Mondo Rock’s Ross Wilson Daddy Cool about performing on A Day on the Green bill with Farnham


Photo: Mondo Rock - Mondo Rock with Ross Wilson (front).
Photo: Mondo Rock - Mondo Rock with Ross Wilson (front).

FEW people have added more to Australia’s pop music canon than Ross Wilson.

As front man of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock he penned classics such as Come Back Again, Eagle Rock, A Touch of Paradise and Cool World.

He is coming back to Perth with Mondo Rock for the Day on the Green concert at Kings Park on Sunday, December 17, where he will be joined by John Farnham, Kate Ceberano and The Badloves.

Wilson has known Farnham since the 1970s – and he revealed he owed plenty to ‘Whispering Jack’.

“The association between Mondo Rock and John Farnham goes all the way back to the Whispering Jack album,” he said.

“Just in Australia it sold 1.7 million copies – no one’s ever done that, not even ABBA.

A Touch of Paradise was recorded by Mondo Rock in 1982 and he did his version in 1986.

“He’s been very good to me because I still get royalties.”

Eagle Rock has become an anthem for the West Coast Eagles, its distinctive guitar riff blaring whenever the club enjoys a home win.

Now aged 70, Wilson said he still gets a kick when it comes on the radio.

“I still listen to it and go ‘that sounds really good’,” he said.

Eagle Rock’s the foundation of everything that’s come since.

“I’ve been able to be a professional musician because of that song.”

And what about the tracks he’s most proud of?

“I love Come Back Again because it’s so simple,” Wilson said.

“It’s just eight bars repeated.

“But in the Mondo Rock era… Cool World was a big breakthrough for me.

“That song means a lot to me.”THE ESSENTIALS

What: A Day on the Green

Where: Kings Park and Botanic Gardens

When: Sunday December 17

Tickets: www.adayonthegreen.com.au