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

Sinéad Lohan: Whatever It Takes (1998)

Sinéad LohanSinéad Lohan is one of music’s enigmatic figures. She appeared on the international scene with her second album, No Mermaid, had a couple of minor hits, had a baby, and then vanished.

Lohan is Irish. Her first album, Who Do You Think I Am (1995), was a hit in her native Ireland. No Mermaid was released in 1998 and garnered some critical acclaim, as well as producing a couple of minor hits. The title track from No Mermaid was used in the movie Message In a Bottle.

“Nobody knows what I write about exactly. Nobody knows why I write and nobody ever sees me write. If I lived in a different century, they might have burned me as a witch for expressing myself the way I do. The funny thing is, I don’t understand most of the songs when I write them and then they become obviously relevant to what I’m going through a few months or a year later. They’re like predictions and then like comforts.”

Sinéad Lohan

Lohan had a baby in 2001 and stopped recording. A new album that was supposed to have been released in 2007 has never materialized. Lohan’s website hasn’t been updated since 2001.

Whatever It Takes comes from the album No Mermaid. Listen to how good this song is. It’s catchy and poppy without being treacly, and you can hear a Celtic influence.

Message to Sinéad Lohan: Please come back.

The Stranglers – Always the Sun (1986)

The Stranglers logoThe Stranglers started out in the mid-1970’s as a pub-rock band, evolved into a not-quite-punk band, and then refined their sound until they produced “respectable” pop music. Along the way, they pushed the boundaries of rock music (listen to Outside Tokyo or Threatened off Black and White, The Raven, Dead Loss Angeles  or Ice off The Raven, or just about anything off The Gospel According to the Meninblack.

Singer/guitarist Hugh Cornwell left the band in 1990 to embark on a solo career. Like Genesis without Peter Garbriel or Ultravox without John Foxx, this is one of those instances where a band suffers from the departure of a member and never approaches it’s former glory.

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Although The Stranglers were very popular in the UK, Dreamtime was the only album to chart in the U.S., largely due to the song Always the Sun. Even though this song is from the band’s more commercial pop period, if you listen closely, you can hear elements from the experimental period, such as Hugh Cornwell’s use of the guitar.

Cornwell was involved in the making of the video for Always the Sun. Unfortunately, the rest of the band didn’t like the video, and this caused discord in the group.

 Artist Website: www.stranglers.net
• Artist Website: www.hughcornwell.com
• Free MP3 Download of Hugh Cornwell’s latest album,
Hooverdam: www.hooverdamdownload.com