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  • In the 1970’s it was Sherbet and the Skyhooks who dominated the Ausmusic scene, they had been preceded by Billy Thorpe, Daddy Cool and John Farnham, and if the Sherbs Silvery Moon or Cassandra didn’t really float your boat, then you were most likely a fan of the Skyhooks. The band deliberately lampooned the glitter rock poseurs of the time and sang Greg Macainsh songs about sex, drugs, Carlton, Balwyn, Toorak and Lygon St, they were the real deal, and this week we revisit the hit songs from their debut album Living in the Seventies in our ARIAHall of Fame Heroes post.

 

 

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  • When 5 Seconds of Summer emerged in 2013 it would have been impossible to predict just how big they would become a year later, with a massive social media presence, global hits, including consecutive #1 albums in the US, and in 2018 with Youngblood, the biggest-selling single in Australia, that year. In 2014 they won the ARIA Award for the Best Single of the Year with their monster breakout hit, She Looks So Perfect, we return to those heady days for the Australian boyband, who do not want to be known as a boyband, in our ARIA Winner Flashback this week.

 

 

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  • Tim Freedman of the Whitlams has been a seminal force in Ausmusic for years but he and the band arguably peaked with the albums Eternal Nightcap and Love This City, 4TR recalls three great songs lifted from these albums in our Special Feature this week- No Aphrodisiac, You Gotta Love This City and Blow Up the Pokies.

 

 

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  • Throughout the 1980’s the Hoodoo Gurus continued to fascinate with their punky, junky and completely authentic garage rock-inspired hits, in which front man and songwriter Dave Faulkner wore his heart on his sleeve, and the band delivered some of the best rock songs of the period. We re-visit three Gurus classics this week, the restrained and beguiling My Girl, the angsty I Want You Back, and the crunching rock of Like Wow Wipeout – check these out at 4TR’s Years Ago post this week.

 

 

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  • In 2001 APRA rated the top thirty Australia songs to that time, at #5 on that list was the Slim Dusty hit A Pub With No Beer, for several decades it was the biggest-selling record in the country, and the first Australian song, written and produced here, to hit the top 5 in the UK. Debate has raged over the years about the original pub with no beer, and what was the actual provenance of the music and lyrics, that were combined to produce this significant landmark song, in our APRA Songs post this week we answer all these questions.

 

  • Next week 4TR will again travel through the decades to bring you the best of Ausmusic, watch out for our features on The Veronicas, the Bee Gees, Diesel, the Go-Betweens and the Seekers.

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