Despite being in the producer’s chair for close to 40 albums with Slim Dusty, it’s his work on The Saints’ debut LP (I’m) Stranded, released in 1977, that has brought him recognition outside of Australia and New Zealand. Bob Geldof is on record as saying, “Rock music in the 70s was changed by three bands – The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and The Saints.”
Rod Coe appears in the video for Slim Dusty’s 1981 hit ‘Duncan’. The clip was filmed in Sydney at the Town and Country Hotel, which is mentioned in the lyric, whose publican’s surname was also Coe. The song reached No.7 on the NZ singles chart.
Rod Coe became a tutor at the inaugural Country Music Association of Australia’s Australian College of Country Music in 1998 and was the college’s music director from 2000 to 2003.