After reading Best of the Best, Australia's 50 Greatest Albums in today's Age EG, I have only one comment to make: Help!
Are Usual Suspects all we have?
FROM Johnny O’Keefe to AC/DC, the Divinyls, Midnight Oil, Jet and the Drones, Australian music has come a long way since “the Wild One” first strutted his stuff 50 years ago.
While some claim that recent technology has rendered the album obsolete, we at EG believe the best bands are still judged by great albums.
Australian rock’n’roll turns 50 on July 5, the anniversary of the release of Johnny O’Keefe’s The Wild One, and to celebrate we assembled a panel of experts — ranging from EG critics and music journalists to musicians, broadcasters, record shop owners and band managers — who undertook the painstaking task of narrowing down an entire history of music to a micro list.
More than one comment, actually.
There are albums I've liked: Living In The 70s (2), Radios Appear (3), Stoneage Romeos (5), Born Sandy Devotional (9), Back In Black (10), Highway To Hell (15), Sunnyboys (16), 16 Lovers Lane (17), High Voltage (24), Liberty Belle & the Black Diamond Express (44).
A lot of it sh1ts me: Midnight Oil, You Am I, INXS - I would have picked Shabooh Shoobah, Crowded House, Nick Cave - although I liked Lyre of Orpheus, Died Pretty, Regurgitator, Silverchair, Jet, the overrated Saints, the fvcken Whitlams.
Then there's the stuff that cruised right by me without me taking much notice: Chisel, Richard Clapton, Stephen Cummings, Chris Wilson, Paul Kelly, The Black Sorrows, Flowers, Hunters & Collectors, the Reels, Aussie Crawl, the Mentals - one brilliant song, notwithstanding, the Divinyls. The Easybeats and Masters Apprentices were before my time; not that I ever thought they were that great.
Your best bet is to pan through the selections of the individual reviewers for nuggets like The Band's Alright but the Singer is Gulliver Smith, which was a Billy Pinnell selection, and Joel Silbersher's Tendrils. Pity The Sand Pebbles don't crack a mention. And just what is Registered Nurse - Strippers?
Ironically, while Chris Johnston features The Church's Of Skin & Heart in today's "The Crate" article, he hasn't included it in his top ten. I wouldn't include it, either; but if the whole album was as good as Unguarded Moment, it would just about be my No.1.