Australia’s Ultimate Songs Disc 2

In my last post, I talked about the 5-CD set, Australia’s Ultimate Songs, which is out of print and difficult to find. I’ve recreated most of the songs with Spotify and a few with YouTube.

Here are the songs for CD 2 of Australia’s Ultimate Songs. Disc 2 includes tracks from Christie Allen, The Church, Cold ChiselJo Jo Zep & The Falcons, Men A Work, and Split Enz. Songs with an asterisk aren’t available on Spotify and will open in YouTube.

Title Artist
Goose Bumps Christie Allen *
Khe Sanh Cold Chisel
April Sun In Cuba Dragon
Can’t Help Myself Flowers *
Shape I’m In Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons
Love Is In The Air John Paul Young
You Marcia Hines
Down Under Men At Work
Computer Games Mi-Sex
Say I Love You Renee Geyer
Bad Boy For Love Rose Tattoo
Women In Uniform Skyhooks *
I Got You Split Enz
Happy Man Sunnyboys *
Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again The Angels
The Unguarded Moment The Church
Don’t Fall In Love The Ferrets
(I’m) Stranded The Saints
Who Listens To The Radio The Sports
Counting The Beat The Swingers

Australia’s Ultimate Songs Disc 1

Back in 1992, I was in South Australia covering the Adelaide Festival. While I was there, I had the opportunity to interview Paul Kelly and to attend one of his gigs. In the interview, Paul named some of the Australian bands he liked, including The Cruel SeaDave Faulkner, The Hoodoo Gurus, Died Pretty, The Go-Betweens, and The Triffids. When I got back to the States, I checked out some Australian bands and I also had the good fortune to interview Mandawuy Yunupingu, singer for the Aboriginal-rock band Yothu Yindi.

A few years later, I bought a 5-CD set direct from Australia called Australia’s Ultimate Songs. It was an overview of Australian rock music up to the late 1990s. Sadly, I lost it. I’d given up hope of ever finding another copy – the set is long out of print and used copies don’t turn up anywhere. I found a track list on the Internet, so at least I had the names of all the songs and artists from the set.

Then came Spotify. While they didn’t have the set, they did have most of the individual tracks. The missing tracks were all available in YouTube. So I was able to recreate the set. I’d like to find the original CDs some day, but this will do for now.

Here are the tracks for CD 1, along with links to the songs on Spotify or YouTube (YouTube tracks are denoted with an asterisk). In some cases, I had to substitute live tracks for the originals, while in others, I substituted a band for a solo artist (for example, Chain was substituted for Matt Taylor but it’s the same guy). Disk 1 includes tracks by Bee Gees, Little River Band, The Dingoes, The Easybeats, and Ted Mulry Gang.

You’ll need Spotify to listen to most of the tracks but you can sign up for free.

Track Artist
Spicks and Specks Bee Gees
Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy) Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs
Eagle Rock Daddy Cool
Hey St. Peter Flash And the Pan
Shout Johnny O’Keefe
Help Is On It’s Way Little River Band
I Remember When I Was Young Matt Taylor
Slipping Away Max Merritt And The Meteors *
Girls On The Avenue Richard Clapton
The Real Thing Russell Morris
Howzat Sherbet
I’ll Be Gone Spectrum *
Mighty Rock Stars
Evie – Let Your Hair Hang Down Stevie Wright
Jump In My Car Ted Mulry Gang *
Way Out West The Dingoes *
Friday On My Mind The Easybeats
The Loved One The Loved Ones *
Turn Up Your Radio The Master’s Apprentices
Eleanor Rigby Zoot *

Next time: Disc 2.

Talking Heads: Love → Building on Fire (Love Goes To Building On Fire)

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Spotify HTTP Link: Talking Heads – Love -> Building On Fire

There are bands that you used to love years ago that you still listen to today. For me, a few examples would be The Beatles, T.Rex, R.E.M., and Mott the Hoople/Ian Hunter. Then there are bands who you used to love and never find yourself listening to at all anymore. I would have to place Talking Heads in the latter category.

And yet…

If you were there in 1977, you know what I’m talking about and if you weren’t, you have no idea what you missed. When I moved from the New York area to Philadelphia to go to art school that year, it was like stepping back in time 10 years. New York was Patti Smith, Talking Heads, and Television, while Philadelphia was Foreigner, Led Zeppelin, and the Eagles. I remember being introduced by one of my school friends: “This is Marc. He’s into punk rock. Har har har.” There was one guy named Ken who lived in the dorm who used to hang out in my room and listen to my Roxy Music albums. He was the only other person there who was into punk and new wave. Ken later left school, moved back to Long Island, and was in a band called The Bloodless Pharaohs with a guy named Brian Setzer.

But I digress. Ken and I went to The Hot Club in Philadelphia to see Talking Heads. It was one of the first new wave acts I’d ever seen. I remember looking at the crowd outside the club and thinking, so these are the other people who like this music.

When Talking Heads came on the scene, they were nerdy arty types fresh from the Rhode Island School of Design. Their music was one part 1910 Fruitgum Company, one part, I don’t know, one part just plain weird. And I was attracted to the different-ness of their music.

If you wanted to buy new wave/punk records, there were two places to get them. In New York, there was Bleeker Bob’s. In Philadelphia, there was Third Street Jazz & Rock. My UK import copy of the single Love Goes To Building On Fire probably came from Bleeker Bob’s and it was hands down my favorite Talking Heads song. The reverse side had a version of New Feeling with horns.

The song is presented in a not-so-high-quality YouTube clip above. If you have Spotify, you can use the links to check out the track in its original form. Who knows, maybe I’ll listen to Talking Heads 77 later on today.