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This probably sounds weird coming from a Kiwi, but I've been thinking how much I love all those classic Aussie rock bands and was wondering what bands all you Frenz forum members like. For example: Cold Chisel, Men At Work, INXS, Australian Crawl, The Angels, Mental As Anything, AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Icehouse, etc, etc.
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i love all those old early 80s Aust bands. At the time I really hated Cold Chisel, Aust Crawl and Icehouse but now I hear them and it reminds me of such a great period for local music. I'll take the best songs of any of:

Sunnyboys
Models (Atlantic Romantic, 2 Cabs, all of Pleasure of Your Company, Barbados, Big on Love)
Mentals
Jo Camilerri (Taxi Mary)
Sports/Stephen Cummings
INXS up to and including Kick
Flowers/Icehouse
Aust Crawl (Reckless & Oh Not No You Again esp)
some Chisel
Hunters
bits of Paul Kelly (when I First Met Your Ma, Beggar On the St of Love, Most Wanted Man in the World, cover of Reckless)
BCO's first album was pretty good
Richard Pleasance's first album Galleon is one of the best records anywhere, anytime
Soul Kind Of Feeling by Dynamic Hepnotics was a great summer record

2 great Kiwi bands were Mother Goose (!) and Dragon (another band I hated at the time). I can't think of a band anywhere in the world who had a better comeback single than Dragon did with Rain.
Geek Alert!!!
I love Little River Band!! I just saw them live in Minneapolis 2 summers ago and I knew every song! (Though, I don't think they have any of the original members anymore Frowner Where the heck is Glenn Shorrock?) They did have the dude that sang "Night Owls" which was great...

I love AC/DC, INXS, Midnight Oil...the Bee Gees count too don't they!!?? (maybe not as Classic Rock exactly but... Wink )
Oh yeah, how could I forget Hunters & Collectors? Love that single from the later years called 'Holy Grail'. Such haunting lyrics...

And of course, Paul Kelly and Nick Cave.

Anyway, a few of my own personal faves...

INXS: 'Kiss The Dirt' (aka 'The Song They Usually (And Wrongfully) Leave Off INXS Greatest Hits Albums'), 'Need You Tonight', 'Never Tear Us Apart'.

Midnight Oil: 'Power And The Passion', 'Blue Sky Mine', 'Forgotten Years' (they especially rock ‘cos they had a song called 'Shipyards Of New Zealand'...oh yeah!). Peter Garrett's the man.

The Angels: 'She Keeps No Secrets From You' (love the Citizen Band connection via Brent Eccles).

Cold Chisel: 'Forever Now' (an all-time classic)

Men At Work: 'Down Under' (hey, even Kiwis can appreciate a classic!), 'Be Good Johnny', 'Who Can It Be Now?'...great '80s pop.

Australian Crawl: 'Reckless', of course...gotta love James Reyne...Company Of Strangers were good, too.

Mental As Anything: 'Live It Up' (a song I grew up with...so catchy and perky), 'If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?' (ditto).

Icehouse: 'Great Southern Land' (really makes me think of Captain Cook), 'Electric Blue'.

AC/DC: 'Dirty Deeds', etc, etc.................
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[qb] Men At Work: 'Down Under' (hey, even Kiwis can appreciate a classic!), 'Be Good Johnny', 'Who Can It Be Now?'...great '80s pop.[/qb]
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How could I forget Men At Work, especially when I just saw Colin Hay making a guest appearance on Scrubs the other night! [/qb]
Yes!! I love Men At Work!

Colin Hay played at this music festival I went to...I stood very close to him in the line for cheese curds.....
Skyhooks! Very Australian, very high quality songwriting, great arrangements - the complete unit.

and thanks to John for reminding me of the Models' "Two Cabs to the Toucan"... awesome.

edit... and Custard! How could I forget Custard! "Pack Yr Suitcases", "Caboolture Speed Lab", "Anatomically Correct"... fabulous.

Paul.
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[qb]Yes!! I love Men At Work!

Colin Hay played at this music festival I went to...I stood very close to him in the line for cheese curds..... [/qb]
That just sounds nasty, let's promise not to discuss it anymore! What are you Canadian or something!?!?!

Not that there's anything wrong with that. Wink [/qb]
Nah....that's Minnesota and Wisconsin Fair food... the land of dairy farms ya knoooow!!!

edit: if you are really curious - What is a Cheese Curd?

Any excuse to have something deep fried. They also have deep fried Macaroni and Cheese... I think it's on a stick too! Big Grin Never tried it.

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