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(The Music (Australia))   In Australia, country music is so dead that not even hipsters will go near it   (themusic.com.au) divider line 44
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2014-01-24 12:40:55 PM
Then how do you explain Keith Urban?
 
2014-01-24 01:13:00 PM

texdent: Then how do you explain Keith Urban?


Or Olivia Newton John?
 
2014-01-24 01:23:22 PM

texdent: Then how do you explain Keith Urban?


He's urban
 
2014-01-24 01:29:20 PM
Just overdub the records with the sounds of the didgeridoo and dingo howls.
 
2014-01-24 01:31:52 PM

texdent: Then how do you explain Keith Urban?


I explain it by saying he left there to come here.
 
2014-01-24 01:38:22 PM
...and that's it hanging on the shed?
 
2014-01-24 01:40:50 PM
Ooo, I know where I am moving!

Glitchwerks: didgeridoo


Oh yeah. Those. Never mind.
 
2014-01-24 01:45:35 PM

Dragonflew: Ooo, I know where I am moving!

Glitchwerks: didgeridoo

Oh yeah. Those. Never mind.


It's still better than country music
 
2014-01-24 01:46:48 PM

Glitchwerks: Just overdub the records with the sounds of the didgeridoo and dingo howls.


Aussie Country uses a LOT of yodeling.  I first got into it about ten years ago.  Some definite differences between it and American country.
 
2014-01-24 01:54:37 PM

tennesseemike: Dragonflew: Ooo, I know where I am moving!

Glitchwerks: didgeridoo

Oh yeah. Those. Never mind.

It's still better than country music


My worst band in the world would be a country band playing didgeridoo, harmonica, accordion, and bagpipes.
 
2014-01-24 01:57:55 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: texdent: Then how do you explain Keith Urban?

Or Olivia Newton John?


Or Kasey Chambers?
 
2014-01-24 02:01:36 PM
The problem with modern country music is that it is not. It is twangy pop.

What used to be called country music has been rebranded (ugh, I hate that word but it's appropriate here) as Americana.
 
2014-01-24 02:02:36 PM
Kind of interesting, since within the last two months the internet feed of ABC (Austrailian Broadcasting) had two interesting shows on country music and the popularity.
 
2014-01-24 02:07:12 PM
I just didn't realize that country music was that big in the Alps.
 
2014-01-24 02:11:43 PM
Twang and that guitar slide thing make me want to tear my ears off. It can't die fast enough for me.
 
2014-01-24 02:29:17 PM
 
2014-01-24 02:30:12 PM
Why would they want "country" music? It's the new Lite FM.

Aren't they still supposed to like ABBA down there? I'd still find that more superior.
 
2014-01-24 02:33:47 PM
Well since AC/DC was the last group out of Australia that didn't lead to reduced testosterone output, I imagine that they probably don't have the ball for Country music anymore.   Howzabout we send them Ray LaMontaine for keeps?
 
2014-01-24 02:52:56 PM

FLMountainMan: Glitchwerks: Just overdub the records with the sounds of the didgeridoo and dingo howls.

Aussie Country uses a LOT of yodeling.  I first got into it about ten years ago.  Some definite differences between it and American country.


Didn't Slim Whitman save us from alien invasion somehow?
 
2014-01-24 02:56:49 PM

Glitchwerks: Just overdub the records with the sounds of the didgeridoo and dingo howls.


Include the chomping sounds of dingos eating babies?
 
2014-01-24 02:57:11 PM
Some of Colin Hay solo stuff is pretty decent but its not all country, more folky I guess you would call it
 
2014-01-24 03:22:08 PM

texdent: Then how do you explain Keith Urban?



Keith Urban really should be the lead guitar in a good rock band. Dude can rock.

/I'll keep his wife busy while he attends to his groupies
 
2014-01-24 03:33:16 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: texdent: Then how do you explain Keith Urban?


Lives in Tennessee. 

Or Olivia Newton John?

Lives in Florida.
 
2014-01-24 03:34:41 PM
"Modern" country music sounds like something from pop radio in the 70's and early 80's...  Don't even know why they call it country anymore..
 
2014-01-24 03:41:13 PM

whosits_112: texdent: Then how do you explain Keith Urban?

I explain it by saying he left there to come here.


Of course he came here, we have water.
 
2014-01-24 03:45:56 PM
Country music is America's music, not Australia's.
 
2014-01-24 04:14:07 PM

Billified: texdent: Then how do you explain Keith Urban?


Keith Urban really should be the lead guitar in a good rock band. Dude can rock.

/I'll keep his wife busy while he attends to his groupies


She did everything BUT throw her panties at Jack White from the front row at one of the awards shows last year.
 
2014-01-24 04:29:15 PM
I don't think Joan knows what "hipster" means. There's nothing hipster about the Southern Cross Austereo radio network.
 
2014-01-24 04:49:13 PM

Snapper Carr: The problem with modern country music is that it is not. It is twangy pop.

What used to be called country music has been rebranded (ugh, I hate that word but it's appropriate here) as Americana.


My father listens to the local contemporary Country station and all the music they play sounds like poppy alt-rock from ten years ago. Think Counting Crows or a more radio-friendly version of Wilco.
 
2014-01-24 04:58:42 PM

Uncontrolled_Jibe: Well since AC/DC was the last group out of Australia that didn't lead to reduced testosterone output, I imagine that they probably don't have the ball for Country music anymore.   Howzabout we send them Ray LaMontaine for keeps?


Excuse me? Let's start with INXS. This video features horrible fashion, but hey... it WAS the 80s. It's still a damned solid song. Or this brilliant slice of 80s Oz rock from Hunters and Collectors. Springsteen was such a fan of this band that he personally asked them to reunite to open for him on his next Australian tour. Also, we can't forget about Midnight Oil. Going into the 90s we have the energetic punk/rockabilly of The Living End, the solid hard rock of Grinspoon, and the brilliant pair of brothers who make up The Mark Of Cain. Going into the 2000s there's the flared trousers of Wolfmother and the brilliant Melodeth of Bel`Akor.

Might I add that this is just scratching the surface.
 
2014-01-24 06:12:12 PM
Like I care what the spawn of English criminals think.
 
2014-01-24 06:20:33 PM

Evilsmurf: Uncontrolled_Jibe: Well since AC/DC was the last group out of Australia that didn't lead to reduced testosterone output, I imagine that they probably don't have the ball for Country music anymore.   Howzabout we send them Ray LaMontaine for keeps?

Excuse me? Let's start with INXS. This video features horrible fashion, but hey... it WAS the 80s. It's still a damned solid song. Or this brilliant slice of 80s Oz rock from Hunters and Collectors. Springsteen was such a fan of this band that he personally asked them to reunite to open for him on his next Australian tour. Also, we can't forget about Midnight Oil. Going into the 90s we have the energetic punk/rockabilly of The Living End, the solid hard rock of Grinspoon, and the brilliant pair of brothers who make up The Mark Of Cain. Going into the 2000s there's the flared trousers of Wolfmother and the brilliant Melodeth of Bel`Akor.

Might I add that this is just scratching the surface.


Thanks for that.

Parkway Drive are also worth a mention.
 
2014-01-24 06:23:37 PM

Uncontrolled_Jibe: Well since AC/DC was the last group out of Australia that didn't lead to reduced testosterone output, I imagine that they probably don't have the ball for Country music anymore.   Howzabout we send them Ray LaMontaine for keeps?



Link / Link
/Nsfwish
 
2014-01-24 06:43:50 PM

texdent: Then how do you explain Keith Urban?


He's pretty good in the new Star Trek movies.


Glitchwerks: didgeridoo


Didgeridoo
 
2014-01-24 06:49:17 PM

FLMountainMan: Glitchwerks: Just overdub the records with the sounds of the didgeridoo and dingo howls.

Aussie Country uses a LOT of yodeling.  I first got into it about ten years ago.  Some definite differences between it and American country.


So it's Bluegrass then.
 
2014-01-24 06:52:12 PM
that crap on the radio ain't country, that's pop fluff

alabama killed country music everywhere

killed it!
 
2014-01-24 08:22:12 PM
It seems a lot of Canadian Country artists travel to Australia often. I know Corb Lund for example seems to travel there at least once a year, and whenever I'm trying to find tour info on artists' websites I see Australian dates quite regularly. I don't think these people would travel all the way around to the other side of the world if there was no interest in their brand of music. The article says that the is zero interest in the "metro area", but is is popular in other regions?
 
2014-01-24 08:37:51 PM

stoli n coke: Like I care what the spawn of English criminals think.


....that statement probably applies to much of the US South as well...

/ just sayin'
// IIRC, Georgia was (partially) used as a penal colony prior to the American Revolution
 
2014-01-24 09:33:24 PM

rbaron71: Country music is America's music, not Australia's.


Regardless of where the genre originated, Australia has produced some pretty excellent country artists of its own over the years.

Slim Dusty

Kasey Chambers

They pop up in random other places, too - people listen to country all over the world, so it would make sense that they'd start playing it, too.  I'm okay with that.  My favorite recent discoveries are Icelandic and Canadian, respectively.

Lay Low

Lindi Ortega
 
2014-01-24 09:37:45 PM
I live in Tamworth and the Country Music Festival is wrapping up for another year, so I'm getting a kick...

Not that I'm a fan of country music, but I can appreciate it in small doses. I just can't relate much to the lyrics most of the time.

Speaking of the Country Music Festival, crowd numbers are as strong as ever this year. Methinks reports of Australian country music's death have been greatly exaggerated.
 
2014-01-24 11:34:41 PM

nyihockey: It seems a lot of Canadian Country artists travel to Australia often. I know Corb Lund for example seems to travel there at least once a year, and whenever I'm trying to find tour info on artists' websites I see Australian dates quite regularly. I don't think these people would travel all the way around to the other side of the world if there was no interest in their brand of music. The article says that the is zero interest in the "metro area", but is is popular in other regions?


Yes, it's popular in rural areas - small towns, farming communities, etc. It's just the city folk that have no taste for it.

When you look at the population distribution, what she's really saying is that the kind of audience % you'd need to create enough revenue to make a station viable just doesn't exist in Australian cities. Trying to throw random songs into existing programing would be jarring and people would 'change the channel'. No programer can justify to their higher-ups why anything they can control is going to cause existing audiences to reach for the dial.

The city/country divide here is quite marked (I've lived in both) and city folk are more likely to dismiss something thought of as cool by (perceived) yokels.
 
2014-01-25 12:16:38 AM

Glitchwerks: Just overdub the records with the sounds of the didgeridoo and dingo howls.


Not a bad idea. I would rather listen to a whole album of nothing but the majestic and beautiful mating call of the drop bear than any kind of country.
 
2014-01-25 09:17:42 AM

Evilsmurf: Uncontrolled_Jibe: Well since AC/DC was the last group out of Australia that didn't lead to reduced testosterone output, I imagine that they probably don't have the ball for Country music anymore.   Howzabout we send them Ray LaMontaine for keeps?

Excuse me? Let's start with INXS. This video features horrible fashion, but hey... it WAS the 80s. It's still a damned solid song. Or this brilliant slice of 80s Oz rock from Hunters and Collectors. Springsteen was such a fan of this band that he personally asked them to reunite to open for him on his next Australian tour. Also, we can't forget about Midnight Oil. Going into the 90s we have the energetic punk/rockabilly of The Living End, the solid hard rock of Grinspoon, and the brilliant pair of brothers who make up The Mark Of Cain. Going into the 2000s there's the flared trousers of Wolfmother and the brilliant Melodeth of Bel`Akor.

Might I add that this is just scratching the surface.


Nick Cave's also worth a mention. That dude makes some compelling, dark music.
 
2014-01-25 09:28:19 AM
I have spent a lifetime reading stupid music critics declaring a genre dead....which usually marks the beginning of a new phase in music.  Fools...

also, can we have the MUSIC tab back?
 
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