The idea for this blog post came off the back of yesterday's review of Australian Love Stories. Daniel Young suggested on Facebook that readers should listen to Foreigner's ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is’ as we read the post, which I did and it was unbelievable. It got me thinking though about how many great Australian love songs there are that could also accompany the review.
So, outta this comes the Australian Love Song YouTube Mixtape. It's a call and response between two sentimental music lovers.
The Go-Betweens - Love Goes On
Well the main reason I picked this song is because I was listening to it on the way to Write Here Parramatta after starting with Foreigners ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is’. It seemed like the perfect suburban love song to be listening to as I walked up Church St, Parramatta. Actually this whole albums is - Geoff
The Meanies - Corpse In Love
Well in short, I wanted to bring down the tone a bit. And I felt jealous that you got to start with The Go-Betweens, but don’t worry I plan to come back to them later.
This song takes me back to my first live gig, Pearl Jam in 1995, with The Meanies as support. So began my love affair with The Meanies. I’d like to think I’m not really a corpse when it comes to love, but that’s not for me to judge! - Daniel
The Fauves - Dogs Are The Best People
Ha, well, who am I to say if you’re a corpse in love. You know who doesn’t care what kind of person you are, no matter what though? A dog.
I’m not exaggerating when I say one of the highlights of my life at the moment is Cool Dog Group. It brings so much happiness to my Facebook feed everyday and considering Daniel took us to fuzzy 90’s world, I thought what would be better than the ultimate power-chord ballad to man’s best friend. Dogs really are the best people. - Geoff
Kylie Minogue - Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
(Remixed by Kid 606 as: Smack My Glitch Up)
I love that 90s fuzz, that’s for sure. Now for something completely different...
I have a love-hate relationship with this Kylie song. I’ve never been into commercial pop, but I used to get dragged along to gay clubs in Brisbane in the early 2000s, and this song was a staple at “The Beat” in the Fortitude Valley. Occasionally my boyfriend would force me onto the dancefloor, and if that’s not love, then what is??
I present this YouTube link as Kid 606’s remix, Smack My Glitch Up, from his album “the action packed mentalist brings you the fucking jams”, because in this form I actually fucking love this song. Fuck yeah! - Daniel.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
Any version of that song is fine by me, that mid-90s to mid 2000s Kylie Minogue was a goldmine. I think I was mostly in love with those gold shorts.
My mind jumped straight to Kylie and Nick Cave and was going to pick Where The Wild Roses Grow, but it think that Into My Arms might be the most beautiful hymn I’ve ever heard. And what is a hymn but a divine love song.
Listening to it now it takes me straight back to my first relationship, making mixtapes and having a (still) unresolved relationship with religion. - Geoff
Divinyls - Boys In Town
I had also considered Where The Wild Roses Grow. Great minds and all that. Into My Arms is a fine choice.
This Divinyls track came out the year I was born and it’s since become an aspiration of mine to ummm become acquainted with “all the boys in town”. I’m not sure if many people would immediately consider this to be a love song. There’s so much anger and raw energy here. But I love it and I love Chrissie (RIP) and I say it fits the brief! - Daniel
The Sleepy Jackson - Good Dancers
How good is the light sabre microphone? What a great idea and I want one.
I used to watch a lot of Rage when I was a teenager. A LOT. It’s funny because I don’t watch a lot of film clips these days and if it’s on YouTube, I find myself flicking between tabs or searching for my phone. I guess I don’t see music as a visual medium anymore, which is kinda sad.
This was one of the film clips though that I find I’ve watched over and over. And that it’s from an album called Lovers, I think that counts. On a side note, the one lasting image I will have to the Sleepy Jackson will always be seeing Luke Steele on the stage at Mojo’s nightclub in Armidale, NSW taunting the Jebediah crowd whilst wearing a mini-skirt and telling all the cowboys he’d fuck ‘em. Such a great song. - Geoff
The Dirty Three - I Remember A Time When Once You Used To Love Me
Can you believe I’d never seen that The Sleepy Jackson clip before?? It’s sweet. I used to watch a lot of Rage too, but it’s mostly gone by the wayside now. Maybe I just can’t stay up that late anymore!
I’m heading back to the 90s again I’m afraid. Can it be a song if it’s instrumental? In the case of The Dirty Three, I think it can. Horse Stories was the first Dirty Three album I ever heard and they taught me, before Mogwai, the power and beauty of instrumental music.
Check out the “Rage” badge on this Youtube! Also: it’s a waltz, albeit a fast one. A classic love song. - Daniel
Cloud Control - Promises
This is most definitely a love song but I think I chose it more for the way that I feel about the songs on the rest of the album rather than the song itself. Occasionally there’s an album (Hourly, Daily, In Utero, Yellow House) that from the moment that it comes out, you just can’t stop listening to it. For the last year or so, this album (Dream Cave) and the new No. 1 Dad’s one have been on constant loop. Such great songwriting and, I guess, the love in these songs is more about the way that I feel about them. - Geoff
Catcall - The World Is Ours
Yes, whole albums are the thing! It’s gone out of fashion in the digital age, but it really is amazing when a whole album comes along and defines a period of your life. Nice choice!
I’ve spent a bit too much time mining the past, so here’s something more recent. Simple pop done so well, and I’m not sure why it didn’t have a wider influence when it came out. A whole series of Catcall tracks from her album “The Warmest Place” defined my summer of 2011/2012 and they always make me happy.
“The World Is Ours” is a pure pop love song that also has a wistful melancholy lying beneath the surface. Love it. - Daniel.
Courtney Barnett - History Eraser
This one is all about the drunken fuzz of first meeting someone and falling for them, all while knowing you probably shouldn’t. Plus it’s basically an extended Bike Gang scene through suburban Melbourne. Fantastic lyricist too. - Geoff
The Go-Betweens - Karen
Oh, how good is Courtney Barnett! Now, to finish things off: you started with The Go-Betweens but I'm the Brissie boy so I have to finish with them as well. I'll let the lyrics say it all. - Daniel
I know this girl
This very special girl
And she works in a library, yeah
Standing there behind the counter
Willing to help
With all the problems that I encounter
Helps me find Hemingway
Helps me find Genet
Helps me find Brecht
Helps me find Chandler
Helps me find James Joyce
She always makes the right choice
So that's the Australian Love Song YouTube Mixtape. There are so many more great Australian songs but like any good mixtape, I think went for songs that work well together. It's interesting though that most of the songs we picked were from our formative years.
If you have any ones you'd like to ad, please add them to comments below.
Happy listening, lovers.
Jebediah - Harpoon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37n57tDEr7Y
Oh Mercy - Stay, Please Stay - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvjnZhgoBGU
Something for Kate - Whatever You Want (really could have been any SFK song) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTnwB0nIB6M
Tim Rogers - You’ve Been So Good To Me So Far (also perfect if want to see what Marrickville looked like in 1999) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feH37zr-c7g
Little Birdy - Relapse http://vimeo.com/24859868
Crowded House - Into Temptation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8U1gC2JilQ
Magic Dirt - I was Cruel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPizMv6-9UM
Fireballs - XXX - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh2LlZtwptw
Give Goods - Sophisticated Porn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvHJO-GsHH8
Sarah Blasko - My Man - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_qwXhqPNd4
Geoff Orton is the founder of Writers Bloc. He's also a teacher and a Boston Celtics tragic.