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Songs About Brisbane – 14: Powderfinger

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I’ve never been a huge Powderfinger fan, but when I first moved to Brisbane they were just starting to become popular on the back of Internationalist [1998]. Not longer after I moved, Odyssey Number 5 [2000] was released and about half of Brisbane owned that album. Nowadays, people don’t seem have a lot of nice things to say about the band, but you can’t really argue that they’ve been an important part of the history of Brisbane music. [Some mishtake, surely? – Ed.]

I’m not sure if these lyrics were written specifically about Brisbane, but to me it fits. It reminds me of the general unhappiness people have with Brisbane. The fact that a lot of young people (including myself) often feel like they can only get so far in this city compared to cities like Sydney of Melbourne, where the options seem endless. The lyrics “It’s not my kind of scene/Footprints on the other side remind me where I’ve been” make me think of the amount of times friends have come back from a holiday down south with the line, “when I was in Sydney/Melbourne it was so much better because everyone was so much more open-minded…”

Powderfinger – My Kind Of Scene (embedding disabled by request)

3 Responses to Songs About Brisbane – 14: Powderfinger

  1. Darragh October 18, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I think Internationalist was as good as they got. They threw their innovation in the bin once ‘These Days’, from the Two Hands soundtrack became a commercial hit.

  2. Shaggy February 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    “Nowadays people don’t seem to have a lot of nice things to say about the band”…really? Those people aren’t part of my kinda scene as I’ve not come across those people. Powderfinger are proud sons of Brisbane…and we are proud of them in return. The crowd at their farewell show was all the proof you need…

  3. Kezzie February 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Not sure where you were in 2010 but clearly you weren’t a part of any of the crowds of people who gathered across Queensland (and Australia) to bid sad farewells and probably speak a few “nice” words about Powderfinger. I would argue (quite loudly truth be told) that Powderfinger is an important part of Brisbane music history and I am sure I would not be alone. So step outside and see another world.

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