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Best Forgotten Australian Music 2000-2004 Part 2

Updated on September 30, 2018
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Born in Melbourne, Australia, Charlie is an avid music fan whose music collection and taste spans a wide range of genres.

Music is a primal need. Even as music tastes change, some music never leaves you. From punk, electronica, hip hip, pop and indie rock - this is the top list of great, underrated or forgotten tunes from Australia in the early 2000s. Rediscover Aussie cult classics and enjoy them again.

I hope you enjoy reminiscing about these tunes. Send this page to your friends and vote for your favourite at the end.

Best Forgotten Australian Music 2000-2004 Part 2

1. Mumonkan — "Rock Pop Star"

2. Kisschasy — "Darkside"

3. Hyjak n Torcha — "Move In Silence"

4. DJ Friendly — "I Love You But…"

5. Cut Copy — "Rendezvous"

6. Sick Puppies — "Rock Kids"

7. Regurgitator — "Crush The Losers"

8. The Titanics — "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun"

9. Infusion — "The Careless Kind"

10. Fatt Dex — "Sly PI"

1. Mumonkan — "Rock Pop Star"

EP: Electronic Disobedience

Release Year: 2000

The mysterious Mumonkan were a predominantly electronic four-piece band from Melbourne, who were Triple J "Unearthed" winners in 2001 (Melbourne region). The genre is different to anything else out there. Aside from featuring the best use of bagpipes in a song ever, Rock Pop Star is a dynamic, fresh mix of dancy breakbeat electronica-rock with rap vocals.


Mumonkan’s EP Electronic Disobedience is a cult classic, and Rock Pop Star is the standout track. At the time of writing, Electronic Disobedience is the only listed official release for Mumonkan, and it has sold just once on Discogs for $168.76 (yep, that’s right, CD’s are not dead).

2. Kisschasy — "Darkside"

EP: Darkside/Stay Awake

Release Year: 2004

Before Kisschasy rose to moderate fame with their debut album United Paper People, they had a couple of ripping pop-punk songs. Both title tracks on the Darkside/Stay Awake release are great, but its Darkside that will get you pumped in a Jimmy Eat World-esque way. Still, the sound wasn’t quite the fit for mainstream radio.

You could say Kisschasy’s Darkside is like Eskimo Joe’s Sweater - the slightly more rockier track that precedes the switch to commercially viable emotional soft rock. Darkside is a favourite among early fans and gained a little more recognition after reappearing on the B-sides compilation Too B or Not Too Be in 2008.

3. Hyjak n Torcha — "Move In Silence"

Album: Drastik Measures

Release Year: 2004

Despite Australian hip hop being (somewhat justifiably) maligned among music connoisseurs, not all of it stinks. The fine work of Hyjak n Torcha was largely overlooked when Hilltop Hoods blew up in Australia. These days, there is a plethora of overrated 'anthem' style, so-called hip-hop that is designed purely for commercial radio success. Move in Silence has a big raw sound without going overboard. The tracks Reformed and Sneak are also highlights from H&T’s 2004 release Drastik Measures.

4. DJ Friendly — "I Love You But…"

Album: Akimbo

Release Year: 2000

I had vague memories of seeing and hearing a song on Rage with the lyrics “I love you but if you treat me like s**t you can just f**k off”. A quick google search revealed the artist to be DJ Friendly, a breaks producer who started his career in Australia. Friendly went on to have a solid career after moving to the UK and has released music under a few aliases. Be warned, this song can get stuck in your head.

5. Cut Copy — "Rendezvous"

EP: I Thought Of Numbers

Release Year: 2001

Long before any commercial success, even years before their debut album Bright Like Neon Love, the Cutters dished up Rendezvous. You can still pick up the Rendezvous 10” vinyl on Discogs at a reasonable price. The track also features on their 7-track EP I Thought Of Numbers, which might set you back a little more coin. If you’re a Cut Copy fan, this piece of slick indie electro is a must have.

6. Sick Puppies — "Rock Kids"

Album: Welcome to The Real World

Release Year: 2001

Sick Puppies released their first album Welcome to the Real World in 2001, which featured the teen angst monster Rock Kids. It goes like this, “We are the Rock Kids… We don’t want your pop s**t”. You can see what they were going for, and it works a treat. The song title would have to up there as one of the best. The Puppies moved to LA shortly after and went on to do bigger things.

7. Regurgitator — "Crush The Losers"

Single: Crush The Losers

Release Year: 2000

The Gurge’ have never been forgotten, but their unofficial theme song to the Sydney 2000 Olympics largely was. To be honest, this song is better than quite a number of their other singles (for hard evidence - refer to the youtube fan comment below). I don’t go to the gym, but I think it would be a good choice to play on your way there.

8. The Titanics — "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun"

Album: Love Is The Devil

Release Year: 2000

The Titanics were the side project of Custard frontman Dave McCormack. Believe it or not, this version of Set The Controls was the backing track for the Calippo Shots ad that aired in Australia. It may not be as good as the original (covers rarely are), but it’s still a catchy, fast paced, indie rock gem.

9. Infusion — "The Careless Kind"

Album: Six Feet Above Yesterday

Release Year: 2004

Infusion were a Melbourne electronic act who formed in 1998. Pre-2004, Infusion’s work was largely techno, breakbeat and prog house oriented. With Six Feet Above Yesterday, Infusion broke through to a wider audience, helped by their diversion to pop electronica. The bonus disc version of the album rates a healthy 4.5 on Discogs, also containing the radio friendly single Natural. There are several highlights on Six Feet, especially the driving synth of The Careless Kind.

10. Fatt Dex — "Sly PI"

Single: Sly P.I.

Release Year: 2000

You won’t find much about Fatt Dex online, but his single Sly PI was a regular on Triple J in the year 2000. This song is cool because it is unique. Sly PI tells the story of a private investigator’s search for vinyl thief Baseline Benny. This track funkily chugs along and will put a smile on your face when stuck in traffic.

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