I love lists, and this is a LIST. After getting butt-deep in INXS and NOISEWORKS and BOOM CRASH OPERA et al — It was around 1996 that I re-discovered Australian rock n roll. And a bit later November used to be JJJ’s OZ rock month.
Anyway, here are my top tunes by Australian bands.
1) Apartment — CUSTARD
I have said an awful lot about this band already — but this song rips the shit up.
2) Purple Sneakers — YOU AM I
3) To look at you — INXS
Very hard to pick a favourite of INXS so I let my iTunes play count tally choose. And I am so lucky this song just jumped out. So chilled. The video clip is amazing.
4) Cattle and Cane — THE GO-BETWEENS
I read this blog today and it was a bit intense and wordy, and consequently I got a bit lost in the “importance” and let’s face it — pretension — but it was a pretty cool read. And I guess the band deserve a few sentences you have to read three times to understand.
5) DSS — SMALL FANTASY
This is the third Brisbane song here. And I think your home town just slices your skin like it’s an emo-cutter. And the blood flows and you see your nature in all it’s rawness. This is a song about getting employment benefits, something I had to do a few times, and it is also a love story. Perfect.
6) Cops r Tops — THE MELNIKS
The intermets don’t have this song so you get to hear Drew Romance instead.
7) Losin it — UNDERGROUND LOVERS
How chilled is this song? It’s like drinking a cocktail in a very comfortable chair and looking at the sunset and knowing a whole bunch of more cocktails and a decent meal is awaiting you — even though you are thinking about some lover that is quite apparent, but blissfully distant at the same time.
8) That Ain’t Bad — RATCAT
This 3 chord song with chorus key-change made everything make sense. Yeah.
9) Sweet and Sour — THE TAKEAWAYS
I loved this Tv show. It planted the seed in my shitty head that I could one day be in a rock n roll band
10) You’re The Voice — JOHN FARNHAM
This song almost got me arrested. And yes, this song is pretty cool. Embarrassing but cool. I had this party at my house and we all sang this as loud as we could and then the cops turned up and I had to face them in a “state” and attempt to defuse the situation. “It’s ‘The Voice’ — i thought we lived in AUSTRALIA. WTF?”. TRUE STORY. The cops let me off with a warning.
11) Talking to a Stranger — HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS
Just a massively dreamy trip. Enjoy.
12) NY Coal Mine Disaster — THE BEE GEES
This song is so sad, so old-school. If it doesn’t make you cry then…I dunno.
13) Fool’s Rush In — DROP CITY
A very heavy but lush and serene song. Rich in textures — the extra guitar with it’s whammy-bar attack in the heavy bits and then violins in the verses which get all heavy again in the chorus. Amazin
14) Dwarf on Dwarf — THE FAUVES
This is a song by “the Doctor” — not the usual singer in the band. But he was my fave. And he was so sensitive and rock at the same time. Kinda my whole life philosophy. Shame I can’t find the song on the intermets.
15) Can’t Help Myself — FLOWERS
Iva Davies when he was cool and edgy and didn’t have a mullet.
16) Pace or the Patience — LOVE OF DIAGRAMS
Fucking hell — this band is all style. The best of art and rock married with crazy-super-glue.
17) Get Free — THE VINES
The BEST, THE BESTEST EVER, middle 8 ever. The whole song revolves around it.
18) Evil Eye — SIDEWINDER
This is actually only my second fave song of theirs. The epic NOT COMING HOME is so much better. All 7 minutes. But this song rocks, especially the keyboard refrain.
19 Rainbow Kraut — JOHN STEEL SINGERS
20) Little Lovers — LIttle Lovers
Cause this song doesn’t exist easily on the interwebs — you get to see Red Devil instead. Good band. I think I in this clip. Whatever