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There aren't many bands harder (or more worth it) to pronounce than GANGgajang

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November

Before there was Lost and Found, there was Steve's Sunday Earworm and it was all the way back in 2009 that Down Under fever captured the blog and we were introduced to songs of Australia that captured Aussie pride in the 80s. Since it's been six years,  let's fall in love with Australia all over again with one of those Sunday Earworms and Sounds Of Then (This is Australia).

Like their '80s peers, Wang Chung, GANGgajang coined their band name after the one of the many sounds that a guitar makes when a chord is struck. Like many songs, Sounds Of Then, was only a minor hit in Australia reaching only No. 35 in 1985 and was GANGgajang's only Top 40 hit Down Under. Over the years, the song has matured into a song of national pride and has been used in many commercials, TV shows and movies set in Australia harkening on how sounds and smells can take you back to that particular place and time in your youth.

Even though GANGgajang was formed in 1984, the video for Sounds Of Then reveals a band of slightly older musicians as half of GANGgajang were members of a popular '70s band called The Riptides. The video is a postcard to their home country showing features of Australia from familiar images like kangaroos and the surf to the subtleties of weather like lightning and humidity.   

While GANGgajang hasn't released a new album since 2002, they continue to perform in festivals and on the pub rock scene.  http://www.ganggajang.com/

[Last modified: Thursday, November 5, 2015 4:47pm]

    

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