Stranded podcast #122

August 11, 2012

* Featuring a retrospective on Cold Chisel *

Cold Chisel are a bluesy hard-rock band from Adelaide, South Australia, who became hugely popular in Australia and New Zealand in the late 7os and 80s.  Fronted by the hard-drinking Scotsman Jimmy Barnes and blessed with the intelligent songwriting of keyboardist Don Walker, Cold Chisel managed to tap into the sound and lyrical message that Australian working class audiences were hungry for during this period in time.  Today I feature 6 tracks from the band’s classic period, including the timeless ‘Khe Sanh’ which is a moving and anthemic tune about a solider’s experience during the Vietnam War. 

For band new Australian music this week you can hear a song apiece from roots musicians  ‘The Stetson Family’ and the fabulous soul-rock singer Liz Stringer, as well as a live track from John Butler.

Also on today’s show I re-visit Australian blues guitarist Michael Charles, who has been based in Chicago for the past decade or so.  Michael is passionate about honoring the legendary blues artists of the past and he is currently recording a series of single releases called ‘Under The Covers’ where he covers songs that have inspired his own blues journey. Today you can hear ‘Going Down’, originally by Don Nix and b-side, a live version of ‘The Sky Is Crying’ by Elmore James.

And we wrap up the show with tracks from the latest releases by Vancouver bands Apollo Ghosts and Japandroids.  MG

Cold Chisel – ‘Standing On The Outside Looking In’ [AU]
Cold Chisel – ‘Choir Girl’ [AU]
Cold Chisel – ‘Cheap Wine’ [AU]
Cold Chisel – ‘You Got Nothing I Want’ [AU]
Cold Chisel – ‘Flame Trees’ [AU]
Cold Chisel – ‘Khe Sanh’ [AU]
The Stetson Family – ‘Fools Gold’ [AU]
Liz Stringer – ‘In Anybody’s Language'[AU]
John Butler Trio – ‘Mystery Man’ (live) [AU]
Michael Charles – ‘Going Down’ [AU]
Michael Charles – ‘The Sky Is Crying (live) [AU]
Apollo Ghosts – ‘Landmark’ [CA]
Apollo Ghosts – Weekend Fantasy’ [CA]
Japandroids – ‘Adrenaline Nights’ [CA]
Japandroids – ‘Younger Us’ [CA]

Featured video – Cold Chisel – ‘Khe Sanh’ (1978)

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