The Triffids – Wide Open Road: Good song choice for the beginning of tour when morale is high and everyone is filled with a sense of purpose. Bruce Springsteen – State-trooper: good song choice for end of tour when you’re in debt and feeling like you may need to turn to crime as a way out.
Fraser A. Gorman
Faith To Arise – Terry Reid: It’s a really nice driving song that’s nice to sing along to about ‘going home’ wherever that may be… Bird On Broken Wing – The Felice Brothers: Another sing-along car song at the top of yer lungs
Oliver Mestitz – The Finks
Nick Drake – Pink Moon: Because it’s the first song on my favourite driving album. Pink Moon is so good and commands so much attention that it’s kind of awkward to put on in a social situation, but when you’ve got a steering wheel and pedals and you’re looking straight ahead with a vague destination in mind, it’s perfect. Desmond Dekker & The Aces – Problems: A couple of years ago we drove from Melbourne to Canberra to play a show, then drove afterwards to a friend’s house north of Wollongong. I was the only one who could drive a manual so Sarah had to think of ways to keep me awake. One was to play Desmond Dekker really loud (it worked).
Celeste Potter – Ouche My Face
Rihanna- Bitch Better Have My Money: It makes me feel tough as fuck and fills me with the kind of ‘tude to get up there and scream at a room full of people. Björk- Joga: I used to make my band sing this song on the way to every show. The others sang the instruments and I sang the vocals. Apart from being an excellent vocal warm up, it makes me feel empowered to create the emotional landscape of a room, and also lets me know that it doesn’t matter if it was a good show or a bad show- the important thing is that it happened.
X-Ray Spex – “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!”: When beer barns n merch sales are gettin you down n u can’t decide which brand of cigarettes to buy from the mall, blast a little bit of this anti-consume punk squalor n ye shall be released. Peaches – “Rock Show”: Best heard 2 minutes and 8 seconds before stage-time at ear-pierce volume, with video-clip and dressing room strobe lights if possible.
Marcus – East Brunswick All Girls Choir
Nina Simone – Strange Fruit: FUCKING HELL Birth Glow – Ransom: Recently discussing underrated Australian bands this Adelaide group came to mind. Listen to that voice, go on mate, do it. Listen to one of the single’s ‘Three Packs a Day’ from Courtney Barnett here