Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
1000 Miles Away . Hoodoo Gurus broke up in 1997 after fifteen years of being recognised as one of the best live bands of their era. Songs such as '1000 Miles Away' (anthem for the weary traveller), 'My Girl', 'Like Wow', 'Come Anytime' and 'What's My Scene' showed their talents and never allowed anyone to take them too seriously.
'Diesel and Dust'. The success of albums '10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1', 'Red Sails in the Sunset', 'Diesel and Dust', 'Blue Sky Mine' and '20,000 Watt RSL' have seen Midnight go from a 'pub' band to an international act with a focus on political events and social injustice. Lead singer Peter Garret is one of the most recognised figures in Australian music.
'Listen Like Thieves'. This album broke INXS into the difficult US market, before 'Kick' became a hit throughout the world. INXS is one of the most successful Australian bands of all time with lead singer Micheal Hutchence's death in 1997 a tragedy for the music industry. Jon Stevens former lead singer of NZ band 'Noiseworks' and who played 'Judas' in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' has replaced Hutchence on INXS' upcoming world tour.
|'They got married early, never had no money...' is the first line of which classic song?||Australian Music Icons
'To Her Door'. Released in 1989 by Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls, this song remains an Australian icon. 'Where Do You Go' is by Hunters and Collectors, 'Paper and Fire' is by John (Cougar) Mellencamp and 'Out the Door' is a line from the song.
4. Surprisingly, no Cold Chisel single has reached higher than No. 4 on the national (ARIA) charts. The band received much greater sales after it broke up with the albums 'Last Stand', 'Chisel', 'Teenage Love' (the comeback album) and another 'Best of' album recently released selling extremely well.
'Forever Now'. 'Khe Sahn', a song about Vietnam War veterans and their inability to integrate back into Australian society, is probably the most famous Cold Chisel song but was banned from radio play due to the line 'their legs were often open, but their minds were always closed'. It is now Australia's unofficial pub anthem and quite possibly the song most played on Australian jukeboxes and peaked at No. 43. 'Flame Trees' from the album 'Twentieth Century' peaked at No.7 and 'Choir Girl' No. 14. 'Forever Now' peaked at No. 4 in 1982.
Grace Knight. Grace Knight sang for the Perth-based Eurogliders from 1980-89, with hits such as 'Heaven (Must be There)' and 'Groove'. Grace Knight has reemerged as a multi talented jazz singer and has had a very successful solo career. Renee Geyer has worked with many people but has never been in a mainstream band. Annie Lennox is in the UK duo the 'Eurythmics' (with Dave Stewart) and Kate Cebrano was the former lead singer of 'I'm Talking' before going on to a successful solo career.
'Throw Your Arms Around Me'. 'Throw Your Around Me' is probably Hunters And Collectors' most famous song and was voted No.2 most popular song of all time in 1998 by triple J listeners (behind 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'). It was originally on the album 'Way to Go Out' and is also on 'Collected Works', 'Living in Large Rooms and Lounges' and 'Under One Roof'. 'Don't Dream it's Over' is by Crowded House, 'You're the Voice' John Farnham and 'That's When I Think of You' is by 1927.
'Great Wall'. This was released in 1987, before their self-titled debut album and went number one on the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) charts. 'Hands up in the Air' was released soon after 'Great Wall'. 'Dancing in the Storm' and 'Onion Skin' are from the double platinum second album 'These Here Are Crazy Times'.
Max Merritt And The Meteors. Their other big hit was "Slippin' Away".
The Easybeats . The Easybeats had huge success in the late 60s thanks to the songwriting talents of Harry Vanda and George Young and the charisma of Little Stevie Wright. Did you know that George Young is the elder brother of Malcolm and Angus of AC/DC!
The Zoot . The Zoot also spawned the talents of Beeb Birtles of The Little River Band and Rick Springfield - American soap star and singer.
The Twilights. It was The Twilights with lead singer Glenn Shorrock, who later went on to have international success with The Little River Band.
The Seekers. The Seekers officially disbanded in 1968, although have performed a number of times for special concerts and are still as popular to this day.
Johnny Young . It was indeed Johnny Young the host of Young Talent Time. Incidentally, Molly Meldrum produced this psychedelic hit!
No. This was a hit for them in 1970.
Doc Neeson. Yes, it was the legendary Doc Neeson. The band later changed their name to The Angels - 'Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again'?
The Mixtures . 'shhh, ooh-ooh, shhh, aaah...'
Ted Mulry. It was indeed the late Ted Mulry, who went on to huge success fronting the legendary Ted Mulry Gang.
|Can you name the number 1 record of 1983? (Hint: it was released as an EP, it was Australian, and there was very little singing.)||Australian Music in the 1980s
'Australiana'. 'Australiana' was a very clever parody written and performed by comedian Austen Tayshus. It is also on record as being the highest- selling Australian single to date.
'Just Keep Walking'. Not a big hit for them, but certainly the start of a big future.
|Men At Work had a huge hit with their debut single 'Who Can It Be Now', but can you name their bigger hit released later that same year?||Australian Music in the 1980s
Down Under. 'Down Under' was a huge international success, spending may weeks in the number 1 position on the U.S. charts!
Divinyls. Did you know that the outrageous Chrissie is the cousin of the demure Little Pattie?!
'East'. 'Breakfast At Sweethearts' was album number two. However, their self-titled debut album released two years earlier, spawned the classic 'Khe Sanh' about an Australian soldier returning from Vietnam.
Bon Scott. Yep, on 20th February 1980, Bon Scott's life was cut short after an apparent heavy night on the booze.
|Here is a nice easy one to end off with! The group New World had a hit with which song in the early 70's?||Australian 70s Music
Sister Jane. An interesting song from New World, "Sister Jane" had very intruiging lyrics. "Sister Jane, You're gonna change your name, You've gotta get out soon, Before you go insane, Before the town starts talking, And they see you out walking, It sure does seem a shame...Sister Jane, You're gonna change your name, And I suggest you catch the 12.45 plane, Before the family finds out just what you've done, And holds you at the point of a gun, And that ain't gonna be much fun, Sister Jane...". The worst part is, as the song continues, you never find out what Jane did! Grrrr!
Curiosity Killed The Cat. Two integral members of the Little River Band, Beeb Birtles and Graeham Goble, were formerly in the group Mississippi, who had a couple of excellent yet underrated songs called "Will I" and "Kings Of The World"
|Tony Mitchell from Sherbet wore a jacket in the film clip for the song "Howzat?" that had the name of which english football team written on the back?||Australian 70s Music
Sheffield Wednesday. As a long time English football supporter I always suspected it was done for the purposes of affectation rather than genuine support for "The Owls".
|The lyric "And I'm Spending All My Money In Your Telephone Booths" is found in which song?||Australian 70s Music
Somewhere In Sydney. "Somewhere In Sydney" was released by the Skyhooks as one side of a double A sided single in 1976. The full lyrics to the verse are: "Sydney, sweet Sydney, I love your red roofs, And I'm spending all my money in your telephone booths, So many people, So many types, So much truth, And so much hype".
Melbourne. Taxiride started their music career in 1997 but didn't record their first demo until 1998.
Hoodoo Gurus. Their song 'What's My Scene?' was rewritten as 'That's My Team' for the NRL football promo.