Delaney, Brigid: Cold Chisel’s unofficial national anthems

Delaney, Brigid

Cold Chisel: writing Australia’s unofficial national anthems since 1973‘, Guardian Australia, 6 October 2015

Historical look at the songs of an Australian rock band.

Cold Chisel’s lyrics always felt like stories – Carveresque with an Australian accent – much in the way Paul Kelly songs are. They seem written about someone specific, and set somewhere specific, yet the best of their songs transcend and have become universal. They’re everyone’s stories.

(This note author, born in 1949, would not know ‘Khe Sanh’ if he heard it and feels there is something missing from his life.)

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