The glory days of Aussie music
But the 70s and 80s were the glory days of the classic singlet-wearing, iced-beer-drinking, footy-kicking, Australian pub rock: the kind of banging, rousing tunes that make the now-popular pop, alternative and folk tunes look soft.
Featuring on many tourism Australia advertisements and deeply connected to the true blue Aussie identity, these songs largely explore working class-Australian lifestyle and the plight of the "Aussie Battler": a function that has largely been superseded by "skip-hop" (Australian Hip Hop).
A working-class tradition
Walk in to any pub in Australia towards the end of a larger night and you can still discover the wonder that these classics hold. Huge men, sometimes still in their flannies, fluoros and Blundstones from work, sway in time and stand in big circles, belting out the perfectly memorised lyrics to "Khe Sanh" by Cold Chisel (which speaks of the culture amongst young Australians during the Vietnam war).
深夜走進澳洲任意一間酒吧，你仍能感受到這些經典歌曲的魔力。彪形大漢，有時還穿著工作裝，隨著音樂搖擺，在圍成圈的人群中，一字不差地歡唱著Cold Chisel樂隊的“Khe Sanh”（這首歌討論了越南戰爭時期澳洲年輕人間的文化現象）。
These Australian classics give Aussies the opportunity to show their love for their mates and their love for the great brown land without explicitly having to state it. It can be quite a novel, laughable sight if you're not a local. There are many of these emotion-stirring staples, and they are far from the AC/DC tracks a foreigner might expect (most of the bands mentioned never reached widespread fame outside of Australia).
If you want to fit in when it reaches the end of the night and all your mates grip each other's arms for a big group sing along, get comfortable with these ripper tracks:
- "Horses" by Daryl Braithwaite
- "Khe Sanh" by Cold Chisel
- "You're the Voice" by John Farnham
- "Down Under" by Men at Work
- "Working-Class Man" by Jimmy Barnes
- "Throw Your Arms Around Me" by Hunters and Collectors
- "The Holy Grail" by Hunters and Collectors
- "Am I Ever Going to See Your Face Again?" by The Angels
- "Boys Light Up'" by Australian Crawl
And last but not least, "Eagle Rock" by Daddy Cool. This track inspires whole pubs to pull down their pants on the dance floor and dance around in your underwear, as the tradition calls for. Now that you know, go out and practice your dance moves!
最后一首，也是很重要的一首，是Daddy Cool樂隊的”Eagle Rock”。這首歌鼓舞整個酒吧的人都按照傳統褪去褲子，穿著內褲熱舞。讀完這些介紹，走出家門，舞動起來吧！
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