indie alternative punk, rock & post-punk Australian Music.

                                For people who were there, somewhere between 1975 and 1984, or those who have rediscovered this era of great music. This site contains great Australian indie/alternative vinyl that was either financed by the bands themselves or by some of the ground breaking, risk taking small record businesses of this time.

                                "Inner City Sound describes the years 1976-1981 of punk/post-punk music in Australia. The Inner City Sound is a distinct movement towards an Australian rock of its own invention and identity." Clinton Walker, from his book of the same name, originhally published by Wild & Woolley Pty Ltd 1982.
                                This site takes its name from and is inspired by Clinton Walker's book but not formally linked to him or the book

                                available now:
                                in Australia via distributor 
                                Mick Kir at Dulcet Tomes
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                                Released in UK via Turnaround
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                                for USA available now through
                                Verse Chorus Press who do ship
                                internationally

                                The classic document of punk and postpunk music in Australia
                                Inner City Sound
                                edited by Clinton Walker
                                paperback, 192 pages, with 285 photographs   ISBN: 1-891241-18-4

                                The bands that emerged from the punk scene of the late 1970s in Australia, including the Saints, the Birthday Party, Radio Birdman and the Go-Betweens are among the most important bands of their time. Inner City Sound is the classic documentary account of the explosive development of that scene in the inner cities of Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. Fanzine and newspaper articles, illustrated by 285 photographs, vividly portray the creative ferment of the period and the dozens of bands that sprang up in the wake of the punk pioneers, including the Scientists, Severed Heads, Hunters and Collectors and many more.

                                Inner City Sound was first published in Australia in late 1981 as the postpunk scene was approaching its zenith, but soon fell out of print. Yet it became so sought after over the years that it has been bootlegged like the rare singles listed in its discography, and its influence was so seminal that it helped shape the Australian indie rock scene of the following decade.

                                With this new edition, Inner City Sound is now in print officially for the first time in over 20 years and for the first time ever outside Australia. What's more, original editor Clinton Walker has added an additional 32 pages of articles and photographs, taking the story through to 1985, a period in which the careers of Nick Cave, the Go-Betweens and the Triffids, for example, began to flourish internationally.

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                                To coincide with this new edition, a double CD of classic music from the period, INNER CITY SOUNDTRACK, will be released in Australia by Laughing Outlaw Records. Copies will be available elsewhere from Verse Chorus Press or through the usual import channels. tracklist.

                                Inner City Sound is a 2CD set stand-alone companion piece to the cult book of the same name. Produced and annotated by Clinton Walker and re-mastered by the master himself, Don Bartley ? and including an extraordinary hand-drawn fold-out family tree poster ? Inner City Sound provides proof positive that Australia contributed as much as anyone to the D-I-Y revolution of the late 70s/early 80s: Over forty tracks, restored to a virgin vinyl glory, that still ring fresh and true, a mix of classics and rarities, many appearing on CD for the first time. Bristling with urgency and originality, this is an instant classic twenty years in the making.

                                 

                                Music over the net. Commmencing sometime soon is 'Inner City Sound', a new program featuring all Australian independent & alternative music released between 1975 and 1984. This program comprises all vinyl indie/alternative 7'', 12'' eps, lps and cassettes. Nearly all of this music has not been re-issued onto CD, and may never be.

                                There will be specials featuring new and current CD re-issues.

                                Questionnaire
                                Q1: Do you listen to music on your computer?
                                Q2: Do you listen to the radio on the internet?
                                Q3: If so, for how many hours per day / per week?
                                Q4: What bands do you want to hear on the Inner City Sound internet radio program?
                                Q5: What musicians would you like to hear talk about their band?
                                Q6: What questions would you like the musicians to answer?
                                please email me your answers and any more thoughts on this, thanks.


                                We are looking for a partner / host pod / webcaster / broadcaster to work with. All enquiries, please email.


                                 


                                Accountants
                                AC/DC
                                Acrylic Chewies
                                Adelaide punk
                                Agents
                                Airlord
                                Aliens
                                Allniters
                                Angels
                                Apartments / Peter Walsh
                                Chris Bailey
                                Beasts Of Bourbon
                                Birthday Party
                                Bleeding Hearts
                                Box Of Fish
                                Boys Next Door
                                Brisbane alternative
                                Cub Callaway
                                Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
                                Celibate Rifles
                                David Chesworth
                                Church
                                Club Ska
                                Cold Chisel

                                Comrades Of War
                                Corpse Grinders
                                **** **** (Cough Cough)
                                Crackajacks
                                Crime & the City Solution
                                Critics
                                Cruel Sea
                                Cybotron
                                Dagoes
                                Dead Can Dance
                                Tex Deadly & the Dum Dums
                                Died Pretty

                                Do Re Mi

                                Dorian Gray
                                Dresden War Crimes
                                Drop Bears
                                Dubrovniks
                                Dynamic Hepnotics
                                Ears
                                Eastern Dark
                                Editions
                                The End
                                Equal Local
                                Essendon Airport
                                Exiles
                                Farriss Brothers
                                Fast Cars
                                Fast Forward
                                Flaming Hands
                                Flowers
                                James Freud & the Radio Stars
                                Frontier Scouts
                                Fun Things
                                Gatekeepers
                                Geeks
                                Go-Betweens
                                James Griffin
                                Grong Grong

                                Hardons (Queensland)
                                Hard Ons
                                Hitmen
                                Hoi Polloi
                                Hoodoo Gurus
                                Rowland S. Howard
                                Hugo Klang
                                Hunters & Collectors
                                Icehouse
                                Igniters
                                Immaculate Consumptive
                                Introverts
                                INXS
                                JFK & the Cuban Crisis
                                Jimmy & the Boys
                                J.M.M.
                                The Johnnys
                                Paul Kelly & the Dots
                                Paul Kelly & the Coloured Girls
                                Kelpies
                                Kids In The Kitchen
                                Kill The King
                                The Kingbees
                                Ed Kuepper
                                La Femme
                                La Fetts
                                Last Words
                                Laughing Clowns
                                Laughing Hands

                                The (Fucken) Leftovers

                                Lighthouse Keepers
                                Peter Lillie
                                Lime Spiders
                                The Limp
                                Lipstick Killers

                                Little Murders
                                Lonely Hearts
                                Machinations
                                Madroom
                                Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast
                                Manikins
                                Matt Finish
                                Mental As Anything
                                Meo 245
                                Metal Mercenaries
                                Metronomes
                                Midnight Oil
                                Missing Link
                                Models
                                Moffs
                                Moodists
                                Mustard Club

                                Nauts
                                Negatives
                                New Christs
                                New Race
                                News
                                No
                                No Nonsense
                                The Nothing
                                Numbers
                                Once Upon A Time

                                Orchestra Of Skin & Bone
                                Orphans


                                Peak
                                Pel Mel
                                Angie Pepper
                                Perdition
                                Perth punk
                                The Pits
                                Plays With Marionettes
                                Positive Hatred
                                Press
                                Primitive Calculators

                                Quick & the Dead
                                Hugo Race
                                Radio Birdman
                                Rah Rah The Flag
                                Reels
                                Relatives
                                Riptides
                                Riverina Playboys
                                Rockets
                                Ron Rude
                                Rose Tattoo
                                Sacred Cowboys
                                Saints
                                Salamander Jim
                                Sardine v
                                Scapa Flow
                                Scattered Order
                                Schism
                                Scientists
                                Scream
                                Screaming Tribesmen
                                Sekret Sekret
                                Severed Heads
                                Sick Things
                                Silent Type
                                Singles
                                Skel-e-tones
                                Skunks
                                Skyhooks
                                Slugfuckers

                                Spare Change
                                The Spell
                                SPK
                                Split Enz
                                Sports
                                Spy v. Spy
                                Stilleto
                                Strange Idols
                                Strange Tenants
                                Stupidity
                                Sunday Painters
                                Sunnyboys
                                Survivors
                                Systematics
                                Tablewaiters
                                Tactics
                                Tame O'Mearas
                                Tch Tch Tch / Tsk Tsk Tsk
                                Teenyweenys
                                Terminal Twist
                                Terse Tapes
                                These Cars Collide
                                These Immortal Souls
                                Thought Criminals
                                Louis Tillett
                                Tombstone Hands
                                Toy Love
                                Trench Gashes
                                Triffids / David McComb
                                The 2 Johnnies
                                Urban Guerillas
                                various artists
                                Verge
                                Victims
                                Violet Lightning
                                Visitors
                                Voices
                                Voigt/465
                                Dave Warner From The Suburbs
                                Wet Taxis
                                Whirlywirld

                                Wild West
                                Wildlife Documentaries
                                World War XXIV
                                Wreckery
                                X
                                Xero / Xiro
                                XL Capris
                                X-ray-Z
                                Ya Ya Choral
                                Young Charlatans
                                Young Docteurs
                                Young Modern
                                Zorros
                                 

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                                The definitive wants list. This is what I am 
                                still searching for.

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                                Volume 31
                                The Go-Starts, The Most, The Zorros, Division 4, The Transistors
                                Volume.30
                                DaDa Man, Bear Garden, Ups + Downs, Real Life
                                Volume.29
                                Young Docteurs, Quintrex Bop, Naturals, No Concept, British Jets, Pupils Of Love, Makeshift, D.A.s, Invader, Tension Nuts.
                                Volume.28
                                Wet Taxis, Mindless Delta Children, Agent Orange, Rhoborhythmaticons, Ulsers, U-Bombs, Bohdan X, Tenants, Replicas, Traitors, Relatives.
                                Volume.27
                                Mystery Of Sixes, La Fetts, Public Execution, New Improved Testament, Skunks, Fun Fun Fun, Gun Control.
                                Volume.26
                                The Cockroaches, Crackajacks, New Dancehall Racketeers, Peter Lillie & the Leisuremasters, Model Husbands, Cuban Heels.
                                Volume.25
                                Japanese Comixs, The Humans, Popgun Men, The Sharks, The Lonely Hearts, Trans 262, Grooveyard,  Adam Five & the Spies.
                                Volume.24
                                International Exiles, Jetsonnes, Jump Vision, The Personnel, The Fabulous Marquises, Boys Next Door, Models, Plays With Marionettes, People With Chairs Up Their Noses, The Ears, The Chocolate Grinders.
                                Volume.23
                                The So+So, Ground Zero, The Undertakers, The Buddies, The Kingswoods, Toxic Shock, Paradox, PXB, Full Frontall.
                                Volume.22
                                Piano Piano, Glam Stars, Too Fat To Fit Through The Door, Morpions, The Take, Ronnie & the Rhythm Boys, Nervous System, No Actresses, Bryce Perrin Chas Lisner & Ian Cox, City Ram Waddy, City Ram & the Mystics.
                                Volume.21
                                Sardine v, Soggy Porridge, Wildlife Documentaries, Equal Local, Sunday Painters.
                                Volume.20
                                Tch Tch Tch, Man & Machine, Anne Cessna & Essendon Airport, Microfilm, The Same, The Limp, The Poles.
                                Volume.19
                                Est, Belle Du Soir, Denial, Prod, Ash Wednesday, The Barons, Gestalt Square Root Minus One.
                                Volume.18
                                Negative Reaction, Hiroshima Chair, Rhythmyx Chymx
                                Volume.17
                                42nd Street, Mr X, Toy Watches, The Creatures, The Clones, The Critics, The End, Meccalissa
                                Volume.16
                                Max Staples and the Paperclips, Danny Decay and the Molars, Ron Rude's Piano Piano, Fred Cass and His Fabulous Cassettes, Johnny Topper and His Beatnick Buddies, Mopsie Beans, The Replicas, Red Peril, The Real Traitors.
                                Volume.15
                                The Leftovers, The Never Never, The Globes, Glo Ratio, The Illusions, The The, Terryfoot, Kikx, The Dri Horros.
                                Volume.14
                                1978-'82
                                Street Corner Jack, Ungrateful Children, Systems Go, Nuvo Bloc, Lounge, Accountants, Jumpers, Bad Poets, Fear & Loathing, Brats, Manics, Desperate Measures, Hares, Die Dancing Bears, Skunks, Fun Fun Fun, Gun Control.
                                Volume.13
                                1979-'82
                                Two Way Garden, Dance Set, 5:15, Wrecked Jets, Bleu Scooters, The Most, Late Arrivals.
                                Volume.12
                                1979 - '83
                                Singles, Sputnicks, Vacant Lot, XL Capris, Zorros, Plays With Marionettes, Wild West, Metronomes, Equal Local, Goat, Tame Omearas, Via Venuto.
                                Volume.11
                                1978 - '83
                                Sheiks, Relatives, Scapa Flow, Scientists, Screaming Tribesmen, Section Urbane, Skunks, Survivors.
                                Volume.10
                                1978 - '82
                                Paradox, La Femme, Just Urbain, Leftovers, Mansons, Marching Girls, Nasty Nigel & The Teenage Hellcats, Progression Cult, Proles, Public Execution, Razor Gang.
                                Volume.9
                                1978 - '83
                                Assassins, Black Chrome, Cartoons, Credits, Dereck & The Wrecks, Division 4, Naughty Rhythms, Allniters, 88's, Flying Calvittos, Henry Vyhnal, Johnny Demon & The Devils.
                                Volume.8
                                1978 - '83
                                Numbers (Riptides), Young Identities, Quick & The Dead, Manikins, The End, Bastinados, Vacant Rooms, Orphans, Henchmen.
                                Volume.7
                                1978 - '82
                                Young Identities, Mystery Of 6's, Just Urbaine, Public Execution, Upsets, Survivors, Numbers (Riptides), Bodysnatchers, Kicks, Just Urbaine, Infidels, Xero, 4 Gods.
                                Volume.6
                                1977 - '81
                                Dave Warner's From The Suburbs, Thorburn, Bleeding Hearts, Spare Change, Young Modern, Two Way Garden, News, Birthday Party,Victims, Rockets, Manikins, La Femme, Z-Cars, Equal Local.
                                Volume.5
                                1978 - '83
                                Rocks, Thought Criminals, Whirlywirld, Systematics, Tactics, Lipstick Killers, Rejex, News, Marching Girls, Boys Next Door, Sekret Sekret, Sardine v, Soggy Porridge, Box Of Fish, Lighthouse Keepers.
                                Volume.4
                                1978 - '82
                                Mental As Anything, Popular Mechanics, Nuvo Bloc, Machinations, Whirlywirld, Particles, Triffids, Do Re Mi, Agents, Dynamic Hepnotics, Outline.
                                Volume.3
                                1980 - '84
                                The Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast, Pel Mel, Scapa Flow, Dorian Gray, Tuff Monks, Sacred Cowboys, Hugo Klang, Kelpies, Moodists, Club Of Rome, Hoi Polloi, Super K.
                                Volume.2
                                1979 - '82
                                Lipstick Killers, Last Words, Seems Twice, New Christs, Angie Pepper, The Passengers with Angie Pepper, Flaming Hands, Minuteman, Screaming Tribesmen, Lime Spiders.
                                Volume.1
                                1979 - '82
                                Whirlywirld, Systematics, Products, Agents, Thought Criminals, Clint Small, Surfside 6, Singles, Fast Cars, News, Last Words, Sunday Painters, Trans 262, Units, Drop Bears, Triffids.

                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 

                                 

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