I shared a playlist yesterday of my favourite Australian songs that mean so much to me and it’s difficult to keep it to only 100 artists. I like loud music although when alone I like a few slow ones plus a little comedy and I’m proud when a West Aussie goes on to make it big.
After Luciana played the songs last night and I reviewed the many comments of Lost Perth followers, I began to fine tune the list of the songs and artists we remember so well.
Whilst we all have different tastes and I am missing some of the early greats such as Johnny O’Keefe , Helen Reddy, Olivia Newton John, Russel Morris, Peter Allen, The Seekers , John Williamson , Air Supply , Savage Garden and the Bee Gees , I included the bands and artists from across the ditch with the long fluffy clouds whose songs we know word for word from our youth but Rick Springfield doesn’t get a pozzy.
There isn’t a song here I don’t listen to regularly and I hope there are songs that you have forgotten that bring some joy to your day once more along with all the memories to go with it.
I might try and break the artists into some groups from comedy including Rodney Rude (please don’t click the link if you do not appreciate his humour) to the cuzzie bros who saw red in the 80s. Those artists and recordings unavailable on Spotify I have linked to YouTube.
We’re good at laughing at ourselves and we love a good comedian so when these recordings hit the shelves, we snapped them up with fervour.
Billy Birmingham brought us The 12th Man and one of my favourites is Marvellous
MOJO matched footy’s effort with C’mon Aussie C’mon.
Slim Dusty produced a memorable hit proclaiming his favour for a beer with Duncan
Surely huge sales only followed the release of Farewell Aunty Jack Theme due to the use of the word ‘bloody’?
A real entertainer and darn good full forward, Mark ‘Jacko’ Jackson went on after his career to star in many popular TV commercials and produced the appropriate I’m An Individual
Rodney Rude is my favourite comedian and his first cassette released had me in tears. I met him and thanked him sincerely for always being there and for sharing his talent. I Hate Cats is a sample of what tickles my funny bone. Would you believe Rodney is 76 on the 29th of January born 1943.
Whilst based in Sydney I listened to Triple M when Doug Mulray was at his peak producing a cassette full of laughs. His song I’m A Punk still entertains me.
My Kiwi comedy link has to be Baked Beans by Mother Goose.
We had some great times at the local pubs listening to the bands and every so often a Western Australian artist or band makes a name for themselves and these are the ones I enjoyed.
Brian Cadd born in Perth 29th November 1946 and the beautiful Ginger Man
Tod Johnson formed V-Capri, a much appreciated local band who performed That’s The Way
Formed in Perth in 1980, The Eurogliders produced high quality recordings of some great songs including Can’t Wait To See You
Supernaut made it across the Nullarbor thanks to Molly Meldrum producing a couple of well known songs including I Like It Both Ways
Play this song and watch the teenagers dance to it, she was such a great entertainer and Christie Allen‘s music is still infectious including Goosebumps
Maybe one of the greatest front men in rock Bon Scott? He grew up on Harvest Terrace North Fremantle performing in a pipe band joining ACDC after appearing in two earlier bands before belting out hits such as Whole Lotta Rosie.
Johnny Diesel Soul Revival
The radio was always on at home and these songs I remember so well.
The Masters Apprentices Turn Up Your Radio
The Mixtures In The Summertime
Stevie Wright Evie
Archie Roach performed his song Took The Children Away in 1991, receiving a break through artist award for this very moving song. Archie is just 63 having produced a great volume of work and supported countless youth.
Daddy Cool Eagle Rock
Jon English was a very successful immigrant winning over the Aussie population with songs such as Hollywood Seven but my favourite performance was in All Together Now.
Richard Clapton Deep Water
Flash & The Pan Hey Saint Peter
Colleen Hewett Day By Day
Renee Geyer Say I Love You
Marcia Hines You
Tina Arena Burn
Christine Anu My Island Home
Pat Wilson Bop Girl
Wendy Matthews The Day You Went Away
Kylie Minogue Celebration
Kate Ceberano Bedroom Eyes
Colleen Hewett Wind Beneath My Wings
John Farnham made his comeback with the brilliant You’re The Voice We see Johnny here in his Sadie days with Perth’s beautiful Jenny Seaton (Clemesha)
John Swann you may not know is Jimmy Barnes older brother who performed Lady What’s Your Name The best gig I ever attended was Swanee at The Penrith Leagues Club in 1983, I’ve never seen a better entertainer. One of the great moments of Aussie Tellie was Andrew Denton interviewing John and Jimmy asking about their family life.
Mark Holden I Wanna Make You My Lady
Jimmy Barnes Working Class Man
Rick Price Not A Day Goes By
Ian Moss Tucker’s Daughter
John Paul Young I Hate The Music
Brian Cadd Ginger Man
Darryl Cotton Same Old Girl
Daryl Braithwaite The Horses
ACDC as we know performed Highway To Hell which I like to believe was written about Canning Highway on the way to the Raffles Hotel.
INXS Just Keep Walking
Skyhooks Women In Uniform
Ted Mulry Gang Jump In My Car
Icehouse Great Southern Land
Models Out Of Mind Out Of Sight
Midnight Oil Short Memory
INXS rocked the venue with Don’t Change and I will never forget it and have always been a fan.
Little River Band Help Is On It’s Way
The Angels are a great favourite of mine and I regret not chatting with Doc when I saw him having a cuppa shortly before he passed away to say thank you. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? Doc said on stage the song was written for a mate he lost after a motor cycle accident which has become an Aussie classic.
Boom Crash Opera The Best Thing
Cold Chisel’s Flame Trees is one of many hits produced by a legendary Aussie band I am happy to have seen in the early days in the pubs of NSW.
Weddings Parties Anything Father’s Day
The Divinyls I Touch Myself is Chrissy’s legacy now helping reduce the risk of breast cancer the world over.
The Ferrets Don’t Fall In Love is a little beauty I thoroughly enjoy every now and then.
The Black Sorrows Chained To The Wheel
Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons Shape I’m In
The Radiators Comin’ Home
Machinations No Say In It
Hush Bony Moronie
Mondo Rock Come Said The Boy
Australian Crawl The Boys Light Up
Mi Sex Computer Games
Rogue Traders Voodoo Child
Spiderbait Black Betty is a ripper, what a brilliant version of a childhood classic.
Goanna Solid Rock
Yothu Yindi Treaty
Hunters and Collectors When The River Runs Dry
The Church Unguarded Moment
Rose Tattoo Bad Boy For Love
Mental As Anything Live It Up
Kids In The Kitchen Change In Mood
Big Pig Breakaway
Real Life Send Me An Angel
The Party Boys He’s Gonna Step On You Again
Uncanny X-Men 50 Years
Moving Pictures What About Me?
Psuedo Echo Don’t Go
The Reels According To My Heart
Paul Kelly Dumb Things
The Screaming Jets Better
Chocolate Starfish Four Letter Word
Choirboys Never Gonna Die
Powderfinger Baby I’ve Got You On My Mind
Silverchair Straight Lines
Sunnyboys Alone With You Tonight
Hoodoo Gurus Death Defying
The Sports Don’t Throw Stones
Gangajang Sounds Of Then
1927 If I Could
Men At Work Be Good Johnny
Ol’ 55 On The Prowl
Redgum I Was Only 19
Split Enz I See Red
Noiseworks Take Me Back
Dragon recorded some great songs in their short history including Rain Mark Hunter passed way too young.
The Swingers Counting The Beat
Max Merritt & The Meteors Slipping Away
Crowded House Better Be Home Soon
Mark Williams and his rocking Show No Mercy , what an awesome pair of lungs this man has.
OMC How Bizarre
Dave Dobbin Slice Of Heaven
Rest In Peace and thank you for the memories to these and more entertainers.