Archive for Australia

Suicide Blonde – INXS

  • First Appearance: September 22, 1990
  • Weeks on the Chart: 1
  • Album: X
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? Yes, of course I have.

I’m not sure how many times I’ve heard this song without having any idea what the lyrics were. Apparently a lot of times, because this song is instantly recognizable, but I had no idea what it was before I hit play.

I was really hoping to put a nail in the 80s, but INXS still being on the list and with The Cure being the next up, it looks like I have some time to go.

All that said, there’s something timeless about INXS, their little yelps of joy, and timelessly 80s aesthetic that you can’t be mad at. They are absolutely and 100% only ever themselves.

Metropolis – The Church

  • First Appearance: April 14, 1990
  • Weeks on the Chart: 1
  • Album: Gold Afternoon Fix
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No.

This is another band on the list that I was totally unfamiliar with. For The Church, a psychedelic/goth rock band out of Sydney, it was less surprising than The Psychedelic Furs or Jesus and Mary Chain. This isn’t exactly my wheel-house.

Metropolis is a lot more mainstream than the rest of the album. Significantly more upbeat, brighter guitars, and less brooding than the bulk of their songs on Gold Afternoon Fix. It’s enjoyable, but a bit subdued.

I actually had to take a break mid-album. It was very gloomy and dark, and listening to it in the middle of a cold, nasty, and windy storm in New England with sheets of rain coming down was too much. I needed music that would contrast the deluge, rather than compliment it.

Blue Sky Mine – Midnight Oil

  • First Appearance: April 7, 1990
  • Weeks on the Chart: 1
  • Album: Blue Sky Mining
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No.

Midnight Oil had two songs from Blue Sky Mining on the chart, Blue Sky Mine, and Forgotten Years. Each was on the chart for one week, and each was the week following a SinĂ©ad O’Connor song. They’re probably best known for their late 80s hit Beds are Burning.

I burst out laughing at the start of Blue Sky Mine, which starts with a neat guitar riff, gets a late-80s synth layered on top, and then is all drowned out by some harmonica playing that makes Blues Traveler seem low energy.

The album as a whole is pretty enjoyable. Some of the songs are a bit more rollicking and it was a fun listen. It’s not going to change lives, and I’m not compelled to go further into their catalog, but I don’t regret the time I spent with it.

I feel like Forgotten Years should have been a longer lasting song than it was, but for the utterly weird synth break.

Midnight Oil was an Australian band, and make the most prominent use of synths of any album featured here so far.

The lead singer, Peter Garrett served in the Australian government for nine years, including as a Member of Parliament and as Minister for Environmental Protection and School Education.