Australia’s Ultimate Songs Disc 5

This is the 5th and final installment of the songs from the out-of-print 5-CD set, Australia’s Ultimate Songs. Disc 5 includes tracks from Merril Bainbridge, Natalie Imbruglia, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Powderfinger, Silverchair, and The Cruel Sea.

The songs will open in Spotify. If you don’t have Spotify, the link will take you to a place where you can download it for free. Some of the songs (marked with an asterisk) aren’t available on Spotify and will open in YouTube.

Here are the songs for CD 5 of Australia’s Ultimate Songs.

Buses and Trains Bachelor Girl
Let’s Groove CDB *
Party Christine Anu
Ordinary Angels Frente
Telling Everybody Human Nature
Pash Kate Ceberano *
Weir Killing Heidi
Even When I’m Sleeping Leonardo’s Bride
Cry The Mavis’s
Mouth Merril Bainbridge *
Big Mistake Natalie Imbruglia
Where the Wild Roses Grow Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Mysterious Girl Peter Andre
Pick You Up Powderfinger *
Freak Silverchair *
Get Set Taxiride
Lost The Badloves *
The Honeymoon Is Over The Cruel Sea
Chains Tina Arena *
Standing Strong Wendy Matthews
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Australia’s Ultimate Songs Disc 4

This is the 4th installment in my recreation of the out-of-print 5-CD set, Australia’s Ultimate Songs. Disc 4 includes tracks from Deborah Conway, Hoodoo Gurus, INXSKylie Minogue, The Black Sorrows, Divinyls, The Trffids, and Yothu Yindi.

Most of the songs will open in Spotify, which if you don’t have, you can download for free. Some of the songs aren’t available on Spotify and will open in YouTube.

Here are the songs for CD 4 of Australia’s Ultimate Songs. Clicking the links will open Spotify, which is available to download for free. Songs with an asterisk will open in YouTube.

Title Artist
That’s When I Think Of You 1927
One Word Baby Animals
Run To Paradise Choirboys
The Horses Daryl Braithwaite
Slice Of Heaven Dave Dobbyn
It’s Only The Beginning Deborah Conway *
Tip Of My Tongue Diesel
What’s My Scene Hoodoo Gurus
Tucker’s Daughter Ian Moss
New Sensation INXS
Age Of Reason John Farnham
Better The Devil You Know Kylie Minogue
Funky Town Pseudo Echo
Chained To The Wheel The Black Sorrows
I Touch Myself Divinyls
That Word (L.O.V.E) Rockmelons *
Better The Screaming Jets
Wide Open  The Triffids
Father’s Day Weddings Parties Anything
Treaty Yothu Yindi

Next time: Disc 5.

Australia’s Ultimate Songs Disc 3

In this 5-post series, I’m recreating the 5-CD set, Australia’s Ultimate Songs, which is out of print and difficult to find. Most of the songs will open in Spotify, which if you don’t have, you can download for free. Some of the songs aren’t available on Spotify and will open in YouTube.

Here are the songs for CD 3 of Australia’s Ultimate Songs. Disc 3 includes tracks from Crowded House, Goanna, Hunters & Collectors, INXS, Jimmy Barnes, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, and Tim Finn. Songs with an asterisk will open in YouTube.

Title Artist
The Boys Light Up Australian Crawl
Don’t Dream It’s Over Crowded House
Heaven (Must Be There) Eurogliders
Sounds Of Then Ganggajang *
Solid Rock Goanna *
Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors
Good Times INXS & Jimmy Barnes
Working Class Man Jimmy Barnes
Change In Mood Kids in the Kitchen
Live It Up Mental As Anything
Power And The Passion Midnight Oil
Out Of Mind Out Of Sight Models
Come Said The Boy Mondo Rock
What About Me Moving Pictures *
No Lies Noiseworks
Before Too Long Paul Kelly
Send Me An Angel Real Life
I Was Only 19 Redgum *
Fraction Too Much Friction Tim Finn
Fifty Years Uncanny X-Men *

Next time: Disc 4.

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.

Roy Harper: Another Day (1970)

Roy HarperI saw Roy Harper play live at the Half Moon in London on August 19, 1991. Since he rarely played in the United States, I was grateful for the opportunity to finally see him.

The show was kind of a disaster. Roy came onstage in what can only be described as a severely altered state. “I’m not ripped—I’m shredded,” were his first words to the audience. Things went downhill from there. He forgot the words to some of the songs. He changed songs before finishing the one he was playing. He rambled and at one point made chicken noises into the microphone. To make matters worse, there was a drunken heckler at the front of the stage that yelled out nonsense throughout the show, at one point attempting to knock over the speakers at the side of the stage. Apparently, the club didn’t believe in bouncers.

At the end of the set, Roy told the audience that there would be some improvement during the following two nights. That was little consolation to me—I was catching a flight back to the States the next day.

Still, I don’t hold it against him. I heard that he’d had some personal problems that night. Besides, it’s Roy Harper.

If you don’t think you’ve heard Roy Harper, you probably have. He sang the lead vocals on the Pink Floyd song Have a Cigar. In addition to Pink Floyd, he’s worked with a myriad of rock luminaries, including Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Ronnie Lane, Keith Moon, David Gilmour, Paul and Linda McCartney, Keith Emerson, and Kate Bush.

“I was never really a bone fide member of the folk scene. I was too much of a modernist, really. Just too modern for what was going on in the folk clubs. I wanted to modernize music, but more than that to completely modernize people’s attitudes towards life in general. I was involved in trying to bring meat to the folk music, which is a big mistake anyway.”

Roy Harper, October 2008

Roy recorded 21 studio albums, plus a number of live albums and compilations. The featured track, Another Day, is from the 1970 album Flat Baroque and Berserk. The first version is the album track. The second is a video by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, which I added because it complements the Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush video from my last post.

Peter Gabriel: Don’t Give Up (1986)

Don’t Give Up (Version 1)

Don’t Give Up (version 2)

Don’t Give Up (Secret World Live with Paula Cole)


Peter GabrielReturn with us now to the thrilling days of yesteryear, a time before music had turned to crap, a time when people who made music could actually sing and play instruments.

Peter Gabriel’s tenure as lead singer of Genesis marked the band’s creative heyday. After his departure, Genesis went on to become a hugh commercial success (emphisis on the word commercial), while Gabriel eventually became a megastar in his own right. No cause-related benefit concert of the 1980s was complete without Gabriel performing Red Rain and Biko.

I was at Gabriel’s first-ever solo show at the legendary Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ on March 5, 1977. The opening act was Television. Unfortunately, the suburban prog-rock audience wasn’t ready for Television’s New York new wave sound, and the band was literally booed off the stage.

But I digress. The reason that I chose to highlight this particular song isn’t because it’s Gabriel’s best or even my favorite. I selected it because it’s topical.

Don’t Give Up, a duet with Kate Bush, tells the story of an unemployed man who’s at the end of his rope because he can’t find a job during hard economic times.

We’re living in that time now. The current American president cares more about nationalizing the private sector and listening to the sound of his own voice than doing anything effective to stimulate the economy so people can get back to work.

There are three videos this time. The two studio versions were directed by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. The first features Peter and Kate embracing and revolving while the sun slowly goes into and out of an eclipse. The second shows Gabriel superimposed over a town with people in hard times. The last video is a live version filmed at the Secret World Live concert in Italy and features Paula Cole as the other singer in the duet.