Australia is a nation of suburbs. For some, the suburbs are a space to dream in. For others, they're a place to escape from. In the second program in the series Wide Open Road, we'll hear how the suburbs have seeped into Australian song. Featured artists are The Hilltop Hoods, Paul Kelly, Weddings Parties Anything, Tim Rogers, The Herd, Kev Carmody, Don Walker, and Sarah Blasko.
It wasn't until the 1970s when Skyhooks revealed the 'pizza places and spaced out faces' of the streets of Melbourne that many songwriters were given a licence to celebrate the ordinariness of Australian life. Despite the boredom of our quiet quarter-acre blocks and dreary outer suburban estates, the suburbs are far from bland. It might not always be explicit, but the stories of ordinary Australians told by artists as diverse as Cold Chisel, Paul Kelly and the Herd, map the political geography and history of our country.