Ten essential sounds that have helped define Australian history and culture have been added to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).
The 2019 list honours iconic songs from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s with Olivia Newton-John‘s Grease hit, written by Aussie musician John Farrar, You’re The One That I Want, John Farnham‘s You’re The Voice and Savage Garden‘s Truly Madly Deeply added to the archive.
Newton-John recently auctioned off her classic Grease costume for a stupid amount of money – the jacket being won for a whopping $355,072 and the pants going for $237,250.
Part of the auction’s proceeds will go to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre.
Away from pop, this year’s additions also includes recordings made by Indigenous communities of Central Australia in 1901-1902; the first commercially available record by Indigenous artists, Olive & Eva (1955); and the “unofficial” AFL anthem, Up There, Cazaly by The Two-Man Band.
Sounds of Australia was launched in 2007 “to honour the Australian sounds that changed history, or defined our evolving cultural identity”. They are recognised for their cultural, historical and/or aesthetic achievements. Read the full 2019 list below.
The 2019 Sounds of Australia are, in chronological order:
1. Cylinder Recordings from Central Australia – Spencer and Gillen, and Aboriginal communities (1901-1902)
2. Twilight of the Gods / Die Gotterdammerung – Florence Austral (1928)
3. I’m the Sheik Of Scrubby Creek – Chad Morgan (1952)
4. Prestophone Mastertape – Olive & Eva (1955)
5. The Man From Snowy River – Leonard Teale (1956)
6. You’re The One That I Want – Olivia Newton John and John Travolta (John Farrar, composer) (1978)
7. Up There, Cazaly – The Two-Man Band (1979)
8. You’re The Voice – John Farnham (1986)
9. Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden (1997)
10. Wild Swans – Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Elena Kats-Chernin, composer) (2004)