So much was Melbourne the centre of Australian music that bands from all over the country flocked to the Yarra city. One such combo was Brisbane’s The 5.
Having already made their name as a top live act at home, the group made the move south in late 1965 and barely missed a beat. Much was made in the local press of frontman Ronnie Williams’ habit of singing with his arms folded, but the truth is they had real talent.
Their second single ‘There’s Time’ (penned by Williams and produced by the late Pat Aulton) is note-perfect chiming guitar powerpop with genius drum fills by Peter Thomson.
The record briefly made the Melbourne top-40 but deserved to be a national smash hit.
Ian D Marks
Co-author: “Wild About You - The Sixties Beat Explosion in Australia and New Zealand"
There's Time was re-released in November 2012 on the Warner compilation:
Down Under Nuggets - Original Australian Artyfacts 1965 - 1967
Album available via Warner online:
And at iTunes Australia:
Also at iTunes on the EP: The Five 1965-1966