To end Australia Week let us ask a question. Where would the world be without the music coming from Down Under? Consider the cultural impact made by these bands and artists: AC/DC, Midnight Oil, INXS, The Vines, Hoodoo Gurus, The Church, Natalie Imbruglia, Nick Cave, Counting Crows and so so many others. And don’t deny the guilty pleasures of The Bee Gees, Savage Garden and Air Supply. You know you sing along at the top of your lungs to “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” when you’re alone in the car.
Australia’s most important export may be its culture. And in truth, wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all had a little Aussie in us?
For the finale of Australia Week let’s do a flashback to one of my all-time favourite bands from the Land of Oz, Men At Work. Can’t you hear the thunder?
Froglix welcomes the modern rock sound of Australia’s Smart Artists to the broadcast! These cats from Queensland have developed a strong following down under and are beginning to expand that following around the globe. We’re happy to help spread the word and are keyed up to be featuring (2) tracks, “Inside Moves” and “Annie”, that will appear on their next album, Highway Blonde, scheduled for release later this year.
Next we hip-hop from the Land of Oz to the isle of Jamrock with Cashbook Clique. Their latest single entitled “Galis Caliba” was released as part of a compilation disc from Street of Dreams Records called Ghetto Genesis, Vol II. The confident vocals for Cashbook are provided by Buff Bay’s Dwayne Valentine who conjours up a sound redolent of Shaba and Shaggy with the dead-on timing of JR Gong. The dancehall coming out of the island paradise right now is innovative, imaginative and blends the best traits of the US’ urban hip-hop scene with the colourful island influences that are so prominent in Jamaican music. Valentine and Cashbook Clique are no exception as they deliver a sound that is phat, fresh and full of tropical goodness!