Switched the TV over to one of the music channels yesterday and caught a playlist of, allegedly, the 50 best Aussie songs. I listened to it in the background, then watched for a bit switching between the footy. I agreed with a lot of the picks, and disagreed with a few too. Anyway, it got me thinking, and being a bloke I decided to put my own list together.
Now I’m not going to list 50 songs, and I’m not going to put them in order either because I reckon that’s impossible.
- Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 2) – The Whitlams
- No Aphrodisiac – The Whitlams
Coupla Whitlam’s songs, which won’t be popular with everyone, but Buy Now is a very poignant song, and No Aphrodisiac was a quirky hit at the time, added more for spice than any other reason.
- Harpoon – Something For Kate
- Captain – Something For Kate
Something For Kate are a forgotten, overlooked band, but they had a couple of cracking songs. These aren’t the very top shelf, but they certainly belong in a top 40. Harpoon was a cover of a great Jebediah song, and a better version.
- These Days – Powderfinger
- Passenger – Powderfinger
Long, celebrated Australian career, but a tad unfashionable Powderfinger. IMO these are their two best songs.
- State of the Heart – Mondo Rock
- Cool World – Mondo Rock
Now we’re going back to the early eighties. Ross Wilson, stalwart of Australian rock music, lead singer of Mondo Rock and been around forever – he’s also got another track on this list with Daddy Cool, when he had long hair. State of the Heart is just a very beautiful, very true song, and has memory associations for me. Cool World is just a very catchy, very clever pop song.
- Power and the Passion – Midnight Oil
- Short Memory – Midnight Oil
- Blue Sky Mine – Midnight Oil
The Oils have got to be on this list, and probably unlucky to have only three songs on it. I reckon they were the best band in the world for a bit, and their passionate, hooky songs are classics. I don’t know which is my favourite. Great band.
- Because I Love You – Masters Apprentices
Hands up who knows this song? Kinda psychedelic, late 60s/early 70s, this song creeps up on you.
- Great Southern Land – Icehouse
This is a great song in its own right, but it also rouses a patriotic urge in me too.
- Throw Your Arms Around Me – Hunters and Collectors
A classic Australian band, but this is their standout song. They recorded a few versions of it, most of them not it justice, but they got it right in the end. Much covered, this features Mark Seymour’s raw, imperfect voice, but it adds something to it. Has some great lyrics. Close to the top of this list.
- What’s My Scene – Hoodoo Gurus
- Bittersweet – Hoodoo Gurus
The Hoodoos are just a great Aussie band, catchy, fun songs, these are their two best. Continue reading