The Roots of Kim Salmon

by Kim Salmon




This is in essence a spoken word performance with musical prompts in which I talk about sounds, images and ideas from 1970-1973, how they affect me at the formative ages of 13, 14, 15 &16 and the impact this has on me right up to the present.

Each vignette begins with an ‘off the cuff’ verbal ‘snapshot’ of a point in time in my life including a hit song from that time, my environment and me.

This is followed by a rendition of that song by me with a band I have assembled just for this occasion. After this I give a brief exposition linking this piece to a more contemporary song of my own, followed by a performance of that song.

It came about because I was asked to perform a set of the songs that influenced me by Mark Burchett (an old colleague and friend of mine) at a club he ran – The Flying Saucer Club in Elsternwick, Victoria. I jumped at this as an opportunity to talk about a particularly formative time and what happened to me in that time and since. The talking was all impromptu and completely unscripted as I knew I would have plenty I wanted to say.

The renditions of the songs were also one off (unless I do more shows of this nature) and are imperfect in their nature due to limited time to rehearse. This however is not a disclaimer as I like the idea that any performance is really just what the performer can salvage from any given situation.


released October 16, 2015

Kim Salmon: Monologues/Lead vocals and guitar
Mike Stranges: Guitar, backing vocals and drums
Clare Moore: Drums, backing vocals, keyboards and percussion
Stu Thomas: Bass and backing vocals


The Roots of Kim Salmon was a show performed at The Flying Saucer Club on 16th October 2015, with a backing band featuring Clare Moore (drums), Stu Thomas (bass) and Michael Stranges (guitar). The two sets featured the songs that shaped Kim's musical future as well as showcasing some songs from Kim's upcoming solo album "My Script"(due for release in early 2016).

Concert blurb:

Kim Leith Salmon is an Australian music icon with a 40+ year career performing with The Cheap Nasties, the Scientists, Beasts of Bourbon, Kim Salmon and the Surrealists, Kim Salmon and the Business and The Darling Downs (among others). Guaranteed to be a fabulous night of hook driven, pop guitar tunes!

Reserved Seating: $28.00 + bf
General Admission: $18.00 + bf
Door (GA): $20.00
Doors Open: 6pm (seats/dining), 8pm (standing)
Showtime: 8.40pm

Kim is an inductee of the West Australian Music Industry Association Hall of Fame and the EG Awards Hall of Fame. Originally aspiring to be a nuclear physicist, he was swayed by the sounds of rock’n’roll and became a Scientist. Hailed as ‘The Godfather of Grunge’, Kim Salmon and his band consisting of Michael Stranges (drums) and Stu Thomas (bass) will play a selection of songs from artists that form part of Salmon’s DNA and which have informed his songwriting and career such as TRex, Credence Clearwater Revival, The ‘Stones, Serge Gainsbourg, The Delfonics and Daddy Cool.

‘The Scientists turned my head around and made a man out of me! They grew hair on my palms and made my socks stink!’ – Jon Spencer



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Kim Salmon Melbourne, Australia

Kim Salmon is an Australian musician and songwriter.

Kim Salmon's most enduring legacy, and not one that he particularly tried for, will no doubt be that many blame him, or at least his band The Scientists, for 'grunge'.

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