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." Clinton 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

available now:
in Australia via distributor 
Mick Kir at Dulcet Tomes
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Released in UK via Turnaround
Publisher Services
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for USA available now through
Verse Chorus Press who do ship
internationally

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.

verse chorus press

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 be.

There will be specials featuring new and current CD re-issues.

Questionnaire
Q1: Do you listen to music on your computer?
Q2: Do you listen to the radio on the internet?
Q3: If so, for how many hours per day / per week?
Q4: What bands do you want to hear on the Inner City Sound internet radio program?
Q5: What musicians would you like to hear talk about their band?
Q6: What questions would you like the musicians to answer?
please email me your answers and any more thoughts on this, thanks.


We are looking for a partner / host pod / webcaster / broadcaster to work with. All enquiries, please email.


 

"a Selection"
Accountants
AC/DC
Acrylic Chewies
Adelaide punk
Agents
Airlord
Aliens
Allniters
Angels
Apartments / Peter Walsh
Chris Bailey
Beasts Of Bourbon
Birthday Party
Bleeding Hearts
Box Of Fish
Boys Next Door
Brisbane alternative
Cub Callaway
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Celibate Rifles
David Chesworth
Church
Club Ska
Cold Chisel
"Composite Signals" soundtrack
Comrades Of War
Corpse Grinders
**** **** (Cough Cough)
Crackajacks
Crime & the City Solution
Critics
Cruel Sea
Cybotron
Dagoes
Dead Can Dance
Tex Deadly & the Dum Dums
Died Pretty
"Distant Violins"
Do Re Mi
"Dogs In Space"
Dorian Gray
Dresden War Crimes
Drop Bears
Dubrovniks
Dynamic Hepnotics
Ears
Eastern Dark
Editions
The End
Equal Local
Essendon Airport
Exiles
Farriss Brothers
Fast Cars
Fast Forward
Flaming Hands
Flowers
James Freud & the Radio Stars
Frontier Scouts
Fun Things
Gatekeepers
Geeks
Go-Betweens
James Griffin
Grong Grong
"Growing Pains"
Hardons (Queensland)
Hard Ons
Hitmen
Hoi Polloi
Hoodoo Gurus
Rowland S. Howard
Hugo Klang
Hunters & Collectors
Icehouse
Igniters
Immaculate Consumptive
Introverts
INXS
JFK & the Cuban Crisis
Jimmy & the Boys
J.M.M.
The Johnnys
Paul Kelly & the Dots
Paul Kelly & the Coloured Girls
Kelpies
Kids In The Kitchen
Kill The King
The Kingbees
Ed Kuepper
La Femme
La Fetts
Last Words
Laughing Clowns
Laughing Hands
"Leaving Home For A Party On The Roof"
The (Fucken) Leftovers
"Lethal Weapons"
Lighthouse Keepers
Peter Lillie
Lime Spiders
The Limp
Lipstick Killers
'little bands'
Little Murders
Lonely Hearts
Machinations
Madroom
Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast
Manikins
Matt Finish
Mental As Anything
Meo 245
Metal Mercenaries
Metronomes
Midnight Oil
Missing Link
Models
Moffs
Moodists
Mustard Club
"Mysterious Kitchens"
Nauts
Negatives
New Christs
New Race
News
No
No Nonsense
The Nothing
Numbers
Once Upon A Time
"One Stop Shopping"
Orchestra Of Skin & Bone
Orphans
"Oz New Wave" Melbourne 1978
"Paths Of Pain"
Peak
Pel Mel
Angie Pepper
Perdition
Perth punk
The Pits
Plays With Marionettes
Positive Hatred
Press
Primitive Calculators
"Queensland In Quarantine"
Quick & the Dead
Hugo Race
Radio Birdman
Rah Rah The Flag
Reels
Relatives
Riptides
Riverina Playboys
Rockets
Ron Rude
Rose Tattoo
Sacred Cowboys
Saints
Salamander Jim
Sardine v
Scapa Flow
Scattered Order
Schism
Scientists
Scream
Screaming Tribesmen
Sekret Sekret
Severed Heads
Sick Things
Silent Type
Singles
Skel-e-tones
Skunks
Skyhooks
Slugfuckers
"Sound Of Sydney"
Spare Change
The Spell
SPK
Split Enz
Sports
Spy v. Spy
Stilleto
Strange Idols
Strange Tenants
Stupidity
Sunday Painters
Sunnyboys
Survivors
Systematics
Tablewaiters
Tactics
Tame O'Mearas
Tch Tch Tch / Tsk Tsk Tsk
Teenyweenys
Terminal Twist
Terse Tapes
These Cars Collide
These Immortal Souls
Thought Criminals
Louis Tillett
Tombstone Hands
Toy Love
Trench Gashes
Triffids / David McComb
The 2 Johnnies
Urban Guerillas
various artists
Verge
Victims
Violet Lightning
Visitors
Voices
Voigt/465
Dave Warner From The Suburbs
Wet Taxis
Whirlywirld
"Who Owns The Chocolate Bar"
Wild West
Wildlife Documentaries
World War XXIV
Wreckery
X
Xero / Xiro
XL Capris
X-ray-Z
Ya Ya Choral
Young Charlatans
Young Docteurs
Young Modern
Zorros
 

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The definitive wants list. This is what I am 
still searching for.

If you would like to recieve email updates 
to the site, please email.

This site is also trying to act as a sound archive and 
library for reference on Australian music. Email

Volume 31
The Go-Starts, The Most, The Zorros, Division 4, The Transistors
Volume.30
DaDa Man, Bear Garden, Ups + Downs, Real Life
Volume.29
Young Docteurs, Quintrex Bop, Naturals, No Concept, British Jets, Pupils Of Love, Makeshift, D.A.s, Invader, Tension Nuts.
Volume.28
Wet Taxis, Mindless Delta Children, Agent Orange, Rhoborhythmaticons, Ulsers, U-Bombs, Bohdan X, Tenants, Replicas, Traitors, Relatives.
Volume.27
Mystery Of Sixes, La Fetts, Public Execution, New Improved Testament, Skunks, Fun Fun Fun, Gun Control.
Volume.26
The Cockroaches, Crackajacks, New Dancehall Racketeers, Peter Lillie & the Leisuremasters, Model Husbands, Cuban Heels.
Volume.25
Japanese Comixs, The Humans, Popgun Men, The Sharks, The Lonely Hearts, Trans 262, Grooveyard,  Adam Five & the Spies.
Volume.24
International Exiles, Jetsonnes, Jump Vision, The Personnel, The Fabulous Marquises, Boys Next Door, Models, Plays With Marionettes, People With Chairs Up Their Noses, The Ears, The Chocolate Grinders.
Volume.23
The So+So, Ground Zero, The Undertakers, The Buddies, The Kingswoods, Toxic Shock, Paradox, PXB, Full Frontall.
Volume.22
Piano Piano, Glam Stars, Too Fat To Fit Through The Door, Morpions, The Take, Ronnie & the Rhythm Boys, Nervous System, No Actresses, Bryce Perrin Chas Lisner & Ian Cox, City Ram Waddy, City Ram & the Mystics.
Volume.21
Sardine v, Soggy Porridge, Wildlife Documentaries, Equal Local, Sunday Painters.
Volume.20
Tch Tch Tch, Man & Machine, Anne Cessna & Essendon Airport, Microfilm, The Same, The Limp, The Poles.
Volume.19
Est, Belle Du Soir, Denial, Prod, Ash Wednesday, The Barons, Gestalt Square Root Minus One.
Volume.18
Negative Reaction, Hiroshima Chair, Rhythmyx Chymx
Volume.17
42nd Street, Mr X, Toy Watches, The Creatures, The Clones, The Critics, The End, Meccalissa
Volume.16
Max Staples and the Paperclips, Danny Decay and the Molars, Ron Rude's Piano Piano, Fred Cass and His Fabulous Cassettes, Johnny Topper and His Beatnick Buddies, Mopsie Beans, The Replicas, Red Peril, The Real Traitors.
Volume.15
The Leftovers, The Never Never, The Globes, Glo Ratio, The Illusions, The The, Terryfoot, Kikx, The Dri Horros.
Volume.14
1978-'82
Street Corner Jack, Ungrateful Children, Systems Go, Nuvo Bloc, Lounge, Accountants, Jumpers, Bad Poets, Fear & Loathing, Brats, Manics, Desperate Measures, Hares, Die Dancing Bears, Skunks, Fun Fun Fun, Gun Control.
Volume.13
1979-'82
Two Way Garden, Dance Set, 5:15, Wrecked Jets, Bleu Scooters, The Most, Late Arrivals.
Volume.12
1979 - '83
Singles, Sputnicks, Vacant Lot, XL Capris, Zorros, Plays With Marionettes, Wild West, Metronomes, Equal Local, Goat, Tame Omearas, Via Venuto.
Volume.11
1978 - '83
Sheiks, Relatives, Scapa Flow, Scientists, Screaming Tribesmen, Section Urbane, Skunks, Survivors.
Volume.10
1978 - '82
Paradox, La Femme, Just Urbain, Leftovers, Mansons, Marching Girls, Nasty Nigel & The Teenage Hellcats, Progression Cult, Proles, Public Execution, Razor Gang.
Volume.9
1978 - '83
Assassins, Black Chrome, Cartoons, Credits, Dereck & The Wrecks, Division 4, Naughty Rhythms, Allniters, 88's, Flying Calvittos, Henry Vyhnal, Johnny Demon & The Devils.
Volume.8
1978 - '83
Numbers (Riptides), Young Identities, Quick & The Dead, Manikins, The End, Bastinados, Vacant Rooms, Orphans, Henchmen.
Volume.7
1978 - '82
Young Identities, Mystery Of 6's, Just Urbaine, Public Execution, Upsets, Survivors, Numbers (Riptides), Bodysnatchers, Kicks, Just Urbaine, Infidels, Xero, 4 Gods.
Volume.6
1977 - '81
Dave Warner's From The Suburbs, Thorburn, Bleeding Hearts, Spare Change, Young Modern, Two Way Garden, News, Birthday Party,Victims, Rockets, Manikins, La Femme, Z-Cars, Equal Local.
Volume.5
1978 - '83
Rocks, Thought Criminals, Whirlywirld, Systematics, Tactics, Lipstick Killers, Rejex, News, Marching Girls, Boys Next Door, Sekret Sekret, Sardine v, Soggy Porridge, Box Of Fish, Lighthouse Keepers.
Volume.4
1978 - '82
Mental As Anything, Popular Mechanics, Nuvo Bloc, Machinations, Whirlywirld, Particles, Triffids, Do Re Mi, Agents, Dynamic Hepnotics, Outline.
Volume.3
1980 - '84
The Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast, Pel Mel, Scapa Flow, Dorian Gray, Tuff Monks, Sacred Cowboys, Hugo Klang, Kelpies, Moodists, Club Of Rome, Hoi Polloi, Super K.
Volume.2
1979 - '82
Lipstick Killers, Last Words, Seems Twice, New Christs, Angie Pepper, The Passengers with Angie Pepper, Flaming Hands, Minuteman, Screaming Tribesmen, Lime Spiders.
Volume.1
1979 - '82
Whirlywirld, Systematics, Products, Agents, Thought Criminals, Clint Small, Surfside 6, Singles, Fast Cars, News, Last Words, Sunday Painters, Trans 262, Units, Drop Bears, Triffids.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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