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 Sea, Dave 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.
|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|
|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|
|I’ll Be Gone||Spectrum *|
|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.