BACK CATALOGUE. Sunday Night At The Movies – Soundtrack For An Imaginary Australia

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