About HGWT

Owned and operated by Clay Djubal, Have Gravity Will Threaten (HGWT) was initially active in Armidale and Sydney between 1983 and 1988 under the name S.T.D. Music, Hire and Promotion. In 1993, while studying as an undergraduate at the University of Queensland, Djubal re-established the business as an independent, not-for-profit, publisher of music, plays, poetry and images. It celebrates the writers, musicians, composers, bands, photographers and industry others who were active in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales during the ‘pub rock’ era of the 1970s and 1980s.

HGWT’s core mission also includes offering production and distribution facilities – both music (CDs) and small press publications – for bands and artists represented in this research archive. We are also able to provide a contact service for those artists who would prefer to produce and distribute their own works. HGWT operated initially out of the Brisbane suburbs of Everton Hills, Wooloowin, Northgate and Wavell Heights before transferring to the Australian Capital Territory in 2021. It is now based in the Canberra suburb of Rivett.

HGWT’s major publication, the Northern Tablelands Music Industry Archive, serves as an historical archive that celebrates the efforts and achievements of those individuals (and businesses) who helped keep the Northern Tableland’s music scene alive and happening during a significant period in the Australian music industry’s history. The purpose is to not only provide biographical information but to also establish a central collection point for materials which will help further our knowledge of a regional music scene during Australia’s rock music history renaissance. These materials can include images, ephemera (posters etc), recordings and video.

The Archive has been established as a research community project. Anyone with information or materials relating to the archive is invited to contribute.  All assistance will be acknowledged on individual entries, as well as on the “Research Projects / Contact Us and Acknowledgements  page.” Any materials made available to HGWT will be returned if required or alternatively (if agreed to) will be become part of a collection to be donated to the University of New England and Regional Archive (Armidale).

The Northern Tablelands Music Industry Archive is now preserved for future generations through Pandora: Australia’s Web Archive, an initiative of the National Library of Australia and participating agencies.  The Pandora persistent identifier for the NTMIA is http://nla.gov.au/nla.arc-121812. To date the archive has been captured in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2018. For information regarding the Pandora project see the attached Factsheet.

Among the writers and artists whose work has been published by HGWT are the rock bands Vice Squad (Indecent Acts); Health Club (Hippy Punk); Shoot the DJ (Crunch Time: Live at Impies / Cleared for Action / Mind-Driving); Some Trippin’ Diggers (The Larrikin Demofestos), Crash Landing (Between a Flame and a Hot Place / On Fire: The Crash Landing Tapes – Vols 1 and 2); and Some Trippin’ Diggers’ (Paralytic with Intelligence).

Other HGWT recordings include original music from the 1994 Brisbane stage production of Marvellous Melbourne (music and lyrics by Clay Djubal). HGWT has published both Marvellous Melbourne and The Last Word (1997), a rock musical by Clay Djubal (with Marcel Dorney) based on an original story by Cameron Davies. It also acts as a distributor for Jo-ann Simmons and Dennis Landy’s 1984 collection of poetry Kind Threats. HGWT’s most recent publication is Incurable Sneezes: Selected Poetry and Lyrics 1978-1998 (2009) by Clay Djubal

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A number of entries in this site include embedded songs. There are also links to both internal entries and external websites. The latter may include images, audio, video, and biographical material.

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Disclaimer: Have Gravity Will Threaten (including the Northern Tablelands Music Industry Archive) is a free, not-for-profit website. No money is being asked, or ever will be asked, of anyone contributing to it. No advertising will ever be accepted on the site either. All links to outside websites are provided for research purposes only. Have Gravity Will Threaten and the Northern Tablelands Music Industry Archive have no association with these sites and accepts no responsibility for the content that they provide.
To see this website’s copyright statement go to “About the Northern Tablelands Music Industry Archive” page.

This site last updated: 10 May 2023