2013 Registry additions

A song that brought the Stolen Generations to mainstream attention, cheeky sport commentary and a lyrebird named Chook: the 2013 Sounds of Australia offer a broad look at recorded sound culture in Australia. Some of the biggest names in Australian music – Archie Roach, Russell Morris, Peter Allen – come together with classic radio serials, sing-alongs and sound art.

1913 – Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy — Florrie Forde
1936-40 – Yes, What? — 5AD, Rex Dawe and cast
1963 – Bombora — The Atlantics
1964 – The Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards — Dougie Young
1969 – The Real Thing — Russell Morris
1980 – I Still Call Australia Home — Peter Allen
1981 – Improvisation in Acoustic Chambers — Ros Bandt
1986-2008 – This Sporting Life — Roy and HG
1987 – Recording of a Superb Lyrebird at Healesville, VictoriaABC sound-recordist Greg Wignell
1990 – Took the Children Away — Archie Roach

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Cigarette card of Florrie Forde c 1900-1910 (NFSA 1131553)

  NFSA title: 1131553

1913 Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy — Florrie Forde
Edison Blue Amberol 23118

Florrie Forde was one of Australia’s first major popular-music stars, specialising in songs with catchy choruses that the music hall audiences could sing along with. During the First World War she became well known for patriotic songs like ‘Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag’ and ‘It’s A Long Way To Tipperary’. Born in Fitzroy, Victoria in 1875, she sailed for England in 1897 and debuted in the London music halls later that year. She made her first recording in 1903 and by 1936 had recorded over 700 songs. Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy is a fine example. Forde died in 1940, shortly after entertaining troops at a naval base in Scotland.

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Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy

  NFSA title: 189112

Cinema slide advertising Yes, What? (NFSA 643856)

  NFSA title: 643884

1936-40 Yes, What? — 5AD, Rex Dawe and cast

Few Australian radio serials have had the enduring popularity of Yes, What? A total of 520 episodes were broadcast on Adelaide radio station 5AD with the first going to air on 23 June 1936 and continuing until December 1940. Originally titled The Fourth Form at St Percy’s, it was based on an English radio series called The Fourth Form at St Michael’s. The show was written and produced by, and starred, Adelaide lawyer and actor Rex ‘Waca’ Dawe who played the Headmaster of St Percy’s with a small number of other cast members playing his students in the Fourth Form. The series was being broadcast nationally by 1938 and 300 episodes are still available through Grace Gibson Productions for broadcast on commercial stations. Sony released CD box sets of the serial in the 2000s.

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Yes, What? Episode 240 – ‘The Visit of the School Inspector’

Swan Television and Wireless Broadcasters and Grace Gibson Productions   NFSA title: 143364

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Yes, What? commercial for Mortein

Swan Television and Wireless Broadcasters and Grace Gibson Productions   NFSA title: 143364

The Atlantics in a promotional photo for Vox amplifiers

Courtesy The Atlantics www.theatlantics.com

1963 Bombora — The Atlantics
CBS BA 221037

The summer of 1963-64 saw a brief flowering of Australian surf music. Inspired by the songs of Jan and Dean and The Beach Boys as well as the reverbed guitar instrumentals of bands like the Shadows, Bombora was the big hit of Australian surf music, hitting No. 1 in September 1963 and opening the way for six months of surf ‘n’ stomp. The Atlantics were the only Australian surf band to achieve international success. By early 1964, The Beatles were No. 1 in Australia and surf music was replaced by the British Invasion.

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Bombora

Audio for 1999 re-recording courtesy of The Atlantics; original recording was unavailable.   NFSA title: 808978

Wattle EP cover. Dougie Young is second from the right

Courtesy National Library of Australia

1964 The Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards — Dougie Young
Wattle B5

This six-track EP was the first recording of an Indigenous Australian singing his own compositions in a country music style. Dougie Young was born of mixed parentage in Cunnamulla in the early 1930s, and worked as a stockman in Southern Queensland while learning guitar and developing his songwriting. The recording was made in Wilcannia in 1964, where Young was living in the Aboriginal community on the edge of town, by anthropologist Dr Jeremy Beckett and released by Wattle Records in 1965.

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The Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards

  NFSA title: 244102

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They Call It Cut a Rug

  NFSA title: 244102

Russell Morris from LP Retrospective

  NFSA title: 221733

1969 The Real Thing — Russell Morris
Columbia DO8710

Russell Morris was 18 when he recorded The Real Thing, his first solo single after leaving Melbourne pop band Somebody’s Image. The song was written by singer Johnny Young, recorded in Bill Armstrong’s Melbourne studio on the country’s first 8-track tape recorder by engineer John L Sayers, and produced by Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum, a columnist for the weekly music magazine Go-Set. The song was notable for its length (over six minutes); the way musical instruments, vocals and sound effects were layered in the recording; and the distinctive ‘phasing’ sound, achieved by running two tape recorders at slightly different speeds. It was the fourth best-selling single of 1969 (behind two Beatles’ songs and one from The Rolling Stones) and stayed in the charts for six months after being released in March, including two weeks at No. 1 in May. The song has enjoyed enduring popularity and has been covered by Midnight Oil and Kylie Minogue.

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The Real Thing

© Pisces Pub Pty Ltd, courtesy of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd   NFSA title: 338066

Peter Allen

Courtesy National Library of Australia

1980 I Still Call Australia Home — Peter Allen
A&M K7843

While I Still Call Australia Home reached only No. 72 on the charts when it was first released, it has become firmly cemented in the national consciousness. Allen recorded this song in Sydney in 1980 and it was originally released only as a 7-inch single with a vocal on the A side and an instrumental version on the B side. There was no LP release until some years later on a ‘best of’ compilation. Its adoption by Qantas as the centrepiece of a long-running advertising campaign exposed a new generation of Australians to the song, as did its inclusion in the musical The Boy From Oz. Todd McKenney starred as Peter Allen in the Australian production of The Boy From Oz; Hugh Jackman played the lead when the musical transferred to Broadway.

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I Still Call Australia Home (extract)

  NFSA title: 291702

Ros Bandt on top of the water tank (NFSA 230121)

Courtesy Ros Bandt and Move Records

1981 Improvisation in Acoustic Chambers — Ros Bandt
Move MS3035

Ros Bandt is an internationally recognised composer and sound artist. Improvisation in Acoustic Chambers was recorded in 1979 in a concrete water tank and a wheat silo using a binaural dummy-head microphone and a Nagra tape recorder with no editing or production effects. Released on vinyl LP in 1981, Bandt credits this recording with inspiring her to ‘create architectural and spatial musics’. She is currently engaged in creating a digital acoustic sanctuary celebrating the sounds of the Jaara Jaara Box-Ironbark Forest of North Central Victoria.

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No. 7 Fleet, water, conduit hose (recorded in the water tank)

Courtesy Ros Bandt and Move Records http://www.move.com.au/artist/ros-bandt   NFSA title: 230121
Three men in a radio studio

Roy and HG with Andrew Olle

Courtesy ABC Archives

1986-2008 This Sporting Life — Roy and HG
ABC – triple j

This Sporting Life ran on the ABC’s triple j network for 22 years on Saturday afternoons. It was presented by John Doyle and Greig Pickhaver performing in character as sports commentators ‘Rampaging’ Roy Slaven and HG Nelson. After leaving the ABC for Triple M in 2008, triple j station manager Linda Bracken said of them, ‘They are more than a radio program; they have become their own radio comedy genre’. Their ability to send up both themselves and the sports they were commentating, while sharing their passion and expertise, broadened their appeal to a wide range of Australians.

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This Sporting Life, 1990 – 'The Intro’

Courtesy ABC Archives

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This Sporting Life, 1990 – 'The Nelson Report '

Courtesy ABC Archives

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This Sporting Life, 1990 – 'Date’s Up’

Courtesy ABC Archives

'Chook’ the lyrebird standing on Greg Wignell’s microphone.

Courtesy Greg Wignell

1987 Recording of a Superb Lyrebird at Healesville, VictoriaABC sound-recordist Greg Wignell
ABC Archives

Lyrebirds are great mimics, copying many sounds in their environment. In nature this consists predominantly of other birds. In rare circumstances their calls have the potential to reflect the human impact on their environment. This recording, made for ABC TV in 1987, has Chook the lyrebird making a variety of sounds. The original recordings are in the ABC’s natural history audio collection at Ripponlea in Melbourne.

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The varied natural calls of a lyrebird sung during the display, this one coincidentally resembles an electronic game

Courtesy ABC Archives

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Lyrebird imitating workmen

Courtesy ABC Archives
Courtesy Archie Roach

1990 Took the Children Away — Archie Roach
Aurora L 30386

Although not the first song about the enforced separation of Indigenous children from their families, Archie Roach’s song, based on his own life and experience, was released at a time when there was increasing public focus on the Stolen Generations. The significance of the song also resonated outside the Indigenous community with Roach winning ARIA Awards for Best Indigenous Release and Best New Talent in 1991. ‘Took the Children Away’ received an international Human Rights Achievement Award, the first time that the award had been bestowed on a songwriter.

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Took the Children Away

Courtesy of Archie Roach and Mushroom Publishing   NFSA title: 376653

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