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

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 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

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.

Bob Dylan: Idiot Wind (1975)

Bob Dylan

Going to a Bob Dylan concert is a bit of a crap shoot—you never know what you’re going to get. It could be great. It could be incoherent. It could be a little of both.

In 1961, Dylan began singing and playing folk music in New York’s Greenwich Village. By 1965, he’d written a number of notable folk songs and protest songs, including Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin. March 1965 saw the release of Bringing It All Back Home, Dylan’s first album featuring the use of electric instruments.

The folk music establishment went ballistic. Ewan MacColl, writing in Sing Out!, said:

“Our traditional songs and ballads are the creations of extraordinarily talented artists working inside traditions formulated over time…But what of Bobby Dylan?…a youth of mediocre talent. Only a non-critical audience, nourished on the watery pap of pop music could have fallen for such tenth-rate drivel.”

There are folk music enthusiasts who to this day still haven’t forgiven Dylan for breaking out into the mainstream.

“A lot of people can’t stand touring but to me it’s like breathing. I do it because I’m driven to do it.”
— Bob Dylan

Idiot Wind is one of my favorite Dylan songs. It’s certainly the most angry. Because of copyright issues, I can’t reprint the lyrics here, but fortunately, the lyrics are printed on Dylan’s website. The song comes from the Blood on the Tracks album, released in 1975. The version presented here is from a 1976 concert.