Uninspired by the new music floating around?
Need to raise your fist to a cloud and vent “Back in my day…?!!”
Well, I can’t promise anything, but to help you avoid digging through the boxes of dust-covered CDs and cassette tapes of your favourite Australian artists you grew up with, here’s another delicious list of music that you might not have realised are now on music streaming service Spotify, that you can play to your kids and say “This – is *real* music.”
The Sydney indie rock band that formed in 1985, you may know their singles That Ain’t Bad, Don’t Go Now, Baby Baby, and Holiday. They still do the odd gig.
The actress-turned-pop princess, getting the jump-start in the ’90s TV drama E Street, churning out pop hits Read My Lips, Sexy Is The Word, the Sheila E cover The Glamorous Life and a lot more. Tkautz is still active on our TV screens, appearing in the Fat Pizza franchise or the occasional celebrity reality show.
Hitting the spotlight in the early 2000s on Channel 7’s long running soap drama Home And Away, Cartwright released a self-titled pop album along with the single All Seats Taken. Then she married tennis star Lleyton Hewitt.
Getting her foot in the door in the TV soap Neighbours in 1999, Valance began making a name for herself when she released a cover of Tarkan’s Kiss Kiss in 2002. Other pop songs followed, such as State Of Mind, Naughty Boy, and Down Boy. Valance has popped up occasionally in Hollywood films.
The Neighbours and 1990 Gold Logie award winning star released the single Mona with his band Check 1-2 in 1990 as well as the singles Amanda and Rock The Rock. However, only Mona is available.
The supergroup of Australian musicians consisting of prominent ’80s talent Wendy Matthews, James Valentine, Sean Kelly, Andrew Duffield, Garry Gary Beers and Geoffrey Stapleton, joined together for a jam session and churned out one album in 1990, and the hit single I Don’t Want To Be With Nobody But You. Then went their own separate ways.
Another supergroup of Australian musicians featuring Daryl Braithwaite, James Reyne and Simon Hussey came together in 1991 to release Motor City (I Get Lost), Daddy’s Gonna Make You A Star and Sweet Love, all on their one and only self-titled album of 1992. After ARIA nominations and one win in 1993, the group went back to normal programming.
The Actor / TV host began his career as a childrens TV host in the ’80s, moving up to host the dating show Perfect Match. After picking up acting roles in mini-series and winning Logie Awards, Daddo cashed in on his household name by releasing a country album in 1993 called A Long Goodbye and the song Fifteen Minutes Of Fame. He still is active in acting roles, releasing more music, and radio announcing duties.
The Australian alternative-rock / indie / folk / pop band have been around since 1988, performing on and off over the decades. Their break-out 1992 hits Ordinary People, Accidently Kelly Street, and the 1994 acoustic cover release of New Order‘s Bizarre Love Triangle made them a ’90s icon that everyone has a soft spot for.
Enjoy your deep-dive into history!