In their brief history Jet has quickly become one of the most talked about bands on the planet. Jet's debut album Get Born was released in 2003. A worldwide smash, to date it has sold over 3.5 million copies and earned the band a mantle of awards. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", "Rollover DJ", "Look What You've Done" and "Cold Hard Bitch" rocketed Jet to superstardom and mainstream success both in Australia, the UK and in the lucrative US market.
In 2004 the band took out the coveted # 1 spot on Triple J's Hottest 100 music listeners poll with "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" proving that the song has resonated with Australian audiences. They also took home a truckload of ARIA Awards at the 2004 ceremony.
In late 2004 the band released a DVD Right Right Right which debuted at Number 1 on the DVD charts and achieved Platinum sales. At the 2005 APRA Awards the band took out Songwriter of the Year and at the 2006 APRA Awards Jet was awarded the Most Performed Work Overseas for "Are You Gonna Be My Girl".
Jet's eagerly anticipated second album is Shine On.
Men At Work are one of the most successful Australian music exports of all time, ranking alongside INXS, AC/DC, Crowded House and Silverchair both in terms of album sales, influence and live drawing power.
Men At Work began it's life early in 1979. It was a natural birth, coming from the joining together of the acoustic duo of Colin Hay and Ron Strykert, with drummer Jerry Speiser and sax/flute player Greg Ham. By the end of 1980 Men At Work could sell out almost any venue in Melbourne, without even having a single song on radio. When the band was signed by C.B.S. and released "Who Can It Be Now?", the fuse was well and truly lit.
In 1982, after considerable success in Australia with two No.1 singles and a No.1 album, Men At Work headed overseas. When they arrived in the US, primarily to do the support for Fleetwood Mac's tour, the first single had just entered the charts somewhere in the 60's. By the time the band left America "Who Can It Be Now?" was No.1 on Billboard, the club shows had queues around the block, and there was definitely a feeling in the air that something special was happening.
1983 was the year that the world woke up to the Men, and there didn't seem to be a culture or a country that hadn't taken "Down Under" to it's collective heart. From Austria to Zimbabwe, this tongue-in-cheek anthem worked it's magic, breaking records along the way. Men At Work spent 15 weeks at No.1 in the US for both the album and single. They held No.1 simultaneously in the US and the UK for album and single and collected a Grammy along the way.
Down Under remains one of the most recognisably Australian songs in the world.
The first of three collaborations between AC/DC and producer "Mutt" Lange resulted in the band's first big hit in the US. Burning with songs about the classics: sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, AC/DC was never more clear in their mission statement than on the title track. The album, and subsequent world tour (captured on film in the movie "Let There Be Rock") would prove to be a tragically bittersweet victory, with the untimely death of charismatic singer Bon Scott just 6 months after its release.
Both the High Voltage album and the more focused TNT effort whit its spare sound that would later be recaptured on the Ballbreaker album were released in 1975. The band managed to squeeze in frantic opening slot for Black Sabbath at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion that same year. The title of TNT's classic, "It's a Long Way to the Top" was taken from Bon's toilet wall graffiti that housed all his favourite lyrical phrases. George Young who along with his Easybeat partner, Harry Vanda produced all of AC/DC's albums of the Bon era up to Highway To Hell noticed the entry when the book was sitting open on the studio console. Imagine the world if he hadn't.
The story of Harry Vanda and George Young is the story of the most successful song writing and production team in Australian popular music history. Harry Vanda (from Holland) and George Young (a Scotsman), met in 1964 in a Sydney migrant hostel where they created one of the great rock bands of the 1960's, The Easybeats. For the first few years of their existence, the accessible, well structured songs of the Easybeats (8 Top 5 hits in less than 2 years) were written by George with lyrics from singer Stevie Wright but by the end of 1966 George began to write more closely with the band's lead guitarist Harry Vanda. Their first hit together was "Friday On My Mind", The Easybeats classic working class anthem.
When the band finished Harry and George decided to stay in London as a writing and production team with their new songs being recorded by bands like Amen Corner, The Tremeloes, Marmalade, Shocking Blue, Los Bravos and Paul Revere and the Raiders. Their success encouraged the two songwriters to continue a long-term creative partnership.
In the early 1970's Harry and George returned to Australia and reunited with visionary music publisher and record label owner Ted Albert who provided the pair with the facilities to write for Stevie Wright, William Shakespeare, John Paul Young, Cheetah and Mark Williams and produce among others AC/DC, The Angels and Rose Tattoo. Throughout the 1970s they proceeded to swamp the charts with a seemingly endless string of hits including an 11 minute single "Evie", recorded by Stevie Wright, which become a national Number One hit while AC/DC (with George's younger brothers Malcolm and Angus) under the guidance of Vanda and Young launched a career that has resulted in over 90 million album sales internationally.
John Paul Young (no relation to George) achieved numerous international hits with Harry and George composed and produced tracks including, Standing In The Rain, I Hate The Music, Keep On Smilin', Yesterday's Hero and of course "Love is in the Air". Originally a hit for John in the late 1970's it later became the musical centrepiece of the Strictly Ballroom soundtrack and has been covered by countless artist including Tom Jones.
The contribution of Harry Vanda and George Young to the Australian music industry - as songwriters, recording artists and producers - has spanned four decades, produced countless hits (for themselves and others) and earned them the coveted Ted Albert Memorial Award for The Most Outstanding Contribution to Australian Music at the 1995 APRA Music Awards
This contribution was further recognised with the awarding of Friday On My Mind as the number one Australian Song of the past 75 years at the 2001 APRA Music Awards.
Born in Scotland, John Paul Young's rapid rise to fame began when, as John Young, he was chosen by producer Simon Napier-Bell to record a song called Pasadena, written by former Easybeats Harry Vanda and George Young. It became a hit in 1972. To avoid confusion with Johnny Young from TV's Young Talent Time he became known as John Paul Young. A Countdown regular, he had many hits in the 1970s, helped by the song writing and production talents of Vanda and Young. These included carefully crafted, well-produced records like Yesterday's Hero and Love Is In The Air. 1975 saw JPY embark on two national tours, including one with Sherbet. His backing band, The 'Allstars', originally formed in 1975, included at various times skilful session musicians like Kevin Borich, Warren 'Pig' Morgan and former Aztec Vince Melouney. His first two albums, Hero and JPY, went platinum, while "I Hate The Music" (1976) was his first single to achieve gold record status. It was in the film clip for "I Hate The Music" that JPY first wore his famous white and blue sailor suit - one of the great fashion statements of the 70s. JPY and the Allstar band received the award for 'Most Played Australian Song Overseas in 2004' - the second time this track has received this award since its first release in 1978.
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