Yothu Yindi

This multiracial Australian band (the name is an Australian aboriginal phrase for ‘Mother Child’) blended native and white sounds and sentiments. Yothu Yindi were founded in 1986, the year of Australia’s bicentennial, and practiced a highly politicised and nationalistic form of music making. Drawing from sounds as diverse as the didgeridoo and the electric guitar,(…)

You Am I

Centered around the prolific songwriting skills of singer/guitarist Tim Rogers, You Am I is one of the most successful and internationally admired Australian bands of the 1990s. Rogers formed You Am I in December 1989 with school friend Nick Tischler and older brother Jaimme Rogers. Mixing the gritty early 70s raunch of The Rolling Stones,(…)

You Can’t See ’round Corners (1969)

The story of a man who has a chip on his shoulder and is against the world at large. Frankie McCoy (Ken Shorter) is young, stylish and tough, an illegal ‘SP’ bookmaker in the working-class Sydney suburb of Newtown. Conscripted to fight in Vietnam, he enters basic training at Kapooka camp, but neither the food nor(…)

You Say The Word

1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 4 (Australia) This adult educational series was designed, funded and produced by the Australian Department of Immigration (with WIN Channel 4, Wollongong) and donated to commercial Australian television stations to help teach English to newly arrived migrants. The series was split into two segments, teaching and dramatic. Both(…)

Young Doctors, The

1 9 7 6 – 1 9 8 1 (Australia) 1396 x 30 minute episodes Back in 1979 in Australia, you could watch The Young Doctors and either ogle Delvene Delaney or actually try to follow the plots. This show debuted on 8 November 1976 on the Nine Network and featured a great smorgasbord of gorgeous babes. No doubt(…)

Young Einstein (1988)

A chap called Yahoo Serious wrote, produced, directed and starred in this Australian spoof biography of Albert Einstein – a Naive Tasmanian scientist who invents rock ‘n’ roll and successfully splits the beer atom, and is then sent to the Australian mainland to make his family’s fortune from the breakthrough. As he develops a series of bizarre inventions, he(…)

Young Homebuyers

Young Homebuyers hailed from Adelaide, Australia, and pivoted around the songwriting team of Nigel Lawrence and Greg Williams, who met at high school. In their original incarnation, the band were heavily into satire, offering hilarious stage parodies of The Police, Billy Joel, Redgum and others, with songs like It’s Still Billy Joel To Me, Penguins Took My(…)

Young Ramsay

1 9 7 7 – 1 9 8 0 (Australia) 26 x 60 minute episodes Tired of city life, young veterinarian Peter Ramsay (John Hargreaves) moves to the countryside and connects with the locals. The area in the series was called Jindarra though the series was actually filmed in the area around Healesville, Victoria. Hargreaves was(…)

Young Talent Time

1 9 7 1 – 1 9 8 8 (Australia) “Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you . . .”. Sing this to Australians of a certain generation and they will sing the “oo-oo-oo’s” back in rapturous nostalgia. Each week for 18 years (read that again: EIGHTEEN years!) from April 1971 onwards, the avuncular Johnny(…)


The Ampol Rally in 1964 was a baptism of fire for an unknown car, newly born, barely christened. It was the Zeta – the lowest priced, lowest powered car ever to enter such a long, gruelling reliability trial, not just in Australia, but in the world. The Zeta team finished the punishing 7,000-mile course without(…)



When Australian band Zoot moved from their hometown of Adelaide (where they had played as Times Unlimited and Down The Line) to Melbourne in 1968, their management gave them a bubblegum image, centred on the slogan “Think Pink, Think Zoot”. The band dressed entirely in pink outfits. It took the band until 1970 to shake the image(…)

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