G'day Mates! I hope you all have had a good couple of weeks since I last typed at you. I've been suffering from a little case of writer's block but managed to come up with a few ideas for this article. All of which were scrapped because my youngest son was walking around the house speaking in an Australian accent. So today we are going to talk about the Australian underground and punk bands of the seventies and early eighties.
Australia had a burgeoning rock scene in the seventies. They were getting into punk music at about the same time as the rest of the world. The main proponents of these were Radio Birdman, The Saints, and The Birthday Party. If that last one sounds familiar to you, it's because you are a Nick Cave fan. Yes, he was a member of that band before moving off and forming the Bad Seeds. While The Birthday Party brought a mild goth element to their sound, The Saints and Radio Birdman were more of a straight ahead pub rock/punk scene. Radio Birdman did pepper their sounds with a little bit of surf and rockabilly as well. There were obviously many other bands around as well. A good place to start checking them out is a compilation album called Tales From The Australian Underground - Singles 1976-1989. There are two volumes of this comp, they are both double cds and well worth the effort to seek them out.
Two other bands worth seeking out are Rose Tattoo and The Scientists. Rose Tattoo were a hard rock/heavy blues band in the vein of AC/DC. Led by vocalist Angry Anderson, they had some mild success in the States, although they were more known as the band that Guns N Roses covered on their Live Like A Suicide EP. They did "Nice Boys", but I would argue that the original is much better. You will want the 1978 record Rose Tattoo as well as 1981's Assault & Battery. The Scientists, on the other hand, had more of a melodic, pop sensibility about them. They were still punkers at heart, but had the catchy tunes to back them up. Led by Kim Salmon, who also played in The Beasts of Bourbon as well as several different solo outfits. He was a very prolific writer and continues in different garage related bands today. As far as The Scientists are concerned, you will want to start with the 2004 compilation album Pissed On Another Planet, as well as their first 1981 self-titled LP.
I am skipping over lots and lots of great bands. I highly encourage you to do some research and find some bands you love.
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Christmas is coming! I am hoping to have a nice Spotify playlist up next week of some Xmas tunes in the same vein as the Halloween playlist I had up in October. So if you liked that one, be ready for more garage-y goodness, Santa style....Until then, keep rockin' people!
Current Listening: Anthrax For All Kings; The Specials The Specials; Fiona Apple Tidal; Metallica Hardwired...To Self Destruct; Black Crowes By Your Side