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“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”
Charles M. Schulz

There are loads of awesome bands from Australia and quite a few of them feature on my list of Chosen Ones.

Here’s some great tracks from three fantastic Aussie groups.

These Days – Powderfinger

This song was HUGE in 1999/2000 when I was in Year 10/11 and was my favourite song for a very long time. It was written for the soundtrack of the film ‘Two Hands’ and was also released on Powderfinger’s album ‘Odyssey Number Five’. It topped Triple J’s Hottest 100 Chart in 1999, as well as winning Song of the Year in the 2000 Music Critic’s Awards. I love the gradual buildup of the song and think it highlights the sense we all have at times of being trapped in the monotony of everyday life.

Release – George

Special Ones – George

It was too hard to choose between these two tracks, so I had to post both of them!

George is a five piece rock band from Brisbane. They are currently taking a break from George and focusing on other projects, but were very active from 1998 – 2004. Their most successful album was ‘Polyserena’ which was released in 2001 and debuted at #1 on the national charts.

‘Release’ is the opening track and is a punchy song, kickstarting an album that flits from in-your-face to melancholy in the space of minutes. ‘Special Ones’ showcases Katie Noonan’s awesome voice and is a response to betrayal.

‘Rather than trying to protect you, I’m going to cover my bases first

So rather than trying to open my heart, I’m going to lock it with a key

So that only the special ones, so that only the special ones, can ever get through to me’

Love Serenade – The Waifs

Love Serenade (Live) – The Waifs

The Waifs are a folk/rock band from Western Australia and were formed by sisters Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn, along with Josh Cunningham. While playing in many dodgy pubs in many dodgy towns their fanbase grew and they eventually hit the big time in 2003 with their album ‘Up All Night’, which went double platinum in Australia.

‘Love Serenade’ comes from their 2000 album ‘Sink or Swim’. The live version was featured on their double CD set ‘A Brief History’ which was released in Australia in 2004. I prefer the live version as it’s a bit more upbeat than the studio version.