Song of the day: Skyhooks – "Balwyn Calling"

Although today’s song isn’t exactly power pop (note to self: neither is Bert Kaempfert, you big eejit), it is Australian.

Here’s possibly the most Australian band of the 70’s Skyhooks with a song about the unfortunate consequences for a man spending the night with a girl from a particular suburb of Melbourne (hint: Balwyn):

Skyhooks – “Balwyn Calling” (1974)


Skyhooks were never afraid to get specific about the geography of Australia (predominantly Melbourne), potentially alienating foreign audiences. But that didn’t matter to them one bit. They were unapologetically Australian, through and through. They named names while describing life as it was being lived in the early 70’s, and shone a light on some of the seamier aspects of Australian culture back then in a wonderfully direct, but literate way. I think they’re a national treasure.

Skyhooks official website

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