The history of UMPG is best told through our songs. At home Johnny O’Keefe was swinging rock n’ roll onto AM airwaves for the first time, while abroad the Beach Boys were plotting an avant-garde pop roadmap that countless bands would later follow. The touring ethic of seminal punks Radio Birdman helped whet a global appetite for Australian rock that Jet and Wolfmother would later satisfy.
Foo Fighters (US), The Living End (AUS) and Shihad (NZ) would all become arguably the greatest live bands in their respective nations during the late 90’s. Peter Allen’s ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ and Neil Murray’s ‘My Island Home’ became unofficial national anthems. Across the ditch, OMC would create an NZ urban blueprint with ‘How Bizarre’ before Savage achieved multi-platinum success in the U.S. Today, Adele is breaking records around the world while Melbourne rapper 360 breaks records at home.
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