Bushwackers 3


  • There’s a rich tradition of protest songs in Ausmusic and within this genre a veritable cross-section of artists feature, Midnight Oil, Goanna, Redgum, Paul Kelly, John Farnham, Archie Roach, Yothu Yindi, Cold Chisel, Kevin Carmody, the Presets, and others. Beds are Burning, Only 19, Khe Sanh  and Treaty, have all been featured in past editions of 4TR; but there is one strident anti-war protest ballad, And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda, written by Eric Bogle in 1971, that was chosen by APRA as one of the thirty iconic songs from the period 1926-2001, and in our APRA Greatest Songs post this week we hear again the sombre and stately version of this song by the Bushwackers.



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  • In 2006 the Sydney band Wolfmother emerged from their lair to blaze across the charts with the re-imagined psychedelia of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, they quickly accumulated million-selling global hits and released two albums – Wolfmother and Cosmic Egg in the space of  two years, also finding time to split up and reform under their  indomitable front man Andrew Stockdale – Woman, Mind’s Eye and The Joker and the Thief return today in our Special Feature post.


Air supply 3


  • Soft rock, yacht rock, snooze rock, call it what you will but there was no denying the chart presence of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, the duo better known as Air Supply, who took no less than eight songs into the US top ten in the 70/80’s and sold in excess of 15 million records, they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2013 and we look back at two of their early hits – Love and Other Bruises and Lost in Love.


Empitre of the Sun

  • Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, better known as Empire of the Sun, took time out from their respective bands The Sleepy Jacksons and Pnau in 2009 for a side project that resulted in an acclaimed album and hit single, both titled Walking on a Dream. Their unique fusion of electro-pop, synth- pop, and alternative dance music, allied with a fantasy movie aesthetic that reflected in their stage performances, promo clips and album art ensured that they caught the zeitgeist and became more than just a side project, they also stormed the ARIAS that year taking out seven ARIA Awards including for Best Album and Single of the Year.


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  • Bobby Bright and Laurie Allen were the hyperactive mod rockers of the 1960’s, as a duo they were simply known as Bobby and Laurie, but both had paid their dues respectively on the Adelaide and Melbourne rock scenes. They enjoyed national success with their own compositions – I Belong with You, Someone and Judy Green, but it was their moody cover of a Roger Miller song – Hitchhiker – which produced their first #1 hit which 4TR also features in our Years Ago post this week.

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