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Stranded podcast #233

January 23, 2015

* Featuring tracks by The Go-Betweens *

This week we re-visit the sublime songwriting prowess of Grant McLennan and Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens. Following a string of sophisticated and critically acclaimed (but commercially negligible) albums the band called it quits, only to form for a further three albums, starting with ‘The Friends of Rachel Worth’. Some commentators have compared McLennan and Forster to the timeless Lennon/McCartney combo in the songwriting department. Have a listen to six tracks from the latter-period albums to see if this is an accurate comparison!

Featured video: The Go-Betweens – ‘Here Comes The City’ [2005]

Stranded podcast #232

January 16, 2015

* Featuring tracks from Melbourne band Rocket Science *

This week we introduce listeners to Melbourne band Rocket Science who were noted during the ’00s as producing outstanding 60s-sounding garage-rock records and for their visceral live shows and extensive touring.  At one point front man, keyboardist and theremin player Roman Tucker took a nasty fall after a show and ended up with serious amnesia whereby he forget his identity and even his memory of making music.  Amazingly, in time Roman re-learned how to play music and the band even ended up touring Japan with Supergrass.  You can listen to three tracks from the 2004 record ‘Eternal Holiday’ as well as the rockin’ 2008 single ‘With You I’ll Be Someone’.

Featured video: Rocket Science – ‘With You I’ll Be Someone’ [2008]

Stranded podcast #221

October 26, 2014

* Featuring tracks by Sydney band The Whitlams as tribute to the passing of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam *

This past week marked the passing of the 21st Prime Minister of Australia – Gough Whitlam. He was 98 years old.  Gough was PM from 5 December 1972 – 11 November 1975.  During this period he enacted a wide range of progressive policies, including free health care and university education, Aboriginal land rights and the establishment of the publicly-funded 2JJJ radio, which became the much-loved institution JJJ.  He even inspired the formation of a band – The Whitlams, formed by songwriter/pianist Tim Freedman, and the late Stevie Plunder and Andy Lewis.   We play three early Whitlams’ songs today, including their ‘theme song’ of sorts called ‘Gough’ which references the famous and controversial ‘dismissal’ of Gough as PM, by the Governor General, on Nov 11 1975.

Featured video: The Whitlams – ‘Gough’ [1993]