Could this Triffids tune by Australia's ultimate earworm?
In the U.S., there are scores of songs that didn't chart well in the '80s but still emerged as signature songs of the decade. Songs like I Melt With You and What I Like About You never broke the Top 40 but still are some of the most (over)played songs on retro radio today. Australia was no stranger to that phenomenon as they had Wide Open Road by The Triffids.
The Triffids from Perth, Australia, had been making music since the late '70s, but it wasn't until 1986 that they caught some airplay with Wide Open Road. The song was inspired by the desolate stretch of highway in Western Australia between Caiguna and Norseman and Wide Open Road started off as only a minor hit, reaching No. 64 on the Australian singles charts. However, it has emerged as one of the endearing songs of Australia and has been names on various lists as one of the top songs in Australian music history.
Named after the menacing venomous plant, The Triffids stopped making music in 1989, but are reuniting this fall for the 30th anniversary of their most popular album, Born Sandy Devotional, that contains Wide Open Road.