A compilation of Australian pop music rarities produced by the National Film and Sound Archive.
The 1980s was a decade of change for Australian popular music. An industry built on the pioneering efforts of many promoters and labels in the two previous decades was now firmly established. The cultural cringe about Australian artists was diminished, as radio and television embraced and promoted the local arists and product.
Pub rock began the 1980s and dance music ended them. The final glory days of the vinyl single, in 7 and 12-inch formats, were celebrated with a new product called the compact disc, which began making its presence felt from around the middle of the decade.
The variety of artists, styles and music all signalled a healthy music scene with something for everyone. Running in The Shadows is a sampler fo the diversity of Australian popular music from that tie. The famous and the obscure are to be found here.
Paul Conn, 2004
Undecided JIM KEAYS [3.34]
Bridges CHRIS BAILEY [4.00]
Don’t Give Your Heart Away SCRIBBLE [3.53]
Elvisly Yours THE JOHNNYS [2.53]
Reckless PAUL KELLY AND THE COLOURED GIRLS [3.59]
Wait Up THE COCKROACHES [2.40]
Maybe Midnight ROSE BYGRAVE [4.11]
Piece of My Heart LITTLE RIVER BAND [4.06]
Running in the Shadows THE BOMBERS [5.20]
Running with the Hurricane REDGUM [3.29]
Absolutely! (live) EUROGLIDERS [5.13]
Many Rivers to Cross (live) JIMMY BARNES AND CROWDED HOUSE [4.35]
Water for the Flowers SHARON O’NEILL [3.20]
Gotta Get Out MONDO ROCK [3.28]
Out on Those Moments MATT FINISH [4.55]
Always the Same (Fight for Survival) JOHN FARNHAM [3.34]
The Garden AUSTRALIA TOO [5.55]
Introduction: Paul Conn
Paul has collected Rock'n'Roll singles, albums and CDs for 40 years, with a focus on Australian music 1970s-1990s. Following a Bachelor of Letters thesis on this period, he wrote the book 2000 Weeks: The First 30 Years (Moonlight Publishing, 1996), which included a detailed history and an annotated discography of over 500 Australian albums.
Paul has presented his favourite music for 20 years on ABC radio, community radio and also on FM88 in the Canberra/Queanbeyan area.