On this week’s Out From Under, Stu Buchanan visits 1980s Australia; drawing out some of the most interesting experimental music being made across the decade.
We hear from a cross-section of experimental and underground artists; including those whose lights shone brightly in Australia but not far beyond, such as Laughing Hands, Essendon Airport and Browning Mummery, as well as artists that achieved recognition on an international scale including Severed Heads and Dead Can Dance. We also hear music by Ian Hartley, Warren Burt and composer Sarah Hopkins, who – 35 years later – would go on to collaborate with Bjork on her ‘Utopia’ album.
Mitch Jones & Michael Tee stand as two of the key figures in the history of alternative music in Sydney. Together they founded M-SQUARED Records – home to a cluster of now seminal local post-punk artists such as SYSTEMATICS, THE