ORIGINAL STORY: Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi has launched his own “alternative” to triple j‘s Hottest 100 in protest of the station moving its annual countdown away from Australia Day, but he’s already copping flak from some prominent Aussie musicians.
Bernardi launched the ‘Australian Conservatives 100’ yesterday with the catchy hashtag #AC100, calling on the public to vote for their three favourite songs from a pre-selected playlist of 100 Australian tracks, including cuts from the likes of AC/DC, Savage Garden, Gotye, John Butler Trio, Midnight Oil, PNAU, Sia, Silverchair, John Farnham and Cold Chisel.
Soon after, Savage Garden’s Darren Hayes tweeted at Bernardi, asking for the duo’s song ‘To The Moon And Back’ to be removed from the #AC100:
Bernardi wasn’t having it though, responding with this…
— Cory Bernardi (@corybernardi) January 17, 2018
Hayes went on to call on other musicians whose songs are featured in the #AC100 — including Jimmy Barnes, Bernard Fanning, Kylie Minogue, Tina Arena, Paul Kelly, INXS and The Veronicas — to demand Bernardi remove their songs from his countdown.
While none of those artists have responded to Hayes at the time of writing, Hilltop Hoods have given Bernardi a piece of their mind after he included their song ‘1955’ in the #AC100…
Go fuck yourself @corybernardi.
— Hilltop Hoods (@hilltophoods) January 17, 2018
…and others have started voting, just not in the way Bernardi wants them to:
I voted pic.twitter.com/qJiEG7jt4N
— gerry (@geraldmellor) January 17, 2018
Triple j announced in November that it would be moving its Hottest 100 countdown away from 26th January, a date which Indigenous Australians associate with Invasion Day.
Australian Conservatives has since accused triple j of “abandon[ing] our national day for political correctness”, while Triple M has dissed triple j by launching their own Hottest 100-style countdown on Australia Day.
To see the full list of songs on the controversial #AC100, check out the Spotify playlist below. To vote (either seriously or in protest), head to the Australian Conservatives website.