Friday, March 3, 2017

Flashback Friday - Goanna

In 1982, the Australian folk rock band Goanna came out with Spirit of Place, which immediately transformed me into a raging Australia fanatic, and I couldn’t wait to get there. I had already loved plenty of their bands, including Flash And The Pan, but combine this with Men At Work’s seminal Business As Usual, I just couldn’t get enough of music from Oz.
The big hit from this album is, of course, Solid Rock :

But there are plenty of great tunes on the album, including the opener, Stand Yr Ground :

It would be another 15 years before we made it to Australia but we spent an unforgettable month Down Under:

One of my prize purchases while I was there was Goanna’s 1985 release Oceania, which I’m not sure was ever released here in the States. And I like it even more from start to finish than Spirit Of Place. One of the standout tracks is Common Ground :

But one of my favorite songs of all time is the wistful dreamy song about places to go, places already been to and places missing. It’s called Every Passing Day :
thoughts come back to haunt me
haunt me all night long
if ever there was nowhere
I’ll sing that song
Jinny I think I’ve seen
the other side of paradise
I know this sounds indulgent
but we go there once or twice

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