Midnight Oil Brings Australia Home

Australia, in fact, has had greater than its fair proportion of music that made it huge abroad. AC/DC, INXS, Iggy Azalea, Kylie Minogue, Tame Impala, The Bee Gees … the listing may go on and on. And but some musicians which can be completely iconic right here in Australia have by no means fairly damaged via within the U.S.

Crowded House can pull in a pretty big viewers in American venues, bolstered by the enduring success of their 1986 hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts within the U.S., although many People who’re conversant in that tune wouldn’t know that the band has continued to provide music to nice success in Australia.

Nick Cave (who, admittedly, has not lived in Australia since 1980) holds a big cult following globally, which appears to be rising exponentially yearly. However Paul Kelly, who’s commonly (and solely considerably precisely) described as Australia’s Bob Dylan, has by no means gained a big foothold within the U.S. market, regardless of touring there commonly. His 1988 tune, “Dumb Issues,” which was on the soundtrack of the film “Younger Einstein,” was his most profitable worldwide hit.

I’ve seen Paul Kelly play in America roughly a dozen instances, often in tiny venues. I ponder why he does it, when he can simply fill arenas at dwelling. Maybe the expertise of intimacy is as magical to him as it’s to the viewers — and it’s magical, heartbreaking, transfixing. I’ve introduced alongside American family and friends to his exhibits, hoping that by listening to this intensely Australian singer who has meant a lot to me that they could perceive one thing of my Australian soul.

They often don’t get it. I’ve puzzled aloud for many years why that’s. My brother had probably the most poetic response: “Listening to Paul Kelly is Australian in the identical means because the spooked feeling that grips you whenever you’re alone within the bush. Strive telling somebody about that — until they’ve skilled it, until they’ve lived right here, they received’t get it.”

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