"The sound is Queen meets Led Zeppelin with just the right amount of Spinal Tap" (MAG) Bridging the power chords and riffs of the late 70s with a contemporary sound and subject, Rock Is Dead is a timeless classic that will empower anyone who listens to it to celebrate the true sound of rock'n'roll.


Driven by Murdoch's poignant lyrics Melbourne rock band Taste has structured a powerful collection of hard hitting classic rock songs with meaningful lyrics which are consistently direct and relevant. There are no pretty boy prancing songs in this lot. All songs, except 'Same Old Story' which has been lifted from their first album, were written within the last 12 months and recorded at Melbourne's Sing Sing Studio.

In much of today's new music it is not difficult for the vintage listener to find familiar a riff here or an identifiable rhythm there, it seems quite common in modern music to regurgitate sounds from the past…But this album serves up original sounds while still managing to reincarnate the big sound of last century's super rock production.

This truly is an iconic album by an iconic band.

"Hello Can You Hear Me" the opening track is cunningly mellowed by the sound of Tortoni's Jazz double bass which is awakened by the echoing sound of Murdoch's reverberating vocals. A statement of what most fans seem to expect from their rock idols. " Hello can you hear me? Hello can you see me? You want love you got it. You want sex you got it, you want blood, you want it all,” this is perhaps an unmarked response by the hype created idols referred to in the title track.

The deeply haunting "Sanctuary" provokes a frantic adrenalin rush of anxiety as the racing guitar riff provides the haunting backbeat that condemns the horrors of child abuse. Originally written as a short story, the narrator tells of revisiting the orphanage to get a job as a gardener. Unrecognised by the priest he waits for the 30th anniversary of his mistreatment to seek revenge.

The title track "Rock is Dead" incites feelings that ever since Bill Haley did it around the clock Rock Music has always been a powerful medium to express the voice of youth culture and in this track Murdoch protests the lack of traditional rock in popular music of today. "Rock is Dead, it died last night on your TV ……… Rock is Dead, voted off by you and me." he claims as the musical voice of a half a dozen generations become packaged and franchised to increase the wealth of the corporate greedy.

The meaningful "Kyle" with it's darker sound tells a story about some of the choices we make while growing up combating peer pressure. Constructed like a rock operatic monologue this is a reflective tale of decisions and regrets.

Still marketing a social conscience the pounding "Don't Wanna Be Like You", the only track by Amenta is an unpolished ruby in a buck full of diamonds truly a compliment to his obvious talents and could very well become an anthem of our time. With it's cutting lyrics it promotes individuality and condemns our social complacency. A made to order track for every air-guitar virtuoso which will certainly come alive when it gets a chance to explode in a live performance.

"Breathe", a beautiful rock ballad by anyone's standard is dedicated to Murdoch's brother. It tells of the agony of losing someone to the devastating disease of cancer. "Remember what you said to me. It's all the strength I need" Mellower than the other tracks on the album, it is an uplifting track inspired by a devastating situation.

"Elizabeth Makes Me Smile" is another social statement that talks about the many troubles of the world today as it expresses the comforting escape one can find in the innocent smile of a child, namely Murdoch's daughter Elizabeth.

"Same Old Story", any original Taste fan would be sure to remember this live favourite which has been lifted for the '….Fancy' album…….. over thirty years old it's revitalised treatment brings it's old story of conflict between parent and child into the new millennium with it's sharp and punchy sound bought alive by Witenberg's strong rhythm.

"Crazy Mother*" is perhaps the rawest track on the album with an ultra-modern lyrical approach. Musically it is primal and infectious although it's questionable chorus' lyrics may prevent it from being a contender for the song of the year even if no one can get that damn melody out of their head. Another contender for being a favourite live anthem.

"All The Good Things" the longest track on the album is credited to longtime friend Susan Turner. This is a nice track which once again seems to be an operatically inspired rock ballad. Soft and flowing it shows a gentle side to this many times seasoned group of rock stars… who close the album with a reprise of the Tortoni double bass

Rock may very well be dead but great guitar licks are alive and well electrifying the fingers of great guitarists like Amenta, Murdoch and Tortoni.


Elizabeth Makes Me Smile

Written By: Ken Murdoch

There's trouble in the wor ld today
Two men lost their lives by being in the wrong place, wrong time, today
I don't want to be here today
but if a do all I need to do to
make me ok today

and when you feel there's nothing left
and when you feel like second best
she'll change your mind with a smile

She'll make you laugh
She'll make you cry
She'll make you ask yourself
And wonder why
Elizabeth can make me smile

There's trouble in my heart today
she looked at me and as quickly turned away
as if to say
I don't need to be held today
and if I do all I need to do is cry
to make you stay

And when you feel like second bet
and when you feel there's nothing left
she'll change your heart with a smile


Elizabeth can make you feel like time stands still
but when she takes your hand
she'll move you
oh she'll make you
oh she'll make you
she'll make you smile.

Rock is Dead

Written By: Ken Murdoch

Rock is Dead
It died last night on your TV
Outside your head with your color LCD
Your comfy chair, DVDS and PCPs
Rock is Dead
Voted off by you and me

Remember our life, it played so easy
No real-time drama, no primetime sleazy
I have a soft spot for things of honour
And now you're saviours are prima donnas
Brought by McDonalds


You took a bad thing and made it badder
Hid from the real world - your corporate ladder
Just keep your high fives
I'm not that colour
You'd change your accent for one last dollar
Yankee dollar


Open your heart up and listen to it
Don't be mistaken by ring-tone shit
The things you worship won't be around long
Don't buy the singer, stick with the real song

Rock is Dead
It died last night on your TV
OUtside your head with your color LCD
Your comfy chair, PSP and Ecstacy
Rock is Dead
Thank God for you and You and Me.


Written By: Ken Murdoch

When days are dark
And you can’t feel
Life doesn’t seem that much
Remember what you said to me
Times when we could not touch
The change we made
Was all I need
To keep me from losing you
Things turn around
Your secret’s safe
Make plans for a better day

You taught me to breathe
Open your eyes and see
Everything is free
If you just try to breathe

Who would have thought we’d need
This time to say everything we feel
So sing your song and make me smile
Tis all the strength I Need

Sometimes it’s hard to find your place
For your thought to dance away
Remember what you said to me
It’s all the strength I need


ROCK IS DEAD - album songs - currently securing radio interest and airplay.

Cloud Nine “Where all Good Friends Rock On” Warner Music 1975
Taste “Tickle Your Fancy”

Taste “Knights of Love”
“Boys will be Boys”

Set List

ALBUM songs present and past.