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Initial post: Oct 25, 2009, 4:21:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 3, 2012, 12:01:58 PM PDT
Steve K says:
Australian bands are sometimes overlooked on the international music scene. We have and continue to produce fine rock and pop music.

........Australian Crawl, Models,Icehouse, OMG!!!!! forgot Cold Chisel, Ac/Dc,INXS,Midnight Oil,Kids In The Kitchen.., Men At Work,Mi Sex,Jet,Tina Arena,Powderfinger,Mental As Anything,...Silverchair...,Rouge Traders,The Cruel Sea,...The Angels(Angel City)......,Killing Heidi,The Living End,Pseudo Echo,Air Supply,Olivia Newton John,John Farnham,Skyhooks,Evermore,Katie Noonan,Jimmy Barnes,Wendy Matthews,Boom Crash Opera,Kate Ceberano,Sherbet,Kylie Minogue,Hunters and Collectors,Divinyls,Birds of Tokyo, Rebeccas Empire, Howling Bells, Waikiki, Xavier Rudd, Angas and Julia Stone, Hoodoo Gurus,Def Fx, The Audreys, Magic Dirt, Lime Spiders, Unitopia, Died Pretty, Nick Cave,The Sack,Clare Bowditch, The Church,Painters and Dockers, Ben Lee,Augi March, Grinspoon Zoot, Radio Birdman, The Onyas, Cosmic Psychos, The Yearlings, Karnivool, Easybeats,Daddy Cool,Mondo Rock,Spy v Spy,Chantoozies,Sunnyboys,Go Betweens,The Waifs,Deckchairs Overboard,The Sports.................just to start with!!!!!

OK.....Sarah Blasko,Pendulum, Nick Cave,Buffalo,Rose Tattoo,Lobby Loyde,Masters Apprentices,Wild Cherries,Purple Hearts,The Saints, Wolfmother,Madder Lake,Jeff St John,Chain,The Groop, Healing Force, Renee Geyer, Marcia Hines, Keith Urban, Decoder Ring, Amy Meredith, Meagan Washington, John Butler Trio, Lisa Miller ,You Am I, The Poor, Paul Kelly, Operator Please, Bee Gees, Adalita , The Twilights , Axiom, The Little River Band, Matt Finish, The Whitlams,Huxton Creepers ...............

Who can think of anymore????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyone from overseas follow any Aussie bands or want to know more?

Cheers ,

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2009, 6:04:50 AM PDT
Alexis says:
Hi Steve,
I was going to suggest you start a new thread on the subject. Personally, I had nothing more to add to the Japan discussion until I checked out more of those web addresses you and Johnny T provided. If I checked out all the information and web addresses I wanted to, I would be glued to the computer all day and nothing else would get done.

Now, I've been playing the Sunnyboys in my head and found a best of in the local cd shop which I'm thinking of purchasing as I have nothing of theirs in my collection. Did you mention Deckchair Overboard? The name sounds very familiar but would need to browse youtube to refresh my memory.

Anyway, good luck with the thread.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009, 6:54:01 AM PDT
Augie March is my current favorite band from the land of Oz.

I've been a Go-Betweens fan for 21 years now since hearing cuts from 16 Lovers Lane. I got to see them twice, well once as a full band in 2005 and as an acoustic duo with Robert Forster and Grant McLennan in 1999. The Perth band The Triffids were almost as great.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009, 8:45:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 25, 2009, 8:47:28 AM PDT
Peter Galub says:
Aussie bands I like,
Definitely the Triffids (and Dave McComb's solo album "Love of Will"), Go-Betweens and also
Ed Keupper and the Laughing Dogs
The Stems
The Saints
Kim Salmon
The Birthday Party
X (yes there was another band called X from Australia)
Even As We Speak
The Celibate Rifles
The Necks
Greta Gertler

pete from New York

Posted on Oct 25, 2009, 9:04:33 AM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2009, 9:08:31 AM PDT
Alexis says:
Pete from New York,

Quite fascinating really - some stellar acts you've mentioned, some I haven't heard of. Well done.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009, 9:16:06 AM PDT
dch says:
What about Hunters & Collectors?.... AU's greatest band ever....imho..... Youtube "throw your arms around me" for a treat...

Another great overlooked Aussie band from the 80's is Mental as Anything.. and INXS's 1st LP ruled

fyi both bands are still around....peace....dch

Posted on Oct 25, 2009, 9:52:01 AM PDT
There was a great 80s band called Wa Wa Nee that hailed from Australia.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009, 11:50:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2009, 4:18:31 AM PDT
hi steve

great idea for a new thread. (prompted by all of my questions i suppose). ;o)

my favorite aussie bands :
the church
split enz

also interested in :
not drowning waving

i am not too familiar with any current aussie bands (other than the church, who are still going strong). if anyone has any suggestions for me of bands i might like, based on the bands i listed, i would appreciate it.

again - good job steve. hope this thread does well

hi alexis :o)

Posted on Oct 25, 2009, 4:24:38 PM PDT
Buck Buckaw says:
As far as Not drowning, waving is concerned, they aren't around anymore.

They morphed into My friend the chocolate cake, with much the same members, but a more baroque sound, eschewing bass guitar for the most part.

David Bridie's solo work is also well worth exploring.

Albums from Not drowning waving worth exploring are:


"Tabaran" (My favorite)


"Another pond"

"Little desert"

and the compilation "Through the one last door" is an excellent place to start.

My friend the chocolate cake:

The self titled first album


and the compilation "Parade" is again a good place to start.

David Bridie:

"Act of free choice"

"Hotel radio".

These two solo works are an absolute must.

Have a listen to the song "I've got a plan" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVCqaEz5HTo) or "Your ship is gone" by My friend the chocolate cake.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009, 11:35:03 PM PDT
buck -

many thanks for the suggestions. much appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2009, 2:37:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2009, 2:41:10 PM PDT
Steve K says:
Hello Alexis,

Thankyou and heaps of appreciation for you being the last post on Japan, {goodbye in Japanese was so appropriate} and thankyou for being the first reply on this new thread.

We can explore alot more here now , as its not so limited. I am hopefull and in anticipation we can enlighten people with our knowledge and also learn from others as well {me especially, as i need to reconnect with our industry}.

Ok...to start, i will answer your question.."Deckchairs Overboard".. early 1980's band featuring Cathy Mcquade Bass and vocals, the late Paul Hester {Split Enz, Crowded house} on drums. I think it was around 82/83 i first heard "Shout" and it struck me so much i went and bought the single, with the b side an absolutely awsome extended version. I dont know a great deal except they only released one album with a single "Walking in the Dark" So...2 songs you can see and hear on U Tube are "Shout" and "Thats the Way".....for the time, these songs were on the "fringe" but thats why i liked them. the latter featuring Paul H on drums and a cool beat...check these out first. Just type in Deckchairs Overboard, it will come up..

Looking forward to lots more.

Steve...{The Wombat has ENTERED the building!}.....Cheers

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2009, 3:49:38 AM PDT
Steve K says:
My good friend Robert,

Before we get into discussions of Australian gear.........yes, your prompting was an influence, a curiosity that needs to be fed, Ive provided the spoon but i need lots of others to put food on it... So..Thankyou for being an immediate part of this as i do need you to provide all those questions as well to help us along the way, as you are so good at it!.

So.......yeah Im 45 and loved my 70's and 80's Aussie stuff , 90's left me a bit lost however now the local industry seems to be going ok ,as my kids tell me !



Posted on Oct 26, 2009, 4:15:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2009, 11:46:59 AM PDT
stevo -

hi there... i keep hearing the name Hunters and Collectors being tossed around. who would you say they sound like ? many thanks.........

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2009, 4:23:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2009, 4:24:24 PM PDT
Buck Buckaw says:
Robert F. Czosek says:
".....i keep hearing the name Hunters and Collectors being tossed around."

Hunters and collectors are a very tricky proposition.

They went through three distinct incarnations and it depends on what your tastes might be as to which incarnation you might prefer.

Originally, they were a musical collective, with a very tribal sound and a very communal live aesthetic.

Their first self titled album was all percussion and chanting, and is very raw and primitive. It contains their first big song, 'Talking to a stranger" and is very lyrically inaccessible, but danceable as all get out.

Mark Seymour decided to take the band in a different direction, and dropped the heavy percussion feel in favour of an extended horn section.

Their album, "Jaws of life" is a ferocious post-punk assessment of the state of the "bogan nation". It contains their song "Betty's worry (The slab)" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbAxfDA6XD4&feature=related. Check out the clip, with the much celebrated "sharpie dance" and a conclusion that takes you from the heart of the Melbourne CBD through the rural countryside and into the outback.

"The way to go out" was a live album that relived much of "Jaws of life", but added an inconsequential song called "Throw your arms around me".

After rerecording a studio version of the song and releasing it as a single, the Hunnas took of into their third more commercial incarnation with all the local success that that entails.

Unfortunately, their unique Australian sensibilities didn't translate well and they didn't get much attention outside of Australia.

I prefer their earlier rawer stuff, but I suppose their latter stuff would be more accessible.

They do have a rather excellent "best of" collection that covers their entire career called "Collected works", that is probably the best place to start.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009, 4:38:07 PM PDT
Jason Kessel says:
Paul Kelly

Posted on Oct 26, 2009, 5:05:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2009, 5:08:20 PM PDT
stevo -

its the same Robert - only with a new screenname. just wanted to let you know. :o)

Posted on Oct 26, 2009, 5:07:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2009, 5:11:20 PM PDT
buck -

sounds like i need to sample the Hunters stuff. i didnt realize they changed so much.
i am not a big fan of horns, so that may not be the phase for me.
i generally dont like collections - would rather hear the original albums.
as with Not drowning waving, thanks for the info.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2009, 5:24:18 PM PDT
Buck Buckaw says:
".....i am not a big fan of horns....."

Nor I, and so it constantly amazes me that I prefer the second phase of the band despite this.

They use horns in a sort of "lead guitar" kind of way. I can't really explain it, but it works.

Anyway, "Talking to a stranger", "Betty's worry" and "Throw your arms around me" are the best examples of each phase.

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2009, 8:01:50 PM PDT
Little River Band, Men at Work, Rick Springfield, ACDC and Helen Reddy

Posted on Oct 26, 2009, 8:37:13 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 26, 2009, 8:47:45 PM PDT
Buck Buckaw says:
Watch this:

Posted on Oct 26, 2009, 8:54:33 PM PDT
jblyn says:
Okay, I still like Midnight Oil, even if Peter Garrett does have a different day job now....

Posted on Oct 26, 2009, 9:18:31 PM PDT
S. White says:
Lubricated Goat. King Snake Roost.
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