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Subject: The Australian/NZ Music Thread

Written By: whistledog on 08/28/09 at 2:54 pm


I am a BIG fan of Australian bands and singers.  Got any favourites?
Here's some of my all-time favourites.  Not all of them charted in North America and/or the UK, but some you may be surprised that did ...


1960s
Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs - Over the Rainbow 4


1970s
Samantha Sang - You Keep Me Dancing 2 4
Tarney-Spencer Band - It's Really You 2 4
Samantha Sang - Emotion 1 3 5
Tarney-Spencer Band - No Time To Lose 2 4


1980s
Real Life - Catch Me I'm Falling 1
Men at Work - It's A Mistake 1 3 5
Little River Band - The Night Owls 1 3
INXS - The One Thing 1 3
Rick Springfield - Affair of the Heart 1 3
Icehouse - No Promises 2 4 6
Little River Band - We Two 1 3
Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man 2
Air Supply - Making Love Out of Nothing At All 1 3 6
INXS - Original Sin 2 3
Jenny Morris - You're Gonna Get Hurt
Icehouse - Crazy 1 3 5
Rick Springfield - Don't Talk to Strangers 1 3
Pseudo Echo - Funkytown 1 3 5
Jimmy Barnes with INXS - Good Times 2 4 5
Real Life - Send Me An Angel 1 3
Kylie Minogue - Turn it Into Love
Air Supply - The Power of Love (You Are My Lady) 2 3
Little River Band - Man on Your Mind 1 3
INXS - Don't Change 2
Men at Work - Overkill 1 3 5
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over 1 3 5
Air Supply - Even the Nights are Better 1 3 6
Icehouse - Taking the Town
Wa Wa Nee - I Can Make You Love Me
♦ Glenn Shorrock - Don't Girls Get Lonely 2
The Sherbs - I Have the Skill 2
The Venetians - So Much For Love 2
Air Supply - Two Less Lonely People in the World 1
Real Life - Send Me An Angel '89 1
Little River Band - The Other Guy 1 3
Billy Thorpe - In My Room 3
John Farnham - Pressure Down 4 6
♦ Tim Finn - Not For Nothing
The Other Ones - Holiday 1 3
Eurogliders - Heaven (Must Be There) 2 4
John Farnham - Two Strong Hearts 4 6
Split Enz - Six Months in A Leaky Boat 3 6
Olivia Newton-John - Magic 1 3 5
The Church - Under the Milky Way 1 3 6
Air Supply - All Out of Love 1 3 5
Divinyls - Pleasure and Pain 2
Midnight Oil - The Dead Heart 2 3 6
Tim Finn - Through the Years 3
Little River Band - Take it Easy on Me 1 3
Divinyls - Boys in Town
Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon 2 3
Icehouse - Electric Blue 1 3 6
Mental As Anything - Live it Up 5
The Machinations - No Say in It
Air Supply - Every Woman in the World 1 3
Eurogliders - Can't Wait to See You
Wa Wa Nee - Sugar Free 1
Split Enz - One Step Ahead 3
David Foster and Olivia Newton-John - The Best of Me 2 3
Kylie Minogue - It's No Secret 1 3
The Church - The Unguarded Moment
Glenn Shorrock - American Flyers
Noiseworks - Take Me Back 6
Big Pig - (I Can't) Breakaway 2 3 6
Rick Springfield - The Human Touch 1 3 5
Little River Band - Love is A Bridge 4
Noiseworks - No Lies
Kylie Minogue - Never Too Late 5
Mental As Anything - Too Many Times 3


1990s
INXS - Disappear 1 3 5
The Angels from Angel City - Let the Night Roll On
Divinyls - I Touch Myself 1 3 5
Dannii Minogue - All I Wanna Do 5
Crowded House - Fall at Your Feet 2 3 5
Gina G - Ooh Aah ... Just A Little Bit! 1 3 5
John Farnham - That's Freedom 3
Dannii Minogue - This is It 5
INXS - Beautiful Girl 2 3 5


2000s
Riva featuring Dannii Minogue - Who Do You Love Now (Stringer) 3 5
Kylie Minogue - Love at First Sight 1 3 5
Rogue Traders - Watching You 5
Dannii Minogue vs. Dead or Alive - Begin to Spin Me Round 3
Nicole Kidman and Robbie Williams - Somethin' Stupid 3 5
Ultrasun - We Can Runaway
Kylie Minogue - Slow 2 3 5
Pendulum - Propane Nightmares 5
Dannii Minogue - I Begin to Wonder 5
Rogue Traders - Don't You Wanna Feel
Kylie Minogue - In My Arms 5
Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby 2 3 5
Dannii Minogue - Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling 5
Empire of the Sun - Walking on A Dream 5
Kylie Minogue - I Believe in You 5
Dannii Minogue - Put the Needle on It 5
Rogue Traders - Voodoo Child 5
Dannii Minogue vs FlowerPower - You Won't Forget About Me 5
Natalie Imbruglia - Glorious 5
Kylie Minogue - Wow 5


1 = US TOP 40
2 = US HOT 100
3 = CANADIAN TOP 40
4 = CANADIAN TOP 100
5 = UK TOP 40
6 = UK TOP 100

Subject: Re: The Australian/NZ Music Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/28/09 at 2:57 pm

Any Rolf Harris to be included?

Subject: Re: The Australian/NZ Music Thread

Written By: whistledog on 08/28/09 at 3:00 pm


Any Rolf Harris to be included?


I don't really know much on his music.  His lone hit single here was 'Vancouver Town' in 1971, which actually qualified for CANCON because it was produced in Canada

Subject: Re: The Australian/NZ Music Thread

Written By: Frank on 08/28/09 at 6:29 pm

Olivia Newton-John, Helen Reddy, Split Enz, Little River Band, Bee Gees, INXS..all good stuff here.

Subject: Re: The Australian/NZ Music Thread

Written By: Henk on 08/30/09 at 11:20 am

Quite the list you got there... 8) Still, I feel you've missed some good ones.


First, three that didn't make it outside Australia, as far as I know:

Mother Goose - Baked Beans (sheer goofyness!)
Jon English - Hollywood Seven (a cover version by Alides Hidding made #25 in Holland)
Railroad Gin - A Matter Of Time (sadly, I can't find a video for this song)


Some acts that had international appeal:

1960's
Easybeats - Hello How Are You (a Dutch #7)
John Rowles - If I Only Had Time
John Rowles - Hush..Not A Word To Mary (The little known follow-up, peaking at #19 in Holland)


1970's
Peter Allen - I Go To Rio
John Paul Young - Lost In Your Love (his third biggest hit in Holland)
Gary Shearston - I Get A Kick Out Of You
The Mixtures - The Pushbike Song
Mi-Sex - Computer Games (Interestingly how this doesn't sound dated at all!)


1980's
Split Enz - I Hope I Never (An overlooked gem, if you ask me)
Rick Springfield - Celebrate Youth
Flash & The Pan - Midnight Man
Flash & The Pan - Waiting For A Train
Angry Anderson - Suddenly


1990's
Indecent Obsession - Kiss Me
Yothu Yindi - Treaty
Chili Hi Fly - Is It Love (Audio only)
Black Sorrows - Ain't Love The Strangest Thing (Their only 'hit' in Holland. Got stuck at #56)
Baz Luhrmann & Lee Perry - Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)


2000's
Holly Valance - Kiss Kiss
Delta Goodrem - Born To Try


And some that were hits only in Holland and maybe Australia:

1975 | Kamahl - The Elephant Song
1976 | Kamahl - Save The Oceans Of The World (No video, thank goodness!)
1978 | Doug Ashdown - Winter In America

1995 | Little River Band - Forever Blue

Subject: Re: The Australian/NZ Music Thread

Written By: Paul on 08/30/09 at 11:50 am

A lot of Aus groups from the 60s normally had to travel to Britain to seek their fame and fortune (London was deemed to be where it was 'at' in those days!), but only a handful ever got to record...

Hardly out-and-our rock 'n' roll, but this mob were about the most succesful...

Subject: Re: The Australian/NZ Music Thread

Written By: Henk on 08/30/09 at 11:56 am


A lot of Aus groups from the 60s normally had to travel to Britain to seek their fame and fortune (London was deemed to be where it was 'at' in those days!), but only a handful ever got to record...

Hardly out-and-our rock 'n' roll, but this mob were about the most succesful...


Excellent stuff. 8)

Subject: Re: The Australian/NZ Music Thread

Written By: Paul on 08/30/09 at 12:03 pm

Then again, you could throw the Bee Gees into the mix in a roundabout way...

And just because it's a classic, here's the Easybeats again...

Certainly an interesting one...a group with English, Scottish and Dutch origins recording a song in England which was produced by an American!

Subject: Re: The Australian/NZ Music Thread

Written By: whistledog on 08/30/09 at 2:12 pm


Quite the list you got there... 8) Still, I feel you've missed some good ones.


First, three that didn't make it outside Australia, as far as I know:

Mother Goose - Baked Beans (sheer goofyness!)
Jon English - Hollywood Seven (a cover version by Alides Hidding made #25 in Holland)
Railroad Gin - A Matter Of Time (sadly, I can't find a video for this song)


Some acts that had international appeal:

1960's
Easybeats - Hello How Are You (a Dutch #7)
John Rowles - If I Only Had Time
John Rowles - Hush..Not A Word To Mary (The little known follow-up, peaking at #19 in Holland)


1970's
Peter Allen - I Go To Rio
John Paul Young - Lost In Your Love (his third biggest hit in Holland)
Gary Shearston - I Get A Kick Out Of You
The Mixtures - The Pushbike Song
Mi-Sex - Computer Games (Interestingly how this doesn't sound dated at all!)


1980's
Split Enz - I Hope I Never (An overlooked gem, if you ask me)
Rick Springfield - Celebrate Youth
Flash & The Pan - Midnight Man
Flash & The Pan - Waiting For A Train
Angry Anderson - Suddenly


1990's
Indecent Obsession - Kiss Me
Yothu Yindi - Treaty
Chili Hi Fly - Is It Love (Audio only)
Black Sorrows - Ain't Love The Strangest Thing (Their only 'hit' in Holland. Got stuck at #56)
Baz Luhrmann & Lee Perry - Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)


2000's
Holly Valance - Kiss Kiss
Delta Goodrem - Born To Try


And some that were hits only in Holland and maybe Australia:

1975 | Kamahl - The Elephant Song
1976 | Kamahl - Save The Oceans Of The World (No video, thank goodness!)
1978 | Doug Ashdown - Winter In America

1995 | Little River Band - Forever Blue


I keep forgetting that John Paul Young is Australian.  He is indeed awesome.  I loved the Milk and Sugar remix of 'Love is in the Air' that I believe featured him in new re-sung vocals

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