Its potent messages, the questions it asks, the way it frames the sacred within the modern. Reeling from the death of co-founder Stevie Plunder, he stepped up to deliver a stunning collection that weaved heartbreaking sincerity (the ‘Charlie' trilogy) with wit (‘You Sound Like Louis Burdett'), and another major event: his long-distance relationship with a Melburnian (‘In love with this girl/and with her town as well'). “This is my record,” Ruby Hunter would often say of her 1994 solo album Thoughts Within, a ground-breaking piece of work that saw the stories of First Nations women shared with a mainstream audience. One of Midnight Oil's most overtly political albums in a career full of them, it taught me that music could have a purpose and it could persuade. They were one of the biggest bands in the world thanks to 1991's Woodface. Sick riffs and sick hair. ‘Bad Funk Stripe' still stands up as a stoner's tribute to Oasis. God’s iconic My Pal single was released in … The decade started with a rush of promising Sydney indie guitar bands jostling for that ‘next big thing' pot of gold; Ratcat, The Hummingbirds, The Clouds, and Falling Joys. Forever. This debut album set them up strongly. If you're under 30, there's a fair chance you may not have heard one of the most important Australian dance albums ever. they have dubbed their music simply "rock and roll". A collection of brilliantly drawn, beautifully executed songs that envelope you with their honesty and detail. In 2015, he spoke about his own continued healing through many of these songs, in particular the remarkable ‘Took The Children Away.' When I was 11, though, it didn't really matter. There, legs sticking to vinyl seats in the summer heat, I was forced to confront whatever was playing on the stereo. But I won't get insular, because the love for this band extends far beyond the Queensland border. Kasey Chambers played a huge part in making country music translate in the perfect way in Australia with The Captain. Since 1975, the band has released 17 studio albums and 35 singles, including “Reminiscing,” which is the most frequently played Australian song in the history of American radio. Maybe it’s the rose-coloured glasses and that overpowering wave of nostalgia that so easily penetrates us. It's the Powderfinger equivalent of Vivaldi's ‘Four Seasons'. Stand out tracks include ‘Black Stick', ‘Woman With Soul' and ‘Let's Lay Down Here and Make Love'. Dream It Down is warm and textured, the strummy, swirling and fuzzed-out guitars tempered by gorgeous synths, strings and lush production. Coupled with Jacqui Hunt's understated vocals, the album sounds remarkably fresh to this day, and certainly deserves wider recognition in a rock-drenched history of Australian music. Taking in lesser boy bands and girl groups, some crowd-pleasing Aussie rock and the first successful homegrown hip-hop act, this is your ultimate Forgotten ’90s playlist. Every song is light, lyrical and beautiful. – Dan Condon. The 90s was the era of the boyband and whether you were in Australia, the US or the UK, bands like Take That and the Backstreet Boys were topping the charts on a regular basis throughout the entire decade. ‘No Aphrodisiac', the hottest song of 1997 and the 90s' horniest expression of melancholy, is the perfect microcosm for the appeal and unlikely success of The Whitlams' third album. The 90s was one of the most exciting decades in Australian music. He started on the pub scene in the late ’80s before recording his first hits in the ’90s and has crossed every musical boundary since. – Richard Kingsmill. Richie singing about mushroom clouds, Mary Jane and throwing stones. WCMS.pluginCache.add('#lightbox-57', 'lightbox' , { Australian Experimental music in the 1990s. Best of all, she inspired girls to pick up a guitar and play. I wish I could view a brain map of what happened during my first listening of those four and a half minutes – my auditory cortices, the hippocampus and the frontal lobe firing in a way that's only happened a handful of times in my life. This album. There were more bands than ever, all jostling for attention in a crowded but ever-so-rich music landscape. Their confidence was mesmerising live, the seriously cool frontwomen commanding with their trademark sway. He sounded like he'd be one of my cool older brother's friends and the guitar riff was cruising and dirty. Top 100 Artists of the 90's based on sales, Billboard charts and airplay. Such an iconic and beloved song, American DJ Dillon Francis remixed it in his last Australian tour and was received with screams of pure glee from the audience. The band managed to flawlessly balance 90s grunge and chunky alt-rock with a pop purity that made their signature sound so accessible, perfectly capturing the zeitgeist of the era. Even a quarter century later. If you think being in a boyband is something to mock, just … Her songs were ubiquitous in disco nightclubs throughout the ’90s and are to this day still received with screaming enthusiasm whenever the DJ spins a Kylie throwback. – Luanne Shneier, The success of Alex Lloyd's second album and that song tends to overshadow his excellent debut. Here are the 20 Australian bands you need to know in 2019, listed in alphabetical order: 1. This is the band that Richard Kingsmill credits for alternative music breaking in Australia during the ’90s, not those other Nirvana blokes. A children’s music group formed in Sydney in 1991, the original founding members were part of a band while studying early childhood education and decided to combine the two. It kicks off with the title track, which seems to hold all the elegance and beauty that threads through the entire album. Recorded on a tight budget with a revolving cast of musicians, Eternal Nightcap is very much Tim Freedman's vehicle. The tunes rocket along with giddying abandon, alternating thrashy punk, occasional sweet pop and fuzzy dance grooves on ‘Joyce's Hut'. – Gab Burke, Hear tracks from each of the 50 Best Australian Albums of the 90s this Saturday from 12pm AEST on Double J. And of good times, and what it means to be Australian. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2000 CD release of Australia's Ultimate Songs - The 100 Greatest Hits Of The Century on Discogs. If a party doesn’t end with everyone with their arms slung around each other, a beer in hand, belting out the lyrics to These Days, was it ever really a party? – Tim Shiel. Childhood-Defining Moment: Feeling really cool … Your information is handled in accordance with the ABC Privacy Collection Statement. The highpoint ‘Red Right Hand' – a song Cave says he almost wrote on the spot – remains brilliantly evocative. They say you never forget your first and with tracks like ‘Suicide Blonde', ‘By My Side', ‘Bitter Tears' and ‘Disappear', it was a pretty memorable first step. – Stephen Goodhew. Perhaps it was competition, or maybe just inspiration. They are live-music staples, with live cover bands always squeezing in a Crowded House tune for the audiences to hum along to. There are so many heart-thumping, air-drumming, guitar-belting moments. Words will never do that song, or this record, enough justice. Bernard Fanning's opening line in ‘Already Gone' – ‘You've been working all your life…' – paired with a single drum beat and stripped back guitar, is so simple, but so powerful. This band. – Stephen Goodhew, ‘I recall, in my childhood, you aroused in me, thoughts of no good...'. – Ryan Egan. An essential Australian album that shares tales of hardship, struggle and unspeakable pain with great wisdom and patience. Then you know the power of Ill At Ease. The albums that made Australian music such a force in the 1990s. The just-released 25-track compilation Dirty Jeans documents the rise (and fall) of "alternative" Australian rock music between 1988 and 2002. Long Live Kylie! What a thing for just one album to be able to do. And it continues to remind me of unfinished business, or unrealised opportunities. Pummelling heavy rock songs with thoughtful, cutting lyrics. 94. This second album put them in the ARIA Top 50 for three months and produced their first Hottest 100 hit (‘Up To Our Necks In It' #55). Should any Aussie discover you don’t know the song, they will promptly school you, so save yourself the lecture and give it a listen now. Have you ever really moved out if you haven't hummed ‘Leaving Home' to yourself while cramming all your possessions into the back of a Corolla in your folks' driveway? The visceral, tempestuous and ragged energy of their previous albums gives way to languid odes to the might and mystery of the sea. ‘Scared Of Skill' is one of the great album openers and it heralded Custard at their most potent. Millions, Like Stars… is the middle sister of the band's three albums, and despite only troubling the middle reaches of the ARIA charts, stands as a significant Australian album of the era. The brilliant harmonies of Jodi Phillis and Trish Young corrupted me, as they sung lyrics that were evocative, sexual, lyrical and literary. Died Pretty sounded like no other Australian band at the time and so this album is not defined by the fashion of the day. An astonishing musical benchmark from a trio who'd only just hit their 20s. Australia has always produced a diverse range of musical talent, and we hold many famed songs close to our hearts, memorizing every lyric for when we have that opportunity to belt it out when it comes on the radio or a DJ spins it in a club. The Coral Snakes – who included his wife, drummer Claire Moore – are in cracking form, providing a rich musical tapestry and balancing influences from lounge, country and ‘70s rock. It's a reminder to act and judge other people on their actions. It's not until you're forced to start narrowing the focus to a mere 50 records that you realise the sheer volume of brilliant works that were made in this decade. There's something beautiful about belting out the immortal line, ‘if you wanna' be a passengaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa' at karaoke, or at a 21st, or a 30th, or a 40th, or any backyard party for that matter. – Zan Rowe. Any album that opens with the declaration ‘well we don't need no one to tell us what to do! – Richard Kingsmill. There are dozens of albums that don't appear here that easily could have. Australian music was incredible in the 1990s.. The majestic ballad ‘Nobody's Baby Now', the sinister swell behind ‘Do You Love Me? Albums: White Lilies Island, Counting Down the Days, Left of the Middle, Come to Life, Glorious: The Singles 97-07. At age 10, I was starting to find my own musical identity beyond pop charts, early morning video television, and my parents' collections. It's almost a perfect mixture of Beatles and Stones, a uniquely Australian version of a Kinks record. These acts generally cut their teeth playing live. It's the Beasts Of Bourbon at the height of their raucous, swaggering, sleazy, raw best. Her use of traditional storytelling techniques (and some traditional stories themselves in ‘Monkey and The Turtle'), merged with contemporary dance beats thrust her culture and pride into the spotlight. And show me a better Australian rock song of the 90s than ‘Just Ace'. Front and centre, a woman in black barely turns to show her face, electric guitar poised. And it's a record worth revisiting. I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's hard to describe just how much Powderfinger means to you if you're from Brisbane. Covers the Ausrtalian industry information. I'll wait. The result is catchy songs with warmth at their core, both the comforting and the fiery kind. The first line of opening track ‘Chase the Dragon' sets The Low Road's tone: ‘I brought back a souvenir all the way from Kampuchea, a plastic bag up my ass and soon the goods will all come to pass'. Trios don't come much better than Spiderbait on this outstanding album. Sonically, it's evocative and challenging (‘Too Far'), and earnest and human (‘Breathe'). After she was discovered on popular Aussie soap Neighbours, there was no stopping Kylie Minogue from going on to become one of the most famous pop singers to come out of Australia – ever. This is where bass player Stephanie Ashworth joins the band, creating an incredible chemistry in this power trio, and bringing a new beauty in tones. The group comprised two sets of siblings - the rhythm section of the Sutherland brothers, plus the Larkins out front. – Liza Harvey. What they didn’t know was that by the end of the ’90s, they would be one of Australia’s most recognized and highest earning entertainers. The ’90s were a booming time for the Australian music industry, when new talents were just on the rise, and musicians established in the late ’80s were finally getting their feet off the ground. The more I listen to Impossible Princess, the more I fall in love with it, and the more I fall in love with Kylie Minogue. An independent, piano-driven success in an era dominated by blockbuster alt-rock. Because Marvin The Album, the 1992 record on which it appeared, is packed full of thoughtful and alluring indie-pop songs of easily as high quality. A massive five songs from this album were voted into the triple j Hottest 100 in 1999. ‘Calypso' is simply irresistible – a sparkling singalong classic – while ‘Buy Me A Pony' was seemingly built for the classic 90s mosh pit. Its fusion of post-club beats and global instrumentation prefaced later artists such as Thievery Corporation and Zero 7, and indeed the entire genre of trip hop. – Zan Rowe. This standout dropped in the middle of that purple patch. Dream It Down is a pure delight from Melbourne's Underground Lovers. TISM broke onto triple j after over ten years of underground notoriety with a pair of laugh out loud bizarro electro-punk jams – ‘(He'll Never Be An) Ol' Man River' and unlikely earworm ‘Greg! It almost tore the band apart, as heavy-handed producer Don Gehman frustrated members by bringing a sheen to their songs. Led by the inimitable Tim Rogers, You Am I are responsible for two of the greatest Australian albums of all time in 1995’s Hi-Fi Way and 1996’s Hourly Daily. But many bands went one step further when it came to making records; crafting pieces of art that fast became the soundtracks to our lives. I purchased Frogstomp mere days later, the rest is history. Dosed up on Sabbath, Mudhoney and early Kyuss, my teenage discman was well prepared for the sick-as debut album from Tumbleweed. It's a marquee work, containing some of the band's most mature and memorable songs (‘Ana's Song', ‘Miss You Love', ‘Anthem For The Year 2000') as Daniel Johns flourished as a visionary songwriter and arranger, baring all on savage yet sweet anthems about his eating disorder, politics, views on animal cruelty, and heartache.Signalling its ambition from the moment those symphonic stabs open ‘Emotion Sickness', featuring genius Australian ivory-acrobat David Helfgott, Neon Ballroom decimated the cynical ‘Nirvana in Pyjamas' tag and furthered Silverchair's international success and chart-busting impact. Over half the album ended up as charting singles, its looped drums and ultra-slick production perfectly emblematic of what rock music was striving for in 1992. Twenty years later, I'm still not really sure why Phil Jamieson was singing about a dead cat. To place this record ahead of Murder Ballads and The Boatman's Call is not to belittle those in any way. It was a simple act but was probably the first real step I ever took to willingly explore music. From the Elliott Smith-like delicacy of ‘Black The Sun', the Depeche Mode moodiness of ‘My Way Home' to the lite-industrial of ‘Something Special'. – Ryan Egan. And it only gets better from there ‘Anatomically Correct', ‘Piece of Shit', ‘Nice Bird', ‘Music Is Crap', ‘Pinball Lez'… the wealth of brilliant pop songs on We Have The Technology is so rich, it'd be easier to highlight the very few songs that aren't pure gold. Throwback music that will leave you missing the times of carefree living and oversized clothing. – Meagan Loader. There's something for everyone in this front-to-back classic. The music scene here in the 90s wasn't all indie guitar rock. Artists from Australia. Her iconic golden hot pants are even on display at the Melbourne Arts Centre. Beautiful Sharks slays me to this day. Albeit sad ones. But when one band made a great record, you could be sure there were plenty of their peers working hard to go one better. I was completely in awe of her. Most striking is Angie Hart's vocal out the front; a sweet, wondrous force that consistently makes you want to lean in and hear more. Tough guys have feelings too. Bad luck? – Gemma Pike. – Christian McGregor. The Living End exploded into the charts and our hearts with a perfect blend of rockabilly licks, heavy guitar and that pitch perfect vocal of frontman Chris Cheney. It's melodic where we expected crunch, relaxed where we expected attack, and reflective where we expected wrath. And not just one. Regurgitator were cheeky, profane and whip-smart on their second album Unit. In 1998 Powderfinger were quickly gaining momentum. We're counting down the Best Australian Albums of the 90s from 12pm AEST, Saturday 15 September. After the dispiriting process of making Henry's Dream with a producer who treated them “like children”, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds returned to their familiar ally Tony Cohen for album number eight. – Dorothy Markek. – Caz Tran. It would go on to become a hit in both the US & UK. The mid-90s: the commodification and homogenisation of 'alternative' music was well-underway but in a parallel universe in Melbourne, a bunch of balaclava-clad prankster comedians masquerading as musicians were making one of the most subversive, ridiculous and difficult to define albums in Australian music history. Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Pop rock; Nationality: Australia. Get ready for a wild ride! Henry Rollins produced this fifth album from the Adelaidean titans, but he can't have had a particularly tough job. Dry wit, Graney's unique theatrics and a knack for flamboyant storytelling underpin the colourful songs on their third album. The way ‘Treaty' changed everything: “Words are easy, words are cheap” M Yunupingu sings. The garage grunge band promptly took off, breaking the drought of Australian musicians at the time and making waves overseas. Main single ‘Lock It' (‘Christ, I really like you') and its perfect summary of an early love cracked the charts, and the rest of the LP was rich in hooks and pop gems like ‘Jennifer', ‘Nearly A Sin', and album closer ‘You're In A Mess'. She cut right through me, straight to my heart. Anu burst onto the scene with her release of My Island Home, a song where she compares her island life to city life. If they were to have more than one, there had to be a pretty damn good reason for it. Jim, Mick and Warren somehow create a feeling of never ending momentum. With Mark Dawson (drums) and Chris Abrahams (piano), the three musicians created a distinct mood right from the expansive opener ‘King Of Vice'. – Paul Donoughue, Frogstomp and Freak Show established them as Australia's chief grunge exports, but it was Neon Ballroom that cemented Silverchair as one of the country's biggest and best rock bands. Oh the ’90s! Sambanova by Pnau was born in a Sydney bedroom, the brainchild of two friends, clueless to what they were hatching. On a playlist full of Aussie gems I'd never heard before, ‘Down Again', with its grungy riffs, catchy melody, and Sarah McLeod's glorious, soaring vocals hit me hard: it was love at first listen. Then in 1985, he started a solo career that produced nine wonderfully rich albums in a decade. Let's face it, most of us have no idea what Kevin Mitchell is saying most of the time, but we sing along anyway. 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And with songs like ‘Proud, Proud Woman', ‘Women's Business' and ‘Kutjeri Lady', she let people know how much she cherished and embraced the many vital roles that women fulfil. 1.6K likes. One of Australia’s most iconic Indigenous songstresses, Christine Anu’s connection with music first began when her father would pull out his guitar and sing island songs with his family. Cue my classmate Tara and her way cooler older brother, who lent me a copy of Silverchair's ‘Pure Massacre' single. The 90s was one of the most exciting decades in Australian music. The off-kilter discord is still there, but growing are the heartbreak chords, and piercing hooks that dig in under the skin, and linger. If you enjoyed listening to this one, maybe you will like: 1. The band dissolved in … But when Bitch Epic came around – damn! Graney has always been one of Australia's most distinctive, unique songwriters and Night Of The Wolverine is an exceptional Australian classic which will always stand the test of time. The Aussie Bands Music Page is reference site that cover Austalian musician and solo artists from Country, Blues, Jazz, Clasic, Orchestra, Rock, Pop, Indie, Hip Hop, Tribute Bands and Singers. This was a fertile and powerful period for Cave. The influence of these bands cannot be understated. ', and the cowpunk thrash of ‘Thirsty Dog' shows just some of the range. Check out his album Before Too Long, which features John Butler, Missy Higgins, Paul Dempsey and more – evidence of his influence on generations of musicians. They continued to produce chart-topping albums while they experimented with different sounds and always remained a firm Aussie favourite. Finally, an Australian band that could combine sludgy garage-grunge riffs with the kind of melodic choruses that didn't wear thin after repeated listening. You can thank (or blame) us later. The group existed from 1977 to 1982. No one is hipper than Dave Graney on Night of the Wolverine's memorable opener ‘You're Just Too Hip Baby'. But by singing about his experiences, Archie Roach also gave voice to those who needed it, enriched others with knowledge and understanding, and provided an important historical document of resilience and survival. Formed in the suburbs of Newcastle when the bandmates were merely teenagers, they originated by covering classic rock bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. To many people, country music was bland American dudes with two first names, stiff hats, cowboy boots and garish shirts. Because I think that's how Kylie felt making it. artist. – Stu Buchanan. – Paul Donoughue. – Richard Kingsmill. Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys. The band has been on hiatus since 2011. This landmark album is a collection of songs that stem from sorrow, hurtful and troubled times, but told with a voice of strength, wisdom and resilience. Album cuts tell us Paul McCartney is a "boring old wanker", that "all homeboys are dickheads", give hot takes on religion, guns and racism, and, not one, but two songs about SBS. It makes me nostalgic for a period where bands didn't take themselves too seriously; when to make raucous, care-free punk – sometime juvenile, sometimes whip-smart – was not a path to derision but recipe for success. – Gemma Pike. – Caitlin Nienaber. Nik Fish & Southend – The Winner Is… (1994) ohnoitisnathan7 452 subscribers Was the 90s the greatest decade in music? They might not have recognised it initially, but Tiddas' Lou Bennett, Sally Dastey and Amy Saunders could raise hairs and bring tears with their melodic folk songs. 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