Posted: 1 October, 2015
The most impossible list of them all - but here we go...
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Probably the most impossible list to nail, but we've given it a red hot go!
There's just too many AMAZING Aussie bands and musicians out there. But here are some of what we believe to be the most influential and iconic Aussie bands of all.
AC/DC aka ACCA/DACCA
Words can’t even begin to describe to impact that AC/DC aka ACCADACCA have had upon global music in general.
Birthed in 1973, AC/DC is still cranking in the most unbelievable way with sell out world tours and events planned throughout 2015-2016 and, no doubt, onwards into the future.
The current members include Angus Young, Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson, Stevie Young, and Chris Slade – though original singer Bon Scott left rock fans broken upon his death in 1980.
Still, ACCADACCA held strong and came back from the depths of grief with a seemingly endless display of rock’n’roll domination that Bon would have been proud of.
AC/DC’s ‘Rock Or Bust’ tour is currently rocking around North America, and will hit our shores December this year.
Here's the first peek at what we can expect on the Aussie leg of 'Rock Or Bust' tour!
AC/DC - 'T.N.T'
Midnight Oil (or, ‘The Oils’ to cult fans) rocked our ears and our political system with their rocking yet controversial and thought provoking tunes.
Frontman Peter Garrett and the boys produced not only some of the most iconic Aussie anthems ever (Beds Are Burning, My Country, Power and the Passion etc) but actively helped raise awareness and change in both Australia’s political, social, and cultural policies and ideologies.
“The Oils have always led from the front. They spoke to us – and to the world – in a uniquely Australian way. Their music speaks first – it’s powerful, it’s uncompromising, it’s unique rock music that inspires. My favourite Oils lyric, which summarizes it all is: “It’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” – Denis Handlin, 2006.
Midnight Oil - 'Beds Are Burning'
The band that ultimately bought “pub rock” to crowded stadiums all over the world.
Regarded as one of the leading voices in Australian music, Cold Chisel sum up everything about Aussie life.
Originally named ‘Orange’, the band formed in 1973 as a heavy-metal cover-band…before ultimately taking that fateful road to unstoppable glory.
Check out Cold Chisel’s banging new album below:
Get all the official info for Cold Chisel's new album and tour.
Cold Chisel - 'Forever Now'
INXS are unbeatable legends. There is just no argument.
The Aussie hero’s dominated the music scene both nationally and internationally from the 80’s through the 90’s and still, to this day, remains fresh in the hearts and minds of fans and popular culture alike.
INXS are eternal.
INXS - 'Never Tear Us Apart'
This list just wouldn’t be complete without Aussie psychedelic rock band The Church.
Formed in Sydney in 1980, the boys from The Church have gone through so many genre changes it’s often hard to keep up.
From psych-rock to dream-pop, The Church have managed to dominate national and international underground markets, and were inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2011.
The Church - 'The Unguarded Moment'
These Brisbane punk-rockers exploded onto the scene in 1975 with a sound synonymous with acts like the Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash.
In 1976, they became the first band (allegedly) to release a punk record outside of the US, preempting the bands they’ve been most commonly referred to like Sex Pistols and The Clash.
The Saints original line up came to a crushing end in 1979, but the band continues in it’s various forms to this day.
The Saints - '(I'm) Stranded'
“Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” and “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” can only mean one thing – The Angels.
The band cracked into the mainstream scene upon moving to Sydney and enjoyed HUGE local success, which quickly translated to nation and international acclaim.
Guns N’ Roses, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana have all stated that The Angels influenced their own music, and their overall influence upon the Hard Rock scene has been insurmountable.
The Angels - 'Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again'
Now led by Angry Anderson, Rose Tattoo is such an iconic Aussie band even AC/DC sites them as major influences.
According to Aussie rock music historian Ian McFarlane, Rose Tattoo are “one of the most revered bands of all time. The Tatts played peerless, street-level heavy blues with the emphasis on slide guitar and strident lyric statements.”
Guns N’ Roses, L.A. Guns, and so many more have covered Rose Tattoo tracks. And rightfully so!
They are forever.
Rose Tattoo - 'Bad Boy For Love'
If you don’t know Paul Kelly by now, something is seriously wrong with how you’ve chosen to live your life thus far.
Kelly, a singer/songwriter, producer, poet, guitarist, and harmonica player has created some of the most meaningful and heart touching pieces of Australian rock ever to come to fruition.
From playing tiny rural gigs to an isolated few, to wooing grand stadiums and festival audiences with his soulful musical messages, Paul Kelly has an astounding talent of transformation and encapsulation.
Paul Kelly is regarded by many modern Australian performers are somewhat of a ‘father figure’ in the industry – with his constantly supportive and active involvement to this very day.
Paul Kelly - 'From Little Things Big Things Grow'