Friday, 18 February 2011
Say That You're Mine/For My Woman/The Old Oak Tree/She's So Fine
To describe The Easybeats as "Australia's Beatles" is not to damn them with faint praise. They were without question the best and most important Australian rock band of the 1960s, and their string of classic hit singles set the benchmarks for Australian popular music. They established a unique musical identity, and they became our first homegrown rock superstars, and for quality, inventiveness and originality their work is arguably unmatched by any other Australian band of the period. The Easybeats scored fifteen Top 40 Singles in Australia between 1965 and 1970, including three No.1 hits. Chief among their many achievements, the Easybeats hold the unique honour of being our first bona-fide rock group to have an major overseas hit record the legendary "Friday On My Mind". They were also one of the few major Australian bands of their day to perform and record original material almost exclusively. Their influence both during and after their meteoric 5-year career cannot be understated and The Easybeats deserve to be ranked as one of the greatest bands of the last 40 years.