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The D-Generation – Five In A Row (1989)

Comedy troupe pay satirical homage to Australia’s finest in novelty tune.

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Comedy troupe pay satirical homage to Australia’s finest in novelty tune.

Hot off the tails of a successful run on commercial breakfast radio, The D-Generation team consisting of Jane Kennedy, Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tony Martin, Mick Molloy, Jason Stephens, Tom Gleisner and John Harrison perform a comedy song in homage to Australia’s musical talent of the time in the late 1980s.

Five In A Row was released in 1989, coinciding with The Satanic Sketches comedy album. In the song, Sitch parodies a radio disc jockey on a fake commercial rock radio station 23FM (satirising EON FM / Triple M) introducing a music sample of five musical artists.

In order of appearance:

  • John Farnham – You’re The Voice (Rob Sitch)
  • Jimmy Barnes – Working Class Man (Santo Cilauro)
  • Little River Band (Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner)
  • Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky (Jane Kennedy)
  • James Reyne – Fall Of Rome (John Harrison)

Hidden music riffs are also played during Sitch’s jockey announcements where he is talking to Wayne from St Albans (Santo Cilauro), such as:

  • INXS – Need You Tonight
  • Midnight Oil – Power and the Passion
  • Icehouse – Electric Blue
  • Crowded House – Better Be Home Soon

Five In A Row reached Number 12 on the Australian music charts, and has cemented itself as a cult favourite by comedy fans. It was released on vinyl and cassette as a single, and featured mid-way through the Satanic Sketches album.

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