Sunday Night At The Movies – Soundtrack For An Imaginary Australia

A mix for FBi Radio's 'Sunday Night At The Movies', first broadcast 12th December 2010.

Mix for FBi Radio’s ‘Sunday Night At The Movies’, first broadcast 12th December 2010.

Growing up in Scotland, I spent the first 30 years of my life in ignorance of what truthfully represented Australian culture. However, some of the most cherished music that I listened to in my late teens and early 20s was, in fact, born of this country – and this mix compiles music from that time. Listening from a distance, halfway around the world, these artists (and particularly the tracks represented here) became a soundtrack for an imaginary Australia.

What surprises me most, sadly, is that many of these artists are rarely discussed or referenced here in Australia – indeed, their personal impact would seem inversely proportional to their local legacy.

Features extracts from:

Alan Lamb – Night Passage
Dead Can Dance – The Host Of Seraphim
The Foetus All-Nude Revue – Diabolus In Musica
SPK – The Doctrine Of Eternal Ice
Single Gun Theory – Words Written Backwards (Radio Baghdad Edit)
This Mortal Coil – Dreams Made Flesh *
Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea (Dumb Child Of Q Mix) **
Severed Heads – Big Car Crash
Dead Can Dance – Chant Of The Paladin
The Foetus All-Nude Revue – Shut
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Watching Alice
Alan Lamb – Last Anzac
Single Gun Theory – Wild Blue Seas
Harold Baigent – Opening Narration from ‘The Road Warrior’
Dead Can Dance – Orbis De Ignis
Single Gun Theory – Closest To My Heart

* interpreted by Lisa Gerrard
** featuring Lisa Gerrard vocal sample from ‘Dawn Of The Iconoclast’ by Dead Can Dance

Photo: Dead Can Dance via 4AD