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Double J - The 90s: The Greatest Decade In Music?

Celebrating 90’s month across Double J and triple j in June. We’ve handpicked a giant 4 CD collection and download that showcases and celebrates the 90s.

To say it was all about the fuzzy guitars and fiery screams of grunge is to discount the slinky synths of West Coast hip hop and the thumping, anthemic big beats of the decade’s best dance music. 
The beauty of 90s music was both its diversity and the way artists took the styles of previous decades, refined them, then added a sonic dimension and attitude that matched both the optimism and, at times, despair of the decade.

Was the 90s really just one decade? When you look at the 80 or so songs we’ve collected here, you realise it’s just a snapshot of what was an explosive, diverse, and prolific era for music.

Track Listing:

CD 1:

1. The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl
2. Sonic Youth – Kool Thing
3. Spiderbait – Buy Me A Pony
4. Cypress Hill – Insane In The Brain
5. Itch-E & Scratch-E – Sweetness And Light
6. Blind Melon – No Rain
7. Tori Amos – Cornflake Girl
8. Regurgitator – ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
9. Supergrass – Pumping On Your Stereo
10. blink-182 – Dammit
11. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise (feat. L.V.)
12. The Clouds – Hieronymus
13. Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
14. White Town – Your Woman
15. Crowded House – Distant Sun
16. Cornershop – Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)
17. Hole – Celebrity Skin
18. You Am I – Berlin Chair
19. Silverchair – Ana’s Song (Open Fire)
20. The Dandy Warhols – Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth
21. Died Pretty – D.C. 
22. Killing Heidi – Weir

CD 2:

1. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
2. Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
3. Yothu Yindi – Treaty (Filthy Lucre Radio Mix)
4. Weezer – El Scorcho 
5. Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
6. Gerling – Enter Spacecapsule (Radio Disko Remix)
7. Deee-Lite – Groove Is in the Heart
8. James – Laid
9. Dinosaur Jr. – Start Choppin’
10. Falling Joys – Lock It
11. Arrested Development – Mr Wendal
12. Pulp – Common People
13. Jebediah – Leaving Home
14. Everclear – Heroin Girl
15. Severed Heads – Dead Eyes Opened 94
16. Salt N Pepa – Shoop
17. Ammonia – DRUGS
18. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds + Kylie Minogue – Where the Wild Roses Grow
19. Korn – Got The Life
20. Frenzal Rhomb – Never Had So Much Fun

CD 3:

1. Powderfinger – These Days
2. The Cranberries – Zombie
3. RUN-DMC vs. Jason Nevins – It’s Like That
4. Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People 
5. Ratcat – That Ain’t Bad
6. Pennywise – Society
7. Neneh Cherry – Woman
8. Marcy Playground – Sex & Candy
9. Custard – Girls Like That (Don’t Go For Guys Like Us)
10. Screaming Trees – Nearly Lost You
11. Josh Abrahams & Amiel Daemion – Addicted To Bass
12. Everlast – What It’s Like
13. Ween – Mutilated Lips
14. Frente! – Labour of Love 
15. Nada Surf – Popular
16. Pollyanna – Lemonsuck
17. Fugees – Killing Me Softly With His Song
18. Bloodhound Gang – Why’s Everybody Always Pickin’ On Me? 
19. Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
20. Hunters & Collectors – Holy Grail

CD 4:

1. The Prodigy – Breathe
2. The Living End – Prisoner Of Society
3. The Cardigans – My Favourite Game
4. Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
5. Primitive Radio Gods – Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
6. The Whitlams – No Aphrodisiac
7. Tricky – Black Steel
8. Slipknot – Wait And Bleed
9. Grinspoon – Just Ace
10. Billy Bragg – Sexuality
11. Moloko – Sing It Back (Boris Musical Mix)
12. Butthole Surfers – Pepper
13. Buffalo Tom – Taillights Fade
14. The Superjesus – Down Again
15. Fatboy Slim – Praise You
16. TISM – (He’ll Never Be An) Ol’ Man River
17. The Fauves – Dogs Are The Best People
18. Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
19. The Lemonheads – The Outdoor Type
20. Underground Lovers – Losin’ It

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The album “COMING YOUR WAY” follows on from McAlister’s successful second solo album Black Sky, and brilliant group collaboration and #1 Country Album hit, Adam Brand & the Outlaws.The album see’s Drew enlist the help of LA/Sydney-based producer, Andy Mak from Grove Studios, to achieve a progressive, modern country sound.The title track, “COMING YOUR WAY” is a rousing anthem that inspires and motivates everyone to look brightly into the future.
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Paddy McHugh shoots from the hip, doesn’t pull punches.His song writing is honest and true, tales of life in Australia told by a man who’s grown up in same, as raw and real as the country in which he took his first steps.McHugh comes from the Paul Kelly school of song writing in that simplicity is key and everyday life makes the best stories.“I know there are many reasons why people listen to and enjoy music… but for me, the style of music that I wanted to make, honesty was paramount,” he explains. “It had to be about something that I knew about, or cared about.”These stories are then set to a musical score that both throbs with a visceral power, and gently pulsates with a calmness and tranquillity. From the almost anthemic nature of ‘Down To Sydney’, with its electric build, to the gentle rocking of ‘Rita’, McHugh pulls it all together with a quiet aplomb.Honesty is at its core, everyday life its muse, Paddy McHugh the master of it all.
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ABC Music are proud to present ‘Classic Countdown’, a massive 4CD collection featuring the biggest and most influential hits from the iconic original series. Including classic tracks from ABBA, Skyhooks,  Iggy Pop, Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, John Farnham and many more.
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The album was made over a twelve-month period at locations around Tasmania and predominantly recorded with producer Chris Townend (Augie March, Daniel Johns, Tim Finn, Portishead) at his White Light studio, located on the edge of Tasmania’s Huon Valley.Back Yourself continues some of Salter’s long held thematic preoccupations – love, dreams, Armageddon, video games; the ocean and the stars; the intersection of myth and science; and the nature of reality itself.“Isolationism” the first single from the album was written with long time Gin Club collaborator Conor Macdonald, whilst final track “End Of Days” was written in Lyttelton with NZ songwriter and performer Marlon Williams.Back Yourself features guest appearances by well known Australian guitarist and songwriter Jeff Lang, Peter “Blackie” Black of underground legends The Hard Ons, and Something for Kate drummer Clint Hyndman.
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A true story. Unfortunately.After a reckless lie sets off a catastrophic chain of events, Ali, the son of a Muslim cleric, finds himself caught between his sense of duty to his family and following his heart. An irreverent and warm-hearted comedy, Ali’s Wedding is an affectionate and entertaining story of love and duty.A film with such emotional scope requires a soundtrack to match, and so Nigel Westlake – composer of beloved scores including Babe and Paper Planes – was approached by the film’s director Jeffrey Walker. This album brings together highlights from the score, and boasts a line-up of musical artists that together have won over a dozen ARIA Awards.As well as bringing the film to life, Westlake’s music explores some of the more complex and subtle aspects of Ali’s adventures. As the composer says, “Although the score is firmly planted in the symphonic language of the ‘romantic comedy’ genre, it also seeks to provide musical context to the deeper and contemplative aspects of the story, particularly Ali’s insecurities concerning his past, culture and religion.”The oud – a short-necked lute-type instrument (and a pre-cursor to the guitar) – lends a distinctively middle-eastern flavour to the score, and is played here by acclaimed oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros. Guitarist Slava Grigoryan also appears on this album, on the track ‘In Loving Memory’, an expansion of a musical moment from the film. And singer Lior completes the trio of stellar guest soloists, with a new recording of a movement from Compassion, the hugely acclaimed song cycle he co-composed with Westlake.The Ali’s Wedding Original Soundtrack was recorded by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer. The film is on general release from 31 August 2017.www.aliswedding.com.auTRACKLISTINGThe Date Seed ParableMinaret In MoonlightLet The Journey BeginA Lie Begins In The SoulIn Loving MemoryAs Fire Burns Through WoodThe Tea CeremonyTrain Station WeddingYou Deserve To Be LovedThis I KnowI Want To Be The Son You DeserveThe Rocket Will LaunchThe Streets Of BasraMa Wadani Ahadun – Until The End Of TimeSydney Symphony OrchestraNigel Westlake conductorwithJoseph Tawadros oudSlava Grigoryan guitarsLior vocals 
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ABC Classics is delighted to partner with Arcadia Winds for the release of their debut self-titled EP. Acknowledged as one of the finest Australian chamber groups of the new generation, Arcadia Winds are Musica Viva’s inaugural Futuremakers – the new artist development programme from the world’s largest presenter of chamber and ensemble music.The album traces Arcadia’s journey as an ensemble thus far, bringing light to the music they love and the values they uphold. “The title Arcadia Winds is as much a manifesto as it is our name. It’s an album that celebrates the fun and energy that inspires our collective music making, our passionate advocacy for new Australian music and our role as ambassadors for wind music.”Ligeti's Six Bagatelles for wind quintet headlines the EP. A seminal work in the development of the wind quintet repertoire, it explores a series of deceptively simple musical ideas that take the listener on a rollercoaster ride through a breathtaking landscape of wind sounds. Lachlan Skipworth's new work, Echoes and Lines, is next. In this work Skipworth challenges the conventional wisdom that winds are more difficult to blend than strings, combining the five instruments of the wind quintet in a truly groundbreaking way. Flute and oboe become "floboe", horn and basson become "bassorn" in a way that simultaneously befuddles and enthralls the ears. Percy Grainger's Walking Tune, a stunningly beautiful stroll through the English countryside, and Julio Medaglia's Choro em Berlin, a racous and thrilling South American tango, round out the EP. TRACKLISTING1–6. LIGETI Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet7–15. SKIPWORTH Echoes and Lines16. GRAINGER Walking Tune17. MEDAGLIA Choro em Berlin from Suite popular brasiliera
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triple j’s weekly Saturday Night party mix House Party is one of the most popular alternative dance radio shows nationally. Kristy Lee Peters (KLP) is at the helm again mixing Saturday night’s greatest party every Saturday from 6pm, jammed with all your triple j faves and mash-up mayhem.A handpicked selection of 44 tracks of KLP’s faves from Australia and around the world – including Peking Duck & Aluna George, Flume, HAIM, Stormzy, Lorde Phoenix, Flight Facilities and lots more This collection is seamlessly mixed by KLP and an awesome addition to any music lover’s library.Track Listing:CD 1:1. Touch Sensitive – Lay Down2. Peking Duk & AlunaGeorge – Fake Magic (Gigamesh Remix)3. Confidence Man – Bubblegum (Jono Ma More Cowbell Remix)4. Flume – Hyperreal {Ft. Kučka}5. Antony & Cleopatra – Dust6. Woodes – Run For It7. HAIM – Want You Back8. Flight Facilities – Arty Boy {with Emma Louise}9. The Blaze – Territory10. GL – Reflect11. RAC – This Song {Ft. Rostam}12. Claptone – The Drums (Din Daa Daa) {Ft. George Kranz}13. Phoenix – Ti Amo14. The Jungle Giants – Feel The Way I Do15. Missy Elliott – Gossip Folks (Fatboy Slim Remix) {Ft. Ludacris}16. The Kite String Tangle – The Prize (Just Kiddin Remix)17. Dillon Francis – Say Less (Gorgon City Remix) {Ft. G-Eazy} 18. HI-LO – The Answer (Oliver Heldens Edit)19. Motez – Praise 20. Haiku Hands - Not About You21. Eduardo Muchacho – Intoxicated (Club Edit)CD 2: 1. Stormzy – Big For Your Boots 2. Slumberjack – Afraid, Unafraid {Ft. Sydnee Carter}3. Heaps Good Friends – Olympic Sneakers4. Tove Styrke – Say My Name5. Bliss n Eso – Moments {Ft. Gavin James}6. Swindail – C’est la Vie {Ft. Innanet James}7. Sofi Tukker – Johny (Faruk Sabanci Remix)8. Saskwatch – December Nights 9. What So Not & BURNS – Trust (Plastic Plates Remix)10. Sampa The Great – The Plug {Ft. Estelle, prod. by Rahki}11. Tigerilla – MerryGo {Ft. Dominique Young Unique}12. Miami Horror – Leila13. Airling – Not A Fighter14. Jesse Rose & Avon Stringer – Pressure15. Dusky – Cold Heart16. Skrillex & Habstrakt – Chicken Soup17. Anna Lunoe – Godzilla18. Alice Ivy – Get Me A Drink {Ft. E^ST & Charlie Threads}19. Ruby Fields – I Want20. Swick – Polo Love {Ft. Spank Rock}21. Annie Bass – Don’t Want22. Nina Las Vegas – Freeze23. Lorde – Green Light (Montell2099 & SACHI Remix)
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The Australian Haydn Ensemble follow their acclaimed debut album with a new studio of recording of Haydn’s early string quartet, Op.20 No.4.This quartet is one of a set composed in 1772, nicknamed the ‘Sun’ quartets because of the picture of a rising sun on the cover of an early edition. It was these works which earned Haydn his reputation as ‘the father of the quartet’, re-defining the quartet for centuries to come and placing it firmly amongst the most popular musical forms. In Haydn’s hands, the quartet becomes an equal and dynamic dialogue between four musical voices, reaching a new depth of expression.The Australian Haydn Ensemble have rapidly developed a name as a leading interpreter of classical repertoire in styles and on instruments the composers would have known. They have been praised for their “ravishing sound” by the Sydney Morning Herald and named as “one of Australia’s finest period ensembles” by Limelight, who also selected their debut album The Haydn Album as Editor’s Choice. The Haydn Album also reached number one in the ARIA Classical Charts when it was released by ABC Classics in July 2016.HAYDN String Quartet in D major, Op.20 No.41. I. Allegro di molto2. II. Un poco Adagio affettuoso3. III. Minuetto: Allegretto alla zingarese4. IV. Presto scherzandoAustralian Haydn EnsembleSkye McIntosh violinMatthew Greco violinJames Eccles violaAnthony Albrecht cello
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Erin Helyard – acclaimed internationally as a leading light in the new generation of baroque music specialists – presents his debut solo album, surveying the keyboard works of George Frideric Handel.Acclaimed as “Australia’s most engaging soloist” by Limelight Magazine, Helyard is a virtuosic and expressive performer as well as a dedicated scholar of historically informed performance practice. This album was recorded shortly before Helyard was awarded the 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Music Direction, for Handel’s opera Saul, the latest in a long line of accolades for his work.Whilst Handel is celebrated mostly for his oratorios and operas (such as Saul), in his lifetime he was also known as a brilliant harpsichordist. His music for the instrument – surprisingly little of which survives –  is full of virtuosity, dynamism, and supreme lyrical colour.The Great Suites, as they have become known, were first published in 1720 when Handel was 35. Written over the preceding few years, they are remarkable for their eclectic and wide-ranging idioms: French-style overtures, Italian sonatas and arias, and the dance elements of the Franco-German keyboard suite. As Helyard puts it, “the suites give us the impression of a performer and composer who was highly sophisticated, well-travelled, open-minded, and cosmopolitan.“The Chaconne which opens the disc is an example of a genre beloved of both music-masters and amateurs. The repetitive form allowed both technical and expressive skills to be showed off: Helyard plays from a 1730s score with handwritten ornamentation that demonstrates how musicians at the time would have risen to the challenge. The album closes with a set of variations on Handel’s opera arias by William Babell, a violinist and harpsichordist in George I’s private band. “Inventive, difficult, showy, and glittering, they are entirely reflective of the grandeur of opera under Handel at its most splendid.“Helyard also performs the outstanding virtuosic arrangement by Babell of Handel’s aria “Vo far guerra" from Rinaldo, available as a digital exclusive – one of the most flashy harpsichord solo works from the period, on a par with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.Helyard plays a harpsichord made by Jacob and Abraham Kirckman in London in 1773, one of very few instruments from the time that have survived unaltered from their original state. This harpsichord is particularly remarkable for its ‘machine stop’, allowing the player to produce diminuendo and crescendo effects without lifting his hands from the keys. GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL 1685–17591-4 Harpsichord Suite No. 2 in F major, HWV4275-9 Harpsichord Suite No. 4 in E minor, HWV42910-13 Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV43014-17 Harpsichord Suite No. 6 in F-sharp minor, HWV43118 Chaconne in G major, HWV435WILLIAM BABELL c.1690–172319-25 The Most Celebrated Lessons: Suit[e] No. 1 [Rinaldo]Erin Helyard harpsichord
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The Classic 100 is a highly anticipated annual musical phenomenon on ABC Classic FM. Each year Australians are asked to vote for their favourite pieces within a given theme, and in 2017 they were eager to champion their top classical music of ‘love’.The Classic 100: Love was broadcast on ABC Classic FM over one weekend extravaganza in June 2017, revealing a brilliant selection of favourites alongside some great surprises. Listeners were treated to the drama of opera and the grace of the ballet, the tenderness of a love song and the soundtracks from our favorite romantic movies, and the countdown culminated with the announcement of Australia’s favourite music of love: ‘Au fond du temple saint’ from The Pearl Fishers, which received the most votes by a mile.This 2CD set compiles the top ten works, and unmissable highlights from the remaining 100 of the world’s favourite music of passion and heartbreak. From the Pearl Fishers Duet – the unanimous crowd favourite –  to Barber’s evocative Adagio for Strings, and from the stillness of  Dvořák’s Song to the Moon to the rousing Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen, there’s something for everyone to love and enjoy!
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ABC Classics presents A Night at the Movies: a 4CD set of favourite movie themes and soundtracks, evoking the passion, romance and thrill of the silver screen.CD1 – Great Movie ThemesThe very best film composers in their most inspired music: John Williams (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman, Catch Me If You Can), Ennio Morricone (The Mission), James Horner (Braveheart), Michael Nyman (The Piano), Nigel Westlake (Babe), John Barry (Octopussy), Bernard Herrmann (Psycho), Mark Knopfler (Local Hero) and more.CDs 2 and 3 – Classical Music in the MoviesTimeless classical music has become inseparable from our memories of the great movies, from 21st-century blockbusters such as Ocean’s Eleven (Clair de lune), 50 Shades of Grey (Spem in alium) and About Time (Spiegel im Spiegel), to the golden age of cinema: Picnic at Hanging Rock (Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto), A Room with a View (O mio babbino caro) and Brief Encounter (Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto).CD4 – Movies on the PianoFamous movie themes in lyrical arrangements for solo piano, including Cinema Paradiso, The Godfather, The Man from Snowy River, Schindler’s List and Doctor Zhivago.
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Kate Miller-Heidke is an award-winning singer-songwriter who effortlessly traverses the worlds of contemporary pop, folk and opera. She has released 4 albums in Australia, achieving multi-platinum status and appearing in the top 10 album and singles charts numerous times. Her album O Vertigo! debuted at number 4 on the Australian album charts, broke Australian crowdfunding records and was nominated for an ARIA award.Her previous albums include Nightflight, which reached number 2 on the ARIA chart, and Curiouser, which reached double platinum sales in Australia and spawned the multi-platinum hits ‘The Last Day On Earth’ and ‘Caught In The Crowd’. In 2009 she became the first Australian to win the grand prize in the International Songwriting Competition for ‘Caught in the Crowd’