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Classic Australian Albums

Classic Australian Albums

Celebrate the music that made us

Classic Australian Albums is exclusive to the NFSA.

It’s your chance to join legendary Australian musicians in person for a conversation and celebration of their band and the album that defined them. Explore great Australian music that was audacious, exciting and creatively different and find out how the album defined a particular time in Australian music history. 


Past Events:

Unit by Regurgitator, October 2022

Regurgitator album, Unit

Ben Ely, Quan Yeomans, Lachlan (Magoo) Goold and Paul Curtis joined us to delve into the creation of Unit, its influences and styles, and the creative process that made it such a classic Australian album.

The conversation was a celebration of the band’s impact, both locally and globally, and of the album that marked their success at the peak of the alternative music genre.

Watch the full Q&A with Ben, Quan, Lachlan and Paul below:

Paul Curtis, Ben Ely, Quan Yeomans and Lachlan (Magoo) Goold discuss the Classic Australian Album Unit by Regurgitator at the NFSA, October 2022. Please note: this program contains language that some viewers may find offensive.


Eternal Nightcap by The Whitlams, 5 August 2022

The Whitlams, Eternal Nightcap album

To mark the 25th anniversary of Eternal Nightcap's 1997 release, The Whitlams' Tim Freedman and album producer Rob Taylor joined the NFSA for a conversation about creating this era-defining Australian album.

The event featured an acoustic performance by Freedman of a number of songs from Eternal Nightcap, an album that captured the hearts of a generation of music fans and cemented its place as one of Australia's finest independent albums. 

And don't worry if you missed the live show at the NFSA, you can catch it here:

The Whitlams' Tim Freedman and producer Rob Taylor discuss the development of their ARIA award-winning album Eternal Nightcap. 


Be sure to keep an eye on this page and our events listings for more Classic Australian Albums in the coming months.