Obviously this is going to be very contentious, what with large age ranges and differing musical experiences and preferences, but I think it’s going to be fascinating to see what albums people really treasure from this cold little town.
My top five:
5. Mightyfew – Mightyfew
This cd was Canberran music when I was 15. One of the first ever gigs I went to, and a really solid, if someone dated, release.
4. Dahahoo – Jim & The Haircut
I’ve been following Dahahoo around since they started, and when this first record came out I would listen to it back to back, end on end for hours, singing along and then bugging Sam and Toby King for demos of their newer stuff. Fairly unpolished sound, but that’s what makes it pretty. The boys say the songwriting is quite up to standard anymore, but I love it.
3. One Night Jam – Turn Fish Back On!
I was in and around the studio alot while they recorded this album, and at the time Vorn Doolette’s songs were some of the prettiest I’d heard come out of a local mouth.
2. Henry’s Anger – Personality Test
In terms of mass appeal, next to Alchemist I think this is one of the most successful Canberran records ever. Still one of my favorite bands, this album has a sonic quality to it that I think all Canberran hard rock bands should aspire to. Pure unadulterated rock.
1. The Henchmen – The Henchmen
Every song, every minute of this wonderful album is a treasure. I remember how excited all the boys got when this came out, and it stands alone as some of the best songwriting I’ve heard in this city. It also marks the first time I really heard a band sing about Canberra (Macarthur/Northbourne) Blending a perfect rock and folk fusion, its a real shame these guys aren’t still around, but it makes me even more excited about their reunion show on Saturday at Transit. Be there.
Other notable mentions: Dahahoo – Da-Demo/Tarantism, Alchemist – Organasm, The Ellis Collective – Orange EP