The eighties were in my opinion a golden era for creativity, especially when it comes to Aussie bands. Why Aussie bands? Well, other than that they were fresh and original it’s a bit of a long story on that one. However in the spirit of progress I’ve included some of the newer artists I’ve heard of but not got round to hearing e.g. Cut Copy, Architecture in Helsinki. So as a bit of fun, what if your favourite Aussie band was a drink, what flavours would they be? For no reason what so ever I decided to tackle this very question. Not as easy as it sounds either. *In addition this serves as a mini RE:COVERED//Australia – a project which would have followed the NZ version documenting Australian record cover art which sadly I never got round to, or haven’t yet. Here goes…
I suppose this would have to be a blueberry with milk, cream or vanilla yogurt over crushed ice. This one would of course only be available at -5 chilled. For an alcoholic version I guess add a shot of Vodka. For the Man of Colours expanded drink add pineapple (yellow) and perhaps strawberry or raspberry (red).
2 MIDNIGHT OIL
This would be a very thin chocolate mocha possibly with sesame seed or paste to give it a darker appearance and sharper edge brewed over a burning flame.
3 MEN AT WORK
Lemon, peach and pineapple with coconut, honey and vanilla yogurt.
4 AUSTRALIAN CRAWL
A thick and creamy white chocolate or steamed milk (so it literally crawls from the cup into your mouth, bit like the bottom of a latte) sprinkled with cranberries and optional granola crunch on top giving it the rock factor! Could add a white rum for the alco version
5 COLD CHISEL
Whatever goes here will have to pack some kind of a punch! Jack Daniel’s espresso? Quite possibly. Add ice for the COLD version. No cheap wine though.
6 MENTAL AS ANYTHING
Anything goes for this one! Blended apple, banana, coconut, mango, mulberry, pineapple and raspberry probably with vanilla yogurt again. A tropical fruity concoction for lovable fruit-loops!
7 LITTLE RIVER BAND
Trying not to think of Diamantina Cocktail; but I am getting pineapple and Bundaberg rum for this one, maybe Malibu for the Home on Monday special.
Really not sure, somewhere between a Midnight Oil and a Cold Chisel? A Bailey’s mocha with a dash of tequila or JD to give it extra kick (ho ho cymbal crash). Or… a rum and coke with a slice of orange or cherry even (bearing in mind Cherry Baby from their final album with MH). Or a grape/cherry/cranberry blend. Jury of my mind still deciding on this one.
9 BOOM CRASH OPERA
As many of my faves of theirs are in maroon (eg Gap That Opened, Get Out of the House) I am drawn toward cherry/cranberry but with the addition of a shot of Ribena and vanilla yogurt. For an alcoholic bonza boom remix hmmm, a shot of tequila? Add a dash of earl grey tea for the high end opera experience.
10 SAVAGE GARDEN
This would be better suited to salad which is illegal in my world so Santa Monica OJ with a shot of cherry cola and vanilla yogurt? The addition of stinging nettles would add to the savagery, not sure if they’d be edible though so perhaps Kiwi fruit as an alternative option.
11 ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI
Going off their last album cover, Banana, Strawberry, Blueberry and Orange blend? Like Icehouse I could see this one just being a frappaccino version.
12 LIVING END
One of the few Aussie bands I didn’t quite get (even if Nick Launay was producing), nonetheless their spot in the Antipodean sun is assured and I think cherry cola and JD would suit them.
13 V SPY V SPY
What would be a suitable spy drink? Is Martini too obvious? Forgetting about the Working Week in Australia normally means the pub so beer with ice cream on top? If Maccas can do it with Coke I don’t see why it can’t be done with beer. Actually better make it Guinness Enigma with ice cream.
14 CUT COPY
Something mellow, along the lines of the Men at Work above (minus the pineapple).
15 THE PRESETS
Something quirky but more minimal than Mental as Anything; blueberry, coconut over ice when the sky is Pacific blue.
16 ART Vs SCIENCE
Purely on the basis of the bumblebee, lets start with honey, though I like the idea of artful experimentation so how about a jasmine tea or green tea infused with honey lemonade to give it some scientific fizz.
17 WA WA NEE
Bubblegum pop, how about a stimulating hubba-bubba strawberry peach blush smoothie. Sugar free of course.
Don’t know much about these guys but going on the Mondrian-tastic cover for Young Modern lets keep it simple: vanilla yogurt, strawberry/raspberry as you like, pineapple, and blueberry.
19 DO RE MI
Always kind of liked them without realising how political they actually were. So something alternative with an acidic smack enough to quench all Idiot Grins. They could also be a little fruity and tropical at times (King of Moomba, Theme from Jungle Jim) so maybe strawberry banana smoothie with a slice of lime for a sour twist. As for Guns and Butter, that’s just ridiculous.
Hmmm.. pop rock, orange, lime, Ribena and ginger beer? Anything that’ll make your voice hoarse as Jon Stevens and your hair curl like Steve Balbi.
Another of the Aussie bands I wasn’t too fussed on but in keeping with fairness it would be mean to deny them a spot here. Again their music – what little I know of it – suggests a hard brew so… Pernod espresso? Seems about right for jet-heads.
22 THE CHURCH
This would be a beautiful imbalance; part goth, part psychedelic, part rock – probably fruit punch. Mental as Anything for shoe gazers.
I once had a postcard which said ‘Any TV that makes a guy grab himself is good TV’ which kind’ve makes me think of Divinyls and that song. Of course concocting a nether region inducing drink might be taking things to extremes so I’ll prudishly shift focus to the warmer tones of ‘Make Out Alright’ and for that I reckon something along the lines of caramel honey macchiato – you could always add a dash of – dare I say it – cream (make of that what you will) to quench your naughty thirst which leads to another postcard… ‘Only Boring People Get Bored’ and lets face it, anyone who can sing ‘I honestly do’ after singing about masturbation is anything but boring.
And speaking of masturbation is my happiness a decent enough segue into Powderfinger? I suppose I should follow up with MI-SEX but nowadays everyday is a blue day. Seriously though it is the only song of theirs that comes to mind but what about a drink? *Asking what flavour was asking for trouble. I’m thinking lime, how about apple/pear/lime smoothie?
25 PSEUDO ECHO
Keeping things green, the new romantics and the eighties seemed big on things of an Oriental nature (blog in progress about this) which nods me toward Matcha, though the kind of nature the guys were talking about was an Autumnal Park in Melbourne which is a bloody long way from Funky Town innit. Ultraviolet? Meh, more Mental as Anything. Phew, that was epic! Anyone got any ideas for Machine Gun Fellatio?
images as always from discogs.com