The Hottest 100 has gone from being a yearly countdown to something Triple J do whenever they want to feel relevent again. The next countdown will be the Hottest 100 Australian albums of all time may not make good radio but everyone loves a good list. I thought I’d share my top 10 Australian albums. I’ve opted to vote for my most formative albums.I’m just glad Sister2Sister aren’t Australian, otherwise I might have exposed my shameful pop past. You can vote for your own albums and go in the running for Triple J’s Green and Gold Ticket here.
10.Boys Next Door, The – Door, Door
The Boys Next Door were Nick Cave’s first band and this album was the first time I heard his music. While the band dismissed Door, Door
as too poppy, it was the exact reason why I liked this album so much. I’m sure all of you would be familiar with Shivers however the other tracks on the album also hint at Nick Cave’s flair for songwriting.
9. The Basics – Keep Your Friends Close
I probably should have included Stand Out/ Fit In as my Basics album of choice, however musically I’m a bigger fan of Keep Your Friends Close because it finally felt like the band had found their own sounds, rather than simply copying their 1960s heroes. The Basics were one of the first ‘local’ bands I discovered and provided the soundtrack to year 9, despite the fact I was also listening to a lot of horrible emo. The Basics are on Hiatus because of Wally DeBacker’s Gotye commitments.
8. Darren Hanlon – Fingertips and Mountaintops
It’s no secret that I love Darren Hanlon and this is probably his best work. Whether it’s the tale of brushing elbows with a celebrity, letting us know happiness is just a chemical or couch surfing advice, each song tells a perfect story that complements Hanlon’s country twang.
7. The Lucksmiths – Why That Doesn’t Surprise Me
Because sometimes music you can dance to is the last thing that you need. This album got me hooked on Darren Hanlon, Bell and Sebastian and The Smiths. God I miss the Lucksmiths.
6. AC/DC – Back in Black
I couldn’t write about Australian albums without AC/DC. I took a while to really like this album, sometimes you just need to shout along with Acca Dacca and unleash your inner bogan. I got to see them live last year, which was awesome until I had a 45-year-old man continually asking me to flash my tits during The Jack. Classy.
5.Gotye – Like Drawing Blood
This is one of the more recent albums on my list but it is already regarded as a classic. The first time Ito really listened this album I was on a family holiday in Echuca, and while the house was old and all kinds of amazing, there’s only so much foxtel a girl can watch. So in typical style, I turned to my iPod for entertainment. The intricate rhythms and dream like pop perfectly suited the house and Like Drawing Blood is still on high rotation today.
4. You Am I – Hourly, Daily
Boroondara Library Services have a lot to answer for. I spent a lot of my tween years borrowing random albums and while most of them were terrible I also discovered a lot of my favourite bands. This was one of those albums, and probably one of the most Australian records ever released. While I have trouble relating to Arcade Fire’s image of the suburbs, I feel like Hourly Daily perfectly describes Australian suburbia and lifestyle without being pretentious.
3. Sunnyboys – Sunnyboys
When I was younger I used to think that all old music was ‘bad.’ This is party because my dad insists on listening to nothing but Santana, who I still cannot stand, and the fact that a lot of it sounded dated. That was until my mum got me to listen to The Sunnyboys. Even to this day their debut album sounds fresh and the lyrics of a then teenage Jeremy Oxley perfectly capture the awkwardness of your first relationships. While Alone With You still gets the odd bit of radio play, the rest of their singles seem forgotten, which is a massive shame. The band went on to release two more albums, before disbanding when Jeremy Oxley’s schizophrenia became a concern. If you like your power pop tight and danceable, highly recommend you buy this album.
2.The Whitlams – Eternal Nightcap
The Whitlams caused quite a divide amongst my household. Despite the fact they’re my mum’s favourite band, My dad and little sister, cannot stand them. When I first told my mum I liked The Whitlams she was so excited that she burnt me their albums and made a point of playing them when we were in the car together. I still think this album is one of the best Australian albums ever released and began my obsession with sad bastard music. This album was released after the death of original member Stevie Plunder and whether it’s the melancholy No Aphrodisiac, the playful Louis Burdette (which I did not get to hear for quite some time due to the all swearing) or the haunting Charlie trilogy, it’s the sound of a band who have been through a lot.
1. Living End, The – The Living End
I know The Living End are no longer relevant, or even all that good anymore, but their debut album changed my life. I borrowed this album from the library and from the opening bars of Prisoner of Society I was hooked. The rebellious lyrics, insane guitar solos and Scott Owen’s frantic double bass playing completely blew my 11-year-old mind. This was the album that prompted me to see The Living End for my first gig when I was twelve, helped me discover Triple J and inspired me to learn the double bass. If it wasn’t for The Living End, I’m 90% sure I’d still be listening to Fox.fm, wearing too fake tan and this blog wouldn’t exist.
What are your top 10 albums? Share them in the comments. Also apologies for any terrible grammar, I had my wisdom teeth out yesterday and am still not quite functioning properly.