How do I even begin to describe to my wider audience who Skyhooks are? In short, they were a pre punk glam rock band that had incredible success in Australia during the mid 1970’s. Dressed in theatrical glam rock costumes and combined with their amusing social commentary of Australian life, Skyhooks left an enormous imprint on the Australian music scene. They inspired a generation of new artists, but no one would ever really emulate their disregard for convention.
Many of their songs were banned from Australian radio because of their explicit discussion of taboo topic such as sex and drugs. This, of course, didn’t impede them from having huge chart success. They had some incredible hit songs like Ego Is Not a Dirty Word, Living in the 70’s and Women in Uniform.
One of my favourite Skyhooks songs comes from their debut album Living in the 70’s (1974). It is one of only a handful of songs that fans immediate identify with as being a quintessentially Skyhooks song. That song I allude to is Horror Movie which was released as a single in 1975. Skyhook’s bass player wrote it at a time, when everything around the world seemed to falling apart, referring to all the chaos, as a horror movie. Interestingly, almost every year since its release, it has been hijacked as a Halloween song in Australia, the United States and Canada.
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I remember it being released and watching them on Countdown. They were a breath of fresh air in the years before punk, nobody else sounded anything like them. And what a voice Graeme Strachan had! Thanks for reminding me how good they were. I’m going to go on Amazon now and see what I can find by them…
Thank you for posting , a died in the wool fan since the second time I heard them – they were a total breath of fresh air .
For what it’s worth – it is 46 years today since their debut album was released . Flawless .
Still wish there were more material on them – and yes – very sad about Graeme “Shirley ” Strachan . Still my favourite Aussie band .