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