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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2009 8:16:18 PM PST
Steve K says:
yeah i remember some of those early 80's bands, Vertical Hold, The Dugites, The Numbers, The Reels, The Expression, Meo 245, . Ive got myself a new ipod and finding all these old film clips on u tube/dailymotion and downloading ...its bringing back heaps of memories of that time,


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2009 10:28:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 1, 2009 10:40:13 PM PST
Alexis says:
Steve, Buck,

....The Headless Chickens, The Eurogliders, Kevin Borich Express, Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes, The Cruel Sea, Frente, The Grates, The Waifs, Clare Bowditch, Paul Greene, Sarah Blasko, Missy Higgins, The Audreys.........

NB any one of these could hail from NZ as well........just thought I mention that (I think the Headless Chickens are)

ANOTHER NB forgot to put a year:
70's-80's: Kevin Borich Express, The Cruel Sea, Eurogliders
80's-90's: Headless Chickens, Frente, Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes
90's-00's: Sarah Blasko, Missy Higgins, The Waifs, The Audreys, The Grates, Clare Bowditch (not sure of spelling), Paul Greene

more later

Posted on Nov 1, 2009 11:56:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2009 12:02:47 AM PST
alexis / stevo / buck -

i have always liked 'single gun theory', but never knew they were an aussie band. (learn something new everyday) :o)

Posted on Nov 1, 2009 11:59:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2009 12:01:57 AM PST
i am curious if there have been many Aussie artists who made it big in the States or Europe, but flopped in Australia ?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2009 1:21:56 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2009 1:23:26 AM PST
Steve K says:
Good that springs to mind is "Air Supply"...whilst they werent a "Flop" as such i believe they were much more liked internationally than here. What can you tell me of Single Gun Theory, what year were they around?

Ps i have emailed you, you gear is on the plane.

Big day in Aus tomorrow, its the Melbourne Cup horse race..ever heard of it?


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2009 1:28:39 AM PST
Steve K says:
Good evening...any tips for the Cup, my big "outsider" is "Ista Kareem"

Remember "The Dropbears"? ..I bought the single Its In Your Eyes in the early 80's, loved it and never heard of them again...curiousty got the better of me so found i actually found the video of that one on the net and have downloaded it to my ipod.

Cheers, Stevo

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 1:56:47 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2009 1:59:47 AM PST
stevo -

from what i can remember - 'single gun theory' were from the late 80s till early 90s. kind of experimental synth-pop with lots of strange samples, and female vocals. good stuff.

who is Cold Chisel ? havent heard of them

got your email....many thanks from the U.S. desert ;o)

cheers mate !!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2009 3:05:23 AM PST
Steve K says:
Hi Robert,

Cold Chisel were Aussie legends that never made it on the international scene, but over here were just as big as AC/DC, Icehouse, INXS..all those big names....its a pity as they were so good, some songs reflected on what was happening in Australia at a given time or Australian themes . But they certainly werent political or having an Aussie bush feel about them.Some songs were full on rock, but not heavy...good party songs. Others were real down to earth melodic, grass roots suburban Australia. Im sure soon you will be hearing some of their songs in the near future.....They went against the "establishment" of the pop culture in the same vain as Midnight Oil {heard of them?...very political though} and possibly thats why as an international act they didnt have much appeal. The musicianship however was top notch quality. Cold Chisel had a number of albums, all of which produced many fine songs from 78 to i think 83 then made a reformation a couple of decades later with one more album.

Im going to google Single Gun Theory to see what i can find...

Cheers, Steve

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 8:26:54 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2009 8:27:16 AM PST
steve k -

thanks for the info on Cold Chisel. yeah - i remember Midnight Oil - i even have one of their cds "diesel and dust".

take care mate


Posted on Nov 2, 2009 10:59:13 AM PST
Ryan O. says:
One of my favorite artists Tommy Emmanuel is Australian. Amazing guitarist and musician.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 1:26:43 PM PST
D. McKernan says:
I like the waifs

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2009 2:02:04 PM PST
DenonHD8 says:

Dude, no Goanna; Church; HooDoo Gurus; the Stranglers; the Faith; Icehouse; Machinations; the Easybeats...... but you purchased the above drivel!?!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2009 3:55:47 PM PST
THE Died Pretty-
Ron Peno/Brett Myers superb tandem.

The Cosmic Psychos

Exploding White Mice

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2009 7:19:16 PM PST
Alexis says:
Steve, I have to view the clip "In Your Eyes" and get back to you. The Dropbears kinda sounds familiar but won't know till I check them out.

You do remember Austen Tayshus's "Australiana" don't you? I posted it some time ago on one of these threads and it was good for a laugh. I'll see if I can dig it up again as the website I borrowed from provided explanatory notes for those unfamiliar with the places/terminology.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2009 9:05:28 PM PST
Steve K says:
For sure, Australiana was so funny at the time, he must have made a stack of cash on that small skit......theres no way anyone else in the world would know what he was on about!

Cheers.....Ps...the wife picked the cup winner ..".Shocking"....and it was shocking as well!

All the best,

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 1:33:24 AM PST
stevo -

well... i placed an order with amazon, but i didnt get the japan or the icehouse ...YET !!!
just coz i am all crazy over them right now i ordered 3 Not Drowning Waving albums. i still intend to get the japan and the icehouse sometime this week.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2009 1:48:39 AM PST
Steve K says:

Sit tight mate as your Australian package will keep you interested... my gps says it has just flown over a Bolivian Banana field...not long now...


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2009 2:45:04 AM PST
Alexis says:
congrats to the missus. hope she won a motza!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2009 2:51:03 AM PST
Alexis says:
Stevo, Robbo & others

I tracked it down and here 'tis, complete with glossary of terms and references.

by Austen Tayshus
Here is a transcript of of the lyrics to Australiana by Austen Tayshus. This is a spoken-word "song" from the 1980s in Australia and contains loads of great puns on well-known Australian flora, fauna and place names.

Australiana was released in 1983 and went to Number 1 and double platinum on the Australian singles chart.

Australiana holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time in Australia.

Austen Tayshus continues to do live comedy shows and other interesting things - see Austen's offical web site.

Lyrics copyright Billy Birmingham / Little Digger Records. Reproduced with kind permission of Austen Tayshus.


Sittin' at home last Sunday mornin' me mate Boomerrang Said he was havin' a few people around for a barbie, Said he might Kookaburra or two.

I said, "Sounds great, will Wallaby there?"

He said "Yeah and Vegemite come too".

So I said to the wife "Do you wanna Goanna?". She said "I'll go if Dingos".

So I said "Wattle we do about Nulla?"

He said "Nullabors me to tears, leave him at home."

Boomerang (Aboriginal weapon) (Barbie - Australian slang for barbeque) (Kookaburra - Australian bird) (Wallaby - Australian animal) (Vegemite - Australian food product) (Goanna - Australian lizard) (Dingo - Australian wild dog) (Nullabour - Highway through the outback of Australia)
We got to the party about two and walked straight out the kitchen to put some booze in the fridge. And you wouldn't believe it, there's Boomer's wife Warra sittin there tryin to Platypus!

Now, I don't like to speak Illawarra, but I was shocked, I mean how much can a Koala bear.

So I grabbed a beer, flashed me Wangarratta and went out and joined the party.

(Booze - slang for alcohol) (Platypus - fresh-water animal) (Illawarra - A region in southern Australia) (Wangaratta - Australian town)
Pretty soon Ayers Rocks in and things really started jumpin'. This Indian girl, Marsu, turns up, dying to go to the toilet but she couldn't find it. I said to me mate Al, "Hey, where can Marsupial?" He said "She can go outback with the fellas, she's probably seen a cockatoo".

(Ayres Rock - that big rock in the middle of Australia) (Marsupial - pouched mammals, e.g. kangaroos, bandicoots, wombats) (Cockatoo - Australian bird)
Well just then Warra comes out of the kitchen with a few drinks for everybody. Fairdinkum, you've never seen a Coolabah maid. I grabbed a beer and said, "Thanks Warra - tah".

(Coolabah - Australian tree) (Warratah - Australian bush)
A couple of Queensland at the party, one smellin' pretty strongly of aftershave. One of 'em sat down next to me and I turned to him and I said, "Ya know mate, Eureka Stockade!"

(Queensland - Australian State) (Eureka Stockade - the site of a civial revolt in the 1800's) (Eureka - translating to 'You reek a" - meaning you really stink) (Stockade - the name of a pretty rank smelling but popular aftershave being sold at the time).
It was a really hot day; Oscar felt like a swim. He said to Ina, "Do you want a have a dip in the Riverina?" She said "I haven't got my Kosciusko".

Well Bo says, "Come in starkers, Wattle Lake Eyre!" Ina says "What, without so much as a Thredbo?" Ah, Perisher thought! Has Eucumbine in yet?

(Riverina - an area in southern Australia known for fruit orchards) (Kosi - meaning cosi - slang for swimming costume) (Kosciousko - a mountain in the Australian snow fields; highest peak in Australia) (Wattle - Native Australian tree) (Thredbo - Ski Resort in southern Australia) (Perisher - another ski resort near Thredbo) (Eucumbene - a lake in Australia)
Well a few of the blokes decided to play some cricket. Boomer says "Why doesn't Wombat?" "Yeah, and let Tenterfield".

He said I should have a bowl but I was too out of it to play cricket so I suggested a game of cards. I said to Lyptus "Wanna game of Eucalyptus?" He said "There's no point mate, Darwins everytime."

(Wombat - Australian animal) (Tenterfield - Australian town) (Euca - card game) (Eucalyptus - Australian tree koala's live in) (Darwin - Capital of the Northern Territory - territory of Australia)
Well Bill said he'd like a smoke. Nobody knew where the dope was stashed. I said "I think Merinos." But I was just spinning a bit of a yarn. Barry pulls a joint out of his pocket. Bill says "Great, Barrier Reefer, what is it mate?" "Noosa Heads of course. Me mate Adelaide 'em on me." And it was a great joint too, Blue Mountains away and his Three Sisters.

(Merino - Australian sheep) (Great Barrier Reef - The famous coral reef running down the coast of Queensland) (Adelaide - capital of South Australia) (Noosa Heads - a seaside resort in Queensland) (Blue Mountains - Mountain range outside Sydney) (Three Sisters - Landmark in the Blue Mountains, 3 pinnacle rocks)
Well I thought I'd roll one meself, I said "Chuck us the Tally Hobart". He said "They're out on the Laun, Ceston, can you get em for us?" Burnie says "Its okay mate, she's apples, I'll get em for ya"

(Tally Ho - Cigarette papers) (Hobart - Capital of Tasmania - Australian State) (Launceston - city in Tasmania) (Burnie - city in Tasmania) (Apples - one of the main export products of Tasmania)
Just then Alice Springs into action, starts to pack Billabong. And you wouldn't believe it, the bongs broken. I said "Lord Howe!"

"Hay-man" somebody says "Will a Didgeridoo?" I said "Hummmmm mummmm mummmmm mummmmm maybe it'll have ta."

(Alice Springs - "major" town in the Northern Territory - near Uluru / Ayers Rock) (Billabong - water hole in the outback) (Lord Howe - Australian owned island off the east coast of Australia) (Hayman - Australian island on the Great Barrier Reef) (Didgerdoo - Aboriginal musical instrument) (Hummmm mummmmmm mummmmmm - sound the didgerdoo makes - long droning sound)
I look in the corner and there's Bass sittin there, not getting into it, not getting out of it, I said "What, is Bass Strait or somthin?" Boomer says "As a matter a fact mate, he's a cop" I said "Ya jokin mate, a cop, I'm getting outta here, lets Goanna." She said "No way, I'm hangin round till Gum leaves. Besides, I dont wanna leave Jacardanda party on his own. Have you seen him? I think he's trying to crack on Toowoomba, he's already tried to Mount Isa And he'll definitely try to lead you Australiana!"

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2009 3:47:48 AM PST
Steve K says:

Well done and congrats,
to go back over that from so long ago brings back good times...thankyou for such a wonderful effort..Steve

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 4:38:56 AM PST
Alex McKay says:
I'm glad my favourites, Paul Kelly and Weddings, Parties, Anything have been mentioned - might I add Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing to that mix. Also, from the late 80s early 90s, was the Hummingbirds - a crunching melodic jingle jangle guitar pop rock with a male lead and two female lead vocalists. Sadly, they broke up after only two albums - LoveBUZZ and Va Va Voom, the former being named by Rolling Stone Australia as one of the albums of the 80s. I'm also surprised Regurgitator haven't been mentioned.....they are a brilliant, innovative, humourous, incisive mob who always please - kind of like an Oz Beastie Boys. Speaking of humourous, I'd throw TISM in there (stands for This Is Serious Mum).....they're brilliant.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2009 5:26:17 AM PST
Alexis says:
Yes, you're right Alex. (I feel like I'm talking to myself)
I think as this thread continues, more of them will re-surface.

Problem is, the longer I stay on this thread, the greater the likelihood that I will increase writing with an Aussie accent.

Dog's chasin' possums out the back, barkin' up a storm (or the wrong tree - I can never tell which). The other night he nearly caught one too.
Better go fetch 'im before me neighbours complain.......I KID YOU NOT!!!!'s late.....

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 11:58:41 AM PST
alexis -

hi alexo ! :o)

re : 'australiana' - i laughed so hard i was in tears ! thanks for posting that.


(and cheers to you too steve, mate)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2009 12:08:05 PM PST
"The Headless Chickens, The Eurogliders, Kevin Borich Express, Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes, The Cruel Sea, Frente, The Grates, The Waifs, Clare Bowditch, Paul Greene, Sarah Blasko, Missy Higgins, The Audreys........."

The headless chickens (indeed a NZ band) have a great song called "Cruise control", the Eurogliders definitely deserve a mention as far as pop goes, and I was thinking about mentioning Dave Graney the other day, but got sidetracked and forgot.

Angie Hart (formerly of Frente) is doing some great solo stuff and has just recently released a new album I'm Afraid of Fridays co-written by Mark Seymour formerly of Hunters and collectors.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2009 12:43:01 PM PST
Alexis says:
I've seen her name mentioned about, Angie Hart that is, so figured she was back on the scene doing some solo work. Haven't really kept up with it all.
I could spend days glued to the computer researching good music and never scratch the surface.
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