• Man Overboard by Do Re Mi arrived like a subversive hand grenade amid the post-punk dressed-for-success wannabe records of the mid-80’s, sexual politics and gender politics delivered in an abrasive and unorthodox style, were very much the forte of this enigmatic quartet. Other great original songs included Idiot Grin, Warnings Moving Clockwise, Adultery and Guns and Butter, but Virgin Records tried to corporatize their sound and appearance and by 1988 they had broken up. The good news however is that Deborah Conway and bassist Helen Carter have re-formed Do Re Mi to commence a tour this month, kicking off proceedings at the Corner Hotel, Richmond (Melb) and joining Icehouse, Sunny Boys, the Church and Mental as anything at the By the C Concert at Leura Park, Geelong on Feb. 9th. Original guitarist Stephen Philip was unavailable to join the tour and drummer Dorland Bray, who has fallen out with Deborah Conway over the years, simply refused to participate. Man Overboard is our 4TR Special Feature song this week.



  • Helen Reddy continues to collect honors in recognition of her career in music, her daughter Traci Wald Donat accepted the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award from the G’Day USA Gala in Los Angeles this week, on behalf of her mother, who was too ill to attend. 4TR has already featured several of Helen’s songs including her feminist anthem I Am Woman, which is also the title of the upcoming biopic of the life of this legendary performer.



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  • This week 4TR’s Years Ago features the legendary performance of Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs at the inaugural Sunbury Rock Festival in 1972, it was here that the rock warrior revealed his most famous song, Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy), so journey back to those halcyon days when Australian rock bands were starting to develop a cocky swagger.



  • Jimmy Barnes has certainly dominated the bestseller lists in the past year with the two volumes of his Working- Class Man memoirs; this week 4TR looks back at that song which was the catalyst for Jimmy’s emergence as a solo performer after Cold Chisel went into hiatus. This Aussie working- class anthem was very much conceived by a US songwriter and recorded in America, so trace the history of this song and the fraught relationship that Jimmy Barnes had with the US market, which he so zealously sought to cultivate, in our ARIA Hall of Fame Heroes feature this week.




  • You may be surprised to know that Quasimodo’s Dream, a song by Sydney’s the Reels from 1981, was voted by APRA as the tenth best Australian song in the period 1926-2001, outperforming such classics as Cattle and Cane, Wide Open Road, To Her Door, The Ship Song, The Real Thing and many others. What was it about this solemn, surreal, synth-inflected song, which never really charted, that caused it to gradually garner the respect and admiration of Ausmusic lovers? Find out more about Dave Mason’s magnum opus in our APRA Best Songs feature this week.



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  • The APRA Song of the Year will be announced on April 30th at a ceremony to be staged at the Melbourne Town Hall, amongst the nominees for the peer-voted awards this year are Amy Shark with I Said Hi, Courtney Barnett’s Nameless Faceless, Dean Lewis’s Be Alright, and other worthy contenders include the Living End, John Butler Trio, Baker Boy and Paul Kelly. This week we feature an ARIA Song of the Year winner by Powderfinger, their classic hit My Happiness from 2001


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