“Up There Cazaly” now showing at the Rotary Geelong Conference, March 2017

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Mike Brady

Supremo Mike Brady is just one of the line up great speakers at the Rotary District Conference at Geelong. The 3 day event 24th March to 26th March will finish on the Sunday with a performance by Mike and presenting the highlights of his life of memories.

Mike Brady had established recording studios in Melbourne, Australia and has continued to work in advertising, writing jingles such as “Dodo, Dodo, internet that flies” for Dodo Internet and “Lucky you’re with AAMI”. He continued to write material for the VFL. In the early 1980s he reworked “Up There Cazaly” into a theme song for the Sydney Swans’ relocation into Sydney. Mike also co-wrote and produced another popular AFL (Australian Football League) jingle, “That’s What I Like About Football”, sung by Greg Champion. “Up There Cazaly” was reworked in 1999 with Haley White for its 20th anniversary.


Mike was born in England in 1948 and migrated to Australia in the 1950s with his family. His first job was at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation factory in Port Melbourne, Victoria, as a sheet metal worker. He started performing when he was 15 and he was one-third of the 1960s pop act MPD Ltd. (which stood for Mike, Pete and Danny) which had hits in Australia including “Little Boy Sad” and “Lonely Boy”. The band toured Australia and the U.K. Brady also toured Vietnam entertaining troops, with a different band which included Wayne Duncan, Gary Howard and country brother and sister act Ricki and Tammy. After the break-up of MPD Ltd., Brady continued to record occasionally and had a top 10 hit with “Sympathy”.

Brady had established recording studios in Melbourne, Australia. In July 1980, in Brady’s studios, Joe Dolce and his group the Joe Dolce Music Theatre recorded the song “Shaddap You Face”, which had been a success in Dolce’s cabaret show. Dolce took the song to Mushroom Records and Festival Records but neither label was interested. Dolce went back to Brady who agreed to finance the record.

By November 1980 the song had topped the Australian charts and became the (then) best selling Australian song in Australia ever. Elton John had made a bid for the rights but had been knocked back. By February 1981 “Shaddup You Face” had reached the top of the United Kingdom charts and was becoming an international hit in Europe and the United States. The song would sell four million copies worldwide. Elton John had persuaded Andrew Sachs of Fawlty Towers to record a version but it failed to chart. In 1982 Brady wrote “You’re here to win” as the theme song for the XII Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia.

Since then Brady has continued to work in advertising, writing jingles such as “Dodo, Dodo, internet that flies” for Dodo Internet and “Lucky you’re with AAMI”. He continued to write material for the VFL. In the early 1980s he reworked “Up There Cazaly” into a theme song for the Sydney Swans’ relocation into Sydney. He wrote “One Day in September” about the VFL grand final and recorded versions of many of the VFL team’s theme songs for an album in 1987. Brady also co-wrote and produced another popular AFL (Australian Football League) jingle, “That’s What I Like About Football”, sung by Greg Champion. “Up There Cazaly” was reworked in 1999 with Haley White for its 20th anniversary but failed to make the same impact. It was reworked as “Up There Australia” to show support for Australian troops in the War of Iraq in 2003.

Brady has written songs for popular Australian artists such as John Farnham and Tina Arena and produced albums by Arena and Colleen Hewett. He also wrote the song “Courage in their Eyes” for the Seven Network’s Olympics coverage.

In addition to his jingle writing and performing, Brady also works at Melbourne radio station, 3AW He is the host of Mike to Midnight, Saturday nights from 6pm until Midnight, during the non-football months and occasionally fills in on other 3AW programs such as Nightline.

Brady is also the chairman of Cogmetrix, a Predictive People Analytics company that uses cognitive neuroscience sofware for talent management; Recruitment, Productivity and Organisational Development.


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