Dirty Jeans


Dirty Jeans: The Rise of Australian Alternative Rock has been released this week via WMA and Festival Records.

Featuring 25  tracks spanning 1988-2002, Dirty Jeans looks at the build-up and subsequent explosion of Alternative Rock in Australia – when the underground went overground. Following the switch of JJJ from a Sydney to national broadcaster, and with the advent of the Big Day Out combined with the huge success of Nirvana in the early ‘90s , Australia underwent a musical revolution which saw the creation of a new musical hierarchy; one which lasts to this day.

Kicking off with the iconic My Pal by Melbourne band GOD and closing with The Vines, Dirty Jeans charts the march from indie to mainstream. It explores both obvious and less well known contributors, including You Am I, Powderfinger, Magic Dirt, Spiderbait, The Living End, the Meanies, Silverchair, The Mark of Cain, Grinspoon, Something for Kate, Powder Monkeys, Jebediah, Screamfeeder, Frenzal Rhomb, Beasts of Bourbon, Ammonia and many more.

Featuring liner notes from Magic Dirt’s Adalita and Au-go-go Records founder Bruce Milne, and artwork from by ‘90s poster artists Devils Candy, Dirty Jeans captures and era that had lasting effects on the Australian music scene.

Dirty Jeans track listing:

GOD – My Pal

Hard-Ons – Where Did She Come From?

Beasts Of Bourbon – Chase The Dragon

Spiderbait – Buy Me A Pony

Tumbleweed – Hang Around

Magic Dirt – Dirty Jeans

Powder Monkeys – Persecution Blues

The Meanies – 10% Weird

Screamfeeder – Hi Cs

Front End Loader – Pulse

Frenzal Rhomb – Never Had So Much Fun

The Mark Of Cain – First Time

Silverchair – Freak

Ammonia – Drugs

You Am I – Heavy Heart

Even – Stop & Go Man

Regurgitator – I Sucked A Lot Of Cock To Get Where I Am

Gerling – Death To The Apple Gerls

Jebediah – Harpoon

The Living End – Roll On

Grinspoon – Lost Control

Something For Kate – Monsters

Powderfinger – My Happiness

28 Days – Take Me Away

The Vines – Get Free


Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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