Reader Looking for an Aussie Band. Can You Help?


This arrived in the inbox today.  Can anyone help?  It’s driving me crazy.

Okay I’m desperate and thought perhaps you could help me. I was a big fan of Aussie music from the 80s (Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, Men at Work, Icehouse, Mental as Anything…the list goes on) but a friend of mine had a couple of LPs of a band that had a heavy aboriginal influence and they were really really good but for the life of me I cannot remember their name. All I can remember is the name started with a G or a B.

I have scoured the Internet but maybe I’m just not very good at scouring? If you have any ideas, let me know. 



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6 thoughts on “Reader Looking for an Aussie Band. Can You Help?

  • September 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Goanna come to mind. They used a lot of indigenous imagery and sang/talked about indigenous issues, championed social issues just in general really. They were in the 80s too so that fits, and they got pretty popular with a number of hit singles and albums.

  • September 6, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Not Midnight Oil, was it?

  • September 6, 2013 at 3:03 am

    I have no idea, but I have my computer in front of the Denver Baltimore game and it's halftime–i.e. nothing better to do.

    The Go Betweens?
    Hunters & Collectors?

    Will post more if I find more…

  • September 6, 2013 at 3:56 am

    The initials don't match, but the rest of teh description suits Yothu Yindi well.


  • September 6, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Does sound like Midnight Oil to me …just from the description.

  • September 6, 2013 at 4:13 am

    I think Nicholas has it right. Goanna, or Goanna Band.


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