that jangly guitar riff that sounded like somebody kicked open the door to your mind, from ‘Wasabi.'” said Murphy.

“And my muse, who was no stiff with post-garage-punk-revival said, ‘That guy can’t sing.’ But I knew she was wrong. I sat there, I didn’t say nothing, but I knew that I was listening to the toughest voice that I had ever heard.”

To pay homage to the moment that the 28-year-old singer-songwriter found his musical purpose, he’s revealed to The Advocate this afternoon that he plans to cover Lee Harding’s ‘Wasabi‘ the next time Triple J asks him to perform on their segment, Like A Version.

“It’d be a great honour and privilege to sing one of Lee’s tracks,” said Murphy. “An enormous tribute to a great Australian recording artist. Not since Nick Cave has there been anymore more edgy and musically brave.”

Producers from Triple J are equally as excited as Murphy about his upcoming performance on their airways, with the radio station struggling to schedule the artist in before Christmas.

Back in 2006, Lee’s the single release of ‘Wasabi’ lasted 5 consecutive weeks in the #1 position on radio charts nationwide. It was the feel good hit the nation needed after tragic news broke that Jeff, the purple Wiggle, was forced into an early retirement due to medical reasons.

More to come.


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