Australian Pub Rock Essentials

Australian Pub Rock Essentials

Rock anthems were forged in the furnace of Aussie pubs in the '70s and '80s, born of sweat, beer and rowdy audiences. AC/DC triumphed with brute force and larrikin showmanship, melding Angus Young's blistering riffs with Bon Scott's snaggle-toothed snarl. Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil were no less incendiary, the former marrying eloquent songwriting to Jimmy Barnes' lethal howl, while the latter had both a political outlook and a mammoth rock attack. This was a broad church with big hooks—witness the Sunnyboys' perfect distillation of '60s jangle and '70s power-pop, or the lioness growl and powerful sexuality of Chrissy Amphlett in Divinyls.

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