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24 Banging Australian Songs That Were The Soundtrack To Your Youth

For all those sweaty days spent jumping around at summer music festivals.

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1. "Calypso," Spiderbait

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Someone working on 10 Things I Hate About You obviously loved the song enough to include it in the hugely popular film.

2. "Hello Cruel Word," Klinger

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A fixture on the local music and international support scene, Klinger broke up in 2003 but ex-band member Ben Birchall can be found tweeting up a storm.

3. "Not The Same," Bodyjar

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Bodyjar celebrated their 20th year with an Australia wide tour in 2014 and it doesn't look like they're stopping any time soon.

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4. "Gravity," The Superjesus

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South Australia represent!

5. "Dirty Jeans," Magic Dirt

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Magic Dirt is all about Adalita and Adalita has solidified her solo rock royalty status with two releases of her own.

6. "Never Had So Much Fun," Frenzal Rhomb

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Little known Frenzal Rhomb fact: Tom Crease's (bass guitarist) father Kevin read the news in Adelaide for decades.

7. "Take Me Away," Lash

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Even Lindsay Lohan is a Lash fan.

8. "Come On Come On," Little Birdy

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Music clearly runs in Little Birdy's blood as lead singer Katy Steele has gone on to a solo career, while her brother formed indie band The Sleeping Jackson and is one half of the internationally successful electro duo, Empire of the Sun.

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9. "Who Sold Her Out," Eskimo Joe

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Did someone say eight time ARIA award-winning band? No wonder Eskimo Joe are still kicking around.

10. "Black Bugs," Regurgitator

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Who could forget Regurgitator recording an entire album stuck inside a bubble?

11. "Lost Control," Grinspoon

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Grinspoon could rock out with the best but also slow the head bangers down when required. (see "Chemical Heart")

12. "Death Defy," Motor Ace

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How's about those "The Secret Life Of Us" vibes?

13. "Leaving Home," Jebediah

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Jebediah are another of the Western Australia contingent. There must be something in Perth's water because Little Birdy, Eskimo Joe and a raft of other bands from this era all hail from the West.

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14. "Prisoner of Society," The Living End

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The Living End — making the double bass cool since 1994.

15. "Already Gone," Powderfinger

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Is anyone else sitting around waiting for a Powderfinger reunion tour?

16. "Weir," Killing Heidi

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Responsible for the rise in mainstream coloured dreadlocks?

17. "Karma," 1200 Techniques

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Pipping the Potter Puppet Pals to the creepy puppet show post, 1200 Techniques were clearly ahead of their time in 2002.

18. "Here Comes September," Waikiki

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Advice for up and coming bands:

1. Insert the word "September" into your song lyrics/title.

2. Wait for the AFL to coming knocking on your door

3. ???

4. Profit

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19. "Frontier Psychiatrist," The Avalanches

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The Avalanches take catchy electronica to the next level.

20. "77%," The Herd

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The Herd are a politically charged hip-hop outfit featuring the widely outspoken Urthboy.

21. "Girls Like That (Don't Go For Guys Like Us)," Custard

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A delicious dessert, a '90s indie rock band or both?!

22. "Rollercoaster," Machine Gun Fellatio

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Machine Gun Fellatio wins the prize for best named band members:

Chit Chat Von Loopin Stab

Bryan Ferrysexual

Feyonce

The Widow Jones

KK Juggy

LoveShark

Pinky Beecroft

3k Short

23. "Don't You Know Who I Am," Happyland

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An Australian "superduo" fusing together Spiderbait's Janet English and Regurgitator's Quan Yeoman.

24. "Israel's Son," Silverchair

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Who is more successful post Silverchair? Solo career driven Daniel Johns or Ben Gilles.... HUSBAND TO REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MELBOURNE'S JACKIE "SHINE SHINE SHINE" GILLES? You be the judge.

Honorable mention: "Poison," Bardot

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Because why bloody not?

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