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Powderfinger

Within the space of three albums, Powderfinger emerged as one of Australia's most popular radio-friendly rock bands. They hail from Brisbane, famous for its sub-tropical climate and its often ultra-conservative "deep north" politics. The band grew out of a three-piece, becoming Powderfinger in 1990 with the addition of two more members, including singer/guitarist Bernard Fanning. They cut their musical teeth performing cover versions of classics by Neil Young (taking their name from one of Young's songs), the Rolling Stones, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Steppenwolf, and Rodriguez. In the beginning, the group promoted their own gigs, posted their own flyers, and then put their earnings into 1,500 copies of a self-titled EP. The second EP Transformer was highlighted by "Reap What You Sow," a song featuring harmonies and showing off Fanning's soulful voice -- a taste of things to come. The band was signed to Polydor Records, Australia, and their major-label debut album Parables for Wooden Ears followed in August 1994. Produced by Tony Cohen (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the Cruel Sea), this album emphasized the band's heavier side. A Top Ten seller in their home state, the album launched Powderfinger nationally, thanks also to a bout of constant touring. After a creative hibernation and two CD EPs, recording started for the second album, the breakthrough Double Allergic, which revealed a significant shift towards accessible rock songs rooted in melodic grooves. The singles "Pick You Up" and "DAF" (which stands for the first three chords of the song) picked up strong airplay support. The album went straight to the Top Ten in September 1996, sold double platinum, and spent half a year in the Top 30. The follow-up album Internationalist was released two years later in September 1998, entered the charts at number one, and was still charting a year later when it landed the band a handful of ARIAs, Australia's annual industry awards. On a roll with September releases, 2000's Odyssey #5 again went straight to number one, became the group's biggest selling album with sales in excess of five platinum awards, and at the end of 2000, secured the band worldwide releases. ~ Ed Nimmervoll
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Golden Rule

1. El Camino De La Muerte

2. All Of The Dreamers

3. Burn Your Name

4. A Fight About Money

5. Sail The Wildest Stretch

6. Poison In Your Mind

7. Iberian Dream

8. Jewel

9. Think It Over

10. Awake

11. Stand Yourself

12. Golden Rule

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Track List: Dream Days At The Hotel Existence

1. Head Up In The Clouds

2. I Don't Remember

3. Lost And Running

4. Wishing On The Same Moon

5. Who Really Cares

6. Nobody Sees

7. Surviving

8. Long Way To Go

9. Black Tears

10. Ballad Of A Dead Man

11. Drifting Further Away

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Track List: Parables For Wooden Ears

1. Walking Stick

2. Tail

3. Hurried Bloom

4. Fathers' Pyramid

5. Bridle You

6. Citadel

7. Sink Low

8. Grave Concern

9. Solution

10. This Syrup To Exchange

11. Namaste

12. Blanket

13. Save Your Skin

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Track List: Odyssey Number Five

1. Waiting For The Sun

2. My Happiness

3. The Metre

4. Like A Dog

5. Odyssey #5

6. Up & Down & Back Again

7. My Kind Of Scene

8. These Days

9. We Should Be Together Now

10. Thrilloilogy

11. Whatever Makes You Happy

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Track List: Vulture Street

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Awesome Aussie Band!
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Unbelievable Aussie band! I think Vulture St is the best Aussie rock album of the modern era! That bio could do with some updating though
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Just a great band. Every album is quality.
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prissy-73
Love....sigh ~
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Great band! I first heard them when I came back from the war in 2003, we stopped in Townsville Australia on our way home. Have loved them ever since!
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purplewombat 1 9 2 3
Enjoyed the Sunsets concert here in Tamworth, NSW. Sorry you decided to call it quits, but thanks for all the great musical memories guys!
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liam_jeffrie s
Whats the reference to 'conservativ e deep north politics' all about?!
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First heard of Powderfinger from a free itunes song (Stumblin' if anyone wants to know). Been loving their sound ever since
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Powderfinger is what Kings of Leon would be if they were actually the rock-n-rolle r s they pretended they were.
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one of the best Aussie bands ever! absolutely love them!
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I'm American, but I've followed Powderfinger ever since hearing them on Triple J while on exchange in Sydney in '95. Consistent, high-quality rockers. It's a travesty that they can't get arrested in the States. Find them!!
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Coming from a person from the "States", I love Powderfinger !
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so the name IS based on a Neil Young song! huh!
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wenberep
Australians are ok, powderfinger is what they all have after eating donuts har har he har
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i have followed Powderfinger since 1996 and have always loved their work. Fnatastic live and on the radio
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Love Powderfinger . . . l o v e Australians.
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Brisbane is a tight town. I loved Australia, great country, great people.
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kyle_verwey
VULTURE STREET'S "SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE" HAS CAPTIVATED AND FOCUSED MY MUSICAL TASTE. AMAZING.
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mickielittle 4 0 4
I'm waiting for the Sun!
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Beautiful! Soulful! Flypaper!!!! !
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they are amazing.

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