The idea for this show came around the same time as the Scotland show. I know that the timing of its release looks gauche, like I’m trying to capitalize on the horrific wildfires that Australia is enduring. I’m not; I’ve had a thing for Australia since I first read “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day.” Then MTV happened, and I wanted to move there. Still do, sometimes.
Huge tip of the cap to my friend Cynthia Wang, who’s lived in Oz for a few years now, and sent me about 50 song suggestions. She said she listened to the rewind stations incessantly to give her a better sense of the culture. The show is exponentially better because of her.
Apologies to AC/DC, Rick Springfield, the Bee Gees, the Jezabels, Michael Carpenter, Jet, Men at Work, Oh Mercy, Taxiride, DMA’s, Goanna (remember them?), Pseudo Echo, my beloved Olivia Newton-John, Jimmy Barnes, and the Church, as they did not make the cut this time. Maybe on Volume II.
Thank you, as always, for listening. We are with you, Australia.