Thanks Wally but now it’s Kimbra’s turn for world domination
She got a lot of attention for lending her vocals to Gotye’s hit song ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ but Kiwi-born-turned-Aussie-adopted Kimbra is proving she’s more than just a backup singer.
Kimbra was already gaining her own following at home when her sultry role as the female vocalist for Gotye’s skyrocket hit the airwaves, not to forget the sensual film clip which has racked up over 100 million watches on YouTube. Suddenly everyone was talking about her and realising this 22 year old had her own swag of talent.
So how’s the year been for her so far? Well there was the Big Day Out national tour where in-between the Sydney and Adelaide shows she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles for a night to join Gotye on stage for his American TV performance. She then promptly returned to Australia to finish off her festival commitments.
Since then she’s been signed to Warner Music in the US, is embarking on two American tours supporting Foster the People and Mr Gotye himself. And she’ll be ducking back to Australia for her largest headlining national tour to date. Who said musicians don’t have a good life… We’re tired just writing about it.
Jet, small name, big legacy
Australian rock band Jet have called it a day after 11 years of loud guitar music and screeching vocals.
Forming in 2001 the four piece have been quiet the past few years with band members working on individual projects and thus allowing the music industry cynics to scoff they didn’t know they still existed.
Yet the boys from a small town just out of Melbourne have left us with some great albums and paved the way for international recognition of Australian bands at the start of this century when not many were getting a look in. Along with The Vines, Jet brought good old fashioned Australian rock back to the world stage with plenty of bands today having them to thank for our music being taken so seriously all over the globe. Not to mention making black jeans and leather jackets cool again.
Sure their signature tune ‘Are You Going To Be My Girl’ was and is played at ad nauseam but the reason being is it’s a damm right catchy tune. Get Born, the album which this song came from is a contemporary classic Australian album and has plenty of anthems we as young ‘rebel’ kids listened to because we knew our old fogey parents wouldn’t get it.
Cheers Jet, enjoy retirement.
Salutes to some Aussie legends
There are a couple of Aussie icons celebrating significant milestones which makes you realise they have been around your whole life and are as Australian as Vegemite and hating the English cricket team.
First up Sir Rolf Harris, Aussie larrikin and wobble-board maestro. He celebrated his birthday last week. He’s knocking up 82 this year and his famous tunes and infamous covers still get people dancing away. This guy had the main stage of Glastonbury in the palm of his hand only two years ago. Not bad for an old age pensioner.
Secondly it’s with much sorrow we’ll be bidding farewell to our unofficial first lady as she heads to her retirement home in Moonee Ponds. Dame Edna Everage will be hanging up the frocks after 40 years of shocking and entertaining the world with her irreverent humour.
Announcing the upcoming Australian tour will be her last, Barry Humphries, the man behind the world’s most famous cross dresser is indicating the time has come for this famous dame to take one last twirl of the stage. Us possums will miss you Edna.
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