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DEPRESTON, Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett often finds inspiration for songs in the sights and sounds of her hometown, Melbourne.

Courtney Barnett typically finds inspiration for songs within the sights and sounds of her hometown, Melbourne.Credit score:Simon Schluter

Having referred to as Melbourne residence for greater than a decade – after rising up in Tasmania – Courtney Barnett has included Fitzroy Pool (Aqua Profunda), Excessive Road in Northcote (Avant Gardener) and the Nicholas Constructing in Swanston Road (Elevator Operator) in her songs.

However maybe her finest identified is Depreston, primarily based round home searching in an over-priced market. The Californian bungalow she’s singing about was as soon as somebody’s residence with “these canisters for espresso, tea and flour” within the kitchen.


Within the tenth and closing music for his debut album Charcoal Lane, Archie Roach sings in regards to the despair of homelessness and the enjoyment of discovering love and “kids of my very own” on this merely lovely music.

It was initially written by his associate, Ruby Hunter, and the pair re-recorded it for her 2005 album Ruby. The music doesn’t point out Melbourne particularly, however these metropolis streets play a significant position.

FOOTSCRAY, Billy Miller

Higher identified for his 1970s hit music Don’t Fall in Love with pop group the Ferrets, Billy Miller has been a stalwart of Melbourne’s stay music scene from his lengthy operating residency at St Kilda’s George Lodge to numerous collaborations. Footscray was recorded a couple of years in the past for his most up-to-date album, Australia, three a long time after he wrote it in his yard. That includes the timeless line, “Footscray, oh Footscray, you’re the pearl of the south, It’s true trigger I heard it from Ted Whitten’s mouth”.


Neil Finn might nicely have penned our metropolis’s unofficial theme music together with his brother, Tim, when he was dwelling in St Kilda. He took a generally used phrase about our fickle climate and created this attractive music. It’s additionally about being on an emotional rollercoaster and dealing with altering moods, your individual and people of the folks near you.

LEAPS AND BOUNDS, Paul Kelly and the Colored Ladies

This basic observe from Kelly’s 1986 Gossip album is amongst his most generally cherished. If the immediately recognisable bass line doesn’t hook you, opening traces “I’m excessive on the hill, Wanting over the bridge, To the MCG” actually will. Launched as a single in the summertime of 1987, the flip aspect of Leaps and Bounds was one other Kelly basic, Bradman.

STUCK IN MELBOURNE, In a single day Jones

Beginning life because the Warner Brothers within the mid 1980s, In a single day Jones performed throughout city to a loyal following of followers. This observe from 1993 EP Not Brothers Anymore delivers very good songwriting, attractive guitars and real emotion in slightly below 4 minutes. Their bluesy, nation sound was for a few years a significant a part of town’s music scene.

SUNBURY ’97, The Fauves

It’s somewhat bit out of city, however Sunbury will endlessly be linked to the good rock live shows that started in 1972 with Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Wendy Saddington, Chain, the Wild Cherries and Spectrum on the invoice. The Fauves, who shaped in Melbourne in 1998, wrote this rip roaring music in regards to the legendary competition. Crank it up loud.


Inside a minute a lot cherished punk rockers Painters and Dockers have name-checked soccer, cricket, a 4’N Twenty pie and the Underground Loop. Quickly after Preston and St Kilda get a point out as horns toot, drums are pounded and guitars rattle alongside singer Paulie Stewart’s story. It’s a wild trip.

THAT’S LIFE, The Wild Cherries

Foyer Loyde’s musicianship and manufacturing abilities left an indelible mark on this metropolis, stretching all the best way again to the late `60s when he joined Melbourne band the Wild Cherries. That’s Life with its heartfelt line “Melbourne is a giant, large metropolis, So it appears like I’ve to remain” was one of many earliest instances Melbourne was title checked in a rock ‘n’ roll music.

Mick Thomas is a proud Melburnian and his songs reflect a deep love of the city.

Mick Thomas is a proud Melburnian and his songs replicate a deep love of town.Credit score:

UNDER THE CLOCKS, Weddings Events Something

Shaped right here within the mid `80s, WPA are as Melbourne as assembly your mates beneath the Flinders Road station clocks.

Little marvel Mick Thomas’ ode to town has develop into such a favorite, with loud sing-alongs on the band’s rollicking stay gigs.

Oh, to listen to this one banged out stay and loud once more at a Weddoes Christmas present!

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