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Post Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:24 pm
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The heady year was 1977. Prog rock was dying a slow death but it did everything slow anyway. Disco was at its zenith batting a soft cock against Easy Listening's pudgy pink cheek. Punk punched a hole in the establishment only to see the reflection of its own dark commercialist soul. Meanwhile in New Zealand:


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Post Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:44 pm
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Ah the 80's, when music generally sucked and the wardrobes sucked worse. I generally think of them as the Lost Years. These chaps are notable for their almost exclusive use of percussive instruments for their signature sound and sporting super spiffy latex blacksmith aprons on all their members. Not a bad dance tune...


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Post Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:43 am
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Damn shame I used that AC/DC bagpipes clip already :-/

I went thru a cursory punk phase in the mid to late 70's which I outgrew when the genre started to get weird but to this day I remain a fan of the pioneers. These were my favorite (ok and my only) Aussie punkers at the time and should be considered in any convos of the Great Old ones of the genre.


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Post Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:08 pm
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Awesome Jim! The Saints really did blow away the cobwebs on the Oz music scene. At around the same time, people were starting to notice an enigmatic young master of darkness and his bands Boys Next Door/The Birthday Party. The music was chaotic and challenging. This was probably their most "accessible" song:


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Post Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:00 am
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Obviously I don't know the local scene in Oz but I do know what filters over the pond and the Aussies have cursed the world with some really bad pop music. Really, REALLY bad. It wouldn't be so bad if they were all one-hit-wonders like Rick Springfield and Men at Work but noooooooooo, they had to give us INXS, Olivia Newton-John, Air Supply and the bloody Bee Gee's too. If I was from OZ, the very first thing I'd do would be to start a campaign to have the Bee Gee's made British again as they are seriously damaging the national image imo.

That said, they've had a couple of gems too. The Delltones from way back in the day and these guys who actually have a body of work that's charted and are immensely talented. Not my usual style and I took a little ribbing for being a fan from my long haired dope smoking musician buddies for inserting them into Great Band discussions but The Little River Band is a great band with vocal arrangements that can stun you on occasion and some good playing when the singers are taking a break.

Not my favorite piece by them but it's the best quality video I could find quickly and it does show off most of their chops.


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Post Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:59 pm
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Right. I'm gonna have to defend the BeeGees here if only because I'm a Brisbane boy and so were they (The Saints were too). They had a much larger body of work than the disco period.

Here they are as fresh young tykes. It may be a little poppy but goddamn, it's infectious.


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Now this is a ballad. Few ballads penetrate my blackened, shrivelled soul. This one sneaks through.


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Post Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:24 am
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OK, I'd forgotten about "I Started a Joke", in all fairness gotta give credit where credit is due, I shall endeavor to loathe them a few nanograms less in the future.

In my defense I was blasted to senselessness by notables like Stayin Alive, How Deep is your Love, How Can You Mend a Broken Heart and the inimitable Jive Talkin. I'd share video but I think you're a fine fellow with good intentions and would not seek to make you ill or embarrassed. Besides, it's not like we have a shortage of loathsome pop icons ourselves and folks that live in glass houses afterall...

So how about getting back to the finer things in life


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Post Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:12 pm
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Thanks for your kind restraint, Jim.

The Cruel Sea is probably the greatest Australian band to never receive international recognition. Following is the perfect storm of cool. Crisp drums, Tex Perkins' bourbon infused vocals, casual - almost lazy - slide guitar and a rolling bassline.


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Post Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:31 am
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One of my favourites - Rose Tattoo....their first two albums are their best. This is actually the best track off their third.
I saw them on the Beeb thru dire reception when I was about 12 and their degenerate faces and tunes struck a chord.

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AFAIK Angry Anderson (vocals) is the only one in this video still alive.

Post Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:54 am
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Not everybody's taste, but I think he's damn good. I have more Nick Cave/Bad Seeds/Grinderman albums than I do of AC/DC.

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