I’ve been slacking on my posts and should probably rename this category ‘song of the week’, because I haven’t come close to posting a song a day like I promised myself I would – but something is better than nothing right?

Anyway, today’s song of the day is Die Antwoord’s I Fink U Freeky. I was lucky enough to see Die Antwoord live when they were touring Tension back in 2012, and I Fink u Freeky was the highlight of the night. There’s video of that concert but the audio is rubbish, plus there’s something about the way Letterman’s audience reacts to the band that makes this a winner.

That build-up, that drop, Ninja’s raver dad-dancing and a self-censored lyric that is up there with ‘what i’d like’s to hug and kiss you‘. I don’t dance often, but when I do, it’s to Die Antwoord.


We have this music video show called Rage in Australia. It’s been around for over 20 years, and it’s something of an institution because every Australian has, at some point, spent a delirious night watching rage after coming home inebriated, finding themselves transfixed by a magical stream of music videos that continues, uninterrupted, until shortly after dawn. And so it was that I had some of the best music-discovery moments in my life.

And one of the first was the premiere of Babes In Toyland’s Sweet 69 video. I’d just turned 13 years old, and was getting into bands like Nirvana and The Offspring. In the early 90’s, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica dominated the world so i’d been a fan since I was 10. But the idea that women even existed in that ‘heavy music’ space had never occurred to me until the very moment this video rolled on rage.

It hit me like a fist in the face. To this day, when I hear this song I can remember how excited it made me to see 3 chicks playing that kind of music.

In short – fucking game-changer.

Nirvana – Buffy’s Pregnant

Posted: October 25, 2015 in Song Of The Day
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Being a Nirvana fan in the mid-90’s, i’d heard of the fabled Fecal Matter demos, but never had a chance to hear the songs until someone uploaded it to Youtube in the mid-00’s. And Buffy’s Pregnant was an immediate standout. Kurt’s valley-girl impersonation is spot on – it reminds me of the Babysitter’s Club books and all the other inane shit of that ilk that was forced upon me as a kid in the 80’s.

Calling this a Nirvana song is not entirely correct, as it appeared on the Fecal Matter demo tape, officially Cobain’s first band release. Fun fact: the song features Dale Crover from the Melvins on bass.

Nirvana always had this great sense of humour to me, which I think gets kind of lost sometimes in the sombre portrayals of Kurt Cobain as this anguished artist who was too sensitive for the real world. So while it’s rough as guts, this song reminds me of all the good stuff about being in a band – poop jokes, sick riffs, and just having fun playing music.

I re-watched season 2 of Bojack Horseman today, and for those that don’t know, the series finale ends with Courtney Barnett’s “Avant Gardener” playing over the credits. It’s a great sync, and as an Aussie it makes me feel weirdly proud to see a local doing so well.

When I first heard C-Barnes on FBi 2 years ago, there is no way I would’ve guessed that she’d explode on the international music scene and end up being one of the biggest Aussie music exports of the decade.

.I liked it, and I could definitely relate to it – but there’s a ton of local acts I feel that way about, and they usually remain stuck on the sidelines, achieving ‘local hero’ status in the realms of alternative radio and sold-out local shows, but rarely, if ever breaking onto an international stage.

But she did, and she gets today’s song of the day. Here’s my absolute favourite version of Depreston ever:


On a side note, I have a love-hate relationship with this song because I wrote a song that sounds really similar a few years ago, but could never figure out how to finish it. It’s the same 2 chords, tempo, feel, and a similar vocal melody, and there’s just no foreseeable way I could finish it now without it sounding like a total rip-off of Depreston.

So this song always reminds me that if you don’t do something with that great idea you have, the universe will eventually give it to someone else who will.

I like weird stuff. Do you like weird stuff? If you do then you’ll probably like Whitehouse. It’s industrial noise with some guy shouting at you. It reminds me of the city.

I was hanging out with a friend last night who isn’t really into Smith Street – “too ocka and shouty” was her general complaint – but we usually like the same stuff, so she asked me to make a mix for her to check out.

Driving home I was thinking about what songs to put in there, and I Don’t Wanna Die Anymore was high on the list. I think anyone who’s battled the black dog and won (even if only temporarily) can probably relate to the sentiment of this song. It always makes me smile when I hear it and it goes off live.

Also the little lead riff that comes in during the bridge reminds of a classical song that I just can’t put my finger on – I think it’s the song usually played on the church bells at weddings? 100 music genius points to anyone who can name that song for me!