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Subject: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: warped on 08/20/13 at 12:32 pm

What are the best Australian/New Zealand  rock and roll or pop bands ever?

My favorite is either INXS or AC/DC.

Here is a list of some of my favorites:

AC/DC
Men at work
INXS
Midnight Oil
Little River Band
Crowded House
Split Enz
Easybeats

I guess some can make a case that The Bee Gees are Australian, since they grew up there.

Who is your favorite Australian/New Zealand band? And what bands would you add to the list?

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: whistledog on 08/20/13 at 5:04 pm

Good choices there!


Here are 1927.  They are best known for the 1989 hit That's When I Think of You which was a one hit wonder in the US, peaking at #100 for 1 week, making it the least successful song to appear in the US Hot 100 during the 1980s.  It was also a one hit wonder in Canada where it reached #55.  I remember it well!

1927 - That's When I Think of You (1989)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJK8OTDG6g8

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Here are Noiseworks.  Their self-titled debut in 1987 went 3x Platinum in their homeland, sending 5 songs into the Australian chart (the two below reaching the Top 40).  It never had any success in North America, but I remember hearing Take Me Back on the radio.  I have it on 45 as well as the album on CD.  A fantastic album ...

Noiseworks - Take Me Back (1987) | No Lies (1986)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueRLZWhbpsY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4ye_Lgl3fA

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: whistledog on 08/20/13 at 5:16 pm

Here are Mental As Anything.  They were BIG stars in their homeland, but had no hits in the US Hot 100.  They were one hit wonders in Canada during 1982 with Too Many Times (CAN #34) and had one lone Top 40 entry into the UK with Live it Up in 1987 (UK #3).  The latter is actually from 1985, but it was re-released as a single for its use in the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee and is one of my absolute favourites.  I like it more than Too Many Times

Mental As Anything - Too Many Times (1982) | Live it Up (1985)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bC3ppyJgSk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eThl2OayKRw

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: ladybug316 on 08/20/13 at 6:49 pm

I love the Church.  You don't hear them too much in the states, but Heyday is one of my favorite albums ever.  8)

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: whistledog on 08/20/13 at 7:01 pm


I love the Church.  You don't hear them too much in the states, but Heyday is one of my favorite albums ever.  8)


Very good band.  My favourite Church track was The Unguarded Moment from my favourite album of theirs:  Of Skins and Heart.  The version of the Of Skins and Heart album that I have is the North American release that is just billed as a self-titled album and looks like this ...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/84/ChurchDebut.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUA76M67Gd8

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: nally on 08/20/13 at 7:25 pm


I love the Church.  You don't hear them too much in the states, but Heyday is one of my favorite albums ever.  8)

The song I like best from them is "Under The Milky Way" ('88). :)

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: warped on 08/20/13 at 7:27 pm

I know some of those songs you posted, Whistledog. Good choices.

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 08/20/13 at 7:38 pm

Midnight Oil had some really cool songs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m3oYeVYdvg

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: nally on 08/20/13 at 7:54 pm


Midnight Oil had some really cool songs.


They sure did... such as "Beds Are Burning" and "Blue Sky Mine" (the only two which I know).


As for NZ bands, we have the Finn Brothers, Neil and Tim Finn, who have recorded as a duo together as well as with the bands Split Enz and Crowded House. "I Got You" is my favourite Split Enz song; and "Don't Dream It's Over" is my fave from Crowded House, with "Something So Strong" a close second.

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: Henk on 08/21/13 at 2:36 am

Let's not forget Sherbet (or The Sherbs). Not very popular/succesful elsewhere, but massive in Australia.

Another band that springs to mind: Hunters & Collectors.

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: ladybug316 on 08/21/13 at 9:36 pm


Very good band.  My favourite Church track was The Unguarded Moment from my favourite album of theirs:  Of Skins and Heart.  The version of the Of Skins and Heart album that I have is the North American release that is just billed as a self-titled album and looks like this ...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/84/ChurchDebut.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUA76M67Gd8


8)

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: ninny on 08/21/13 at 10:13 pm


What are the best Australian/New Zealand  rock and roll or pop bands ever?

My favorite is either INXS or AC/DC.

Here is a list of some of my favorites:

AC/DC
Men at work
INXS
Midnight Oil
Little River Band
Crowded House
Split Enz
Easybeats

I guess some can make a case that The Bee Gees are Australian, since they grew up there.

Who is your favorite Australian/New Zealand band? And what bands would you add to the list?

Great choices, I can't think of to many others, maybe Icehouse
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Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: whistledog on 08/21/13 at 10:26 pm

Icehouse.  I forgot about them.  Fantastic group.

Here is a great Aussie band from the 00s:  Rogue Traders

Voodoo Child (2005) | Don't You Wanna Feel (2007)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrlhLaNClgw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEZWDQDDPi0

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: nally on 08/21/13 at 10:33 pm


Icehouse.  I forgot about them.  Fantastic group.


I, too, forgot about 'em until now. I loved their songs "Electric Blue" and "No Promises."

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: Henk on 08/22/13 at 2:09 am

I see this topic now includes the latest decades as well... So allow me to (re)introduce you to:

The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxKjOOR9sPU


The Temper Trap - Science Of Fear

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE3sA2N8ClQ

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: whistledog on 08/22/13 at 5:16 pm

I completely forgot about The Temper Trap.  I was very surprised to see just how successful Sweet Disposition became.  It was a really good song.  I also enjoyed Need Your Love

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: UnderwaterEdge on 08/22/13 at 5:19 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2cMG33mWVY

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: nally on 08/23/13 at 6:54 pm

^ Oh yes, I'd forgotten that they were from NZ. I remember that song very well.

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: whistledog on 08/23/13 at 7:49 pm

Divinyls are from Australia.  Their lead singer Christina Amphlett recently passed away, but they left behind some great songs.  Best known was the 1990 hit I Touch Myself, but I liked them better for the 80s hits Pleasure and Pain and the one I remember quite well:  Boys in Town

Boys in Town (1981) | Pleasure and Pain (1985)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMSyumchMWA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aYzQb6cc5E

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: whistledog on 08/23/13 at 7:59 pm

This one is not a band, but a solo artist from Australia with a song from 2008 that I really enjoyed alot and still enjoy listening to this day.

Sam Sparro - Black and Gold
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHuebHTD-lY

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: Henk on 08/24/13 at 1:00 am


This one is not a band, but a solo artist from Australia with a song from 2008 that I really enjoyed alot and still enjoy listening to this day.

Sam Sparro - Black and Gold


Ah yes, Sam Sparro... nearly forgot about him. "Black And Gold" was a reasonable hit over here, but I never cared much about it. More recently, Sam had a #1 hit in Belgium with "Happiness":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFssDFfDxlY

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: whistledog on 08/24/13 at 3:32 pm

^ I know that one well.  It wasn't bad, but it didn't have that same slick style as Black and Gold did

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: ladybug316 on 08/25/13 at 3:08 pm

I don't know if I'd call them the best band ever, but Pseudo Echo had a few good ones.  I think they were Australian.

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: whistledog on 08/25/13 at 4:12 pm


I don't know if I'd call them the best band ever, but Pseudo Echo had a few good ones.  I think they were Australian.


Indeed they were.  I have 3 of their albums.  There was more to them than just their cover of Funkytown.  My favourite is A Beat For You from 1984

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HfGu2dUX-0

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: whistledog on 08/25/13 at 4:16 pm

That also reminds me of another great 80s Aussie new wave group that cracked the US Top 40 3 times:  Real Life.  Best known for the 1983 and 1989 Send Me An Angel, but they also had Catch Me I'm Falling

Catch Me I'm Falling (1983)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeysVlyC_us

Send Me An Angel (1983) | Send Me an Angel '89 (1989)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6zBjYIyz-0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R6WIbx8ysE

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: Foo Bar on 08/26/13 at 8:58 pm


I don't know if I'd call them the best band ever, but Pseudo Echo had a few good ones.  I think they were Australian.


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  - Pseudo Echo, Stranger in Me (1984)

Nice retro stuff, thanks for making me look!

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: ladybug316 on 08/27/13 at 4:20 pm

Ha!  Yup that's them.  Here's another that I like from their "Love An Adventure" album which was pretty cool way back when...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBYa6cgHDEg

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: SpaceHog on 08/29/13 at 11:51 am

From Aus:
Icehouse
Real Life
Big Pig
Divinyls
Midnight Oil
The Church (Reptile is my favorite song by them.)
Jet
AC/DC

From NZ:
Split Enz
Crowded House

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: Henk on 08/30/13 at 3:35 pm

Computer Games - Mi-Sex
(1979 - NZ #5, AUS #1, US #61 , NL #58)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m8IOD-wk9g


Computer Games was an international hit for this New Zealand band.
They had five more Top 40 hits in their native country, this being the biggest of them all:

People - Mi-Sex
(1980 - NZ #3)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxBZ-84majE

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: Henk on 08/30/13 at 3:54 pm

Here's a band that, to my knowledge, made little to no impact outside Australia:

Railroad Gin - A Matter Of Time (album version)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y5n_UQw6Zw


Railroad Gin - Come Together

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhUyOtkvNfE


Railroad Gin formed in Brisbane in 1969 and disbanded in 1977, after numerous changes in its line-up.

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: whistledog on 08/30/13 at 5:40 pm

Dang, I forgot about Mi-Sex.  And I even own one of their albums.  I really like Computer Games alot!

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: Foo Bar on 08/30/13 at 11:58 pm


Dang, I forgot about Mi-Sex.  And I even own one of their albums.  I really like Computer Games alot!


Yeah, that.  Already karma'd the dude for another post, but I owe him one for that.  Mi-Sex's 1979 Computer Games was one of my favorites, and I have all but one reference nailed down.

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/software/arcade_atari-basketball_ss-bezel.jpg
The video game with the basketball is Atari's black-and-white coin-op Basketball from 1979.

http://i.imgur.com/KqtfQhe.png
The video game in the background with the vector graphics is Vectorbeam's Speed Freak

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fb/Star_fire.png
The video game in the background with the TIE fighters is Exidy's Star Fire.

Here's where you come in, random person who stumbled onto this page from a google search.  How well do you know your late-70s CDC or other hardware?  There's a snippet of BASIC source code that show up a few times in the video that appear to describe some sort of game.  I'm trying to figure out what system that was so I can figure out what game that was.

Does anyone recognize a dialect of BASIC from 1980/1979 or earlier, that had both a CLS keyword to clear the screen, an IF/THEN/ELSE construct, an INKEY$ function to read the keyboard, the ability to concatenate two statments on one line separated by a colon and without spaces (e.g. "10000 CLS:GOSUB7600" was legal), and a BASIC program listing for a game that included "WHEN YOU SEE AN ... TO THE LEFT OF..." "YOU NEED NOT PUSH ENTER, JUST THE..." "AND THE NUMBER OF ANDROIDS YOU WISH TO..." The screenshot is taken from what is a (for 1979) pretty high-end green-screen monitor, and the video is known to have been recorded in the old Control Data Corporation's North Sydney building.

Subject: Re: Best Australian/New Zealand bands ever

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 09/24/13 at 9:56 pm

Crowded House.  :)

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