Cold Chisel are the quintessential Aussie band who wrote the soundtrack for a generation.
Back in October 1973 Cold Chisel began playing their first gigs as a covers band doing the rounds in Adelaide. And in April 1978, a few years after settling on their final line-up, they released their self-titled debut album, featuring a single about a Vietnam veteran that would immediately be banned by commercial radio for its lyrical content.
Four decades later, that song - 'Khe Sanh' - is as beloved by Australians as Vegemite, and Cold Chisel is the rock band we bond over, sing along to and reminisce about, arguably more than any other.
Throughout the 1970s and early 80s Cold Chisel built a reputation as a tough, work hard–play hard, pub-rock band. In a recent interview with the NFSA, Cold Chisel's legendary front man, Jimmy Barnes, reveals why he pushed the band so hard and how he came to be so wild on stage: