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Skyhook

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 16, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B002FG9IVE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,523,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Skyhooks were one of the Australian music scene's hidden treasures, and I was happy to see someone cared enough to issue this comprehensive CD compilation. Musically speaking, the Skyhooks sound like a marriage between Slade and Brownsville Station, but thier cheeky, satiric song lyrics make them closer cousins to 10cc and the Bonzo Dog Band. A perfect example of the Skyhook formula is the endearing "Million Dollar Riff", which manages to savage the "hit factory" mentality of the music business while cleverly incorporting a potpourri of classic rock guitar riffs into a perfect 3 1/2 minute pop song. One minor complaint (loses a star for this !): A good portion of disc 2 contains a "lost" album from more recent times; these songs are not as compelling as thier 70's output represented on disc 1. Overall, a worthwhile release for fans of smart rock 'n' roll.
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For people unfamiliar with this major Australian band of the 1970's, I suppose you could describe them as a 'good time' band, perhaps in the Huey Lewis and The News mould, but with wittier lyrical content.

The songs on this compilations are the ones you'd expect on such a hits compilation. In my opinion, Skyhooks have two songs which you could class in the 'classic' category, namely, Women in Uniform, and Horror Movie. Interestingly, Women in Uniform features a sample of a marching band leader, which, I think, REM may have sampled themselves for their classic song Orange Crush. Anyway, Women in Uniform is a perfect pop/rock song featuring fun lyrics and loud and wild pop/rock, with a tropical sounding guitar break. This song was covered by Iron Maiden, incredibly. I can't remember Maiden's version, but, in my view, it is just asking for trouble to try and trump the original version. It would have been smarter, perhaps, for a metal band to cover Skyhooks' other classic song, Horror Movie, as that would be more amenable, I think, to a metal treatment...gosh, a Metallica version of that song would be a treat, I think! Lastly, with regard to Women In Uniform, I made a note, which I think applied to this song, that parts of it sort of reminded me of Led Zeppelin's "Rock'n'roll". No, Women is not derivative...it's unique, but there's a slight similarity in some of the guitar work in these two songs.

As I said before, Horror Movie is the other song I class as a classic song. I'm not sure how original the intro to that song is, but even just hearing it once, the introduction becomes an instant 'creepy music' classic/cliche. Michael Jackson's Thriller is another song with goes down the 'creepy' intro road. Skyhooks were there before and they did it just as well.
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Had Living in the 70s and its successor on cassette 30+ years ago. Not a great source for sound quality. Played this CD and it brought back many happy memories of the time. The sound quality was very good.
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As someone who lived in the 70s, Watched Molly Talk with "Shirley", Greg, and Bongo, and was in Australia as a kid when the albums came out right up to the time when, sadly, Graham died in Queensland in the accident, this double CD is very representative of what the Hooks are about. Coming to the US, I played this collection to some friends and with no commentary, they just called it "Southern Rock" ( as in Southern US, Rock). Of course this misses the point of the Hooks to anyone that was raised with them, but so does trying to play Cold Chisel to a US audience. They may very well love them a bit more, but the point is still lost.
What Skyhooks did was write about Australia, same with Chisel. ACDC were not competitors with Hooks or Chisel simply because ACDC were very Universal, thats why they succeeded. I still love what Skyhooks did, but Graham "Shirley" Strachan left because his highest salary in the 70s was 26,000 aus dollars; for the work he did, that was nothing. Its no surprise that Women in Uniform succeeded as a cover, since it was such a broad brush song for Iron Maiden to do, I still think Graham Sung it mostly better, but the cover was not bad, and it was Maiden's first big hit.
I am not too surprised to see this material here, I am surprised that ALL of cold Chisel is not available, especially since it is streets ahead of much of the other bands Mentioned. Also, Billy Thorpe would go down a treat here, especially "Most People I know , think that I'm Crazy".... and I do that in accoustic version, however, do be prepared to be called a folk singer if you think "Pub with no Beer" is a country song... in the US, its treated as Folk music
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