Buried and Dead

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"Buried and Dead"
Single by The Masters Apprentices
from the album The Masters Apprentices
B-side"She's My Girl"
ReleasedMay 1967 (1967-05)
Format7" vinyl
Songwriter(s)Michael Bower
Producer(s)Max Pepper
The Masters Apprentices singles chronology
"Buried and Dead"
"Living in a Child's Dream"

"Buried and Dead" is the second single by Australian rock group, the Masters Apprentices, which was issued in May 1967 on Astor Records. It peaked at No. 26 on the Go-Set national singles charts.


In mid-1966 Adelaide-based rock group, the Masters Apprentices, shared a gig with pop star, Bobby Bright (of Melbourne duo, Bobby & Laurie), who was impressed and recommended them to his label, Astor Records. A few weeks later, they were contacted by Astor's Max Pepper, who requested a four-track demo.[1][2] The band went to a local two-track studio to record it, but realised that they had only three suitable songs: "Hot Gully Wind", "Buried and Dead" and "She's My Girl".[1][3]

The group relocated to Melbourne and the demo, including the newly written, "Undecided", became their debut extend play, The Masters Apprentices (February 1967).[3][4] "Buried and Dead" and "She's My Girl" were taken from the EP and released as its second single in May, which peaked at No. 26 on the Go-Set Top 40 national singles chart[5] and spent eight weeks in the top forty.[6] The single also peaked in the top ten charts in most Australian capital cities.[7][8][9] Both sides were written by the group's rhythm guitarist, Mick Bower.[10][11] The band made a promotional film clip for "Buried and Dead" for TV (at their own expense), which their lead singer, Jim Keays, believed was one of the first music videos made in Australia.[12]

Track listing[edit]

1."Buried and Dead"Michael Bower2:37
2."She's My Girl"Bower2:50


The Masters Apprentices
  • Mick Bower – rhythm guitar
  • Jim Keays – lead vocals
  • Rick Morrison – lead guitar
  • Brian Vaughton – drums
  • Gavin Webb – bass guitar
Recording and artwork
  • Graphic artist, art director – Darrin Crosgrove
  • Producer – Max Pepper


  • Keays, Jim (1999). His Master's Voice: The Masters Apprentices: The bad boys of sixties rock 'n' roll. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-185-X. Retrieved 29 May 2017. Note: limited preview for on-line version.
  • Kimball, Duncan (2002). "The Masters Apprentices". Milesago: Australasian Music and Popular Culture 1964–1975. Ice Productions. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  • McFarlane, Ian (1999). "WHAMMO Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 29 May 2017. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
  • Spencer, Chris; Nowara, Zbig; McHenry, Paul (2002) [1987]. The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Noble Park, Vic.: Five Mile Press. ISBN 1-86503-891-1.[13] Note: [on-line] version was established at White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd in 2007 and was expanded from the 2002 edition. As from September 2010 the [on-line] version is no longer available.
  1. ^ a b Keays, pp. 41, 45, 50, 52, 54–55
  2. ^ Creswell, Toby (2007) [2005]. 1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories and Secrets Behind Them (RocKwiz ed.). Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant. p. 443. ISBN 978-1-74066-458-5.
  3. ^ a b Kimball
  4. ^ McFarlane, "'The Master's Apprentices' entry". Archived from the original on 18 June 2004. Retrieved 20 August 2017..
  5. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed (19 July 1967). "Go-Set National Top 40". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  6. ^ McGrath, Noel (198). Noel McGrath's Australian Encyclopaedia of Rock. Outlaw Press. p. 197.
  7. ^ Jones, Martin (2005). Lover, Buggers, and Thieves. Headpress. p. 146. ISBN 9781900486415.
  8. ^ "Canberra Top Forty". The Canberra Times. 41, (11, 756). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 2 August 1967. p. 26. Retrieved 29 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ McIntyre, Iain (Ed) (2006). Tomorrow is Today: Australia in the Psychedelic Era, 1966-1970. Wakefield Press. p. 53. ISBN 9781862546974.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ ""Buried and Dead" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  11. ^ ""She's My Girl" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  12. ^ Keays, p. 62–63
  13. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 29 January 2010.