10 new additions have been inducted into the National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds Of Australia collection, a trove of recordings of cultural, historical and aesthetic significance to our great ‘Straya, including Russell Morris‘ classic ’60s hit The Real Thing.
Other new inductions for 2013 included Roy and HG‘s iconic This Sporting Life radio show; a recording of a lyrebird mimicking a chainsaw; Archie Roach‘s song about the stolen generation of indigenous Australians, Took The Children Away, and Peter Allen‘s classic I Still Call Australia Home.
Morris told News.com.au that he credited Ian “Molly” Meldrum with the success of The Real Thing in 1969, saying the producer brought the British psychedelia feel to the track:
“I think it was a step forward at that time in Australian music and the crown should be put on Ian’s head because he had the vision for its Hurdy-Gurdy-Man-meets-I-Am-The-Walrus sound.”
New additions to the archive, which was established in 2007, are first nominated by the Aussie public, then considered by a panel of audio experts for selection.
The 2013 Sounds of Australia
1. Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy, Florrie Forde (1913) – popular music
2. Yes, What?, 5AD, Rex Dawe and cast (1936-40) – radio comedy series
3. Bombora, The Atlantics (1963) – popular music
4. The Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards, Dougie Young (1964) – country, Indigenous
5. The Real Thing, Russell Morris (1969) – popular music
6. I Still Call Australia Home, Peter Allen (1980) – popular music
7. Improvisation in Acoustic Chambers, Dr Ros Bandt (1981) – experimental music
8. This Sporting Life, Roy and HG (1986-2008) – radio broadcast
9. Recording of a Superb Lyrebird at Healesville, Vic, Greg Wignell (1987) – environmental recording
10. Took the Children Away, Archie Roach (1990) – popular music, Indigenous