Australian 80s Music That Rocked The World
Growing up in Australia in the 80s before iPods and digital music, when radio was king and music was played on your Sony Walkman that your uncle got for you Duty Free while on a business trip to Japan.
This was a time when great bands played and emerged from our pubs and you tuned in on your telly for your weekly fix of Molly and Countdown .
I was privileged to see some of the greatest acts and songs come out of Australia during this time, watching these bands go from the pubs and clubs to the world stage with music and lyrics that still resonates with me today I am pleased to share with you all those bands and the great songs that I grew up with.
The decade that brought us the new wave artist I hope you all enjoy this list I have put together of my favorite songs, in no particular order.
10. INXS - Original Sin
One of the first the New Wave song that put the music on the map, Original Sin was released in 1984 by INXS on their 4th album The Swing .
It reached number 58 on the U.S. Charts and in Australia it reached number 1, it also became an international hit during that year also in many countries.
Original Sin would have to be my favourite INXS song, the starting beat is awesome!!!
9. Cold Chisel - Forever Now
The Aussie rock classic was a 1982 single from Cold Chisel. Its was the second single from the album Circus Animals, it was the first single from the group written by Steve Prestwich, who also wrote " When The War Is Over" another of my favorite songs by Cold Chisel.
The song reached number 2 in the New Zealand charts, and number 4 in Australia, the band highest chart placement. It stayed in the charts for 18 weeks.
The single was released in many more countries than any other song by preformed by Cold Chisel. In America it was titled "Forever Now (All My Love), this is a classic song and i hope you enjoy it.
8. Men At Work - Down Under
The hit 80s track Down Under is a New Wave song with hints of a reggae beat, it was written by Colin Hay and Ron Strykert. It featured on their debut album Business as Usual. The song went to number 1 on American as well as international charts around the world, including their native Australia and the United Kingdom.
It was reissued in 82 and is the first and only Men at Work song to get to number 1 on the UK Charts.
It also become the theme song when Australia won the America's Cup in 1983 of the New York Yatch Club for the first time in 132 years.
7. The Church - Under The Milky Way
Another one of my favoutirte hits from the 80s Under the Milky Way was released by The Church in February of 1988 from their album Starfish. It charted well on the Top 30 on the Australian Charts, and on the U.S. Charts it reached number 24 and won the group an ARIA Awardfor 'Single of the Year' in 1989
Another New Wave classic!
6. Icehouse - Electric Blue
The song Electric Blue was the 1987 hit single by the synthpop rock group Icehouse, the song was co-written by Iva Davies of Icehouse and John Oats of the all time classic U.S. band Hall & Oats.
The song reached number 1 on the Australian singles charts, number 7 on the American singles chart in 88. It reached number 10 on the Canadian Singles Chart and just missing out on the top 50 on the UK singles charts at number 53.
Some of my other favorite songs from Icehouse include, Great Southern Land, Crazy, My Obsession and We Can Get Together.
Love the 80s hair in this clip!
5. INXS - Need You Tonight
Another New Wave classic Need You Tonight was from the 1987 album Kick, which i believe is their finest ever work. It was also first single from the album released worldwide. It is the only INXS single to reach number 1 on the US Billboard Charts. It also achieved their highest charting position in the United Kingdom. Need You Tonight reached number 2 on the UK Singles Charts.
4. Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over
3. Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
2. Streets Of Your Town - The Go-Betweens
Streets Of Your Town although not a huge hit was a song from The Go-Betweens 1988 album 16 Lovers Lane. It was released in the same year in the United Kingdom where it peaked at number 80 on the charts and back home in Australia it only reached number 70.
Across the ditch In New Zealand, the song was a top 40 hit, peaking at number 30, the band's highest ever placing on any national chart both in Australia and internationally.
The song was written by Grant McLennan lead vocal of the group while listening to Under The Milky Way by The Church."
Lines from Streets Of Your Town song were also included by Irish rock group U2 when they played there hit tracks "Elevation" and "With or Without You, on the opening leg of their Vertigo Worldwide Tour of Australia in in dedication to McLennan, who died on the 6th of May 2006, The song was also played at the Brisbane Concert after the band's second encore as a tribute to McLennan.
1. Throw Your Arms Around Me - Hunters & Collectors
Hunters & Collectors all time classic soft rock song Throw Your Arms Around Me has remained one of the most popular songs in the Australia music scene for many years. It has also been named as one of the Top 30 Australian Songs of All Time.
This song is an Australian classic and will be for many years to come.
I hope my small list of great Aussie tracks from the 80s, have brought back memories for some and i hope i have introduced whole new group some to some of the greatest tracks you might have not heard before.
These bands and music are timeless.
Other very notable Australian 80s bands that just missed the cut include, AC/DC, Noiseworks, Choir Boys, Hoodoo Gurus, Mental As Anything, The Angels, Gang Gajang, Spy Vs Spy, Dragon, The Little River Band and Mondo Rock.