Chapter  Eighteen  :  Signing Off

                                                                         Chapter Eighteen


                        I've been thinking about few different things that I've done along the way in this interesting and varied business.


                                           I did a few T.V. and film spots. I was an extra in a short film called 'Sign Language'.

I also played the part of 'Rip Van Winkle' in the American pilot for the extremely popular Australian children's

 television show 'Humphrey B Bear'.  I also had a four day trip to Port Pirie to do a cigarette commercial for the Japanese market. That was a good gig and we were flown up and then had a coach ride back to Adelaide.


I did a couple of TV adverts, one for The Adelaide Crows football team (Australian Rules),

and a Christmassy one for Myers Department stores.


I played a comedian by the name of 'Willie Pullit' in a show called 'Jailhouse Rock' which was presented at


The Old Adelaide Jail for The 1992 Adelaide Festival  and  my band

'Long Lunch' played at the Adelaide Fringe Festival  event 'At The Green ' at

The Aldinga Eco Village 2010



                                                               Poster for one Of The Australia Day concerts of which I did many



                                                                                                                              Xmas Pageant in the Sun




                       One of the jobs I did regularly was the Annual Xmas Pageant, where Santa usually arrives on the foreshore in a 'tinny',

                                                                                        used extensively in these parts.


                                    Many people and their kids would have grown up hearing me compere the pageant






                                                                                       Radio and TV Adverts 

Monkey Business developed another side to what we were doing, and started to produce adverts for different people and for both Radio and T.V.

We wrote, produced and performed the     'Cheap as Chips' jingle which is heard very frequently over our multi commercial TV channels here in Adelaide. The jingle has been used consistently over the past 20 years...

                                                                                                     Cheap as Chips Jingle 

                                                                                A couple of ads where I also did the voice over.

                                                                              Here's a couple where Rob & I did the voice overs


                                                                                 Each track will take approx. 10 seconds to load.

                                                                                                   On both Radio and TV                        






Here's a couple of TV Adverts for Colonnades Shopping Centre    I was the Microphone Man  there for over 10 years.

Each video will take just under one minute to load 






We did a series of radio ads for a major Shopping Centre in Adelaide called        City Cross.

 It was all about the 'Lunchcutter Card' which we wrote, produced and performed in Andrew's studio, in Pt. Willunga.

                                                                                      Lunchcutter  Card Ad No 1

                                                                                       Lunchcutter  Card Ad No 2

                                                                                        Lunchcutter   Card Ad No 3



We also produced ads for Shopping centres like the     Port Mall  and our local shopping centre




                                                        Aldinga Central, where they could be played over their own sound systems.


                                                                                        Aldinga Central Jingle



                                                                                                           the Wrap  up

I originally started out in this wonderful world of music and entertainment at the tender age of 16, in 1960. It was a totally different world then.


With The Puppets, I know that we all wanted to be able to make a living from playing music. During the life of the group we had agents and managers, but when all that was over we were left to our own devices. We simply had to learn to negotiate deals on our own behalf. I'm proud to say that I have been my own manager ever since. As it was one of my original goals, to be able to feed myself using my own musical and entertainment talents, I'm pleased to say I've succeeded in doing just that.

                                  When I look back over my career, I'm extremely pleased and satisfied that I was, and am,

                                                            able to do many different aspects of  'The Business'

                                                    Lead Singer      Compere         Comedian         Master Of Ceremonies  


                                                                Front Man            Drummer            Back up  Singer  


                                                                               Spruiker        Quiz Show Presenter   

                                                                                    TV and Radio Voice Over Work


I definitely consider myself to be hugely fortunate in being able to do this for a living. I've enjoyed every minute. I've enjoyed the diversity that  'The Business' has afforded me. Well we seem to have come full circle and we are back to the present. It's Jan. 2015 and I do hope you have  enjoyed reading about my entertaining and musical life.This whole exercise has turned up people I haven't heard from for years.


                                                                                Who's a lucky boy then????   




                                                                                                             Bye Bye

I want to express my gratitude to my partner Mos, who has had the job of  'Editor' on this whole project. I couldn't have done it without her.

                         Thank you  Mossie, love your work, love you!  ~ Des









          Lots more  to see folks,Lots of Video files Audio files, Obituaries, Photos, Links


                                   Thanks for being here, thanks for visiting


                                                                                     Bye for Now 


                                              Des O'Reilly 




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