Redgum, Deborah Conway, Hoodoo Gurus and Hilltop Hoods have been added to the National Film and Sound Archives ‘Sounds of Australia’.
Redgum ‘I Was Only 19’, Deborah Conway ‘Alive and Brilliant’, Hoodoo Gurus ‘Like Wow…Wipeout’ and Hilltop Hoods ‘Nosebleed Section’ have been anointed as “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant Australian sounds.”
In a statement Redgum lead singer John Schumann said, ‘Much has been said about 19. That it helped bring our Vietnam veterans home. That it precipitated a Royal Commission. That it changed forever the way we Australians think about the men and women we send to fight our wars. These things are for others to say, not me. For me, I Was Only 19 has been an amazing gift, and I’m delighted that it has been identified as one of the Sounds of Australia. It’s a great honour.’
Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier had this to say about their hit song ‘Alive and Brilliant’. “We are delighted that Alive and Brilliant has been included in the 2015 Sounds of Australia registry. We first played it during a late summer storm in Sydney in 1992, made memorable for the amount of people dancing around crazily in plastic rain ponchos. In 1993 it was released on the album Bitch Epic and subsequently became the first 5/4 song to hit the pop charts since Dave Brubeck’s Take Five in 1961.”
The 2015 Sounds of Australia are, in chronological order
-1914 – Message recorded at Mena Camp, Cairo by Second Lieutenant Henry Miller Lanser – the only known audio recording that contains the voice of an Australian soldier on his way to fight in the First World War.
-1921 – Love Will Find a Way by Gladys Moncrieff – one of the great stars of the musical stage of the early 20th century.
-1941–72 – Argonauts Row by Harold Williams – the song from the popular ABC children’s radio program, which had more than 50,000 club members by 1950.
-1959 – Aboriginal Recordings by John Hutchinson – rare examples of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal songs.
-1979–89 – Sampling Sounds by Fairlight CMI – early samples that helped turn the Fairlight synthesiser into one of the most widely–used in the music industry, including an instantly recognisable sound used in Michael Jackson’s Beat It.
-1983 – I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green) by Redgum.
-1985 – Like Wow – Wipeout by Hoodoo Gurus.
-1993 – Alive and Brilliant by Deborah Conway.
-1995 – LSD by djhmc.
-2003 – Nosebleed Section by Hilltop Hoods.
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