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The 3 Best Australian Punk Albums

For as long as I can remember I’ve been infatuated with Australia, and one thing I’ve always admired about the country is its unique sense of place; things from Australia are born of the land down under. Growing up in the 70s I was a big AC/DC fan, having all of their cassettes, even some imports (TNT), along with a few records of the later, post-Bon Scott era. Of course as I grew up and got into better music, I started hearing Aussie bands and always loved their sound. Bands like INXS, Hoodoo Gurus, Models, The Church, got airplay on MTV and became favorites, later Midnight Oil, Hunters & Collectors, and the Go Betweens showed even more variety. Meanwhile I was always interested in the differences, bands from AU were certainly influenced by what was happening in other countries, but they were still a product of their surroundings. While punk sounded different if you were in the UK (Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks), the US-east (Ramones, Talking Heads, Bad Brains), or the US-west (X, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendancies), once you started looking at the AU punk bands; they really sounded different.

The reveal

So finally, I present to you the 3 Best Australian Punk Albums:

Axeman's Jazz    Junkyard    (I'm) Stranded

The writeups

The Beasts of Bourbon “Axeman’s Jazz (1984)

Axeman's Jazz
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The Birthday Party “Junkyard” (1982)

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The Saints “(I’m) Stranded” (1977)

(I'm) Stranded
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