Recently the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra launched Sounds of Australia a collection of recordings to mark Australian history and culture. One of the most recent additions was “Most People I Know (Think that I’m Crazy)” by Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs.
Fair enough, thought I. That’s a song I’ve heard a million billion kajillion times and think of as being very Aussie. I also thought it was one of our first hits overseas. However, my extremely accurate research indicates that that might not be so. I’ve been asking several of my USian friends if they know the song. So far none of them do.1
So, do any of you non-Australians know this song? And if you did were you aware that it’s Australian?
For bonus points do you non-Aussies know “Eagle Rock” by Daddy Cool? (Try not to laugh to hard at the vid.) So far no-one I’ve asked, not even Scott, knows this one:
And how about Yothu Yindi’s “Treaty”? It could not be more Aussie. Hope it winds up in Sounds of Australia:
As should “From Little Things Big Things Grow” by Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly:
Version the most recent:
Version the original(ish):
Thank you non-Australians for participating in my extremely scientific survey.
- Except for Scott and I think he’s tainted from having spent so much time in Australia and prolly heard it there. [↩]