indie alternative punk, rock & post-punk Australian Music.
For people who were there, somewhere between 1975 and 1984, or those who have rediscovered this era of great music. This site contains great Australian indie/alternative vinyl that was either financed by the bands themselves or by some of the ground breaking, risk taking small record businesses of this time.
"Inner City Sound describes the years 1976-1981
of punk/post-punk music in Australia. The Inner City Sound is a distinct
movement towards an Australian rock of its own invention and identity."
Walker, from his book of the same name, originhally published by Wild &
Woolley Pty Ltd 1982.
This site takes its name from and is inspired by Clinton Walker's book but not formally linked to him or the book
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|The classic document
of punk and postpunk music in Australia
Inner City Sound
edited by Clinton Walker
paperback, 192 pages, with 285 photographs ISBN: 1-891241-18-4
The bands that emerged from the punk scene of the late 1970s in Australia, including the Saints, the Birthday Party, Radio Birdman and the Go-Betweens are among the most important bands of their time. Inner City Sound is the classic documentary account of the explosive development of that scene in the inner cities of Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. Fanzine and newspaper articles, illustrated by 285 photographs, vividly portray the creative ferment of the period and the dozens of bands that sprang up in the wake of the punk pioneers, including the Scientists, Severed Heads, Hunters and Collectors and many more.
Inner City Sound was first published in Australia in late 1981 as the postpunk scene was approaching its zenith, but soon fell out of print. Yet it became so sought after over the years that it has been bootlegged like the rare singles listed in its discography, and its influence was so seminal that it helped shape the Australian indie rock scene of the following decade.
With this new edition, Inner City Sound is now in print officially for the first time in over 20 years and for the first time ever outside Australia. What's more, original editor Clinton Walker has added an additional 32 pages of articles and photographs, taking the story through to 1985, a period in which the careers of Nick Cave, the Go-Betweens and the Triffids, for example, began to flourish internationally.
||To coincide with this new edition,
a double CD of classic music from the period, INNER CITY SOUNDTRACK, will
be released in Australia by Laughing
Outlaw Records. Copies will be available elsewhere from Verse Chorus
Press or through the usual import channels. tracklist.
Inner City Sound is a 2CD set stand-alone companion piece to the cult book of the same name. Produced and annotated by Clinton Walker and re-mastered by the master himself, Don Bartley ? and including an extraordinary hand-drawn fold-out family tree poster ? Inner City Sound provides proof positive that Australia contributed as much as anyone to the D-I-Y revolution of the late 70s/early 80s: Over forty tracks, restored to a virgin vinyl glory, that still ring fresh and true, a mix of classics and rarities, many appearing on CD for the first time. Bristling with urgency and originality, this is an instant classic twenty years in the making.
|Music over the net. Commmencing
sometime soon is ‘Inner City Sound’, a new program featuring all Australian
independent & alternative music released between 1975 and 1984. This
program comprises all vinyl indie/alternative 7”, 12” eps, lps and cassettes.
Nearly all of this music has not been re-issued onto CD, and may never
There will be specials featuring new and current CD re-issues.
Apartments / Peter Walsh
Beasts Of Bourbon
Box Of Fish
Boys Next Door
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Composite Signals” soundtrack
Comrades Of War
**** **** (Cough Cough)
Crime & the City Solution
Dead Can Dance
Tex Deadly & the Dum Dums
Do Re Mi
“Dogs In Space”
Dresden War Crimes
James Freud & the Radio Stars
Rowland S. Howard
Hunters & Collectors
JFK & the Cuban Crisis
Jimmy & the Boys
Paul Kelly & the Dots
Paul Kelly & the Coloured Girls
Kids In The Kitchen
Kill The King
“Leaving Home For A Party On The Roof”
The (Fucken) Leftovers
Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast
Mental As Anything
Once Upon A Time
“One Stop Shopping”
Orchestra Of Skin & Bone
“Oz New Wave” Melbourne 1978
“Paths Of Pain”
Plays With Marionettes
“Queensland In Quarantine”
Quick & the Dead
Rah Rah The Flag
“Sound Of Sydney”
Spy v. Spy
Tch Tch Tch / Tsk Tsk Tsk
These Cars Collide
These Immortal Souls
Triffids / David McComb
The 2 Johnnies
Dave Warner From The Suburbs
“Who Owns The Chocolate Bar”
World War XXIV
Xero / Xiro
Ya Ya Choral
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