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Welcome to Living in the Land of Oz


Journalist Jeff Jenkins' weekly column featuring Australian music news, interviews, a look at the charts and more. Updated every Sunday afternoon. Click here for the archive page.

Jeff is a semi-regular guest on The Australian Mood with Neil Rogers, 8-10pm Thursdays on 3RRR in Melbourne

Contacting Jeff: If you need to contact Jeff Jenkins you can email me (Lee-Roy) at
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July 21st 2024


Fifty years ago this week, AC/DC released their debut single, Can I Sit Next To You, Girl.

This week in 1962, Australia’s Frank Ifield hit number one in the UK with I Remember You, his first of four UK chart-toppers.

Country Radio’s Gypsy Queen entered the charts this week in 1972.

Skyhooks scored their second chart-topping album when Ego Is Not A Dirty Word hit number one this week in 1975.

Supernaut’s I Like It Both Ways – produced by Ian “Molly” Meldrum – entered the charts this week in 1976.

This week in 1980, AC/DC released Back In Black – their first album after Bon Scott’s death.

Air Supply’s The One That You Love hit number one in the US this week in 1981. It was one of seven consecutive Top 5 hits in the US for the duo.

Hunters & Collectors released their self-titled debut album this week in 1982.

This week in 1988, The Fauves played their first gig, at the Mt Eliza Football Club. Singer Andrew Cox later reflected: “There was no rider, we were underpaid and no one got laid. It was a microcosm of an entire career.”

Twenty-one years ago this week, Australian Idol started on TV.

This week in 2013, Perth band Karnivool scored their first number one album, with Assymetry. It came four months after singer Ian Kenny’s other band, Birds of Tokyo, had a number one album. He was the first singer to have two number one albums in the same calendar year with two different bands.

Happy Birthday to The Wiggles’ Jeff Fatt, who wakes up on July 21 to find that he’s 71. The Seekers’ Bruce Woodley is 82 on July 25. And Mark Seymour is 68 on July 26.

And we remember Tim Hemensley (Powder Monkeys, GOD, Bored!), who died of a drug overdose, aged 31, 21 years ago this week. And Zoot’s Darryl Cotton died of liver cancer, aged 62, this week in 2012.


The Kid Laroi spends a second week in the Top 20.

Girls THE KID LAROI (number 20)
Nights Like This THE KID LAROI (39)
Riptide VANCE JOY (40)

Sydney punk band Speed race into the Top 10.

Only One Mode SPEED (number 10, debut)
Nothing To Show COMPLETE (28, debut)


A Complicated Truth MISSY HIGGINS
The President of the United States DAN WARNER



Contacting Jeff: If you need to contact Jeff Jenkins you can email me (Lee-Roy) at
and I'll forward the email onto Jeff

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