• The late Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu was named the winner of the 2018 Australian Music Prize for his album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) at an awards ceremony held in Melbourne this month. Award judge Dave Faukner (Hoodoo Gurus) summed up the importance of the award when he said “albums are more than just a collection of singles”, a fact borne out by the quality of the albums that actually made it to the shortlist of nine, which included Courtney Barnett’s Tell Me How You Really Feel, The Presets Hi Viz, and the only debut in the shortlist, Hope Downs, from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Long-time Gurrumul collaborator Michael Hohnen said that Djarimirri was six years in the making and “the mission for this album was to present something that was not just a historical archive, but something people loved and embraced. Throughout his career Gurrumul was a multiple ARIA Award winner and in this week’s ARIA Winner Flashback post we revisit the early work of Gurrumul and his classic single Gurrumul (I Was Born Blind) from 2008.


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  • Richard Clapton has been a major contributor to Ausmusic since the 1970’s with the release of his hit single Girls on The Avenue, albums Goodbye Tiger, Hearts on the Nightline and The Great Escape, further confirmed his creative talents, other hit singles included Deep Water, Capricorn Dancer and I Am An Island, he also produced the first INXS album in 1980 and has continued to perform nationally. Richard was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1999, and this week we review his debut hit, the song that his record company didn’t like and would only allow to be released as a B-side – Girls on The Avenue.



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  • Years Ago this week revisits one of the classic beat hits from the early 1960’s, the song that ignited the mod rock transformation of the local music industry – Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs classic and propulsive re-birthing of Poison Ivy, which knocked the all-conquering Fab Four of the top of the charts in Sydney in 1964.


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  • Ross Wilson is one of the most respected figures of Ausmusic, from his early garage rock days with the Pink Finks, via the experimental and avant garde Procession, to his doo wop good time band Daddy Cool, he also found time to produce the first three hit albums for the Skyhooks, before he re-invented himself as front man for one of the best synth pop bands of the 980’s – Mondo Rock. The pairing of Wilson and Eric McCusker would generate a stream of seven top 40 hit songs and six albums, but their most controversial song, which was also their biggest hit, was 1983’s Come Said the Boy which we revisit this seek in our Special Feature.   


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  • I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green) was chosen by APRA as one of the Best 30 Songs in the period 1926-2001, it was a poignant and moving anti-war protest by Redgum, told from the perspective of Vietnam Vet Mick Storen.


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