'Though not directly involved in The Ears’ world, John Clifforth’s memoir explores different social cliques and categories in late 1970s Melbourne. Clifforth describes himself, a medical student drawn to playing music, torn in different directions. His induction into the world of Melbourne music also highlights some of the contrasts and tribulations of the period, in for instance the different types of music and associated countercultures he experiences in his student days. He also describes a few of the venues his first ‘real’ band, True Wheels, played. Soon after the demise of The Ears, Clifforth invited Cathy McQuade into Deckchairs Overboard, formed from the ashes of The Cheks; he discusses this group’s career, as well as his creative friendships with both Troy Davies and Michael Hutchence.'