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POPULAR MUSIC

1950's In the 1950's American rockabilly music was taken up by local musicians. The most famous exponent was Johnny O'Keefe.

1960's The Beatles and the rest of the British Invasion groups had a huge influence on the local music scene. The Easybeats we're one of the Australian bands to gain success.

1970's The Saints,Radio Birdman

1980's The Stems


Don't take the above too seriously. The following bands or performers all deserve mention in there somewhere IMHO, perhaps more than some mentioned: The Sound Unlimited Posse (not perhaps all that notable in absolute terms, but the only Australian hip-hop group to have commercial success until MC Trey), Cold Chisel, Skyhooks, INXS, silverchair, Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Powderfinger, Little River Band, Hunters And Collectors, Crowded House (though they're really more New Zealand's), John Farnham, Sherbet, Russell Morris, Midnight Oil, Men At Work, The Seekers, Slim Dusty, The Bee Gees, AC/DC, You Am I, even The Louisville Sluggers (well, maybe not yet, but give'em an album and some radio play :)).

Much more influential musical artists (influential, as in , pioneering in styles that many other musicians including much more famous ones might name-check) than either list above (excepting, say the Easybeats, Bee Gees and AC/DC) might include: The Birthday Party, Nick Cave, The Saints, The MC5, The Atlantics, The Scientists, The Beasts of Bourbon, The Triffids, The Go-Betweens, Dead Can Dance, and The Laughing Clowns. Most of these date from the late 70s and 80s.

I don't recognise all those names, but the ones that I do recognise certainly deserve deserve recognition. I do however think think you might be wearing the blinkers slightly. Just because you mightn't like Slim Dusty or John Farnham doesn't mean they don't a prominent place in the story of Australian popular music, any more than leaving out Celine Dion or Dolly Parton would be appropriate for a history of American popular music. --Robert Merkel