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100 GREATEST AUSTRALIAN SINGLES OF THE ‘60S
As soon as you see the title “100 Greatest .....”, you know you are in for three things: firstly,
a list of some of the greatest whatevers it is they are naming; secondly, a long search
to track down some of the greats you may have missed; and thirdly, lots of discussions,
arguments and “how could they have left out... ?”.
David N Pepperell and Colin Talbot, both well-known authorities on Australian music, have
put together the wonderful, fascinating and thought-provoking 100 Greatest Australian
Singles Of The ‘60s. To solve the search problem, Festival Records through Warner have
conveniently put together a 4 CD set that includes 99 of the 100 songs listed which is an
amazing release on its own. However, to get the full benefit you need to sit down with the
book in hand and listen to the music to rediscover this wonderful era in Australian music.
One fact that won’t be argued is that the ‘60s was the greatest decade in pop and rock
music. This was the time of The Beatles, Stones, Dylan, The Who and thousands of others.
A time when all the possibilities of modern music were being explored and the basic
blueprints were being written for the new artform for decades ahead.
In Australia, music was also flourishing, developing and matching it with the best in the
world. Some acts went on to have an international presence: The Seekers, The Atlantics, The
Bee Gees, The Easybeats. Other acts certainly should have also made it overseas: Normie
Rowe and Masters’ Apprentices just to name two.
In the list we have all of the great names and also the one-hit wonders, bubbling unders,
punks, novelty acts and assorted others. The authors have put together a thoughtful list and
presented it in a very entertaining format. Each song has a full page devoted to it with lots of
fascinating information, and a full page photo – usually of the artist.
Having the songs easily available is a huge bonus – and for such a reasonable price – 4 CDs for
$20. The CDs contain all except ‘Good Looking Boy’ by Patsy Anne Noble who declined its release.
There are 100 songs due to including both sides of Normie Rowe’s ‘Shakin’ All
Over’/ ‘Que Sera Sera’.
But, of course, part of the fun of this type of release is to argue about the choices!
Are there essential songs that I think they left out? Of course! Are there some
songs that shouldn’t be there? I think so!
So to start the argument, what should have been there for me:
‘Come On’ – Johnny Rebb and The Atlantics (unforgivable omission for me); ‘I
Want, Need, Love You’ – The Black Diamonds; ‘Such A Lovely Way’ – The Groop
‘My Aim Is To Please You’ – Executives; ‘Unforgotten Dreams’ – King Fox; ‘Sad’ –
What would I have dropped to make way:
‘Farmer John’ – Johnny Cooper; ‘The Star’ – Ross D Wylie; ‘1*2*3*4’ – Zoot; ‘Louie
Louie’ – Pink Finks; ‘My Old Man’s A Groovy Old Man’; ‘Bad Boy’ – The Twilights.
The authors encourage this debate and provide you with an opportunity to do so
on www.facebook.com/100gass. I have also noticed the same sort of discussions
occurring on various music blogs so the impact of this release is already being felt.
The ultimate test is to name the Top 5 songs! OK here I go – get ready to take aim
‘Bombora’ – The Atlantics (one of the great surf songs and the first time we showed
the world what we could do – record of the week in Cashbox magazine in the US)
‘The Loved One’ – The Loved Ones (a unique Australian sound – never out of print
‘Friday On My Mind’ – The Easybeats (the ultimate weekend song, one of the
greatest songs worldwide of the ‘60s, and consistently named the best Australian
song of all time)
‘It’s Not Easy’ – Normie Rowe (the should-have-been breakthrough smash for Normie)
‘The Real Thing’ – Russell Morris (hey, we can do this psychedelic stuff as good as anyone!)
And just to cheat – the best double-A -sided single: ‘Shakin’ All Over’/’Que Sera Sera’ – Normie Rowe.
All you need to know is that both the book and CDs are essential purchases! Spend many hours
reading, listening, enjoying and then join in and make your own lists and hop on to Facebook to
FROM TOP: UNION (BOYS) FEATURING DAVID PEPPERELL 1965; THE LOVED ONES
EP; MASTER’S APPRENTICES; THE SEEKERS RECEIVING THEIR GOLD RECORD FOR
GEORGY GIRL; BETTY MCQUADE
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