- 4TR’s campaign to honor great cover versions of songs, particularly great Australian songs, was given a boost last month when the Screaming Jets issued their eighth album Gotcha Covered, an homage to great local songs from the period 1960-1990.The album features 15 tracks that are collectively a love letter to Ausmusic, two Vanda and Young compositions stand out – Wedding Ring and Guitar Band, while Paul Kelly, the Angels, Dragon, AC/DC, Men at Work and Australian Crawl are among other notable contributors to the album about which front man Dave Gleeson commented “ we came up with …songs from our youth, songs that have been written and performed by contemporaries that will make even the most loyal fans go wtf when they hear them”. 4TR’s Stop the Covers Cringe Campaign applauds the Jets for re-inventing these OZ rock classics and imbuing them with a new energy and dynamism. 4TR’s Special Feature this week profiles the great breakthrough hit for the Screaming Jets, Better from 1991.
- The Helen Reddy biopic continues to generate interest as shooting continues here and overseas under the direction of Unjoo Moon, who was inspired by the singer’s life story and a long conversation she had with Helen who was a true Aussie pioneer in the cutthroat American entertainment industry of the 1970’s. Tilda Cobham-Hervey who plays the starring role has revealed that while it was intimidating to recreate Helen Reddy on the screen it was an opportunity to pay tribute to one of Australia’s most successful and inspiring female singers, support for a television mini-series is also rumored to be gathering momentum.
4TR has already profiled Helen’s monster feminist anthem hit I Am Woman and this week we revisit three more famous songs by Helen, her so-called “crazy lady trilogy” of hits between 1973-74 – Delta Dawn, Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress), and Angie Baby – in our ARIA Hall of Fame instalment this week.
- Kylie Minogue will bring her new Las Vegs-style Golden Tour down under this year, the show is named to acknowledge that Kylie turns 50 this year, not in memory of that famous pair of gold lame hot pants that first appeared in her video for Spinning Around in 2000. Kylie’s musical career is now in its 31st year so her set list for this genre-hopping, change-of-costume-defined act, plus encores apparently covers everything a diehard fan would want to see and hear. We remember the biggest hit that Kylie ever had in 2001 with the intoxicating Can’t Get You Out of My Head in 4TR’s ARIA Winner Flashback instalment this week.
- We continue to honor the greatest Australian songs compiled by APRA in 2001 and this week we explore the fascinating back story to one of the most iconic songs on the 1960’s – The Loved One by the Loved Ones – the record that put the blues back into rhythm and blues and sparked a trilogy of bona fide classic hits from this very influential band who were revered by INXS and who kept searching for the DNA in this amazing song. In our popular Years Ago instalment this week we profile one of the most under-rated songs from the early rock era in Australia, sure it was a cover, but no need to cringe, Betty McQuade, backed by the peerless Thunderbirds made John D Loudermilk’s Midnight Bus her own, with a blistering, bluesy, rocking rendition that was unique and unparalleled by female Aussie rockers of the time.
To all who follow 4TR we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year in 2019, and thank you for the messages of encouragement since we launched just 2 months ago.