There’s nothing quite like homegrown Aussie talent, and most importantly, the music that’s produced by that talent. From legends such as John Farnham and Jimmy Barnes to the newer styles of bands like Jet and Silverchair, there’s so much to immerse yourself in with Australian music and Oztober is set to do just that!
Let’s start with the late '60s, shall we? The '60s saw Australia have three Prime Ministers - one of them being Harold Holt who disappeared, tennis great Margaret Court was the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon and satellite technology allowed Aussies to receive TV broadcasts from anywhere in the world! On the music scene, we had Russell Morris’ The Real Thing, John Farnham’s Sadie and The Seekers hit, Georgy Girl dominating the charts. We also started to get familiar with a new pop music group by the name of the Bee Gees, who were becoming widely popular.
Flash-forward to the '70s where we saw colour television introduced, Kerry Packer began World Series Cricket and revolutionised the game and Aussie music took off, achieving international success. We were rocking out to Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool in 1971, Evie by Stevie Wright in 1974, Howzat by Sherbet in 1976 and our ears were blessed with the sounds of I Honestly Love You (Olivia Newton-John), Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees) and Highway To Hell (AC/DC)!
Next up is the '80s. We saw the stock market crash in 1987, started to get familiar with technology, got into video games, the introduction of the VCR answered all of our prayers and the music was booming! The '80s were arguably the best decade for music all around the globe and Australia fared quite well compared to their international counterparts. With hits like You’re The Voice by John Farnham, Funkytown by Pseudo Echo, Down Under by Men At Work, Great Southern Land by Icehouse, a bit of INXS Never Tear Us Apart and young Kylie Minogue’s I Should Be So Lucky hitting the charts, we were flying!
Let’s head to the '90s, where the Mabo Case saw Indigenous Australians win their native title to the Murray Islands, the internet brought the Land Down Under closer to the rest of the world, we couldn’t have been prouder of Muriel’s Wedding and The Castle, and, the music was pretty bloody great too! You’ll remember I Touch Myself (Divinyls), Savage Garden were the pop duo we didn’t know we needed, especially with their hit song, Truly Madly Deeply, we couldn’t get enough of Torn by Natalie Imbruglia, Everywhere You Go by Taxiride, Weir by Killing Heidi had us yelling the lyrics in our cars, the collaboration between John Farnham and Human Nature for Every Time You Cry was unbelievable and we found our new Aussie pub anthem, The Horses by the legend, Daryl Braithwaite.
Welcome to the new millennium where the noughties were born! Here, we cheered on our homegrown athletes at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Guy Sebastian won the first season of Australian Idol, taking the win over fan favourite, Shannon Noll, and our music continued to evolve. We also sadly had to say goodbye to PM John Howard after over 18 years. But, we couldn’t forget the hits that made the early noughties like Not Pretty Enough (Kasey Chambers), Are You Gonna Be My Girl (Jet), Straight Lines (Silverchair), My Happiness (Powderfinger), Black Betty (Spiderbait) and Joker & The Thief (Wolfmother).
From the '60s to now, Australian music has continued to grow and evolve. Whether you’re stuck in the '80s or prefer to be on the lookout for the next hit to take to the charts, Aussie artists know exactly how to make chart-topping hits and most importantly, how to draw a crowd.
LOVE Aussie music just as much as us? Make sure you’re listening to Triple M for all things Oztober this month, where we celebrate all of our homegrown talent in the best way possible, by playing their tunes!
Want a sneak peek on what you can expect this Oztober? Listen to the Triple M Ultimate Aussie BBQ Soundtrack to get you started!