This week Classic Albums celebrates the 20th anniversary of You Am I's Hourly, Daily.
"The most significant thing after Hi Fi Way was that people started to talk about songwriting," Tim Rogers told triple j in 2004. "I’m not just the guy that does the windmills and jumps a lot and abuses audiences. It was more, 'oh, he’s a songwriter', so I guess I got a little more ambitious."
The band had been away from home a lot trying to break the US market, playing festivals like Lollapolooza and shows with huge bands like Soundgarden. The frustrations of those endeavours perhaps caused Rogers to look long and hard into what he wanted for his band.
"I don’t want to write songs that are about nothing anymore and I don’t really know much apart from playing in a rock band and my kind of little neighbourhood," he said. "Cos we were away so much, I was thinking kind of romantically about where I was living and about Australia."
Even though this group of songs are unmistakeably Australian images and stories, there’s a very English flavour evident too.
Bands like The Who, The Kinks, The Small Faces and The Pretty Things are clear influences. Rogers also told triple j about the influence of '60s British cinema. Films like Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and Billy Liar, which he says are essentially, "about the drabness of everyday suburban life.
"But I never saw them as depressing. I found them to be really uplifting for some reason. Characters just having a lot of dignity through nothing but their strength of character. It was nothing about social mores or possessions, they just had a lot of dignity because of their resolve and charm and wit. I guess some of those characters in Hourly, Daily may be something I was aspiring to."
Strangely, sitting down with this album this week has caused me to dream at night about my old neighbourhood and my childhood home, except that I am an adult in those same scenarios.
I’d wake up feeling refreshed and so happy and satisfied, even though nothing really noteworthy occurred in those dreams.
It’s made me feel so grateful for my precious little suburban bubble and makes me wonder how the morphing new suburban scenes will change the portraits of Australian life we’ll continue to hear about in songs to come.
For its part, Hourly, Daily’s impact, even 20 years on, still continues to be felt. At the very least in my dreams.