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Not sure if you guys know this, but the American perception of Australian culture is quite positive. Of course, what Americans think Australian culture is about is probably mostly ridiculous, but it's perceived very fondly.

The American TV and radio ads for Foster's beer and Outback Steakhouse are great examples. A guy with an Australian accent, promoting "Crocodile Dundee" stereotypes, sells a product. And Americans eat it up, literally.
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Onya uniin - we're getting quite a catalogue going here.




Yeah, that was the worst gig ever. Much more fun having residencies at small, fleabag bars. As for the "exposure" you receive playing a prestige venue with a name band ... it doesn't necessarily mean good exposure ...

I usually find Skyhooks songs too repetitive but they worked great live because they were so tight and had such great energy. Ego is a great little number.

Going back to 1972, this was a classic by excellent vocalist, Jeff St John http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgWGQTcDFLk ... a million miles from from the formulaic singer/dancer bimbo and himbo pop stars on the record company mass production line!

We even had our own precursor to Boy George - Jeff Duff - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUFeKIaVFP8 ... I went with friends to see a more recent band of his in a city venue. They knew Jeff and we sat and drank with him and the band after the gig. The fruity shtick is such a game - he's a really grounded, likeable guy :) ... and he's still gigging http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQtNSSFfvwc
Skyhooks: the whole Ego album is good. my local AOR station played the whole thing when it came out in '75 and i went to school the next day singing "You Just Like Me Cause I'm Good In Bed". my friends wanted to know - What are you singing ? : ) didn't hear it again until da tube. wondered if i just imagined the record was that good. it was. and so were the songs from other albums that i found and the documentary was good too.

Jeff St. John: great voice. is he wheel-chair bound for life oe was that a momentary occurance ? i could look him up, but...you know...i'm like lazy and stuff.
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Rolf Harris: Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport http://youtu.be/vGCiYDWGZv4
Don't need to click the link. I saw him perform it on TV for many years. The man is a dag but he's a genuine talent. One of his tricks was to doing a painting in a couple of minutes before an audience - very skillful!

Don't forget his cover of Stairway to Heaven :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBzJQ6ZA6oA


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Not sure if you guys know this, but the American perception of Australian culture is quite positive. Of course, what Americans think Australian culture is about is probably mostly ridiculous, but it's perceived very fondly.

The American TV and radio ads for Foster's beer and Outback Steakhouse are great examples. A guy with an Australian accent, promoting "Crocodile Dundee" stereotypes, sells a product. And Americans eat it up, literally.
Oh yeah, the throw a shrimp on the barbie thing. Bear in mind that no Aussie would ever say that - he translated "prawns" into the Americanese term - "shrimps".

Yeah, the idea of the stoic, laconic Aussie is history. In our cities people are just as neurotic, oversensitive, complaining and hair-trigger as people in cities everywhere.


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Skyhooks: the whole Ego album is good. my local AOR station played the whole thing when it came out in '75 and i went to school the next day singing "You Just Like Me Cause I'm Good In Bed". ...

Jeff St. John: great voice. is he wheel-chair bound for life oe was that a momentary occurance ? i could look him up, but...you know...i'm like lazy and stuff.
Ah, there's a story behind You Just Like Me Cause I'm Good In Bed ... it was banned on all the commercial radio stations. Just at that time the ABC (government-funded independent media) started up a radio station for young people to support local product - 2JJ - and that was the first song they broadcast - a nice statement of intent.

Yep, Jeff St John's paraplegic and, yes, he has a great voice.

There was some pretty mean indie going on here too:

The Birthday party, featuring Nick Cave: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5I2vEcVC_I

A similar character was Tex Perkins. I saw one of his bands play, The Beasts of Bourbon ... pretty heavy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IR5DykkpnE

Later he started up The Cruel Sea, who I liked a lot more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmeiqwI6Ejk
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Don't forget his cover of Stairway to Heaven :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBzJQ6ZA6oA
I've been trying to forget that little gem ever since he first performed it. Unfortunately, Pol, you won't let me.

The Poms can keep him........they can also keep Kylie and Danni Minogue.....and they can have Mel B back too for that matter.

Totally impressed to see the Skyhooks getting a run on the other side of the Pacific though.
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Totally impressed to see the Skyhooks getting a run on the other side of the Pacific though.
Me too. I thought they were purely local.

Any bands you'd like to suggest that I missed?

PS. Sorry about Rolf, well, not really ... I liked it :)
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Me too. I thought they were purely local.

Any bands you'd like to suggest that I missed?

PS. Sorry about Rolf, well, not really ... I liked it :)
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Bee Gees ?

Olivia Newton-John ?
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Olivia Newton-John ?
The Bee Gees started their music careers in Brisbane but they'd long returned to their native England by the time they made it internationally.

Olivia ... yeah, I guess, but she was pretty well a product.

Just noticed there's not too many women in these lists ... hmm, All woman band, The Party Girls, played hard pop rock http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAaT8P5kVD0. My old band supported them one time and their crew was awesome - they really looked after us and we never sounded so good. The band were nice too.

Melbourne indie band (PFOG's territory) The Go Betweens had a woman drummer, Lindy Morrison http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq1s6FCEoZM

Back to the boys, Jeff Lang is arguably our most talented blues guitarist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvTiTICBI2M ... I've seen this lineup play and, while they noodle like crazy, they noodle very, very well.

Has anyone heard of Alex Lloyd? He was pretty big for a while. He started out in a band called Mother Hubbard, who sounded like Pearl Jam before Pearl Jam did. Trivia: the sister of an ex partner was friends with their drummer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdmUucJyugg
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there's a lot of information here to go through. i am thankful for all of your supplying thoughts, memories and links.

Lindy Morrison is my new hero. didn't Split Endz do a video in that same rustic barn / shack set ?
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You and some surprisingly "well listened" Yanks are pretty much covering it Pol. Everytime I think of one, I come back and see that it's been added (Skyhooks was my last attempt). Don't think Powderfinger have been mentioned have they? Shame to see them split last year......great band I always thought.

Outside of them, I'm scraping the barrel. Don't think I've seen Dragon mentioned...Sherbert perhaps (Ok,,,lame, but people obviously loved 'em back in the day....poor man's Skyhooks I always thought...after the fact of course, being such a spring chicken and all). :-)
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Lindy Morrison is my new hero. didn't Split Endz do a video in that same rustic barn / shack set ?
Dunno the vid, Unfunk. Lindy is now a management consultant or sumpin like that :)


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You and some surprisingly "well listened" Yanks are pretty much covering it Pol. Everytime I think of one, I come back and see that it's been added (Skyhooks was my last attempt). Don't think Powderfinger have been mentioned have they? Shame to see them split last year......great band I always thought.

Outside of them, I'm scraping the barrel. Don't think I've seen Dragon mentioned...Sherbert perhaps (Ok,,,lame, but people obviously loved 'em back in the day....poor man's Skyhooks I always thought...after the fact of course, being such a spring chicken and all). :-)
Yeah, I've been impressed by a few of these guys, who break the cliche of the insular Yank :)

Yep, Powderfinger were after my time ... good pickup.

Dragon, they were super slick on stage, like a band of session players (also expat Kiwis). Who can forget their outrageous single Are You Old Enough? (just heard it on the radio a few mins ago). How did such seediness make it to No 1?? How about when they did the mime thing on Countdown ... singing "are you old enough" to a mass of screaming girls - hilarious!

Speaking of Kiwis, there was also Dave Dobbyn and his band DD Smash (also v good live) ... Whaling was a great song.

I liked two Sherbert songs - Summer Love and Howzat! - where the bubblegum was a tad less sticky.
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Not sure if more than a few people are reading but whattheheck.

Forgot a big one - the first Aussie rocker to tour the US - Johnny O'Keefe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kP3BS23PNE ... before my time, though. Any of you guys heard of him??

Closer to my vintage was the Masters Apprentices (another big omission) - this track rocks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GJkjRo5jkg ... they did well in the UK for a short while. The drummer, Colin (forgot last name) is a regular at a club we've played at a few times. Good guy - lots of fun.
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I live in a beach town, been surfing all my life, and surfers travel, the surfing lifestyle translates across the globe, Rabbit Bartholomew was one of my hero's growing up, he spends alot of time in this area now. but whew I live the music/surf connection was how we knew about lots of Aussie music:: check this cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PGKjPgbTt4
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Onya MX, another gap filled.

Then we have the self referential songs ... singin' about Orstraya.

Icehouse: Great Southern Land http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mkidP2OUCk... VERY 80s. Iva Davies (vocs, guit, songwriter) used to play in a cover band called Flowers ... best cover ban I've heard. Couldn't believe the perfect note for note cover of Lou Reed's Intro/Sweet Jane from Rock'n'Roll Animal.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FdWPeHFAMk. No joke - he and the others in the band nailed this perfectly.

Or Gangajang with Sounds of Then (This is Australia) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML9h3I5Uktw ... there was this small movement in the 80s towards a romanticised idea of Aust. Bloody young cappuccino quaffing city slicking hipsters carrying on about the Great Outback ... yeah, don't forget your hair gel, lads

Men at Work's Downunder ... everyone knows this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeG-hNXXy6I ... they were successfully sued by Larrikin Music for plagiarism, arguing that the flute line was stolen from and old Aussie folk song. Rubbish - it was a crock of a decision.

Peter Allen's I Still Call Australia Home *gimme a bucket* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDLXdUnd-3o ... it's almost like an alternative national anthem, played to death on commercial TV when they want to induce a feeling of mawkish patriotism in suggestible Australians.

Easily the best Australiana song IMO is Goanna Band's Solid Rock, the didgeridoo works great http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV_0Mf9YcyA
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Colin Hay does seem like a nice guy indeed. he was on Craig Ferguson's show a while back.

here's my favorite Men. also one of my favorite snare sounds. it was the last we heard of the Men here.

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Can't forget the mighty You Am I !!!!

Great band and still playing.

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Colin Hay does seem like a nice guy indeed. he was on Craig Ferguson's show a while back.

here's my favorite Men. also one of my favorite snare sounds. it was the last we heard of the Men here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BhrLCTDPdg
My fave MOW track is their first single http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPlNzWbX9c8 ... I had the feeling that Colin Hay started getting serious after a fun, quirky beginning. I dug their drummer live - simple but rock solid and great kit sound.


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Great band and still playing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuNnKYHKrNw
Funny thing ... I know the name well and probably know some of their songs but I know nothing about them. Did they come up in the 90s?


Here's one that's good for a laugh ... Moving Pictures had a No 1 with What About Me?, inspiring anthem for melodramatic whiny losers lol (esp those who are into The Boss) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzQKECQgjW8 ... love the lush drum production. I saw them play a few times - excellent live band. Later the vocalist, Alex Smith, was seen playing around the traps in soul bands.

In Oz we have the hazard of finding band names that aren't used by overseas gropups. I saw the excellent blues band The Hippos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpwH7dX2TEI (one for Larry here) play many times. But if you look for them on YouTube you get the US ska band, The Hippos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrZtQyCPDSo

As for jazz ... hard to go past the Australian Jazz Quintet featuring Errol Buddle on all saxes, flute, bassoon etc. He was the first Aussie jazzman to play with leading us jazzers like Elvin Jones, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holliday, Sammy Davis Jr, Roy Orbison, the Bee Gees and Nat 'King' Cole http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaIqAc23mok.

He's still gigging, I think (he must be around 80 now). I saw him play many times - the best was a quartet with brilliant drummer, Warren Daly, from the Daly Wilson Big Band.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnaLOP-qRYo

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I remember The Hippos.....caught them several times myself. Loved their posters, remember them? The back of the singers neck.....looked just like a hippo too!

Great blues band.
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I remember The Hippos.....caught them several times myself. Loved their posters, remember them? The back of the singers neck.....looked just like a hippo too!

Great blues band.
Yeah, the same suited them perfectly. Les Karski was a great guitarist. The Hippos also had Bridie King playing for them at one stage (as per earlier posted vid) ... she played keys for every second blues band around.

Let's talk blues ...

1960s - Chain with Matt Taylor and Phil Manning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjslm31mjm4

Daddy Cool - and who can forget Eagle Rock? Who hasn't covered it at some time or another?? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQfAZVsz6KM

Spectrum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1evcVFuqxA0

Foreday Riders - one of the more traditional blues groups. I've seen these guys tons of times http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsFH6-2IDP8

Bondi Cigars (the Yanks would crack up if they work out what it means :) - saw these guys lots too back when Les Karksi from The Hippos was with them http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TebRmJInj0

The Mighty Reapers with the fabulous Dave Brewer on guitar and Continental Robert from Dynamic Hepnotics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md-utzsGIr0
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Some honourable mentions in previous posts and some not. However, there's a whole era of great Aussie bands not mentioned. Here we go:

The Saints - best known for I'm Stranded, but this one is a much better number http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLbyaNbhHdU

And before the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave was the front man for the one and only Birthday Party (originally the Boys Next Door) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDbfJ...C07351BF1B37D7

One of the best live acts EVER - Radio Birdman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhS7jNaUWoE

Another great live act the Celibate Rifles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoIqzlIrIcQ

Died Pretty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPiOikLI9oM

Crow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2cZNE3vUCw

Young Docteurs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpmcAamG9LU
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My favorite MAW tune. My band plays this one. http://youtu.be/Lcu7OCIqlqE
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geeeeeez Polly, this thread kicked me in the head, my niece would murder me if I mention oz rock and not bring up this guy: from the movie " dog's in space" which featured inxs front man in the lead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toFF3OvBR94
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American band's cover of Overkill, with cameo by Colin Hay: http://youtu.be/RqOU7r4hdmw

The version kind of drags until they get a little heavier during the guitar solo and Colin starts singing.
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My fave MOW track is their first single http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPlNzWbX9c8 ... I had the feeling that Colin Hay started getting serious after a fun, quirky beginning. I dug their drummer live - simple but rock solid and great kit sound.




Funny thing ... I know the name well and probably know some of their songs but I know nothing about them. Did they come up in the 90s?


Here's one that's good for a laugh ... Moving Pictures had a No 1 with What About Me?, inspiring anthem for melodramatic whiny losers lol (esp those who are into The Boss) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzQKECQgjW8 ... love the lush drum production. I saw them play a few times - excellent live band. Later the vocalist, Alex Smith, was seen playing around the traps in soul bands.

In Oz we have the hazard of finding band names that aren't used by overseas gropups. I saw the excellent blues band The Hippos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpwH7dX2TEI (one for Larry here) play many times. But if you look for them on YouTube you get the US ska band, The Hippos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrZtQyCPDSo

As for jazz ... hard to go past the Australian Jazz Quintet featuring Errol Buddle on all saxes, flute, bassoon etc. He was the first Aussie jazzman to play with leading us jazzers like Elvin Jones, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holliday, Sammy Davis Jr, Roy Orbison, the Bee Gees and Nat 'King' Cole http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaIqAc23mok.

He's still gigging, I think (he must be around 80 now). I saw him play many times - the best was a quartet with brilliant drummer, Warren Daly, from the Daly Wilson Big Band.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnaLOP-qRYo

Truly world class.
wow. i had totally forgot about What About Me. that was a good flashback there. whiney...maybe, but not so bad. back to the Go_Betweens...i remember seeing that vid when it came out. only once and it never made it into rotation. i still swear Split Enz or somebody did a vieo on the same set. i just remember thinking i can't count that. : ) wah. what about me ? it isn't fair. i wanna be able to count some stuff like that. : (

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My favorite MAW tune. My band plays this one. http://youtu.be/Lcu7OCIqlqE
i like "Overkill" very much too. it was my favorite until "Everything I Need". i like the lyrics on "Overkill". i like the slide guitar and drum sound of EIN. and the beat. and vox. and harmonies.

going back to Polisimo's link of WCIBN, it seems that snare sound was there from the beginning. great sound. what kind of snare would youse reckon that to be ? i need it.
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Wow, there's more than I thought. Here's one I forgot - The Loved Ones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nURrBtB5O58. Their big hit, The Loved One, was later covered by INXS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJwVltn8ioc


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Some honourable mentions in previous posts and some not. However, there's a whole era of great Aussie bands not mentioned. Here we go:

The Saints - best known for I'm Stranded, but this one is a much better number http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLbyaNbhHdU
Ha! When I was doing the last post I was thinking a lot of bands would be buried in the text. I actually did mention The Saints and Ed Kuepper in post #4, but missed their best song, Know Your Product. (that you linked).

I like Ed's solo work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVY-4uvr-L0. His producer, Phil Punch, was house engineer (and by default, producer) of an old band of mine's demo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S42jk4FUaBQ. He did an awesome job for us.


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There's a link of Birthday Party too (post #43).

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Thanks, I forgot them. A guitarist in a band I was in a few years ago was mates with their drummer, Paul. He came along and jammed with us one time on the rehearsal studio kit, when I was playing keys. A powerful, rock solid drummer. I've attached a very roughly recorded but spirited cover of White Room from the jam.


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Never knew much about these guys. Bit of a country rock vibe like Paul Kelly, who I was a couple of times. Not really into Paul's stuff, but he had a good band and I liked this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWhj4sVeVD0


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Thanks! I missed these bands because I quit music and didn't even listen much from the mid 90s to 2007. Great that you guys are filling the gaps.


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My favorite MAW tune. My band plays this one. http://youtu.be/Lcu7OCIqlqE
They were pretty big in a US for a while, eh?


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geeeeeez Polly, this thread kicked me in the head, my niece would murder me if I mention oz rock and not bring up this guy: from the movie " dog's in space" which featured inxs front man in the lead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toFF3OvBR94
Ha - I forgot about this cover! I did have some Birthday Party earlier, though (post #43). I never saw the movie. Was it good?


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back to the Go_Betweens...i remember seeing that vid when it came out. only once and it never made it into rotation. i still swear Split Enz or somebody did a vieo on the same set.
For the life of me, I can't remember it. Have I mentioned Crowded House? Current band covers Better Be Home Soon but I'd much rather play this one: http://youtube.com/watch?v=aAjm1wzrDaE (it gets going after about a minute)
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Wow, there's more than I thought. Here's one I forgot - The Loved Ones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nURrBtB5O58. Their big hit, The Loved One, was later covered by INXS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJwVltn8ioc




Ha! When I was doing the last post I was thinking a lot of bands would be buried in the text. I actually did mention The Saints and Ed Kuepper in post #4, but missed their best song, Know Your Product. (that you linked).

I like Ed's solo work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVY-4uvr-L0. His producer, Phil Punch, was house engineer (and by default, producer) of an old band of mine's demo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S42jk4FUaBQ. He did an awesome job for us.




There's a link of Birthday Party too (post #43).



Well done. I skipped them because some local guys were Birdman fanatics and kind of turned me off them because they dissed music that I liked lol




Thanks, I forgot them. A guitarist in a band I was in a few years ago was mates with their drummer, Paul. He came along and jammed with us one time on the rehearsal studio kit, when I was playing keys. A powerful, rock solid drummer. I've attached a very roughly recorded but spirited cover of White Room from the jam.




Never knew much about these guys. Bit of a country rock vibe like Paul Kelly, who I was a couple of times. Not really into Paul's stuff, but he had a good band and I liked this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWhj4sVeVD0




Thanks! I missed these bands because I quit music and didn't even listen much from the mid 90s to 2007. Great that you guys are filling the gaps.




They were pretty big in a US for a while, eh?




Ha - I forgot about this cover! I did have some Birthday Party earlier, though (post #43). I never saw the movie. Was it good?




For the life of me, I can't remember it. Have I mentioned Crowded House? Current band covers Better Be Home Soon but I'd much rather play this one: http://youtube.com/watch?v=aAjm1wzrDaE (it gets going after about a minute)
Men At Work was the first the biggest of the first MTV bands to hit. although the was Flock Of Seagulls and other stuff, most of them were one hit wonders and holdovers from the 70's like REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar. to my mind, The Men (as we fondly referred to them here) were the first MTV era band proper (that had staying power).

actually, i meant Crowded House. not Split Endz. i know there is a connection and i often get them confused. Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" still gets play and is one of the best songs ever. Split Enz were more talked about than heard, but i'm sure they have quite a following here. the name is well known. not as often actually heard in the real world.
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Was holding off as it was a "rock" thread. But considering you're the thread starter and have introduced it, a few more for you:

Kevin Borich...with or without The Express....great bluesman.
Geoff Achison. Brilliant guitarist. One of the best we've produced IMHO.
Dutch Tilders. Sadly passed on earlier this year. Old style bluesman...didn't like the harp though, which I always thought odd.
The Giants. Bunch of big biker type guys who could really shake the room when they cranked up.
Dave Hole. WA based slide guitarist.

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Great pick up. I have a mate who is an avid fan....he'd stone me alive for not remembering to mention them.

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Hearing Faith No More break into that song immediately after playing The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies provided one of the more surreal moments in my concert going history.


Don't think I've seen Mental As Anything mentioned either. Another good Aussie pub rock band. They had a couple of "odes to the bottle" in Too Many Times and The Nips Are Getting Bigger, that were always a bit of fun.
And the "Shivers" link reminded me of The Screaming Jets....who covered Nick Cave's song of the same name.
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Was holding off as it was a "rock" thread. But considering you're the thread starter and have introduced it, a few more for you:

Kevin Borich...with or without The Express....great bluesman.
Geoff Achison. Brilliant guitarist. One of the best we've produced IMHO.
Dutch Tilders. Sadly passed on earlier this year. Old style bluesman...didn't like the harp though, which I always thought odd.
The Giants. Bunch of big biker type guys who could really shake the room when they cranked up.
Dave Hole. WA based slide guitarist.



Great pick up. I have a mate who is an avid fan....he'd stone me alive for not remembering to mention them.



Hearing Faith No More break into that song immediately after playing The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies provided one of the more surreal moments in my concert going history.


Don't think I've seen Mental As Anything mentioned either. Another good Aussie pub rock band. They had a couple of "odes to the bottle" in Too Many Times and The Nips Are Getting Bigger, that were always a bit of fun.
And the "Shivers" link reminded me of The Screaming Jets....who covered Nick Cave's song of the same name.
Mental As Anything got press here too. don't think i've ever heard any. Faith No More also used to do the Commodores' "Easy" which i caught as their last song when they opened for Billy Idol in the early 90's.
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... Flock Of Seagulls ... one hit wonders ... The Men (as we fondly referred to them here) were the first MTV era band proper (that had staying power).
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Both bands feature Neil Finn. At first Split Enz was lead by his brother, Tim Finn, and they were quirky, zany and a little bit prog. Then Neil took over and they started playing Beatlesque pop (and had commercial success). Then Neil took his Beatle revival thing into his own band, Crowded House. Amazed at how much Oz music you know!


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Kevin Borich...with or without The Express....great bluesman.
No need to hold off - I should have called it Oz (and NZ) music in hindsight.

I saw Kevin Borich Express HEAPS of times and had the Celebration album - the best lineup was a trio with John Annas on drums and Tim Partridge on bass. John Annas was my face drummer at the time. Awesome lineup - example http://grooveshark.com/#/album/Celebration/6123801.


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... Don't think I've seen Mental As Anything mentioned either. Another good Aussie pub rock band. They had a couple of "odes to the bottle" in Too Many Times and The Nips Are Getting Bigger, that were always a bit of fun.
I shouldn't have missed that - I used to cover Nips in the late 80s/early 90s. My fave Mental track was Berserk Warriors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpu12PXG4rA

Never saw them live - did you?
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Yeah I did. Mid 90's I reckon....well after their heyday. Caught them by default one night when there was a few of us out having dinner and a crowd started to arrive on the other side of the room. Once we realised that the Mentals were playing, we finished dinner, downed our drinks and lined up and got tickets just for the hell of it. They'll never be remembered for their brilliance, but they were a bit of fun.
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Yeah I did. Mid 90's I reckon....well after their heyday. Caught them by default one night when there was a few of us out having dinner and a crowd started to arrive on the other side of the room. Once we realised that the Mentals were playing, we finished dinner, downed our drinks and lined up and got tickets just for the hell of it. They'll never be remembered for their brilliance, but they were a bit of fun.
Yeah, they were pretty pedestrian - even by my standards :) Reg Mombassa was the shining light in that band for me. Actually, I think is my fave Mentals tune, where they're apeing INXS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlHO8OrnynU
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Did you kit yourself out in Reg designed Mambo attire too?

Have to wait til I get home to listen to that link Pol....these miserable buggers won't let me have a computer with speakers. What do they want me to do here....work? How mundane!
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Have to wait til I get home to listen to that link Pol....these miserable buggers won't let me have a computer with speakers. What do they want me to do here....work? How mundane!
Actually not. I always liked Reg's artwork in the Mambo line but never got around to it



Bummer about your work. Same with my work but I have a few months off now due to ancient parent issues.

Forgot another that's probably known overseas - our very own version of Nirvana - Silverchair http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51T_BPm6W1w
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I thought I'd read all the posts but obviously missed earlier references to the Birthday Party.

Not sure if I've missed it, but another cult Aussie band is of course Australian Crawl http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avw1ddNHKmE

And what about the Radiators? I won't provide a link to the song that brought them fame, this one's much better http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsQUACEvYII

And my final contribution for tonight is the Cockroaches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pa96IAIyWE who eventually morphed into every parent's nightmare http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16MmxCfhbOU

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I thought I'd read all the posts but obviously missed earlier references to the Birthday Party.

Not sure if I've missed it, but another cult Aussie band is of course Australian Crawl http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avw1ddNHKmE
I always thought of Aussie Crawl as a spinoff from The Sports http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAVzYLPgUlc

I doubt OS members would know of these groups ... except Unfunky who seems to have the world's music at his fingertips :)


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Remember when they changed their name to The Rads when punk came in? lol

Another band of similar vintage - The Reels - with Dave Mason on vocals, who was the son of a conservative politician (and perhaps a great disappointment for a while :). Iloved Quasimodo's Dream http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiWifFP20z4

They used to practice in one of the rooms in a warehouse in Redfern, where my band used to practice. One time we blundered into their room. I admit having a go on the drummer's quirky kit (being careful to leave it exactly as I found it!) - great sounding drums.

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And my final contribution for tonight is the Cockroaches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pa96IAIyWE who eventually morphed into every parent's nightmare http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16MmxCfhbOU

Great post, by the way!
Thanks! Always enjoyed Oz rock - it has its own flavour ... but I suspect that those last two links will attract people to Oz rock in the same way as Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, is promoting tourism :)
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Actually not. I always liked Reg's artwork in the Mambo line but never got around to it



Bummer about your work. Same with my work but I have a few months off now due to ancient parent issues.

Forgot another that's probably known overseas - our very own version of Nirvana - Silverchair http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51T_BPm6W1w
oh, Silverchair were great. i only heard the one song (cause i'm an old guy), but it was like like look at these little kids !!!
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side thought: your women basketball players are popular here too. Tully Bevillaqua (who must be 50 and just won her first WNBA championship), of course, Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor (such a sweet game she has - sigh), and Erin Thorn - the new blonde hottie.
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I always thought of Aussie Crawl as a spinoff from The Sports http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAVzYLPgUlc

I doubt OS members would know of these groups ... except Unfunky who seems to have the world's music at his fingertips :)




Remember when they changed their name to The Rads when punk came in? lol

Another band of similar vintage - The Reels - with Dave Mason on vocals, who was the son of a conservative politician (and perhaps a great disappointment for a while :). Iloved Quasimodo's Dream http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiWifFP20z4

They used to practice in one of the rooms in a warehouse in Redfern, where my band used to practice. One time we blundered into their room. I admit having a go on the drummer's quirky kit (being careful to leave it exactly as I found it!) - great sounding drums.



Thanks! Always enjoyed Oz rock - it has its own flavour ... but I suspect that those last two links will attract people to Oz rock in the same way as Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, is promoting tourism :)
i like the sonic sound of the Sports record very much.
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Gawd, I had my snare since 1975 and only found out what it was last year when the drummer of the band we were supporting told me.

Then we have the tradition of goofy Australian joke songs ...

70s hit, Just a Surburban Boy by Dave Warner & the Suburbs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWArUaViXsA

Bob Hudson's funny The Newcastle Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN6Zoc71daI

TISM's Defecate On My Face http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH_j7Kp9avQ

Joe Dolcie's Shaddup You Face, which is pretty tragic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFacWGBJ_cs

Jimmy and the Boys (again) They Won't Let My Girlfriend Talk to Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGDakKx4_FY

The best of them IMO was Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band with My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNS0Iyh3prc - I saw them a few times and they really captured that old ragtime vibe. Very talented. Jim Conway (now in a wheelchair) is a brilliant blues harp player.
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