35 YEARS SINCE AC/DC'S 'BACK IN BLACK'

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Music can get pretty complicated. Production techniques and superstar producers can put as much weight on the way an album reaches us as the musicianship of the creators. All the bells, wheezes and whistles can sound great and enhance a sound. But they can also detract. For the purists of popular music, there’s an alternative

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35 YEARS SINCE — U2'S 'BOY'

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Boys. The vast majority of popular music over the last decades has been aimed largely at this demographic — including those who are still there mentally. Much of this has been posturing and hip thrusting, aggressive and misogynistic; beta males imagining themselves as the alphas on stage, or on their stereos.

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15 YEARS SINCE: POWDERFINGER'S ODYSSEY #5

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What is it about a soft, high-pitched voice against a hard rock back drop? Think Led Zepp and Plant or Acka Dacka and Scott/Johnson. It’s ethereal yet grounded, heavenly yet earthy, like an angel come in from playing footy. Powderfinger with Bernard Fanning’s seraphic voice reached, if not similar heights in global terms, then certainly

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